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Rescued Horses Celebrated at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum

The HSUS, Parelli Natural Horsemanship Team Up to Spotlight Trainability of Rescued Horses

The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States and world-renowned natural horsemanship trainers, Pat and Linda Parelli, will join forces to spotlight the trainability and intelligence of rescued horses today at the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. The HSUS is working with its own Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch to help a horse in need of training through a three-day development program with Pat Parelli, which will be held through Sunday at the coliseum. A portion of the proceeds of some ticket sales will be donated to The HSUS for its equine protection efforts.

The featured horse this weekend is Thistle, a 5-year-old mustang rescued by The HSUS during a large-scale neglect investigation in Nebraska earlier this year. Since the rescue, Thistle has been under the care of the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center at The HSUS' Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. Following the event this weekend, Thistle will be made available for adoption to a selected, loving home.

"In Texas — as in many parts of the country — the need for horse rescue and adoption has never been greater. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Parellis to celebrate horses, highlight the value of adoptable rescued horses and help find homes for them across the country," said Keith Dane, The HSUS' director of equine protection.

The last Celebration in Kansas City, Mo. featured Jedai, a 13-year-old Missouri Fox Trotter and former Field Trial horse who had been destined for slaughter.

"Jedai looked like he had a lot of baggage, a lot of negative history and yet he was one of the fastest learners and a horse that would go the extra mile with less effort than I've had in a public demonstration in a long time!" Pat Parelli said.

The next Celebration will be held at the Lakeland Arena in Lakeland, Fla. Oct. 9-11.

Additional information:

  • Natural Horsemanship is a gentle training technique that uses knowledge about herd dynamics, horse behavior and communication to help people and horses communicate effectively and build trust-based relationships.
  • The Parelli Celebration events offer inspirational and educational seminars and training sessions, designed to help horse owners understand how to communicate effectively with their horses and build a lasting partnership both in and out of the saddle.
  • The Celebration events compliment programs developed by The HSUS to encourage horsemen and women to consider a rescued horse when bringing a new horse into the family and to help horse rescues operate more effectively
  • The HSUS has a booth at each Celebration, to provide participants with informational brochures and other horse care materials.


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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org. 

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