Together, we can protect horses and burros from cruelty.

We share the belief held by most Americans that equines are companion animals and partners in recreation, sport and work. Unfortunately, equine cruelty occurs nationwide.

Tennesse Walking Horse in ring and a victim of horse soring

Tennessee walking horses endure immense pain and fear in order to achieve their exaggerated gait known as the "Big Lick." They are fitted with tall, heavy shoes and in a practice known as soring, their legs are covered with caustic chemicals—all for the sake of a ribbon.

Struggling to survive

Horses and burros living in the wild in western states are targeted by many who are advocating for changes in protections to allow for auctioning them off—which could result in tens of thousands of wild horses and burros being sold for slaughter.  We believe that wild horses and burros deserve protections and should be humanely managed.

The plight of American horses
Horses in horse racing industry

Have 38 different sets of rules for drugs affecting racehorses.

horse soring to produce the "Big Lick"

And counting, the ongoing era of the "Big Lick" faction of the Tennessee walking horse industry allows the routine crippling of horses as a core training strategy.

horses in pens before slaughter

Are sent to slaughter each year, but could have led productive lives.

American horses are held in export pens in Texas and New Mexico before transported to slaughter in Mexico.

The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act would ban domestic horse slaughter and stop the export of horses for slaughter abroad. Urge Congress to pass this crucial legislation.

Kathy Milani / The HSUS