Horses are strong and resilient.

For centuries, they powered our economies, carrying us and our burdens, pulling wagons and plows. Today, they need our help. Irresponsible breeding leads to homeless horses and burros—animals often auctioned off for slaughter. Poor management of horses in the wild has left thousands in holding pens. And some trainers “sore” the legs and hooves of Tennessee walking horses so the animals move with a high-stepping gait born of pain.

American horses are held in export pens in Texas and New Mexico before transported to slaughter in Mexico.
Kathy Milani
Horses built this country. They deserve the care of loving owners and freedom on the range.

Domesticated for millennia, horses still have the brains and bodies of prey animals—the instinct to bolt at the hint of danger at a speed (up to 40 miles per hour) that can carry them to safety. Burros are nearly as fast, but use their intelligence to assess threats before fleeing.

A tennessee walking horse suffering soring injuries
For the second time in four years, one of our undercover investigators documented trainers and groomers cruelly “soring” Tennessee walking horses to create an exaggerated and unnatural gait known as the “big lick.”
Did you know?

Horses in the wild in the U.S. are all mustangs, descended from horses the Spanish brought to the New World. They live in harems, with a single male or stallion and many females and foals.

For every animal saved, there are countless others who still need someone to be their voice. Start saving lives today.

Kathy Milani / The HSUS