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Award-winning country music star Tanya Tucker’s relationship with horses got off to a rocky start. When she was 5, her dad gave her a Shetland pony—a very spirited Shetland pony—named Pretty Boy. “He bucked me off so many times and tried to kill me so many times,” Tucker remembers with a laugh. But...


Our troubled economy has a trickle-down effect onto animals. Horse owners who struggle financially often find it difficult to adequately care for their high-maintenance animals. The result is a record-high number of horses who suffer from neglect or starvation. Some are even being sent to slaughter...

By Kelly L. Williams

Together, we can protect horses and burros from cruelty.


The Humane Society of the United States will be providing over $100,000 in grants to equine rescues experiencing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The grants are made possible by donors and funding partners. Additionally, the Humane Society of the United States’ Responsible...

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As Kim Porter makes the morning rounds on her northeastern Massachusetts farm—checking in on the geese, horses and ponies—the special greeting from her burro, Nacho, entices the biggest grin, his squeaky little “hees” without the “haws.” “He stands in the back of his stall,” Porter says, “and when...

Ruthanne Johnson
Band of wild horses

Editor's Note: After this story was originally published, it was brought to our attention that some of the language could be interpreted differently than intended. The HSUS does not believe that wild horses are overpopulated, and the story's subtitle has been revised to remove the word...

Karen E. Lange
Horses eating in the street

The injured foal has tried to find some respite from the harsh glare of midday, wandering into a stranger’s backyard to seek the shade of two palm trees there. Now she lies on her side, barely moving, just off the main street out of Esperanza, a pretty little town on the island of Vieques, Puerto...

M. Carrie Allan