Equine-related links

Gene Baur, President and Co-founder of Farm Sanctuary,
author of
Farm Sanctuary, Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food: link
Temple Grandin, doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, author, autism activist, and animal behavior consultant to the livestock industry: link
Ginger Kathrens, The Cloud Foundation: link
Lynn Kuropatkin, Equine therapist, founder of Full Circle Equine Centered Activities: link
Jan Liverance, documentary filmmaker link
Allison Milionis, author of Horse Sanctuary: link
Suzanne Mitchell, documentary filmmaker: fullmotionpictures & wildmustangs
Leo Pando, author of An Illustrated History of Trigger: The Lives and Legend of Roy Rogers' Palomino (McFarland & Company, 2007):
This splendid account of the equine star of a hundred Westerns is out of print but can be ordered
from Amazon and other online booksellers as well as from the publisher.

Karen Parker, equine photographer: rockmultimediasolutions & spanishmustangspirit
Shirley Puga, Executive Director of the National Equine Resource Network: link
Susan Richards, author of Chosen by a Horse, Chosen Forever, and Saddled: link
Hope Ryden, photographer and author of America's Last Wild Horses: link
Carol Walker, equine photographer and wild horse conservation activist: link

Interviews and videos

National Public Radio interview (portion of video version) with Karen Tweedy-Holmes on WOSU's program "All Sides with Ann Fisher," April 11, 2013: link

Television interview with Karen Tweedy-Holmes and Karen Pomroy on Tucson, Arizona's KGUN9 program "Morning Blend," April 18, 2013: link

Promotional video for Horse Sanctuary by Alllison Milionis and Karen Tweedy-Holmes: link

Sue Morrow's excellent short video about rescue of orphaned nurse-mare foals at Last Chance Corral, Athens, Ohio

Links to good friends, photographers, musicians, artists, authors, and associates

Amir Bey, artist: link
Anita Chernewski, photographer: link
Benjamin Cohen, painter: link
Pamela Duffy, photographer: link
Thaisa Frank, author: link
Patti Leota Genack, glass beadmaker: link
Beryl Goldberg, photographer: link
Lou Grassi, jazz drummer, Karen's husband: link
Paul Howell, author: link
Derrick Jensen, author, environmental activist, author of Thought to Exist in the Wild: link
Christian Konopka, jazz bassist and website designer (designed this site): link
Marilyn Lerner, pianist: link
Katherine Minott, photographer: link
No Voice Unheard, publisher of Thought to Exist in the Wild: link
Frank Noelker, photographer: link
Rizzoli USA, publisher of Horse Sanctuary: link
Rogoway Galleries. Tubac, Arizona: link
Andrea Rosenthal, photographer: link
Sandra Rubel, artist: link
Julie Sitney, photographer: link
Kenny Wessel, jazz guitarist: link
Bill Wurtzel, jazz guitarist and funny food artist: link
Irene Zola, founder of Lifeforce in Later Years: link

The following links will take you to the websites of the equine sanctuaries that are featured in Horse Sanctuary. These sanctuaries rescue horses, donkeys, and mules from dire situations and find good adoptive homes for those who are healthy enough to begin new lives and vocations. Many sanctuaries also offer equine therapy programs. Some of these programs aid children and adults with developmental disorders and physical disabilities, war veterans with conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, and one trains prison inmates in the skills involved in equine care and handling. Nearly all of the sanctuaries rely on volunteers to function efficiently and on the generosity of donors to meet the ever-increasing expenses of equine care in a depressed economy.

Blackburn Correctional Complex
3111 Spurr Road,
Lexington, KY 40511
(859) 246-2366

Website: http://www.trfinc.org/Blackburn-Correctional-Complex-c11.html

The equine program for inmates at the
Blackburn Correctional Complex, Lexington, Kentucky, was founded in 1999 by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. It works with donated Thoroughbreds who have sustained racing injuries or have been retired for other reasons. Inmates learn the basics of horse care, and if they pass a stringent written examination at the end of the program, their sentences are shortened, and they will have acquired the skills necessary to apply for work in the racing industry.

Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
Post Office Box 998
Hot Springs, SD 57747
800-252-6652 or 605-745-5955

E-mail: iram@gwtc.net
Websites: http://www.gwtc.net/~iram/index.html and

The Institute of Range and American Mustang (IRAM) was founded by Dayton O. Hyde in 1988.  IRAM owns 11,000 acres of private land dedicated to range preservation and a balanced ecosystem. IRAM operates the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary to provide freedom to unadoptable and unwanted wild horses and as a research area dedicated to solving problems of wild horse herd management that will contribute to the well-being of wild horses everywhere. At  the sanctuary the public can see large herds of wild horses running free. As of 2013, some 600 wild horses live at the sanctuary. The founder/director, Dayton O. Hyde, is the author of many books, including The Pastures of Beyond (2005) and All the Wild Horses (2006), which describe the work of the sanctuary.

Catskill Animal Sanctuary
316 Old Stage Road,
Saugerties, NY 12477
(845) 336-8447

E-mail: Info@CASanctuary.org 
Website: http://casanctuary.org

Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a haven for horses and farm animals rescued from cruelty and neglect. In addition to emergency rescue, CAS provides innovative programs that educate the public about the sentience of farm animals, and the devastating impacts of agribusiness and institutionalized cruelty. Since it was established in 2001, CAS has rescued more than 2,000 animals, and has worked with law enforcement agencies to bring animal abusers to justice. Two books by the founder/director, Kathy Stevens,
Where the Blind Horse Sings (2007) and Animal Camp (2010) relate the stories of individual animals at the sanctuary.

Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary
Post Office Box 1685
Green Valley, AZ 85622
(520) 398-2814

E-mail: karen@equinevoices.org
Website: http://www.equinevoices.org

Founded in 2004, Equine Voices works to enlighten the public about the horrors of the Premarin drug (hormone-replacement therapy) industry and horse slaughter, and is dedicated to saving Premarin (PMU) mares and foals from slaughter. The sanctuary also rescues horses used to transport illegal drugs from Mexico and abandoned in the desert to starve. The sanctuary is accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. As of 2013, Equine Voices is providing care for 75 horses.

Front Range Equine Rescue
Post Office Box 307,
Larkspur, CO 80118

E-mail: See message form on website.
Website: http://www.frontrangeequinerescue.org

Founded in 1997 by Hilary Wood, Front Range Equine Rescue rescues horses from auctions, kill lots, animal-control impound, abandonment cases, and owner surrender. The sanctuary’s offers a number of annual events including an Equine Education Awareness Day held each May. Annual clinics and seminars are conducted to educate horse enthusiasts on a variety of horse-care topics and horse-related issues. Front Range is accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

Horse Harbor Foundation
Post Office Box 3068
Silverdale, WA 98383
(360) 692-2851

E-mail: harmonyhorses@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.horseharbor.org

Horse Harbor Foundation, established by Allen Warren in 1994, is a permanent home and sanctuary for abandoned, neglected, and abused horses, or those facing premature euthanasia or shipping to auction for slaughter. The members of its resident herd number from 25 to 30 horses. Horse Harbor does not offer horses for adoption. Staffed entirely by volunteers, it rehabilitates neglected, abused, or otherwise mistreated horses. Elderly and unsound horses are retired to pasture. The Foundation offers an education program that emphasizes the training of competent future horse owners and equine therapy classes for children with developmental disorders.  The foundation is actively involved in horse-protection issues and community outreach and also intervenes in situations of horse endangerment. Horse Harbor is accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

Last Chance Corral
5350 US Highway 33
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 594-4336

E-mail: See message form on website.
Website: http://www.lastchancecorral.org

Founded by Victoria Goss in 1986, Last Chance Corral accepts any type of horse but operates two core programs: the Thoroughbred Donation/Adoption Program, which rescues 20 to 40 Thoroughbreds annually, and the Nurse-Mare Foal Rescue Project that has saved many hundreds of orphaned slaughter-bound foals by means of immediate round-the-clock care and adoption services.  The facility includes an intensive care barn and a recovery barn.

LOPE Texas
1551 Highway 21 West,
Cedar Creek, TX 78612
(512) 565-1824

E-mail: See message form on website.
Website: http://www.lopetx.org

LOPE partners with the Texas racing industry to help find racehorses new homes in two ways: by listing trainers’ horses available at the major Texas racetracks and by placing former racehorses donated to the LOPE Ranch facility in suitable adoptive homes. LOPE offers rest and rehabilitation to injured horses, and for some, begins the retraining process for the horse’s new vocation. Lynn Reardon, the founder/director of LOPE, is the author of Beyond the Homestretch: What I’ve Learned from Saving Racehorses (2009).

Lucky Horse Equine Rescue
185 Century Mill Road,
Bolton, MA 01740
(978) 293-6153

E-mail: LuckyHorseEquineRescue@gmail.com
Website: http://www.LuckyHorse.org

Lucky Horse works to protect unwanted, abandoned, neglected, and slaughter-bound horses by saving, caring for, and rehabilitating them and placing them in compatible adoptive homes. The facility places special emphasis on saving and finding homes for orphaned nurse-mare foals. The sanctuary relies upon some 200 active volunteers who providie either hands-on stable help or computer work.

Nokota Horse Conservancy
208 NW 1st Street,
Linton, ND 58552
(701) 254-4205  

E-mail: info@nokotahorse.org
Website: http://www.nokotahorse.org

Nokota Horse Conservancy was established in 1999 to preserve the unique and historically important Nokota horse. These wild horses of the northern plains inhabited the Little Missouri badlands for more than a century. They were removed by the National Park Service and sold during the 1980s and 1990s. The great majority of the remaining Nokota horses, about 400 in number, now survive on the overburdened Kuntz Ranch. The Nokota Horse Conservancy seeks to preserve these horses by caring for them, promoting awareness of their plight and their value, and by working to establish a sanctuary within North Dakota where they are ensured a place to survive in a natural setting with minimal management.

Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue
National Operations Center
Post Office Box 216
Miles, TX 76861

E-mail: See message form on website.
Website: https://donkeyrescue

Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue works to provide a safe and loving environment to donkeys who have been abused, neglected, or who are under threat of slaughter or starvation. The organization operates a nationwide network of ranch facilities and satellite adoption centers. It’s founder/director, Mark S. Meyers is the author of Talking with Donkeys-Saving Them All (2008). 

Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue
Broomtail Farm,
23 Saw Mill Road,
South Acworth, NH 03607
(603) 835-2971

E-mail: awfirestone@gmail.com
Website: http://www.saveyourassrescue.org

Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue, incorporated in 2007, is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement in responsible, caring adoptive homes of donkeys and mules in need. By providing educational opportunities that increase awareness of the human/animal bond as well as the specific needs of long ears, SYA works to improve the lives of all donkeys and mules.

The Equine Sanctuary
1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 485
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
(805) 453-4567

E-mail: info@theequinesanctuary.org
Website: http://www.theequinesanctuary.org

Founded in 2001 by Alexis Ells,
The Equine Sanctuary specializes in the care of professional performance horses who have been injured and most of whom are unsuitable for placement with nonprofessional equestrians. The sanctuary offers full-spectrum complementary and allopathic care, including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, and corrective shoeing. After rehabilitation, rescued horses are re-schooled in ground manners and basic dressage and most are placed in suitable homes. Others remain at the sanctuary working in educational and therapeutic programs with children, adults, veterans, and the disabled.

Many other worthy equine rescue facilities operate in the United States that could not be described in detail in
Horse Sanctuary. Three outstanding ones are:

Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals
279 River Road,
South Windham, ME  04082
(207) 892-3040

E-mail: info@msspa.org
Website: https://www.msspa.org

The MSSPA is New England’s largest equine rescue and rehabilitation facility. Originally formed in 1872 to protect the horses who pulled Portland’s streetcars, the Society now provides around-the-clock on-site staffing, has 24-hour access to veterinary services, and maintains nearly one hundred equines on its farm facilities. Animals who have been seized by Maine’s law-enforcement officials and placed by court order with the Society, provided the animals are not suffering, are kept for the entirety of their lives or placed in qualified adoptive homes.

Montana Horse Sanctuary
Post Office Box 10  
Simms, MT 59477
(406) 264-5300

E-mail: nfo@montanahorsesanctuary.org 
Website: http://www.montanahorsesanctuary.org

Montana Horse Sanctuary, located on a 1,200-acre ranch in western Montana, was established in 2004 to improve the lives of horses in crisis by providing them with shelter and rehabilitation and with placement in qualified adoptive homes. Those horses who are not candidates for placement live out their lives at the sanctuary. The sanctuary provides a wide array of educational opportunities and workshops for horse owners and helps owners in crisis with hay and euthanasia grants.

Old Friends
1841 Paynes Depot Road  
Georgetown, KY 40324
(502) 863-1775

E-mail: contact@oldfriendsequine.com
Website: http://www.oldfriendsequine.org 

Old Friends brings racehorses whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end to its farm near Lexington to provide them with a dignified retirement. The farm is open to the public for tours. By promoting these one-time celebrated horses through a campaign of education and tourism, it draws attention to all retired Thoroughbreds and all equines in need. Currently, the farm is the only Thoroughbred rescue/retirement facility that accepts stallions.

Four other exceptional animal sanctuaries that Karen has photographed:

Farm Sanctuary: http://www.farmsanctuary.org
Oregon Primate Rescue: http://oregonprimaterescue.com
The Raptor Trust: http://theraptortrust.org
Wolf Conservation Center: http://nywolf.org