Howdy folks. I hope you enjoyed the brief thaw we got... it sure didn't last long, did it!? Brrr. I'm feeling warmed, however, by your presence-- thanks for being here! This year North Horse got bigger than ever, with an average of 6,000 views per month. That's fantastic, because what those views produced was action! Together we pressured authorities to do something about the Barb Thiry case in and the Sean & Bonny Black case. Together we spread the word about horse rescue fundraisers, horses needing homes, and the ethical way to behave as a member of the horse world. We improved our horsemanship with quizzes, spread the word about scam artists, bad breeders and cruel trainers, and we supporter other horse lovers in their activism. Good job everybody. I hope you stick with me, because I hope we can accomplish even more in the new year!
Speaking of which, let's move on-- I've got good cause to share, news about neglect cases, and a looong list of horses that need homes. Ready, set, read!
I'm sure you'll want to attend the upcoming Kenosha County 4-H Tack Sale! It's Sunday, Jan. 26th at the Wilmont, WI high school. As usual, all proceeds go to teaching kids about horses through their 4-H Horse Project, and the $2 admission goes to the Midwest Therapeutic Riding Program. Click on this link to see a poster about the event. There's gonna be guest speakers and a raffle and food!
Next up, although I just posted this on Facebook, I'll repeat it here too (I know that not all of ya like that social media stuff):
The necropsy reports on the 4 dead Otter Creek Ranch horses were released... and to no one's surprise whatsoever, the causes of death of all four horses were malnutrition and parasites. There was no body fat left on the horses, consistent with long-term starvation. (Read more here.) Michael and Brenda Feist should not be allowed to have ANY animals, and yet they still have at least 80! I'm just fuming about the lack of action taken by authorities. Remember, a vet that accompanied cops onto the property on Sept. 30th told authorities way back then that horses were likely to die soon! Now it's three months later!!
In a similar case near the Twin Cities, a mother and daughter have been charged with animal neglect... again. Repeat offenders, this pair has been neglecting and killing animals for years.
Kathleen Mary Doenz and her mother, Gloria Irene Carlson, are animal hoarders that just won't stop. Carlson was actually ordered back in 2004 not to own any animals, but continued to do so by claiming they were her daughters'. In 2006, Doenz herself had been charged with 34 counts of animal neglect but plead to lesser charges and kept hoarding. Most recently in September 2013, 134 animals, including 12 near-dead horses and 21 dogs, were seized from the pair. But neither were charged at the time! Now they are finally being charged this winter... and I have to wonder what good it will do. When laws are so lax, penalties so light, and enforcement so shoddy, I think they will be murdering animals again soon.
One of my biggest goals for 2014 is figuring out a way to get Wisconsin, and of course America and the world in general, to do more about neglect cases-- preventing them, punishing the abusers, and helping the innocent animals involved in them.
Speaking of critters... do you have room for one more? Of course there are MANY horses available from great Wisconsin horse rescues (I've listed those here). However, maybe you want a fewer-strings-attached type of deal. In that case, check these guys out!
10 year old paint gelding
Needs new home ASAP
Oconto, WI (near Green Bay)
"Good ground manners, stands for farrier and vet. Accustomed to children, dogs, poultry, llamas, gunfire, and motor vehicle noise. Has carried a bareback rider on a lead. Never foundered. Received hoof trims every 12 weeks. Sire and dam on site. Registerable at new owners expense. Shots current."
Adoption restrictions apply, $1.00 rehoming fee.
Contact: Email via the Craigslist ad
Dusty Rose - mare
Age, height, & training unlisted.
"Family is now dire financial hardship and needs to find a good home for her." A pony named Jasper is also free (no other info listed).
Contact: Travis Spaulding 920-850-2055
5 year old larger pony, NOT broke but leads and trailers nicely. Also available, 16 year old Arab mare, NOT broke.
Contact: Email through the Craigslist ad or
contact Jeannette Van Domelen via facebook.
"18 year old quarter horse made. She is up to date on shots and coggins. She is a really nice mare. Good ground manners and broke."
Email through the Craigslist ad
17 year old Shire/Hackney/QH cross. BIG and well broke, knows some dressage.
Free lease or $100 to good home.
Contact: Email through the Craigslist ad
13 year old stock type mare
Was once broke, has not been ridden in years.
Athens, WI (near Wausau)
Contact: call or text 715-613-2949
"Misty" Arabian /QH mare, flea bitten grey, broke English and Western, can jump. Age unlisted.
Call or text 608-289-8482. Can text pics.
7 year old QH mare.
No other details listed.
7 year old AQHA mare, great ground manners. Blind due to cataracts in both eyes (could be corrected with surgery, more info here). Free, comes with papers.
There are also companion-only horses available. Click the links to see their ads.
19 year old AQHA/IBHA mare, very well broke, light riding only. Belleville, WI
22 year old mostly blind Appaloosa gelding. Broke but needs guidance. Appleton, WI
15 year old, 15 hand QH mare. Very well broke but energetic. Been there, done that. Very light riding only-- limps after 20 minutes. Call/text (608) 790-7104 La Crosse, WI