Economy Forces Some Horse Owners To Surrender Their Pets

A weak economy is forcing an increasing number of horse owners to surrender their pets. Now a rescue organization is stepping in to help those struggling to keep their prized pets.

In the last three months Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue of Loxahatchee, Florida has received more than 20 horses because their owners simply can't afford them.

A horse can cost upwards of $1,500 a month.

Rescue officials say it's pretty tearful when horse owners surrender their horses, but is thankful many owners are doing right by their horses.


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  • by shane Location: beargrass on Mar 3, 2009 at 04:25 PM
    Dog food? i don's get that one. or connie, what are you talking about?
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 3, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    Yeah, Im with you on that VBush. Connie.. huh? Im lost.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2009 at 04:36 AM
    With the amount that can be deducted from your taxes on what you give to charity being lowered, a lot of charities are going to be having a much worse time than they already are having making ends meet to help people and animals.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Mar 2, 2009 at 09:31 PM
    Connie; What?
  • by Whoa Location: Greenville on Mar 2, 2009 at 08:07 PM
    This is sad. While the rescue organization will hopefully be able to take all the horses in, there may be some who sell their horse to the dog food companies.
  • by Connie Location: Washington on Mar 2, 2009 at 06:04 PM
    Thats bo...t. May a racehorse cost $1500 a month to take care of or a valuable showhorse including training. I pay right now $350 boarding for my horse which includes feed,hay, turnout and cleaning there stall. My other horse I keep in my pasture and stall at night cost me a $100 to feed. The fact is that a lot of so called horse lovers breed there mares to someones back-yard stallion to save money onstudfee not watching the conformation or bloodlines and the result is a foal with poor conformation which hardly can be sold. This foals again grow up in a pasture without propper food and nutrition and end up sooner or later at a horse auction or even worth on a truck to Mexico for slaughter and that is sad. I own and stand a Stallion with exeptional bloodlines and show record and even though I also can use some extra money (stud fee) refuse to sell breedings to people who own poor mares or bad conformation. Second part to follow
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