Oh Baby! Meet the 2015 Foals!

Ruby was the most delicate foal, underweight and yet quite curious; she did her best to be a little warrior princess.  It was apparent she did not understand her fate and was mourning her mother while fighting for her own life.  No more than a week old with big brown eyes and a red dun coat, tussled from the nibbling of her other young companions, Ruby was an unlucky filly on a date with destiny.  She did not ask to be born to an unwanted mare; she did not ask to become a feedlot orphan foal and she certainly did not ask to be discarded.  

Each year thousands of foals are born as bi-products of the pharmaceutical and nurse mare foal industry or to unwanted mares who find themselves hauled to the feedlots with their foals at foot.

It is illegal to send a foal under 6 months of age to horse slaughter. In spite of the law, foals as young as one day old right up to the to six months guideline, are being skinned and sold for high-end leather.  Others, who don’t meet this gruesome fate and are not rescued are sent to slaughterhouses.

These foals have no chance at life from the start. Their meat is considered a delicacy in some countries.  Horrifically, some countries actually believe that if a foal is skinned while it is still alive the meat will be tenderer.

Recently, during a week-long event, at Friends of Horses Rescue in Colorado, Anna Twinney guided students and auditors through her exclusive foal gentling process. The group worked with recently rescued orphan foals in an effort to introduce them to first touch, halter, leading, loading, and lots more, in a non-stress, compassionate and effective way!  The training they receive is priceless and a crucial step for these young horses getting adopted to the right forever homes and having that second chance at life.

Ruby stood proud and embraced the gentling week holding no grudges, but instead accepting the very first human touch, haltering, leading, veterinary care, farrier prep and holistic health support.  In the hands of rescuers she was found a surrogate mother, who due to the mourning of her own foal, was simply unable to accept her.  Found rejected for the 2nd time in her life Ruby was adopted by Reach Out to Horses where she now embraces another chance to be surrounded by foals and horses who will teach her life naturally.

“By gentling the foals and introducing them to humans it is our intention to make them better candidates for adoption. It is too easy to just throw these horses away like unwanted refuse. It is our hope to show the world just how valuable they are and help them find their way to new life,” Anna explains.

Anna, an equine linguist, animal communicator and energy healer is no stranger to this process and works almost exclusively with rescues and animal sanctuaries all over the world. Her methodologies of what the mainstream would call “horse training” is actually the translation of the horse’s language “Equus” to something humans can understand.

Reach Out to Horses was developed with the mission of bringing harmony to horses and humans.  For more than a decade, ROTH has been instrumental in the rescue and re-homing of hundreds of horses. Nearly every ROTH event doubles as a fundraiser; hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for the care of the horses and the ongoing operation of the rescues with which they worked.

Many of the foals from the gentling event were adopted and taken home by the students and auditors. A few are still seeking homes. To learn which foals are in need of homes please see the video below.

Meet the orphaned foals gentled by ROTH students during our recent course on foals. Several babies are looking for homes!
Meet the orphaned foals gentled by ROTH students during our recent course on foals. Several babies are looking for homes!

To learn more about Reach Out to Horses, upcoming events, courses or classes please visit ReachOutToHorses.com or email info@reachouttohorses.com.


They need more than a scooby snack,

they need a home!!!

A note from our friend Dawn:

Yavapai Humane Society in Prescott, AZ is still asking for help with the

Remaining Aussie’s. Most of them will come up to the kennel door

to get a treat or lick your hand. Our wonderful volunteers have been

doing a great job socializing them. They sit in the kennel with

them, read to them and talk to them to gain their trust Some have

been walked and seem to really enjoy it.

Each day gets a little better, they still have a ways to go.

One is in foster, I was told this am that he is doing great.

He’s opened up and is getting comfortable with his

new environment. Some of the fear they are having is from

being locked up. Most of these dogs are turning out to be really

nice dogs. If you can help them or know of someone that would like

to please contact Dawn at dawnlg39@yahoo.com

They need out of the kennel environment as soon as possible.

Thank you


URGENT: Proposal to 86 adoption program means DEATH in the GAS CHAMBER!!!


Hi Everyone,

As you know, the SPCA rescues hundreds of puppies and family dogs slated for euthanasia in southern shelters each year.  One of the largest shelters we work with is Gaston County Animal Control in Gastonia, NC. This shelter has an 85% kill rate and still euthanizes via the gas chamber, a barbaric practice that is illegal in most states. To make matters worse, in order to meet budget cuts the Gaston director is now proposing to do away with the adoptions program in its entirety which means even more animals will be killed. Please email the commissioners listed below and tell them that sacrificing more lives is not an acceptable way to fill a budget deficit. North Carolina residents, your voices are especially needed!

I don’t often send these around but this is too important. The SPCA has pulled almost 500 dogs and puppies from this shelter in the past year and united them with loving families in our area. Please forward to all likeminded friends and family.



Shannon Laukhuf

Executive Director

SPCA of Westchester

590 North State Road

Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

(914) 941-2896 ext. 12

(914) 762-8312 FAX


Function: Public Safety Department: Animal Control
Tentative FY 11 Budget: $1,616,366 County Dollars: 55.3% FY 10 Highlights:
• Operating increase for maintenance and equipment for facility in order to comply with State guidelines
• Financing of 1 Animal Control Truck
• Calls per Officer in FY 09 were at 2,448, up 20.5% from 2,032 in FY 06
• The number of animal control calls is projected for FY 10 to be 27,737, an increase from 25,822 in FY 08 (7.42%)
Animal Control’s reduction of 1% under the FY 10 Adopted Budget equates to a reduction of $6,400. For this reduction to be absorbed, Animal Control proposes:
• Eliminating the Adoption Program – $2,714
• Relying more on Carbon Monoxide – $3,925

Gaston County Commission

Board of Commissioners


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