“The greatest deterrent
to freedom are men and women of zeal, well-meaning, but
without knowledge or understanding.”
~Justice Louis Brandeis~

"People are so quick to defend their own agendas, but they so often fail to realize we must protect the rights of all if we are to continue to have any rights of our own."
~Jenqu~

Ranch meaning, in general, any real world dwelling probably not involving full care board. Kind of a rural voice of real horse owners, trainers, traders, auction owners, rodeo contractors, etc.. all of us who have taken a verbal beating and called greedy ass hats. Back at the Ranch contributors, moderators, subjects, and so on, are pro-horse, pro-owner, and pro-slaughter.
Back at the Ranch was formed by a group of like minded horse / livestock owners. It is a place for us to try to educate, a place to vent our frustrations with the current equine industry, a place to share humor and snark, and in general try to open the eyes of the public who seem to be anti-agriculture.We do have a section for comments of course, and if you would like to email us you can do so directly or through the contact us form. We like to hear from our readers. I hope you enjoy reading our blog as much as I enjoy managing it.
Sincerely,
Ranch Manager
manager_back_at_the_ranch@yahoo.com

Saturday, November 14, 2009

"Buddy Can You Spare a Dime?"

Poor Me Rescue..... or "Buddy Can You Spare a Dime?"

Welcome to the "Poor Me" Rescue. I decided to open it because I really love horses more than anyone else in the world. More than you, in fact. Some people say I don't do the best job, but they're just jealous. Keep your eyes on me, and listen to the sound of my voice. Pay attention!!! If you believe what I tell you, we'll do just fine! Those horses there? How many are there? Well, I've been trying to get my numbers down, but it's hard when there are so many in need, and I keep going to auctions. Did I mention that you can help save a horse? Well, you can! Lucky for you, I'm 501 c 3 or 3 c. I forget, but it means I can get money for these horses! I mean, I can raise money to help them! I call it bail or ransom. You know-the horses that go to sales are like prisoners, and they need people like me to get them out. Only, I don't have my own money to do that. But, once I let people know that these horses had really terrible lives before they met me, and that they're about to go on trucks to be killed, well, the bail gets raised pretty quickly. Their feet? Well, you can contribute to have those trimmed. Did I mention I'm 501 z3? Or 3c-something like that. It means you can help me care for these horses by giving me money. I know, their feet DO look really bad, but I've been really busy lately. Once I get more donations in, I'm going to really think about trimming them, though. It's just hard to find the time when I have so much going on. I have a lot of blogging to do, and a lot of message boards I have to visit. People just love to hear about all of the good things I do all day. And they love to see all of my pictures. Hey-you may have seen some of my pictures on the Internet! You have? What do you mean the horses don't look all that great? Well, you must be new here! That's because they come from terrible owners who don't love them like I do! Brush them and get the burrs out of their manes and tails? Sure, you can volunteer to do that! Did I mention I'm a 501 B3-or something? It means you can donate and give me money to help these horses. I should be brushing them? I do, when I have time. But I'm really busy right now, and they really do look pretty good. Better than they did when they lived with those crappy owners who didn't love them like I do. Yeah, some are skinny, but those crappy owners didn't feed them. If you want to donate for some food, I'm a 501 BZ, I can take your money to buy feed for them. Sure, they've been here awhile, and should look a lot better, but it's not my fault that those jerks who owned them before didn't love them enough to take care of them. Look how much they love me!! What do you mean they're probably just looking for food? These horses know I have a special gift! They know I love them more than anyone else ever will. They want to be near me! That's why I just keep on buying more. Did I forget to tell you I'm a 501 VC? That means you can give me money to help these horses, and I can love them and let them live here until I find someone who will love them like I do!Yeah, there IS a lot of junk laying around, but I don't have a lot of volunteers. It's tough to get people to help out around here. But that's okay, because I love horses more than anyone, so I'll just keep buying them, and taking good care of them. Better than those crappy owners that had them before. Maybe you'd like to buy one. You ride? Well, I don't know about that! I don't really have time to do a lot with these horses. I just love them so much, but not too many of them really like to be ridden. I tried with a couple of them. I had a saddle once, but I had to sell it. I ran out of hay. Maybe you'd like to donate a saddle. We can use anything we can get! It's tough running a Rescue. But I do it because I love the horses. Hey, don't leave yet, you haven't seen the rest of my horses! Did I mention I'm a 501 G T? I can take your money-I mean, you can help the horses. Hey, wait-don't you want to see the rest of the place? I'll be putting new pictures up on the internet later today. I take VISA........Boy, it's tough running a Rescue!
By RH2

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Taking on the Thoroughbred Industry

* http://forums.delphiforums.com/SSSER/messages?msg=45.1
Can David take on Goliath with the truth? Will anyone listen? Does anyone care? With the banning of an outspoken member from the ABR forum by Alex Brown, we now have a new voice speaking out. I'm impressed. Many, myself included have long felt that while speaking loudly against Slaughter, Alex Brown was in no way going to bite the hand that feeds him. He was not going to speak out against the Thoroughbred Industry, and the common practices that put the horses at the sales and on the trucks that lead to the plants. Alex may be a crusader, but he's no fool. The Slaughter issue has been a distraction for the issues that plague the Thoroughbred Industry. Breaking down, drugging, and throwing away horses not yet in their prime is not an issue Mr. Brown really wants to discuss. The fact that he has gone to the extent of banning those who DO want to discuss these issues is proof of his determination to keep the dissenting voices on ABR silent. It is often said on the forum that "Barbaro will lead the way". He could have. But as long as Alex is at the helm, Barbaro will be the symbol for the Anti Slaughter issue, rather than what he truly is. Barbaro, in truth was another case of a great horse started too soon, broken down, and lost to the racing world too early. Those wishing to deal with the realities of the Racing Industry on ABR will be silenced quickly. There is now a new venue to voice those concerns for the Industry and the horses that are being lost because of it. Time will tell if anyone will listen, or care. But for now, at least those who wish to speak can do so without the censorship prevalent on ABR.
By RH2

*Delphi Forum - Voiceforhorses