“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."

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.
Ranch Manager

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

And Another One Bites The Dust...

53 Horses seized from Hidden Meadow Equine Rescue - story and video

One horse in perfect health just a few months ago now has a Body score of 1. Another case on Red Flags all over the place, enablers refusing to believe what was going on, and as always-the horses paying the ultimate price. Here's my idea-how about stopping these people from providing "loving, safe places for the poor unwanted horses that would otherwise end up on that "Ugly Truck"? It looks like they continue to get the losing end of the deal each and every time. I know, I know, there are those of you who hate the fact that I refuse to stop pointing out these "Rescues" that Abuse, Neglect, and sometimes kill the horses in their care. Tough. I won't stop until they stop. And I've still got my eyes on my favorites. It's just a matter of time until they end up in the news-and it won't be because of the stellar care they are providing. To those who enable these places-you are just as much to blame as the "Rescues" who commit these horrific acts. I've said it before and I'll continue to say it. If a "Rescue " is constantly begging for feed, supplies, trucks, trailers, funding to BUY HORSES (which is crazy, by the way), and needs money to pay vet bills, yet continues to take in horses with issues, or horses period. there's a problem. If you send them money, you are part of the problem. When horses start dying, save your tears and prayers-it's your fault, too for closing your eyes to what is going on right in front of you. When is this going to end?????????

By RH2

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

EPONA... the Numbers Just Keep Going Up

Is there ANY way to stop this woman from taking in horses???? ANY WAY???? Suggestions are welcome!!!! This thread is beyond ridiculous, but the bottom line is that, yes, Lin ends up with yet another horse she seems incapable of dealing with to begin with. She had no idea how to catch him, spent days chasing him around. There was the required drama to make sure he HAD to end up with our Lady of EPONA, and finally, she got her hands on him! The enablers are God Blessing her all over the place, and personally, I feel sick. Here's the topper- Lin recently posted ANOTHER thread about two horses that were delivered to her door in STARVING condition. What did Lin do? 1) Refuse to take them because she is already past full, working, and understaffed? 2) CALL THE AUTHORITIES IMMEDIATELY, this is at the very least a neglect case, but more likely an abuse case, as Lin was stating the mare would most likely have to be put down ASAP, 3) not say one word to the people who brought these horses in starved condition to her house, not call the authorities, and simply take them in, and immediately begin posting about them. If you chose 3, you know Lin very well. I do think the mare was saved, as a more knowledgeable Rescue stepped in and pointed out that the mare was probably not in need of Euthanizing. WHY does someone so inept continue to take in horses????? WHY do people continue to support her???? I truly believe we need some sort of certification program in place to weed out the Lins and Jims in the Rescue world. They CANNOT say "NO" on their own-they seem completely incapable of it. So now, Lin adds 3 to her already too high numbers, and I believe she has one of her other horses coming back, so let's make it 4. Winter is coming, she has babies, no strong volunteer base, and as usual, her plan is to fundraise for these horses. We really need to stop these people. How can we do that? You don't have to worry about the "Ugly Truck" when we have places like these to dole out their own special kind of "love". I will continue to keep a close eye on EPONA, because it represents all that is wrong with Rescue to me. Actually, I have never considered her a Rescue, more a grifter and a hoarder. That she can talk people into donating property, vehicles, money, and just about anything else she needs, and STILL fail at Rescue is a true testament to her abilities. I wonder how many poor horses will end up there before Winter comes, and how many will make it through. Let's continue to enable her, though. When this whole thing falls apart, you can all cry and pray-that seems to be a big part of enabling, too, and it seems some have gotten very good at it. A side note to Careen-how many more of these "Rescues" will you associate yourself with, and more important-WHY ARE YOU?????

By RH2