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Helping Hearts Equine Rescue

The Wild Horse Sanctuary

Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue

Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation

 Speak up for Horses 

 Silverwings Horse Rescue


Aspen Valley Horse Rescue

Emerald Valley Equine Assistance Rescue

The Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program

The Moorland Mousie Trust

Corolla Wild Horse Fund

Suffolk Punch

Rare Breeds Canada

The Cloud Foundation

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 2010 Horses in Need Documentary Project

The Horses in Need Documentary Project is an annual Equine Photographers Network project that all Professional and General members are invited to participate in. 
The photographers that submitted documentaries found it was much more than just an assignment. The quest of most photographers is to capture beauty in their images. Typically equine beauty is portrayed in color, conditioning, tone, strength, movement, and in their connection with humans.  In this assignment, that beauty was not always visible upon the first glance. They found beauty in places most people would avoid looking. They found beauty in places where it was difficult to find hope. The circumstances that brought each horse to a point of needing rescue varied. Whether it was hardship of their humans, neglect, abuse, greed or in some cases human mental illness, each animal had a story. These are stories born of sorrow, however many of these horses now have hope due to kind intervention. 

The photographers that participated in this project help raise awareness of suffering and neglect. Their work help in the adoption effort and in some instances adopted animals themselves. They have made friends through the journey, both equine and human. Further, many photographers have committed to continue their efforts to give back. 

Photo by Sarah K. Andrew

Camelot Auction - Eight Months Later
by Sarah K. Andrew, New Jersey

Every Wednesday night, Camelot Auction runs its sale in Cranbury, NJ. The horses who are unsold and without a reserve price run the risk of being sold to the feedlot and being shipped to slaughter. In an effort to find homes for these horses, a network of equine rescue groups have created a system of cataloging, photographing, and disseminating information about these horses. The information is shared via Facebook, message boards, blogs, and word of mouth.

Helping Hearts Equine Rescue began the organized effort in November 2009, but has been working with the auction to pull horses in need long before then.

In January 2010, Sarah Andrew began her work photographing horses at Camelot Auction. In February, she shared her initial experiences and observations via her blog. As an independent volunteer, she goes to Camelot every Thursday and photographs all horses who were unsold on auction night. She posts them online in order for the horses to be networked until the Saturday afternoon deadline. Since November 2009, not a single horse in this networking effort has shipped to slaughter from Camelot.

Wild Horse Sanctuary
by Rebecca Hendricks, Califonria

The Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown, CA is a 5,000-acre sanctuary provides a natural setting for roughly 300 wild horses and 15 burros. The sanctuary is a natural setting, offering as many of the elements they would be afforded in the wild as possible.

None of this wild equine wonderland would be possible if not for the efforts of Dianne Nelson. In 1978, 80 horses had been deemed unadoptable by the BLM and were destined to be slaughtered. Most of the original rescues were beautiful young mares. The local area had already absorbed gathered horses for two years. There was just no place for them. Without hesitation the decision was made to save them and Dianne and her family sprang in to action.

Sacred Hooves on Sacred Stone ~Living with Spirit Horses
by Rachael Waller, Texas

Rachael has dedicated the last six years to equine rescue. Her documentary of horses in need of rescue contains a moving heartfelt testimony of the blessings and enrichment the saved souls have given her in her rescue journey. The mirrored reflection of saving a horse can be saving a human soul, as well. She now has adopted three of them, and her photographs, blogs and social networking continue to help save more equine souls.

Horses of the Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue
by Laurie Taylor, Califonia

Despite the downturn in the economy resulting in a marked drop in donations and with adoptions, the horses of the Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue has managed to provide a "safety net" for the horses. In one way or another, each of these horses "fell through the cracks" finding themselves in a high risk situation for entering the slaughter "pipeline".

Once again, Laurie Taylor found it so very hard to focus on just one or two of the special horses who reside at the Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue.

Wild Horse Journal Entry
by Pam Nickoles, Coloardo

Pam concentrates much of her time documenting herds of wild horses, within Colorado, Wyoming and Montana, through her photographs and blogs. She feels spiritually connected to something greater. The wild horses represent our legacy and history. They have been her biggest source of joy and her greatest heartbreak, but as strongly as she believe in anything, Pam feels it is her life's purpose to bring their images and stories to people who would not otherwise know about them.

Sacred Spanish Sulphurs
by Kim Michels, Minnesota

Kim Michels Project features the Sulphur and Sorraia Mustangs that live on the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, a Refuge for Mustangs created by Dayton Hyde, a man who loves mustangs so much that he made it his mission to make a better life for many of the Mustangs that were being held in feed lots. Hyde has about 500 wild mustangs roaming free on 13,000 acres of land in Hot Springs, South Dakota.

At Risk Horses
by Laurie Taylor, Califonia

This is a typical, "low-end" auction. One of thousands around the country.

If a horse is lucky, it will have more than a minute to demonstrate it's value in the sale ring. If a horse is lucky, at the end of the night they have found a new human to care about them, and for them. If there is little or no interest in a particular horse, or if there happen to be fewer buyers in attendance that day than there are horses offered, there is always that buyer in the corner. A buyer who estimates a horse's weight. A buyer looking to fill a trailer. A buyer whose purchases tend to "disappear". Times are tough. Horse owners are losing their jobs, their homes. Feed prices are climbing. Many can no longer afford to keep their horse, or even have a place to keep them. Some turn to the auctions in desperation.

Tico and Timo
by Kim Michels, Minnesota

Kim documents many of the horses in the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in Hot Springs, South Dakota, with personal insight to the horses and several people involved with their well-being. Through one of these group efforts and human/horse bonding, Mark Rashid wrote the book "A Life with Horses: The Spirit of the Work." He has also completed his first novel, "Out of the Wild," in which one of the horses he met and worked with at this sanctuary is the fictional character in the book. Mark shared with Kim that he has another book in the works about this horse and his owner, who once was a young boy dreaming of owning a horse. Kim donates all proceeds from the sales of her sanctuary images back to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.

Part II - The Stories Continue
by Laurie Taylor, Califonia

With last year's Horses In Need project, Laurie featured some horses who had new chapters in their lives that were just starting to take shape, beginning with their rescue by the volunteers with the Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue. For this year's project, Laurie provide brief updates on some of these horses, with descriptions and photographs.

Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation, Inc.
by Karen Bayerl, Wisconsin

The Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation, Inc. (MHWF) is dedicated to providing qualified homes for any horse in need. MHWF's goal is to make certain that every horse placed in their care is provided with all the necessary ingredients for a safe and happy life, and that it is also protected from those who would do it harm.

MWHF is a horse adoption and rescue program, so along with the sound, healthy horses that come into the program from owners who could just no longer keep their horse, they also work with the authorities and take in severe neglect and abuse cases. In this project Karen Bayerl follows the rescue and recovery of a mare named Abby.

Lucky 48, Speak Up for Horses
by Mary Raper, Kentucky

Mary Raper's project is about Speak Up for Horses, a rescue organization, located in Kentucky. The organization's mission is to speak up for horses bound for slaughter and those neglected, abused, or discarded by rescuing and rehoming these horses. They also educate the public about horse slaughter, horse welfare laws, and what it means to be a responsible horse owner. Their work is driven by the belief that education seeds compassion, a life-long commitment to our horses and a respect for all life.

Mary said that being involved with this project has changed her life and opened her eyes to the unbelievable cruelty that goes on without being noticed.

The Salvation of Doll
by Carol LaGue, Califonia

Silverwings Horse Rescue's mission is to provide a rehabilitative sanctuary for abandoned, neglected, and abused horses. Dedicated to bringing people who love horses together with the horses we love. Carol's project follows the work and dedication involved in saving profoundly starved and neglected horses.

by Nigel Baker, UK

Last year, Nigel Baker took pictures of a blind horse called Boo, which highlighted the work of Redwings, a Horse Rescue Organization in the UK. Redwings is the largest horse sanctuary in the UK and has over 1,100 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in its direct care. It has around 500 horses and ponies living out in Guardian homes and re-home over 70 more every year. They have eight centers around the UK, including three visitor centers in Essex, Norfolk and Warwickshire. The Welfare helpline answers more than 3,000 calls every year. They have 100 volunteers who investigate cases of cruelty and neglect around the UK.

Aspen Valley Horse Rescue
by Roberta McGowan, Colorado

The animals at the Aspen Valley Horse Rescue are from ranchers in North Dakota and Alberta, Canada who provide pregnant mare urine for the Premarin industry. Many of these the ranches are going belly up and can't afford to feed their animals this winter. Their stock (mostly mares and foals) is being liquidated and headed to auctions. The Aspen Valley Horses Rescue started in late fall 2009 in response to the organization founders hearing about this dire situation. Roberta McGowan said the entire community responded enthusiastically. Roberta has been photographing and documenting this organization for the past year.

Before There Were Fences
by Alise Lamoreaux, Oregon

Alise Lamoreaux's 2010 Horses In Need Documentary Project focused on wild horses and the issues they face. This year the Bureau of Land Management is looking at it's policies and plans for our nation's wild horses. Her story is about three Mustangs who had been adopted and fell through the cracks.

In 2000, Alise adopted a Mustang from the BLM. Since then she has had the opportunity to experience many Mustang related training events and spend hours interacting with her horse as he adapted to the would we share. Her horse has taught her more about diversity, culture, and expectations than she could have imagined.

by Diana Duffy, Wisconsin

Diana frequently came across news articles about horses abandoned and/or starving to death. She read the 2009 Horses in Need Project initiated by the Equine Photographers Network, and found the stories all heart breaking. Within months after reading these heart-breaking stories, she found herself in a rescue situation with one of her own horses.

Finding herself in a personal situation where she could not keep her dressage partner in a high-end dressage barn, she thought she found an ideal barn in which to board him with turnout. During a visit about seven months later, when Diana removed the blanket to groom her gelding, she was horrified and shocked to see her former stunning athlete in deplorable condition. She was able to remove him from this farm, and her prayers were answered when she was able to find a new farm only seven miles from her home. Within four months, Commander was 95 percent recovered.

The Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program
by Carien Schippers, New York

The Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program is the only Thoroughbred Adoption Program of its kind in the USA with an adoption facility right on the race track grounds. Established in 2006, this program has placed over 400 Thoroughbreds into new homes. All these horses ran or were in training at the Finger Lakes Track. Approximately 50 volunteers work in The Purple Haze facility from cleaning stalls to starting the horses down a new career path.

Exmoor Ponies: Breed Status Critical
by Carien Schippers, New York

Exmoor ponies are considered one of the rarest and oldest breeds in existence. Their breed status is critical with only 1,200 ponies in existence in the world. Today about 150 Exmoors still have free range of their native moors. All ponies are owned by local farmers and display brands to identify the herd, but live on the moors year round.

The Moorland Mousie Trust was created ten years ago to promote and conserve the Exmoor pony. It is located in the heart of Exmoor National Park and gives visitors a chance to get to know, ride, or even adopt an Exmoor Pony.

Corolla Wild Horses
by Susan Carter, Virginia

Susan Carter found that many are focused on the plight of the wild horses out west, yet the slowly vanishing Colonial Spanish Mustangs on the Outer Banks of North Carolina are virtually ignored. The mustangs, or Banker Horses, have been there for 500 years, but perhaps for not much longer if we don't step up and help them.

Susan has documented the history of these mustangs, and followed the herds to date. She noted that since the horses do not have any government organization looking out for their interests, in 1989, concerned citizens formed the Corolla Wild Horse Fund to protect and preserve the herd. In addition to monitoring herd welfare, responding to emergencies and educating the public, the tiny staff runs an adoption service for horses that must be removed from the herd.

Camelot Angels in Connecticut
by Judy Bosco, Connecticut

While researching the internet for a topic for her Horses In Need Documentary Project, Judy found a client/friend who had adopted a horse rescued from Camelot Auction. Since that day, she has met with and photographed several other owners of horses adopted through this program. Judy has been sharing these success stories with others. She's grateful for the human angels who change lives, one horse at a time.

A Breed in Need
by Lynn Caldwell, Canada

Rare Breeds Canada has classified the Suffolk Punch as Endangered, with less than 50 registrations of purebred female stock per year. United Kingdom Rare Breeds Survival Trust, and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy both rank the breed as Critical.

Sixty years ago, the rise of mechanized farming brought severe decimation to the Suffolk Punch. It is making a very slow comeback because of those devoted breeders who see its intrinsic value, and who are willing to put decades of effort into preserving these magnificent draft horses.

Update on America's Wild Horses
by Carol Walker, Colorado

Wild Horses are being removed from our public lands at such a high rate that advocates fear that in 5 years wild horses will be extinct in this country. Right now, the fight is on to stop the Bureau of Land Management's roundups by attaching a rider to their annual Appropriations Bill which is right now in front of Congress. Find out what you can do to help.

The BLM just completed the largest roundup and removal of wild horses in the past several years by removing over 2100 healthy wild horses from the Adobe Town/Salt Wells Creek Complex – read the full story on this roundup. The first adoption of the Adobe Town horses will be in Canon City, Colorado on December 3. Carol will be attending the adoption.

Plan to join us in 2011 for the next EPNet Horses in Need Documentary Project.