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Horse Abuse & Neglect ~ Horses Who Need More Love

Updated on May 29, 2015

Horse abuse and neglect - more common than you might think!

Many horse abuse cases are actually neglect by owners no longer capable of caring properly for the horses on their property. Rather than sell the horses to potential good owners, they continue to think they can keep them but aren't willing or able to do what needs to be done to provide adequate care for them.

Other cases of horse abuse stem from ignorance. People think it is okay to hit or otherwise torture them. This lens is filled with the video evidence and ends with a link to a horse charity for formerly abused and/or neglected horses.

Emaciated horses found at "rescue" farm

Animal abuse charges were filed against a jailed Maryland woman whose 'rescue' farm turned bad. Horses left to die of starvation and dehydration were found and rescued in September 2010.

Thousands of homeless horses are sold to slaughterhouses to be put to death when they can't be sold at auctions.

In 2005 a man was angry at his horse. He said it tried to bite one of his children. His solution was to tie the horse to his truck and drag it until it collapsed from dehydration and exhaustion. Its hooves were worn to the bone.

Rodeo horses are abused at an alarming rate. The videos below give proof of the statements at RodeoCruelty.Com.

Horse abuse - suffering from neglect

Rodeo horse tortured with shock prod

Mud thrown at tortured, abused horse

Horse abused after leg injury at prison rodeo

Horrible horse abuse & neglect case


The Story of Ruffian

Ruffian, an amazing race horse

In 1974 Ruffian won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Two-Year-Old Filly.

She was known as "Queen of the Fillies".

In 1975 she won the Filly Triple Crown, also called the Triple Tiara.


Only a few months later, on July 6, 1975, she was injured during a race.

Mismanagement of her treatment after surgery led to her death. She should have been restrained as she woke up, but wasn't, and reinjured herself so severely she had to be put down. This led to changes in equine medical treatment procedures.

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    • LindaJM profile image

      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Thanks, Wendy... honestly, I was shocked and dismayed while doing the research for this hub. I had no idea how terribly some horses were being treated. They need constant care; horse owners know that... so how could they become so apathetic?

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      Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

      This brings tears to my eyes. People are so cruel. Thanks for making people aware of this abuse.