Operation Feedlot Miracle

Jax and Audrey

In mid-July 2015, Terolyn Training and Edwards Animals rescued 6 horses (two geldings, two mares and their foals) from inevitable slaughter. Teri was alerted about these kill-pen horses through a Facebook post by Colorado Feed Lot Horses. Teri has rescued and rehomed many horses in the past, but prefers to “catch” them before they end up in kill-pens where they are exposed to the horrors, neglect and diseases of the kill-pen setting.

These horses don’t have a choice or a voice.

Terolyn Horse Rescue
Shay and Ava

From the CFLH web site: In the State of Colorado, there are two slaughter feedlot owners. They purchase horses from auctions here and in surrounding states to fulfill contracts for companies who require horses to be processed for consumption. These horses are not processed in the United States, instead they are transported to either Mexico or Canada. Currently, there are no state or federal laws prohibiting the transport of horses to these facilities. We are very fortunate to have the ability to go to one of this lots and try to save or “pull” as many as we can from the time they arrive their to the time they are shipped.

terolyn horse rescue
Gambler and Ryann

They come in every shape, color, size and condition when they arrive and our goal is to provide the public with information as to what horses are there at any given time. Contrary to popular belief, not every horse that ends up on a slaughter lot is emaciated, dangerous or abused. In fact, that is more the minority than the majority. Many of these horses are solid, sound, very well trained horses that were dumped at an auction for some reason or another.

terolyn horse rescue
Reeses and family

Terolyn and Edwards Animals have incurred vet bills, adoption fees, etc. in the process of saving these horses. Please donate whatever you can afford to help defray the costs of the rescue and all the medical bills incurred. All donations are tax-deductible. Thank you!

Slaughter Pens – An Ongoing Problem

Help with the rescue costs of Hunter (below) at gofundme.

Teri is alerted from time to time about horses being held at slaughter pens. They are confined until there are enough horses to fill a cattle trailer to ship them to Canada or Mexico to be slaughtered for their meat.

terolyn horse rescue
Recently rescued: Hunter, only 8 and very affectionate.

These are not old, diseased horses to begin with because, practically, they’d never survive the trip. Horses are collected by “kill buyers” who drive around the country buying horses, inexpensively, at auction. Many of these horses are young, trained, have been someone’s “pet” who couldn’t or didn’t want to keep them any more. Some are pregnant mares, some mares with foals.

The abuse these magnificent animals suffer throughout the slaughter process, from auction to feedlot to transportation, has been closely documented by Animals Angels.

More information about horse slaughter and the US can be found here (if you have the stomach for reading more).

Crested Butte

Crested Butte

In September 2011 a Crested Butte woman spotted 60 horses in a mountain pasture that she learned were awaiting shipment to Mexico for slaughter. The wild herd had been wandering the area searching for food and a local rancher gathered them on his property so he could ship them off to Mexico for slaughter.

She began raising funds to buy the horses from the rancher, then feed and care for them in temporary facilities while she sought people to adopt them.

Dr Rice

As soon as they heard about the situation, Teri and friends Stacy, Lisa and Baily headed out to Crested Butte with the intention of bringing home 5 of those horses. They came back with 12.

Getting some love!
At home at Terolyn

Back at Terolyn, Dr. Rice met and evaluated all of the new rescues. He got them on wormer right away, patched up injuries,  got them comfortable and relaxing in their new home.

ryan and luna
Luna and Ryann

Since then, all of the horses have been placed in forever homes. One of the mares, a beautifully dappled grey name Skye, was (unexpectedly) pregnant and delivered a beautiful filly a few months later. Her filly has a white crescent moon on her forehead and so was named Luna.

Horse Tripping Rescue

In August 2010, Teri was alerted to a situation not far from the ranch of an injured and pregnant mare seemingly abandoned in a pasture.

oreoKneeThe mare had been a victim of the cruel Mexican rodeo “sport” of horse tripping. In this event, a horse is released, galloping, into an arena of some sort. The caballeros (cowboys) chase after the frightened horse, lariats swinging as they attempt to rope the horse’s forelegs. The goal is to bring the horse to the ground to win points. A quote from Ambuja Rosen, an Oregon independent journalist:

This mare has already been lassoed several times―those scars you saw were rope burns that carved away inches of her flesh. But this time the mare won’t get up again. She crashes head over heels, breaks her leg, and is euthanized.

In this particular mare’s case, the event that broke her front knee was not in an official rodeo. She was maimed in a pasture for reasons of entertainment. Rather than being euthanized, she was impregnated so she could produce her own replacement.

oreoHopeThe mare was transported by an anonymous rescuer to Terolyn. She was evaluated by a vet and the prognosis was not a good one: the leg would never heal, the mare would be forever in pain. Best to have her foal and then euthanize her once the foal was weaned.

The mare was given the name Oreo. Despite her prior mistreatment by others, she was very sweet and enjoyed her days at the ranch. She delivered a beautiful filly who was named Hope. Once Hope was weaned, Oreo was put to rest.

Hope has been adopted into a forever home—well-cared for, loved and cherished .