Horses

Horses

Cruelty Complaints

Texas Cruelty Laws

NOTE: A horse weighing the proper amount should NOT have ribs showing. You should however be able to 'feel' the ribs, just NOT see them.

  • Houston: Houston SPCA - (713) 869-7722 - ask for Cruelty Investigations Department or report online
  • Houston: Houston Humane Society - (713) 433-6421, ext. 396 - ask for Cruelty Investigations or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include the following information: your name, telephone numbers, nature of complaint, street address where the abuse is occurring and If possible, send a photo
    Dallas: Dallas SPCA - Rescue and Investigations (214) 742-7722 or (214) 651-9611 Ext. 121 or (972) 562-7297 Ext. 128 (ask for Cruelty Investigations Department) or report online
  • Austin/Dallas: Habitat for Horses/LSER - contact Equine Cruelty Investigation Coordinator Susan Moore at (866) HFH-LSER (866-434-5737)
  • Louisiana - Hopeful Haven - Debra Barlow call (318) 286-3116 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Foster / Adoption Programs for Horses

  • Houston: Houston SPCA - contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (713) 869-7722
  • Central Texas/Dallas: Habitat for Horses - call 1.866.HFH.LSER or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Dallas: SPCA of Texas Dallas - call (214) 651-9611x121 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (they may occasionally need fosters)
  • Oklahoma / Louisiana / Arkansas: EquineRescue is also seeking horse foster homes in those states -contact via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Louisiana: Hopeful Haven - call 318.286.3116 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • New York: Humane Society of NY - Susan Richmond, call 212-752-4842 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • California: Animali Farm - (805) 938-0174 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • All States: PMURescue (916) 429-2457 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Humane Ranch of Texas was established in 1979 by the late George Huebner to help abused and neglected horses and other animals. Sadly in 2005 the Humane Ranch closed. CAP honors George Huebner and all he did to help horses.

Caring for Horses

Horse Humane Issues

Carriage Horses

horse_carriage_accident.jpg (10519 bytes)Before taking a "romantic" carriage ride, consider the ride from the horse's perspective. Even with the best possible drivers and caretakers, carriage horses are subjected to car exhaust, asphalt streets, accidents with cars or pedestrians, extreme weather conditions, and exhaustion. According to AARF, "Horse-drawn carriages are not the desirable trip down "memory lane" that they are portrayed to be. Instead, they present potentially serious threats to the safety of both people and horses." Most European cities have banned horse-drawn carriages, and those that have not require two horses per carriage (see Fund For Horses). Though Houston does not have carriage horses, CAP urges you when you travel not to take carriage rides and we support stricter regulations or bans of this practice elsewhere.

Premarin

Premarin is a drug used in estrogen and hormone replacement therapy, created from the urine of pregnant mares. According to HorseAid, to collect this urine, mares are often stabled in isolation in cramped, unclean, and uncomfortable quarters for several years and then sent to the slaughterhouse for disposal. The foals of Premarin mares are allowed to nurse for only three months, and are generally slaughtered after reaching a suitable weight. Premarin is available in a synthetic form that is FDA-approved. CAP supports legislation that significantly improves regulation of or bans the collecting urine from horses altogether and encourages women using horse-derived Premarin to speak with doctors about safe, effective, and most importantly, humane alternative treatments.