Thundering Hooves Event in Santa Fe, NM on Oct 19 2013

20 Oct

More detailed story about the Thundering Hooves event in Santa Fe, NM on October 19, 2013

Thundering Hooves event on Plaza draws awareness to horse welfare issues – The Santa Fe New Mexican: Local News

Thundering Hooves event on Plaza draws awareness to horse welfare issues

By Staci Matlock

The New Mexican 

Thundering Hooves event on Plaza draws awareness to horse welfare issues

Chad Thompson of Santa Fe and his son, Reese Thompson, 5, pet Buddy, a horse from the Santa Fe Stables, at the Plaza on Friday during Thundering Hooves, an event to raise awareness about the welfare of horses. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

“A horse’s leg was sticking out of a livestock trailer driving in front of Neta Rhyne on a West Texas highway. It was one of the moments that made her take action.

She was accustomed to seeing the trailers pass in front of her house in Toyahvale, Texas, crammed with unwanted horses on their way to a kill pen on the U.S.-Mexico border. She believed it was wrong.

But this time, something in her snapped.

She called a local sheriff about the livestock trailer with the trapped horse, and nothing happened, so Rhyne started researching. What she learned about the experiences of horses shipped to slaughter shocked her.

Her new passion as a horse advocate and a chance meeting with Deborah Lamal, a like-minded woman at the Santa Fe Indian Market, led to the Thundering Hooves event Saturday in the city’s historic Plaza. A handful of horse riders, including Rhyne’s husband, Darrell, rode from Fort Marcy Park to the Plaza. People from The Horse Shelter rescue group in Cerrillos and the animal welfare group Animals’ Angels were on hand to talk about their work.”

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