Horses that otherwise would be put out to pasture - or worse - get a new purpose, thanks to an animal rescue program.
Saturday, horses from the Copper Horse Crusade were featured at the Serenity Acres Charity Show in Canal Winchester.
Since 1997, The Cambridge, Ohio, organization saves horses that are marked for slaughter. The horses are trained and given new homes.
“Often, the horses for sale are for meat for human consumption,” said Julie Copper of The Copper Horse Cruisade. “They’re not actually slaughtered in the U.S. anymore, but they are shipped to Canada and Mexico where they are slaughtered.”
Many of the horses saved go on to become show horses, involved in mounted search and rescue or become riding horses for private owners.
For more information on Copper Horse Crusade, click here.
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