It is the mission of Saddlebred Rescue, Inc. (SBR) to educate the public on concerns facing the Saddleseat breeds and save unwanted horses from slaughter and return them to useful, productive lives.
Each year, many Saddlebreds will be sold through various means. The well-meaning owner often believes that their horse is headed to a loving new home. Although, this is true in most cases, a frightening number of usable Saddlebreds, Morgans and on occasion, Hackney ponies, end up on trucks slaughter-bound to Canada and Mexico or a similar fate. Any horse is fair game for slaughterhouses: foals, pregnant mares, pleasure and show horses.
Our goal is to make a difference by educating the public, our youth, the horse industry, and the animal protection network who is becoming more involved in the prevention of cruelty to horses, providing alternatives/services to the dealers and auction houses, and the rehabilitation and re-homing of usable rescues. SBR wants to provide a “Safety Net,” so the horses that are saved are never at risk again and also provide an option for owners who want a secure alternative for their horses if needed. Our goal is the rescue, rehab and re-home as many usable horses as possible into new homes. To do this our approach to rescue is not to have permanent homes at the rescue for the horses. Had we done this we would of only been able to help 25 horses and not the 2,500+ that we have adopted out across the country since early 2006.
In the course of helping the horses we want to pledge to be a good citizen within all areas of the horse industry and to set and live by high standards through our dealings with horse owners, trainers and instructors, breed associations, professional groups, youth groups, and with our supporters and volunteers. Saddlebred Rescue, Inc. does not pass judgment on any person or sect of people. We are here to help the horses.