Having bred horses from 1978 through 2002 and knowing many of the top horse people in the Thoroughbred industry around the world, we want to share what we learned. We have three primary reasons for launching this blog now:

  1. Raising awareness of the overbreeding problems and affects of the prolonged drought that cause roughly 138,000 mostly healthy, sound, and young horses to be send to killer plants in Mexico and Canada each year.
  2. Connecting horse owners in drought-stricken areas with hay growers in other areas of the country.
  3. Placing horses in new homes when their owners are unable to locate feed or can not care for them any longer for any reason.

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments. If you need immediate answers or in emergencies use this contact information.  If you have an equine emergency of any kind:

  1. Try to reach @GrowMap on Skype or IM
  2. You may call any time day or night. If it is NOT an emergency please do not call between 1:00 a.m. CST and 9 a.m. CST. The best time to reach someone by phone is afternoons and evenings.
  3. If your horse is stolen report it at NetPosse immediately. DO NOT WAIT. Even though horses are selling at auction in Texas (Nov 2011) for less than $20 they are STILL being stolen and either sold at local sales or  taken directly to Mexico or Canada because there is still profit in doing this even with the cost of transportation subtracted.
  4. If you find a horse report that also at NetPosse.

If your horse and especially a foal is behaving unusually that may be an emergency. Many minor injuries look serious and many serious injuries and illnesses look minor so when in doubt call your Veterinarian or the local emergency pet hospital or the Veterinarians at any Agricultural College.

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