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You may not want to see this, but you need to

Being as much a lover of the horse as I am of horse racing, it literally makes me physically ill when I need to write articles like the following.

I was informed of the atrocity at the farm owned by Charles Ray Ford, a 46-year-old thoroughbred owner and breeder in the Ark-La-Tex area, by a friend who was alerted by the good people at Remember Me Rescue

The disgusting and heartbreaking facts of the story, via KSLA-TV in Shreveport, and Remember Me Rescue are this: Ford was charged last week with multiple counts of animal cruelty for neglect, abuse and starvation of over 60 horses on his farm in Many, Louisiana. Of the 60, at least 25 have been found dead on the property, many of them already buried.

Sabine Parish District Attorney Don Burkett has been to the site where there were reportedly 53 mares and 20 yearlings on the farm in 2010. Less than half of the mares have been found at this time, and only six of the yearlings.  

According to the Sabine Humane Society's abuse investigator, his agency has tried working with the owner to get the horses' food since November, but continued financial troubles finally led to a judge ordering removal of all the horses from the property. It was finally at the time of the seizure, when the reality of how horrific the conditions for all the horses at Ford’s farm had become.

As for Ford, the district attorney plans to prosecute him on separate counts of animal cruelty for each and every horse. Hopefully this despicable act will be dealt with accordingly.

More importantly though are the surviving horses.

Along with Remember Me Rescue, the Louisiana Horse Rescue Association, the Sabine Humane Society, Shannon Rojas, the LSU veterinary team, and many volunteers have joined forces to do everything possible to save as many of the living, but ailing horses as they can. Many of the surviving horses are currently clinging to life. 

Everyone involved is asking for your assistance. As you can imagine their needs are vast.  

To help, I urge you to visit this link to Remember Me Rescue, the Texas-based horse rescue operation run by Donna Keen, wife of trainer Dallas Keen, to find out what needs to be done, and what you can do to assist our equine friends that have been betrayed and abused to death or near death.

Thank you for helping. 


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Good news ... Fair Grounds will send a $2,500 gift to be shared by Louisiana Horse Rescue Association and Remember Me Rescue, to help the surviving horses.
You would be absolutely upset at the flippant attitude many a licensed trainer has toward the stock,
If you don't mind I'll link this up on my facebook accounts, twitter, and other blog sites. It can't hurt to have more people read this and possibly send donations in to help out. Just disgusting that human beings would treat these beautiful creatures this way. derbydeals.com
God bless the horse rescuers!!! You are OUR heros!!!
Thank you for what you and Sabine Human Society do, brocatomary. I am sorry that you had to see what you saw, but knowing that many of these horses will be saved because of the important work that so many do is truly God's work.
I serve on the Sabine Humane society board of directors and have been closely involved with the rescue of the surviving animals. They are doing well now and feeling much better. But for those of us who worked so closely with this rescue, these terrible images of emaciated horses, bones scattered about the farm, dead horses,and suffering horses will haunt us for many years to come.
This was liken to a puppy mill. God Bless those babies, and hope that horse lovers everywhere will help those rescues to bring these babies and mares back to health and placed in loving homes. Soooo sad.
sad and heart breaking. There should be a closer eye who owns any animals... some people shouldnt have the option of taking care of animals.
Thanks, Brian!! Currently, they are trying to get both Charles Ford & Bill Young's licenses revoked in Louisiana & Texas, where they race & train. It will cost the rescue groups $450 a day per horse for their care and it will be several months before these horses will be ready to be put up for adoption.
Absolutely despicable. I hope Ford gets the maximum sentence for this.

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