Symbol of the American West Needs Our Help

 Missoulian Guest Opinion by Janet Rose, Founder & Director of Horse Haven Montana • Copyright, November 25, 2009

It is a uniquely American tragedy that one of the most treasured and recognizable symbols of the American West is in crisis. That symbol, of course, is the horse.

Recent news stories and articles of abandonment, neglect, abuse, as well as human efforts to help, are not new, but the crisis is in the fact that their numbers are growing. And the problems that we are reading and hearing about are only the tip of the iceberg, and getting worse. Concerned citizens can and are helping; local rescue groups, humane associations, hundreds of individuals and a few caring animal welfare organizations are stepping forward to help. As a result, many of these treasured symbols in black, brown, gray and sorrel, tall, short, young and old, are finding homes, some temporary, others permanent.

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