Texas Parks and Wildlife Release More Horses to HfH
July 24, 2013
Bella and Tiki (colt)
After one long day to make the trip west, a day of rest, and one long night to return, our crew pulled up to the ranch at 5:30 this morning with five more horses from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Big Bend State Park Division. These horses, two mares with their babies and a gelding, arrived in perfect shape and after the normal intake exam, shots and microchipping, will be available for adoption.
Habitat for Horses is proud to join hands with the TPWD to insure that any horses in their system that needs rehoming will be handled through our organization. Last year, after thoroughly investigating our program, TPWD signed an agreement with Habitat for Horses that any excess equine be released to us rather than being placed on the “market.” These horses, as previous horses, were used mainly by park personnel for patrols, security and to go in areas where vehicles could not travel. At times, visitors to the Big Bend National Park also used these horses for brief periods.
Cara Queso (gelding)
While the trip is long (15 hours each way), insuring the future of these horses makes it worthwhile. We want to once again thank the TPWD officials for their efforts.
This is our second group of horses from TPWD. Last September, we released the following:
September 19, 2012 (Hitchcock, TX) – The Texas Parks and WIldlife Department signed an agreement today that releases the few remaining horses currently used at the Big Bend Ranch State Park to Habitat for Horses. In an effort to reduce the number of horses and further reduce expenditures to conserve the park resources, an agreement was reached that allows Habitat for Horses to receive the horses and bring them to its ranch in Hitchcock, TX.
Brisa and Talahache (foal)
“The park wishes to ensure that these horses continue to serve the public purpose, of possible,” said a TPWD spokesperson, “and that they are properly cared for.” After a brief investigation, it was determined that Habitat for Horses would be the best place for these horses.
Habitat for Horses contacted the TPWD last month after hearing that 10 horses from that location were sold to a local buyer, transported and slaughtered in Mexico. “Perhaps they were unaware of the future destination of the horses after the sale,” said Jerry Finch, President of Habitat for Horses, “but the fact remains that trained horses are in big demand in Texas. It was a waste and an action that reflects poorly on a State agency.”
Habitat for Horses is a nonprofit organization incorporated in Texas and has worked with local, State and Federal agencies for the last 14 years by receiving, rehabilitating and adopting both horses and burros. “The attitude of a large number of agencies has changed in the past few years,” said Mr. Finch. “The ‘throw-away’ mentality is quickly fading and horses are gaining the respect they deserve.”
“The State of Texas and especially the TPWD deserve to be congratulated for offering their horses and burros an opportunity to be adopted and live out their remaining years,” he continued.
Five horses will be picked up early next week and transported back to the Hitchcock Habitat for Horses Ranch. For those interested in adoption, please contact Habitat for Horses at 409-935-0277 during normal business hours or visit the website at http://www.habitatforhorses.org
Habitat for Horses, Inc. is a nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Texas to promote and secure the safety and well being of all horses, encourage education concerning the physical and mental health of horses, explore and establish connections with young adults who can benefit emotionally from involvement with horses, promote the proper training of horses through positive training techniques, and provide a home for those horses who are no longer able to be productive.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is an agency of the State of Texas responsible for acquiring, maintaining and operating a system of public State Parks for the benefit of the people.