Texas Parks and Wildlife Release More Horses to HfH

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July 24, 2013

Bella and Tiki (colt)

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.

Cars Queso (gelding)

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)

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.”IMAG1639
“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
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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.

AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
13 Comments
  • MorganG

    Glad you are there for them Jerry. And glad that the TPWD listened to you and agreed to your deal. Not many times do govt agencies even give anyone but the killbuyer the time of day.

    July 24, 2013
    • BlessUsAll

      Excellent point, Morgan. Perhaps the TPWD could take over for the BLM and the US Forest Service in “managing” the wild horses and burros? Maybe the TPWD would allow the wild ones to stay on their land and would move the cattle and sheep off!

      Then again, I hope it’s not employees of the TPWD who have been shooting the state park burros?! If so, let’s remove those trigger-happy rangers and make TPWD a model for wildlife and wildlands agencies everywhere.

      July 24, 2013
  • MorganG

    P.S. would be nice if you could put a Twitter share button and some of the other sites share buttons too so we could spread your awesomeness throughout the internet.

    July 24, 2013
      • MorganG

        those take you to your pages on those sites. That’s alright Jerry, we’d all prefer you know all you do about working with the horses and keep getting smarter along those lines. Let the nerds deal with the tech stuff

        July 24, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    AWE, this is so awesome I had know idea this was going on, and what a wonderful partnership for all, especially giving all those beauty’s a chance to continue to live a good life… Oh my gosh just wonderful to hear, thank you to everyone involved>>>> NICE 🙂

    July 24, 2013
  • Robyn

    Knowing those horses were sent off to Slaughter sits in my stomach with pain knowing how they went out.

    Great news from TWPD about taking them in the future. A good riding horse can find a home much easier.
    I would consider one from you when I am ready to take on more.

    July 24, 2013
  • Paula Denmon

    As always. TY Jerry and HfH. I know these horses will get
    Great homes.. A really good outcome.

    July 24, 2013
  • Sue

    Thank you for taking more horses. They should be relatively easy to place since their temperaments are good, having been working trail horses.

    Here in Florida, we have Mill Creek Retirement Home for Horses. As its name states, it strictly for RETIRED horses; Peter doesn’t try to place them. The Orlando Police Dept. retires all their service horses there. Just this month, “Roman” is now withdrawing grass from his IRA.

    July 25, 2013
  • Arlene

    Thsnk You Jerry , what a wonderful thing to do Bravo Mr. JFINCH , it takes a Great man to do Great things !Q!!!!!!!!! AGIAN BRAVO !!!!!!!!!

    July 25, 2013
      • Robyn

        I agree Arlene. What a wonderful thing to see Jerry save horses, and to see any man with the level of compassion to do this and love it.

        July 25, 2013
  • EponaSpirit

    Are they still shooting the Wild Burros in the park? And if they are not (moratorium in place) are they allowing HfH to pick them up as well?

    July 26, 2013