New Mexicans must fulfill our compact with the horse for a lifetime of compassionate care. Our communities are safer and better places to live when all animals are treated humanely.
Please see the links section for additional resources!
REPORT EQUINE CRUELTY
Have you witnessed equine abuse? Concerned about a skinny horse down the road? For the horse's sake, record as many details as possible and report the situation to your local law enforcement agency. While there may be legitimate reasons a horse is very thin which are best determined by a veterinarian, the horse could be starving to death. Better safe than sorry!
Contact your local animal control agency so law enforcement can perform a welfare check on the horse. Find contact info here: apnm.org/publications/nmarg
Understand animal cruelty laws in your area. Contact the city or county clerk's office for a copy of the animal ordinance. Many ordinances are available online as well: apnm.org/publications/animal_law
If you do not feel comfortable contacting local authorities, you may anonymously report the concern to the Attorney General's Animal Cruelty Taskforce at 1-877-5-HUMANE. Please include as many details as possible, including the address or specific directions, number, description and condition of the animals.
SHOULD I GET A HORSE?
The decision to bring an equine into your life should be made after careful research and consideration. Use these links as a starting point. Interested in adoption? See the links section to contact horse shelters around the state!
Bringing a Horse Into the Family
Buying a Horse: Tips
Las Cruces Sun-News: Horses being abandoned
Horses are magnificent, powerful, and yet so fragile. APNM's Equine Care Brochure (in pdf: English and Spanish) gives information on feeding, shelter, veterinary care, and disaster planning for your horses. The free brochures are a great resource for amateur and professional equestrians. To order copies, please contact the Fund Coordinator.
Keep your equine in great shape by understanding state law, working with a veterinarian and farrier, and perhaps a trainer. Only engage trainers who employ positive reinforcement methods.
See these links for more information:
Thrifty Horse Keeping - General Horse Care
Caring for Older Horses
Equine Travel in New Mexico
Tips on Natural Horsemanship