Americans revere horses as part of our heritage. From the 1400s, when Spanish explorers roamed the plains, horses have been part the American fabric. They helped to discover and build this great nation. We become their trusted leaders, and train them to work, perform and produce. Horses follow us because they believe we’re leaders of the herd – that we’ll protect them. So how do some humans end that trust by selling their faithful horse to a kill buyer for a few hundred bucks? Here at Swingin’ D, we believe horses deserve better.
At Swingin’ D Horse Rescue, we’re committed to saving horses from neglectful or abusive situations that force them into the slaughter pipeline. We nurse them back to health, then adopt them to responsible owners who commit to making their horse(s) the center of their world, and protecting them forever. We love horses and believe they deserve a life of usefulness and service where they’re productive, cherished and pampered. Be sure to bookmark our website so you can keep up with updates about our horses and our rescue operation. There’s much more to come!
BO AND AUBREY
Shortly after we gave each other these magnificent Christmas gifts, we learned about the tragedy of American horses – like Bo and Aubrey – sold dirt cheap at auction so people in other countries can slap them between two pieces of bread and eat them. We want every horse to feel loved and valued – like Bo and Aubrey. Our love for them is the reason we rescue horses from slaughter.
DANNY AND TAMI
Swingin’ D was founded by a former Miss Oklahoma and television news anchor and her police detective husband. We learned about the horrors of horse slaughter through social media, and began bailing horses from kill lots through Facebook brokers. We also advocate for responsible horse ownership, and we’re committed to exposing criminals in the rescue industry who prey on innocent victims and harm horses.
TAMI MARLER, MBA
Tami Marler earned her MBA from the University of Tulsa. She was Miss Oklahoma in 1989 and won a talent award and placed in the top 10 at the 1990 Miss America Pageant.
After her pageant days, Tami won numerous awards as an investigative journalist for the Tulsa CBS affiliate where she anchored the news for over a decade. Tami has also run several companies and departments.
Danny Elliott is a detective with the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Department, where he solves major crimes and protects the public. One of his murder cases was recently featured on an episode of ID Channel’s Swamp Murders, which also featured an appearance from Tami Marler, Danny’s wife and a former journalist who reported on the case.
Danny also has years of experience in mortgage banking.
Swingin’ D Horse Rescue offers limited boarding and local transportation services that puts the horses’ well being at the heart of everything we do. We provide nutritional grain to suit each individual horse’s body type, age and activity level. We have rich pastures where healthy horses can graze throughout the day, and a dry lot for easy keepers prone to founder or digestive issues.
|Boarding Level||Description||Monthly Price|
|Boarding Level I||Pasture with herd, grain once a day||200|
|Boarding Level II||Level I + de-wormer + farrier setup||285|
|Boarding Level III||Level II + we pay farrier||300|
|Boarding Level IV||Level I + extra feeding + de-wormer||325|
|Quarantine||Custom feed, meds, de-worm, vet, vaccines, farrier||400|
Each horse we rescue costs up to $1,500 to buy from the kill buyer, rehabilitate, retrain and prepare for adoption. Your donations of time, goods and money help to defray the cost of loving horses from slaughter to sanctuary, and enable us to save even more equine lives.
So many ways to help…
We don’t know what we would do without the kindness and generosity of the volunteers who, week after week, come to to Swingin’ D to spend time with our horses. We have numerous opportunities for volunteers to help us rescue, rehab, evaluate, train and re-home horses.
We appreciate gifts of talent, funding and precious time.
It’s important to keep our horses moving, remembering their training and the work that makes them feel useful and settled. But there’s no way we can spend time with each and every one of them every day. Each horse needs regular exercise, feeding, grooming and evaluation. We also need help with ranch office work, shopping and inventory.
Swingin’ D trains volunteers in the following:
Administrative – We get it! Not everyone likes to get dirty.
You can help with scheduling volunteers, planning events.
Barn chores – mucking, cleaning stalls, cleaning troughs.
If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering for Swingin’ D, please fill out this form.
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