At Swingin’ D Horse Rescue, we’re committed to saving horses from neglectful or abusive situations that force them into the slaughter pipeline.
Swingin' D Horse Rescue - What we do
We accept surrendered horses or horses bailed from kill pens. Swingin’ D Horse Rescue nurses them back to health, evaluates and trains them, then adopts them to responsible owners. We require contracts for all adoptions. New owners commit to making their horse(s) the center of their world, and ensuring their protection and comfort forever.
Swingin' D Horse Rescue - Why we do it
We believe horses are sentient beings, capable of learning, trust and love. Horses that have been trained to serve humans deserve a life of usefulness, where they can be 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 - Not rescued. Just spoiled.
America's Dirty Little Secret
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 could slap their meat between to pieces of bread and eat them. It’s illegal in America, but in other countries, people eat horse meat – chemicals, hormones and all.
When the U.S. shut down horse slaughterhouses in 2007, a new industry exploded, with the help of social media. Today, an estimated 100,000 to 130,000 American horses are shipped across the border to Mexican and Canadian slaughterhouses. The USDA estimates 92 percent of them are perfectly healthy.
Think about that. More than 90,000 horses like Aubrey and Bo are sent to the most inhumane death imaginable by the owners they trusted and served. But hey, we’re not doing it in America anymore, right? We’re just enabling it in other countries.
This new, unregulated industry attracts charlatans, crooks and animal abusers who travel around the country, stealing from generous donors, and starving, injuring and even killing horses.
Our goal is for every horse to feel loved and valued – like Bo and Aubrey. Our love for them is the reason we started this horse rescue.
Tami and Danny - Swingin' D Founders
Swingin’ D Horse Rescue was founded by a former Miss Oklahoma and television news anchor and her police detective husband. They learned about the horrors of horse slaughter through social media. Tami Marler began bailing horses from kill lots through Facebook brokers. Always Tami’s staunchest supporter, Danny Elliott jumped right in, mucking manure and tending the ranch.
Tami and Danny also advocate for responsible horse ownership. Both investigators at heart, they’ve collaborated to expose criminals in the horse rescue industry. They worked with law enforcement in multiple jurisdictions to investigate a woman accused of abusing animals and stealing from donors. They also share tips for proper horse care, as well as lessons learned in horse rescue.