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.
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. It’s illegal in America, but in other countries, people slap horse meat between two pieces of bread and eat them.
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.
DANNY AND TAMI – Swingin’ D Horse Rescue 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 began bailing horses from kill lots through Facebook brokers. Always Tami’s staunchest supporter, Danny 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.
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 in industries ranging from medicine to technology. As president of Marler & Associates, Tami helps businesses develop plans to communicate through crises. She also builds websites and consults in marketing and PR.
In addition to all of her official duties, Tami acts as legal guardian and caregiver for her stepfather (who helped raise her), who suffers from Alzheimer’s.
Danny Elliott is a detective with the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office. When he’s not Chief Mucker for the horse rescue, he solves major crimes and cold cases. One of his murder cases was recently featured on an episode of ID Channel’s Swamp Murders. Tami also appeared in the episode. She was a journalist at the time, reporting on the disappearance and murder of the Broken Arrow teenager.
Danny also has years of experience in mortgage banking. He still has quite a following after traveling the country for 10 years as the lead singer of a Christian rock band.