Proof that prayer works


God proved He’s listening once again, this time answering prayers for Anastasia, a beautiful horse we saved from slaughter 18 months ago. Notice the title of this blog didn’t pose the question, “Does prayer work?” That ship sailed for me years ago. Baffled recently by several consecutive days of Anastasia‘s miraculous healing, where she didn’t […]


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Ani’s road to Happily Ever After

After a year and approximately $9,000, Anastasia has journeyed from slaughter to sanctuary… and Happily Ever After is closer than ever. Generous donors saved the stunning registered Missouri Fox Trotter from an Oklahoma kill pen in March 2019 and asked if Swingin’ D Horse Rescue could provide sanctuary. She was so profoundly lame, we were […]

China trade deal threatens American horses

Phase One of President Donald Trump’s trade deal with China threatens to open the gates of hell for America’s horses, with the reemergence of U.S. slaughterhouses.

Slaughterproof your horse


After saving dozens of horses from slaughter, we’ve noticed some recurring themes. Kill pens burst at the seams with horses whose owners failed to give them the one thing that could save their lives: Value. First and foremost, horses are expensive. The purchase price, adoption fee or bail is the cheapest expense you’ll ever have […]

Volunteering is good for the soul

Rescuing horses is not for the lazy or faint of heart. It’s grueling, dirty work. You go home at the end of each day with sweat-soaked clothes, manure-covered boots and grimy fingernails. Why on earth would you do it for free? I ask myself constantly why any volunteer would come back, week after week, to […]

Why adopt from a rescue when I can ‘save’ a kill pen horse?


This article is not about the controversy over Facebook’s kill pen broker pages, but it’s impossible to deny they’ve had an impact on horse rescue. That’s not a criticism or an opinion. It’s a fact. Until recently, rescues could intercept a horse at auction for $300-$500. The rescue could invest $500 into rehabilitating the horse […]