Equine Rescue

Susan Wagner of Equine Advocates on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., Aug. 13th)



WEDNESDAY, August 13, 2014

5:00 pm PST … 6:00 pm MST … 7:00 pm CST … 8:00 pm EST

Listen Live (Here!)

Call in # 917-388-4520

This is a 2 hour show, and you can call in with questions at any time.

The shows will be archived, so you can listen anytime.


Susan Wagner & Gandolf, Co-Founders of Equine Advocates

Our guest is Susan Wagner, President and co-founder of Equine Advocates.  Founded in 1996, Equine Advocates has helped rescue thousands of equine from slaughter, abuse and neglect.

Equine Advocates originated and participated in many televised and print undercover investigations in the U.S. and Canada to expose horse slaughter auctions, horse slaughterhouses, the tragic fate of most camp horses, the abusive treatment of many mules, buggy horses and work horses by some Amish farmers, the miserable lives of PMU mares who are continually impregnated and turned into 4-legged drug machines to produce the drugs, Premarin, PremPro and Premphase, the cruel urban carriage horse trade and other informative reports exposing equine abuse and other forms of exploitation.

In 2004, Equine Advocates opened the Equine Advocates Rescue and Sanctuary on 140 acres in Chatham, NY, now home to 85 equine (with 3 wild horses, including Hayden, who was rounded up by the BLM in Montana).  In 2006, they opened the Equine Education Center, where they hold lectures and symposiums on equine care, humane treatment, natural horsemanship and the enforcement of the cruelty laws.  They also host the annual American Equine Summit.

This radio show is co-hosted by Debbie Coffey, Vice-President & Director of Wild Horse Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

Equine Advocates Susan Wagner and Wild Horse Freedom Federation's R.T. Fitch at EA Gala Auction and Dinner at Saratoga Springs, NY July 25, 2014 ~ photo by Chris Spangler

Equine Advocates Susan Wagner and Wild Horse Freedom Federation’s R.T. Fitch at EA Gala Auction and Dinner at Saratoga Springs, NY July 25, 2014 ~ photo by Chris Spangler


To contact us: ppj1@hush.com, or call 320-281-0585


11/6/13 – John Holland, President of Equine Welfare Alliance discussing the latest in horse slaughter issues.  Click HERE.

11/13/13 – Marjorie Farabee, Director of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Equine Mgr. of Todd Mission Ranch (home of TMR Rescue) and founder of Wild Burro Protection League and Carl Mrozak, videographer (Eagle Eye Media).  Click HERE.

11/20/13 – Simone Netherlands, founder of respect 4 horses, director & producer of the documentary “America’s Wild Horses.”  Click HERE.

11/27/13 – R.T. Fitch, President of Wild Horse Freedom Federation and  Ginger Kathrens, Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation, talk about the Salt Wells & Adobe Town roundups.  Click HERE.

12/4/13 – Craig Downer, wildlife ecologist, on Board of Directors of the Cloud Foundation, and author of  “The Wild Horse Conspiracy” (http://thewildhorseconspiracy.org/) and Robert Bauer, Wildlife Biologist, debunk the BLM’s “junk” science about wild horses and burros. Click HERE.

12/11/13 – Ginger Kathrens, the Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation.  Click HERE.

1/15/14 – Victoria McCullough, international equestrian and CEO of Chesapeake Petroleum and John Holland, President of Equine Welfare Alliance, on stopping horse slaughter from being reinstated in the U.S.  Click HERE.

1/29/14 – R.T. Fitch, John Holland and I (and many others) honor and celebrate the life of wild horse advocate Garnet Pasquale, who dedicated her life to save the wild horses & burros, especially near her home in Nevada, with the Spring Mountain Alliance.  Garnet’s dear friend, wild horse advocate and wildlife photographer Arlene Gawne, talks about Garnet, wild horses and the Spring Mountain Alliance.  Click HERE.

2/5 – Carol Walker, Director of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation and filmmaker James Kleinart (theamericanwildhorse.com).  Click HERE.

2/26/14 – Barbara Clark, founder of Dreamcatcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary in northern California talks about the sanctuary and natural behavior of wild horses and burros.  Click HERE.

4/1/14 – Marjorie Farabee, Director of Wild Burro Affairs at Wild Horse Freedom Federation, on endangered (thought to be extinct) Bonaire (Dutch Antilles) donkeys.  Other guests: Carl Mrozak, videographer (Eagle Eye Media), and advocates Rona Aguilar, and her father, Al Catalfumo.  Click HERE.

4/11/14 – Ginger Kathrens, the Founder and Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation.  Click HERE.

5/28/14 – R.T. Fitch, President of Wild Horse Freedom Federation, along with Ginger Kathrens, on his trip to the Pryors with Ginger to find Cloud.  Click HERE.

7/23/14 – Carol Walker, Director of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, on the dire situation for wild horses in Wyoming.  Click HERE.

7/30/14 – Milanne Rehor (Arkwild, Inc.) trying save the last Abaco Spanish Colonial wild mare (named “Nunki”) and her offspring in the Bahamas.  Click HERE.

8/6/14 – Palomino Armstrong, founder of CHILLY PEPPER – MIRACLE MUSTANG, that specializes in caring for CRITICALLY ILL, NEO-NATAL, SICK AND/OR INJURED FOALS.  Listen HERE.

5 replies »

  1. Thanks for the information, Debbie. Really looking forward to hearing Susan’s up-date on an issue that has been of great concern. Over the years, Susan has been a strong advocate for equines domestic and wild. Her compassion and dedication for the protection of wild/domestic horses is truly appreciated. Thank you Susan.


  2. Sorry I’ve been out of cell phone and internet range for two weeks now. I’m trying like crazy to catch up.

    I just got back from the several days atop the Pryors. So let me give you a run down on some things.

    First and foremost Tuesday afternoon we saw 3 trespass cattle on the range. I was camping just south of the Skyes Ridge/Burnt Timber junction. Not exact sure how they got on the range, where they came from. They came thru our camp at 3:52 p.m. Last seen they were headed south towards Penn’s Cabin.

    BLM Montana is aware. Supposedly the owner will go out tomorrow to retrieve them. I don’t know bout anyone else but it sure makes me mad that the cows were this far into the range. I will check on Monday to see if the cattle are gone. Tomorrow’s a travel day for me.

    So let me back up to Sunday afternoon. Cause this is gonna be fun to read!

    We had gone south of Penn’s and saw several bands hiding in the trees. Too hot to come out and play. After a time we went back north to Mystic Pond. I saw Encore. She is so dainty and feminine looking. Somehow when Doc broke up Cloud’s band Encore got caught with some bachelor boys. Her “boyfriend” really seems smitten with her. BLM name is Knight but I can’t remember if Ginger has another name for him. It is really sweet to watch them interact. Knight is as smitten with her Encore as she is with him.

    Watching Knight protect his girl from other studs is also something else! Knight is only 4 but what a grown up he is! He won’t hesitate to mix it up with studs if he thinks they are getting fresh with Encore.

    Then we headed back to our base camp. Cloud was chasing another stud right thru our camp! Back and forth! Zip he’d go one way. Zip he’d go back the other! What a site. I got out of the car and whispered a hello to him. Cloud was pretty riled up right then so I’m not sure I got any pictures of him.

    After dinner I walked down Skyes a bit. Cloud was being dogged by Chino and a couple other band stallions. At one point he walked thru this meadow to this other stallion. It was like he was openly trying to stalk this other–like I’m invisible, you can’t see me! They squealed a couple of times and lifted hooves. Quick enough that was over with no fur flying.

    Then Cloud told Ingrid (who lead all 4 of them Sunday), Feldspar and Ohanzee to head over this hill heading south and east. Just slow walking. Cloud would stop, turn and there would be Chino dogging him. At one point Cloud came back to Chino, a couple of squeals and Cloud went back to his girls.

    It was interesting to watch all these dynamics going on. Even if you don’t know names–you can make them up.

    There is a whole lot more to share but it can wait.


  3. For those who didn’t hear the radio show live, you can listen to the archived show and hear Susan tell about Press Exclusive and her rescue.

    Press Exclusive, born in 1996, is a Kentucky-bred Thoroughbred mare who raced 48 times in Canada and won more than $436,000 for her owner, then gave birth to nine foals before ending up on the Canadian version of Craig’s List where she was purchased by a killer buyer. On her way to slaughter, she was trampled on the truck and was near death. Press defied the odds and survived unimaginable pain and suffering. That was back in December of 2012 when Mindy Lovell who runs a Canadian rescue organization called Transitions Thoroughbreds took in Press and nursed her back to health. Then on September 10, 2013, we welcomed Press to the sanctuary where she will be retired for life!

    Press is proudly sponsored, in full, by a supporter from Sleepy Hollow, New York.


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