Award Nomination for Charity which gets the Wheels Turning for Equines

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“All we ask is that each provider charge the least they can, to make this part of the equine rescue process as affordable as possible,” says Nash. “That’s the key to saving lives.”

A nonprofit group which runs a network to enable at-risk horses to be moved affordably across North America has been nominated for a prestigious award.
Terry' Fitch's Rig with 11 rescued wild burros from the BLM headed to TMR with Marjorie Farabee as Fleet of Angels, TMR and Wild Horse Freedom Federation work together to ensure the burros are not shipped to Guatemala
Terry’ Fitch’s Rig with 11 rescued wild burros from the BLM headed to TMR with Marjorie Farabee as Fleet of Angels, TMR and Wild Horse Freedom Federation work together to ensure the burros are not shipped to Guatemala

Fleet of Angels is in the running for the Equine Industry Vision Award, which is given by the American Horse Publications organization. The award is given annually in recognition of outstanding leadership, creativity and meritorious contribution toward positive changes in the equine industry.

Past recipients include industry notables such as Olympic equestrian gold medal winner David O’Connor, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association founder Robert Cacchione, and the past director of the Mustang Heritage Foundation, Patti Colbert.

Fleet of Angels was nominated by Dr Ann Marini, a scientist whose research into potential horse-meat toxicity arising from drug residues is widely known.

 The organization is the brainchild of Elaine Nash. The network she established more than three years ago has benefited thousands of equines across the US and Canada.

“We have several thousand members, but I want 100,000,” Nash told Horsetalk.

“If we can get to the point where there’s a transporter within 25 miles of every at-risk horse, we can increase our current success rate even more,” she says.

Nash spends most of her time working to help horses, including over weekends and holidays…(CONTINUED)


  1. I PRAY I’m wrong, but I believe that Fleet of Angels will NOT transport horses from kill pens and those gotten through broker programs. In fact, over that issue, Elaine Nash had unfriended me. It’s such a shame that help is provided only on a discriminatory basis and that everyone who is anti-slaughter can’t work together.

    A horse’s life saved is a horse’s life SAVED!!!!

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    • Fleet of Angels is happy to help transport at-risk equines that were purchased from kill buyers, feed lots, and brokers- just as soon as they have been properly quarantined for 30 days, following standard equine QT protocol. In order to help curb the spread of highly contagious and often-deadly equine diseases, it is critically important that horses exposed to those illnesses at public facilities not be transported in the close confines of a trailer with healthy horses that can easily catch the illness and/or become carriers and pass it on to others. A horse’s life saved is a horse’s life saved, but it’s important that saving that life not cost the lives of other equines. For those who choose to take the risk of transporting without properly quarantining, we do offer the ‘Load and Go’ page on Facebook, where ‘dirty loads’ are networked. We’d like for that group of transporters to facilitate transportation only from kill pen or auction to the nearest QT facility, but unfortunately many buyers of kp horses opt to transport them from kill pen to their new homes regardless of being advised to not do so. Of course there are exceptions- like short distances from QT to new home, loads consisting only of ‘dirty’ horses that make no overnight stops enroute to new homes, etc. We want to get every at-risk horses in the US and Canada transported to a safe, lifetime home- but we are committed to doing that as safely as possible.


      • Elaine, thanks for your good works, and good words. May I suggest, though, replacing the word “dirty” with something less polarizing? I well understand the need for quarantine and Coggins testing, but without an actual diagnosis nobody is sure which horses may or may not be ill or carrying dangerous diseases. Labeling all unknowns as “dirty” disparages them needlessly. We create our own reality through language, so how about replacing this negative term with something more appropriate, like “unknown health status” or “possibly exposed” or even “untested” all terms which are closer to the truth and less pejorative.


  2. Thanks for helping spread the word about Fleet of Angels, RT! We appreciate that media attention helps us recruit more Angels (transporters, layover locations, QT’ers, etc), and with more Angels, we can help more at-risk equines! Anyone who’s interested in learning more about Fleet of Angels is invited to check out our web site, The Home and FAQ pages will answer most questions. We’re happy to answer additional questions sent to Teamwork works!


    • Icy Spots and Geri, I agree with you totally re the term ‘dirty’. It is unsavory. Unfortunately, that’s the widely known term for equines that need to be quarantined, but aren’t. We didn’t coin it. I often use every other term for that practice that I can think of, but most people- especially transporters who haul unquarantined horses, use the term ‘dirty’ so commonly that reinventing the use of it would be very difficult, and trying could even alienate us from some ‘dirty load’ transporters whose services we do sometimes need. Also- to ‘soften’ the term could also serve to de-emphasize the importance of quarantining. I’m pretty sure that a person whose healthy horse got a disease that could kill it from another horse that someone had put on the trailer while knowing that it was putting other horses at great risk, would consider that the horse that was the carrier was indeed ‘dirty’. I think that we need to be careful to not become so careful in how we address that issue that we contribute to the acceptance of a practice that causes deaths by being passive about a person’s irresponsible choice to not quarantine a potentially sick/contagious horse.


      • HYH, I respectfully an vigorously disagree. Changing a word that was questionably correct and biased to begin with is not equivalent to causing irresponsible deaths. For one example to ponder, consider how the use of the “N” word was once common but was changed as we intentionally reconsidered its origins and implications.

        Further, in this day and age, when so many communicable diseases are being spread even by fully vaccinated show horses being hauled all over the place, sharing hitch rails, water sources etc. your example creates yet another artificial distinction which is used against wild horses – who in truth may be “cleaner” than the domestics they are unwillingly put into contact with. Words do affect our thinking, and then our actions. It is incumbent on us to notice this and reject just doing or saying something because we “always” did it that way.


  3. I am very proud of the work Elaine is doing. Fleet of Angels has saved thousands of lives. Not long ago, we saved a load of donkeys, a horse, and a mule from the Kaufman kill pen. We transported them directly to our vet for quarantine. Sadly, within one week we lost a young jennet from complications caused by the flu. Others in the group also became ill, but not to the extent of this one sweet girl. I hate to think of the outbreak we could have had without the quarantine. The equine at the kill pens are stressed, improperly fed, and sharing common water and moldy hay. Those sad equine who find themselves in these pens are at a high risk of becoming very sick in the weeks after rescue. We completely disinfected the trailer as soon as they were unloaded, and never would considered allowing contact with our healthy animals. They need to be saved like any at risk equine. However, it is imperitive that the transportation is handled smartly. Great work Elaine!

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    • Thanks, Marjorie. I’m a huge admirer of yours, for all the work you do for longears- both wild and domestic. You are a force with whom to be reckoned! Thank you for all you do in the world of equine rescue. Your commitment to educating others about the issues that at-risk equines face on their journeys from danger to safety is so badly needed and is so very helpful!


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