Horse Haven of Tennessee was formed in 1999 when Nina Margetson turned her vision for equine rescue into reality. Read Our Full History
Facts About Us:
Fact #1: Horse Haven does not investigate complaints unless asked by local law enforcement for their assistance.
Fact #2: Horse Haven does not confiscate, press charges or take owners to court. This is done by the legal county entity.
Fact #3: Horse Haven does not charge any county in Tennessee for our services.
Fact #4: Horse Haven has a less than 10% euthanasia rate.
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We do offer programs to HELP responsible owners when they fall on hard times, but only as a short term fix. There are plenty of options out there for those wishing to get rid of their horses they no longer want, and humane euthanasia is one of these. Please own responsibily.
General Viewpoints of HHT
with the federal laws that have outlawed these practices, they still exist today.
There are two accepted ways to euthanize a horse. The first is to hire a veterinarian to sedate the horse who injects it with an overdose of tranquilizer. We prefer people to choose this method over just allowing an animal to die of starvation due to a medical condition or old age. This method is quick, painless, and clean. A vet usually charges between $100-400 which can include carcass disposal. Disposal can present a problem if the owner cannot bury the animal on their own property. If the euthanasia and disposal are done by the local veterinary college, the cost starts at about $250. Horse Haven of Tennessee offers the transport for free (if within 15 miles of Knoxville) if an owner needs assistance. The second option should only be used in the event of an emergency that would leave the animal suffering if left to wait for a vet, and that is a bullet through the brain. Death is instantaneous and painless but care must be given that the shot is correct and on target.
No matter the method, the most important thing to remember is that when we agree to accept one of these awesome creatures into our lives, we agree to take on the responsibility of making that critical choice – when to end your friend’s life with dignity and not let the horse suffer.
Slaughter plants are suggested as a means for people to dispose of their old, sick, unwanted horses, when in reality only the healthy ones are accepted. many times the others are left abandoned in remote areas, left to die a slow and painful death from starvation. Rendering plants are a good means of horse disposal when burial is not an option. When presented to the plant, the animal has already either died or been put down using humane options