Watch: Elite U.S. triathletes work to save horses

Credit : Photos: Believe Ranch and Rescue

Monday 27 November - 17h58 | Ian Clayton

Watch: Elite U.S. triathletes work to save horses

In Olympic-discipline equestrian sports, there are many star horses recognized around the world — one can think of examples like McLain Ward's HH Azur, Harrie Smolders’ Don VHP Z, Eric Lamaze’s Fine Lady 5, Kevin Staut’s Rêveur de Hurtebise* HDC, Michael Jung’s La Biosthetique Sam FBW, and Isabell Werth’s Weihegold Old. 

 - Watch: Elite U.S. triathletes work to save horses

While these elite mounts — extremely valuable from a purely monetary point of view due to their competitive and breeding potential — travel the planet and compete in pressure-packed environments, they also receive much love, top-level conditions and the best care and treatment. In contrast, there are many more ‘everyday’ equines across the world who are not in the spotlight and sometimes live and die in terrible conditions.

In response, some people are working to save the lives of unheralded mounts, or improve their living conditions. As the Daily Camera - Boulder County News in Colorado reports, one such organization is Believe Ranch and Rescue, which is run by world-class triathletes and coaches Siri Lindley and Rebekah Keat. Since the start of the year, their group has reportedly saved 31 horses from going to slaughterhouses in Mexico or Canada. 

Often, the equines arrive at their facilities in a traumatized state. "We don't know their story," Keat told the newspaper. "We have to figure out a lot.” Lindley added that the pair has succeeded in finding homes for some of them. “They are being loved,” she said, “and that's a great feeling.” For more information on the organization, including on how to donate, see here. 

See video below the break. 

 - Watch: Elite U.S. triathletes work to save horses


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