Please Work to Stop the Soring of Horses

I haven’t written about soring horses for too long in this blurb. But I haven’t stopped writing about them. I have finished four novels now. All have horses in the plots; they are often in trouble. I had hoped when I did some new research about soring, I would have found some progress in the fight to stop this torture of horses. It’s still going on. It is hard to imagine why humans who think of themselves as good people commit this crime. A person I met just today  who has plenty of experience to make this statement, told me she thinks it has to do with their fragile egos. It’s “mastery over a large animal” that is behind soring. Open the link below to read more.

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Fourth Novel in Connie Holt Mystery Series is Here

Novel Four cover shown Amazon

“The Ashworth Mysteries,” book four in the Connie Holt Mystery Series, is here. Fans of Connie and her adventures in Virginia horse country will meet their friends from the first three novels plus other intriguing characters, including Steve Irby, a new farrier and failed country music singer from Nashville, and new doctor, Dick Fairfax. Ashworth historical characters and events are here too.

Like to know more? Here’s a brief introduction to the novel.

“The Ashworth Mysteries” is the story of an annus horribilis in the fortunes of Cary McCutcheon and his wife Pam of Bedford, Virginia. In this newest story, Cary and his wife have an unusual problem with Pam’s aunt, Pamela Ashworth, a still beautiful and mysterious woman who lives in Charlottesville. Pamela needs help from Pam and Cary. She is suffering from a heart ailment and her finances have long been in need of a review. Good business dictates that the very old Virginia family of the Ashworths be investigated before its financial situation is analyzed. But there are mysteries about the family that have never been brought to light.

Until recently, Cary and Pam had intended to work with Pam’s aunt themselves in an intensive investigation that might take six months or more. But they didn’t figure on Pam having a bad riding accident. At the beginning of the story, Pam is thrown from her horse in a jumping accident. Unconscious, Pam is transported by Pegasus, the University of Virginia helicopter, to the hospital. Depressed by the accident, Cary fails to realize he has serious business problems. Connie Holt and the rest of Cary’s staff are disillusioned and worried. A most important conversation between Steve Irby and Cary becomes the catalyst for Cary’s realization that everyone in his horse community is in trouble–including him. His particular crisis includes financial problems, the real possibility of losing his beloved thoroughbred Darkling Lord, fewer customers for his insurance business and thoroughbred breeding and sales, and the realization that he has a closed business and farm in which much of the community isn’t involved. He’s been caught in the business model of his father that is no longer viable.

In this dilemma, Cary and Pam give the problem of Pamela Ashworth to Connie. She will live in luxury at Ashworth Hall in Charlottesville with the famous lady and use her best investigative skills to find out the truth about the Ashworth family. Why did the family fail to flourish during the early years of Virginia? Who were earlier relatives who are associated with the name Ashworth? What are the facts about Pamela Ashworth and her life as a singer? What is the true history of Pam whose life story is still open to question? While Cary and his wife try to find solutions for their complex business problems, Connie will be working on the history of the family. No one realizes that the information Connie takes back to Bedford will be devastating and raise the inevitable question in cases like this: should certain family secrets never be divulged?

The Magnificent Mustangs Survive

July 30, 2015

The population of feral horses, or mustangs, greatly decreased in the United States during the 20th century. The modernization of the countryside, extreme weather conditions, indiscriminate hunting and human pressure have all led to the slow demise of wild horses. But in an area of southern Spain, the heritage and lines of the mustangs live on.

Heroic Sue Morrow Saves Horses from Death or Abandonment

July 23, 2015

In October 2010, photojournalist Sue Morrow volunteered to muck the stalls and stock hay at a rural barn in Athens, Ohio, called Last Chance Corral. Little did she know that this barn was one of the primary safe havens for non-pedigreed nurse mare foals and adult horses who were rescued from being killed or abandoned after breeding season.

Morrow soon began documenting the barn and its efforts to rescue non-pedigree foals who did not demonstrate “championship potential” in a film called “Born to Die.” The documentary was recently funded via Kickstarter in January with a mission to bring awareness to what Morrow calls the “cruel secret” within the breeding industries.

Read this Petition and Sign if you Agree with Brynn and Scott’s Plea

Stop the slaughter of horses for human consumption


My name is Brynn Taylor, and I am 12 years old. I started this petition with my dad because I love horses. They are sweet, kind animals with very big hearts. They help us in so many ways, from being a great form of physical therapy for people with disabilities to providing companionship to veterans. Horses are very heroic and have been a big part of our history. Now it is our turn to help them.

In 2014 alone, more than 140,000 U.S. horses were slaughtered for human consumption overseas. The process is cruel and inhumane — the long, cramped journey to Mexico and Canada causes these animals great stress and suffering. Once at the slaughterhouse, they are shoved into a “kill box” where there is an attempt to stun them before they are killed. It often doesn’t work, and the horse remains conscious. It is time for the cruel and unnecessary killing of horses to end.

The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act of 2015 would prohibit the sale or transport of horses and other equines for the purpose of consumption. SAFE would establish Congressional recognition that equines are not domesticated for human consumption.

Even if you believe it should be okay to consume horses, US horses are treated with chemicals that make them unsafe for human consumption. The SAFE ACT recognizes these chemicals as hazardous to humans, and calls for a ban on the consumption of equine meat.

The bill has been introduced in both the House and Senate, but opponents are working hard to stop it. We need you to raise your voice to end the cruel slaughter of horses. Help me protect the animals I love and get the SAFE Act passed.

Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President Barack Obama
Support U.S. H.R. 1942; S. 1214—The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act of 2015 and Stop the Slaughter of Horses for Human Consumption