Update; September 21, 2014

As I need to leave Thailand, PHR is now seeking homes for the horses , although is not having much luck. Seems most Thai people think it is alright to own ex racing Thoroughbreds with absolutely no land for them to to be horses on. They are also unaware this breed cannot live on tropical grasses without supplemental feed.

If no appropriate homes can be found, the other choice is to put them down in a humane and painless manner. While it seems harsh, it is kinder than simply walking away and letting them take their chances, and probably ending up in situations I found them in-or worse.

I will not have Lamburg or the others, rotting in a stall, sick for year after year waiting to die as the common belief system here does not allow for euthanasia.

However, a third, far happier alternative is to fly them to USA with me !! It will take about $50,000. USD a lot of money I know but if it can be raised, it is a viable option. Once in USA, and through the 7 day mandatory quarantine, they can go to a huge retirement foundation property.

Please see http://gogetfunding.com/project/phuket-horse-rescue-air-lift.

I have also made a page; facebook.com/4581sell page with items for sell.

Already close to $6000 has been raised from sale of my own furniture, oriental rugs and other personal belongings.

Also on that page is information about land for sale...

The owner of the land I lease will pay me to cancel the contract if I can find a buyer. And it will cover the costs of the airlift, so please share the page if anyone you know is looking for land to develop or build an estate on. It really is the best deal in Thailand.. 6400 sq meters within walking distance of Bang-Tao Beach for 18 million baht ( about $600,000 @ 30 baht/$1 ) Includes Thai Co. ltd properly structured for foreign ownership, and infrastructure already in place for villa development. There is already a small western style home.

So please share, pass it on, contribute or just hope.

Thank you for reading,

Christy K. Sweet.

Mission

Phuket Horse Rescue is a Sanctuary and Seeks to Remedy Abuse, Misuse and Neglect in Horses used Commercially.
Phuket Island, Thailand.

Contact PhuketHorseRescue@GMail.com or; (66) 084-842-4581

Please note, any monetary donation to, or patronage of Andaman Horse Center, Co Ltd., is sincerely appreciated, but understand Phuket Horse Rescue is NOT a registered charity and is not representing itself as one. There is a wish list toward the bottom of this page if you wish to donate supplies, but you will be doing so to a "for profit" [laughs] company. Please also note that Thailand's rules for foreigners working restricts the use of volunteers to only registered charities-and requires both a B Visa and a Work Permit, so we cannot accept volunteer labor from foreigners.

Latest news, March 27th, 2014.

PHR now cares for 3 horses, 2 ponies, a whole lotta cats and is still located in the gorgeous Layan Valley area next door to Sirinart National Forest Reserve in Thalang District.

Unfortunately a pack of mean dogs have taken over the neigborhood and have killed several of the cats, chickens and a rooster so we have given away the birds to where they will be safe.

Update September, 2013

Early in 2012, PHR moved its location closer to Bang-Tao beach and is now also the proud site of the Andaman Horse Center, Co., Ltd., located on Soi 7 above Layan Beach Village, North Bang-Tao Bay, Thalang District, Phuket Province, 83110

Best Care Anywhere !!

www.AndamanHorseCenter.Com

Offering beginner riding lessons and private horse livery, (boarding) with high US/UK naturalist standards of horse care and areas suitable for jumping and lessons. Nearby and safely accessible riding includes the Sirinart National Forest Reserve, and the Marine Park at Layan Beach, which is a short ride away as is the adjacent eight kilometer-long Bang-Tao beach.

Please support the horse's sanctuary and rescue with kind patronage of Andaman Horse Center.

About the Rescue:

PHR is a personal endeavor, going on seven years now, wholly, foolishly financed by my own personal funds and fueled by my affection for horses. Equine experts and interested others are welcome to visit as friends, meet the horses and any sharing of experience is much appreciated. Patronage of Andaman Horse Center is appreciated to help support the rescue and we always are giving away free bags of Grade A horse manure !

Currently, PHR cares for two ponies and three horses, three others have passed on, and November 2011, had begun the process of registering to become a charitable foundation. Mr. Fauma of International Law Office in Phuket Town has generously donated his firm's time in seeing this through- which is a lengthly process taking up to 18 months. The Chairman will be Dr. "John" Trithep, DVM of the Thalang Animal Hospital. I myself will act as director / treasurer, and will make the necessary initial 200,000 baht donation, but am still in need of a trusted Government official which is proving to be an unsurmountable hurdle.

Horses in Thailand

Technically there are laws protecting horses, and other animals in Thailand from abuse or neglect, but they are easily ignored by businesses with the complicity of the patrons. And what remains true is there are no minimum land standards whatsoever for horses. No turn out or space to be run free is deemed unneccesary by the vast majority of stables. Even more cruel is the locking up of sick or injured horses in stalls for year after year which is deemed perfectly acceptable, " treatment."

Though minimum feed and housing laws exist, "..sufficient for the health..," (meaning not cause death?) they are hardly enforced which leads to countless ex-racing thoroughbreds suffering from inadequate nutrition and other poor care.

Western and some mixed Asian breeds simply cannot exist on tropical grasses without supplemental feed. Substandard and ultimately harmful cow food is routinely used. Worked to point of illness or injury, warehoused cruelly in a stall for a few years- or more, then on to slaughter is the life of way too many unfortunate horses in Thailand.

A History ; The conditions in Thailand that many animals are forced to endure are sickening.

In the winter and spring of 2006, having first arrived in Thailand, I witnessed and took pictures of grotesquely, abusively neglected and seriously ill horses, pictures that would make you cry and would, in the US or Great Britain-land the proprietor in jail and unable to ever own horses again !! EVER !!

Neglect consisted of everything from feeding cow food and filthy water to maggots allowed to fester in wounds, a suffering foal unable to stand, literally rotting on the stall floor and a seriously ill gelding starving to death from an undiagnosed illness and unable to walk because of hooves distorted from neglect and twice the normal length. A gelding, Khun-Phan was in horrible pain with mis/untreated laminitus, a severe hoof inflammation often caused by insulin from too much sugar or carbs. See pics in his bio below. ( And please read more on sugar and how green grass is not the best feed for horses.)

A lack of compassion for animals is all too prevalent in the general Thai public and sadly, many visiting foreigners, too. For instance, tigers are exploited at now famous (from a mauling) Buddhist temple and drugged for photo shots with tourists. One, along with a gorilla is kept in a grossly inedequate and cruel Bangkok department store display case. Baby elephants are routinely beaten severely while chained so as to be subdued, or their mothers killed. Next time you pay to take a picture of a cute baby elephant surfing at the beach, please ask where its mother is. Chances are it was bred purposely to be taken from her at a far too early an age.

This is a side to Thailand that is not advertised or readily visible to tourists and we strongly urge any visitors to please, DO NOT patronize any kind of animal attractions including zoos or elephant camps of which only one or two camps near Chang Mai are compassionate in care (not chaining or beating.) We also would ask that no horse rental stables without a large enough turn out field be patronized either.

It is my strong opinion, the astonising widespread acceptance in Asia of such practices and other cruelties against animals is a culturally based, religious belief that suffering is just and deserved by a past life's misdeeds.

Philosophy

Horses deserve quality of life and that includes always having space to move and opportunities to be horses.

At PHR, currently they are kept in a natural manner on four rai. Allowed to mingle 24 hours a day, they are NEVER locked into stalls except at feeding times and are encouraged to move about their shelter and field as much as possible and thus do not usually ever experience the swelling and stiffness that so many horses suffer from exposed to traditional, locked-in-boxes most of the time, horse keeping practices.

How this cruel habit of endless incarceration remains acceptable with people that honestly love horses is a complete mystery to me.

Barefoot trims are performed on hooves as needed and there are patches about the exercise field of varying grades of gravel to provide a naturally abrasive footing. It is found the hooves are self cleaning and rarely suffer fungal infections.

In keeping with a natural philosophy, horses at PHR are not shod. Equine hooves pump blood with every step they take which is yet another reason to not confine horses in stalls for any length of time.

Many vets received training before it was known just how important hooves are to the circulatory system and thus may be ill trained about one of a horse's important functions.

I realize most find this view radical while I find the ingrained belief that shoeing isn't harmful most remarkable. I ask one consider that shoeing is still acceptable, nurtured into prevalancy since the iron age because it takes at least nine months to a year for a new, undamaged hoof to grow in- trimmed correctly. Most are not willing to have use of a horse restricted for that length of time.

I plead to anyone who may doubt the damage chronic shoeing causes to read further;

Why Shoes are Detrimental to Hooves

Pete Ramey Natural Hoof Care

The Horses


Woodward C. Jolie (Chocolate to his friends)

Updated February 17, 2014

Woodward C. Jolie ( or Chocolate to his friends ) arrived at PHR the same day as the Chinese New Year of the Horse, January 31, 2014. He’s quite a big guy, a nine- year old bay colored thoroughbred gelding, probably from Malaysia. One of the horse owners boarding at the riding club near BIS school called and was concerned for Chocolate’s welfare. We aren’t sure what the whole story was, presumably his owner stopped paying for his board so for about 6 months he was given only a minimum of feed and was becoming dangerously underweight.

Most shockingly, his hooves were also about 6 months overdue for a trim and were so long and fractured, they looked like thin crusted pizzas pasted to the bottom of his legs. Poor guy, he could barely walk.

We gave him a preliminary trim just to get him able to walk up onto the truck ramp, and so he’d be OK to transport without shearing off a mass of hoof tissue.

It took three more trims every few days before he was comfortable enough to have himself a spontaneous canter but he’s still nursing a tender frog (cartilage on the bottom of the hoof) that was rotting and needed to be severely cut back.

The good news is someone took excellent care of his teeth, which are neatly filed and pearly white. Might have to call him “Hollywood.”

Finally on February 16th was the first time he stopped eating and just relaxed. He’s already put on a lot of weight and will be up to riding form in another few weeks and then hopefully we can begin training him to work as a lesson horse for heavier adults.


Pony-Boy ..aka Ponius Maximus

Update; September 16, 2013, Pony Boy has been at PHR for fours years today ! ( Also sadly, the anniversary of the horrid One-two -go flight crash. See www.InvestigateUdom.com for the disgusting details of this preventable crash.) Last winter he developed a nasty case of laminitus ( insulin resistance) and was painfully lame for some time. It seems one of the workers was giving him a lot of fruit treats and would not stop. Carbs trigger the inflammation in the hoof much like diabetes in humans can cause limb circulatory dysfunction. Once we eliminated the worker, and put Pony-Boy on a strict diet, soaking the hay in water to eliminate sugars even, the hooves began the long growing out process of healing and should be OK in another few months.

Update; August 2012 Ponius Maximus has now been ridden a few times and seems, once we work out how to keep him from eating everything and lose a little weight, he might be suitable to train for riding lessons.

Update: February, 2011 Was gelded last winter after he took to charging me and running me down twice in two days. I'm more terrified of him than I ever have been of the gigantic snarling mean, snapping Thoroughbred, Siam! So now, a year later Pony boy has calmed down and enjoys his secure life as part of a herd. He's so small though, all of us are too big to train him to take riders....And he is getting fat off the hay.

Previous log.

..Is the most recent addition equine to the yard; a very small, muffy-maned bay Thai breed. Friend of PHR, (FoPHR) Janet called the afternoon of September 15, 2009 and said she'd help to capture a small pony, obviously cared for but running loose amongst the traffic on west By-Pass Road. Locals will know how dangerous this four-laned highway is where traffic routinely reaches speeds of 150 kph or more.

I was able to get there and assist her until the owner showed up, who then admitted he hadn't the time to properly care for, "Nume" and so relinquished ownership of the pony to me.

Pony-Boy is a strong-spirited little thing and has lived without horse company for some time so first thing he did upon arrival was try to attack Siam through the fence. Siam is an enormous horse four times Pony-Boy's size and though gelded, easily asserted dominance. So the next day, fence mending had to be done.

It was all very exciting!

Beautiful-Girl and Siam watch Pony-Boy Arrive


Lamburg....

Update: September 2013. Lamburg is now 19 years old and going strong, though he has developed a syndrome called anhydrosis- he no longer sweats. It is manageable though with simply wetting him during exercise and using common sense in not allowing him to overheat. Update; August 27, 2012; Lamburg has progressed from a hostile "petite diablo" to a suprisingly trustworthy lesson pony. He just had his eighteenth birthday party where he gave out 30 free pony rides!

Previous log; Lamburg is a gelding and a Little-Brown-Horse, though really pony-sized, don't let him know that as he is the alpha horse, a dark bay with a bushy mane and generous tail. Built like a miniature thoroughbred and born June 27, 1995 in Patong, Phuket where his first name was Beauty and his father was an ex- racing Thoroughbred. Pictured is his mother, a Thai breed. I met Lamburg's breeder and first owner last year and he brought many pictures of the young colt.

A young colt in Patong, 1995

I met Lamburg and seeing he was miserable and wanting to save him from future rentals, purchased him on February 15, 2005 and continued boarding him at that stable. It was a year later after I came to Thailand to reside permanently that I came to notice the lack of care and compassion the horses endured at the rental stable, and the outright abusive neglect suffered by horses at its neighboring breeding facility.

One day the stable manager bragged to me about Lamburg, "He'll eat anything; pizza, beer- anything we give him!"

Healthy and energetic, but taught to bite box by a prior owner along with other badly aggressive manners from years at the hands of uncaring workers, he is much improved after over seven years of loving, non-threatening care. He has some dressage and jumping skills and is quite lively to ride. Under 60 kilos is his weight limit

After his first owner sold him , Lamburg was a beach rental pony for many years at two different stables. He wore a bitted bridle and ill-fitting saddle while entertaining oversized tourists for hours every day on a hot beach. However, no one ever noticed that he misbehaved on the bit as it is painful as it turns out Lamburg is a well-mannered mount under just a bitless bridle thanks to a kind gift from Olga in Malaysia, ( thank you, Olga! ) I would love to also have a "treeless" ( soft, not rigid,) saddle that fits him properly.

Lamburg can have an allergy to the dust or mold in old hay. First, his eyes will water, then he'll start coughing. If he's allowed continued access to dusty hay, he'll begin to have difficulty breathing which he shows by propping a forefoot up on a rail in an effort to get air into his lungs. We keep a shot of antihistamine around just in case it ever gets life threatening. So, if he starts showing symptoms, the hay needs to be soaked in water for an hour and he has to be kept away from the other horse's hay. Luckily, fresh, clean hay has been available lately so he's allowed free-range to be the alpha-male of our small herd.

He loves all treats but gains weight easily so just small amounts, please and no Thai-produce ground root vegetables such as carrots which are packed with pesticide. Bannanas are his favorite, but have a lot of sugar. Apples from New Zealand are the best treats for horses and can be found easily at Tesco-Lotus stores.

Siam aka Hansum-Man or Big Guy

Updated March 26, 2014

Siam now has a habit of coming up to the fence at 9:30 pm and waiting for me to come out to do the evening chores. He nickers softly when he sees me and always stands quietly so I can pet him for a few minutes. This is usually the only time he allows affection, but it's a long way from the constantly snapping, snarling brute of 5 years ago.

Updated October 14, 2012 Siam has improved much from when he first arrived with a dead tail which now swishes vigorously . His daily 1 / 2 hour of gentle walking exercise has him far more conditioned and the awful limp has evened out somewhat. He still canbe a terror though and it takes quite a bit of courage and experience to handle him.

Previous entry ...Is a very tall, handsome, and leggy Thoroughbred gelding with an obvious Arabian influence. His colouring is a rare Strawberry-Cream Roan with the white streaks in the mane, and he has a forehead star. His forelock is very long and from the way he peeks out from behind it, his nickname is Pretty-Boy.

Siam was rescued from a Nai Yang beach rental stable, since closed, where he was leased to unwary tourists in his crippled, unstable and dangerous condition. Still, he ran like the wind. A caring UK/European couple bought him out of that situation and gave him to me in November of 2007. We have decided he hates the name " Siam "as when he heard it, it probably always involved abuse from the owner at the beach, who probably named him so I now call him Big Guy. I've tried many times to contact the Thai Jockey club to find out more info about him, but I never get a response.

Born around 2003 and like all racehorses, Siam probably began competing before he finished growing and because he is so big, possibly the joints did not form properly so now it seems he cannot lock one or both of his rear legs. This may be related to surgery scars on the left stifle, or he likely may have had a catastrophic fall. If he falls asleep without parking his rear end against support, he gradually begins sliding back until he loses his balance and wakes up with a start.

He also has a problem with the left rear leg behaving, "woodenly." As there is no portable x-ray on Phuket, I cannot be sure of the exact injuries. He sure can't buck his rear up very high and has to be careful to not lose his balance if asked to walk backwards. All together, he walks rather clumsily and can sit down suddenly, like a dog would do if his weight gets shifted back, especially on uneven terrain. His trot is even worse but his gait seems to normalize completely when he wants to gallop.

Though I fear he'll fall, I do not believe he suffers with pain as he often gets frisky and bounds around comically. I've even seen him do small jumps just yesterday, so the gentle walking exercise early mornings is once again proven therapy. Even if Big Guy is able to carry a rider, for safety's sake,their's and his- probably never should.

He is a very good boy and is quite well mannered on a lead, but may aggressively threaten to bite if he feels you've intruded upon him without invitation, or when he's eating. Sometimes he snaps in a very intimidating way, usually it is just bluster and so far, tiny warning nips. The trick is to don't stare at him with both eyes, or raise your hands as he's been hit a lot, obviously. The key to handling him is to not challenge him but he will respond to sterness. He'll often show quite the snarl but then gives you a soft little kiss. He's actually very sweet and totally misunderstood.

Beautiful-Girl...

Update; September, 2009

Chai, the horse's groom has done an excellent job with Beautiful-Girl as she is no longer an untrained wild-child and is now allowing a rider. Being trained with a bitless bridle, she's doing very, very well. However because of her pastern angle is set too low, she will only be able to carry riders at a walk or else I fear she will suffer injuries.

Now to get her to load into an enclosed truck!!

( Introduction) Beautiful-Girl is a sweet tempered Chestnut with a broad blaze, probably mixed Thoroughbred mare. Just barely a horse at 14 1/2 hands, she was born around 2002. Not much is known about her beginnings, but in 2005 she was found languishing in a stall, circling it endlessly in boredom. Untrained, she was about to be sent to breed nearby where the conditions were sickeningly appalling. ( This is where the sick horses were sent to keep their neglect from public view, it closed about a year later.)

Reportedly, at one time she was tied up and sustained head injuries when she tried to break away. This may be why she is blind in the right eye, has nerve damage on the poll (top of head) and exhibits some signs of neurological dysfunction. An untrained wild child-

she spent most of her developmental stage locked in a stall with no exercise. When at first allowed into a paddock, it seemed she did not know how to run properly. Perhaps from this abusive neglect, her pasterns ( ankles) are slung too flat, prone to shoulder soreness, she really can't be used for riding other than the lightest riders at a walk Beautiful-Girl loves to run though, and often races at a breathtaking speed around the exercise field or takes to the hilariously entertaining bucking with farts.

She cannot be enclosed or restrained in any way or suffers violent panic attacks. An apparent horse savant, she can undo any gate latch that isn't securely tied shut.

Because of her blindness, Beautiful-Girl has the most endearing way of looking at you with a sideways tilt of the head. She is very loving and the only horse here that doesn't occasionally try to bite. Just stay away when she's eating as she has a nasty rear roundhouse kick and remember she can't see you if you're on her right side, so watch for that head swinging around (how I finally figured out she was half-blind) or her 400 kilogram body might run you over... !

Angie ...

.....Was put down Thurday, April 16, 2009 at 10:30 AM. Please read more about her life's end on the memorial page.

Good-bye sweetest Angie.

"Angelina Jolie, A Damn Fast Racehorse Used To Be"...Like Siam, is a Strawberry Roan and became so instantly attached to Siam upon his arrival that I wonder if she might be his mother! Her mane is a slightly redder shade than his but when viewed together, they look very much alike.

She doesn't like to be touched by other horses and has the most hideous bellow," Weeeow, don't touch me!"

Born around 1992, she's a small Thoroughbred horse but from the brandings and location of spur and whip marks was raced at least for a short time. Most likely she was bred many times.

Angie has a bad habit called cribbing; biting on surfaces that is changing the shape of her teeth. The rescue desperately needs expert dentistry help to deal with this before she can no longer chew food properly which can lead to many digestive problems and colic, even death.

She was found in the same beach rental stable,

..also rotting-reportedly she didn't leave the stall for many years. Filthy, covered in mange and so severely depressed from inactivity, she didn't react to anything. When I asked her name, I was flippantly told, "Bad Skin."

Angie has a chronically swollen rear leg due to lymphangitus that swells even more under stress. Her left front ankle joint is calcified from arthritis and is so rigidly fixed, she cannot trot properly though I have seen her turn it on and gallop for fun on rare occasions. Often it is suggested, because of her appearance, she should be put down but I feel as long as she enjoys her stable dramas, eats eagerly, walks OK on a general basis, her ailments are no more detrimental to her happiness than my chronically sore shoulder is to me- she has a right to her life.

Angie's mate, Khun-Phan died suddenly September, 2007 and the next morning she was down laying on her bad side with the leg severely swollen. She seemed to not want to go on. A call was made that if she didn't get up soon, we would ask her if she wanted to be put down.. But with some IV fluids and consoling, she soon got up, deciding to live and was strong enough to spend some time roaming purposefully around the field apparently looking for Khun-Phan.

Next to Angie's stall at the rental stable was Khun-Phan and he was the one who started it all...

Khun Phan...

..Was a loving, affectionate gigantic Draft/Standardbred gelding who hobbled over one day

and by putting his muzzle in my hand, asked me to help him.

He was the identical twin of Lamburg, only literally twice the size!

Sadly, horribly Khun Phan passed away September 20, 2007. His memorial page has more detail on his life and death but he too was rotting, confined in a stall.

Lame, his front hooves were severely chipped and mishapen from laminitus. Several stable workers told me that the previous year, a vet in training- had clipped them so short, they bled.

He recovered from this atrocious care and was on a special diet for laminitus, possibly on his way to soundness when he died quite unexpectedly from what is thought to have been an intestinal rupture.

I still cry thinking of his loving demeanor and lost life, how happy he was and missing him terribly and think I always will..

It is because, and for Khun Phan's Memory, that Phuket Horse Rescue is formed.

Paid Staff Needed

  • Thai National Expert groom (full time)

  • Thai Nationals Only; Handyman/Gardener (weekly basis)

Thai translator to help procure hay, feed and other supplies with no "Farang" tax.

  • EXPERIENCED grooms, but am only allowed to hire Thai Nationals which is really an unfair disadvantage as it is impossible to find qualified persons with experience and compassion.

    Prospective grooms, please note: riding on and actually caring for horses are two very different things.

  • Horse sitters, no contact necessary.

  • Picketeers and letter writers to pressure existing rental stables into better treatment of horses and lobby for national legislature to protect their welfare.

  • Wish List

      Any monetary donation to, or patronage of Andaman Horse Center is sincerely appreciated, but please understand Phuket Horse Rescue is NOT a registered charity.

      CP 001 R Horse feed, and Pangola grass hay (and a truck to go it with, too pretty-please? And a trailer for the horses?) We always need a good pair of hoof clippers which can had for reasonable prices in the US or EU but are astronomically priced in Thailand. Same with hoof knives and picks. Halters and bitless bridles. PHR goes through Deetol antisceptic by the gallon which costs about 900 baht. Plastic oval grooming pads such as those sold for dogs in Tesco-Lotus and Big One are gone through on a weekly basis. Malaseb foam is an expensive anti-fungal shampoo available at vets, made in Australia, and seems to be the only thing that works on Siam's coat to keep fungus under control. ( He's an Arabian bred for dry deserts with low humidity, not tropical jungle.) We use a lot of cotton, saline and anti-fly/maggot powder along with paper face masks to keep from breathing dander and loose fur while grooming.

      Ark, freighter, cargo ship, UFO or freight airliner, ( John Travolta? ) to rescue us all, load it all up and take all the horses far, far away from inhumanity.

      Thank you so much for reading this site.