What Drives Us

"There is a touch of divinity, even in brutes, and a special halo about a horse, that should forever exempt him from indignities." -Herman Melville.

We are driven by the fact that so many horses end up unwanted and neglected in the United States.   Burnt Spokes wants to bring awareness to the sad fact that so many horses suffer when they are abandoned at an auction or kill pen. Some of them get funneled into the slaughter pipeline.  All of us can and have to do better.

We love the EQUUS Foundation.  They focus their efforts on:
EMPOWERING equine charities to operate at the highest standards for horse care and service and be fully transparent by providing financial support, recognition, guidance, and resources;
INSPIRING horse lovers to become horse protectors by stimulating advocacy and volunteerism;
EDUCATING the public on the value of horses in our lives by sharing stories of their amazing achievements and contributions.

"All horses, even champions of the racetrack and the show ring, are only one unlucky step away from abuse, neglect and slaughter.

Thousands of America's horses are transported over the border for slaughter each year. Most were young, healthy, and had untapped potential. None deserved this inhumane end of life.

America's horses need homes where they can flourish as athletes, companions, teachers, and especially healers."  - EQUUS Foundation