About Unwanted Horses
What if your worth was measured strictly by your utility? The moment you fail to meet expectations due to age, illness or injury,
you’re considered disposable. All too often, this mindset drives the fate of many horses in America. Every year, an estimated 170,000
horses in this country join the ranks of unwanted horses that are subject to improper care and nutrition or, worse yet, left to abuse and
Defining the Problem
According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the term “unwanted horses” refers to “horses which are no longer
wanted by their current owner because they are old, injured, sick, unmanageable, fail to meet their owner’s expectations (e.g., performance,
color or breeding), or their owner can no longer afford them.”† The issue is growing. Industry perception of this problem
has heightened in recent years, with euthanasia and eyewitness accounts of abuse and neglect on the rise.†
Supporting a Solution
As part of Bayer Animal Health’s longstanding commitment to equine health and wellness, it is also a proud sponsor of the American Horse
Council and its support of the Unwanted Horse Coalition. The main goal of the Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and to
improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety, and responsible care and disposition
of these horses.
Bayer Animal Health is committed to supporting this important cause and the veterinary professionals who are providing solutions. That is
why Bayer Animal Health will donate $5,000 to the equine charity* or cause chosen by the winner of the Bayer Animal Health Legend of the Year Award.
Learn How You Can Help
For more information on unwanted horses and how you can help, visit the
Unwanted Horse Coalition website.
*Must be an equine-oriented, not-for-profit organization, as determined by sponsor. This may include but is not limited to the
AAEP Foundation, equine rescues, equitarian projects, therapeutic riding programs or equine adoption programs. This donation is not intended
to support animal rights organizations or programs.
† Unwanted Horse Coalition. 2009 Unwanted Horse Survey. Available at