Here are some references you may find useful.  The point of linking to these resources is to help you with your research — and wherever possible help you avoid “re-creating the wheel.” To suggest additions to the list, just add a comment below, or submit your suggestion via e-mail to Please note: All of the Resource Links listed below are for information only. None are intended to represent the views of the Maryland Horse Council, Maryland Fund For Horses or the Unwanted Horse Project; they’re just here for your information.

Resource Links:

Revised USDA regulations for horses being transported to slaughter (expanded protection to include more horses; ban on double-decker trailers), September, 2011

GAO-Report-summary“Synopsis of June, 2011 GAO Report on Horse Welfare Since Cessation of U.S. Horse Slaughter by Victoria Carson, MHC Unwanted Horse Project
June, 2011 Report from GAO re: “Horse Welfare: Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences of Cessation of Domestic Slaughter”
Maryland Horse Council Unwanted Horse Project Action Plan – approved November, 2010
2009 Maryland Horse Forum Report
2009 Unwanted Horse Coalition Survey
2015 AHP Industry Survey Results Overview
American Horse Council Equine Welfare Code of Practice
AAEP Care Guidelines for Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities

Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance Research Reports:
Unwanted Horse Assessment Survey; Veterinary Euthanasia Survey

Disposal options for euthanized horses, provided by Animals’ Angels:
Click this link for Horse Disposal Maryland Please note the following additions and changes to the Maryland document: Dept of Agriculture’s animal health labs in College Park, Centreville and Oakland were CLOSED Sept, 2009. Only the Frederick lab remains open, and necropsies are no longer required. Disposal rates are $.50/lb for in-state and $.75/lb for out-of state equines. Exception: in-state fetuses and foals less than 300 lbs. can be disposed of at no charge.
Agape Pet Services
in Boonsboro, MD provides equine cremation services.
Can-Do Disposal in York, PA provides equine carcass removal services to much of central and northeastern MD.
Bloom Valley Farms in Union Bridge, MD (, 410-840-2005) provides carcass pick-up and composting services for central MD.
Click the link for Horse Disposal Pennsylvania

The Jockey Club 2010 Online Factbook
Sample Lesson Plans for Educating Young People about Unwanted Horses, provided by Animal Welfare Council
Report of the 2009 Unwanted Horse Summit
**NEW** USDA Proposed rules for National Animal Identification System (NAIS): USDA-NAIS-Handout
**NEW** Free Premium Listings offered to Non-Profit Horse Businesses by, a nationwide (US), searchable online database.

Unwanted Horse Project Participant Websites:
Maryland Horse Council
MD Dept of Agriculture – Horse Industry Board
MD Dept of Agriculture – Animal Health
Humane Society of Carroll County
Humane Society of Washington County
Days End Farm Horse Rescue
Thoroughbred Placement and Rescue
Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue
Carroll County Equestrian Council
Retired Racehorse Training Project
Humane Society of the United States – At-Risk Horses
HorseNet Horse Rescue
Equus Mediation
The Thoughtful Horsewoman and Flying Chesterfield Farm
Lucas Racing Inc.