Welcome to the Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition Site


The Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition is dedicated to helping horse owners struggling to provide for their animals, and to saving as many horses as possible from abuse, abandonment and neglect. Our coalition of rescue organizations, veterinarians, law enforcement officials, equine media, and concerned citizens provides responsible horse owners with hay, veterinary, and humane euthanasia assistance, and assists law enforcement agencies with the response to equine neglect, abandonment, and cruelty cases.

 Thanks for visiting!

Need Hay Assistance?

Please visit our Hay Bank Page

Need to Place a Horse?

Please visit our Resource Page where you will find a number of links to list your horse

Are you a Law Enforcement Official?

Please visit our Resource Page where you will find helpful links to assessing the condition of horses

Do You Suspect Abuse/Neglect in Your Neighborhood?



What’s Happening

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The Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition
May 27, 2016 at 8:58 pm

The Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition shared Starry Skies Equine Rescue and Sanctuary's photo.

We received a call about this boy from a concerned citizen, and are so happy that one of our partner rescues, Starry Skies, was able to respond so quickly and pick him up! "Zeus" had been tied to a tree and abandoned at someone's home 4 month ago in Lenawee County, and despite the home owner's best efforts, became just too much for her to care for. Sometimes, it's all about networking! Please consider making a donation to Starry Skies for his veterinary bills! http://www.starryskiesequinerescueandsanctuary.com/#!donate/ctzx

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Starry Skies Equine Rescue and Sanctuary

We were notified of a draft in need this morning and have moved quickly to arrange a stall and the truck and trailer are enroute to pick him up. Here is a pic of him in his current situation. Our ability to move on the drop of a dime and take rehab cases is all supported by volunteers and your donations.

The Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition
May 26, 2016 at 3:52 pm

Much of our work is done quietly to protect the privacy of those requesting feed assistance via our MHWC Hay Bank, making it difficult for the public to see what we do. We, therefore, particularly appreciate the individuals and organizations who understand that all aspects of horse rescue must be supported in order to prevent the more horrific scenes we too often see in the media.

On that note, we'd like to take this opportunity to send a HUGE thank you to the Helmut & Candis Stern Animal & Bird Welfare Fund for their extremely generous donation. Their kind gift will allow many equines across Michigan to get the emergency assistance they need to stay healthy, and in their loving homes!

It's easy to donate to Michigan's only state-wide Hay Bank, and all donations are tax deductible!

The Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition
Facebook IconMay 23, 2016 at 10:56 pm

The Humane Society of the United States has joined The Coalition for Horseracing Integrity to support federal legislation that would establish a uniform set of rules, testing procedures, and penalties to rid racing of unethical drugging and doping of horses. Such legislation is crucial to protect the animals and jockeys in an industry that has proven it cannot and will not regulate itself. More at the link:

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Horse racing deaths at Pimlico remind us of hazards of largely deregulated sport · A Humane Nation


It appears that doping didn't play a role in the deaths of two horses at Preakness, but both cases remind us of the inherent risks in horse racing.