"With the recent changes in horse slaughter regulation, we've been asked numerous times what we do to ensure the safety of the horses that pass through our care. Here's the short answer: We have a sound protocol that's worked well for us. If a horse that Three Chimneys bred or owned during any portion of its life is found to be in an at-risk situation, we will take care of getting it into a safe situation, no questions asked. The broodmares on the farm retire here once their breeding days are behind them, as do our stallions when they retire from stud duty (even horses like Silver Charm, who started his stallion career at Three Chimneys before moving to Japan - he'll be brought back to Three Chimneys to enjoy his retirement). We also keep an eye out for horses by our stallions (that we are not listed as the breeder for) who end up in jepordy and help to get them out of their adverse situations and into safer circumstances. For example, in November alone we assisted in helping 5 horses (four by our stallions, one bred and formerly owned by Three Chimneys) get out of their at-risk situations and to safety. We are thankful for the rescue and TB aftercare organizations who assist us in finding out about these horses and give us a heads-up when it is one of our farm's or stallions' horses. It's frustrating that some people do not take care of those horses that are their responsibility - we take care of our own (and many who are not our own). We are also profoundly thankful that we have a broad base of clients who feel the same way that we do. Thanks for asking for our opinion on this - happy to share it! Pictured is LADY MERCEDES (by Sky Mesa), who we assisted in finding a suitable permenant home for when she fell into adverse circumstances in PA. She is now a healthy, happy, and loved horse owned by a family in Nevada."