Below is our 2012 Pictorial review (staring some
of our adoption horses and dogs), also stars some of our SWAP friends, rider,
volunteers, supporters and family. A special thank you to all our adopters who
have opened up their homes and hearts to our 4 legged friends, for always doing
what is best for them and for being such a great friend to SWAP. We thank you
for being an important part of the SWAP family for 16 years now. This also shows
some of the work and riding on the farm, our volunteers in action, some of our
annual events and those important people that make those things happen for us.
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2011 Year in Review
2010 Year in Review
2009 Year in Review
Some of our Rescues
Our primary mission is "rescue prevention" to get
horses into great committed homes before the need for rescue arises but we try
not not turn any horse away that is in need. Here is just a few of the rescues
we've done. Click on the video, turn up the sound and see the
transformations of sick horses into well horses ready for a family and a job.
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Congratulations to crossedsabers.com and Crossed Sabers
for being selected as one of the Best Pet Websites in the world by the Editors
of The Pet Directory, only a handful are selected each year for Excellent
Content, Design and Presentation, Attention to Detail, Prestige and Visibility
and for Encouraging Compassion and care of animals. Good Job!
Award Winning Horse Rescue and Horse Website from Horse
1. There are more neglect cases in the top welfare states,
WV is one of those states, the states average income,
educational level is also lower, unemployment rates are
higher than the national average plus higher rates of
disability, all of these factors increase the factors of
2. Because WV is still less expensive than most states, we
can still save and help more animals than nearly anywhere
else in the US.
3. SWAP helps horses, cats and dogs, all companion animals
that have the highest rates of death by euthanasia and
slaughter. We do everything in our power to train every
animal so they will be successful in their home, and we do
all we can to make sure each animal is current with all
health care and basic care (shots, farrier, deworming,
castrations, spay neuter) is always done when they are of
4. SWAP screens all adopters, to include insuring the
adopter has appropriate facilities, training and
employment/steady income, many rescues don't even ask if the
adopter has a job.
5. SWAP tracks all their animals for life with a strong
agreement that protects the animal forever.
6. SWAP has taken adopters to court that have breeched their
agreement and hurt our animals, the agreement has been
upheld in the courts in 5 states.
7. SWAP is 98% volunteer, we only pay employees for the
heaviest work on the farm.
8. SWAP has its own farm and does not depend on fosters who
have varies degrees of experience, formal training and time.
The SWAP directors and volunteers and part time employees
have a total of over 90 years of professional experience and
training. SWAP also pays $250. a month to have the farm and
the operation protect from liabilities and disaster.
9. SWAP also does everything in its power to protect horses,
volunteers, employees, interns, visitors, adopters by using
strong safety practices and we're pleased to say the only
person that has ever been hurt here is our President who
tends to take the brunt of the risks on the farm. There has
never been any accident on the farm where any horse had to
be put down because of the accident... only minor typical
injuries of horses.
10. SWAP has over 16 years experience doing nothing but
adoption, rescue and training adopters and their horses. We
don't do anything else, no breeding, no boarding, no other
farm animals to take time/money from rescue.
11. SWAP accepts animals from all over the US and Canada and
we have animals in homes in 47 states and Canada. SWAP has
been involved in neglect cases in many states, influenced
local, regional and national welfare laws.
12. Many rescues sell their horses outright, they do not
screen adopters and do not track their animals, some don't
even call adopters to follow up even once. Many do not have
any written agreement and many do not track for life, they
release ownership after 2 years or immediately, which would
be fine if horses only lived 2 years but many live well into
their 30's and 40's. So with those programs they can be
saved only to go right back into the cycle of neglect and
being passed around.
13. Statistics show that 80% of horse owners only keep their
horse for 5 years, which means that most horses will be in
at least 6 homes over the course of their life. It only
takes one bad or uneducated home to end a horses life.
14. Many rescues use emotional hijacking to get people's
money by showing dying animals and telling supporters they
will go to slaughter on saturday or monday. Most times this
is not true at all, the horse is held until its sold.
15. Most neglect cases are never prosecuted and many do not
even take the animal out of the neglectful home, but our
strong agreements allow us to remove horses from neglectful
homes without the authorities.
16. In all 50 states animal welfare laws are weak and do not
govern or protect the animal for optimum health... they only
are written for the absolute minimum care and many animals
will still die with minimum care.
17. SWAP has always been completely open about issues,
problems, about when we are struggling or even when we have
to put a sick horse or dog down. Most programs keep those
things secret for fear they will lose financial support. Our
website is set up so that you can completely track every
horse that comes to us, see it as available, as adopted and
then see reports from adopters as happy endings. Many
programs do not even keep their website up to date, much
less allow you to track each and every animal that comes to
18. SWAP is a full service welfare organization. We've gone
in with the authorities in several states, we've filed
criminal complaints against adopters and other horse owners
for neglect, we've testified in several neglect cases. Our
president has completed 12 equine cases as an expert
witness. We've not approved applications because of
dishonesty or poor facilities. We've done all we can to
either teach adopters to protect them, including not
approving an application for horses that were well over
their experience level, we've sued adopters for neglect,
removed horses from adopters for neglect and for breech of
agreement, we've fired volunteers and employees who we found
were either hurting adoption animals or were stealing from
them or we found to be dishonest. We've helped put
neglectful people into jail by reporting and testifying.
This certainly has not made us any friends and that is why
you see us smeared all over forums but rescue and adoption
is about working for the horse.
19. For many years and even today when some rescues have one
to 3 animals in their rescue, we are saving between 30 to 60
animals at one time. Do you help one animal or do you help
60? We believe you help 60.
20. SWAP posts all receipts for feed, farrier, vet,
deworming, spay/neuter, shots, training, special care for
all animals and those are available to all donors at
This is not to say that we are the only good rescue, that is
not true at all, there are many but we urge each of you to
research where your dollars are going, to look at the
agreements, practices and investments of programs and see
how many animals they are helping, their experience and
practices before investing your time and support.
Celebrating 16 years of helping horses, dogs and cats and
Crossed Sabers Stable
Rt 2 Box 24A Jockey Camp Road
West Union, West Virginia 26456
Rescues, Adoptions and Happy Endings to Celebrate!
RESCUES JUST ARRIVED
and her baby Cocoa Puff (now coming 4) returned
from an adopter because of divorce, we got Cocoa
Puff castrated and now starting to train both,
neither were worked with at the adopters so we
know, without our contract, these two would have
been on their way to slaughter already. Not
training a young horse today is a kiss of death
for the horse.
Renegade is a '95 STB that was rescued in southern
WV, formerly a harness race horse and then a speed
racker, the rescuer took him as far as she could
and then sent him to us. He was much worse when
she saved him.
Bumkin is a '99 STB or STB cross, not tattooed
that was also rescued in southern WV, she too was
much worse when rescued but still has a long way
to go. Both are located at our farm already. We
also have a Paso gelding and donkey coming from
the same person very soon.
Maximus was found on a road in Clarksburg, as soon
as he gets neutered he will be coming here for
training and to be placed into a home.
is another border collie from our county, she is
getting fixed on the 23rd, is already house trained
and super smart, learning tricks like crazy. We also
have a litter of lab puppies and 2 other dogs coming
from our county Animal Control Officer, they will
all be spayed/neutered on the 23rd as long as they
are old enough, will stay here for training, shots/deworming
of Lexi's puppies have been adopted!
Snickers was adopted and shown in his home here...
looking pretty happy.
Sophie was adopted, here she is with her new
Jethro was adopted, here playing with his buddy at
his home. His foster mom Debra adopted him. YEA!!
Ashley, Lexi, Abby, Susie Q, Buddy, and Toby.
Thanks to all our adopters!!
HORSES AND DOGS IN THEIR HOMES!!
Classy at her long time home in Virginia, photo
credit to mom: Betsy Bailey
Cookie aka Figment relaxing at her home in
Maryland, photo credit by Glass Eyed Pony.
Cody Cole and Ashley growing up together and
showing a STB can jump and do dressage!!
Our two hams, Hilary and Dodger never shy about
the camera, at their home in WV
and Banner enjoy a ride in Indiana with Hubby
Tex living the good life with Maria, laying in his
bed and eating... what service.
and Walter helping unload hay at home with the
Beauclair family ... their home is full of SWAP
animals and fostering Raven too!!
Posey aka Bloo and Tweeny showing off. Bloo is
from the 2007 rescue from lewis county and the
sire of Cocoa Puff that is at SWAP HQ now and
we've realized he has his dad's ability to
jump.... he's jumped out of his stall almost daily
and over a fence.
smiles showing his approval that he and his buddy
Muppet are united again at home in Ohio with
Cheryl and Steve.
Update... Aargon has gone from a horse that was
trying to hurt everyone when he arrived to a
therapy horse with Lydia in NJ... so proud and
amazed at his transformation!! Bravo!
everyone who supported the last feed drive, the feed
room is full just in time for rescues to arrive!!
completed another regular farrier visit and a
deworming with Quest Plus.
We had a $1400.
repair on our well, the pump and wiring went out,
plus it needed cleaned out. Painful financially but
thanks for Art and Mary for the many years of
allowing us to offer their Cape Cod Cottage, we were
able to offer 3 weeks and raised over $3000. much of
it went to fix the well (so timely)!! Thank you to
all our bidders, enjoy your vacation!
The Driving Clinic is
coming together for the 19th and 20th of May in
Purcellville, VA... there is still space available.
$150. for hands on and $50. to audit and that
includes lunch both days, many are driving over from
WV/PA and we have a place to stay with our Director
in Virginia. The instructor is a driving
professional and has over 30 years experience
driving, everyone will get plenty of chances to
drive a team of horses. email us at
or call 304-873-3532 to sign up.
Wind was selected by American Horse Trainers for
the 2012 Horse Rescue and Relief Award. Thank you
to all those who work here, volunteer, support,
donate and adopt!! Without you we would not be
here at all!
Remember ... Don't Shop, Adopt!! You'll be in
"Saving the life of one horse may
not change the world,
but the world will surely change for that one horse”