Horses have been in the news in New Mexico in recent weeks. The owner of a slaughterhouse applied for a permit to produce horse meat for human consumption and Governor Susana Martinez responded by asking the USDA to reject the application. The New York Times did an expose on the horse racing industry, citing New Mexico for some of the most grievous cases of drugging and abuse. And a horse auction company in Los Lunas found itself under fire after an animal rights group released a video of abused horses.
KUNM's Rita Daniels went to find out about an organization, The Horse Shelter, that takes care of abused and neglected horses, often nursing them back to health from the brink of starvation.
Click on the photo to see a slide-show of images from The Horse Shelter.