@SybM: It's unfortunate that you base your opinion on ONE story and nothing else. Your first exposure to this organization was in 2013, I'm assuming on May 18th? Which means you have no idea what you're talking about. If you had any knowledge whatsoever of LEARN, then you would know that any outcome other than a horse dying is what they are striving for. Have you ever seen a starving, dehydrated horse? Have you ever seen (or smelled) a chemically burned horse that had maggots eating at this wounds? My guess is no. It's unfortunate, but human beings are the one and only reason that there even has to be conversations like the one Elizabeth Steed had with the reporter. I don't deer hunt, but I don't condemn those that do. Why? Because starvation and dehydration are painful, horrific deaths. Please do your research before climbing on your bleeding heart soapbox to condemn someone you know nothing about. You definitely heard what you wanted to hear in that interview.
I find it troublesome that the rescue's leader, Elizabeth, supports horse slaughter over euthanasia, as she states in this article. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/51894332/ns/local_news-charleston_sc/t/horse-slaughterhouses-could-affect-south-carolina-equine/#.UZb8z7_ko5x
To quote Steed: "The chemical that we use to put these horses to sleep never goes away, it stays in ground water and is poisoning the ecosystem," Steed said. "people understand recycling and if they could look at this process as recycling these animals instead of 'slaughter'... and use the byproduct of them for something... it would benefit the ecosystem.""
Horse slaughter is not a form of "recycling" and a 5013c non profit equine rescue should not be a proponent of horse slaughter. Steed is also the head of the S. C. Horsemen's Association, which appears very similar to the pro-slaughter organization United Horsemen's Association, founded by Sue Wallis, one of the most vocal proponents for the return of horse slaughter to the U.S. If anyone is unfamiliar with Wallis, just google her name.
I found out about L.E.A.R.N. and met Elizabeth through her sister (a dear friend and former co-worker) Due to my current, crazy, schedule, I have not been able to participate in any volunteer work. However, I was able to attend one fund-raising event and it was during this event, that Elizabeth took us on a tour of the L.E.A.R.N. facilities. It brought tears to my eyes, knowing that the gorgeous, healthy-looking, happy animals were once painfully thing, full of parasites, mistreated, confused and scared. Through proper feeding, care and an abundance of love and grace, Elizabeth and her crew of compassionate volunteers have returned these amazing, intuitive animals to a vibrancy in health that may rival any level of health they have ever experienced before. People neglect their livestock for a number of reasons: bad economy, the old attitude of "an animal is just an animal," I also understand that investors see that a racehorse has outlived their original investment and is no longer bringing great returns, but I simply cannot fathom letting an otherwise perfectly healthy creature deteriorate and *suffer* to the point of starvation or selling a horse that once worked SO HARD for you off to the meat market's highest bidder. L.E.A.R.N. takes on horses, restores them to health and attempts to find them suitable homes. So much money and time is (rightfully) invested in saving dogs, cats and other small animals at the local animal shelters. However, livestock is much harder to place in a good home! Finding an appropriate home for an 1,100 pound baby is quite a feat!
Secondly, it is impossible to mention L.E.A.R.N. without pointing out how L.E.A.R.N. and Elizabeth contribute to the young people in our community. Elizabeth has a veritable ARMY of young women, passionate about the love and care of horses, and I believe their lives are being greatly enriched by their involvement with L.E.A.R.N. They are learning not only basic equestrian care and skills, but they are experiencing, first hand, kindness and care in one of it's largest capacities. This Nonprofit is most certainly worthy of any time or donations one can give.