To Our Dear Donors,
We imagine you’ve been eagerly waiting to learn what happened at the auction yesterday, as well as how your generous donations are being utilized to help the 29 horses who were in such dire need.
Over the last day and half, we have been making sure that each and every horse went to either a new permanent home, a rehabilitation group (like us!), or a rescue organization. There were some last-minute changes which we navigated to make sure the horses were going to the best situations possible, at the right time, with the right people. The last horse remaining at the sale barn (who is still being fed and cared for by us), will be leaving to join some of his buddies at a rescue, tomorrow morning!
Here is the breakdown of how many went where: Seven of the horses went to Mountain Valley Horse Rescue in Eagle, Colorado. Two went to Triple Acres Horse Rescue in Pueblo, Colorado. Six horses came home with us. And the remaining horses went to private persons. This means your generous contributions are supporting over half of the herd of 29!
Our group consists of 5 women who have a wealth of experience in rehabilitating horses. Between us, we have over 50 years of experience, to be exact! We have each been doing this more-or-less on our own, with each other’s support over many, many years. Now, we’ve come together to offer a more cohesive, complementary, and holistic level of support to the horses who come our way. By combining our gifts and skills, knowledge and understanding, dreams and visions, we have created an incredibly functional, skillful, yet heart-felt experience for the horses in our care, and for ourselves as well.
When a horse comes to us, we treat that precious life with utmost respect, care, consideration, compassion, skill, and wisdom. We offer her (or him): a most beautiful, peaceful, and calm environment; gentle, skillful handling; homeopathy, herbs, flower essences, essential oils, nutritional supplements, supplemental feed, and quality hay and pasture; gentle, precise “training”; excellent vet, hoof, and dental care; and a level of engagement with humans which goes beyond the duality of horse and human, and into the reality of natural, organic connection and communication. In other words, we love horses and we kinda have a way with them!
When we heard about the Fairplay Horses just last Sunday, we knew we could help, but we also knew we could not do it alone. We calculated that we would need roughly $2,000 per horse to rehabilitate most back to health within 4- 6 month’s time. This number includes vetting, hoof care, dental care, worming, hay, supplements, supplemental feed, training, and general day-to-day care.
We then looked at how many we could take and that number was 4. That meant, if we raised $10,000, our four would be covered and we could help any rescues that showed up by donating anything which remained.
And here’s the really amazing part: you just kept giving!! You gave so much that we could take in SIX horses and still donate to the rescues who took horses home yesterday. And that is what is happening.
We are covered for the six horses we took in – 3 of whom need significant vetting (our bill just for last night, for one horse was $566. We budgeted $500 for vetting for 4-6 months. We used that for one horse, in one day. And he still has significant vet care ahead of him. But this will all even out as not everyone will need vet care to this degree, and some will not need anything but a check-up.
With the remaining funds you donated, we are covering ALL of the adoption fees that the rescues paid for each horse they took in! They, needless to say, are VERY grateful!! And very surprised.
You have touched so many lives with your generosity and spirit which kept you giving even after we had reached our initial goal of $10,000. You helped us help more horses than we initially believed we could. And you’ve helped two rescues do what they do best – give horses who find themselves in deep need, a great chance at having a great life.
How do we thank you?
Perhaps by letting you know that we are not done. You have shown us that you care, and that you care enough to share your love, your prayers, your dedication, and your abundance. And with THAT backing us…well…for as long as horses are calling us to them, we will continue to answer them with everything we’ve got. And that’s a promise.
Lastly, in case you missed it, please watch "The Fairplay Horses" video made by Judy Haines. http://youtu.be/VZEDCe5oczs
May all beings know this level of love, compassion, and support…
Fairplay Horses Rolling in the Rain!
Buck receiving much needed care
Enjoying a good roll!