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Raised by 29 people in 34 months
Steve Stapp  ARCADIA, FL
We Still Need a Trailer


Now known as 'Takoda' this beautiful paint gelding you see today was the victim of a brutal beating by his previous owner that left him blind. He had been neglected and starved and appeared nothing more than a bag of bones.

Today, Steve and Takoda are on a mission that includes strengthening animal abuse laws with stiffer penalties and to help raise funding for rescues...

"Our mission is to raise the awareness of the general public that there is never a reason for animal neglect or abuse. Help is often just a phone call away and those that provide that help need contributions to survive.

You can help their cause by helping them raise money for a trailer to attend parades and other events in an effort to promote their mission. Rescues receive absolutely NO government funding. It is up to us to help them continue their efforts, saving lives, and finding forever homes for abused and neglected equines.

Your help is greatly appreciated!


www.takodasvision.com
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Update 85
26 months ago

Yes it's been too long between updates...sorry! I've been dealing with some major medical issues but that's no excuse.

Takoda is at his new home and is learning the new routine and meeting his fellow residents. I, on the other hand, am facing a mound of medical co-pays that are stretching the budget beyond belief.

Since the last update a couple of trailers have popped up in our price range but were gone before I could even get a phone call through. It's been a really tough search but today a ray of sunshine has appeared. What appears to be a very nice 2 horse trailer, with bumper pull, has popped up on the horizon. I still have to go see it in person to be sure of it's value and what work may need to be done for Takoda's safety and comfort. If it works out we are just $500.00 away from ownership and getting our show on the road. There may be a delay as the current owner can't lay her hands on the title but she's assured me she has one and could get a copy from the state. Folks, I know many of you have already helped us a great deal to get to the point we are now...I would really hate to see another opportunity pass us by. If you can find it in your heart (and pocketbook) to help us it would be so greatly appreciated. This has been an exhaustive search and I hope it lives up to the owner's description of past care and current condition. Thanks to all of you. With your support hopefully we'll be on the road soon to help raise funding for the rescue's here in Southwest Florida.

Steve and Takoda
Two Pals...
Love thy neighbor...
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Update 84
28 months ago

It's been some time since my last update and for that I apologize. We got no help in relocating Takoda to another pasture and for the past few weeks have been working to detox a very sick horse. You see the pasture where he is currently located has two problems...Brazilian Pepper plants and Johnson grass both of which are toxic to horses the worst being the peppers. Apparently these plants were imported a hundred or so years ago because of their bright red berries as competition to holly for Christmas decoration. They are quite prolific and very hard to kill. The leaves and the fruit are both toxic to horses and apparently Takoda consumed enough to make him very very sick. It seems that congesting them, even a little, over a period of time allows the toxins to build up to the point it could be deadly! Johnson grass is not so toxic to horses as it is to cows but it still contains cyanide which makes the toxicity levels even worse. I have talked with the land owner who is aware but has yet to do anything about the problems. The Brazilian Pepper plants, for the most part, are rooted on the neighbors side of the fence and hang over into Takoda's pasture. The root system is quite large and plants have started coming up in the pasture to boot and are spreading rapidly. Poisons to kill them are expensive and even those used by licensed landscapers take nearly 2 months to kill the plant and it's entire root system. With that said I've had to invest heavily in making sure there is fresh hay available at all times as an alternative forage source. As for the funding I've watched trailers in the $2500 to $4000 range go by unable to even make a bid. I hope you will help us as we still have a goal in mind to help equine rescues continue their important work. Just a couple of weeks ago 9 horses were picked up by the Sheriff due to malnutrition and neglect by their owner. Abuses are mentioned on the news almost daily. Rescues need our help...can you spare a few dollars for the cause?

Steve and Takoda
Peppers start green turn black then red
Brazilian Peppers are toxic to horses
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Update 83
29 months ago

Although I'm having to move Takoda back to the rescue until other arrangements can be made we still are looking to purchase a trailer. The current landlord has denied us credit for half a months rent we did not utilize. It also appears, although he has been paid for this month in full, he will not want to refund the unused days in the pasture. Although he promised to build Takoda a barn if I supplied the power poles for the frame (which I did via a kind donation) it has been nearly 3 months and the poles are still on the trailer. We are coming to the rainy season and Takoda is currently alone in the pasture as the owner sold his cows to market. Therefore the move back to the rescue where Takoda will have pasture mates and a big enough stall for feeding and weathering. We have missed multiple opportunities by not having a trailer at our disposal and many more are coming up this year. We also would like to be able to help transport other horses in need of rescue or rehoming in the SW Florida area. Please share what you can. Many horse rescues are on the verge of bankruptcy. Every one that goes under means more horses have to be absorbed by the remaining rescues meaning more feed, hay, farrier and vet bills etc. No amount is too small. Every little bit helps us to move forward with our mission. Won't you help? You are all advocates and animal lovers so don't just click the 'LIKE' button...click the "DONATE" button and do some good for our equines in need. Thanks so much to those who have been so generous. Your names will adorn the trailer once we find one. If you'd like to have your name showing your support on the trailer then here's your chance...Love to All! Steve and Takoda
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Update 82
30 months ago

It has been some time since our last update. Takoda still needs a trailer so we can hit the road and help raise funding for equine rescues. Animal abuses seem to be on the rise but the good news is more and more states are increasing penalties to felony status and putting people in jail!

BUT...that doesn't pay the feed, vet, or farrier bills! Rescues are in need of donations to exist and for whatever reason people seem to have closed their wallets. Yes they click the 'like' button on Facebook a lot and forward messages with words of encouragement for others to help financially but they themselves don't seem to be willing to follow their own advice.

Over the past couple of public appearances I've found that people hearing the horror story of Takoda and looking at him now with an understanding of the work and effort his recovery has entailed are more likely to reach into their pockets to help.

We need your help with funding...not with just good thoughts and well wishes. We asked artist Angela Lloyd-Briggs if she would offer one of her classic works to help us and she graciously agreed.

Her original pastel, "Down By The Pond" is up for auction. Take a look at this beautiful 16x20 and bid for your chance to own it.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/steve-stapp/new-closing-date-for-bids-down-by-the-pond-an-original-artwork-hyperlink-to-page/10150376777399996

If art is not your thing then please open your heart and make a donation. There are horses and the people who have opened their homes to help them in dire need of your financial support.

Your help would be greatly appreciated...

Steve and Takoda
Takoda takes a church member for a ride!
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Jim Taylor
28 months ago

We need to help this man and this blind horse !

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Elaine Lewis
34 months ago

Steve please call me tomorrow....i have an idea

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Marilyn Wilson
34 months ago

Pl help if u can and share

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Tami Hottes
34 months ago

Have to wait til after Christmas but you know I will do what I can! If I win the lottery I'll buy ya a new one!!! Love ya!!!

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Steve Stapp
34 months ago

Thanks for your interest Elaine. Yes I am looking into a drape 'sign' to be worn across the rump and signage for the trailer as well. One of the volunteers at the rescue has an embroidery business and has offered to make the drape. We would also hope the local rescue to be benefited will have a booth at the event and sign boards have been made for those with pictures showing Takoda's progression from when he first arrived (skin and bones) to the day he was adopted. Ideally they would also have a roundpen with some of their adoptable horses. It is quite possible you've read about Takoda as several articles were written while the authorities were looking for his owner for criminal prosecution. Thanks again for your interest...

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Elaine Brown
34 months ago

I read about this horse somewhere else. I would like to help, but am wondering how you will let people know about the story and the rescue in the parades. With a sign?

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$1,650 of $2,150 goal

Raised by 29 people in 34 months
Created December 10, 2013
$25
Rosemary Taylor
28 months ago

God bless you for caring for this horse!

SB
$100
Susan Boehm
29 months ago

God bless you both!

$25
Beverley Hughes
31 months ago

Wish I could do more! You and Takoda are teaching the world compassion! I am so proud of you both!!

$25
Anonymous
32 months ago
VW
$50
Viola Wright
32 months ago
SR
$25
Sue Rudy Rusch
32 months ago

Best wishes for a successful fundraising!!

DM
$100
Diane Mitchell
32 months ago

Bless you both.

ES
$110
Evelyn Swinamer
32 months ago

I love this story and want to help with this small amount. Good Luck and God Bless

PK
$20
Patricia S. Krystofolski
32 months ago

Love your story. Wishing you both the very best. Shows there are good people in this world.

SB
$100
Susan Boehm
32 months ago

God bless you both!

Jim Taylor
28 months ago

We need to help this man and this blind horse !

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Elaine Lewis
34 months ago

Steve please call me tomorrow....i have an idea

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Marilyn Wilson
34 months ago

Pl help if u can and share

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Tami Hottes
34 months ago

Have to wait til after Christmas but you know I will do what I can! If I win the lottery I'll buy ya a new one!!! Love ya!!!

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Steve Stapp
34 months ago

Thanks for your interest Elaine. Yes I am looking into a drape 'sign' to be worn across the rump and signage for the trailer as well. One of the volunteers at the rescue has an embroidery business and has offered to make the drape. We would also hope the local rescue to be benefited will have a booth at the event and sign boards have been made for those with pictures showing Takoda's progression from when he first arrived (skin and bones) to the day he was adopted. Ideally they would also have a roundpen with some of their adoptable horses. It is quite possible you've read about Takoda as several articles were written while the authorities were looking for his owner for criminal prosecution. Thanks again for your interest...

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Elaine Brown
34 months ago

I read about this horse somewhere else. I would like to help, but am wondering how you will let people know about the story and the rescue in the parades. With a sign?

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