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Calan Horse Sanctuary - Update

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Horses Do Go To Heaven!  In the past five years, Calan Horse Sanctuary has had nearly 152 requests to take in a horse. Whilst we are able to care for the 20 who currently live here, 5 have passed away since the sanctuary opened and the number of requests continues to rise and sadly, we can't take them all as resources are limited.    20  equine residents, 2 alpaca's several sheep, 2 cats and 1 dog call this place 'home'.
 
The costs continue to rise for feed, vet, dental and general care like rugging, upkeep of the stables.    Your donations help us help the horses who have nowhere else to go- they're either at risk of being shot or shipped off to the knackery through no fault of their own. Did you know the estimates are that 700 horses per week are slaughtered in Australia?  Most of the horses in our care would be considered high risk - mainly seniors over 20, have medical issues and require some sort of rehabilitation.  When they land here, however, they are never sold on, never ridden,  and they are given lots of attention and heaps of TLC.
 
We thank you for your generosity and support. If you're in the area, stop by for a visit. We'd love to share the story of each and every horse.
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A home for every horse. It is the greatest holiday wish we could ever see fulfilled and we do our best to grant that to as many lost, abandoned, neglected and otherwise 'homeless' horses that make themselves known to us at Calan Horse Sanctuary. 'HOME' means as many things as there are residents here-four legged and two.

For little white pony Brodie, nearing the end of his golden years, Calan Horse Sanctuary is a 'Home' where he never has to train kids to ride, no tiresome hours at work and where he can finally enjoy sunny days, munch on pasture and choose for himself who he wants to share his time with. His 'spending time' happened to be with an ex-racer named Mercury Pilot, 'Merc' for short. From the day they met, Merc was never left unguarded by this little white angel and who died with Brodie yelling at the heavens for someone to help save Merc who had gone down in the paddock.

Brodie shows a spring in his step now and again however has never gotten over Merc's death and as of late, is up and down in his health and spends most hours of the day in the company of elder horses Big Ben and Mae Lee. Big Ben thinks the world of little Brodie. Ben found a 'Home' here for himself in 2014 when at age 17 and arthritic, Calan was his last resort.

Many of you expressed concern for gentle Omar, recently re-homed at Calan and who was dumped here swiftly with green slime oozing from his nostrils as he exited the float he arrived in. 'Home' now is a place where people see his brilliant light and value 'just because'. Generous supporters of Calan Horse Sanctuary have made sure Omar received a series of conventional and holistic herbal treatments to uproot the stubborn green slimy nose affliction Omar had suffered with for months. Where before he couldn't breathe, he can now peacefully snooze in the middle of the herd around the sand patch on the back 40 acres.

A storybook for sure of tales we could tell that speak of HOME for all of our equine family. The number buried here unfortunately increases every year, their final days spent knowing they were and continue to be loved and cherished by humans who understand what is just becoming known by science- that animals have social and emotional lives and respond to pain and suffering in similar ways to humans. The number of horses we're unable to take in also increases daily as there are humans who are either struggling to stay afloat financially and desperately try to rehome or there are those humans who readily toss away animals, other humans and all sorts of relationships out of their own ignorance and disconnection from seeing all life as precious and beautiful.

With Mr Gent now 80 years old, we will continue to need and rely on your support. As a committed friend of Mr Gent, supporter and co-steward of Calan Horse Sanctuary, I would like to personally appeal to our supporters and the public to partner with us so that Mr Gent's vision and legacy continues now and into the future to make life better for the resident equines so they live out their lives in the beautiful place that has given them a Home and much needed PEACE ON EARTH. - Mae Lee Sun, author, Brumby: A celebration of Australia's wild horses

As a suggestion - A month without latte's ! Donate instead to our Go Fund Me Campaign and your break from coffee will provide feed for an old horse like Lightning Jack (Beriah) and supply continued herbs and medicine for Omar. During the Summer, your donations mean life-giving WATER which we have to have delivered and pay dearly for.
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In June of 2018, a beautiful soft horse was needing somewhere to feel protected and loved. When Alan first laid eyes on this gentle equine, he was affected by his beautiful brown liquid eyes and they reminded him of one of his favourite actors -the Arab actor Omar Sharif and it was not much later on he had the name Omar. Omar is an ancient name meaning eloquent voice.

How on earth no one wanted this beautiful horse, who is an approximate age of 18, just shows how gravely unjust the present situation is in respect to human values and the numbers of horses who as we always say 'through no fault of their own' are tossed aside and are put in desperate situations often leading to the abattoir.

Whilst we know nothing about his life for the last 18 years which is a disgrace, we do know that he arrived at our gates on the thin side with a thick green bluish muck oozing out of both nostrils and it is proving a very difficult to erase. Many of our supporters heard about Omar and have contributed to his care. The vet has been out to see him, he's done a course of antibiotics as well as herbal treatments on a daily basis which seems to be having a positive effect on sweet Omar.

One thing we know for sure is that we've all fallen in love with this fella and he seems to have taken a liking to us. It is truly a blessing and an honour to be liked by a horse who surely has plenty of reason to never want to befriend humans ever again after being left behind over and over again as far as we can tell. Instead, the noble Omar has consistently shown us the heart and soul of a horse - that which is capable of a deeply forgiving love. More than we could ever imagine possible and can only be shown by such a being as the magnificent horse.

We take our hats off to you Omar and we're glad you're here and hope you continue to find peace, love and contentment on these grounds we call Calan Horse Sanctuary.

ABC News has been out to visit Calan Horse Sanctuary to meet the horses and tour our facilities, how about you? We’re happy to show you around. Call or email us to make arrangements.

We also ask for your patience with our website as we change servers….

Thank you for your support. We value your contributions no matter what size- which go directly to caring for the horses to include rugs, veterinary care, feed, stables, maintenance of the property which is maintained by Alan.
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We know our supporters appreciate the hard yards we're putting in (no secret that we're mainly referring to the superhuman abilities of CHS founder, Alan Gent). When running a sanctuary of this size we look forward to the GOOD along with having to deal with the bad and the ugly so we thought this time we'd share what inspires us. One-eyed horse, Honner, arrived at the sanctuary a few years back. He wasn't here because he only had one eye. Many horses are capable and do live a long and happy life with one eye. This equine gentleman was here because he was sold as a sound riding horse. The history of Honner was that he had lost the eye as a yearling and wasn't trained to do anything so became a companion horse, passed along to different owners here and there for this purpose over the years until a tragic accident occurred when he was unscrupulously sold by someone as a sound riding horse to a young mum who ended up breaking her pelvis and lost an eye herself in the accident.

Eventually he arrived at Calan Horse Sanctuary and although welcomed by little Brodie, Merc and the old guard, it wasn't until this year that Honner has discovered the closeness of friendship. Tonto, one of our newest herd members and a respectable little shetland, has reached out to and is becoming great mates with Honner. It is such a joy to see this unfolding of relationship amongst our horses no matter how short or long a time they've been here. We sometimes worry that some horses seem like loner's whilst others stick side by side. With the knowledge of daily observation and care however, we are able to gather a lot of information on herd behavior and trust that the horses will sort things out themselves both internally and externally. Most have been through the ringer prior to landing at Calan although as we always say when they do arrive, they receive the life and love they deserve as fellow companions rather than objects to us humans on the road of life. If you'd like to meet Honner and Tonto or any of the other deserving and worthy horses, give us a call and we'd be glad to introduce you. Thank you again for caring.
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Many of our horses arrive from nowhere. Nobody wants them and they had no future. Some were found in the bush, some were going to market, some were going to be shot. The walls were closing in on most of them. Yet we fall instantly in love when we meet them and make a commitment to do our utmost in telling their stories to the world, including renaming them. We rename them because they missed out when human love, attention and kindness were handed out and we want them to make a new association to how and what is spoken to them, especially the sound of their name.

A few weeks ago a horse arrived in a rough condition whom we renamed 'OMAR'. OMAR is an ancient name that means 'flourishing, eloquent, gifted speaker'. He seems to like it and curiously, the other members of our mob, instantly liked him and didn't make a fuss when OMAR was quarantined in another paddock. Usually the horses rush over to size up the new arrival.

Another horse at our sanctuary, was dumped in the bush last year, picked up by rangers and made her way here. We named her 'Lakota' after the Native American Indian tribe the Lakota Sioux. Lakota means 'feeling affection, united, friendly'. Of all the horses that have come here, she was suspicious, especially of males, and would keep her eyes on you even when her head was down eating. She's now a pleasure to be with and is making friends with another mare Lilly.

That's it for another update from us here at Calan Sanctuary. We appreciate your support and as always drop by if you're in the area.
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