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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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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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Not 'objects' and rather fellow 'subjects' as St Francis proclaimed in his respect toward all life and especially animals. He abhorred cruelty and felt the planet was the dominion of no one and a home to every living creature, including grass, worms, trees, fish and of course mammals including birds and the horse. It is 2018 and sadly, since Francis's proclamation in the 1200s, centuries have passed and we're still battling suffering inflicted on animals thought of as 'objects. We at Calan Horse Sanctuary, will not let this one pass nor let our equine residents, especially an old mare whom we loved for just a short time and died this week, go unnoticed.

Her story could easily be from Francis's time when neglect of animals was rampant. This, gentle old mare was given sanctuary at Calan Horse Sanctuary in December 2017 after years of forced breeding. And we're told by word of mouth, even at age 30 she was made to give ongoing riding lessons, not just rides, to approximately 36 different children whilst in foal. We all know how much work a horse has to do to teach a human how to ride- let alone 36! In fact, the approach to her by a human when known this mare was going to retire was 'Can't you just let her squeeze out another one before you give her away?'

Any human would be horrified at this. Not because she is an animal, and rather because it is not what any TRUE human being would think and say. Unfortunately, what this lovely, gentle and trusting old mare suffered doesn't stop there. She came to us with barely any teeth, constantly dropping her grain when trying to eat because she couldn't grind the food like a healthy horse. Include constant pulling on the bit by dozens of people learning to ride -to the extent that she lost most except 13 (a normal horse would have about 40-42.)

After the horrific drought we've just pulled through, the tough guilford grass had grown and the poor mare in trying to graze like a normal horse's instinct is to do, couldn't masticate the grass. We don't know what happened although speculate that she might have had an impaction and heart attack in the middle of the night this past week, and died alone. No herd members were nearby to guide her or neigh out to Alan for help like Brodie did when old Merc was in trouble. As Alan is the only resident at the sanctuary, he couldn't have known this was happening during the dark hours of night. Around her body were swirls of sand as if her legs were trying to get her upright- the same as old Merc.

We'll always be here for these gorgeous equine souls, our friends on the journey through life. Our wish as always, is that she has joined up in the big beyond and crossed over the rainbow bridge to run free forever more.

Please forward this on so that her story is remembered. On behalf of Alan Gent and Calan Sanctuary, we thank you and invite you to stop by for a visit, to cuddle the horses, to volunteer and mainly to help our horses experience human kindness in their lifetime.
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