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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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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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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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Every Australian knows that water is life. In a time of crisis during the drought in W.A. it is your generosity and goodwill that made the difference in the lives of our 23 horses. We hung on as long as we could and waited for the rainfall whilst your donations enabled us to keep the Calan Sanctuary horses fed 4 times per day as most are senior equines in need of special nutrition and supplements. Hay was spread out for the horses to share and each and every horse was hard fed multiple times throughout the day. Unfortunately, many farmers and horse owners in the region were doing it tough with the dry few months, with some sadly having to put their animals down due to colic. We cannot thank you enough and are grateful for every dollar donated which has gone to the direct care of our herd. Even little Brodie, our 30+ year-old pony mascot has a spring in his step and a renewed sense of purpose since the rains came and the grass started to grow. Even old 'Lightening Jack' (aka Beriah) , also around 30 years-old, has a 'no worries mate' attitude now and is looking the best he's ever been. As always, we'd love to meet you if you're in the area or want to make a trip to visit us. It takes a village to care for these worthy, special beings and you'll see what your heartfelt donations have helped accomplish. Thank you again.
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