Keep Snowy Happy & Healthy

$6,000 goal

Campaign created 4 months ago
Snowflake ("Snowy") and I met in August of 2014 at a local horse rescue ranch where I began to volunteer.  When we met, he was in a paddock with some other horses, hanging back, and eyeing us warily and very defensively.  I was told to not approach him and that he was able to be handled only by senior volunteers.  He looked so terrified, and I felt badly for him.  Right then and there, I desired to give this horse a better life than merely existing in fear of humans.

Snowy, an older (age 25+), very cute grey Arab/QH gelding, had endured a hard life of abuse and pain.  He was rescued from the slaughter auction where horses are treated as meat rather than the intelligent and sentient creatures they are.  His story was that he had been a pack horse in the Sierra Mountains.  Physical evidence of poorly healed ribs and dorsal bones in his neck suggested that he had fallen off the trail with a pack on his back... and was not given the proper time and medical care to heal.  And although he can move fairly well for his age, he is quite arthritic in his hindquarters and requires Previcox.  To this day he bears scars on his nose from a spiked nose strap and partial loss of his lower right eyelid.  And there is evidence that he is partially blind.  I felt that this horse needed to know that not all humans are cruel and uncaring... my heart went out to him.

I began volunteer training to learn to handle and communicate with horses in meaningful ways they can understand, and this requires a lot of groundwork.  About 3 months into training, we were given a choice of which horse we wanted to partner with for the next clinic.  I seized the opportunity to select Snowy and couldn't believe they actually let me do it!  With help from a senior volunteer, we led him into the area.  He began... bellowing!  When I picked up my carrot stick (a stick with string used to provide cues and humane corrections), his reaction was total fear, rearing and glaring with terror in his eyes.  I knew then that he had been beaten with a stick.  I dropped my carrot stick, and we proceeded to go through the clinic exercises without it, just using the rope and my hands.  By the end of the day, he licked my hands.  I fell in love.

Snowy and I continued many months of slow and methodical (and fun!) exercises and developed a deep bond.  He now is a very sweet, quiet, and polite horse who is a real charmer.  While I've been working with him over these past few years, I've gone through a very difficult time in my life due to an ongoing family medical situation.  Snowy reciprocated and has healed me through this process.

While I love all of the horses who come to our rescue, I know that they are only passing through on their way to their forever home.  But Snowy is one of a few horses  deemed to be permanent sanctuary horses, so it was safe to love him, knowing he would always have a home there.....

Fast Forward a few years.....  A new board of directors decided that Snowy and another sanctuary horse are now adoptable to the right situation.  I couldn't imagine one day finding out that he had been adopted and would no longer be in my life. 

My boyfriend Burt suggested that we take him in to avoid that situation, and then he offered to help me pay for Snowy's expenses.  I've been waiting over 50 years for this horse - the horse of my heart - the horse I was always meant to have.

We're boarding Snowy in a great facility in a peaceful area not far from home.  He's been settling in and adjusting to his new home. 

In addition to the boarding expense ($625 per month), there are a lot of ongoing expenses for a horse, such as veterinarian check-ups, prescriptions, annual vaccinations, dental care, medical testing, de-worming, farrier services, potential emergency medical care (horses are curious creatures and get into a lot of mischief), supplements, and insurance.  We've had a lot of start-up expenses to get everything started for him, including boarding, some veterinary expenses, medication, supplements, and insurance. 

We're establishing this fund so that we can provide Snowy with a healthy and happy life - the retirement that he deserves.  We're giving him a lot of love and care, and we could use help with his expeses, especially his health and wellness expenses and help to offset some of his boarding expense. 

We've already spent over $800 in start-up expenses (50-lb bags of horse feed/supplements, critter-proof feed storage, a veterinary exam, prescription, and stall necessities (nibble nets, supplement tub) and $1,250 in boarding. 

Snowy survived an abusive past for a reason.  He has found it in his heart to forgive humans.  Snowy and I helped to heal each other.  He means the world to me, and I want to be sure that the rest of his life is full of love and care. 

The $6,000 budget is based on the estimated annual cost for health and wellness expenses for a horse, including a medical emergency contingency.  Burt and I would be so grateful for your help to offset some of these costs so that we can focus on loving him and giving him a good life.

In closing, I'd to share an anonymous quote... "You can't buy love, but you can rescue it!"

Thank you so much for your consideration,
                        Mindy and Snowy
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$6,000 goal

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