Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Christmas Wish List

Was Christmas draws nearer (in only six more days), the horses at the Sanctuary have their own Wish List for Santa. I told the horses that if they wanted Santa to bring presents, that they'd have to keep it under a certain dollar amount (because otherwise, they'd be wishing and asking for semi loads of hay!)

So here's the horses' Christmas Wish List if anyone is interested in helping us put these presents under the Christmas tree.

Mayhem would love brushes to keep her red coat nice and glossy (all usually under $10).

Lace would like some Buteless to keep the aches and pains away during the chill of winter. Her knee and fetlock are really starting to bother her (costs $50 but lasts a month).

Dude would like some Dumor Weight Booster so he can continue to pack on the pounds and be top dog in the herd (is only $20).

Jim would love to have Dumor Senior Feed (or any type of senior feed). He's the oldest resident and deserves to enjoy his warm grain mash every night (Dumor Senior Feed is under $20 but the other brands are right around $20).

Tommy would love a salt block. He prefers to scrape off the salt with his teeth rather than lick it off (salt blocks are around $5 a block).

Skippy would love a Himalayan salt block so he doesn't have to share salt with  Tommy (these salt blocks are a little more spendy than the white salt blocks but are around $10).

Maverick would love some toys. He's destroyed other toys and he's getting bored now that the nights are so much longer (depending on the toy they range from $10 to $25).

Zeke would love Ramona Feed to keep him fat and sassy (this is the only feed not available at TSC, Campbell Supply, etc. It's available at the Ramona Feed Elevator or A Bar K in Sioux Falls).

Brego would like some over the fence feeders so he can enjoy his grain without having to share with the cats (these run about $10 per feeder).

Chaos doesn't know it but he'd really like some dewormer. He may not want it but he'll appreciate it later! It's like getting socks and underwear for Christmas. When you're a kid, you hate the idea but as an adult, you love it! (Dewormers range from $2 to $10 and are always needed even if they don't know they want it)

Rain would love to have some Nutrena Safe Choice Original grain. As the winter sets in, he'll need to be grained to keep his weight up. (Safe Choice Original is around $15 per bag)

King would love some Purina Strategy so he can keep his plump figure. (Strategy is about $16 per bag)

All of these items are located at Tractor Supply Company and many are also available in Campbell Supply, Runnings, Bombgar, etc. So take a peak and see if there's anything you'd like to help put under the Christmas tree for the Sanctuary horses!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Still Here

Man o man has it been awhile! Well, to reassure you, we are here and doing well.

I am just now returning to the paying job which means I'm in front of a computer a bit more than before. All I had before was my phone, which is somewhat easy to update Facebook but impossible to blog.  I'm not sure how well I'm doing in getting back into the routine of things.

I seem to be forgetting more than I would like. But I'm going to blame the hubbub of Christmas and all the kids' activities.

If you haven't been following us on Facebook, well, the horses are doing just fine. I'll have to post some pictures later but they are all wearing their wooly coats, standing in front of the hay bales, enjoying the weather.

We've actually been having some really nice weather the last few days. Temps are in the mid 30s and there's no snow right now. I worry for our pastures, although the bottom pasture is flooded due to all the tiling going on.

We are still getting asked to take in horses but we are even more limited on time so we are slow to take in any more. I'm hoping the new year will be easier and I can figure out the proper balance between the paying job (which is new...I switched right before I went on maternity leave), running around with all the kids' activities, family events, and caring for the horses.

We are desperately in need of volunteers to help with everything. I know when people see "volunteer", they think that they have to be physically here. In fact, all the stuff I need done, is all online. I'm dropping the ball on so much stuff and losing out on opportunities left and right. So I need eyes and ears and a whole heap of help from others right now until I can figure out how to juggle everything.

I really want 2019 to be an amazing year. I have lots of social media posts to share but still need to get there.

But for now, just wanted to say HEY! We are still here and to say, we'll be back shortly with more updates.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Welcome our Newest Resident

There's a new member of Borderlands Horse Sanctuary. Please meet my son, Graydon. He was born September 20th, ten days earlier than planned and a week earlier than scheduled. Everything went well, although I was surprised that the doctors and nurses didn't seem to take me serious when I said I was in labor. Apparently having had two babies prior didn't hold any leverage.

But all is good. I blamed Hurricane Florence. Actually, the Tuesday and Wednesday prior, we'd had lots of rain. I had a feeling that the rain storms would bring my baby sooner. I thought maybe he'd come Tuesday or Wednesday but instead he arrived Thursday afternoon. So I was half way right in thinking that the storms would bring my son sooner than expected.

We've been fairly quiet at the Sanctuary since then. There's still so much to do but there's so little that i can do at this point. I'm restricted to doing what I did before I had Graydon, although the doctors didn't realize I was doing way more than I probably should have. But I'm taking it fairly easy and doing what needs to be done but nothing extra. 

We've had requests to take in horses but this is the reason why we have been closed to intakes. I'm not going to handle horses that I don't know. I barely handled our Sanctuary horses, there's no way I was going to handle horses I had no history on and risk getting hurt. Because I was "advanced maternal age" I was taking everything with as much precaution as needed.

We won't be doing any intakes for a bit longer until after I've healed a bit  more. This is my second c-section but I'm still taking it slow. I'm just under three weeks out so still taking things easy. I was told the other day that I was doing pretty well for having had a c-section. I don't really have much to go on. The severe and excruciating pain I went through with my first is all that I have to compare the second two births. Nothing will ever compare to that experience.

So for now, this is where I am, snuggling with my son. 

We are headed into winter faster than expected. There's snow in the forecasts to the west of us (by just a few miles) and we've been having rain for the past three weeks But because I'm the sole caretaker of the horses, I'm doing the best I can to keep the horses comfortable. We have hay in the pens and have given up thinking the pasture will feed the horses. They are still allowed to graze the pasture but the hay is now a permanent item in the pens until next spring. 

I may continue to not be around much. I'm still on Facebook more than I want to be so if you want to catch up on the latest, check us out there. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Taking a Break

You may have noticed a lapse in blogging or any other posts (unless you're on Facebook). We are going to take a short hiatus from the blog (and possibly Twitter). We will still be on Facebook sporadically but the blog will be a bit quiet for the next couple of weeks.

No worries, nothing is wrong. I'm switching positions at the paying job, my medial issues are flaring up so I'm not able to do nearly as much as I'd like, and the days are getting dreadfully shorter.

I don't expect to be back on to post again until the beginning to middle of October.

We are also still closed to intakes. The Board of Directors and I will reconvene at the end of October to re-evaluate opening our doors to a deserving senior in need of a soft landing.

Unfortunately our doors will remain closed for as long as I stay silent on this blog. It's not ideal but that's just how it's going to have to be for a little bit longer.

If you need anything, please check us out on Facebook as I'll try to stay a bit more up-to-date there.

Until then, Happy Fall!

Hurricane Florence

Our hearts go out to those in the path of #HurricaneFlorence.

For those that know me, they know that I hate storms (of any kind). I freak out over the smallest storms and as I get older, the freak outs get worse. Of course having two tornadoes in the past five years (one that barely missed the Sanctuary this summer), I am a bit more intimidated by Mother Nature's fury.

I pray that all can escape unharmed and that no one (two legged or four legged) is left behind to try and withstand the forces of nature.

I wish that we were closer to offer a safe landing for those that need to escape. Unfortunately, all we can do is offer up prayers that all will stay safe during this stressful time. You are in our thoughts and prayers as the #HurricaneFlorence nears.

Thursday, August 30, 2018


I haven't been watching FB sale ads or craigs list sale ads. I haven't really been looking because we are turning away horses. Luckily we are unknown so the amount of times we say no is few and far between most times but every "no" from me seems like a direct hit to my consciousness. Is my "no" equaling a death sentence? Is my "no" going to make that horse suffer? What will the consequences of my "no" mean?

Yet those shouldn't be the questions that run through my head. Those should be up to the owner but in reality, those are the questions that still run through my head every time.

I did happen to look at a local auction sales report (which I haven't done in a while). Now is the time people are getting rid of horses.

LOOSE SALE - Loose horses sell first. The top 10 Loose horses averaged $1260 with the top Loose horse, a 9-year old black kid broke gelding selling for $1925. All loose horses are sold as is but we encourage all customers to be honest and call any soundness or bad habit or health problems on their horses consigned to the Loose horse sale. Loose horses are sold in the order delivered to the yards. Friday afternoon delivered horses sell first. (1 PM to 6 PM) If you loose horse is registered, bring papers to gate at time of delivery and attach a brief note to the papers about the horse . If not registered you can submit a brief story on the horse on separate piece of paper or our staff will jot down notes on the horse for the auctioneer -( if bred or open., soundness, riding ability, etc) Loose horses sell in the order unloaded and delivered to the yards. Unload loose horses on WEST end of the yards. Information on your horse will be taken down at that time by our yard staff. Buyers are not allowed in the Loose Horse Alleys . Loose horses go straight from the trailer up the alley to sale ring and they sell fast and is. If you are not a seasoned buyer, it would be best for you to shop for a horse in our Ride in sale and attend the sale preview and visit with the Seller of the horse. Do your home work to see if the horse will fit your riding program.

I hate reading their notes. It turns my stomach. I wish I could do more. I wish I could step up and help. I wish that me saying "no" didn't mean that these horses are forced to go to auction.

Sadly, at the moment, my hands are tied with how many we can handle. My health has hindered me this past year but it still doesn't help that I'd be saying "no" no matter what. I know what we can handle and right now, we sort of have to be running on bare bones for the number of horses at the Sanctuary. Do I like it? "NO"! Do I want to continue with minimal numbers? "NO". I want to open our doors to deserving horses. I want to say YES! I want to welcome these old warriors with open arms and watch them let down from a life of work and see them relax into retirement. It's absolutely the best part to watch these seniors realize that they aren't going to be asked to be worked every day. That all they have to do is eat, sleep, and relax.

But right now I have to say "no" and it breaks my heart. And then reading the Loose Sales Report from August churns my stomach and I get knots. I don't like it. I want to get these horses before they go to auction. They deserve better than

 " Sell the easy, no hassle Loose horse sale way if your short on time."

You're not selling a car or an inanimate object. You're selling a living being. How is it that selling a life is so unimportant? I understand being short on time but not finding the right home? Well, that would be like trying to sell my parents off to the highest bidder or just dumping them off with some poor unsuspecting soul who has no clue about their ailments.

I guess its' just this time of year that really gets to me. Watching all these hard working horses (ranch horses, camp horses, trail horses, etc.) spend all their summer working and then get dumped at an auction and enter into the slaughter pipeline.

I just wish there was more the Sanctuary could do.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018


I promise I will post all of the #HappinessHappens posts that I've been posting on Facebook. But I need some time to catch up on everything. Life has been more of a blur in the last two weeks than ever before.

From birthday parties, to camping adventures, to school preparation, to fencing fiascos, I'm pretty well tapped out.

I'd divided the pasture this summer and we opened the bottom up before we left for vacation. When we came back, I noticed they were in the wrong pasture. I'd pulled them all in to the drylot thinking I could do a quick fix once I felt better. I finally walked out there Sunday night and had to give up on that idea. They'll have the entire pasture for the rest of the summer/fall.

Someone ripped a dozen of the polyposts right off at the stake and rolled the wire right up on itself. They then continued to tear down the rest of the fence along that side of the temporary pasture and drug it through the pasture for me to never find again until I mow. Then they promptly took down another two fence lines so it's a disaster. My only hope is to save what little they didn't damage and hope that we can reuse it again some other time.

Apparently temporary fence is no longer allowed. I am going to have to get serious about real fencing instead of putting up temporary fence. I'm not sure when we went from having everyone respect fence to no one respecting fence. I used to be able to have them in on strand of electric and now, I have them in two strands of solid wire electric and they blow right through it.

I'd really like for them to stay off the top part of the pasture so that they don't burn it down but at this point, I'm unable to do much about it. I was practically sick by the time I walked back up after seeing all that they had destroyed.

And to make matters worse, Lightening is dead lame on his right rear leg. The problem is, I can't do anything about it to even see what's wrong. There's heat right above the hoof but I can't actually check to see if there's something in his foot. I can't bend over even when he's tied and I can't move fast enough if he decides to knock my head off. And of course there's the whole standing back up without passing out part. Ah, medical problems. Gotta love them. Hopefully I can beg for some help tonight and have someone look at his foot. Otherwise, there might be a trip to the vet, yet another expense after yet seeing the bill for Farley, who seems to be back to his normal self.

Sadly, I think there will be less blogs and less social media in the next month. I'm still around and I'm still online all the time but I don't seem to have much positive to talk about as of late. It's all i can do to keep my  mouth shut these days. It'll all be better in a little while (probably after about 12 hours of sleep) but until then, it'll be hit or miss as far as how often I post.