Friday, July 22, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday is of Babe. With it being so blasted hot, thought it  might be nice to see some "cooler" weather pictures. We lost Babe in September 2013. The place hasn't been the same without her. She taught us so much.

With a Heat Advisory in affect until Friday, I just wanted to remind myself that in another six months, we'll be dealing with another type of advisory...wind chill advisories..eek!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Generous Donation

The person asking us to take in the 23-24 year old mare is still waiting for a response. I haven't made up my mind. We are short on funds for last year's hay, and we are going with a different hay provider this year who won't jerk us around and make us wait until the following year to pay. But that puts us into a bind. I'm a year behind in paying so this year I  have to pay for last year's hay (which I finally got a price on..yes I know it's stupid) and I have to pay for this year's hay.

I could have gone with someone else a long time ago but because we have senior horses that are hard to keep weight on, we make sure that we have dairy quality hay. You might ask the difference between dairy quality hay and regular hay...dairy quality hay has to be weed free and could pretty much be certified if our hay supplier wanted to go the extra step. Certified hay is way  more expensive. It's not ditch hay. It keeps the weight on so we don't have to worry as much about supplementing with grains.

So I'm strapped for funds and debating on what we want to do for fundraisers. I have ideas but need help. Desperately need help.

But as I was stressing and grumbling to myself on the way home about our predicament (don't worry, we'll make it work just not sure how), I opened my mailbox and what should I find, but an envelope from one of our supporters. I LOVE getting mail from Lori H. She has this distinctive notion of when I really need a pick me up. This winter she sent us a gift card to Tractor Supply. Thank You  Lori for that gift certificate. I have been hording it because I can't make up my mind on what we need the most. I'm like a kid in a candy store...well, really I'm like a girl in a tack I'm really a Sanctuary worker with a gift card to TSC!!!  But what do I see when I open Lori's letter, a check to help with the mare that desperately needs a soft place to land and call home. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Does anyone else want to help this mare? We would need to buy her winter's worth of hay which would probably be around $750 but then we'd really need to ensure she has a sponsor. If she could be sponsored monthly for $50, I'd take her in even though it wouldn't cover the entire cost of hay alone. We are gearing up for "that season" when people want to get rid of anything that isn't "useable". And I'm sure this person will have more that they want to dump before the first snowflake flies.

So three requests:

Does anyone want to sponsor this mare (or any other Sanctuary horse) monthly, yearly, etc.? Even just a little helps offset.

Does anyone want to contribute to her winter's worth of hay so we can bring her in and figure out how to fund her?

Does anyone want to help with fundraiser ideas for this year so we can get some of this year's hay paid for?

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday. We wish for deck waterproofing. We need to wash, repair, and waterproof all of the Sanctuary's blankets (and take an inventory).

Deck waterproofing runs between $20-30 if I remember right. We get the generic brand or whatever is cheapest. But I want to make sure the horses stay dry. Hard to think winter when it's going to be almost 100 degrees out today and tomorrow and three's an excessive heat advisory but in 6 months we'll be dealing with wind chill advisories. I want to make sure we are prepared for winter!

Brego wearing a blanket donated by Gentle Spirits Horse Rescue

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Senior Tip Tuesday

It's going to be hot the next couple of weeks so here's a tip about water.

Senior Tip# 2
Clean water should always be available; an average horse needs five to seven gallons of water per day in cool weather, while in hot weather, requirements for maintenance and to compensate for losses in sweat may prompt intake of 20 gallons or more per day.

Adding an electrolyte supplement to your horse's diet could help keep him drinking and restore the electrolyte balances disrupted by sweating, and horses should have access to a salt block or receive a daily salt supplement (no more than a tablespoon per day) to allow them to meet their dietary sodium chloride requirements.

For a horse that doesn't drink well, offering a watery gruel of a supplement (such as a complete feed pellets) rather than feeding them dry can help increase the horse's water intake.

Information courtesy of ""

Dude and Chaos from last August

Monday, July 18, 2016

Damned if You Do, Damned If You Don't

I'm not sure where the world is going...probably to hell in a hand basket. I guess I'm grumpy and disappointed. For those that need a pick me up, stop reading now. I need to vent for a few minutes.

For those that kept reading...I it goes.

I was reading another rescue's blog. They do amazing work. I'm not sure how they are funded or what their connections are. I always held them in high esteem. But they blasted an owner for trying to do the right thing because they (the rescue) didnt' believe it was the right thing. The owners were planning to euthanize their animal because of health issues that they couldn't afford (or so I'm guessing). The owner wasn't looking to dump the pet at another rescue or shelter and burdening another overwhelmed system, expecting someone else to foot the bill. They were trying to do right. And yet this rescue blasted them. I've seen it in another rescue as well and I just don't get it. Why are they blasting owners for trying to do right even though you don't agree with it?

I don't get it. You're damned if you do, damned if you don't. Here this rescue is attacking these owners for trying to do right yet I'm faced with an owner dumping a horse with whoever because they don't want to incur any more costs because the animal can't make them money. What's wrong with this world?

No one wants to play god but doing the right thing for the health and welfare of the animal has to come first. If you can't afford the costs for their medial issues, there's only one or two options. The owners didn't want to burden anyone else. They were trying to do right. And it probably wasn't all just money. Timing probably plaid a part. Trying to give medication twice a day isn't easy. Hell, I have a hard time getting out to do chores every day at the same time.

Does that make me a bad owner? Am I wrong for euthanizing a horse because of aggression due to health issues? Am I wrong to put us beyond our budget to try and save a horse because we could "try" a new procedure to keep them alive for just a little the risk of making the other horses suffer?

I guess I am a bad owner. Because I put the well-being of the animal first, but I also take into consideration the well-being and health of the other animals in my care. It all has to balance out.

I don't know. I thought we were all in it together. Here to protect and provide not bash people. Now, don't get me wrong. There are some owners that shouldn't be owners. They should be wrapped up with fines and jail time but I thought as rescues and sanctuaries that we were all fighting the same cause. I know we all have our own opinions but there HAS to be reality to what we are doing. I don't know. I'm just confused and grumpy with the world these days.

I can't make ends meet and yet I'm asked countlessly to take in more horses. And yet I'm the bad guy when I have to say no. I hate saying no because I KNOW what's going to happen. So even though I'm not the one sealing that animal's fate, the owners are...and blaming me. Those are the owners I don't like.

I'm sure I don't make sense. And this is all garbl-de-gook. But I guess that's what my mind is thinking. ... garbl-de-gook because I'm too angry to make sense with what is going on in the world.

i'll stop venting now before I really get into it.  I just think we are damned if we do, damned if we don't.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Happy Friday

Happy Friday!
Ivan and Maverick from last summer