Monday, October 23, 2017

Meet Maverick

I forgot to post last week so I suppose it's better late than never.

Meet Maverick

The following image is one I've used often and it's of Maverick.

Maverick came to use in October 2009 on a rainy night. I'd just come home from a birthday party and it was raining and getting late. I noticed that two horses were in our pasture that didn't belong there. They were Brego and Maverick. They'd been in with Queen, who'd they'd been with in their previous home.

I had agreed to take Maverick and Brego but needed a bit of time to get things ready. The owner must have thought he'd waited long enough and dropped them off. Brego was thin and Maverick was a little underweight. As a two year old, he'd been sent to a trainer but I knew the methods in which he'd been trained and wanted a different trainer.

I was originally scared of him. I'm prone to swing my legs over corral panels and expecting horses to get out of the way. Maverick didn't and threw a hoof at me when I got on the ground. He had the better of me so in the spring, I sent him to a trainer (on my dime, not the Sanctuary's). He came back a bombproof horse. To the point where he was taught not to lope while under saddle. I wish I could get him to lope, but that's not in the cards right now and he'll make a fantastic riding horse for the little kids.

Maverick is a total ham. He's always inquisitive and trying to figure things out. He's downright bored at times and finds things to entertain himself. That includes untying notes, pulling off fly masks, ripping blankets, pulling the siding off the barn, and destroying automatic waterers. I have a jolly ball for him but that doesn't seem to entertain him enough.

He's best friends with Jim. It's an odd combination. A 12 year old is best friends with a 30 year old and Jim is the stoic one while Maverick is the clown, always trying to see what's going on. He's a total extrovert.

Maverick has really proven himself. I though the was a diamond in the rough, but in truth, he's simply a sorrel diamond. If I rode more, he'd be less inquisitive (I hope) and he'd probably feel more fulfilled but there's not enough time in the day. This is not an invite to offer to ride him. I'm simply saying that he needs more of a job than he has, which is nothing. But we'll get there. I've had people want to buy him or ask for a good riding horse and he'd fit the bill But I made a promise, and I stick by my promise. And that's to keep him at the Sanctuary until his last breath.

So for now,  I'll continue to deal with Maverick's antics and hope that this Christmas he doesn't destroy the automatic waterer. He's an easy keeper and only needs hay Of course he could go for some additional toys to keep him occupied. I and his herd mates would greatly appreciate the reprieve from his antics.

Good Monday Morning

I have so much to share and yet so little time to share all the good news before I peter out on the day.

So to start your Monday morning off right, I'm posting pics from a couple of nights. Now is the time to get beautiful pictures in the evening. These are all taken with my phone and absolutely no altering.

Winter will be here on Friday and I'm in a bit of a panic but I'll leave that for another post. For now, lets just enjoy some beautiful pictures.

Dude and Rain



Chaos, Brego (I think), Maverick

King and Dude




Evening grazing

Lightening (with Zeke photo bombing and Bo's butt)

Friday, October 20, 2017

$5 Friday

It's $5 Friday! Did you know $5 buys a bale of hay and feeds a horse for a day? So skip the coffee and help keep a senior horse fat and happy this winter by donating $5. It's amazing how fast $5 adds up.

We are fundraising for our 2017-2018 Winter Hay Fund. The hay is here and now we have to come up with the money. We had our annual playday (and new this year was the obstacle course). Proceeds from the playday fundraiser went to the 2017-2018 Winter Hay Fund.  We met our generous Match Game (Modern Woodmen graciously gave us the match game). Without the match game, and having to pay for the arena (which was $250), we made $300 and had a blast doing it. Add the match game of $500 and we are up to $800 just from the playday. Our goal is to reach $3500. We have had additional money donated and I'll add that to the tally as well. We are slowly reaching our goal and very thankful for it.

But we could still use your help. $5 might not seem like a lot but to us, it's the world. Because $5 feeds a horse for a day and $5 quickly adds up to buy more hay.

Our small Sanctuary is supported by many donors who cannot share a lot but what they share is huge and means a great deal to me.

Every donation matters, and we are grateful you have chosen to help us with our mission, "Giving each horse a dignified retirement".

Did you know, $5 buys one bale of hay and feeds a horse for a day? We have 15 horses in our Sanctuary enjoying retirement. It might not sound like a lot, but each horse gets individual care based on their needs. We are feeding hay now that October has arrived and the pastures are done. We will continue to feed hay until the end of May. Would you like to feed one of our Sanctuary horses for a day?
You can donate to or send checks to:
Borderlands Horse Sanctuary
PO Box 35
Humboldt, SD 57035

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday to October of 2010 when we had Thor, a Belgian that had worked hard all his life and came to the Sanctuary to enjoy his final years. He wasnt' with us for very long but he enjoyed every minute of his retirement.

He came to us blind in one eye and later lost sight out of his other eye. After a week of adjusting, he was perfectly fine. I sure do miss this guy. He was a stoic figure at the Sanctuary.

We would love to open our doors to another senior that deserves a golden retirement home. Won't you sponsor a senior horse in his/her final years?

Lets Talk Blankets

I don't and wont' debate the need or desire to blanket horses. We do blanket at the Sanctuary but it is based on need. Some of our residents never need anything more than a full belly and a wind break, while others need a variety of blankets to keep the chill off.

It is very contingent on each horse and it's  not even based on age. Rain is not even 20 and he's needed a blanket for the past few years. Jim, who's 30 doesn't need a blanket. So it's all in perspective who basic needs.

Each year I think I'm going to be ahead of the game and get blankets taken care of. I DID get most of the blankets washed this past July but I needed them repaired and waterproofed. I sent four off (the most coveted blankets) to be repaired by a volunteer. I've not gotten back to washing any of the others.

When I wash blankets, I don't throw them in the wash machine because ours can't handle it and I wont' take them to a Laundromat because I don't want to ruin someone else's clothes. So instead I wash them by hand. Either way of washing, I think the waterproofing doesn't last so I try to waterproof every year.

I used to think we had to have fancy waterproofing until Mike suggested using regular deck waterproofing and that's what we've been using ever since. One gallon of waterproofing covers about 6 blankets. We use whatever is the cheapest and lately it's been Thompson's Waterproofing.

I thought we bought a gallon this summer but I couldn't find it so I used up the left over from last year and got 1.5 blankets done. I bought another gallon and today slapped some waterproofing on one blanket during my lunch break.

Now to track down the coveted blankets and get them waterproofed while the weather is still nice. It's hard to think that we need blankets when it's gorgeous out but in short order the weather will turn and I want to make sure that the herd is well protected when the rains and snows start to fall and the temps plummet.

Anyone want to donate blankets or waterproofing? Or better yet, anyone want to donate their time to waterproof or repair blankets? I could use all the help I can get!

My help while waterproofing

My help while waterproofing

My help while waterproofing

Waterproofing done and now waiting to dry

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wishlist Wednesday - Blankets Needed

Wishlist Wednesday: It may be hard to imagine needing blankets on a gorgeous day like today, but winter will be here in a little while and we need to make sure our seniors are snug in their blankets.

We have a few blankets for the hard keepers but they are much loved, and much repaired. We'd love to have a few extra blankets handy for those that think they need a bigger wardrobe.

We need just about every size blanket but turnout blankets are the most important.

Jim is probably the most in need of a blanket and he's a size 74. But most everyone is a 78 (ish). But any blanket, any size, any color, and almost any condition is greatly needed and appreciated.

This is our beloved Sam who left us a few years ago. He enjoyed his draft blanket during his last few years with us. We want to make sure that we spoil our seniors in their last years and that means a warm blanket during the cold winter nights of South Dakota.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Quiet Time

We are having gorgeous weather this week. I'd love to take advantage of it but other responsibilities take precedence. We are going to try and work on the barn tonight. I doubt we'll get it totally done but a little is better than nothing. If the snow flies tomorrow, we'd be ok with the barn. Not everything else, just the barn.

I was hoping to work on the barn because the weather is supposed to be nice but again, that's going to fall through. I am going to have to give up the idea that I can get any more of the barn painted.

I took a bunch of pictures last night but I need to download them and rotate them. My phone no longer posts then normal. Instead it'll take more time but we'll see if I have time. I still need to do some wrap up stuff with the playday fundraiser but I don't see that in the cards for tonight. I've been dragging ever since the fundraiser. Hopefully I can get it back into gear.