Thursday, April 23, 2015

#NPCommPix - Day 24 Happy Hour


Any time with the horses is considered happy hour!

#NPCommPix - Day 23 Kids at Work


The horses are our kids. And they do make it tough to get anything done with they want to "help"

#NPCommPix - Day 22: Environment


Always inquisitive at the Sanctuary

Mind Boggling

I'm finding this a little tough. I'm listening to the Rolex with fancy horses and looking through the horses that have hours to live before they are shipped off across the Mexico border to lose their life.

It's tough to see the thousands and thousands of dollars going into these Rolex horses and knowing that the other horses standing in line to load onto a trailer are losing their lives and the dollars wrapped up in them are cents on the pound. It's hard for me to wrap my brain around it. The horses losing their lives were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time.

My mind is boggled and I'm without words.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Many Faces of Mare

I saw this on a twitter feed and it made me bust out laughing. It's SO Rabbit!!!

Horse Needs Retirement

I was asked last October if we had room for a mare. At the time, I had just accepted Junior into the Sanctuary so we couldn't bring the mare in. I asked if the owners if they were in a rush to rehome her. They said no and said they'd hang on to her through the winter and check with us again this spring. She's been on my waiting list ever since (and has been on my mind ever since as well).

Well, spring is here and we were asked if we could take her in.

She doesn't fit all of our criteria but she deserves a retirement. The current owners know of her past and know that she was used hard. She's now lame and only 13 years old. To almost anyone else, she's "useless and unwanted". She is unrideable because of the limp and most likely can't bare much additional weight (i.e., can't be a broodmare).

I'd seen pictures of this mare before the current owners got her. She's now had three homes in one year. ONE YEAR! Can you imagine? She deserves more. She's a beautiful mare and from the pictures and video I saw of her a year ago, she reminds me a lot of Queen and Babe. There's something about her that I can't put my finger on. I think it might be her temperament. Calm. She's the Mother Type. The Heart Horse. She's the one you go to, to cry your eyes out, to soak their mane with your tears. I'm not sure how many people have had horses like that. I've only had one and that was Queen. She knew when something was wrong and sought me out to provide comfort. I have a feeling this mare is the same way (although I dont' know because I've never actually met her in person).

But she deserves a home. Not just a place to live but a HOME...a FOREVER HOME.

Would anyone be willing to help sponsor her?

If you can't, can you help spread the word?

Break is Over

We've been fairly quiet at the Sanctuary the last couple of days. Last week was Mike's final week of studying before his big test, which was Friday. Now it's a wait and see timeframe to see if he passed. It was a tough test. We decided that to celebrate, we'd take advantage of the National Park's free pass weekend and headed to the Badlands.

It was probably silly to head out when we had rain one day and wind the next. Makes it a lot harder to do much when there's a toddler in tow. But we had fun and it was nice to get away from the stresses of everything. Mike had been studying for that test for four months and me being stuck with morning sickness, nothing has gotten accomplished at the Sanctuary for the past four months.

I'm hoping that now we can focus on getting things done at the Sanctuary. With all the family health issues we've had over the past five years, we haven't had time to really work on the upkeep of the Sanctuary. So now I'm hoping that we can tackle some of the bigger projects. We have major fencing to do and major painting on all the outbuildings. The roof on the hay barn will have to wait another year until I can get enough money saved up to get it reshingled. We also need to get the roof back on the run in shed we build (that the tornado ripped off).

Hopefully the weather will start cooperating and we can tackle some of the  major projects. I've seen some of the farmers out disking up their fields. I hope our farmer friend isnt' ready yet to disk and plant his field. Mike and I are trying to work out a deal to get the dry lot cleaned out (and some of the other pens as well). We'll need help and I think if I bribe the right people, they'll come out with equipment that will speed up the process. If anyone wants to help, that would be great. The more hands on a project, the faster it'll get done and the nicer the Sanctuary will look. It's never looked like a pristine place. It's always been a working farm so there's always something that needs to be fixed.

I'm also trying to see if I can come up with the money to do a fundraiser idea. We have one of our "guardian angels" donate their time and half the materials to a fundraiser as long as we come up with the other half. It's a fantastic idea but we'll need to promote the heck out of it. I'm worried with being sick if I'll have enough energy and brain power to promote it like I want. We'll see.

But there's a lot of work that needs to be done at the Sanctuary. Scraping/painting buildings, repairing fence, washing/waterproofing and repairing blankets, cleaning out stalls, etc. There's plenty to do so if you're bored, let me know and I'll put you to work.

I think our break is finally over and we can focus on the Sanctuary once again.