Thursday, October 30, 2014

#NPCommPix - Day 31: Scary


I know it's not recent, but I am hoping that this winter will not be like the winter of 2010... now THAT was a scary winter (ok, maybe not that scary but it was LONG with a LOT of snow!)

#NPCommPix - Day 30: Learning


Chaos learning from Dude to be herd boss.

#NPCommPix - Day 29: Teaching


Maverick teaching me that I need to get the electric fence fixed.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Help Needed for an Old Warrior

We have been asked to take in a senior equine. The owner is trying to do right by him and has offered to donate two round bales to go with him. However, we weren't going to take in anyone this winter so we only bought enough for the current horses at the Sanctuary.

For some reason, this horse (and owner) are pulling at me. Is there any way we can raise enough money to purchase five big round bales (or 5 big square bales or the equivalent in small squares)? Or have someone donate the hay?

This horse meets our requirements and has worked his heart out over the years. I'd like to offer him a permanent retirement home, but without winter hay, I can't jeopardize the current horses at the Sanctuary. No amount is too little or too much to donate. If you can't donate, can you help spread the word?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"The Sales Yard"

Wow...

http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/michelle-anderson-at-home-with-horses/archive/2014/10/27/the-sales-yard.aspx


And in fact, I get people who find one of the Sanctuary horses and ask if he's up for adoption. No, I promised them a permanent home. But if they too were standing in an auction, they would not catch the eye of anyone in particular. No one would pay attention to Bo because he's not a Quarter Horse and he's ribby. No one would pay attention to Maverick because he's sorrel. They'd turn and run when they met Rabbit. They would fall in love with Dude until they got him home and tried to ride him, only to discover that his back end is bad (unless he's having a bad day and he's off in the back that day). Everyone would look like a plan horse if they arent' given a chance to shine.

Monday, October 27, 2014

2nd Annual Fundraiser Playday

Yesterday was crazy (but in a good way)! We had our second annual fundraiser playday on Sunday. I was originally hoping to simply get 20 people to show so that it would cover the cost of arena rent (better to bring awareness of senior equines than do nothing but sit on my hands). So I figured if we didn't actually raise any money, we would at least be raising awareness.

Instead we had almost 50 people show up to play!! Of course, I was not expecting that many so was not prepared. Unfortunately, by the time we were done with three of the events, some people had to head home. There was a family that had driven 1.5 hours to get to our fundraiser playday!!

The weather was nice, although windy. I was a little worried that people wouldn't want to spend the last nice day that we'll probably have until spring sitting around in an arena. But the support really came out. We were truly blessed to have so many people come out and to help out to make the playday run so smoothly. There's a definite learning curve to running a playday and I've learned A LOT!!! This is only the third playday  I've ever been to. The first was the one we held last year as our first annual playday. So the learning curve is still going on and I'll use what I learned from last year and this year to make next year even better!

We raised over $600 at the playday!!!! That will cover the cost of alfalfa for all the senior equines and maybe a couple bales of hay as well! There's still stress of figuring out how to make ends meet and make sure the Sanctuary horses stay happy (and fat). But this playday really helped!

I will post pictures some time this week of some of the events. I doubt the pictures will turn out very well because of the dust (which is normal for an arena...btw it was a beautiful facility with a big arena and everything very well thought out!)

Thank you to all who were able to come out (participants and spectators)! I hope you all had a great time (I know I did). I'll continue to work out the kinks for the next playday. My apologies to those that couldn't participate in all the events because it was running so long. I'll find a way to make it run smoother next year!

We are always looking for volunteers to help with the playday or to donate items for the playday (food or other items to sell).

From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Your generosity and willingness to come out and support the Sanctuary humbles me.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

#NPCommPix - Day 26: On Your Desk


I don't have a desk at the Sanctuary. My office is the pasture and my desk is the grass. Any computer work is usually me sitting with my feet up in the recliner after a busy day at the Sanctuary.