We had fun at the Downtown Hartford Farmers Market. I'm hoping we can go back next month and maybe bring one of the horses. We were double booked with my daughter's open house for preschool so those that stopped out had the chance to talk with one of our amazing volunteers. For those that stopped the chat, thank you! And for those that donated, a huge thank you! Every dollar counts in helping with the horses.
I sometimes feel like we are at a disadvantage because we aren't a rescue taking in any age of horse and adopting them out. But then I realize, we are all in it for the same reason, to help the horses. And my heart lies with the older senior horses and all their wisdom. We may not adopt out but we can do long-term fosters of pasture puffs if anyone is interested. I hope that my children will not stuff me in a home and forget me as I get older. I hope that by having the Sanctuary and horses, that we instill in them the qualities that we should respect our elders no matter if they are human or pet.
We had a lot of fun at the Farmers Market. We have lots of ideas for upcoming programs but need volunteers to get them off the ground. With three kids (and only one of them running with their activities at the moment (lord help me when all three are running)), we could use many more volunteers. If you're interested in hearing some of our ideas for programs or want to work with the horses (no riding), let us know!
Because we are so busy, we do ask that you text or email when you want to stop out for a visit (I am never near my phone where I can actually call or when I have time to call I can't hear very well). That way we can make sure we are home when you want to stop out since our schedule is so crazy.
We have our farrier visit tonight and will be tackling most of the horses. Our schedule and the farrier's schedule were super busy this summer so we got off on trims. Hopefully, we'll be able to catch everyone and get caught up.
Now we need to start concentrating on getting the funds for our winter supply of hay. We have the hay already baled and waiting for us. Now it's a matter of paying for it and getting it to the Sanctuary. Mike is running to Delmont tonight to pick up 50 small squares of hay. Our hay guy didn't have small squares this year and we need a small stash for those nights when the horses are in the barn, when we can't get round bales in for a day or two, and when I travel with the horses. We are paying $5 per bale and are getting 50 bales so if anyone wants to help donate to our small square bale fund, that would be fantastic. Or if you want to help us with our big round bale hay fund, that would be great too! I want to make sure we have enough hay for all our horses so they stay fat, happy, and sassy all winter.