We continue to work forward here at Spirit Acres Farm helping our horses meet the challenge for a better life. The constant need of any rescue will always be feed and nutrition, teeth and hoof care. We strive with all in our charge for the physical balance of the horse, walking without pain, chewing without pain and being able to digest the feed they eat in order to enjoy a healthy life. A horse’s body must be watched over as well as his state of mind, the same as you and your loved ones.
The horse in the domestic role depends on humankind to provide for them all the above mentioned needs, if we are to be their true guardians. Owner is a title, but to share life and tend to needs and to know your horse is about sharing life.
Achieving this makes us a lot more than a human who has a horse. At Spirit Acres Farm we watch over all we have every day and our hope is to find those forever homes with guardians who care to share. Meanwhile all goes on and needs can be overwhelming, just as in all our lives. Please help see that our basic list of costs and needs are met and know that every donation/gift is a part of the bigger picture, supporting life.
This year started off with troubling news for Spirit Acres.On January 19, a couple out for an afternoon walk discovered several horse carcasses on a wooded lot in the area of Magnolia, Texas. Part of what Spirit Acres can do is investigate, assist law enforcement and neighbors. You can read more by opening the link to this news story. http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/courier/news/couple-discovers-horse-carcasses-in-agnolia/article_afcd281b-abd7-53f4-b775-b633015062ea.html
There were no survivors in this terrible tragedy, however, we are keeping an eye on the field next to this death site. We are trained well in emergency rescue procedures. We also have an older mare from another region due to arrive at Spirit Acres to nurse back to health who was just being left to die. We have high hopes for her recovery.
These situations are the order of the day for our rescue organization. But they do add further stress to our already tight budget in caring for those in our charge. We appreciate your support through your Global Giving donations.
Life on a farm is satisfying and rewarding. But also challenging and difficult, both physical and emotional. We promised to keep you updated on our dear Domino, a beautiful Appaloosa stallion and friend of 27 years. He lost his battle with cancer and with much sorrow we had to say goodbye.
We have also introduced you to Spirit, very special equine friends. Spirit was abandoned as a newborn when she came to us. She has been an inspiration and favorite to many. We would like to reward her for her love and loyalty by helping to ease her joint pain with injects of much needed lubricants and natural medicines. This treatment would be for a few months and then would drop to a maintenance dose once a month. We would like to call on the generous hearts in the GlobaGiving community to help us with this expense.
Because of GlobalGiving we have been able to accomplish so much and would like to express our sincere appreciation. We are still hoping to acquire a much needed ambulance trailer to transport horses in need to hospitals and other centers for medical help. We are a certified tech large animal emergency rescue. To have a trailer to meet the requirements for specialized equine needs and safety is our goal. We have the equine gurneys now, so we are stepping in the right direction. Please help this dream come true and help us help our horses in need.
An update on Domino, our Appaloosa stallion, who has cancer on the delicate pink skin on his underside. Happily he seems to be settling into remission. Our Vet prescribed a cream that we applied directly to the cancer. Thanks to our global friends for the support and we will watch over this magnificent one and keep you posted.
One of our long time equine friends, Smokey, lost his battle with poor health and age. He was a beautiful fellow and we will miss him dearly.
Spirit Acres Farm is a TLAER (Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue) certified organization. Feed and initial medical care are the first steps in getting a rescue on the road to recovery. But so often owners or caregivers do not have transport for the horses in need of medical aid to be transported to a place of safety. Presently, it is Spirit Acres goal to obtain a 3 horse trailer for this purpose. Our work is not limited to our rescue and sanctuary. With a proper ambulance for equine emergency, we can expand to serve many far and wide. We cannot realize this goal without donations. Please keep this need in mind when contributing to helping those in need.
To be counted among the many groups and organizations Global Giving sponsors is a real privilege and blessing to us. They reach out to so many in spreading awareness of ways others can help. And because of the generosity of those that respond, Spirit Acres Farm Equine Rescue and Sanctuaryis still able to operate in helping the helpless rescued horses from neglect and abuse. Daily life on the farm is expensive with the purchase of feed, hay, medical supplies and maintenance of equipment. But it is the support from the Global Giving community that has helped us to meet and overcome the challenges of emergency care. Many of the rescued come here with severe dental problems. Chloe, a mare saved from slaughter, with proper care to her hooves, limited exercise, plenty of good hay and balanced feed daily is making a healthy recovery and can soon return to the fields and graze with her friends. The out-of-the-ordinary circumstances come with regularity and is the nature of our business. Thank you Global Giving and supporters for helping us meet this challenge successfully in helping these beautiful horses progress to health and finding new happy forever homes.
Check out this news report on KBTX News Station about Spirit Acres Farm in Montgomery County, Texas: http://www.kbtx.com/news/twitterheadlines/Horse-Sanctuary-Falls-on-Hard-Times-233074681.html
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