Save a Horse: Rescue and Rehabilitate Mustangs

by Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)
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Save a Horse: Rescue and Rehabilitate Mustangs
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Save a Horse: Rescue and Rehabilitate Mustangs
Save a Horse: Rescue and Rehabilitate Mustangs
Save a Horse: Rescue and Rehabilitate Mustangs
Save a Horse: Rescue and Rehabilitate Mustangs
Save a Horse: Rescue and Rehabilitate Mustangs
Save a Horse: Rescue and Rehabilitate Mustangs
Save a Horse: Rescue and Rehabilitate Mustangs
Save a Horse: Rescue and Rehabilitate Mustangs
Save a Horse: Rescue and Rehabilitate Mustangs

Dear Supporters,

 

Due to the coronavirus, all of our international volunteers had to leave WHRC in the middle of March. This sudden change brought stress to us since all of our funding left, as well. WHRC has been relying on funds and help from the international volunteer program since 2013, and now we found ourselves without it. This has forced us to think outside the box when it comes to fundraising. 

 

We held a T-Shirt fundraiser on Bonfire where we sold T-shirts. This was successful, and we hope to host another one in the future!

 

We also reached out to local newspapers and radio stations, and we were in two different news articles in the Daily Sun in the Villages, and in one article in the Orlando Sentinel. We were also on a radio show on Real Radio. We got a great response from all of these!

 

As times have changed at Wild Horse Rescue Center, we still carry on with our daily routine of caring for all the animals, just now with a few less people. We have received so much help from all kinds of ways to keep us afloat during this crisis, and we are sure we will make it to the other side standing. When this crisis is over, we are hoping to build our education center, museum, and tack store in the loft above our barn, which will give us new opportunities for ways to bring people to our center. 

 

Thank you to all our fundraisers, supporters and donors!

 

With Gratitude,

 

USA Wild Mustangs

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Dear Suppoters,

 

December was a month full of events and fundraisers.  First, we hosted a Yoga and Wild Horses clinic, followed by our annual Holiday ride, and, lastly, we had our first Open House at our new location.  All of these events went great and brought in funds to our rescue center that have helped improve our new center. 

 

On December 8th, we hosted a Yoga with Wild Horses fundraiser together with Melissa Montilla. This was our first event at our new property, and, with nine participants, it was a very successful event. Our horses loved the exercises, and the people did yoga with them.  We are planning on hosting another one in the beginning of this year. 

 

On December 15th, it was time for our annual Holiday Trail Ride, and, as in the previous years, we had a great turnout!  More than 25 people joined us for a ride, food, and games. We are already looking forward to next year!

 

To truly announce our relocation, we opened up our center on December 21st for our first Open House at the new location.  Plenty of our loyal supporters came out, and some new people from the area also joined us. We were so proud to show our new center and share all of our future plans for it. 

 

With the donations from these events, we have been able to build new fences, including a new small pasture for our miniature horses and paddocks to four of our stalls in the barn.  We have plans to build a new tack room, along with a feed and hay room in the barn, as well as building a riding arena on the property. These improvements have only been possible thanks to the kind donations from our sponsors, and we are looking forward to hosting more events in 2020 to show our new and improved center to everyone and to be able to help more horses! 

 

With Gratitude,

 

USA Wild Mustangs

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Dear Supporters,

 

In July 2018, we made the decision to start looking for a new property for WHRC to be able to provide even better care for our animals. On September 20th of 2019, this dream became a reality! We relocated to a beautiful 42 acre ranch in Webster, Florida. This property provides rich pastures with beautiful oak trees and ponds for our horses, plenty of space to run for our dogs, and a big barn with plenty of training opportunities for our volunteers. The new property has magnificent oak trees that provides shade for the horses.

 

The decision to move was based on several factors, but mainly the constant worry was that the property would flood. During the five years we were at the property in Lake Harney, we flooded several times, and, sadly, the flooding brought in many bugs, which gave our horses skin issues due to itching and our dogs ear infections due to the water. This made us go out and look at what our options were, and, in the very last minute, we found our new property. Moreover, thanks to help from some loyal supporters, we managed to move the whole center within one week.

 

Within two weeks at the new place, we have already built our pens for our wild horses along with a working round pen and let all of our tame horses out on grass, which they love. With the amount of grass we now have, we will be able to save money, since we do not have to hay as much, and can therefore have some funds for other important things, such as professional training. 

 

The new barn consists of eight stalls, and we are planning to add a tack room, feed room, and an upstairs visitor center. 

 

Our future plans for the new center are big, and we are piece by piece setting up our new place. We are wanting to create a big working barn with an education center along with plenty of pasture space and catch pens for our horses. We are planning an open house and barn-to-barn ride in December, which will be the first event at the new place. We cannot wait to show this gorgeous piece of property to all of our supporters!  

 

Once again we would like to thank everyone for their continued support, it's greatly appreciated!

 

With Gratitude,

 

USA Wild Horses

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Dear Supporters,

 

During the summer months in Florida, it can sometimes be hard to have enough time to work with the horses, due to extreme heat. Instead, we have put our focus on educating the next generation by hosting a summer camp, going to summer schools, and talking about horse care.

 

During the last week of June, we had six kids join our summer camp. We had a great week filled with horse work, riding, fun games, and education about animal care and mustangs. We think educating the next generation is very important as a rescue, to help make sure that they know how to care for animals.

 

In the spirit of education, we went to a few summer schools during the months of July with our literacy program, Wild Horse Tales. With this program, the kids first receive books to read, and then we bring the horses featured in the books for the kids to meet. We also set up educational stations about feed, tack, hoof care, and grooming of horses for the kids to
learn about horse care. All the kids loved meeting Little Black and Big Red and were very interested to learn how to care for them.

 

During the following months, we will focus on horse work. We have found a new local trainer who we will work together with to further educate some of our horses. Education is a very important part of the rehabilitation process for the rescues we get in. With a good foundation, it is more likely that the horses will find a suitable adopter and a forever home!

 

With love,

 

The WHRC Team

 

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Dear Supporters, 

We are always looking for better hay and feed for our animals, and we try to find better ways to help them. Many times, the better hay and feed, the more expensive; therefore, we are also trying to find better ways to raise funds so we can give our animals everything that they need and deserve.

As a rescue, we get in many horses who are underweight, and we have found that alfalfa is the best to get horses back in shape in a short amount of time. In March this year, we got in a beautiful mare we named Senora. When she came in, she had skin issues, and she was underweight. We put her on a 500-pound compressed alfalfa block, and, within just one month, we saw a big difference in her. She filled out, and her skin got a lot better. Now, she is ready to start her education and to build muscles.

Some horses have a harder time keeping their weight, so, for one group of horses, we started buying the 1000-pound compressed alfalfa block, so that they would have free access to good hay at all times. Within that group of horses, we have seen great improvements, and they absolutely love the alfalfa. They have all filled out nicely, and we wish we could have more horses on alfalfa, since it has so much nutrition in it. One 100-pound block costs around $200 and lasts only for about one week for four horses. This makes it hard if we have all the horses on it, since it gets quite expensive quickly. But it truly makes a difference, and we are working toward being able to have all of our horses on it.

As we go into the summer months, we have some exciting events planned. On May 18th and 19th, we are planning an Adoption Event and Open House. We will focus on our animals who are up for adoption and try to find them homes, as well as, show our center to the public and try to raise some funds. During the whole month of June, we will have summer camps for kids between the ages of 6-12. These camps will be filled with education about animal care and also have some fun games for the kids. We are looking forward to these events and think it will be a great few months for WHRC.

With Love, 

The WHRC Team

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Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)

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