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.
Mustang Sally bares the original BLM freeze mark that identifies her as part of the legacy of the old west. Poor Sally fell in an accident while the farrier was trimming her hooves. When she fell her neck was punctured on the farrier’s stand. Aside from the damage to her neck and neck muscles, the fall fractured her 6th vertebrae. The fast action on everyone’s part was a big step to saving her life and her steady recovery can be attributed to her determination and the special care she is getting from those who love this special horse. Check out her story and see her pictures and progress on face book. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spirit-Acres-Farm-Equine-Rescue-and-Sanctuary/296418097416. Sally’s recovery for these 4 weeks is not without extra cost. In addition to Veterinarian visits and supplies to keep the wound clean and free of flies, her treatment includes electrolytes, probiotics, pain meds and antibiotics. Our medical needs here at the farm average about $500 a month. Please help us keep Sally and others here with special medical needs stay healthy.
Here at Spirit Acres Farm there is an abundance of love and devotion to our beautiful horses. Unfortunately we are experiencing a scarcity of funds to cover the cost of medicine and supplies used to treat and heal horses with problems, some chronic, and help them regain their strength and health. This expense is about $550 monthly. Meeting this need is possible with your help. How grateful we are to be in the GlobalGiving network where this message can reach those who have a genuine interest in coming to the aid of these horses in need. They, in turn, are there for our community and act as healers themselves for so many.
Here are pictures of some of our dear equine residents at Spirit Acres Farm that are getting up in age. Like us, age comes with age related health issues. Pocahontas, a mini horse, will be 35 years old this year. Along with caring for her aging joints and hooves, she needs medicine to manage Cushing’s disease. Equine Cushing’s disease is one of the most common diseases of horses greater than 15 years of age. One of the symptoms in horses with Cushing's disease can be easily recognized by their coarse, wavy coat that often fails to shed out in the summer. In the photo, her friend Laura helps her out with a personal grooming session.
Black Jack is a retired rodeo horse. He was quite a showman in his day. None of his riders managed to stay on for their 7 second ride.
Our herd of 7 mini’s represents 3 generations. They are a true family in activity and life.
All of our horses, regardless of age, need regular dental care. This is a real challenge to provide proper care for some 40 horses at $150 each. We thank all who share our love and concern and support our work.
We, here at the farm, would like to say thank you to those who contribute to our medical needs through Global Giving’s Medical Needs for Horses Program. A special thank you goes out to those who are recurring donors. We count on them for supplements we must have on hand weekly, such as Thyroid L, Pergolide tablets, anti-inflammatory and needed sedatives. In addition, we must develop a monthly protocol for one of our special equine friends, Spirit, who is in need of joint support therapy. Spirit was an abandoned newborn when she came to us. She has been an inspiration and favorite to many. Veterinarians are suggesting an injectable prescription for joint support at a cost of 100 a month after the initial dose of $400 to get this special horse on sound legs. She has brought such joy and humor to the farm, we in turn would like her to feel her best and continue to delight us all. Here are some photos of Spirit, one of our success stories.
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