As we care for and help our rescue horses in need, they too reach out to help their human friends in need of a place to come and a way to heal. When a young person is focused on grooming or feeding a horse, his focus is no longer on his own issues and problems. Caring for a horse helps a person feel refreshed and energized because the mind has been allowed to "rest" from its current problems. The process of developing these skills can help kids who are especially impatient, anxious, or have low self-confidence.
As a non-profit equine rescue farm, we need help to move forward and continue to do good for our horses who need a place to heal and the youth who come here to find the a way to benefit themselves and their equine friends they have come to know and love.
We thank Global Giving for an opportunity for our voice to be heard so those in our charge can be heard and helped.
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.
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.
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