Everyone needs help at some point. Some of us are more able to ask for it than others. Some can’t ask at all. Imagine three horses. Neglected. Malnourished. Hip bones, spine, and ribs protruding, almost through the skin. No water. Left to die.
That’s what a sheriff found Monday, Leap Day, in a pasture outside of Bend, OR. Imagine that being your dog. Or your cat. Or your horse. Or any animal you love.
It’s a truly wonderful thing that the horse farm where I volunteer, Equine Outreach, gets phone calls from various sheriffs when they discover animals who are treated without regard.
The owner Joan got the call. She promptly did what needed to be done to rescue these three horses. A trailer was sent out to pick them up and bring them back to the farm. Sadly though, one of the three died on the spot. Before the trailer could arrive. Heartbreaking. Can you imagine this horse being so close to getting help but it wasn’t close enough?
Tuesday is my normal day to visit the rescue, do much needed chores, and socialize with the horses. I got to meet both Sassy and Custer (the two rescued horses from the day before). Sassy is only 3, black, and beautiful. Custer is 24, a mixture of white and beige, and beautiful too. They are both inquisitive, curious, and so appreciative of the apples I brought. Their water trough is filled to the brim and they have all the food they want and need. I wonder how long ago (if ever) they’ve experienced that. They get incredibly loving attention from each person who comes up to meet them. Their new life is going to be so much better.
All because of one woman who saw a need in this area.
Equine Outreach was started 13 years ago by Joan Steelhammer. They take in abandoned, abused, and neglected horses. They rehabilitate those that can be, and try to rehome them with loving, caring people, and families.
As you can imagine, keeping a non-profit like this open takes some cash. If it weren’t for the grants, donations, and volunteers, the doors would have closed.
As we rolled into 2016, the lease payment on the 20 acre farm increased because of the way the loan was written. They are doing everything they can to get the word out to anyone willing to donate any amount of money to keep the gates open and not put the horses at risk.
I’m there weekly. I see the good being done. I see the incredibly gentle and loving way these horses are cared for by everyone. It is a beautiful thing when a horse becomes rehabilitated and can be put up for adoption, and can be re-homed to amazing people who can and will give them the attention and life they more than deserve.
I know you may not live anywhere near here. And giving money to a place you’ve never been or seen may hold no interest for you. But every now and then we hear about abuse and neglect and want to do something. If this is you and you’re willing, here is the link to donate. I believe you can donate any amount. Even $5.
If this isn’t you, it’s okay. I don’t give money to every cause I come across either. But if you know someone who loves horses, or even animals, and you think they might be willing, please forward this to them.
If this is you, awesome! Thank you!!! And if you know someone else who might be willing to donate, please forward this to them too.
Thank you so much for reading this to the end. I can’t wait to see Sassy and Custer when I return next week. A vet will have been there to check them out and I can bet these two horses, who are currently so very thin, will have a little more meat on their bones and a lot more love than they’ve received in a very long time.
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