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Monday, November 15, 2010

Emergency Hay Assistance

Una Rescued by The Horse Shelter, Santa Fe NM
     In the past few years we've all heard stories of horses starving in pastures with no feed and horses turned loose in the Santa Fe Wilderness to "fend for themselves" in a place with little to no food or water and we've also heard of the heroic efforts of the area horse shelters and rescue groups who hear of these horses' plights and do everything in their power to find them in time to save them.  These horses' stories are both heartbreaking and beautiful.  The thought of any creature suffering at the hands of human beings is shocking but the realization that those horses who are successfully (and miraculously) brought back to health are still willing to love and trust human beings is simultaneously incomprehensible and heartwarming.  The people who run these groups and the volunteers who work there are very special people - and they can always use help!  If you'd like to find out more about the work some of these groups  check these links: www.thehorseshelter.org,    www.wncr.org,    www.bomarequine.org/.


Moony Rescued by Walkin' N Circles Ranch, Edgewood NM
     There's another way to help.  Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM) provides the Equine Protection Fund which offers assistance to equine shelters and rescue groups and to individuals.  The Equine Protection Fund will provide up to 2 months of feed for up to 4 horses for any individuals who cannot afford to buy food for their horses due to illness or loss of income.  This is an attempt to keep horses healthy and with their families.  The EPF will also work to find placements for horses that families feel they can no longer care for.  If you or someone you know would benefit from this program you can learn more and also download an application for help at www.equineprotectionfund.org.


     We all want to help.  We all give as much as we can.  We all wish we could give more.  Thank goodness for groups like these.


A happy ending:


Noel and Her Family
Rescued by Hearts for Horses, Idaho
     A 23yo Quarter Horse mare, Noel was consigned to a slaughter auction by her owners after her usefulness as a broodmare had ended, and she was discovered to have heaves. Her hip bones stuck out and every rib could be counted. She was bought by Hearts for Horses at 30 cents a pound, with an eye towards her becoming a child's first horse. She has been aquired by a loving family and given to an adoring little girl for Xmas. Now, the black mare that was discarded is treasured, cared for with more concern than the most expensive race or show horse, her supplements measured so carefully by caring little hands. Noel's Black Beauty story has a happy ending, we wish they all did.


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