IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! In lieu of well wishes and cupcakes, MEET BUSTER. Our 42+ STILL WORKING therapy horse for PTSD patients. He needs our help.






I was wondering…

If we were hanging out together and I told you that it was my birthday, some of you would probably light up and say something like, “Let me get you a coffee!”  or, “The glass of wine is on me!” or maybe even, “Here’s a cupcake!”

Well… if you are one of those people that might possibly feel happy in gifting me with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine or a cupcake, I’d really love it if you would send that birthday cheer to BUSTER.

Let me tell you why…

Click image if you'd like to send birthday cheer for me - Buster's way!

Click image if you’d like to send birthday cheer for me – via Buster!

BUSTER’S STORY – the good part…

Buster is over 42 years old.

Look at him!  He looks great and is obviously a well cared for, happy guy.

Buster is 35+ years young!

Buster is 35+ years young!

He is also still working…

I say ‘still’ because he is an ex Police Horse, formally named “The General”, who was abandoned and starved before he came to Sweetwater Adoption 911.

This is Buster's intake photo from 3 years ago. Very skinny.  Dumped after he spent years as a Police horse.

This is Buster’s intake photo from 3 years ago. Very skinny. Dumped after he spent years as a Police horse.

Buster, shortly after her arrived at Sweetwater - gaining weight.  He was 300 pounds below his norm.

Buster, shortly after her arrived at Sweetwater – gaining weight. He was 300 pounds below his norm when he arrived.

 

Buster has excellent care at Sweetwater, even though he has no sponsors.

Buster, 3 years later, has excellent care at Sweetwater, even though he has no sponsors.

Right now, Buster maintains his fabulous work ethic as a therapy horse for the HELPING HOOVES program at Sweetwater Ranch.

In fact, Buster was featured in a news story about PTSD Therapy horses!   You can watch it here.

Buster was featured in a news story about Equine Therapy for PTSD patients.  Click image to watch the video.

Buster was featured in a news story about Equine Therapy for PTSD patients. Click image to watch the video.

And, if you can imagine, Buster (at close to 40 years old!) continues to beg to give humans rides.  He puffs up and trots around the Rescue with a light rider on his back – as often as they will allow him.

Everyone at the Sweetwater Adoption 911 loves him and they all try to make him feel special.

Buster is so healthy under the care of Sweetwater Rescue 911 that he even demands to give rides around the place!

Buster is so healthy under the care of Sweetwater Rescue 911 that he even demands to give rides around the place and trots his stuff – feeling very special!

BUSTER’S STORY – the bad part…

Here is his intake story:

I found him starved at about 300 pounds underweight . He was abandoned at a local barn surviving only on what people threw in his stall . He hadn’t left his stall in 6 months.  His fur came off in clumps as I loaded him on my trailer the  day I saved him . Now his nickname is Busta Move . We still ride him bare back as he likes to go go go ….
He also had some type of injury as part of his right gum was very crudely removed. He needs to have 100 pounds of Senior feed weekly and also takes Platinum
supplements with his grass . 

The reason everyone fawns over Buster at the Rescue (besides the fact that he is a wonderful gentleman gelding…) is because… well…

…Buster lost his only sponsor a while back.  And no one has offered to sponsor him since.

He is constantly overlooked.

Why?

Beats me…

Is it because he is old?   Because he isn’t as cute as the younger ones?  Because he cannot be ridden much?

Sigh.

Buster with his best and inseparable friend, Justin.  Justin was saved from slaughter.

Buster with his best and inseparable friend, Justin. Justin was saved from slaughter by Sweetwater Rescue 911

 

WHY I WANT TO HELP HIM ON MY BIRTHDAY

It kills me that this sweet guy is overlooked.

Buster is in fine form…  Sweetwater does a great job with him.

But, I know his expenses (approx $400/month in special feed) weigh heavily on the program (not that they complain) and I want this lovely old guy to be sponsored.  He deserves it.

Is it possible to sponsor this fine older gent for a year?  Let’s see if we can!

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Handsome Buster!  An active, working  horse at 35+!  He needs asponsors.  THANK YOU!

Handsome Buster! An active, working horse at 35+! He needs asponsors. THANK YOU!

 

 

 



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7 comments have been posted...

  1. Nancy Crutcher

    I really love horses and I just hope that there are many people that will contribute for Buster. I also pray that he will still live a healthy life and be able to help people with their therapies.

  2. Candi C Cooper

    Grateful today for all the donations in Busters name.
    He’s actually 42 years old, isn’t that amazing ???
    I will post some new pic’s of him this week at work healing the children …..

  3. Cara Ezzell

    Happy 35th Birthday Buster!!! I’ll be more than happy to make a donation next Fri., June 14th (payday), b/c I just made some donations to some horses I sponsor plus I have to keep up w/ my 11 YO Arabian gelding (acts like a 2 YO, LOL) stocked w/ the things he MUST have like carrots, Altoids breath mints, $20 Pyrahna fly spray (the flies are terrible in Texas & that’s the best one for him, etc. Heh! Heh!) Please send me an e-mail reminder next Fri., 06/14/13, so I won’t forget buddy! Have a fantastic birthday buddy!! :) xoxoxoxo ?

  4. Candi C Cooper

    SWR thanks all of you that want to help Buster. EVERY Dollar makes a difference.
    He’s wonderful horse and has a lot more love to share !!!!

  5. Jill

    I just sent Buster 10.00. If you would like to donate to this sweet horse, but feel like you don’t have enough money to help, just send a few dollars – it will all add up in the end!

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