In case any of you missed the horrendous May Bucket Fund story of the Hung Horses, you can read it here. In short, this guy kept 11 horses in a dark, dank barn for 3 years. When their feet grew too long, he suspended them from the ceiling. Once found, 5 were euthanized on the spot. The remaining 6 are struggling, but improving at Bright Futures Farm.
Your very generous donations and good intentions have given a huge boost to these horses and their caretakers! Thank you!
To follow the improvements of the horses, check their FB page. I just visited the page and saw that Jet (one of the TWH stallions in the barn) is now well enough for adoption! Anyone in PA?…
A THANK YOU NOTE FROM BRIGHT FUTURES FARM:
Bev Dee This is Bev Dee with Bright Futures Farm. I thought I’d seen it all until I walked into what I dubbed the Hanging Barn, on May 3, 2016. The wonderful woman who, quite by accident, found these horses nine days earlier, had sent me photos – so I thought I was prepared. You are never prepared for a sight like this. All of the horses had been removed from their hanging prisons, but they were in horrific condition. The little black stallion was in a three wall stall with one board about two feet off of the ground on the fourth side, and on one side, it had fallen down. He could have easily stepped over it, but his feet were so long and there was so much debris in the aisle, he didn’t want to move. The two Palominos had dirty sweat lines from the slings, the black mare had indentations on her hind legs (which she is still wearing a month later) from the ropes that were attached to the sling because she’d rest all of her weight in the sling to take the pressure off of her feet.
We couldn’t get them out of there fast enough, and sadly we didn’t take them all. Our vet arrived fifteen minutes before we did and he didn’t even ask us what to do for five of them (nor would he have had to). So sad. They suffered at least three years, and then… when the local Sheriff was notified because Animal Control was on vacation… he still, after seeing them suspended in mid air, waited nine days to allow me to remove them. He wanted to wait for the owner to “surrender them.” He didn’t want to use a search warrant if he “didn’t have to.” Who, with any compassion at all, leaves eleven horses in horrific conditions like this, wait nine days for relief? Who? The same person who would not let us take the three in the field from the property. The Sheriff allowed three to stay as a “concession” for the evil human who surrendered six to us.
They are all doing well. They still have a long journey ahead of them, but the six we were able to save now can feel dirt and grass under their feet. They can walk, run and roll. They can smell fresh air and see the sun and have enough food to fill their bellies every day. Five of the six are adopted. Two, Candy the palomino mare, and Dolly the Chestnut mare, are leaving for their new home this afternoon (June 6, ). Tanner the buckskin stallion (soon to be gelding), Cider the Palomino stallion (soon to be gelding) and Lady the black mare will be staying with the woman who found them. Jet the black gelding (former stallion) is available to adopt.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your generosity to help with their expenses, and for your calls to help us rally for justice for the six survivors. We truly appreciate your support. You can follow their continued progress on our facebook page, BevDeeBrightFuturesFarm.
A TACK STORE I STUMBLED UPON IN MY NEW TOWN (it is across the street from my new bank, which could be dangerous for me…)
My new bank is for working folk (it is a credit union), and it is situated next door to a BOOT BARN. For those of you who don’t have BOOT BARNs, it is a huge store full of Western attire and fixings.
Well, across from the Boot Barn and my new bank is another store that was very discreet. In fact, I didn’t even notice it the first several times I visited the bank (probably not a good thing…). Anyway, this time, I went in and I was AMAZED at what was actually inside!
First off, there was an entire store full of modern Western clothes that you would see in Cowboys and Indians Magazine. And then the other side of the store was full of really nice, handmade tack! I was floored!
I asked the clerk (The clerk, I found out, is the daughter of the owners. The Mom buys for the clothing part and the Dad designs and builds all the tack.) about this beautiful tack and she said that part is her Dad’s pride and joy. He loves beautiful tack.
So, now I have a place to spend money that I don’t have! And, it is right across the street from where my non-money is kept, which is really bad.
The clerk told me that they have a FB page with specials on it… Of course, I signed up.
Here are some pics!