I’ve received many emails asking if the Castiac horses would be saved or if we were waiting for enough money to be collected before saving them…
Easy Answer: I went ahead and guaranteed their rescue – trusting that enough money will come in throughout the month via the Bucket Fund – and if not, so be it…
I knew that I didn’t want to put you all in a predicament of needing to give or else… – nor did I want The Golden Carrot to have 3 ‘special needs’ horses dropped on them without any help, nor did I want the horses to be euthanized.
So, I guaranteed it.
I’ve told the Castiac Shelter that we were rescuing at least three of these horses. I told the Shelter manager (a very kind woman) to please not do anything with these 4 horses, please.
The Shelter manager was delighted (understatement) and sent over all the adoption applications. We are now working out the details together.
Then, in a stroke of luck/good fortune, a private party stepped up to take the TWH mare! More on this below…
All the horses will be safe!
I received several emails which contained words like: extortion, high priced, fake, stealing…
I was blown away – then again, these words made me realize that many of you might not know the process here.
There are two reasons why we all don’t have 20 horses in our backyard.
2) money to support them
If I asked most of you to take three special needs horses who were condemned to death, many of you would say, “I wish I could, but with hay prices…” or, “I wish I could but I don’t have the space… or the money…”
Asking most anyone to take 3 horses is a very big deal.
Needless to say, no private parties were coming forward to help these horses.
Special needs horses and older horses are very difficult to place…
What happened to turn things around for these 4 horses was:
THE GOLDEN CARROT emailed me and said that she had room for three horses but could not support them without sponsors.
I grabbed the opportunity and negotiated with her… If she could provide a forever home (which means food and medicine for the lives of all three horses), I would provide 6 months of support for them via the Bucket Fund.
She offered a very inexpensive support rate of $150/month per horse.
I could not resist saving three lives so…
I told her that if the BF didn’t make enough money, I’d support them myself.
The Golden Carrot owner took a deep breath and agreed.
That isn’t exploitation. That isn’t greed. That isn’t high price.
What we did was negotiate a way to save these horses where one person had the space and the other person had the means.
The Golden Carrot is going to take three horses for the rest of their lives, and The Horse and Man Group by way of the Bucket Fund will (hopefully) help her with the first 6 months of their care.
That was the only way I could figure out how to do this…
THE TWH MARE
Then, by a stroke of extreme luck and good fortune, a reader stepped up to take the TWH mare.
You might remember her, Debra Hawk. Back in February, she organized the rescue and placement of 71 mares and babies who were on the Fallon Feedlot.
She worked like a crazy person to save all of those horses.
And, yesterday, she opened her personal home to the TWH mare.
THE 18 YEAR-OLD QH
It ends up that the 18 year old QH was an ex-police horse and he was adopted out almost immediately!
WORKING OUT THE DETAILS
So, right now, we are working out the details of applications, medical needs and transportation.
If all goes as planned, the three headed for The Golden Carrot will be picked up Thursday, Oct 11.
Debra is hoping to pick up the TWH mare on Oct 13.
EXTORTION? – nope. But help would be GREAT!
So, now that you know the whole story… if any of you would like to support these (finally) lucky equines in their new forever homes, there are 2 ways.
–Via the Bucket Fund which this month is collecting to help support these horses for the first few months in their new forever homes.
–OR, by becoming a sponsor for one of the individual horses at TGC (linked here). You can also email her directly (email@example.com) saying “I pledge X amount for X horse ….”
(Sponsorship at TGC is any amount you can commit to – monthly, every other month, every third month, every six months, or annually. It’s the committment that makes a sponsor, rather than a general donor.)
OR, JUST DO A LITTLE DANCE… THAT THESE HORSES ARE S-A-F-E. YAHOOOOOOOO!
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