Monday, November 26, 2012

Native American Christmas Celebration

Nothing like it! 
Come and have a Cherokee Christmas!
Bring your friends and family!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Meet Sandman or Meat Sandman?

Sandman learning all humans are not unkind.
Should this horse be sent to slaughter because it will not be ride able?
  Meet Sandman 

His fetlock joints are not strong enough to carry a rider. Under 4 years old, already discarded like trash. He had a bad start nutritionally which caused problems so he was being sold for meat prices per pound. Why would someone breed their animal then not take care of it?  

Very thin on arrival to rescue farm

He is a big Belgiun draft horse and sweet but you need to take time to win his trust. He was treated unkindly because the owner saw no other value in him except a few hundred dollars. Volunteer Elizabeth McPeek put out the word on this guy needing help. Thanks to generous donations from compassionate people, we were able to save him from death. We were able to buy him from the kill pen. He was very underweight, dirty, had bad feet and was terrified of humans. When I arrived at the auction barn, only one man was there. It wasn't an auction day so not much was going on. He told me he knows very little about horses but he would help me get him. He thought he should chase the horse around the pen to catch him so he continued that for a while. I am sure he saw this done many times and knew no better way. All it did was frighten the already frightened horse even more. There were a series of shoots and gates to get horses through to the auction so I went in and got behind Sandman and just guided him by being behind him. He finally got to a small shoot area and the man helping closed both the front and back gate. It restrained him but the poor horse was trembling bad. I had to climb the side fencing to try and get a halter on him. He was so large and fearful. He kept going up and down with his head, it took about 10 minutes to finally get the halter on his head and buckled. I climbed down the side of the fence and held tightly onto the lead rope. Gently touching his face, I whispered, "You are going to be safe now, I promise." With his eyes wide with anxiety of what was going to happen to him, he let out a nice deep breath and walked with me out the barn door. I had the trailer door opened and showed him the good hay waiting for him. There was no hay or water in his holding area so he walked right in to the trailer. I guess he was starting to believe my words about being safe. An hour later, we arrived at the Chickamauga, Georgia farm. He unloaded well, we took some pictures to document his progress. In the pasture, he found another draft horse to buddy up with. The kind volunteers at the farm give him hope that humans are not bad. He has come a long way in the year he has been with us. He gained weight, learned to pick up his feet for the Farrier (hoof trimmer) and is going to get his teeth worked on soon. Yes, horses go to dentists too. 

Volunteers showing kindness

 Our goal is not how many horses find homes, it is to improve the life of each horse, get to know it's needs and search for the best home possible. We get to know each horse and can honestly let a prospective adopter know the needs of each horse. We want long term forever love each horse deserves. That is our mission to Save The Horses. With all the wonderful volunteers, it is done 365 days a year. No one gets a salary, everyone gets more than they give. It is a little sad to see a horse to to a new home but it gives your heart such a lift knowing you are part of something so much bigger than yourself. Some of our volunteers have been here several years, if brings such joy. It make humans human.

Sandman is healthy but does need some dental work which will will have done. He is available for adoption to a loving home who appreciates his majesty and grace he possesses. 
Majestic Sandman

Sad, heartbreaking but not illegal. Thousands of horses are sold to be slaughtered for human consumption every year. Though America does not have a slaughter plant on our soil, horses are sent to Mexico and Canada to be killed. 
Fear in of the unknown is seen in his eye is against horse slaughter. Horse owners need to be responsible for their animals, stop breeding horses and take to time to find safe homes if they no longer want their once beloved horse. The difference between life and death in only a few hundred dollars. We purchased Sandman for $350. 

Thank you for your continued support to Save The Horses. Your generosity saves lives everyday. Do not ever think your donation is too small. 70 people donating $5.00 each  could save Sandman.
10 people donating $35.00 each and so on. 
It all ads up to saving horses! 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Gwen from New Jersey to Georgia

Jason with Gwen at SaveTheHorses Farm
 Gwen went to a foster home with Lisa and Jen on Sunday. These two ladies have experience in rehabilitating and working with draft horses. We do not know if she has ever been ridden but we do think she drives a cart. Does it matter? Not to all the SaveTheHorses volunteers nor Lisa and Jen. Our theory is all horses need loving safe homes. We honor them all no matter what ability or disability each horse may have. 

Even if a horse becomes a giant yard ornament, we love and honor each one the same. SaveTheHorses sees the value of life in each horse, not a dollar value. In the Spring, they will decide if we should put her up for adoption or if they just can't let her go. You know how easy it is to fall in love when you are with a horse everyday!

Gwen's history? She was saved by many compassionate donors who gathered together enough money to get Gwen from the kill buyer auction in New Jersey inappropriately named Camelot. When you think of Camelot, you think of idealism, adventure and romance. This Camelot is an auction full of horses that are thrown away for a per pound price. With the help of the Internet and those willing to donate, horses are saved from slaughter. Gwen was used up by her Amish owners. There is always another horse to replace another. People are always breeding animals for profit. What happens to the horse after the money changes hands is not important to most people. Those of you reading this are so empathetic for the suffering of horses but realistically, are a small group compared to all Americans. As hard as we work to educate others, most do not know that the fate of many horses is a horrible death then butchered for human consumption

This is a happy time from Gwen. She has been in the care of SaveTheHorses since Nov 2010. We let her enjoy being a horse and living on 100 acres of peace and comfort. It isn't about a turnover of horse to new homes, it is about the quality and love each horse deserves. It is costly but it is our promise to every horse. How can we put a price on that? 

Thank you all for being a part of It is all of you that contribute in every way that makes it all work to Save The Horses.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

RIP Arnold Swartzenhogger

Arnold Swartzenhogger
It was about 8 years ago, when Fulton County Animal Services called and left a message. They found a large pig that was unclaimed. They would have to euthanize if they couldn't find a place for him. I only had one pig, Annie, at the time, so I agreed to take him. Annie is sweet and loving so I didn't expect anything different from another pig. 

The animal control officer told me they found him wandering the streets terrorizing local residents. When I saw him, it was easy to see why everyone was scared of him. He was a couple of hundred pounds of a white hog looking animal with large tusks . He surely resembled a wild boar. If any human approached him, he would scream. An adult pig screaming is loud, low a sort of growling, like "I am going to eat you" sound. I can imagine people running into to him in the street and hearing him then running the other way. Both pig and human scared to death. It took while for 5 men to catch him in a stall at animal control. He was just as afraid as the humans he met on the street. People must have thrown things at him trying to make him go away and teased him as well. It was sad to see the mental condition he was in, as well as his physical appearance. He was filthy, covered with ticks and his skin looked like he had poor nutrition.We finally managed to get him by wrapping him in a tarp and everyone picking it up and pushing him into the trailer. Once I got back to the farm, he was too frightened to get off the trailer. It took a couple of brave volunteers to help push him down the ramp of the trailer. He sounded so ferocious. 

I named him Arnold Swartzenhogger. The goal was to get him in great condition, all muscle, like the other Arnold of movie fame. This was our movie star! Everyday, I would approach him, as I got closer, he would let out a loud cry of fear. Eventually I could gently touch him and he learned it was good to be at the rescue farm. His health improved, his tusks were removed and he became Annie's BFF. 

 Arnold became very gentle. He was an older pig but no way to tell his age. Now an older gentleman, our Arnold. 

In the past few months, Arnold lost weight and seemed to become arthritic. Volunteers had to actually lift in up so he could stand. He lost interest in food. He was deteriorating and he quality of life was decreasing fast. You can see he lost his muscle. I was time to help him gently cross the Rainbow Bridge. Finding a veterinarian that knows how to gently euthanize a pig turned out to be difficult but after 20 phone calls, two of our equine vets agreed to the sad task. 

Rest In Peace Arnold Swartzenhogger.

You will be missed, you were very loved. We shed tears for all animals here when we lose them. We are honored he came to us and stayed so long. He brought understanding about pigs to all who knew him. These are gently souls and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.