The Horses of Epona
$190 raised
20% of $960 goal
4 contributors
5 Years running
As a child, if you had asked me to write down 100 predictions about my future I would have confidently produced a list of 1000 and the word horse would have appeared nowhere. My equine exposure was limited to shetland ponies at an ocassional fair and ...
As a child, if you had asked me to write down 100 predictions about my future I would have confidently produced a list of 1000 and the word horse would have appeared nowhere. My equine exposure was limited to shetland ponies at an ocassional fair and westerns; but that was a long time ago and oh, how things do change and the unexpected takes over. I now have a rescue that currently supports nineteen rescued horses and I assure you, it is not like riding ponies at a fair and horses are defnitely more work than as seen in any western. I have been doing this now for eight years and I have discovered the hard way there is more to maintaining a horse than just feeding it hay! Their hooves must be trimmed by the ferrier, theiir teeth "floated" by a horse "dentist;" there are shots and colics that can require a vet; worming is s must as are fly masks for some and special food for the seniors.....and of course, there is the hay they all need ...nutritious and expensive hay. In two years, hay has increased from $8 a bale to $20. At this time we are forunate to have found good, although not fabulous hay, at $8 and while that connection was met with celebration, it was short lived as we are still reeling from months and months of our hay bill having doublied and tripled. Our emergency account has been depleted and addingi to to the burden is that we are in a seasonal community; for several months out of the year our support essentially disappears and we acknowlege that there are those all too human moments when we wonders if we can continue with the challenge.....but this is real life and each morning it is the expectant eyes that greet us, the soft nickering in anticipation of the feeding and.... the earth shaking braying of JT the donkey, that makes us take a deep breath and dig in our heels for one more day. In the last six months we have been fortunate to rehome 6 horses and have interest in two others; and, like with any adoption, we are careful and particular for the safety of these beauties which does limit the adoption pool. At this time, we have a hold on taking in any additional horses, which is a difficult and an often heartbreaking policy to stick with, but necessary. With your help and a few more adoptions, we hope to be able to open our doors to more needy horses in the near future. There are many who need help. Our Facebook page is Epona Rescue in Indio; please visit and message us if you have any questions.....we also have some lovely custom made "horse jewelry" for sale on the page. Our goal is to raise funds for one month of hay. Thank you for listening and for any support you can give.
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