Well, June was another BIG month for all of us here at SAHA, and as usual it was filled with the triumphs – and the tribulations – that are part of running a horse rescue charity.
First and most importantly we filed our 2015-2016 audited Financial Report to the ACNC, and so for all those that would like to read it the link is here: 2015-2016 Financial Report The Charity’s financial year runs from November to October, so it won’t be long before we have to go again and get the 2016-2017 Financial Report ready, but we’re thrilled to report that the auditor was happy with last year’s, and that the outlook is optimistic.
Talking about end of financial year business – thank you all so much for digging deep for our EOFY fundraiser, which allowed us to put much needed general funds towards the running of our two sanctuaries.
In terms of sanctuary news, we’ve managed to secure the use of some extra acres next to our Buccan sanctuary, so at last we’re going to be able to rest a few paddocks so that they can fully recover from the flood. Since Minden closed – plus the fact that we’ve had quite a few adopted horses come back – we’ve been really needing a bit more space so this is a good outcome for us. My partner kindly undertook to repair the fences where they’d been damaged from the flood (and only bogged the quad once!), while I put sighter wire around the entire paddock. So as soon as our new hose is in, some lucky horses will have a luscious new paddock.
Our saddle raffle was huge success, and thank you all for your support. Also a big thank you to Jennifer Malloch for her help in getting the raffle off the ground, and to Vanessa Bunting from Horseland Underwood horseland.com.au who was so generous with the prizes. One of the absolute best things about this job is being able to deliver the good news when somebody has won a prize, and the raffle was no exception. It’s also a great chance to talk to SAHA supporters from around Australia and to learn about their horses. One of the lovely things I’ve learned is how many people out there also have rescue horses, and how precious those horses are to them.
And talking of precious horses, we now have 108 horses in our care. In June our two little boys – Milo and Charming – were both deemed well enough to leave EEVS for a foster home, where they are happily settled in, and Charming is keeping people busy by getting his white coat dirty at every possible opportunity.
Sadly though, we lost two horses during June. Our sweet mare Salma developed sudden and extreme colic and although we took her straight to EEVS and from there to UQ Gatton, the decision was made that she should be put to sleep. Our dear elderly gentleman James also crossed over the rainbow bridge. Ever since the flood his health had been a bit up and down, he was losing condition no matter what we did, and he wasn’t comfortable. On top of that our Manager, Helen Hayes, lost her personal horse, her beloved Cannon, to colic after on-going problems with him for the past few months. It was not an easy few weeks for sure.
On a happier note, little Romeo came back (and was almost immediately adopted out again), but his return did raise a few questions on the page as to why horses come back. More often than not it’s a simple fact that the adopter’s circumstances have changed with a move to a more urban environment, but any amount of reasons can mean that an adopter can no longer keep a horse. This is one of the main reasons why SAHA has a contract – it means that the horse is safe for life, and will never end up back in its original circumstances. Horses that have been adopted out successfully stand a very good chance of being adopted again, according to Helen, our adoptions manager.
In June adoptions were Gordy and Silver; and Bluebell – as well as Romeo – came back into care.
Whatever your horse adventures are during July I hope you enjoy them!
Candida Baker – President