Sunday-Rose has settled in beautifully and is eating well.
She now has a bright future ahead thanks to all of your support.
Sunday-Rose has settled in beautifully and is eating well.
Sunday-Rose has settled in beautifully and is eating well.
She now has a bright future ahead thanks to all of your support.
In the past the property, Alumor, has been used as a thoroughbred spelling property, and although there’s a lot of work to be done, the bones are there, with the property divided into paddocks, each with its own water.
This past weekend we’ve had our massive working bee – and wow, what a difference a few days can make. We’ve cleared paddocks, repaired fencing, painted the house and mowed – and did I mention mowed???
Things will work a bit differently at this sanctuary – instead of having a resident caretaker, the house will be a Save a Horse Australia house for staff, interns and volunteers.
With its facilities of several round-yards, an open barn with a small arena area, a large flat paddock perfect for working horses, and access to the National Trail at our back door we are very excited to move forward into a system where we can rescue, rehabilitate and re-home easily from one spot.
Withcott has some perfect areas for our equine therapeutic programs, including a lovely old open dairy bales. The horses that will be used for the programs – including our Equine Facilitated Learning, Mates 4 Mates, and other programs in the pipleline – will be those that for one reason or another can’t be re-homed due to age or medical needs, and that are suitable for interaction with children and adults. It will give SAHA’s permanent residents a wonderful chance to engage more with people – humans and horses healing together is a wonderful thing, as any horse people know.
Once we’ve moved – and it’s a pretty massive move to get our 40 Tarampa residents up here and settled – then we will open our doors to new rescues, but just while we regroup we will be sticking with our current 104 horses!
On that note – our move is EXPENSIVE!! At the moment we have double rent (triple if your count Buccan); all the costs of setting up the property and the house, and the move to come. We are still $4,300 short of the $13,000 we had budgeted for the move and to be honest we are a bit desperate – if there is any way any of you could contribute to our moving fundraiser we will be forever grateful. To donate, click here.
In other news, because of all the heavy rain, which was eerily reminiscent of the floods last year but thank goodness in the end not as bad, we’ve been taking some horses off Buccan. Three of the lucky ducks that have gone to a 15-acre paddock full of grass at a Somerset property are Surprise, Sunny and Dallas, with Chico and Zorro to follow on Tuesday. Little Milo and Charming are off to Michelle’s for a few weeks until Withcott has safe paddocks where they can pick but not over-eat; Nelly has gone to a wonderful foster home and we are so thrilled for him; Zeus has been adopted to Anne-Marie, to be a companion horse, to her mare Lilly who needed a friend. It’s a beautiful property and a lovely home for our dear boy.
Matisse, our lovely four-rising-five-year-old Percheron-cross, who has recently come back into care, is coming down to me at Mullumbimby to join the little herd of Tyra, Chantilly and Roulette and start her journey towards being a ridden horse.
Which brings me to the horses and their training.
This is such an essential part of rehabilitation – it can’t be over-stated how important it is that when we adopt a horse, even if it’s a companion horse, that it is safe in all aspects – including tying up happily, standing for the farrier and floating well, and all of this, when you are dealing with young horses or horses who have had abuse, takes time.
Down at Mullum the fantastic news is that our lovely trainer, Callum Snell (The Barefoot Brother) has fallen in love with dear Dawson, and now that Dawson has learned some manners, he is at Cal’s in a great new home where he will have loads of stimulation.
Chantilly and Roulette are coming along in leaps and bounds – Chantilly has gone from quite strong resistance to any form of training, to putting up a metaphoric hand, and shouting out, choose me, choose me – what are we going to do today???? It’s so lovely to see. She’s now being ridden, and as long as everything goes well, I believe she’ll be ready for adoption in a few months.
Even though training in this way takes longer, because Cal is doing it at the property where the horses are living it is a wonderful way to build a long-term foundation that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives! Each horse in full-time training costs $100 per week, and will be in training for a minimum of six weeks, depending on their age, stage and personality.
For those of you who will see the benefit of this slow and steady method and might consider it worthwhile to donate for our ongoing training costs, you can Donate Here.
And the moving link again is: : https://saveahorse.giveeasy.org/campaigns/were-on-the-move-can-you-help-us-raise-13000/
Thank you to all our wonderful supporters out there, we appreciate you from the bottom of our hearts, and so do the horses! We can’t do all this without you, and as we move towards our new incarnation at Withcott we are very excited to be on the journey with you.
And last, but by no means least – don’t forget it’s only just over a month until we draw our massive cash raffle on Mother’s Day – with three amazing cash prizes. The draw will be live from the Withcott sanctuary, and you have to be in it to win it!
First prize is $10,000, 2nd prize $3000, and 3rd prize $1500.
This is the link if you’d like to buy a ticket: Buy Tickets Here
Candida Baker – President
Our beautiful Remi – who came back into care in December was quickly re-adopted to a wonderful home in Northern New South Wales with a very experienced horsewoman who will be able to bring out his full potential. He settled in quickly and is very happy.
THEN – oh my goodness – there was hardly a dry eye in the house when six of our Tarampa companion horses were adopted to three different people. Jag and Melody going to their forever home, Mac and Honey to theirs and Dakota and Miss Hanky Panky to theirs. What an amazing result. For those of you who might not have read the story on FB, the people who have adopted Mac who have a lot of experience with Warmbloods, were only wanting him, but when they came to collect him, Honey and Mac were calling out to each other so much that they adopted Honey then and there on the spot! What a wonderful story. Thank you so much to our adoptees for taking a horse, plus a friend – what better result could there be for one of our companion horses than to have a companion?
~ Michelle here ~It has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster over the last couple of days as we farewelled six of our beautiful horses from our Tarampa Sanctuary into their forever homes. We were so fortunate that three wonderful homes applied to adopt two horses each so it was lovely that best friends Jag and Melody and then Mac and Honey were adopted out together and Dakota and Miss Hanky Panky have gone to live together as well.Well done to Colleen, Carrissa and our Tarampa volunteers for getting through the last couple of days, it is a very emotional time saying farewell even when our special horses are going to such beautiful homes. As "they" say, a picture paints a thousand words so please enjoy this clip that the Tarampa staff put together and remember ……only happy tears when you watch it!!!
Posted by Save a Horse Australia on Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Thank you Colleen for this wonderful video of our ‘couples’ waving a hoof goodbye…
So this brings the total of horses in our care down to 99, which includes our tiny mini-horse rescue, Bowie, who has been stealing hearts ever since he arrived at Rachel’s place. It was a rescue done in conjuction with Red Collar Rescue, and it was a great result for the little fellow who was due to be put to sleep on the Friday before Christmas. Now, he’s gelded and had some lessons in horse manners (!), and is learning to fit in with a family and friends at Rachel’s place before we decide whether his future will lie in being adopted or possibly as one of our therapy horses.
Talking of therapy horses, little Milo and Charming put their best hooves forward for their first nursing home visit, and they are part of our vision for this year as we move into some wonderful therapy programs with our horses and staff.
We know that many of our horses are not adoptable and so for them to have a purpose in life is a great thing, and something we all feely strongly about – as we do also about finding homes for our adoptable horses, either as ridden horses or as companions, before we expand our rescues again. It’s so important that the Charity is sustainable and that the horses that can have loving forever homes, are placed with people who will look after them to the same degree we do. We will still rescue but our first committment is to the horses who are already SAHA horses.
On not quite such a cheerful note over the Festive Season our horses managed to rack up a lot of vet bills and injuries! So our big January fundraiser is to ask you please if you can help us – and even just a little makes a difference – so we can get some of our urgent vet bills down.
To be honest it’s been a tough four weeks. To start with our darling little Bowie needed some post-operative care for his gelding due to the extreme heat and his travelling, Zedpak hurt his eye, Eila has had ongoing issues with her haemotama, Tiger got a leg puncture – and due to his windsucking has terrible teeth so needs ongoing expensive dental care; Charming needed his eye checked and Duncan managed to rip his chest open!
On top of that at the beginning of the year many of our horses fall due for their dentals – we have 23 horses due for dentals, as well as a raft of 2 in 1’s and Hendras coming up!!
Sometimes it feels as if we are in charge of a massive nursery of unruly accident-prone children. But we LOVE them all, and we know you do too.
So please, if you can, think about a small donation for us for our vet bills.
To donate to our vet fundraiser please go to –> saveahorse.giveeasy.org/campaigns/9000
or SMS the keyword URGENT to 0459 114 411 to donate $5 or more fast and easy.
Thank you so much for all of your support!
We will keep you all updated on all the exciting programs that are currently in the works.
Candida Baker, President
It seems so long ago now, but just like any month with Save a Horse Australia, it was full of triumph and tribulation! It started with a bang with our beautiful old boy Moonshine suddenly coming down with colic. Moonshine was rushed to West Vets where he was admitted to intensive care for 24 hours, and treated for another four days. We are SO lucky to have such amazing supporters because his care was not cheap, and it was covered by a Moonshine Fundraiser. Also, to be honest, he was not the best-behaved patient on the planet according to the vets, but they rather took to his curmudgeonly personality, and once he was back with his friends in their luxury retirement paddock at Buccan, he was back to his old cheerful self.
It’s a funny thing about horses and vet treatment. Some horses seem to intuitively understand that you’re trying to help them – I’ve known horses be completely quiet and still through quite unpleasant procedures, just looking to their human for comfort, but then others, either perhaps because of trauma or abuse in the past, or even perhaps occasionally with a low-pain threshold can kick up a fuss at even the tiniest thing. What? Remove a thistle from my delicate nostril? You must be kidding? That is really scary!!!!
Then there was the rain again. It thundered down and washed away and turned our only-just-recovering paddocks into mud once more. With horses upturning buckets and eating feed straight out of the mud we did our horse feeder fundraiser, and wow did that produce some conversation on the Facebook page! But we love to see engagement, and ideas, and we loved it even more when Magnum Equine saw what we were doing and came to our help. The end result is that we raised enough money to buy 30 feeders at Magnum’s discounted price, and they also gave us an extra five for free. Watch this space for photos once the feeders – which are on their way to us – arrive. No more games for the naughty horses such as pretty and lively Mariah for instance, who likes to casually throw her feedbucket around.
Due to the rain, and our new Operations Manager, the wonderful Michelle Beatty settling into her role, we didn’t adopt out any horses in October, but Indiana’s owner had a chance of circumstance and this beautiful little riding horse came back to us, as well as companion horses Mac, London and Honey-Megs. It’s not easy to reduce numbers when horses return but this is the point of the SAHA contract – if people are no longer able to keep horses for one reason or another they come back to us and we can find them another beautiful home. At the time of writing this report we currently have 109 horses in care (including little Pickles).
It was SAHA’s personal End of Financial Year, and we ran a fundraiser which unfortunately did fall very short of the somewhat ambitious target we’d set BUT with the publication on social media of our latest promotional video we saw an extraordinary increase in the amount of likes, and followers on our Facebook page, and some great new donators and supporters coming on board which was very gratifying. As you all know we are so grateful for the fundraising support, but when we get new regular donations and sponsorship for horses, this is what really helps us to budget.
In conjunction with our EOFY it was a great time to re-think strategies for SAHA, and at the moment we are coming up with a strategic plan to see us through the next phase of growth, as we commence some wonderful ground-work based programs, a publication division, and offer more corporate partnerships so that we can work with people to become known as an advocate for horse welfare around Australia.
So we have to sneak into November, because as most of you would know, SAHA got an early and unexpected Christmas present when our lovely mare Desiree dropped a foal – a lovely chestnut colt – in the early morning hours of Thursday November 2. We had been told by the vet clinic that Desiree had miscarried and so beyond remarking that she seemed to be somewhat, shall we say, plump, we didn’t think she could possibly be pregnant. Also she wore it well, and because of the extremely erratic weather she had a summer combo on. So all in all, she was lucky, and we were lucky – the little fellow was born without incident and is blossoming at the Buccan sanctuary.
And what a game we had with his name! Our wonderful stable-hand Kasey and our rider Jess, were the lucky two to find him, and Kasey was determined he should be called Pickles. We put his name up for auction, and we’re not sure how long it will take Kasey’s family to recover from the bidding war that ensued, but in the end Pickles won the day. Although we have persuaded her that when he grows up Mr. Pickles might be a better name!
But it was a day of mixed emotions because it was also the day that we had decided to finally put our beautiful appaloosa, Texas to sleep. Texas had been fighting a battle with his tumours, and when they began to break out on his legs, just at the point of his joints, the vet’s advice was that it was much kinder to put our darling boy to sleep. He spent his last day grazing in the garden, and eating a huge bag of carrots! Run free sweet man…
Getting back to Christmas and the end of the year beckoning – DON’T FORGET our calendar and our raffle! They make great Christmas gifts!
Our calendar, which has the most beautiful photographs by Byron Bay based photographer Heidi Flumm, is available through our shop here.
And what could be better to buy for your horse-obsessed loved one than tickets in our massive Olympic Float Toyota HiLux raffle, which will be drawn on – wait for it – Valentine’s Day. So buy your love (or even get your love to buy you) a Christmas Present that will hopefully produce you the winning ticket for February 14. The prize is valued at over $80,000! You can get your tickets by clicking here.
I thought that you would love to know about the amazing work done behind the scenes by our adoption manager Helen Hayes, and I thought I would share this fantastic result with you.
Crickette, Duffy, Oakie, Howard, Saint, Casper and Freddie were all adopted last month and we couldn’t be happier for them. I”m gradually getting to know the horses – I met Howard when he first arrived at SAHA and I must say I thought he was a very handsome boy! All the new owners are thrilled and we look forward to getting updates.
So at the time of writing this – Friday March 3, 2017, we now have 123 horses in care. 84 horses divided between our three sanctuaries, ten horses with our trainers, 25 in foster care, and four at the vets.
A Frequently Asked Question (almost every day!) is how our foster care plan works, and who pays for what. SAHA covers all costs for a foster carer, uness they want to make a donation towards the horse they are fostering – which they often do, and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts for it.
As you can imagine, one of our main expenses is continuing to look after our beloved Golden Oldies, many of whom need extra supplements, and of course the young ones who are waiting to grow up and join the world of Happy Healthy Useful Horses. We would LOVE to find some more sponsors for our Golden Oldies, many of whom have had traumatic backgrounds and need to stay with us forever. (Here is a link to some more info: saveahorse.org.au/sponsor-a-horse/ ) If you sponsor a horse, you can go in and change sponsorship details anytime, so you are not locked in.
If you have a specific question re adopting, sponsoring or donating please email us on email@example.com
We will update again next month and until then:
May The Horse Be With You…