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
Now, mothering is itself, particularly in these days of non-traditional families, a bit of a flexible notion, and for me Mother’s Day is an honouring, not just of our literal mothers, but of everybody in the world who ‘mothers’ in whatever shape or form. Of course this extends out beyond human mothering as well, to the unconditional love that warm-blooded mammals offer to their young, and even, sometimes, to different species or to offspring not their own.
I would like to honour some very special mothers today – the first of those being Amanda Vella, the powerful and extraordinary woman whose vision of ‘helping’ horses began when she was as young as five-years-old. Her lifelong commitment, passion and dedication saw, as we all know, the establishment of Save a Horse Australia, which has been responsible for saving 1500 horse lives. Amanda, and our wonderful foster-carer Jennifer Malloch, a mother and now grand-mother herself, who has nurtured many of SAHA’s babies, have rescued and rehabilitated so many horses that being a ‘mother’ to the horses is really the only correct way to describe the continuous commitment Amanda and Jen have to the importance of horse lives and the value they have placed on those horses who would otherwise have been discarded and lost.
One of the more contentious issues in horse rescue is, of course, the question of horse racing. But often the dark side of racing, the wastage, the break-downs and the lack of post-race career options for horses, is balanced by the most extraordinary people – trainers, owners, jockeys and strappers – who endeavour to do their very best by their horses.
One of those women is long-time dedicated SAHA supporter, Karin McNab, whose careful nurturing of her young ones has meant that her most recent winning mare, Thieving Minx, had only had three starts by the age of four, and a win just a few weeks ago. Not only does Karin make sure that all her horses retire to wonderful homes when they have finished their race careers, but her winnings are donated to horse charities, with SAHA often being a lucky recipient.
“Thieving Minx has already helped save four other horses,” Karin told me recently, “and for me to able to look after, nuture and gently bring along my horses and then have them help save other horses is a wonderful circle of life.”
In the best of all possible worlds, with tighter breeding regulations, and racing itself paying for post racing care, we would see many more beautiful off the track thoroughbreds re-homed, and many less with a one-way ticket to the saleyards. My son and I have personally rehabilitated six off the track horses, several of which were rescues, and he continues that work today. When another career manifests for these magnificent animals, you see them in all forms of equestrian disciplines, living lives as everything from pleasure or trail-riding horses, to competing in the Olympics. We are very lucky to have supporters like Karin, who are also active in the racing welfare movement, which is obviously something about which SAHA cares deeply.
For many of the mares, particularly the successful ones, motherhood beckons, but sometimes, as with our beautiful Pluto, that journey can go wrong, and Pluto who had retired from racing to become a broodmare, lost her foal, just at the same time that little Memphis, a baby Clydesdale who could not feed from his mother, came into SAHA’s care. Memphis had to have blood transfusions, and began to successfully drink from a bucket, and even though he was unable to feed from Pluto, she became his foster ‘mum’. Later once Memphis was older, she took on the job of ‘nanny’ mare again, with the lovely Freddie, also now successfully adopted. At this time Pluto and Rupert are just beginning a friendship, so that the horse ‘mum’, can teach the baby horse his manners.
What I’ve discovered over a lifetime with horses is that often there is a strange synchronicity attached to the outcomes of rescues and rehabilitation, and that it seems to me that even the horses themselves can be involved in some universal level on creating an outcome for themselves. (Watch the wonderful Harry and the Snowman if you are in any doubt about that.)
Well, recently such synchronicity happened with Pluto and our very first official corporate sponsor, Mystic Medusa. Mystic, known to me for many years, wanted to sponsor a horse – but a horse with an, if you like, inter-galactic twist! Enter Pluto, whose race-name was Cosmic Wanderer. A perfect pairing if ever there was one, and so we are delighted to welcome Mystic to the SAHA family. No doubt she’ll be keeping a close eye out on Pluto’s planetary alignments. You can read about Mystic here: https://mysticmedusa.com/2017/05/horse-named-pluto/
In a way what I saw in this was once more different ways of mothering – from horse to human, from Jen Malloch’s hand-on day-to-day care of horses, to a universal notion of support for our beloved four-legged friends, because, of course, financial support as all of you know is the life-blood of any charity.
(In fact what I see now from my connection with SAHA is mothering of the horses, of the charity of each other, happening every day, and I would like to personally say a huge thank-you to Rachel Daniels, Helen Hayes and Amanda Arnell-Smith – and to all our wonderful staff, foster carers, and volunteers for their commitment to SAHA and the horses.)
To talk, just for a minute of my personal journey with learning about horse mothering – one of the greatest moments of my life was watching my beautiful Palomino mare give birth to her paint foal. It was quick, and easy and uncomplicated. He was born in November, (a little Sagittarius) between some massive electrical storms, and so as soon as his four little hooves were on the ground, he was named – Storm. Within 10 minutes he was staggering around, getting his first cuddles from my young daughter and her friend and drinking from his Mum who took it all in her placid Quarter Horse stride, while his older half-sister looked on over the fence with great interest. Watching Stormy grow, teaching him to lead, to float, to lunge, to take a saddle and bridle, to starting him ourselves, and finding him a brilliant home, was a deeply personal horse journey for me that I will never forget. Glimmer’s care of her baby was an unfolding delight, and the way she combined love with gentle correction, a stellar example of mothering.
Of course, there’s our human children too – whether they are our personal children, or step-children, or other people’s children. It really doesn’t matter. I love these words Karin McNab posted recently (and if someone can find their source I’d be interested to know):
What do I want for Mother’s Day? I want you. I want you to keep coming around, I want you to bring your kids around, I want you to ask me questions, ask my advice, tell me your problems, ask for my opinion, ask for my help. I want you to come over and rant about your problems, rant about life, whatever. Tell me about your job, your worries, your kids, your fur babies. I want you to continue sharing your life with me. Come over and laugh with me, or laugh at me, I don’t care. Hearing you laugh is music to me.
I spent the better part of my life raising you the best way I knew how. Now, give me time to sit back and admire my work.
Raid my refrigerator, help yourself, I really don’t mind. In fact, I wouldn’t want it any other way.
I want you to spend your money making a better life for you and your family, I have the things I need. I want to see you happy and healthy. When you ask me what I want for Mother’s Day, I say “nothing” because you’ve already been giving me my gift all year. I want you.
Although to be brutally honest, I wouldn’t mind the occasional gift as well! Maybe a Horseland voucher 🙂
Which also reminds me – don’t forget to enter our wonderful raffle with prizes donated by Horseland Underwood. saveahorse.org.au/event/horseland-raffle/
At the moment we are also running an urgent fundraiser to keep us on top of the massive costs of caring for 115 horses, running three sanctuaries (two from the end of May), paying staff and looking after our equipment and machinery. If you’d like to donate to this week’s fundraiser this is the link:
or you can SMS donations. To donate $5 or more simply text the word HELP to 0459 114411
In the meantime, whatever mothering means to you please do have a wonderful day.
If you are interested in coming on board with us as a corporate sponsor, to have your logo on our website and be advertised on our Facebook page, please contact us on email@example.com and we will be happy to help you help the horses!
Candida Baker – President
Most of you will know that we’ve had various horse stories unfold – beautiful Gabby, who was adopted by Annette and Georgia, had to have surgery on a sesamoid bone and is recovering very well at EEVS. Danina, who lost her two mini-ponies in the flood, has finally got her TB Archie – who was injured in the flood – back from the vets, and new flesh is growing over his wound which was right to the bone. (Excuse the somewhat graphic image, but in a few weeks we will run a photo-essay of the spectacular mending that is taking place at the moment.)
As for us, well, we are not supposed to be taking new horses at the moment but when Helen Hayes, our Manager, was alerted to the plight of little Charming, a 9hh Shetland, with the sweetest nature, and hooves so long he could hardly walk, we couldn’t resist. We tried to tell Amanda Arnell-Smith, our Admin Officer, that he is VERY small, and wouldn’t take up much space – in fact, we thought that she might not notice him at all, but unfortunately she is absolutely insisting on counting him in the numbers! I asked if perhaps he and Milo could make a whole horse, but no, I was told sternly, Charming is apparently one horse, however small.
So in terms of numbers at the moment, we adopted out two in April, Zephyr and Puzzle, and we currently have 115 horses in care. We do have more adoptions pending, and we are currently very happy with how all the SAHA horses are travelling.
We are also thrilled to bring you the news that we have two exciting raffles in the works. First up is our fantastic prize package from Horseland Underwood consisting of:
A beautiful Wintec saddle of your choice in the Wintec range with a value of up to $2,000 – including a WINTEC ISABELL SADDLE WITH ADJUSTABLE BAR & CAIR Iii or a WINTEC STOCK, DRESSAGE or ALL PURPOSE. Any colour, any size. Amazing choice!
From the new ‘Roma’ range:
Roma saddle pad, float boots, head collar and lead rope.
Your choice of colour and size.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Vanessa, Manager of Horseland Underwood for such a generous prize. The raffle will be drawn by live video on the SAHA page at Horseland Underwood on Sunday the 4th June at 2pm. Only $5.00 a ticket, with 2570 tickets available. Note tickets are available for purchase by residents of Qld, NSW and ACT only. Click here for all the details and to buy tickets: https://saveahorse.org.au/event/horseland-raffle/
Watch our raffle space because quite soon we will also be launching our fabulous Olympic Royal horsefloat raffle, thanks to the amazingly generous Candice Loughhead at Olympic Trailers.
In terms of SAHA business news, our AGM was held on Wednesday, April 26. Ordinarily after our AGM, we would put a link to our audited financial statements from the previous year, but the police are still holding some of our paperwork (although the police investigation into SAHA is concluded) so our auditors will not be able to finalise the audit until the end of May. However, as required and advised by Queensland Fair Trading, we have held our AGM within the legal timeframe and dealt with the business that could be dealt with and adjourned that which couldn’t. We will revisit those matters at a second meeting in late May. Elections did go ahead, as required, and for the Committee, Rachel Daniels was reappointed, a new committee member, accountant (and horse lover) Suzanne Young was appointed Treasurer, and I was appointed President. In other business, Helen Hayes stepped down from the Committee to concentrate on her work as Operations Manager of SAHA. We will advise you all as soon as the link to last year’s audited financial statements is available.
Until next time, may The Horse be with you…
Candida Baker, President
136,000 horses – ‘Walers’ as they were known because they were sold through New South Wales – were sent overseas for use by the Australian Imperial Force and the British and Indian Governments. In one of the most poignant footnotes of history, only one horse made it back to Australia – Sandy, a solidly built bay with a Roman nose – who belonged to Major General Sir William Bridges.
Sandy, who had already seen plenty of action with his master, and was Bridges’ favourite charger, was one of 6,100 horses who were sent to Gallipoli. The equine soldiers fared more favourably than the humans when it was decided that very few of the horses should actually be landed in Anzac Cove.
Sadly, Bridges was one of those that didn’t make it out that day, and Sandy was then put in the care of Captain Leslie Whitfield, an Australian Army Veterinary Corps Officer in Egypt. Sandy remained in Egypt with Whitfield, until the pair were transferred to France in 1916. In 1917 the then Minister for Defence, George Pearce, called for Sandy to be returned to Australia, and finally, towards the end of 1918, the four-legged soldier came home. He was humanely put to sleep in 1923.
As for the other 135,999 by the end of the war there were 13,000 horses that were “surplus to needs”, of those 11,000 were sent as remounts – mainly to the British army in India, the other several thousand were destroyed; of the 18,000 horses New Zealand contributed to the war effort, only four made it home.
It is one of the unique aspects of the relationship between horses and humans that they, of all the animal kingdom, are prepared to go into battle with us – even to die for us.
During the course of compiling several anthologies of horse stories over the years several stories remain burned in my memory of horses coming to the aid of humans in trouble. One is particularly vivid – a young girl was walking her horse down a country lane when a car drew up beside her with a man in it who seemed polite enough – he asked for directions to the nearest town but then as the girl was answering him, he reached out through the car window and tried to grab her. Before she could even react, her horse flung himself between her and the car, forcing the man to let her go, and he quickly drove off. A modern-day war horse for sure.
It’s perhaps one of the saddest indictments of our society that these beautiful animals who have fought beside us, who seem to know when to protect us, and are so grateful for our protection, so often end up in such dire circumstances. It’s why the work we do is so important and why your ongoing donations are so vital to our work – not just to save the horses but in the long term to help create a better world for them.
Sadly for us, we lost one of our lovely boys yesterday. Our beautiful Tawn, a 24-year-old STB who was surrendered by his elderly owner to us in 2016, has been suffering from ongoing neurological issues that were affecting his back and back legs. It was obvious to his foster carer that Tawn was becoming increasingly depressed, and when we made the call to the vet it was suggested that it was time to put him to sleep. It’s always upsetting for everyone at SAHA when a horse crosses the Rainbow Bridge, but at the same time we can’t help feeling grateful that the horses in our care at least will not have to suffer. RIP Tawn.
This ANZAC Day as you remember the soldiers that fought so bravely in Anzac Cove, spare a thought too for the horses that fought alongside them during that long and bloody war.
Lest We Forget.
Candida Baker – Acting President
Well what a week it’s been!
Obviously the Main Event for SAHA has been the unbelievable generosity of our supporters who rallied to our cry for help. A cry straight from the heart of Jennifer Malloch, whose bail conditions were amended last Friday which meant that Jen is once more able to post and comment on the SAHA page. The Committee would like to extend the warmest thank you possible not only to everybody who donated but also to Jen for her continuing passion for SAHA.
But before I talk a bit about the fundraiser, I actually want to tell you guys a personal story about a horse. A horse I shared seven glorious years with, and a horse I said a final goodbye to, two weeks ago today.
When Beau came to me at the age of 23, he was given to me by an acquaintance from the Gold Coast – Kate. Beau had been owned by Kate for 11 years, and they’d done great things together, but Kate was wanting him to wind down, and I was looking for a trail-riding horse. The agreement was that when he needed to retire he would go back to Kate’s to live out his last years, and that I would look after him in the meantime.
So in due course, Kate delivered Beau to my place with a bunch of bananas – because, she told me, they were his favourite food, along with mangoes. She also told me that if he did get a chance to go through an open gate, or escape through a fence, he would!
And so it was that this elderly flea-bitten grey Anglo-Arab gelding and I began our friendship – slowly at first, with some little rides in the arena, where I discovered that if I rode him correctly (and I was a bit rusty at the time), he would go straight into a canter from a walk, or stop, and that he needed scarcely any aids at all. He was so light and responsive it was a pleasure to ride him and it wasn’t long before we began to venture out, almost always in the company of a friend of mine who rode another of our horses. We covered many miles, and I found out more and more about Beau’s trustworthy nature – I could pop him into a gallop – which he loved, and as soon as I sat back he would slow down. He never shied; he positively loved going through water, and it wasn’t long before we were using him as a school-master for our young horses or off the track horses. Beau would teach them that traffic was nothing to be scared of, that water wasn’t going to attack them, that going out to shows was fun and meant lots of treats, and other general good horse behaviour.
I remember one day I went out with a friend riding one of our young horses – a then three-year-old paint called Storm – and I didn’t realise that the farmers in the macadamia forest where we lived were burning a huge pile of timber. Somehow it was hidden from view, but as we chanced around the corner we were greeted not only by ten-metre high flames, and the crackling of burning wood but the beeping of an earth-mover as it shovelled more timber on the fire. Horse hell, to be sure. I told my friend to turn Storm’s head slightly away from the fire, to keep her leg firmly on him, and to stay on my inside, and blow me down if Beau didn’t ride straight past the burning flames as if they were no more scary than a piece of rustling grass!
I could tell you so many stories about this wonderful horse, and how I discovered that I could actually ride him with no reins, and my eyes closed and he would still somehow know where I wanted him to go, or how, at his very last show we won Reserve Champion pleasure horse when he was 28, or how he taught my daughter to canter, with amazing patience and grace – I know Kate has even more stories than me, and some of them are so unbelievable that I am saving them for the pages of a future book.
But time passes, and in his last year with me Beau began to stumble every now and then. He still loved to go out (and as Kate had predicted, he also still loved to try and escape up the lane whenever possible), but when we went out for rides, I would often walk up the hills beside him, and down the hills beside him, and even then I would have been happy to have kept up our partnership, but it was obvious to me that he was ageing. By now he was 30, and if that’s not a good age for a horse that has had an eventing career to retire at, I don’t know what is! I’d talked to Kate a few times, and over the years of Beau’s time with me, she and I had become firm friends. We hadn’t seen each other that often, but we’d discovered that we had much more than just loving Beau in common, and when it was decided that he would go back to her, although I was incredibly sad to be losing my riding friend of seven years, I knew that I would be seeing him and Kate soon at her lovely property.
And so it was that not too long after his retirement I went to visit. Now, in his time with me Beau had become very partial to molasses water which I would give him as a treat after a long ride, but I’d forgotten to pass this information onto Kate. Well, the moment I led him into Kate’s barn, he started tossing his head in the direction of his bucket, then looking at me intently, then tossing his head again. Kate was curious. “What’s he doing?” she said. “He’s asking me for molasses water,” I laughed. So we filled him a bucket, and then another one, and Beau head-butted me to show his gratitude.
Kate and I spent many happy hours chatting about Beau and talking ‘horse’ as horsey people do. In the coming months she sent me the occasional photo and it was obvious that Beau, despite all the grass and the best feed possible, was beginning to lose condition. Even so, he was still happy enough and Kate had her new horse, a massive grey Warmblood who quickly became Beau’s mate, and the pair of them hung out together in grand style.
Then finally, two weeks ago, the call came. Beau’s time had come, Kate told me. We’d talked about it a few times, but Kate had not been sure, but this time, she was sure. He wasn’t trotting up to the gate any longer for his feed, she said, and he was losing weight very fast. She didn’t want to run the risk that he might fall in the night or when she was away, and be down for several days, and the vet had agreed that it was a good time to put him to sleep – before he went downhill fast.
So I drove up to Kate’s to be there for Beau’s goodbye, and to give him endless buckets of molasses water for his last huzzah, and let me say, that although, of course it was sad, and both of us cried many tears, that old horse ate mango pieces right up until the very last second, and it was a very peaceful passing. Afterwards the vet told Kate that she had done it at exactly the right time – Beau’s liver had begun to fail and it wouldn’t have been long before he would have been in pain and distress.
There is, as I’ve said, much more to this story – but let me end by saying that what Beau brought me was not just the joy of riding a truly wonderful horse, but also a ‘sister’ friendship, which I know will endure through many other horse – and non-horse – adventures.
One of the great things about Beau – about old horses in general, is their wisdom. They can, if we listen, teach us a lot about life, and it isn’t always in the riding. So one of the things I would like to say as Acting President of SAHA is how precious our Golden Oldies are to us – every bit of sponsorship we receive for them is so welcome, and we thank you for it.
As well as Beau’s passing, I also completed a major house move in the past week – from a rural property into a town house. For the first time in many decades I don’t have horses outside my window – but I do now have 120 horses in my interior window; horses I worry and think about on a daily basis.
We have been so relieved by the wonderful response to our fundraiser, and now we can forge ahead again. But one of the most important things we can do as a charity is to budget, and one of the best ways to do that is to know how much money is coming in regularly, so to any of you out there who might consider a small monthly donation, can I just say that it is the regular donations that allow us to create ongoing plans, so please do consider that as an option, if you haven’t already!
It’s been a busy time at SAHA and this week has also seen some great horse results. Spida, as you all know, has now been officially adopted by Lace Malloch, and will live out his days being cared for and cosseted. Athena has been adopted, and Rupert is going great guns. Our lovely Committee member Rachel, is showing such a talent for Facebook posts and videos, and her heart-warming post about Kaos gained her five new sponsors, so a big thank you to them for coming on board.
We also ran a raffle for our SAHA supporter pack and our $2 Tuesday was a great success.
But of course, our greatest triumph was the startling result of the fundraiser! It was such a fabulous testament to all of you out there and your continuing belief in the work SAHA does. At the time of writing there was $47,150 dollars donated through our Giveeasy campaign, the extraordinarily generous donation of $20,000 from Paul and Lynne White of the Ray White and approximately another $5,000 through the website and other bank deposits. We couldn’t be more thrilled.
Now, even more strongly, we can begin to plan for the future, and to continue to build on Amanda Vella’s vision. We have so many plans and exciting initiatives in the works – thank you for sticking with us!
Candida Baker – Acting President
Wow – it’s been a busy week!
In amongst all the busyness, of course, last Wednesday was International Women’s Day, which was honoured by our own wonderful Rachel Daniels with some of the stories of the amazing mares SAHA has rescued.
Before we leave that week behind, I’d just like to acknowledge all the extraordinary women who have had a part in building up SAHA – Amanda Vella, its founder, of course; Jennifer Malloch – the carer and guardian of so many of the horses that have touched our hearts: Peaches, Trixie, Rupert and Spida, to name just a few; Helen Hayes our adoption officer, and currently manager for SAHA; Rachel who is on the committee and is taking to Facebook like a duck to water, and the indomitable Amanda Arnell-Smith, our administrator.
Behind the scenes too though, are many people whose faces and names you’ve glimpsed on our page over the years, whose tireless work as foster carers, sanctuary managers and volunteers are what keep SAHA going, and with a few notable exceptions, most of them are women!
And then of course, there’s YOU, our supporters. In the last week with our coffee fundraiser and our Goodna produce fundraiser you have given approximately $10,000 towards the ongoing care of our horses. We have an extraordinary base of supporters, and we can’t thank you enough.
Life is always busy with 123 horses in care and watch out for more news on this blog as we begin to implement some exciting new initiatives. This coming week we have some meet and greets coming up; Pandora – who is the sweetest mare – is starting her assessment under saddle; Moonshine is gaining weight well and the wound above his coronet band is healing. We have five horses due home from the trainer in the next few weeks, and they will be coming up for adoption soon. Plus, of course, many of you will have seen that the beautiful buckskin Muz has been given the all-clear.
We hope you all have a wonderful week next week.
May the Horse be with you…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We will update again next month and until then:
May The Horse Be With You…