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
People love to buy tickets at the last minute and indeed that’s what happened – we sold literally thousands of tickets in the last week and although we fell short of the 15,000 (our final ticket sales were 13,342) it was still a very good result for us!
It was also an extremely good result for our lucky winner, Heather Beard – and more on Heather and the raffle in a minute.
The last two weeks of February were spent (for management at least) getting ready for our AGM, finalising our audit so our financials could go up on the ACNC website, and as you can imagine that is no mean feat. But we managed it and the AGM of the Association was held on Tuesday 20 February with the 2017 audited financials now available on the ACNC website.
At the AGM all members of the management committee must stand down and elections held. I was re-elected as President, Suzanne Young, re-elected as Treasurer and Rachel Daniels-Fitzpatrick re-elected as a committee member. We also have the addition of Cathy Binz and Cameron Burnett joining us as committee members.
We now have a great deal of equine experience and a variety of diverse skills and talents on our Committee and senior staff. Cathy is a qualified EA Level 1 Coach, a dressage rider, and has a large amount of non-profit experience, while Cameron is a solicitor who owns several horses and has been associated with SAHA for several years. We are very excited to expand our committee and have them on board.
So as you will all be aware we have put a lot of thought recently into the future of SAHA. How do we ensure that the Charity will exist forever, and how do we create a strong financial foundation for it in order for that to be possible and for SAHA to be able to fulfil its mission statement of continuing to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home horses?
Obviously one of the things we’ve been working on is creating diverse income streams, so that the Charity is not always dependent solely on donations.
At the AGM I expanded on the plans for the future of SAHA, including the development of therapy programs to not only provide additional income streams for the charity but to provide essential services to the community and most importantly give our precious retired horses a purpose and as much people interaction as possible which helps to keep them mentally stimulated. Any horse lover knows how much horses enjoy a ‘job’, even when that job is simply being patted, groomed and walked on regular occasions.
In the next week or so I hope to be able to bring you an actual timetable for the introduction of these programs, and a fuller description of them all. Believe me, it’s all systems go behind the scenes!
To wind up the AGM business, we were all of course, immensely proud that the ACNC has recently signed off on the Charity’s improvements to policies and procedures and governance and we are now able to display the ACNC Registered Charity Tick.
As a registered charity, of course when we run raffles we need to ensure that we have all the proper raffle permits, and that everything is run by the book. We have been very fortunate that the raffle income has helped sustain us since we launched it late last year, and even once we have taken out the cost of the float and Hilux, advertising and raffle-management fees we were left with enough to pay down all our major bills and cover us for a few months into the future.
To put it bluntly though, we need several raffles a year, on top of donations and programs to ensure that we bring in the $1m plus that it costs to keep the Charity going with the ongoing daily care of over 100 horses, two sanctuaries, staff, maintenance, equipment and rent. One of the lovely aspects of running raffles is making THE call – although Heather was missing in action for a while due to a phone on silent – (!) and listening to the sheer joy when you tell them the news that they’ve won a prize worth $80,000.
Heather, who lives on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, has bred Stock Horses for many years on an agistment property, and the call came for her on what was otherwise a very sad day.
“I’d had to have my 21-year-old premier broodmare put to sleep yesterday,” she told me, “because she had massive tumours in her mouth and simply couldn’t eat, so I was very sad. It was a huge personal loss for me. Then to get the news late last night that I’d won was such an emotional high, so it was a bit of a roller-coaster day!”
Heather’s horses – ‘Maybah’ Stock Horses – are a huge part of her life. “I grew up on a cattle station near Alice Springs,” she says, “and even though I live and work in the city, horses have never stopped being part of my life – and they never will!”
On top of all of that, her tow vehicle, she said, “is a bit long in the tooth, and it’s been somewhat unreliable recently. I’ve been wondering how on earth I’d afford a new one – now I don’t have to worry at all.”
Heather’s daughter was in her final year at school last year, so Heather’s horse went on holiday to a friend’s property near Bathurst so Mum could concentrate on her daughter’s schooling. “I’m going to get my mare as soon as it’s a bit less hot,” she said, “and then I’ll be able to float her around in style.”
How wonderful the prize is going to someone who will get so much use from it. Heather has promised us photos of the Hilux, and the float once Olympic have made and delivered it.
Congratulations Heather from the Committee and all of us at SAHA.
The photo is of Heather competing at Sydney Royal on Maybah Chance in 2009 is by Narelle Wockner.
And for our most recent horse update, we’ve adopted out two horses in February, our beautiful mares Bling and London, which brings the number back down to 100 – for just a few days before our next rescue arrives!
NOT ONLY BUT ALSO we have some big news soon so watch out for another email coming in the next few days.
Thank you all for your continued support – we can’t do without 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
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…