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
Firstly, apologies for the lateness of the August report but I left for overseas towards the end of the month, and I had a very special reason for wanting to wait until I wrote this.
It’s a selfish reason – because it’s a personal story, not a SAHA story – but it is, of course, to do with horses.
Like many horse-mad people I seemed to have been beamed down into this lifetime loving horses. As a little girl I thought and dreamed of nothing else really (except perhaps The Beatles).
In 1958, when I was three-years-old, my father went to the Camargue region of France, where the-then wild herds of horses roamed, and brought me back a black and white book of photographs, which were stills from the 1953 movie, Crin Blanc. Crin Blanc, which literally translates as White Mane, was the story of a little boy who befriends a wild white stallion, and after a pretty tough journey together the pair of them ride off into the sea, disappearing from sight forever.
My father didn’t speak French, but he knew the story from the film and would tell it to me in English, and I would gaze at the white horses in the photos and be overawed with their beauty – not to mention shedding a few tears at the storyline.
Well, it’s taken me almost sixty years, and a sister’s significant decade birthday (my sister lives in France) to tick this item off my bucket list, but yesterday I went out for two hours with the owner of a trail-riding establishment based in the middle of the Camargue. And thanks to the fact that many years ago I spent a year working with horses in France, my French was sufficient for me to understand and speak with Patrick about the Camargue horses and their way of life.
It’s sad but true that these days there are no ‘wild’ horses left in the Camargue where once-yearly round-ups used to take place, but proper breeding controls introduced in the 60’s and only a select amount of breeding licenses has meant that the pure Camargue lines are safe.
But, and it’s a wonderful but, the horses are still very much in a sense semi-wild. When they are not working, either with the famous bulls of the Camargue, or trail-riding, or giving displays, they are out in the hundreds of acres that each ‘ranch’ occupies, living in the marshy wetlands, on what looks like, to an Australian eye, virtually inedible long marshy stalks – and all I might say, as fat and happy as pigs in mud.
The Camargue horse is one of the most ancient breeds in the world, and it’s indigenous to the Camargue area in southern France. Historians believe that the horses are descended from the Solutré horse – the Equus Caballus Gallicus – which was hunted for its meat during the Paleolithic period a mere 40,000 years ago. Stockier than the other main wild horse strain that had travelled from Mongolia, the Camargue horses are still small today – usually between 13.2hh to 15.3hh. They have a short neck, deep chest, a compact strong body, and almost wavy manes and tails. They are absolutely without exception, grey horses, so although they are known as white, they have black skin under their white hair. They are usually born black, sometimes dark bay, or even roan, but by the time they are five or so, they are almost completely white.
So what was it like riding one? Well, my guide, Patrick, was on one of his own horses – a Portuguese Lusitano cross Camargue that he is training for bull work, and I was on Tato, a classic Camargue horse – probably 14.2hh, sturdy with a broad but not high wither. “We ride Western style,” Patrick told me, as I hopped aboard and settled myself in the saddle – which was not dissimilar to a stock saddle but with the open mesh iron stirrups designed to keep any foot in! The trail saddles are derived from the actual Camargue Saddles which are designed to hold a rider in place even when using high-speed turns to chase bulls, and I found it amazingly comfortable. Whereas (for me at least) I’ve always found that to be comfy in a stock saddle I need to put my legs forward, in this saddle my leg rested perfectly in line with my hip and shoulder, and Tato needed only the slightest touch of the reins to go or whoah.
“He loves his work,” Patrick said, as we headed off at a brisk trot, and indeed he did. He was free-moving rather than forward, and I got a feeling of a deep intelligence – where Patrick’s somewhat flighty young one was busy dancing everywhere, Tato had seen it all before which was reassuring.
As we rode, we talked. Patrick also reassured me on the matter of the famous bulls of the Camargue – they are not, as they are in Spain, killed in the bull ‘work’ which is what they call it, rather than fighting. Instead the ‘guardian’, (i.e. rider) must manage to lift off two white strings attached to each of the bull’s horns. It’s a game of deft skill and swiftness as I saw the following night, but then the bulls – and the horses – are let go once more in the marshy wetlands to roam and graze. Of course not to get too romantic, the bulls are also used extensively for meat, but that’s a reality everywhere, but for me it was good to know the ‘travail du taureau’ – literally ‘work of the bull’, did not mean a bloody end.
Horse people might ask how on earth the horses stay fat and healthy with NO hoof problems living virtually permanently in a marshy wetland. It seems as if over the centuries, or in fact over the thousands of years they have been living there the horses have developed certain characteristics – broad hooves with large, wide soles, relatively long legs for their stature with broad knees and hocks. The grasses of the Camargue are actually full of nourishment, watered as they are by the sweet river water of the Rhône, and we passed herds of horses nibbling not just on the long grass but even on seemingly prickly unappetising bushes.
As we walked along, alternately trotting, cantering or even galloping along the sandy tracks, picking our way through the marshes, and splashing through the inevitable small lagoons here and there, Patrick showed me the herds of the mares with their foals – plus, he pointed out, an old gelding who’d retired from his work to live out his days in a “family situation”.
The work horses work only between April and October and are otherwise left free to graze and wander. The sheer space available to them all seems to make the in-fighting minimal, although I noticed that another attribute of the Camargue horses seems to be a very thick skin! They take virtually no notice of the flies and the odd bite or kick seems hardly to penetrate.
“They hardly ever need vet attention,” Patrick told me cheerfully, while I rather wished that the SAHA horses could be so hardy! “Some horses might go their whole lives never needing a vet.”
When we came upon the herds of black bulls, they were unconcerned by the horses, although because many of them were in fact cows with calves we didn’t venture too deep into the herds in order not to upset them. All of them too, were in magnificent condition. “I think here in the Camargue we might even love our bulls more than our horses,” Patrick told me, but I’m not at all sure about that, I think he was winding me up.
To say it was a magical morning would be an understatement, and as well as the horses and bulls, we saw giant egrets, wild ducks, and even an otter in the river.
Galloping along on little Tato, whose paces were small but quick, I breathed in deeply. I was in a bucket list moment, and I wasn’t going to forget it in a hurry for sure.
So now back to more prosaic August news for SAHA:
Of course you will have seen that we’ve launched our amazing new raffle with another wonderful Olympic Royal horse float and a Toyota Hilux up for grabs. This is the ultimate in comfortable float and tow packages, and you have to be in it to win it, as they say, so click here to grab your tickets.
The winner of our August cash raffle was Bernie Dousi, who has received her winnings of $10,000 and is talking about a trip to Portugal next year. Congratulations to Bernie and thank you for supporting SAHA.
In August we adopted out Alonzo – and that was such a pleasure because as you might know, Alonzo was a very particular horse, so to match him with a family was not an easy task for Jess (our rider) and Helen, but they’ve done brilliantly and Alonzo is very happy. Madonna and Tasha, too are both big-moving mares who have gone to experienced horse people, and we have more adoptions coming up. Ryley came back into care, and we weren’t able to resist the lovely Sunny – and I’ll give you all the details for him next month. Click here for his new page.
As you know our darling little chap Charming, had to have an eye removed. The operation went extremely well, but he is also requiring some more treatment on the other eye, and we are keeping our fingers – and toes – seriously crossed. Charming is back at Buccan at the moment where we can keep a close eye on him.
You guys, our supporters, have been wonderful during August, not just supporting our raffles but also our weekly fundraisers for particular horses and for our general vet and dental bills. It’s these little fundraisers that make all the difference because then we aren’t adding to the pressure of the massive feed and care bills, and the costs of running the sanctuaries. So once more, thank you – and I hope you enjoy this report which I’m writing sitting in an old French farmhouse, just on the edge of the Camargue.
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
Save a Horse Australia has always helped those in need during times of natural disasters, and we are launching a massive fundraiser in order to be able to help all of you out there with vet and other flood-related horse costs.
If you have lost your horse or it has injuries as a result of the cyclone or floods and you need financial help with treatment or burial, please fill out the form below with as much detail as possible. If you have a vet bill that is flood-related or if you have paid a flood-related horse bill please provide us receipts so we can provide assistance.
We will contact you as soon as we possibly can with any help we can offer. Obviously help will be limited – depending on how much we raise. If you know of anyone who would like to donate during this terrible time our fundraiser link is: https://saveahorse.giveeasy.org/campaigns/urgent-natural-disaster-flood-fundraiser/
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