Char's story as it appeared in the October 2022 newsletter. Gentleness is the best way to help a horse like Char that has not had the handling during his life that builds trust. He has never had his hooves trimmed or any dental care. It is often a slow process to win a horse like Char over.
It is not unusual for HPS to meet horses like Char that have not been trained and just left in their field alone or with other horses that have been neglected and not received the correct care over the years. Char's only contact with his owner was the giving of horse treats. The horse only thinks of people as treat dispensers, which can be dangerous.
Some of our volunteers remember Chuckles and Chicklet when they came to HPS. Like Char, these two didn't even eat regular horse feed or had been handled by people.
Ebie's story as it appeared in the June 2021 newsletter. A kind neighbor called to see if we could take in two horses. One of the horses is a 17-year-old Thoroughbred in good body condition named Ebie. However, a few years back the horse refused to be ridden under saddle. No cause could be found except that the horse may have kissing spine, a condition where vertebrae in the spine are too close together rather than spaced apart as in a healthy spine. The second horse is a 24-year-old Irish Sport Horse that is not sound. He has an arthritic knee, and it is called over at the knee, is allergic to bugs, and is bothered by the heat. He is a tad over 17 hands and his name is Jo-Jo.
The elderly owner had taken steps to provide for her beloved horses. Her will called for the horses to be supported by the sale of her real estate and personal property, and a caretaker was named in the will. However, the story takes a sad turn. The heath of the elderly lady declined significantly because of a stroke, requiring her to possibly spend the rest of her life in a care facility. All her property and personal items had to be sold by the state to help cover her care and expenses. The caretaker could not care for the horses without funding. The neighbor was told to find homes for the horses or they would be put down by May 19th.
Many of us need to think about longterm care insurance. Or to figure out ways to protect your estate and your beneficiaries whether they are people or your animals. The kind neighbor collected $4,000 in donations to aid the two horses and various other items. I felt in my heart that God wanted HPS to take in the horses. They are two beautiful cared for horses. The generosity of our contributors makes this possible to commit to their long-term care. Thank you!
Ebie (left) with her pal Scooter!