…a H.O.R.S.E. rescue update…

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Have you seen our featured ‘H.O.R.S.E. Rescue’ page on our website?

We have been featuring horses from an organization called ‘H.O.R.S.E. Rescue’ for the past several months. These horses were all up for adoption to good homes and/or sanctuaries. The Organization was founded by a man and wife who had a serious goal to find care and compassion for these beautiful creatures… These horses were all in desperate need of a big heart, willing to take on the responsibility of a special needs horse. In early 2012 they received news that would change their ability to run this amazing rescue…this was Mike’s final statement released to their website…

“It is now August 2012 and has been almost a year since my cancer diagnosis. Since my last ct scan last month things are still going. My lung cancer is still stable and the only thing that’s changed is a tumor on the adrenal gland. That one has doubled in size and I start radiation on August 21 with five treatments. We’ll see how that goes.”

“We still have 12 horses here in Pavilion and five in foster care. Cali and Betty are in Pike undergoing training and Blue, Mykala, and Maverick are in Spencerport. It looks like Makayla and Maverick may have found new homes with Marial in their foster home.”

“We still need your help. I don’t know about my health right now. I am still trying to get things done but I don’t have the strength to do what I did before so vounteers are needed especially doing yard work. We need help taking care of the horses with feeding and grooming. We’re not able to do much fundraising because of physical limitations. We also need help with maintaining the facility such as painting, mowing and weed whacking. If you can help in any way please let us know.”

Mike and Chris Dodge
Founders

Mikes wife could not manage the rescue by her self and they would be forced to close once he passed. His final wish was that all of the horses that remained in their care would find forever homes before he passed. With the help of a lot of word of mouth in the horse community all of the horses have been taken in to new homes and/or sanctuaries.

Mike recently passed away after his long battle with cancer.

He was able to hear the good news before his passing, and left this world at peace.

Here are pictures of the horses that were at the rescue during its final days…the last horses Mike cared for… all of these horses were adopted and now have new care takers.

horserescue1We feel so blessed to have been able to help support this amazing program for horses. Mikes story will always be in our hearts. We will forever remember his selfless love for these majestic animals.

Rest in Peace Mike. We will miss you greatly.

 

…meet Jate…

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…”Horses are non-judgemental, honest mirrors. They know when we are angry or anxious, they know when we are excited or happy.”…

This is Jate.

He was a race horse who was owned by a college student in Upsate NY.  Jate broke his pastern in a race. His owner locked him in a stall for a month and never treated him. He dropped him off at the H.O.R.S.E Rescue & Sanctuary and walked away.

Jate is one of the most spirited and funniest horses I have ever had occasion to meet.

He knows he is handsome. He works you for treats. He is full of beans. Jate…a beautiful racehorse now has a club foot. All because some rich kid couldn’t be bothered to treat him.

I fell instantly, desperately in love with Jate.

Perhaps he was a mirror. A little broken, dealt a bit of a raw lot in life…but still bucking, rolling & jumping as if he were perfectly fine.

Still proud. Standing tall. Pure fortitude. Scarred. And all the better for it.

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…Jate…pure love…

He had gotten a bath that morning from the rescue volunteers…after which he promptly stopped, dropped and rolled in 4 inches of mud making him as dirty as can be….and full of crusty mud.

(Rebel. Which just made me love him more.)

If you would like to donate the the H.O.R.S.E. Rescue & Sanctuary you may give through our website. Every penny you donate goes directly to the rescue…and you can even sponsor a horse directly. Maybe even Jate.

Or you can purchase a beanie from our website…100% of the proceeds go to the horse rescue.

Peace, Love & Horses

~heather

…buy a beanie, save a horse…

horserescue-collage2Many of you remember that we are raising money for the H.O.R.S.E. Sanctuary & Rescue in my hometown of Rochester, NY.

Jackie from Dreaming of Three  jumped in to help and was so kind as to design & make these beanies for us to raise money for the cause. (Big XOXO to her)

The beanies arrived yesterday at the studio and we decided to do a photoshoot…see how cute they are?

They are $15 each and the proceeds all go to help Mike & his wonderful rescue.

Mike has spent over 20 years rescuing neglected & abused horses at great personal sacrifice. His charity organization has saved over 400 horses.

Mike is terminally ill with lung cancer. His last wish is that his 11 remaining horses be placed safely. He made a promise to these horses that they would always be safe…we are working hard to make sure Mike keeps that promise.

Buy a beanie…save a horse!

There are four great colors available…Black, Graphite, Olive & Khaki… dreamof-three2-web