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Refuge seeks donors, adopters for horses in need

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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 12:04 pm

I was reading a fictional story recently about horse rescues and people not being able to care for them and voluntarily giving them up to people or organizations that can care for them. This story also included the rescue of a dog and that evening at the supper table when a little girl was saying grace. What she said went like this: “Dear Father, please watch over all animals everywhere, especially those who are hurt or without a home and have no one to love them. Please answer all our prayers for others. Thank you, Amen.” Isn’t that beautiful. We do wish this for all animals and in our case especially for the horses.

This week when I visited Brighter Days I saw the beautiful blind horses that are of course permanent residents at the Refuge. There are several blind horses but the two I saw were a gorgeous palomino and a beautiful black and white fella. These blind horses are available for sponsorship in any amount which would go toward their upkeep and medical care.

By the way, if you are a farrier and you have the time to volunteer to trim the hooves of a couple of horses a week we would be so appreciative and so would the horses. We have so many horses that only need their hooves trimmed – no shoes. Please call 830-510-6607 if you have time on your schedule to help out. Thank you.

Brighter Days gets its feed from the Barrel House Feed and Hardware in Pipe Creek. With as many horses as Brighter Days has to feed, the account is always fairly high. When you pay your bill or purchase something at the Barrel House if you could add a few dollars to be applied to the Brighter Days account it would be much appreciated and it is tax deductible. Dan Cox (owner of the Barrel House) even has a receipt especially made up for cases such as this. When I pay my account each month I will be adding an amount to be applied to the Brighter Days account. Every little bit helps.

The beautiful big boy I would like to introduce you to this month is Captain Nemo. He is a sorrel gelding about 16 to 16.5 hands high in his mid teens.  He was found a few of years ago by two police officers. He was very malnourished but had no apparent injuries. The police officers held onto him for a few days to try to find his owners. When they couldn’t find an owner they came to the conclusion that he was probably dumped by someone that just couldn’t afford to keep him. The police officers bought him to Brighter Days. The staff there had him checked over and brought him back to good health. Nemo was most likely ridden at one time but should see a trainer to refresh his skills. After refresher training, Captain Nemo could be considered for trail riding, pleasure riding, or a 4-H project. He really is a beautiful horse and would make you proud. If you are interested in Captain Nemo please come out to visit during visiting hours or call 830-510-6607 to schedule a special personal visit.

I hope to meet you here again in October when I will tell you more about the Brighter Days Horse Refuge and what is happening out there. In the meanwhile, please come visit. Visiting days and hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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