I’ll have a picturesque introduction to Kelly’s foster farm, which holds a high spot on one of my “most loved places to be” list in an upcoming post. Kelly’s farm is one of several in the Heartland group and I wanted to first introduce you to the Heartland organization as a whole and help you get to know how they work.
Below is a brief Q&A with answers provided via the assistance of Kelly and Debbie Moore, Heartland’s president and co-founder.
How did Heartland Equine Rescue come about?
D&K: Heartland was initially started as a networking group that tried to bring together shelters and rescues to help find homes or rescues for equine in need. From that we formed the actual rescue group and began the intake of equine into our care.
How is it funded?
D&K: Heartland is funded on donations only. We do not receive any federal funding for the work we do. Sadly a lot of our expenses come out of our own pockets at this time.
If supporters want to volunteer some muscle, what are a few types of chores they can help out with on fostering farms?
D&K: Loading and stacking of hay, cleaning stalls, installing fence posts.
For folks who want to provide help with purchasing products, what sort of things are needed?
D&K: We can always use halters, lead ropes, de-wormer, fly spray, horse treats, fly masks and hay nets. They can also inquire about the types of feed we are feeding.
How can anyone wanting to help cover expenses with financial contributions go about it?
D&K: On our website we have a link to our PayPal via email@example.com, or ,they can inquire and we will give them a mailing address to send a check. We are in process of getting a PO Box.
What's what ... ?
Since everyone isn't in the know about what some (or even many) horse supplies look like, or where to find them, I'm putting together a few pics (with clickable links to amazon.com) for you below.
This isn't a push for you to buy horse rescue supplies from amazon, it's just a means of letting you see how easy it is to buy a mask, or a lead rope, halter, or even de-wormer without having to drive to a farm and feed, or horse speciality shop to make a purchase and then mail, or hand-deliver it to a rescue.
However, if you want to buy from amazon and have it shipped to one of the Heartland foster farms, then woohoo! We're already grateful!
The horse-model is my sister's mare, Touching Fire. She went from rescued horse to personal therapist and yes, she still up for short rides when she's feeling well. She's had a challenging spring and summer, after surviving a tornado strike on our friends' farm, where she's lived for many years, to loosing her "adopted sister" Little Star, to cancer several weeks later.
Horses are intuitive and deeply emotional creatures and we're grateful for the prayers for her recovery. She's since moved into a new area here at our residence and her presence has been a huge blessing to all of us and many of our friends and neighbors as well.
Our thanks to our friends Kelly (of Heartland) and Chelsea Randolph (horse trainer) for lending a hand with safely transporting Fire to her new home. Although she spent years being just a couple miles away, it's beyond awesome to wake up in the morning to her nickering just a few yards from my window.
God is good and we are blessed.
Enjoy the mini-slideshow.
Click any link below to view any of these items on amazon.
For de-wormer, I encourage you to contact Heartland to have them advise on a brand.
Thanks so much for visiting and reading. Remember, the horses you help to survive today might be the therapist helping someone overcoming health challenges in the future. Or they might just get to be the friend of someone who will derive great joy from simply admiring and caring for them, ensuring they’re loved for the rest of their lives.
If you have questions please contact Heartland via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via their website at http://heartlandequine.webs.com. You’re also welcome and encouraged to leave questions or comments here on this post.
Heartland has hundreds of followers on the social networks. If each of them donated just $1 a month it'd be more than enough to keep the fostering facilities well maintained.
That’s it for this one!
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