Horses In Nebraska NEED Help!!!

Discussion in 'Horse Rescue / Adoption' started by moonpi11, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. moonpi11

    moonpi11 Full Member

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    I saw this on another forum that I frequent and thought I should pass it on... The funds have been raised to save 14 of these horses/ponies and the last 15 are in limbo. Probably heading to auction tomorrow. There are fosters set up but more foster homes are needed....

    These horses are located in Nebraska. There are 29 (according to the
    > owner) mares, studs, and babies that need help ASAP! These mares are
    > all bred because the gal runs everything together. The horses are all
    > around 13 - 14hh and beautiful. The owners were working with KT's
    > Lone Cedar rescue to help get them into new homes, however due to
    > minimal handling this has not happened as quickly as the owner
    > wanted. She is now taking them to auction. She took one of the studs
    > in January and is planning on taking more on February 16th. We know
    > from another rescue that was at the auction in January that the horse
    > went for $170 to kill. This gal is feeding them, but not getting any
    > medical treatment. There is one stud that has severe bite marks and
    > skin hanging from his neck. The horses have never been wormed or
    > vaccinated or had their feet done. Heartland Horse Rescue has room to
    > take in 3 of these horses if I can raise the money to get them out of
    > there. We're trying to get the stud that needs medical treatment, a 2
    > year old chocolate mare that is visibly pregnant and a little
    > black/bay appy mare. There is another appy mare that is totally blind
    > and relies on her yearling colt that has been promised a place in
    > sanctuary at another rescue if we can get her out of there.
    >
    > We are looking to raise $150 each to get the horses out of there,
    > $200 each to get the studs gelded and medical treatment and $100 for
    > fuel for hauling. The rescues in Nebraska will take in and rehome the
    > horses that we are able to raise the funds for. (Donations towards
    > this are all tax deductible as HHR is a 501c3.)
    >
    > We would love to get more of these horses out of there, but would
    > need homes for them to go to and additional funds would have to be
    > raised for more horses. There are about 8 mares running with babies
    > that would be bred back in pasture and the others are in pens in
    > front of the property. Please help us with this. It is not the
    > horses' fault that this gal hasn't done much other than feed hay and
    > now wants to dump them at auction with not a care if they end up at
    > slaughter. We will be going to the location on Friday to hopefully
    > bring these 5 home and arrange for help with the others. If the
    > horses are not spoken for by Friday morning, she will be taking
    > horses to the auction on Saturday. I don't know which horses she will
    > take, however I would guess she will take the studs first.
    >
    > KT's Lone Cedar, Heartland Horse Rescue, Epona Horse Rescue, and
    > Phoenix Rising are currently working together to help these horses.
    > We welcome any help from other rescues or private individuals. Please
    > email HHR at cpersing@heartlandh orserescue. com if you would like to
    > donate towards these horses or help by taking one or more into your
    > home/facility.
    >
    > Cross posting would be great.
    >
    > Christina Persing
    > Director
    > Heartland Horse Rescue
    > www.heartlandhorserescue.com
     






  2. moonpi11

    moonpi11 Full Member

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    HHR went to pick up the ponies yesterday and ALL of them have been saved! ALL 21!! There was apparently a mix up with the numbers...

    I am not sure if they have all been adopted or just rescued and placed in foster homes, but check their website for info if you are interested in any! They are Appy/Shetland crosses. Many are mares in foal.

    YEAH for all the rescuers and the HUGE rescue effort that was such a success!!!!
     
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  3. beanie211313

    beanie211313 Full Member

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    I'm not really sure who this is directed to, but if you are directing this to Moonpi she is not with the rescue that you are talking about. she was simply spreading the word about these horses because she read about them on another forum. I'm sure you could contact that rescue through their website though to ask them questions.

    If what you say is true and that is the same rescue i would have some questions for them as well....
     
  4. Stormyheart6160

    Stormyheart6160 Senior Member+

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    Maybe donations have started coming in enough to be able to provide what is needed now, after all the coverage for help they got? It's a possibility.
     
  5. Shuri

    Shuri Senior Member+

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    I wouldn't give them a dime. You don't just go out and get that many horses without reserves already in place to care for them. . and since they were having to plead for the money to purchase these horses, I wonder if they have the money to train and care for them all, much less the foals that will be born. That isn't how a reputable rescue operates, getting the horses first, then just praying they can find enough donations to provide for them. Even as their little 'joint effort' with the other three rescues. Sorry, looking at the pictures. This was NOT a rescue. They bought a herd of ponies that are wild as march hares because the owner wanted them gone and said she was taking them to auction. Buying horses from a private individual simply because they might take them to auction, where they =might= be bought by a kill buyer can't be construed as 'rescue' even if you really stretch it.

    They look fat and healthy, aside from one stallion with some bite marks and even he doesn't look bad. They would probably not have fetched the price paid for them at auction right now, in this market. Now they are going to have to either undertake the -massive- mission to tame and train all those horses, or they will be trying to find adopters for a bunch of wild ponies. Good luck to them. Or maybe they are hoping for suckers who will provide a foster home and feed, vet, and train them for free so they can 'adopt' them out at a profit. They'll be on here again before long asking for money to feed these animals when no one wants to pay them for the opportunity to take home something that is maybe halterbroke if they are lucky.. . maybe a freshly gelded four year old stud with little to no handling who is like as not going to kick your head off? Folks will take the preggo mares because everyone wants to brag they 'rescued' a pregnant mare, and babies are cute, but I'd really be interested in seeing exactly what had been done with those mares and their babies in two or three years.

    Weren't they were pleading for money to buy a number of horses from a dealer to prevent them from going to auction sometime last year? Is this an annual event for them?
     
  6. moonpi11

    moonpi11 Full Member

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    I was ill aware of any problems this rescue had in the past. Like beanie said I was just trying to spread the word on the ponies' need.

    As far as I know, most of these ponies went to foster homes immediately, if not forever homes. I am unsure of the financial situation of this rescue, but if they are in dire need of funds, then there is definite cause for concern here!

    This is curious indeed...:rolleyez:
     
  7. Gentletrainer

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    Shuri you are very interesting person!
     
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  8. Shuri

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    The FOB boards make me crazy. I have never seen such a load of shameless begging in my life. Or of folks willing to just give money to
    anyone, blindly. I've seen their threads over there. And their whole
    'lost to slaughter' memorial of the stud that the owner sent to auction for
    aggression issues/fears.

    Sorry, if a rescue is using FOB as their primary means of funds, and constantly bumping their threads, cajoling and guilt tripping to get
    donations, that doesn't sound like a great business plan. And that is
    what a rescue is, a business. A non profit business. . but you still
    use the same skills to manage it.
     
  9. Bar N K

    Bar N K Senior Member

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    Heartlands site don't work. Wonder why?
     
  10. beanie211313

    beanie211313 Full Member

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    My thoughts on this are that before anyone makes a donation to a rescue or so called rescue they need to research it to make sure it is legit. It sounds like this "rescue" is having troubles or maybe not on the up and up. i don't know. i have not researched it, i don't plan on giving them any money lol.

    moonpi and i are not spokes people for this rescue lol. she was just trying to spread the word about the ponies, it's up to everyone else that wants to get involved financially to make sure everything is on the up and up with where their money goes.
     






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