Spirit Acres Farm Equine Rescue and Sanctuary Overview
Target demographics: Any horse inneed as well as other large and small animals In our county and surrounding Texas Counties as East Texas and South west Texas, Dallas, Ft Worth area.Our youth programs involve various ages but youth at risk will be 12 -19, we work withour Girl and Boy scout troops and now Bownies are here to learn as well. Our youngest child with special needs has been a 9 yo boy from the School system and CPS
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help with hands on work . cleaning, grooming assisting others in the daily chores and needs with horses.Preparing the feed needs, helping with the injured and the nwell. Giving time and attention to horses. Repairing and mantenance all over the farm. Mowing and weeding fields. Office Needs a pSpecia;l Person,, event planning and fundraising?? Working with Youth in various needs they have to address, A DD, ADHD, lot of tutorial and support has to be shared.
Geographic areas served: Texas, Southwest and USA
Programs: Learn to ride , clinics and seminars to educate in responsibilites of horses and being a guardian (replacement word for owner), TLAER education and preparedness, why you want to be prepared for disasters and accidents that will strike us all with our animals, Schooling horses so you can be with this horse forever, Why Rescue?,
our equine friends. Our basic steps are the 4 r's
rescue rehabilitation, revocation, retirement
Our goal is to provide for the care and security of our horses in a natural lifestyle, to work with local humane orgs to care for any horse in need, to provide education to the community concerning the health and care of horses, and to provide support for the youth at risk and the community service requirements in our county.
This year we are having trail ride that is focused on rasing money for emergency equine eqp. that can contribute to saving lives 1. a glide(gurney) $2000.00 for moving a downed animal, various accesories to protect the animal(a horse). A Sling to help a downed animal be raised up and support life forces while it heals. A must in many cases as in fires for air lifting horses to safety. .
We raised funds to surgically remove a large tumor on a 21 year old mare thought to be not worth the medical challenge by some and she has done well with gifted surgical hands at work and is back at play and a year has gone by and she has been a grand survivor! We fund raise using Global Giving as part of the focus for medicines and much needed money for Vets services and equipment, But this is only part of the challenge,
This year our fundraising focus has gone to feed and needs that are a daily drive to provide for the many horses we care for our feed alone is a $1000.00 (US) a week. Farrier needs for horses hooves is a regular focus as it is a health need as well and we must raise $500.00 a month to keep up and dental funding is raised as it is an annual care routine at $5,000.00 total a year on the average and this service requires a Dental Expert so all emergency needs can be met . So many horses need dental work when they come into rescue we can't imagine the pain they feel in those lovely heads with loose , broken, sharp points on teeth, and yes infections, We also look to the future, as we will need a new location for the rescue and sanctuary our growth and potential community demands and needs direct this vision.
Another need is a trailer outfitted for emergency work that can be used as an ambulance to serve whereever when a horse needs to get to a Veterinarian, hospital etc.., a need many horse owners face unsucessfully as it may take special handling and experience to accomplish this need.