Monday, September 14, 2009

Gearing up for the Winter

Well summer is rapidly comming to an end. I love the cool air of fall, the return of the green in the fields and the sweet smell of the fall rains but also fear what this winter will bring us. There are still hundreds of thousands of people out of work and and several thousand of them are finding their unemployment benefits tapped out. This not only means that more people can't afford to feed and care for their animals, but it also means that they can no longer afford to make donations to charities.

I have been working hard this past several weeks to be as ready as possible for the onset of rescue cases that I fear will come our way. New fences have been built, shelters are being reinforced, mud control put into place, hay is being stored and supplies are being gathered. I hope and pray that I will not be forced to turn any animals away this winter but have a terrible feeling in my gut that there will be more then I can handle on my own.

Here is a photo of the new no climb horse fence that we put around our winter sacrafice areas. This was a lot of hard work and expensive but definately necessary. Now barring bubble wrapping everything, this is a very horse safe area.

One of the things that I do here at HART to raise funds is buy and sell tack and horse related items. I have recently purchased a really cute little two horse Logan Ranger II slant load trailer. If you or anyone you know is interested in the trailer, please call or email me here at HART. I also have several nice saddles and tons of other tack items. We will have a booth at the Canby Tack Sale in October so make sure you come and check us out. I'm also going to work on putting together a tack for sale area here on the blog. Be patient!

In addition, if you have any horse related items you would like to donate or sell let me know and I'll come pick them up and give you a reciept for your taxes.

Hopefully soon Studly, Pokey, Boss and Pal will be up for adoption. We are having a forteiture hearing on the 29th. This also means that Studly, Pokey and Pal will have to be castrated so if you can spare an extra $1.00 or two, please send it to Carlton Vet c/o HART and it will be used to help pay for the three castrations.

Thank you everyong for your continued support. All help, money and supplies are ALWAYS appreciated!


Farmgirl_dk: said...

Hey Jamie - can you talk a bit about what you've done with regards to mud control? This is something, I think, all of us in Oregon have to deal with if you have large animals and wet conditions.
Also, if you do run out of space and need temporary shelter for anyone, my 3-stall barn (and fenced property) is currently empty.

Jamie Cheslock said...

Thank you Farmgirl for the suggestion and the generous offer.

rngovvet said...

Hearing's on the 29th?
Not 11/11?

Jamie Cheslock said...

The 29th is the forfieture hearing. The jury trial is in November.

I am not afraid of death and I am not selfish therefor no animal shall suffer at the hands of my weaknesses.