Bear with me all, you haven't been subjected to one of my "I have been thinking" posts in a while
This one has been some time in coming , a couple of situations have presented themselves in my circle of influence, that have me wondering . Both are about horses , and struggles , and both are too far away for me to do what my natural reaction would be , which is to just go and help where I can .
One , and elderly man with failing health , has several horses, varying ages , and not a lot of training . By that I mean , handled and well cared for , but due to his age and failing health , not necessarily broke to ride in any discipline . These are nice horses , in good flesh and quiet , but not particularly marketable . And should this fellow , become more ill or frail , the situation can and likely will go down hill in a huge hurry .Family are not close by , and are while worried and wanting to do something , in a quandary as to exactly what to do .
The other situation is ,also far afield from me , horse owner and breeder of purebreds , good quality stock , well handled , shown trained . Has first been faced with challenges of ill family members, a economic sh*tstorm and if that was not enough a personal health crisis that was very nearly catastrophic.
I am not "naming names " because I don't really feel it is helpful to the situation, and also unlike the blog out there who purported to be "for the horses" and essentially was a huge cyber bully I am not here to "out " anyone or hurt them. I simply wonder if there is something we in this huge equine and blogging community can do .
Some of us have seen a situation, and done some fund raising, great work , to all who have done it! And I am not saying we cannot continue to do that. But one of the things brought to my attention , was the need for simple "hands on help" unloading bales , holding horses for vet care and farrier , filling water tubs etc.
Not every problem can be solved by us throwing money at it , and thank goodness for that , because , not to many of us have money to throw!
I am lucky in that my family is close by , many of them involved in the horse industry themselves , and I have great friends who are also willing and able to step up as needed . We have worked together, many of us for over 20 yrs in the industry ,and I know , a phone call is all it takes to get a crew to help me, and the same in return. But what about those who are not as blessed to be close to aid?In my life it is practically unheard of to be far from family , but many folks have had to move across the country for work, or other reasons , and what of them?
So tell me about your area, does Animal control offer any support services?
4 H groups?
A friend suggested a high school program for equine studies doing a project
I know there are rescues out there, and in some cases that is an option, but they are overloaded, and some cases are not yet at the rescue point. Can the industry support one another and become more sustaining ? or are we destined to have the wins , and losses , with no middle ground.
One thing that would be good to have is some sort of ,I don't know data base (I am waaay to big a techno bumpkin to figure out how ) , or something that would link us to other horse folks in the area. In Alberta we have a couple of groups , horse clubs etc , and also the Horse Industry Association that sponsors a conference each year, bringing the horse owners and breeders together as well as trainers, and clinicians for a yearly conference. They also issue updates and education on management etc. The Mane event is a huge scale conference every year that also brings together the industry but in a different level. What I am talking about is a network of like minded folk who are willing to share their time and or knowledge in their region .
As I said , the situations I am talking about are far too distant for me to just hop in the truck and pitch in, though I am trying from my end to do what I can .
Just wondering if we could ? how we could ?Or am I just a silly Pollyanna believing in fairies and rainbows.
Any thoughts would be appreciated, Meanwhile stay safe!
Welcome to Fern Valley
Here in central Alberta prime farm country,my husband Martin and I work together raising beef cattle and Appaloosa horses. Fern valley appaloosas have long been known for their quality of temperament conformation and color.I have recently rediscovered a love of writing and have published 2 collections of poetry. "Telling Tails" and Tails Trails and Campfire stories" . I look forward to a future spreading my wings as an author and as a horse woman .