Where : Once In A Lifetime Farm, 121 Tarklin Rd, Smithfield RI 02814
Winter can be so boring and by January we are all itching to get back into the competition ring. Well here is your chance, chip the ice off and join us for a super fun show series! There are classes for everyone, great food provided by Dee's catering (the best horse show food you'll ever eat) and HEAT!
*Ample trailer parking;*A HEATED 1500 sq ft lounge area with 3 bathroom stalls*Bleachers that seat up to 100 people. *Indoor warm up and competition! Also you will be helping horses in need - The show office fee has been waived in order to replace it with a donation to local rescue, Horse Play!
My name is Deidre Sharp. I’m the founder and President of Horse Play. I am writing to ask you to consider giving to Horse Play’s Annual Campaign and Hay Drive. Horse Play is RI’s only 501(c)3 non-profit equine specific, full-service rescue & sanctuary and your gift is tax-deductible.
Red - His name is Red – a humble name for a noble horse. A grandson of the great
Secretariat, he ran for his food – for 7 years – until he was 9 and became too slow and “old”. He amassed almost a million dollars for his owners, but with no retirement fund, he was sold and re-schooled to become a jumper. He didn’t fair too well. A family bought him for their daughter who lost interest after just a few months. He was fed and his stall was cleaned but his feet were horribly neglected for over a year. When the decision was made to sell him as the owners didn’t want to pay for a horse no one was using, he didn’t pass his vet exam (due to his hooves) and rather than pay to have his feet corrected, the owners decided to send him to auction. Lucky for Red, the barn manager intervened and his owners were persuaded to surrender him to Horse Play. His hooves were trimmed, his diet changed, arthritis supplements added and he hasn’t taken a lame step since. He is a star lesson horse and also an artist. Now at 15, he is happy and healthy.
Corsair is a 13 yr old Welsh Cob & Thoroughbred cross. He developed behavior issues from a poorly fitted saddle banging on his spine due to weight loss and was eventually surrendered to Horse Play in August of 2011 when his owner ran into financial problems. He had sustained a serious eye injury requiring extensive veterinary care. The good news is his eye and vision are all ok but we took a hard hit in our funds paying the vet bill. Corsair is just starting to get into the swing of things here and we hope to find him a loving forever home in the spring.
On Nov. 6, 2011 we discovered one of our old timers, Murphy, had sustained a very nasty laceration to his leg – the cause of which is a great mystery. The vet came out and it was decided that Murphy would be treated with compression wraps and antibiotics and pain/anti-inflammatory drugs combined with stall rest. The other alternative was general anesthesia and attempting to stitch the wound but there were huge concerns regarding Murphy’s age and overall health. His is a wait- and see situation and will result in additional vet care costs but we are hopeful that he will recover and soon rejoin his paddock buddies.
These are just 3 of the 26 horses here at Horse Play. All have similar stories. Their lives were saved by Horse Play. The recession/economy has created an overwhelming increase in the number of horses surrendered to our rescue. We provide an alternative for many people who can no longer afford to keep their horses and otherwise would have to send them to an auction which, again due to the recession, most would go to slaughter. Horse slaughter is a cruel, tragic, inhumane death that no living creature deserves. Horse Play serves a purpose much like a dog/cat shelter only for horses. This year we have placed 8 horses in adoptive homes but have also taken in 10. We have been operating at an over-full capacity since 2008 with at least 5 horses always on the waiting list. At present we are supporting 26 horses and the average cost is $275 per month per horse. A $25 donation will buy hay for one horse for one week.
Beginning right now and continuing thru Dec 24 - Horse Play is holding an ornament swap - for a donation of $15 or more - you send us a small photo of your pet (or your family) name(s) included and we'll put it in a photo ornament on our Holiday tree and in return you will also receive an ornament with one of our horse's photos and a bio - Ornaments are approx 3 - 4 inches - Christmas character theme- snowman, gingerbread, elf, santa etc – see examples below
Here's how – Fill out the attached order form - make your donation - either by mail (include your photo and return address) - Horse Play, 143 Gilbert Stuart Rd, Saunderstown, RI 02874 - once received, we'll send your ornament right out.
or thru Paypal - our paypal acct is firstname.lastname@example.org - note "ornament swap"- then send us an email include photo and mailing address - and we'll get your ornament right out to you. If you are local, you may also drop by - just give a call (401)294-3565) or email a day ahead to make sure we're going to be around.
And - Horse Play is taking orders for Holiday pies, breads and cookies -
Pies - large, deep dish - Apple, Pumpkin, Pecan - $15 each
Cookies - Gingerbread, Decorated Sugar, Almond Joy - super big cookies! 5" each - $12-$15 per dozen
Call, stop by or email your order (use the attached order form if you like) - you may pay by check, cash or thru paypal - see instructions above *please allow us time to prepare your goodies as these are all made to order
Ph# (401)294-3565 Email email@example.com
In addition to providing rescue, shelter, adoption and sanctuary, Horse Play also offers the following; riding instruction, horse training services, hoof care and summer camp too – all to help support the horses in residence. We also have a Sponsor-a Horse program, monthly workshops on horse care and handling as well as Community programs described below.
Horses and Heroes – a no-cost Equine Experiential Learning program for veterans and others battling PTSD and other challenges related to stress, trauma, abuse, violence etc.
Horses as Leaders, Teachers and Healers ( HALTAH)- an Equine Experiential Learning program which is suitable for everyone – enhance self-awareness, self-esteem, responsibility, living in the moment and promotes leadership skills.
Reading & Writing with Horse Play – an all-ages Reading/Writing Program – also offered at no cost.
Since our beginning in 1999, we have helped over 200 horses. Horse Play is supported solely by public donations and staffed entirely by volunteers. Horse Play is seeking your help to fill our hayloft and help horses in need. This past year has seen a serious decline in funding and donations as well as a rise in feed and hay costs.
Donations may be mailed to Horse Play, 143 Gilbert Stuart Road, Saunderstown, RI 02874 or you may pay online through Paypal (accepts credit cards). Just go to www.paypal.com and our account name is firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Mission Statement Horse Play is a Rhode Island based, 501(c)3 tax-exempt equine rescue and sanctuary. We are supported solely by public donations. We’re staffed entirely by volunteers. We provide rescue, rehabilitation and sanctuary for abused neglected & unwanted horses. We provide adoption services for horses deemed adoptable, those who are not, have a home here for the rest of their lives. Our website is www.hptrc.org It is our intent: • To provide rescue, rehabilitation, and sanctuary services for abused, neglected, and/or unwanted horses. • To provide placement & follow-up services for rehabilitated horses and permanent sanctuary for horses that cannot be placed. • To help put an end to neglect and abuse through education, community outreach and awareness media, clinics and seminars on the responsible care, ownership and training of horses.
• To provide equine experiential learning and healing programs to veterans, and others in need
• To provide an all-ages literacy program..
You can help. Please consider a tax-deductible gift to Horse Play or for more information feel free to contact me either by email – email@example.com or phone – house/office # (401)294-3565 or cell (401)864-2943
Thank-you so much for your time and consideration.
Deidre Sharp - President Horse Play
Horse Play Ornament Swap Order Form
To order ornaments:
Please make your donation of $15 or more – mail a check and order form (include photo) Horse Play, 143 Gilbert Stuart Rd, Saunderstown, RI 02874
Or Paypal – www.paypal.com – our acct name is – firstname.lastname@example.org – please note “Ornament” – also include name of pet or person and you may email the photo or send via mail
*** No photo – no problem – just send us your pet’s name and breed – will include it on an ornament
Your name ________________________
Name of pet or person ________________
Your address __________________________________________
Your phone # __________________ Your email _______________
Ornament _____ $15 ea Total ________
Your Horse Play ornament will be sent to your return address
Horse Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Saunderstown, RI.
Horse Play, 143 Gilbert Stuart Road, Saunderstown, RI 02874
The Running Horse A Bi-monthly Newsletter from Horse Play Issue May - June 2010 Horse Play EIN: 05-0506340 Website: www.hptrc.org Email: email@example.com
Message from Aidan – the Alpha Mare I knew spring was coming! The grass is growing and the bugs are coming out. The big rain wasn’t much fun although the geese and Prinny enjoyed the pond it made in our field. Prinny loves mud!! It’s nice too ‘cause more folks are coming around visiting, grooming us and giving treats – love those treats!
Aidan is a 23 year old Thoroughbred mare, rescued almost 18 years ago and a “co-founder” of Horse Play. Fresh off the track, she was loaded with baggage (she lived up to her registered name “Slightly Nasty&rdquo and a severe hoof injury. Her strong, dominant persona made things very difficult at first – but over the years and with proper teaching, she has become an incredible partner, teacher and friend. Almost adopted several times, her “alpha” nature proved her undoing and she found a permanent home here at Horse Play. She is the alpha mare of the big herd here. She will also contribute her opinions and stories on the herd’s blog at http://herdwhispers.blogspot.com/ The blog will have stories and observations by all the horses and a couple of humans of Horse Play. A Message from Deidre
As always, thank-yous are in order. After all, gratitude is what it’s all about. Thank-you to all the regulars (you know who you are!), Allie’s Tack and Feed, Emily & Nicole Ball, David Burnham, Fran Hamilton, The RISPCA and Dr. Finocchio, Sheila Ryan, Sue Healey, John & Kim D’Ellena, Cathy, Rachel, Emma, the Dyers, Laurie Sturdevant, Lynn Smiley, Carla and Nina, Frank Nolan, Kathleen Knudsen, Elise Maggiacomo and Gian Malozzi.
Last year we had a lot of fun with Summer Camp so we’re going to do it again this year – here are the dates of the sessions - June 28 – July 2, July 12 – 16 and August 16 – 20 – time will be from 9:00am – 3:00pm) – suitable for ages 7 and up. Contact us for more info.
Next, The Sandman is our newest adoptee thanks to the timely fostering of Lynn Smiley of Brassring Farm. He’s a 15 yr old, 15 hand bay Arab gelding. Available for adoption in the fall (we hope!). And also we’re keeping our fingers crossed but Luna and Ginger – our 2 thoroughbred mares who’ve been fostered for almost 2 years may have found a permanent place at the home of Dr. Alan Post and family. This is super as they will be about half a mile from Horse Play! And big, big, thanks to Holly Foley and family for the great care they provided over the time they spent on their farm. ***Also and update on Montenapoleone (Pepper) *** He’s been re-named again – this one will stick! He’s now known as Dante – it mean enduring and that he is – as well as endearing.
See us at the RISPCA Ride on May 2 at Goddard Park – we’ll have 2 horses participating who are available for adoption Also there is still time to sign up for: PAR for the HORSE Come play some golf, enjoy a cookout and help horses in need! Date: May 2, 2010 Place: Jamestown Golf Course, 245 Conanicus Ave. Jamestown, RI, www.jamestowngolf.com Time: 9:30a.m. sharp 9 holes of golf and a cookout, raffle and silent auction will follow Price: $50 includes cookout Contact Horse Play (401)294-3565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
And the BIGGEE Our Annual Open House on Saturday, May 29, 2010 from 11:00am - 5:00pm at the farm. The address is 143 Gilbert Stuart Rd. Saunderstown, RI,02874 Phone (401)294-3565 Email: email@example.com Website www.hptrc.org There will be raffle prizes, silent auction – stuff for everyone, food, drink, meet-n-greet the horses, live music, vendors (handmade jewelry, herbal products, henna artist, horsey stuff, crafts, and more), demos, and others. Come visit and experience some Horse Play!
“They too, are created by the same loving hand of God which created us...It is our duty to protect them and to promote their well-being.”— Mother Teresa
Evolutionary Horsemanship What is it? It is a way of keeping and working with horses that considers the “whole” horse – diet/nutrition, health (physical, mental and emotional), hoof care, age, conformation, as well as stable management practices. It incorporates many methods and variations of Natural Horsemanship – but- it is not just another Natural Horsemanship method, it’s not just “round penning” and it’s not your grandfather’s way of horse training. Why evolutionary? Because we’ve hopefully evolved to more humane, communication-oriented methods of horse teaching and moved away from the more dominant, aggressive methods of whips, chains, tie-downs and punishment. Evolutionary Horsemanship encompasses much more than basic groundwork and riding skills. It’s about building a relationship, developing a partnership and strengthening a bond. It encompasses all that is “horse” with an emphasis on natural. Join us for free workshops, demos, and clinics – dates to be posted soon!
Horse Play offers riding instruction, horse training and farrier service. Also “Horses and Heroes” - a program for veterans, Kids After School Literacy Program and some Equine Experiential Learning workshops – contact us for more info.
Horse Play is happy to announce the opening of our Used and Consignment Tack Shop – right here at the farm – come browse or sell your “stuff”. Our commission rates are great – 10% for saddles and 15% for everything else. Feel free to contact us for more info. Hours: Usually Monday – Friday Noon – 6:00p.m Saturday 9:30a.m. – 3:30p.m. and Sunday Noon – 3:00p.m. Please give us a call or email if you need something in particular.
May 2, 2010 – 9:30am –?pm - PAR for the HORSE - Place: Jamestown Golf Course, 245 Conanicus Ave. Jamestown, RI, Price: $50 includes cookout - Contact Horse Play (401)294-3565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
May 29, 2010 – 11:00am – 5:00pm - Annual Open House - The address is 143 Gilbert Stuart Rd. Saunderstown, RI,02874, Phone (401)294-3565, Email: email@example.com, Website www.hptrc.org There will be raffle prizes, silent auction – stuff for everyone, food, drink, meet-n-greet the horses, live music, vendors
Workshops, clinics, etc will be scheduled in the next week or so. Check our website or give a call
NEEDS AND WANTS
***URGENT*** Looking for Round Pen Panels – 10 or 12 footers - any color or finish, as many as you want to sell or give away. Also we really need a horse trailer! Two–or-more horse, in good condition and inspected - Contact Deidre (401)294-3565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Horse Play is also currently seeking donations of tack – Western saddles, rope halters, saddle pads/blankets, bareback pads, bitless bridles – sidepulls, hackamores or the Bitless Bridle, helmets, anti-sweat sheets/coolers, and as always – cash donations. Remember, we are a non-profit organization and any donation is tax deductible.
Horse Play always needs volunteers! From cleaning paddocks, to grooming and exercising horses, mailing letters to planning fundraisers and annual campaigns, the horses depend on you. Also you don’t have to be an equine expert — if you’re interested in working directly with the horses, you can sign up for our Safe & Humane Horse Handling/Intro to Evolutionary Horsemanship Class. Just contact Horse Play and say you want to volunteer—the horses will thank-you for it!
“Past the seeker as he prayed came the crippled and the beggar and the beaten. And seeing them...he cried, "Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?"...God said, "I did do something. I made you." - Sufi Teaching
How Your Contributions Help Horses at Horse Play
Your donations, memberships, sponsorships, service and merchandise fees go directly to the care and support of the horses at Horse Play.
Annual expenses for one horse (approximate)
Routine Vet Care (no emergencies) $210.00
Hoof Care $450.00
Routine Dental Care $75.00
Total for 1 horse $2585.00
****Please note we currently have 26 horses **** This is just for basic horse care. No training, equipment (saddles, bridles etc), emergencies, utilities, rent, maintenance or administrative expenses. Also, Horse Play is staffed entirely by volunteers – no paid employees.
To Sponsor a Horse or To Make a Donation Horse Play is staffed entirely by volunteers. Every donation goes directly to supporting the horses. All of our funding depends on your generosity. A $15 dollar donation buys a bag of grain. A $35 dollar donation buys dewormer for 10 horses. 50 people donating $1 each buys 6 bales of hay. You can make a difference. Horse Play has several ways for you to make that difference. Sponsor a horse of your choice. We have several options for sponsorship. This also makes a great gift! We can help you find out which way is best for you. Please Contact: Deidre Sharp Horse Play PO Box 660 Exeter, RI 02822 Phone (401)294-3565 or (401)864-2943 Email email@example.com Website: www.hptrc.org
My name is Deidre Sharp. It is my hope that this letter finds its way to your desk, your eyes, and most importantly, your heart. I am writing with the same hope for change that was in my heart when I voted for you a little more than a year ago. I’m not writing about joblessness -although I’ve been unemployed - or healthcare - even though I don’t have health insurance, or even the mortgage crisis – don’t have one of those either – I am writing to you on behalf of America’s Wild Horses – the American Mustang. Please Mr. President, I’m asking you to take a look at the Bureau of Land Management and the inhumane and unnecessary round ups which are occurring right now with total disregard to the welfare of the horses they are supposed to protect. This agency appears to have its own agenda – eradicate the mustangs. They also seem to be above the law which is apparent in many of their actions. The 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act is supposed to preserve wild horses and burros in more than 300 areas of publicly owned rangeland in the west. It forbids their exploitation, harassment and removal. Now only 30 million acres remain of the 54 million acres designated primarily for wild horse use in 1971. Over 100 herds have been completely removed by the BLM and many remaining herds are too small to insure their long-term survival. The BLM's current policy of eradicating these herds is also completely against the wishes of the American public. It’s all about cattle grazing (private stock on public land?) and special interest groups. The horses not facing any imminent threat to their well-being such as drought, wild fires or illness – the only threat is that from the hands of humans. The most recent and ongoing “gather” of the Calico Herd Management horses has resulted in 43 deaths – all inhumane and unnecessary. While a few of the horses were much older and thin, several died or were euthanized from issues resulting from feed change, 20 mares aborted foals, a direct result of this “gather”. It is noted that most are “in good flesh”. However, the most horrific is the account of the foal who had to be euthanized because he was losing his hooves. This colt died needlessly and with great suffering. Please take the time to read the accompanying Veterinarian Report and essay.
January 22, 2010
Black Rock East
History and Report on Sloughed Hoof Foal
This foal was received at the Indian Lakes contract holding facility from the Calico
Complex gather around 1/6/2010. He was fed and watered for a day and when noticed to be lame was removed from the general population and placed in a hospital pen. On 1/8/2010 this horse was treated with phenylbutazone (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) and penicillin (an antibiotic) for presumptive sole bruising and abscesses. No abscesses were noted at this time but there was some foot swelling suggesting hoof trauma. During the next 5 days the colt which was nine months old was fed and watered in the hospital pen and observed for body condition and lameness. He was retreated on 1/13/2010 with phenylbutazoneand penicillin.
Sole abscesses and potential hoof sloughs were noted. Both hind feet were flushed with
betadine (an antiseptic) and bandaged with gauze, antibiotic ointment and tape. The colt was slightly improved after treatment but over the next couple of days spent more and more time lying down. On 1/18/2010 the 2 hind feet were examined again. Multiple hoof sloughs were noted and the foal was euthanized for humane reasons. The cause of these hoof abscesses/sloughs was most likely hoof trauma from the gather operations.
Richard Sanford DVM
The Death of the Calico Colt
An Essay by Ginger Kathrens
He was wild and free, roaming the vast expanses of the rugged Calico Mountains with his mother and father and the other members of his family. This would be his first winter, a time when life slowed down for all the wild ones—the elegant pronghorn he watched on the distant horizon, the tiny pygmy rabbits that foraged in the sage brush undergrowth and darted into their dens when he tried to touch them, the fat sage grouse that were some of his favorites.
When he was just days old, he heard their strange, booming sounds and saw the males strutting and displaying for a mate. When he wandered toward them, it was his father who gently guided him home. His mother softly nickered to him. She smelled of sweet sage and invited him to nurse.
Then, one day while his mother and father and the others in his family were quietly foraging, conserving their energy in the growing cold, he saw his father jerk his head up.Ears forward, the stallion watched and listened and the colt did too, mimicking his father.The colt could hear a rumbling drone. In the distance, he could see something flyingtoward them. It was even bigger than the majestic golden eagles that soared over his home. It came closer and closer, dropping low over the sage. The drone grew into an ear shattering roar. His family began to run and he followed, galloping beside his mother where he would be safe. Mile after mile the menacing, giant bird chased them. His legs ached and he wanted to rest, but he could not leave his mother. He kept running, struggling to keep up. Fear gripped the Calico colt.
Then he saw a horse in front of his father and it too began to run. Safety must be ahead.His family followed the stranger and suddenly they were trapped inside walls of steel.His father tried to jump over the wall but it was too high. There were two legged animals running at them with long sticks and something white that fluttered madly. Suddenly, he was separated from his mother when a two-legged moved between them, striking out at him with the frightening stick and the fluttering bag. He was driven into another corral.When he whinnied for his mother, she answered. He raced around the corral calling for her, but found his feet were too sore to run anymore and he stopped. He could hear his father calling and he knew the proud stallion had been separated too. The colt answered him. He could see his mother through the bars of his cage and this gave him strength and hope.
Days passed. It was cold and there was no place to get out of the wind. In his home, his mother would have led the band below a rocky outcrop that blocked the wind. The colt began to fear he would never again smell the sweet sage of her breath or taste the warm milk she offered to him. His feet, so sore, became worse. Shooting pains darted through his whole body when he tried to walk so he moved as little as possible, hobbling a few steps to eat the plants the two-leggeds had thrown on the ground for them. One frigid morning, the two leggeds came and drove him into a truck with others that were his age.The pain was constant now and when the truck moved out, he stayed on his feet but the pain riveted him with every jolt and bump. He called for his mother, but there was no answer. Would he ever see his parents again?Hours passed and the truck moved onto smoother ground and it turned into a place where he could hear the calls of his kind. He whinnied as loud as he could, but the answering voices were unfamiliar. The two-leggeds drove the colt from the truck into a bigger cage and he struggled to keep up with the other foals. Some of them were limping too. His eyes scanned the horizon, looking for something familiar but the flat horizon looked nothing like the land of his birth.
Days went by and he spent hours laying in the dirt, the pain growing. He could feel something happening to his feet. His once strong, dark hooves were beginning to separate from the bone designed to hold them fast. He laid flat and closed his eyes, imagining the home and family he feared he would never see again.The two leggeds walked toward him. He wanted to jump up and dash away but he could not. Over the next few days he grew too tired to move at all. The wind howled and as it began to snow, he closed his eyes for the last time and dreamed of his family. Then two leggeds came again and killed the Calico Colt.
In death, the lively spirit of the Calico Colt was released to roam free once more. He has
returned home to his family and the land of his dreams. He is not just a statistic. Neither
he nor what he symbolizes will ever be forgotten.
(Ginger Kathrens is a filmmaker, author, and founder of The Cloud Foundation, dedicated to preserving our mustangs on public lands. The Foundation is calling for a stop to the roundups that are robbing public lands of our legendary, native wild equids—the very embodiment of freedom for many Americans. The Calico colt is only one of many who have died as a result of the ongoing roundups this year alone.)
*Actually, as of today, February 2, 2010, a second foal had to be euthanized for the same injury/trauma.
Now, Mr. President, if a regular citizen had done such a thing to a horse, they hopefully would be caught and sent to jail. Are these the actions of an Agency whose duty it is to protect these horses? This appears to be a blatant disregard of the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act at the very least, if not just sickening cruelty and disregard for the animals’ welfare. In these round ups, the horses are “driven” for miles by a helicopter. In the past 2 years, at least 205 horses have lost their lives as a direct result of these “gathers”.
I am not just another “horse hugger” (although that’s not a bad thing), I am an equine behaviorist, educator and the founder and president of Horse Play. Horse Play is a non-profit equine rescue and sanctuary located in Saunderstown, RI. We even have several mustangs here. We clean up the mess the BLM creates when they adopt out wild horses to totally clueless individuals. Most importantly I am a human with a heart and conscience. While Ginger Kathren’s essay may seem to some as a bit anthropomorphic, I assure you it isn’t. Horses are incredibly sentient, intelligent and social beings. The herd is the family. Family means everything to them – to all horses actually. Existence depends on the herd. The round ups and holdings create incredible, unimaginable amounts of stress on these animals and it really is inhumane and unnecessary.
I realize this isn’t on the scale with healthcare reform or the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but it does impact the economy and the American taxpayer’s wallet. At present, more than 33,000 wild horses are in government holding facilities. The cost to taxpayers is $100,000 a day. The scheduled removal of 2,500 from Nevada will bring that total to more than 35,000 and the cost will rise. Again, please look at the number of horses in the holding facilities. As more are “gathered”, more will end up in one of these facilities. It is delusional of the BLM to think that many of the horses gathered will be adopted. Our farm is full to the limit with many well-trained, younger horses available for adoption – but I can’t adopt out if no one wants a horse. There are ads in papers and websites offering horses for free – again, young, well-trained, great horses. No one is adopting anything right now – it is highly unlikely that folks will adopt the “wild “ones. Please take another look at the number of mustangs who weren’t adopted – the ones in the holding facilities. Then take a look at the BLM and its current agenda. All unnecessary.
So, Mr. President, I hope you have taken a moment to read this. I hope you will take some action and fully investigate the BLM. Civilizations were built from the backs of horses. The American Mustang is an icon of freedom. If the BLM continues this decimation of the American herds, the wild horse in America will become extinct – and extinction is forever. Please help prevent this.
If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me. Also visit the following websites
His real name is Montenapoleone – named after the most expensive and elegant district of Milan, Italy - the most important street in fashion. When we met, he was called Pepper. A 15.2 hand grey Thoroughbred gelding, he was born on the Haras Santa Maria de Araras in Ocala, FL. His pedigree is one of greatness – his dam by Alydar, and great grand-sire, Seattle Slew. He won almost $200,000 in 4 years of racing –ending up in New England. Skinny under a winter coat, Pepper seemed to be fairly old. Arthritis and previous injuries have permanently fused both front fetlocks. He’s kind, gentle curious and surprisingly resilient. How did a relatively successful horse, who seemed destined for greatness, end up in a pathetic circumstance which came to a head on December 10, 2009? That’s a story only he can tell and he’s not talking.
Horse Play is a non-profit equine rescue and sanctuary located in Saunderstown, RI. On December 10, 2009 we were going about our business of caring for the 22 horses in residence, when we received a call from Dr. E J Finocchio, President of the RISPCA. He asked for our assistance in rehoming a couple of horses in an endeavor dubbed “Operation: Noah’s Ark”. Although we were pretty maxed out space-wise, we agreed. “Operation: Noah’s Ark” was the rescue of some 136 animals – cats, dogs, chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, pigs, a llama, 15 equines and other assorted animals that had been surrendered to the RISPCA from Bonniedale Farm in Glocester, R.I. The former owner of Bonniedale had been operating a private sanctuary of sorts and had fallen into dire financial difficulties which culminated in his eviction – leaving all the animals in the care of the bank which had taken over the property. The RISPCA was called in to clean up the mess - a huge undertaking by a small agency in a small state. So when all the animals were signed over to the RISPCA and Doc called, we rallied our troops (a couple of volunteers with trucks and trailers) and headed up to Glocester.
I wasn’t prepared for the scene on my arrival. The place had definitely fallen on some hard times. Dr. Finocchio, Dr. Scott Marshall (the Rhode Island state vet), the Glocester ACO and Joe Warzycha of the RISPCA were on hand as well as numerous other volunteers and prospective adoptees. Doc greeted me and we went to the barn to see the 2 horses Horse Play would be adopting. Wading through the piles of garbage in the “office” and down the barn aisle, there were pet carriers, some with cats, others with chickens waiting to go to their new homes. Several horses watched as we made our way down to the last stall on the left. In the back stood Thunderbolt, an old-timer, probably about 30, his graying face looked very sad. Doc said he wanted us to take him as his chances of being adopted were slim-to-none even though he seemed to be in pretty good shape. I agreed then we went back up the aisle a few stalls where a handsome bay gelding was watching the goings-on. His name was Leo. Doc asked us to take him too as even though he is in good health, he is blind in his left eye. In his mid-teens and with visual impairment his adoption chances were also limited. So that settled that, and while Dr. Marshall gave the rabies vaccines and drew the Coggins, I signed the adoption papers for Thunderbolt and Leo. Shortly after, they eagerly loaded on board our Ark and were on their way to Horse Play.
But it wasn’t over yet. The following day, December 11 was very cold and windy. Myself and my 2 intrepid volunteers, went back up to Bonniedale in the morning to help wrangle goats, ponies and pigs and offer assistance where necessary as the RISPCA had only a few hours to remove all of the animals. Leading a very strong and reluctant hinny over a semi-frozen driveway and chasing little goats with really big horns through foot-deep muck and swill will warm one up quickly. By early afternoon, it seemed as though all the animals were spoken for, except for one - the gray Thoroughbred gelding called Pepper. Doc approached me and asked if there was any way possible for Horse Play to take this horse, also saying that the RISPCA would help with his care. Doc knew this horse several years ago and had an idea about his past, touching a big soft spot in his heart. I knew we really didn’t physically have the room at the moment but I asked one of our volunteers, Donna, if she could foster him for us for a short while until we re-arranged some turnout and paddocks. Luckily, she agreed and after the obligatory paperwork was signed, Pepper, the last animal left on the farm, climbed aboard the Ark.
I really had no idea who this horse Pepper was, but my curiosity got the better of me so once back at Horse Play, I traced his tattoo. I was stunned to discover he was only 10 years old. What an indomitable spirit. He is still at Donna’s putting on some weight hanging out with her 2 mares. He will be moving to Horse Play in mid-January and reunited with Thunderbolt and Leo. Those two are doing very well and have made friends with their new herd, which include another old-timer (30 yr old former polo pony), a 16 year old Saddlebred and a two-year old Shetland/Arab/Quarterhorse. Both are sound and Leo is ridable. He will be out cruising on the trails soon. Thunderbolt is taking turns as baby-sitter and really enjoys his 3 hot meals and unlimited hay. When Pepper comes, they will all become re-acquainted. He appears to be fairly comfortable despite the arthritis. His condition is closely monitored and it is our hope to involve him in our developing Horses and Heroes program for veterans. Although he can longer be ridden, he has more than earned the right to be cared for and loved. He will join Aidan, Red, Rasa, Ginger, and Luna – all Thoroughbreds who ran for money and were almost forgotten. Even though he can no longer run, he has a place to rest and be comfortable.
Horse Play is staffed entirely by volunteers and depends on public donations for support. We offer riding lessons, horse training, barefoot trimming, summer camp and other programs which are tax-deductible donations. We have several horses available for adoption. We offer free workshops and clinics as well as memberships and a “sponsor a horse” program and have a used and consignment tack shop. For additional info, please visit our website at www.hptrc.org or contact us at (401)294-3565 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All life is sacred here. The RISPCA is also a non-profit organization. They, too, depend on the public for support. They have many wonderful pets available for adoption and offer numerous programs for pet owners. Visit their website at www.rispca.com or call (401)438-8150.
Deidre F Sharp, President & Founder Horse Play Website: www.hptrc.org Email: email@example.com 143 Gilbert Stuart Road Saunderstown, RI 02874
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