Written by Colleen Fitzpatrick
If you follow us on social media, you’ve probably seen our posts about our current horses available for adoption. These posts include the horses’ age, height, training, and many key details to help potential adopters to find their right horse.
However, these posts don’t talk about the horses' state on the day they arrive at Drifter’s Hearts of Hope (DHOH). A majority come in need of good food, vet care, training, and much more. Even if the horses arrive in decent condition, they always need a few good meals and rides at the very least.
Every horse that comes through DHOH will have their feet and teeth done, receive quality hay and grain, and participate in our evaluation and/or training program. And like most things, all of these items require funding. Since DHOH is a 501(c)3 organization, that funding mainly comes from fundraisers, grants, sponsorship, and donations from our fantastic supporters.
Funding makes it possible for us to re-feed underweight or neglected animals, train young or unstarted horses, and altogether provide top-notch care that helps these horses become potential adopters’ right horse. Our fundraising efforts are varied, but a few of our key fundraisers include: annual tack sale, Art to the Rescue (an art show), and Deck the Stalls (a live auction in December). The newest addition to this list is our Hoedown, coming up on July 13th.
Our Hoedown event seeks to celebrate our 5th anniversary of rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing at-risk horses here in Colorado. We will be hosting a party at the ranch complete with a live local band "Blinker Fluid", food truck, a horse trailer photo-booth "Whoa Pony", a bounce house and more to bring the community together. It will be the event of the summer!
For events like these, we greatly appreciate sponsorship and donations of any kind, whether it be your time, horse food donations or funds. Your generosity helps us match more good horses with good people!
Written By Colleen Fitzpatrick
In the world of horse rescue, I often hear of people looking for young, sound, well-broke horses for very low budgets. I totally understand – I’d love to get an all-star horse from a rescue. I’d also love to help some of the horses that may not fit the former description, but they fit the latter: they are all-stars.
Think if you were a horse, how would your description read? In my case, I’d probably never get adopted. My back bothers me when I wake up in the morning. I have nervous tendencies (bite my nails like it’s my career). I definitely wouldn’t tie well as I can’t sit still. And I have my fair share of bruises and scars. Would you be top on the adoption list?
I’d have to guess most people, like most horses, have a scar or two. Yet they still deserve to live wonderful, happy lives.
So, I ask you to consider a “wise”, senior rescue horse. Consider a horse that might be a bit older. Might have a bump on his knee. Might need a Previcox pill with his morning feed. Might be the wrong color. Might be a little bit shorter or taller than you’d first thought. Might need a bit of extra grain to maintain weight in the winter. Might need an extra blanket. Might have a heart of gold.
Some of the best advice I ever received in the horse world was to look for horses that were good and kind. Good and kind will save you in a bind, beautiful and unblemished will not. Horse rescues are filled to the brim with good, kind, older horses that are just waiting for someone to do right by them.
Senior horses can be more life-changing than younger ones. And yet older horses, like many senior pets in shelters, are overlooked. Most people overlook older horses because they’re afraid they can’t keep up, or they’re past their prime, or they have nothing to give. The reality is that these older guys have so much to teach. They’ve been there, done that. So don’t be afraid to take the reins of an older horse and give them the chance to change your life.
We're celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign (UHVRC) - A partnership between Merck Animal Health & AAEP
Drifter's Hearts of Hope is extremely excited to be featured in the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign's (UHVRC) latest video celebrating 10 years of making a difference for horses in need. 28,000 horses vaccinated, $1 million in Merck vaccine donations, 300 equine rescue and retirement facilities in 42 U.S. states helped. Thank you to the more than 900 AAEP-member veterinarians dedicating their time and resources to help.
UHVRC is a nonprofit partnership between Merck Animal Health and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). The UHVRC provides qualifying equine rescue and retirement facilities with vaccines for horses in their care, to help protect against West Nile Virus, Eastern/Western encephalomyelitis, Tetanus, Rabies, Influenza, and Herpesvirus.
DHOH does receive vaccines through the UHVRC and we couldn't be more grateful. The vaccines that we receive from Merck Animal Health help us ensure the horses we adopt out are up-to-date on shots. It also gives credibility to our rescue that our horses are treated just like the top-quality horses you see at a show barn.
Here's to 10 more years of helping horses in need!
Learn more about UHVRC here: https://www.uhvrc.org/
We are extremely excited to announce that Drifter’s Hearts of Hope was selected as one of the winners of the 2019 Innovation Grant from The Right Horse for THE ANNIE PROJECT!
We can’t wait to work on expanding this program - our goal is to partner with all of the 24 dude and guest ranches in the CDGRA over the next year and a half and even potentially grow the program into other States. A huge thank you to The Right Horse for this opportunity as well as to The C Lazy U Ranch for working with us to develop The Annie Project! We are ever so grateful!
From The Right Horse -
"We strive to inspire and empower groups who are working to help horses in transition. We understand the significance of finding the right horse. Every adoption helps a horse find a new home with a loving family and opens a space for the rescue organization to help another equine. The 2019 Adoption Innovation Grant is being awarded to three organizations that demonstrated the most innovative plans for boosting equine adoption. Help us in congratulating three outstanding organizations for their creativity, innovation and dedication to helping at-risk horses." Learn more about how The Right Horse selected the winners for the 2019 Adoption Innovation Grant here.
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