Help for Montesano horses
Organized by: Kena Hernandez
We are fundraising to provide dental care, and special feed for elderly horses veterinary care etc. Total horses in need is 52. We have a group of dedicated horse people who are managing the dispersal. Many of the stallions had not been outdoors for years and are suffering from what appears to be vitamin deficiency and lack of exercise they all need their teeth done and several animals are severely emaciated. The worst have been rescued by a startup rescue that will need our assistance fundraising to support the 5 new rescues. None of the money will be given directly to the farm owner. We will pay veterinarians directly. Money will be given to the rescue to continue care of the elderly they took in. History: For the last 20 years neighbors have watched this farm many have tried to help and all have been turned away. Now we have the opportunity to help these animals and the owner is ready to receive help. The why.. how this happens She's a breeder. Dont know why she kept so many stallions other than it gets expensive gelding them. Currently at least 10 stallions on the property The horses have some outstanding bloodlines and she used to show them. They have pages of accomplishments. Then like so many breeders she had a hard time letting go and scaling back, kids that rode and helped moved away. she knows what they could have been and can be and should have been worth. Times change and if your not out there promoting your horses it can all implode. She has been breeding for over 40 years. She has tried too hard to keep too many and unlike many other breeders she didnt go dump all her old ones at the auction but she didnt have the resources to provide for their changing needs either. She also didn't have the funds to put them down when the time came, so she tried to hang on. She has been in a lot of trouble for 35+ year old skinny horses. She knows that she tends to forget that they get older and the horse that was just 25 last year is suddenly 35 and she didn't have a plan for that. How do you care for your aging population? Horses get a little thin and everyone thinks you should give them all away. If she did that you can bet 50% would wind up at the slaughterhouse within a year because there is too much evil in this world and those well meaning people that thought oh yea I'll take that free horse I'll save it are no better equipped to take it on Than the aging woman who loves them but can't care for so many. She is not taking her horses to the auction. It's so sad though that people will line the pockets of slaughter buyers by paying $400-800 for the horses they got nearly free and won't give a breeder that amount. She has been paying to feed them and do their feet and deworm etc for their entire lives. Probably has several thousand invested in each animal at the least. Condition of most the horses is good. But all need care.