The support form the PMR Community has been so great! So heartwarming and wonderful. We want to say thank you! Please enjoy this video by Athena Kelley, shes 15 years old and gets horses better than most :) We love her and her family...Anyway..ENJOY!!!! 11 minutes of fun!
Good Monday Morning~
I have alot of movement going on and am trying to keep everyone in the loop in Gilroy, Scotts Valley & Larkin Valley
Frank is doing wonderful in his new Home. Bella his momma now blind in one eye is fully sponsored by a wonderful woman named Bella!.
Nutmeg has been adopted (Joann haul) Momma has 2 folks interested after her surgery and baby weaned
Abby hopefully going to Julia soon. Julia may be close to having Dakota adopted.
I have a woman volunteer that I may be sending Whiskey plus one, as she has offered full sponsorship and work. She may do Wonder of Horses this season...on Buena Vista (close :)
I have rescued a very pregnant mare out of Texas . She is a brown and white paint. She would have been shipping this am to slaughter, instead she is on her way to QT. We also replaced Jack the donkey with a rescue Mule. Monies were taken out of paypal. More will be coming. I have to raise money for the haul.It is important that we have a mule out here, as we have had lion sightings. With our location backing up to open space and dense shrubbery it is irresponsible not to have a mule on property.
I submitted a request for the IS foundation Grant of $2000 to cover the surgery for Ari at Steinbeck. I believe it will be received. Aimee shared that the ASPCA grant is almost complete. With the KSBW highlighting our plight here, and the fundraiser for Ari and the Movie nite. I believe we are doing a little better financially.
Now there is a bit of sad news to share as I have been very upset about it! I allowed a volunteer to hire a trainer to come and work with her sponsored horse. The first 2 visits demonstrated a very kind/patient person with nice gentling moves and good natural horsemanship skills.
She asked if she could work with Mollie just a bit. I said yes making the mistake of trusting that her training methodoligies would remain consistent. I unfortunately was not present , Denna was in charge.
This trainer cornered Mollie until she was trembling. Denna asked her to slow down and go easy. My person left in charge , Denna, was laughed at and told "The horse was FINE!". Mollie jumped over the water trough, reared and gashed her head wide open. This trainer continued to work this poor animal until Tom came to my door enraged. I ran out and observed. Everything was shut down and I spoke to the trainer. My summary..Her agenda and ego got in the way. If you have to get a horse thru their trama shouldn't you do it on the horses timeline. Instead of pushing them over their capacilty to cope? Instead of "flooding them"? This trainer said horses have no emotions. They don't love and only care about food....She is gone now.
I am heartbroken as our poor Mollie has sustained a serious head injury. Mollie has been living at PMR 4 years. She has been in perfect health and an easy keeper.If not at PMR, Mollie would be dead.
I heard commentary was made that PMR has no business having a horse like Mollie on property. Would this person rather see her dead? It's these short sighted criticism's that grind on my nerves. If I had given Mollie an hour every single day for the last 4 years...she would be haltered, she would be touched. She has never been given the appropriate help to move thru her terror. Last attempt the trainer (a guy) lasso'd her and she blew out of the round pen, could have impaled herself. This trainer 2 dys ago mentioned she'd like to rope her, then asked if I had a squeeze chute. Thats when I ended it all.prayers and reiki are needed for Mollie and the rest of the horses here. Trauma flows like blood when its this intense. The volunteer has quit, the trainer is not welcome back. Ray Berta, Joann Hall, Julia Hyde, Carolyn Resnick, Mark Rashid, are about the ONLY trainers that will be ever welcomed here.
I am pleased to state that I have just finished my book, second round off to the editor this am...it addresses the very problem in the horse world and why the abuse continues...It's the trainers, the humans...and our poor horses suffer. Mollie may never be the same.
I ask you all to please pray for Mollie , send her reiki.
I have to continue moving forward and now raise money to get the pregnant mare and John Mule here safely. Have a good week.Keep praying.
It has been a crazy busy week. I am running with those headless chickens! (Get it, running around like a chicken with its head cut off).
The warm weather has everyone out in force and we are working!
Ari and Nutmeg are home and fine. Thank Goodness!!! Your donations made it possible to provide the very best care at Steinbeck Country Equine Hospital. They are home and we will watch Ari for 3 weeks, then take her back down for her reconstructive surgery.
We have a sponsor for Bella which is fantastic..Thank you Bella (the woman!) LOL.
May have a foster home for Whiskey & Jove...more great news.
Abby is getting ready to head to Julia's and start her training there.
We have tons of new wonderful volunteers adding to the mix! It is exciting and joyful to have everyone aboard:)
I am over-the-moon thrilled with the turn out and support that rallied on Thursday nite for PMR. I had the joy of visiting many friends and long time supporters. I saw many faces of wonderful people who have been helping over the years!
There was no shortage of great food, and the wine and apple cider were flowing. I want to thank Karen Asherah, Susan Hillyard, Rachel Parker, Rebecca from "Rebecca of Natural Horsemanship", Frances Loza and the artists from Europe who happily and generously donated art for the event.
BIG HUGE THANKS go out to Betty ~ Debra ~ Tammy ~ Lucinda~ Carolyn~ Athena ~ and Denna for all your efforts, the great help and great attention to detail.
PMR is very blessed to have the volunteer staff and love of the community!
For over five years I watched dear friends of mine take in and care for eight horses. Just the other day seven of them were put down. With every option exhausted, every possibility researched and every person contacted, the answer was NO. No one could help.
NOW STOP! If you are thinking or saying I was not contacted! Nobody reached out to me, there is a very good reason. You are not qualified. Even if you have acreage, it doesn’t make you qualified.
One horse was returned to his owner, only to be stolen out of that pasture. I have no information on that, but know that act is not connected to the difficult, heartbreaking and life-changing task of letting go of those you love and have worked so hard to protect.
Horses that have suffered at the hands of humans are the most dangerous of all equines. My experience in rescue, dealing with wild mustangs, orphaned foals, stud yearlings and more can testify to the fact that humans create the most horrific abuse cases for equines. A horse at the mercy of a “trainer” can and does become a monster.
The herd of seven was just that; horses deemed unsuitable to live. Slated for death because they were dangerous, un-managble, crazy or mean. Indeed, what have we as humans done now?
Rediscovering Horses was founded on the epiphany that a once talented trainer/riding instructor came upon, and it was life changing. To see the healing, trust and softness return to an animal in fear of its life is a beautiful thing. To completely abandon and discredit all well known and accepted methodologies of working with horses takes guts. It takes courage to go against the flow. But when one has the opportunity to witness the transformation, the subtle communication that occurs when in partnership with a horse there is simply no going back. This is the foundation Rediscovering Horses was built upon.
Abused, neglected and damaged horses need a very special circumstance to survive and be well. They carry baggage of past horrors and require an individual who understands how to create that circumstance. You cannot treat these horses like a commodity; a product to be bought, sold, ridden, traded, bred or boarded. You must begin with respect and understanding of what a sentient being is capable of. When one stops asking what the horse can do or be used for, the entire relationship shifts, and that’s when the healing begins.
It is a heartbreaking task to have to let go, and concede that euthanasia is the kindest option. The opportunity to relocate in a ridiculously short amount of time made the endeavor all the more stressful.
I am writing this note asking for prayers for my friends at this time. They feel defeated, heartbroken, stunned and overwhelmingly sad. Please send love and healing out into the universe. While the beloved equines run free on the other side, we are left behind with heavy hearts and tears.
Thanks~Lynn Hummer Founder Pregnant Mare Rescue
Posted: Thursday, April 6, 2017 12:33 pm
By David Leland | 0 comments
Plucked from a certain death in tragic kill lots of the Midwest, the eight horses corralled at Pregnant Mare Rescue off Glenwood Drive north of Scotts Valley owe their lives to the struggling non-profit organization.
Pregnant Mare Rescue, based in Aptos, has saved 235 equine lives and over 30 foals since being founded almost 11 years ago.
For a variety of reasons, horses can find themselves standing in a barn or pasture one day and purchased by a “kill buyer” at a livestock auction the next. The often-healthy horses are transported in crowded trailers to Mexico or Canada. The remains are used for anything from meat to gloves.
“It’s very sad, they use every little piece they can,” said Julia Hyde, who owns Canham Farm, a satellite of Pregnant Mare Rescue. “After a kill lot you look in the horse’s eyes and there is nothing there, they’re blank. Slowly they become more alert.”
Hyde patiently tends to the new arrivals, riding them daily, understanding their traumas, and providing much-needed love and affection.
“You have to interact with them like you are another horse,” she said, adding that leadership and body language are required. “You become a leader that’s not aggressive. Then they realize they can trust you.”
Hyde, who is assisted by nine volunteers, is a life-long horse lover. Born in the United Kingdom, she worked at stables and visited various European race tracks with her father, who traveled with the military.
She and husband Brian live in the Manana Woods neighborhood of Scotts Valley. He is vice president of marketing at WorldCom. With her four kids now grown, Hyde has dived into her altruistic pursuit.
“Horses are smart animals. People don’t think they are,” said Hyde, rubbing the muzzle of one of her fortunate ponies. “You just have to be gentle and firm.”
Hyde said that she doesn’t train the horses, she “handles” them. The result: she becomes leader of the pack. “None of them will go through a gate before me,” she said. “They wait for me to go through first.”
The goal is to rehab the horses back to mental and physical health and then find them a good home.
Two horses have been adopted during the past year, although Hyde monitors the new owners to make sure the horses are safe.
But the non-profit has expenses. A bale of hay costs $20, and only lasts three days. Hooves must be trimmed by-monthly at $70 a horse. This winter’s rains toppled fences and ruined roads. It’s a lot, considering the annual budget for the three Pregnant Mare Rescue sites in Scotts Valley, Aptos and Gilroy is only $70,000.
At 6 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at the Del Mar Theatre in Santa Cruz, Pregnant Mare Rescue is hosting a benefit private screening of “Harry & Snowman.”
The film is about a Dutch immigrant and his transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse that he rescued from a slaughter truck. Harry paid $80 for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry and Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping.
Donations are $25 for adults and $15 for juniors.
More information email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 831-588-5198 or Canham Farm Horse Rescue on Facebook.
Author - Lynn Hummer
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