The Running Horse
A Bi-monthly Newsletter from Horse Play
June - July 2012
Message from Aidan – the Alpha Mare
I can feel it – summer is almost here! I know it’s the flies – they’re baaack! Even with fly spray – BUT – we’ve been going out into the Alpaca field lately (they are away doing alpaca stuff) and we’ve been eating their grass – lovely, long and juicey grass and this year’s hay is here too! So far a great Spring! Even if I had to do “pony rides”!
Aidan is a “20-something”Thoroughbred mare, rescued almost 20 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”) 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.
A Message from Deidre
Our mission includes more than just rescuing, re-homing or providing permanent sanctuary for horses – it’s about gratitude, understanding and learning – always learning. We want to thank everyone who helped make our Open House a success; all volunteers – Mandy, Garry, Natalie, Lutz, Debbie, Chris, Lori, Dean, Jan, Mel. Sage, Carla, Caitlyn, Chance, the Ashleys, the music – Jason Vallcourt, Melt into Place and The Innocent Bystanders - the vendors, Allie’s Tack & Feed, Newport Art Museum, Sheila Ryan, Newport Playhouse, Preservation Society of Newport – Everyone who helped, donated and/or attended – THANK-YOU! We saw some familiar faces and made some new friends and the weather was superb. We’ll do it again next year!
But in the meantime, summer is almost upon us and we are hoping to have a great one! We are in the process of scheduling several workshops – Medicine Horses – Adventures in Equine Experiential Learning (these will also include some in creative expression, art and movement) Evolutionary Horsemanship Workshops on Natural Hoof Care, Evolutionary Horsemanship Workshops on Becoming the Leader Your horse Wants you to Be, Intro to Bridle-less Riding, Understanding the Medicine Wheel – we also want to schedule our Fall Ride/Walk and Fun show and hope to maybe have a Poker Ride too – and just because the time has come – we seriously need to have a barn painting party – looking into having the supplies donated and all of these happening will be scheduled within the next week. A separate Announcement will go out and all will also be included on our website!
If anyone is interested in participating and/or helping out please contact us. We always need volunteers as well as fosters and horse sponsors – you participation in any of these events can help us help the horses.
Since our beginning in 1999, we have helped over 210 horses. We are 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.
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. Last year we placed 9 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.
BUT – any amount will help.
In addition to providing rescue, shelter, adoption and sanctuary, Horse Play also offers the following ; riding instruction, horse training services, hoof care - 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.
Medicine Horses Workshops – Adventures in Equine Experiential Learning which is suitable for everyone - it enhances self-awareness, self-esteem, responsibility, living in the moment and promotes leadership skills.
Donations may be mailed to Horse Play, 143 Gilbert Stuart Road, Saunderstown, RI 02874 or you may pay online through Paypal (accepts credit cards). On our website at the “Donate” button or just go to www.paypal.com and our account name is email@example.com
You can help. Please consider a tax-deductible gift to Horse Play or for more information feel free to contact me either by email - firstname.lastname@example.org or phone - house/office # (401)294-3565 or cell (401)864-2943
*** Note*** We are currently working on a webpage which will list the horses on our “waiting list”. If you need to place a horse we’re happy to place the info on this page – However – we will need photos and all vital info on horse – age, size, disposition etc! We can not help you place your horse without information on the horse.
Please contact us for info on the horses available for adoption at Horse Play – there are several and we’d be happy to discuss your needs/wants as well as particulars on each horse - we do not list them online.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Gandhi
Who We Are
Horse Play is a Rhode Island based non-profit equine rescue and sanctuary. We provide rescue, rehabilitation and sanctuary for abused neglected & unwanted horses.We provide adoption services for horses deemed adoptable those that are not have a home here for the rest of their lives.
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.
· To develop and present educational programs and printed media, clinics and seminars on the responsible care, ownership and training of horses.
· To provide equine experiential learning and healing programs to veterans, emergency services personnel and others in need.
· To provide an all-ages literacy program.
We are a 501© 3 tax-exempt organization supported solely by public donations and grants and stafffed entirely by volunteers.
If you’d like to stop by for a visit, please give us a call first. We love visitors but want to make sure someone will be available to show you around.
Follow our blog at http://herdwhispers.blogspot.com/
we’re also on Facebook – www.facebook.com/horseplayri
"The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different." Hippocrates
Evolutionary Horsemanship – the basis for all equestrian pursuits
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 .
The last 4 years have brought many changes in the way we are now interacting with the horses at Horse Play. We are getting rid of the terms "work", "school", and "train" and replacing them with play, bond, teach and connect. Much is done at liberty and the horses are given choices - we establish ourselves as leaders (not about dominance) - no reprimands, no punishment - no "my way or else" - this has led to amazing results - great manners, interest in participating, better focus, eagerness and all around really good behavior. They do what we suggest because they want to, not because they have to, and thus in situations where we really need them to comply, ie the vet, trailering, farrier, dentist etc, they are much more willing! The methods we use, I call Evolutionary Horsemanship and I will happily share it with any who would like to learn - humans or horses. With any luck, I am hoping to get some videos of our methods up on our website, blog (see link below) and Youtube soon! It's not about "what can the horse do for me" but “what can I do for the horse".
And here 'tis –the blog - www.evohorseman.blogspot.com - check it out - there is alot of info - Best bet is to scroll to the right and read the posts in chrono order - or whatever you like - but take your time - this blog is to enlighten and educate and hopefully some of you will be interested in learning more and I will gladly share with you! ALSO - please note that any and all fees for services are a direct donation to Horse Play - I do not get paid for any of this - and feel free to contact me, comment or whatever with any thoughts, ideas questions etc - thank-you for taking the time to read this!
For more info on any of this, please contact Horse Play at email@example.com or (401)294-3565
TO BE ANNOUNCED – finalizing dates
FOR SALE – 100% proceeds go directly to the care of the horses here at Horse Play
**** Lots of kids paddock boots – brand new!! As well as Adult Field and Tall boots, horse boots, bits (lots of them), saddle pads plus loads of blankets – all weights, sizes
2-Horse trailer w/dressing room - all-new EVERYTHING! – this was donated to us this past summer and we hate to part with it but the horses can’t eat a trailer! Please contact us for info and price
NEEDS AND WANTS
Looking for Round Pen Panels – 10 or 12 footers - any color or finish, as many as you want to sell or give away. Contact Deidre (401)294-3565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org *****
Horse Play is also currently seeking donations of tack – English saddles, 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! 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 and they are tax-deductible.
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.
First, there are numerous ways to help Horse Play
Volunteering - that is what it is - helping out - whether it be cleaning paddocks, stuffing envelopes, manning a table or booth, grooming or riding - everyone gets their hands dirty - kids are welcome but generally best if 12 yrs or older.
Sponsoring - Sponsoring a horse is a donation of a "committed" monthly amount - any amount - you can specify which horse, although the funds go directly into the general horse care account - any horse here can be sponsored - the sponsor receives our newsletter, updates and pics of the particular horse and if local, sponsor may visit, groom and if suitable, play with and ride the horse. Sponsorship donations are tax-deductible.
Fostering - the fosteror provides a suitable facility for the horse and assumes care (except farrier and vet expenses) to inlcude feed, water, shelter and exercise/riding - we provide guidelines for feeding,exercise,etc - the fosteror gets first choice for adoption and will allow Horse Play to show the horse to prospective adopters - all fostererors sign an agreement detailing all aspects of the foster care. Feed and bedding costs are tax-deductible.
Adoption - the ultimate - what we strive for - a permanent, "forever" home - adoption entails total care of the horse (with some guidelines from Horse Play) - there is a contract involved and the horse cannot be sold, traded, given away or removed from adopter's custody. If any problem or concern arises, the horse is returned to Horse Play. Horse Play also reserves the right to visit periodically (with 24 hours notice) and if situation is deemed unsuitable for the horse, it is immediately returned to Horse Play. We do not list our available horses online (with exception of a couple listed on Petfinder.com) due to the fact that we receive an absurd amount of bizarre inquiries and we feel it is best for someone who is serious to give us a call first and we can discuss needs, wants and who we have who might be suitable - then we go from there. Also note adoption fees will vary but we try to keep it affordable.
** Adoption requires a bit of a process - first one must come visit and meet the horse, then an application with references must be completed, next a rep from Horse Play will visit the facility where the horse will be kept and if all is well, the prospective adopter will be required to visit the horse at Horse Play several more times to play,hang out with and ride. This isn't like picking out a new pair of shoes, we are about finding the right match so that all will work out for everyone concerned - especially the horse. We have helped over 200 horses since 1999 and in that time we have had 4 returned and we have had to retrieve 2. Also note, horses here are brought along to become friendly, multi-discipline, family-type horses. We take the time it takes to get them there. We DO NOT adopt out youngsters or green horses (liability issues). While our method may seem time-consuming and possibly limiting, it works. So if you are looking for an equine friend and partner, you may find him or her here.
The last 4 years have brought many changes in the way we are now interacting with the horses at Horse Play. We are getting rid of the terms "work", "school", and "train" and replacing them with play, bond, teach and connect. Much is done at liberty and the horses are given choices - we establish ourselves as leaders (not about dominance) - no reprimands, no punishment - no "my way or else" - this has led to amazing results - great manners, interest in participating, better focus, eagerness and all around really good behavior. They do what we suggest because they want to, not becuse they have to, and thus in situations where we really need them to comply, ie the vet, trailering, farrier, dentist etc, they are much more willing! The methods we use, I call Evolutionary Horsemanship and I will happily share it with any who would like to learn - humans or horses. With any luck, I am hoping to get some videos of our methods up on our website and Youtube soon! It's not about "what can the horse do for me" but What can I do for the horse". Here's the new blog with more info
For more info on any of this, please contact Horse Play at email@example.com or (401)294-3565
Horse Play is a non-profit organization that operates an equine rescue/sanctuary in Saunderstown, RI. We have been in operation since 1999 and have helped more than 200 horses. Our equine sanctuary provides rescue and rehabilitation for abused, neglected, unwanted, and/or slaughter-bound horses. Many horses come to Horse Play because their owners can no longer afford to keep them, children outgrow or lose interest in them, some owners do not have the skills or knowledge to provide proper care and many horses are just considered “disposable” – if the horse isn’t winning, it goes to auction and possibly slaughter. Most of these horses also have health and/or behavior problems. We use humane, communication-oriented “teaching” methods in our training/retraining, provide quality vet care, feed and lots of love. Some horses are eventually placed in approved adoptive homes. Those horses who are “unplaceable” live out their lives at the Sanctuary. All life is sacred here.
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.
To develop and present educational programs and printed media, clinics and seminars on the responsible care, ownership and training of horses.
To provide equine experiential learning and healing programs to veterans, emergency services personnel and others in need.
To provide an all-ages literacy program.
We love visitors but please give us a call first!
Ph# (401)294-3565 - leave your contact info if you get the voicemail and we'll get back to you.