I've been thinking about getting a horse for me. The kids are very limited on where they can ride when I'm not with them so it would be nice to have a horse I can go out on. I love horses, I always have and riding is just another way I can get exercise (I'm not the kind of person who can exercise just for the sake or exercising, it has to have a purpose).
We get lots of horse magazines, the kids get subscriptions as gifts and pay for the rest themselves. One thing that is always talked about is the number of unwanted horses out there for adoption. So I decided that if I was going to get a horse I wanted to adopt.
You'd think it would be easy right? The first problem I ran into was organizations that have high adoption fees, like $1,000-2,000. Wow, we've never paid that much for a horse! We always go for the cheap models. The second problem I ran into was the lack of response when I called or emailed the organizations. They just never call back.
I hit upon a great organization yesterday, High Sierra Wild Horse Sanctuary and Gentling Center. The head of the center not only emailed me back but invited us out to take a look at the facilities. The great thing is, they are located in our valley! It broke my heart to see how many horses were there. They specialize in mustangs and work with the BLM. Right now they are pretty much full so there were lots of horses to look at. They are always looking for volunteers to groom and love the horses so I think we will be doing that a few times a month. Another thing we are going to be doing is fostering a horse, if she works out we will adopt her. I'm really excited about this opportunity.
As with all rescue organizations they are always in need of financial assistance. If you or anyone you know is looking for to donate to a non-profit please consider this organization!