* New wheel hubs for the 2000 Exiss Stock Trailer: we are running on the originals which are pitted and therefore, the electric brakes are not as efficient as they should be: estimated $500 repair
* Four (4) new tires to replace the original equipment on the 2000 Exiss Stock Trailer - our main means of transport. This trailer has covered 1,000's of miles in efforts to save lives and is needing a "new set of mocassins".
* Donations to the Annual Hay fund to purchase 240 round bales at $45 each
* Three (3) Little Giant Wall Bracket Bucket holders - $6.97 each at Mill's Fleet Farm (Six (6) have been fulfilled!)
* Fourteen (14) 8' long treated 2"x12" planks for Laddee's Memory Bed
* Ritchie automatic watering unit in the big barn for the Gelding's Pasture
* Strongid C to top dress PONY!'s daily feed for parasite control (PONY! tends to colic and he detests paste dewormers!)
* Twenty (20) treated 4"x4" posts - 6' in length
* $500 to sponsor a rescue and save a horse's life!!!
* Building Fund donations to support the construction of the badly needed Hospital!
* Keeping us on your prayer list!
Refuge Farms is a totally volunteer organization that relies on your support to save a life! Thank you for your continued support and for allowing us to work in this world of horse rescue!
* Isaac's next visit in early May will be time for deworming, as usual, and vaccinations. The spring round of deworming is the chemical fenbendazole. The brand names are "panacur" or "SafeGuard". Each tube will treat one 1,250 lb horse. Our big horses require two tubes to treat. The total needed for the herd and the rescues will be 28 tubes. Common retailers are Stockman's Farm Supply and Mill's Fleet Farm. It is late in the day and the UPS truck pulls into the yard. I'm not expecting anything, but a box from Tractor Supply is handed over to me. Sure enough, the box is addressed to Refuge Farms . . Not able to wait until I get into the house, the box is torn open in the driveway and Tracy reads the packing slip as I am standing staring at the contents. Dewormer! Tubes of SafeGuard dewormer are in the box! Penny E. of Chippewa Fallshas adopted three horses through Refuge Farms. And now, Penny also cares for The Herd at THE FARM by supplying us with our spring deworming supply. Many, many thanks to you, Penny![/i]
* Power washer for cleaning and spraying the barns - a 2200 psi washer with resevoirs for soap and bug control formulas would be ideal. Electric or gas motor. We really aren't fussy, just in need of a power washer! I don't know who gifted us this, but a glorious 3000 psi power washer with soap option and five (yes, 5!) nozzles was in the back porch last night when I returned home! Whoever you are, bless you! Thank you! Thank you!
* 55 gallon Rubbermaid (or similiar) storage tubs with lids to store the horse's winter blankets in the barn this winter. We are in need of at least eight (8) tubs. "Please accept our sponsorship of the blanket containers for The Herd. We would like to donate them in memory of Ole' Man Cole and with thanks to you for your exceptional care of him. Our family was very taken with him. How do you explain that just one look at Cole and he would stay in your memory?" Jim & Linda J. of Eau Claire, WI.
* Two telephones are needed: One wall hanging phone is needed in the old barn. We must have telephone access in each barn for emergency situations and currently the old barn has none. And another cordless telephone is needed for the office of THE FARM. Our current telephone was a clearance telephone and the batteries no longer take a charge. It is cheaper to replace the telephone than to replace the batteries. Go figure! When the box arrives, I will need to wrestle Little Man for the contents. You see, in the box will be some homemade treats for LM and two new phones for THE FARM!!! Thanks to Linda & Jim J. of Eau Claire, WI a telephone conversation won't have to be cut short because the phone battery is about to give out! Or sometimes, I just simply am cut off leaving me scrambling to contact the person again to tell them that I did NOT just hang up on them on purpose! Thanks, you two. And yes, I'll be sure to give LM the box to lick!!! What a great way to begin the year! Thank you!
* A new flat screen monitor for THE FARM's main computer. Our current one has "etch-a-sketch" growing in it!! In other words, it is flat worn out (pun intended)! This is quickly becoming a major issue! An anonymous donor has contributed a beautiful flat screen HP monitor that does NOT have areas of etch-a-sketch right in the middle of it! And a mouse and keyboard were also included. Many, many thanks! This seems like a small issue, but it can be frustrating and lead to errors! And heavens! I make enough of those on my own!
* We have been so very fortunate so far. Even though we have a metal barn with metal gates and metal feed tanks, the chance of fire is still existent. It seems only smart that fire extinguishers be installed in the big barn. A total of three, I believe, could be strategically placed and insure that regardless of where the fire would break out, we would be able to extinguish it. Obviously, the units must be able to withstand the heat of summer and the frigid temps of winter. And we would need the wall mounting style. Then we celebrate when we never need to use them! Most of you will remember when Keller was amongst us. Keller was, indeed, a very special dog who spent six glorious months with us and taught the meaning of true love every single day. Well, one of the people who supported me during my time with Keller was a young lady named,Kristin R. of Robbinsdale, MN. Kirstin would drop by THE FARM, unexpectedly, and leave cases of frozen hamburger and bags of rice so I was never short of the supplies needed for Keller's meals. Throughout the time since Keller has crossed, we have talked via email but always I knew that in this woman was a Sister in Rescue. Yesterday, Kristin and her husband, Mike, visited THE FARM. Now Mike, Kristin says, is a City Boy. But I saw Elizabeth push (yes, push!) Miss April out of the way so that Mike could scratch her back and sides. Both of these people have hearts as big as the outdoors and I am happy to say that they seemed to see the beauty in each and every one of the creatures living here in these barns. In the back of their car, was a supply of fire extinguishes. Eleven (YES, 11!!!!!) newly charged, all weather, assorted sized fire extinguishers complete with mounting brackets! My heart is still screaming in joy at just the sight of them! Thank you, Mike and Kristin! Thank you for your hearts that work so diligently in transporting those dogs who need your help. Thank you for your help with Keller. And now, thank you for these absolutely beautiful fire extinguishers!!![/i]
* Ebay Item # 150470555171 is a good winter blanket for Gracie. It has a tail flap and also a neck hood for her. The price is $79.95 plus $17.50 shipping. She is more fragile this year than last year and so extra care will be needed to make sure she is warm. A sponsor for this item would be greatly appreciated by Gracie!Without hesitation and with pure love,our dear Friends and Supporters in Eau Claire, WI, Linda & Jim J., emailed me and gave their support of the purchase of the blanket with a hood for little Gracie. And with this generous gift was a note that Jim, who really isn't a horse person, says he "could get used to Gracie". Imagine that! You two are so very generous and seem to just always be there when a need arises. Many thanks from Gracie who will be warmer and more protected this winter thanks to you and your huge, huge hearts!
* Elizabeth is a mare that has spent countless hard hours in a harness pulling and plowing and straining her joints. Now, in her older years, her joints are beginning to impact her mobility and her enjoyment of her days. She is sore and relief for this pain is an option. Injections (IM) are now available to promote joint support and fluid to relieve the discomfort. Previously, these same injections needed to be in the specific joint causing the pain which meant x-rays and a steady hand. Now, the IM method allows the medicine to travel throughout the body and relieve wherever the need may be. The treatments were tested in July and her movement seemed more fluid and her appetite was improved, which is often a symptom of pain relief. With the onset of fall and the cold rains beginning, it would be in Elizabeth's best intersts to put her back on these treatments until the rains have turned to snow. The cold, damp fall is the most difficult time of year for any creature - horse or human - when joints are swollen with arthiritis. This little mare is determined and so very obedient. I am obligated to be as supportive and caring to her as humanly possible. Elizabeth has more than earned the cares. Elizabeth is one lucky gal! A partnership of supporters has come together and just today (12/01/10), the plans were made for Elizabeth to begin her treatments for her arthiritis. Hurray!!! We will give her treatments for a month and then a month off, then treatments for a month and then a month off. In this way, we will keep a steady dose of the medicine in her body and her joints while not subjecting her to too many injections. This will be a long term treatment plan in hopes of preventing the episode that occurred earlier this week.
A tremendous expression of appreciation and gratitude go to:[/i]
Kristin & Mike R. of Robbinsdale, MN - and - Linda & Jim J. of Eau Claire, WI.
It is only because of the sponsorships from these two families that our Elizabeth will be more limber and relatively pain-free for the first time in her long, hard-working life as a "senior citizen". And I must say, this little mare's determination to live and fight another day is a great inspiration to all of us. Elizabeth is a "Grand Dame" and worthy of this care. Obedient, self-sufficient, and a dear pal to Big Lanna, this little mare will be greatly relieved by the powers of this medicine. Thank you Kristin, Mike, Linda, & Jim! Thank you from Liz-Beth! [/color]
* Refuge Farms is in need of two sizes of stock heaters before the winter freezes return: 1. The large round aluminum submersible ring style that sinks to the bottom of the tank. Earlier this season, the one we had started heating and was no longer thermostatically controlled - just plain worn out. The net result is we had a heater running 24 hours per day and making hot soup! Typical rating would be 1500 watts for this one.Thanks to Jim & Jane C. of Bay City, WI we have our large round aluminum subersible ring style stock tank heater! We talked briefly at The Gala and sure enough, a brand new 1500 watt heater AND the accompanying heavy duty extension cord magically appeared at the doorstep. And just in time! This heater works so well and is keeping the large tank open and warm for the special needs horses living in the Gelding's Side of the big barn. Thanks to Jim & Jane! Such nice people!
2. The smaller submersible tank heater intended for the newer poly style stock tanks. Either that or the small round aluminum submersible ring style that sinks to the bottom of the tank. The several that we have in use are "iffy", at best. These are typically in the 750 watt range.The tank heater for the Helen Keller tank had to be thrown away. It had a short in the power cord and would work intermittently. But more than that, it worried me about electrical shock to either the horses or those of us in the barns. So, a Stockman's gift card given to Refuge Farms in January 2011 by Anne M. & Roger B. of South St. Paul, MN was used during a special sale to purchase a replacement heater. Thanks to both of you! We really, really needed this tank heater!
* As I stand and watch Jeri-Ann, Babee Joy, and Lanna eat their feed, I now understand why some of their feed remains in the bottom of their buckets. Their heads are too large to allow their lips to get to the bottom! Now these are big horses!! Stockman's Farm Supply carries a Fortrex black rubber 20 quart flat backed feed bucket. It is the largest I have found and I believe these little ladies could then get to their full ration of feed. The buckets retail for $15.99 each. And we could make really, really good use of three of them!Kristin and Mike R. of Robbinsdale, MN drove out to THE FARM very early in January. We talked of Blaise, who had just crossed, and these dear Friends of THE FARM showered us with gifts. One of the gifts was a Stockman's gift card. The next day, I ordered these feed buckets and have received and paid for them with the gift card from Kristin and Mike. Thank you! From me and the "big ladies" in our barns!
* Several 10' - 12' outdoor heavy duty grounded extension cords to run stock tank heaters. They seem to be failing almost daily. Of course, some that are failing my sister gave me back in the early 1990's... [/color] Many, many thanks to Linda and Jim J. of Eau Claire, WI who supplied THE FARM with four (yes, 4!) "EXTREME COLD" extension cords - all 25 feet in length! And get this! When they are working, the plug lights up! That will save time and frozen fingers! Thank you, Linda & Jim, for thinking of us once again!
Gracie is in need of support in the form of cares, medicines, and equipment to help her feet heal and her life be restored to as close to "normal" as possible. Here is a listing of those supporting Gracie in her journey to recovery:
* Colleen B. of Eau Claire, WI made a generous donation in support of Gracie on 01/28/11
* Spring de-worming sponsorship: 32 SafeGuard tubes and * Spring vaccinations consisting of three vacs (Rabies, West Nile, 4-Way) for each horse
Both of these items for the Spring of 2012 were fulfilled by two (2) generous grants:
The AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) granted Refuge Farms ten (10) vaccination sets for our efforts in the frontlines of horse rescue. We will use these vacs on those horses that we rescue and therefore use other funds to purchase the replacement vacs for The Sancutary Herd. Thank you, AAEP!
The Equine AAEP Student Class at the U of M Equine Center applied for a $500 grant to support a class visit to THE FARM to vaccinate and deworm the horses of THE FARM - rescue and sanctuary horses alike. The students were given hands-on experience with all sizes and shapes and personalities of horses and Refuge Farms has a herd ready for another summer season. Thank you to Dr. Julie Wilson, DVM for coordinating this effort and to Dr. Erin Malone, DVM for being the on-site practitioner.