Things are coming together in this effort, thank You Jesus and donors!
As of today, I am sending $500 to Kate’s daughter for her, and Monday a volunteer and I are going to Livingston, TX to pick the mares and foal up from their foster home. That will get them into a knowledgeable horse home again, important as two of the mares are apparently expecting foals soon, and the current foster has never handled foaling before.
My church family has been over the last 3 nights, working on stallion runs for Jangles (coming back) and Two-Bit (his son my son had kept) to keep them separated from each other and the mares. All posts are in and gates hung, and some fencing hung and stretched, and one of them will be finished for Two-Bit by Monday. The other will be finished before we bring Jangles back home, as I do not want any more unauthorized breeding! I hate not knowing when the foals are due…it is alot of undue stress.
I have been told about 2 small shelters for those two that can be gotten for $250, so am working on raising those funds.
A donor has covered the gasoline expenses to go pick up the mares Monday, God bless you!
A donor has also sponsored Lillie and her foal, these are the horses Kate is retaining ownership of for her therapy and to give her a reason to keep going. This donor will be covering Lillie and foal’s feed and hay, bless you!
A donor has sponsored the other 3 horses feed bills, which is a huge relief to this paycheck-to-paycheck single mother, bless you!
Kate has one more skin graft surgery this coming week, and then it is my understanding she is being released to a home in Austin for the rest of her recovery. Once she is settled I will be seeing if it is possible to take a mini to visit her there every now and then.
She has lost a leg to the fire and part of a hand, so I will be looking into training Lillie or her colt to being handled from a wheelchair. I am not sure what costs will be involved with that, if any. Lillie is the mare pictured above, and again, she will be Kate’s therapy horse.
If anyone would like to sponsor Lillie’s farrier bill ($30 every 6 wks) and/or regular care costs (ie, worming, vaccinations, and such), please let me know.
I will need about $150 travel expenses to go pick up Jangles, as he is nearly to the TX/AR border when I googlemapped the town where he is! If anyone can help with that, it is greatly appreciated! At this point, what I have left to raise is:
$400 to finish paying Kate for the agreed on price of the horses,
$150 travel to go get Jangles from New Boston,
$250 shelters for the stallions,
$100 gate for the extra field (already fenced, just needs a gate)
and I would love to give Kate a donation of $1,000 to help her get set back up, pay off bills, whatever. She needs clothes, personal items, etc…EVERYTHING was lost to the fire. I was told by one person, You know that isn’t going to equal much really for her, it isn’t going to make a dent in her bills…and I do know that. What I also know is what it can mean to her heart to know people care enough to give ANYTHING. I’ve been there myself. It’s not about paying off her medical bills. It’s about letting her know people care she lives, and is trying to live, despite everything, and cheering her on.
Any help is appreciated. Prayers and good thoughts, too!