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Happy Holidays from H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut 2011 Holiday Greetings! I would like to take this opportunity to express my admiration for Patty & her co-caretaker’s gentle & knowledgeable care of each & every horse. I am a more recent volunteer & have always loved all animals from early childhood on, yet, the size of a horse & its four powerful legs do intimidate me. The horse & I can only communicate if there is a fence between us, however, I have seen them come to the farm bedraggled, underweight & depressed & only a few months later that bedraggled horse is hardly recognizable. The coat is shining, the body is filling out, the head is held high, mane & tail are gorgeous & there is a spark in the eyes. They usually have found a paddock friend & they also have regained their trust of people. This is the splendid & hard work of Patty & the volunteers. These wonderful people perform miracles, yet, they could not work these miracles if it were not for the many generous friends who send in donations &/or sponsor a favorite horse or two. Both elements are needed to make these miracles happen over & over again. If you have never been to the farm, please consider visiting us. Our Newsletter, Yahoo & Facebook groups inform you of dates & times when Patty plans some special event & we all can admire her gorgeous creatures. They are gorgeous believe me. I never stop being overwhelmed. The farm is a very simple one; it is not a people’s farm, hardly any people comforts; it is a horse farm, solely for the comfort, joy & freedom of these magnificent animals. A newcomer joined our herd; Jett is a 2 1/2 year old female donkey. She is beautiful, sweet & playful. Her owner was not able to handle her, therefore, (this is not a surprise) she was welcomed with open arms to the farm. Jett has a lovely black coat with some silvery shades under her chin & the longest most beautiful ears this writer has ever seen. She loves just about everyone & everything. That love is not necessarily reciprocated by all our horses: some like her, some are indifferent & ignore her; some just do not like her, some have made friendly overtures & some are deathly afraid of her. She is unaware of the fact that she has aroused so many different emotions & likes to romp around with whoever is willing. In the meantime Jett, noticing that no farm rooster was in residence performing a rooster’s tasks, immediately assumed that responsibility as a thank-you to everyone for the wonderful care she was receiving by providing unabashed & proudly her most voluminous wake-up call. Needless to say not all residents are particularly delighted that for everyone a quiet night’s rest has come to an abrupt halt but Jett is determined to continue performing her duty. Our most recent addition to the farm is a wonderful animal, Wilbur, a 27 year old ex-race horse. He was seized from a farm in Wethersfield & is a neglect/starvation case which is now going to trial. His rescue occurred not a minute too soon; he was in deplorable condition & very close to death. He has myriad physical problems, was covered with ticks, & his tail was full of burrs. Wilbur has been nursed lovingly by Patty & our volunteers & is now being treated by a veterinarian with positive results thus far. Wilbur will survive & become the beautiful animal that he really is. Not so lucky was his paddock mate, Shiloh, an Arabian mare, who had to be euthanized due to extreme neglect & starvation. During her last hours she was surrounded by Patty & Laura’s compassion & kindness while her head was cradled in loving comfort. We received an “in Memory of Shiloh”


note from one friend of the farm that we would like to share here: “In memory of Shiloh: Sweet Shiloh, we never met. Yet, I know that you endured pain & agony at the hand of Man. I apologize for the indignities suffered. But then one day you must have felt that warmth & kindness was enveloping you. Someone cradled your pretty head & gave you comfort & solace. Be at peace, sweet Shiloh. ~ A Friend.” Wishing you happy holidays, peace & joy during this holiday season & through the New Year, M. Palma-Sponsor

H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut, Inc.

Wilbur gets his teeth floated the day of his arrival

Midway through his recovery

Weighing a healthy 902 lbs in November

Suggested Donations... 

$10.00 Bag of treats

$75.00 Rain Sheet for one horse

$20.00 Stocking Stuffer

$100.00 Spring Shots for 1 horse

$25.00 Two bags of grain

$150.00 Winter Blanket for one horse

$30.00 Five bales of hay

$200.00 1 Month pony care

$50.00 Sponsor horse of your choice

$250.00 Feed one horse for 1 month

Or $____________________ (amount of your choice)

Annual Holiday Open House & Festival of Horses! Don’t forget our holiday open house being held on Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Take a tour & meet all our wonderful horses (don’t forget some carrots &/or apple treats)! Shop for the horse lover in your life at our silent auction, boutique, tag & tack sales or take a chance on a prize from our raffle! Nibble on delicious goodies & take a few home from our baked goods table. A parade of horses will take place from 11 am to 12 noon & pony rides will be available for children from 12 to 2 pm. H.O.R.S.E. of CT is an approved 501 ©3 non-profit, all volunteer organization that was founded in 1981. We have celebrated our 30th year of rescuing, rehabilitating & finding homes for our deserving horses, ponies & other equine friends.


H.O.R.S.E. of CT December 2011 Holiday Letter