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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  

what is and has gone on at the farm in the past few months plus our annual fund raising drive and holiday open house details

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