We are still looking for 10-15 more solid, Christian men and women to volunteer for the summer at Haven Acres. A heart for God and a love for kids is a must. No horsemanship experience necessary. Commitment would involve weekly training in April and May as well as a 2-4 hour/week commitment one day a week in the summer and/or fall months. We need volunteers by April 9th as that is when training begins. For more info, please visit www.havenacresmn.org/get-involved
It’s been a tough week. Fix was injured a week ago, a puncture wound that apparently went all the way to the shoulder joint. We have no idea how it happened. We’ve checked the fenceline and everything in their paddock, and we cannot find a source for the injury. These things just happen sometimes. After several days of antibiotics and pain medications and cleaning the wound, he was still not improving, so the vet came back out and performed an ultrasound. The ultrasound revealed that Fix had infection in the joint, and there wasn’t anything really to be done for it on the farm. Taking him elsewhere for a procedure would have not only been extremely costly but also very painful for him to travel. We allowed several more days for the antibiotics to work, but we didn’t see any improvement.
Yesterday we let Fix out of his stall to eat and stretch his legs, and he slowly wandered down to the gate of the paddock where he used to stay. He started pushing on the gate with his nose, clearly letting us know that he wanted to go in and hang out with his friends. Though it was very taxing for him to walk on three legs, he went out to graze with his buddies. After a while, he laid down because he was in so much pain. After several hours, he was still not getting up, so the vet instructed me to administer another dose of pain medication. After 4 or 5 hours, he finally got up, but by that time the sun was not shining, and he was wet and shivering from laying in the snow. Although he was standing, he was in a great deal of pain to walk, and we had quite a ways to go to get back to the barn. I haltered him and urged him forward. He took several painful steps by sitting back on his haunches and hopping forward on his good leg. Then he stopped to rest. I patted his neck and face and encouraged him to take some more steps. I pulled on the lead rope gently at first and then with more and more force, but he would not move. The pain was too great. Tears began rolling down my face as I begged him to take a few more steps toward the warmth and comfort of the barn. Still no progress. He just couldn’t get up the strength to take another step.
Then something amazing happened. Solomon, a big bay 10 year old rescued race horse, came over to help. He sniffed Fix and realizing that there was a problem started to gently nudge Fix’s hind end with his nose. Fix came forward another couple of steps. We rested for a few minutes. As I started tugging on the lead rope again to no avail, Solomon reapplied light pressure from behind with his nose. This happened two or three more times, Solomon offering the support and encouragement needed until we were through the gate and up by the barn. We were able to get his blanket on him and give him a warm mash with apples and carrots and put him in his stall for the night.
I will always have a special appreciation in my heart for Solomon, for his persistent but gentle assistance. He demonstrated such love and concern when his friend was in need. I wonder if we do that for each other?
The incredibly difficult decision was made to have Fix put down. This morning Fix breathed his last breath. We cried with him and thanked him repeatedly for his amazing service to all of us at Haven Acres. He knew he was dearly loved here, and he served out his days well, always with a willing, patient, and gentle spirit. Many people were greatly impacted by him, and we will be forever thankful for the time we had him at Haven Acres. He will always live on in our hearts.
“A friend loves at all times.” –Proverbs 17:17
Meet Jubilee and Liberty!
We are thrilled at the privilege of rescuing these two chestnut fillies! Due to their start in life, they have never received any kind of medical attention and care. Because of this, they have high medical bills and have already needed almost $1,000 in medical costs alone.
We need supporters to contribute another $4,000 for their care and training. They will need more vet visits to finish all their shots, deworming, bloodwork, and even ultrasounds! Liberty and Jubilee both have a possibility of being pregnant, which could also add future medical costs. We also anticipate needing additional fencing and shelter for them and their possible babies.
We are asking for people who would like to have a part in Jubilee and Liberty’s stories of healing to offer support in a financial way. Whether $5 or $500, a donation of any size will be gratefully used! Please consider helping us rehabilitate these two lovely girls to a life full of purpose, joy, and hope. God created these two little horses and He is weaving a story through them that can teach us all about the restoration and healing He can provide.
We are running a fundraiser through Facebook since Facebook does not charge fees for non-profit fundraisers through their platform. Find our fundraising page on Facebook here.
If you would like to donate via PayPal, click this link.
We understand that some people would prefer not to donate online, so feel free to write out a check to Haven Acres and send it to 2820 245th St E, Hampton, MN 55031.
Look for Jubilee and Liberty’s rescue story in the upcoming newsletter, and make sure to follow their continuing story on Facebook!
For more information about Jubilee and Liberty, click here.
We raised $263 dollars through the Picaboo Cards-for-Causes fundraiser!
Thanks so much to everyone who ordered Christmas cards!
This extra funding came just in time to help us pay for extra medical expenses for a wound our horse Fix got just last Thursday. He looks like he got kicked in his shoulder, resulting in an open wound and a terrible limp. The biggest worry has been that he cannot put any weight on that leg. He can hobble around, but he will only touch that toe to the ground once in a while. He is on stall rest, pain medication, and we are still trying to figure out what is wrong. It looks like he might have an injured nerve, which he can recover from with months of rest.
So thanks a million to those who supported Haven Acres in this way!
Please be praying for Fix, that we can figure out what is wrong and have wisdom about how to help him best. He is one of our sweetest, most reliable horses, and we all love him very much.