Horse Rescue Fund Raiser

Now in our 25th year, we continue our mission to help the abused, neglected and abandoned horses and dogs of Georgia find their last, best, home.

Since our official beginning in 2004, hundreds of horses and dogs have been rescued, rehabilitated, rehomed, and if their pain is too much to bear… a humane and peaceful passing becomes our mission. The animals teach us so many valuable lessons from life skills to kindness, and they have become an integral part of our work with the more than 50 foster children with special needs who called the farm home since 2006.

-Sunkissed Acres Eqine Rescue.

Many of my Facebook friends have been doing birthday fundraisers in support of their favorite causes. Since my birthday is this week (you know I’m a Leo, right), I decided to try this out for Sun Kissed Acres which isn’t too far from here. Here’s the fundraiser link:

Before we moved to the country and learned about Sun Kissed Acres, we had no idea how many people buy horses, enjoy them for a while, and then leave them to starve when the fun is over. Some of these horses are found wasting away on abandoned property. Others show up when the owner contacts a horse rescue program.

I can understand people buying horses for their kids, and then once the kids grow up and move away, the elderly parents don’t have the health or the resources to take care of the horses. So, the horses need a retirement community. Among other things, that’s what Sun Kissed Acres provides. My neighbor across the road found a half-dead horse and called Sun Kissed Acres. They went and got it, and nursed if back to health, and due to its amazing recoverym named it Miracle.

“Hundreds of horses have come to the farm, most have endured unspeakable cruelty and neglect. They come to us unable to stand, unable to trust, and they are given careful attention and veterinary care, a soft place to land.”

I like the work they do and the care with which they do it. If you feel you can chip in a few dollars and/or use this charity on your Amazon Smile account, here’s that link again:


That Little Horse They Call ‘Miracle’

While horses have played important roles in my novels “The Sun Singer” and “Garden of Heaven: an Odyssey,” I haven’t ridden a horse in 30 years. Nonetheless, within the infinite pastures of my memory, I recall riding bareback across a snowy field on a cold morning, sitting like a proverbial sack of potatoes on an old roan named “Flame” in the sunshine on a high Alberta mountain trail, and fording a wide Montana river by the light of a bright moon.

These days, I might find a stationary carousel horse to be a riding challenge, proving, I think, that my practical horsemanship skills are limited. Yet, even from my limited perspective, I’m quite sure that there’s a special hell for those who abuse horses and a special heaven for those who save them.

Miracle: “Well Broke Under Saddle”

In February, a friend whose farm stands across the road from my father-in-law’s farm here in Georgia, drove out to look at an 8-10-month-old filly he saw advertised as well broke under saddle. The horse he found had been so badly injured, starved and otherwise abused, that he convinced the seller to let him haul it away and at least give it a decent burial.

The top photo, taken February 3, shows the horse lying down because it couldn’t stand or walk. The lower photo shows Miracle a month later. Our friend cared for her until she could travel again, and then she was moved to the nearby Sunkissed Acres in Summerville, Georgia for a rehabilitation.

According to the Sunkissed Acres blog of February 3rd, “She has no legs, she has no chest, she has no hope. She is literally run into the ground. I can almost pick the little thing up by myself. She is eating and drinking well, when we stand her up, she can walk around but when she gets tired, she lies down again and cant get herself up.” (Click on the photo for the entire post from SunKissed.)

Miracle’s New Home

On March 14th, the angels at Sunkissed Acres finished their work. The starved and damaged horse that couldn’t stand up was now able to run. Miracle now runs and eats well in the heaven of a horse retirement farm named Paradigm.

On the day the filly arrived, the Paradigm Farms blog said, “Today Miracle had an ending and a beginning. Her time at Sunkissed Acres came to an end today. Lori, the founder of Sunkissed Acres Rescue, did an amazing job of rehabilitating Miracle and getting her healthy and strong enough to move on to her new life. When one chapter ends a new one begins, and today was the beginning of Miracle’s new life with us.”

The U.S. Equine Rescue League defines neglect “as failure to provide sustenance and care sufficient to maintain an equine’s good health. This includes food, water, shelter, veterinary and farrier care.” Because of the compassion of a farmer named David, the loving rehabilitation by a rescuer named Lori and the long-term care being provided by Jason, the little horse they still call Miracle no longer fits this definition.

This is one story with a happy ending. With our donations and with the good work of the folks at farms such as Sunkissed Acres, the number of prospective miracles is infinite.

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