The rescued horses at The Equine Sanctuary have 5 days of hay left and perhaps enough pelleted grain to get through Friday. If they don’t get the resources they need, the founder/director of the nonprofit sanctuary Alexis Ells will be faced with putting these rescued horses down. For a sanctuary whose very core message teaches “life is not disposable”, this is a sad and terrifying prospect.
I received a message about this crisis on my facebook wall from a source that Ells says she doesn’t even know. That is how fast communications now travel and my hope in writing this story is that everyone forward this story to at least five others,post it on your own facebook wall or send it to a television station so the right people who have solutions can be reached. The Equine Sanctuary has two primary needs. It needs immediate care for 8 horses that do not have enough food for another week and it needs larger solutions for the future; for all 30 horses it cares for and funding, backing, and help with grant writing so it can continue its therapeutic programs. Quite frankly in these times, it needs a miracle.
The Equine Sanctuary was hand-selected by National Geographic out of all other therapeutic horse programs in the country to be featured in their magazine. It was a great honor and now The Equine Sanctuary is recognized internationally for what they do. The irony though is that due to their recognition, they haven’t received funding but rather almost daily, Ells receives a call about another horse that needs rescuing. “You have to come pick up this horse!” someone pleads on the other end of the phone. So many seek the help of The Equine Sanctuary yet they are needing help themselves.
The Equine Sanctuary is a place where disregarded champion horses come to live. These sport horses are often at the top of their game in hunting, jumping, racing, and polo when something happens and they sustain an injury. The world of expensive horseplay is a cruel place in that these injuries most often result in the animals being used as a tax write-off, sold for meat and sent across the border to Canada or Mexico to be slaughtered. What Alexis Ells did, a former champion rider herself, was find a way to get her hands on these amazing animals, rehabilitate them and then use them therapeutically to help others — thus giving life to help life.
Part of Ells’s goal is “to change the paradigm of human/equine relationships” and in many ways she has. The horses have worked with children, special needs individuals, helped educate the public about alternative modalities (as she successfully uses several forms of healing for her horses and lets people watch and learn), and the horses helped heal veterans who come home broken themselves from serving our country. Horses are very empathetic and smart animals. These seem to understand the chance they’ve been given and thrive on giving back. Thus far The Equine Sanctuary has not charged for their services, Ells was supporting it through her holistic health company. But with the economy, her business has slowed and she is running out of options. “The horses have given so much, to their owners and others,” said Ells. “Finally its time for the community to step up and help them.”
“There is the potential for so many more good things we can give,” said Ells. And indeed, she is believes in miracles.
Please take a moment and forward this message. A local church is holding a garage sale in the future to try and help. If you visit The Equine Sanctuary’s website you can make a