Horse Rescue Ontario & Sanctuary

November 24, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Horse Rescue Ontario & Sanctuary

Our Story

Every horse that has come into our lives is because of a very special horse, “Willing Spirit.”
After years of abuse at the racetrack, and 14 years of neglect we were amazed how she immediately loved and trusted a young girl who had shown her kindness. This pathetic equine was first noticed standing in a weedy field, with her head hanging low. It was obvious that she had given up on life, and we could not ignore her pain. We later were told that she was to be sent for slaughter with a few of her friends, but she was too thin and sickly and was left to die in the field. All her friends that she had spent years huddling with were gone. She was totally alone.
Permission was given for 11-year-old Courtenay to “befriend” this pathetic creature. She stood like a statue the first time in years that she was groomed. For over an hour Courtenay brushed the burrs and knots out of her mane and tail. Spirit adored the attention. Her teeth were floated so she could once again eat hay.
How she loved her twice a day meals. She stood at the fence waiting for her special friend to visit daily. Within a short time, her colour changed from a pale sorrel colour to a lovely bay. After she had gained several hundred pounds, she was brought “home.” She had gone for years without shelter, and how she loved her own little barn. The first time Courtenay put a saddle on her, Spirit hardly seemed to breathe as she was so proud. She had not been ridden for 14 years and when Courtenay got on her back she was absolutely regal. Spirit and Courtenay had a very special bond. Spirit would watch for Courtenay to come home from school. She enjoyed Courtenay riding her bareback and they would play together. It was very touching to see this loving, trusting relationship grow daily.
Because of Willing Spirit and her loving and forgiving nature, we were inspired to help other horses that deserved a safe and happy life.
Since then, we have rescued over 160 horses and placed all but the horses living here presently into loving homes. We brought 5 shipments from the feedlots in Alberta in 2002 and 2003 as thousands of wonderful horses were being sent to slaughter due to the worst drought in over 100 years and hay was too expensive to feed the many horses there. We started as "The Alberta Crisis" and as a group were compelled to save as many horses as possible and give them the “happy endings” they deserve.
It soon came to our attention that there were many wonderful local Ontario horses that needed assistance. Horses whose owners had lost their homes and the horse had no place to go, starvation cases, neglected horses, former race horses who no longer could race, show horses who were elderly or lame. Once a horse is lame, there are not many homes available as few want a lame horse. If we can not find the perfect match of a permanent, committed home, they will stay here where they are happy and safe.

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Pink Ribbon Ride 2016

July 08, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Well, another successful Pink Ribbon Ride is in the books.  This year's ride took place on June 26, 2016, again generously hosted by Morning Star Equestrian Farm in Brantford, Ontario.  

A big thanks to all the wonderful sponsors who continue to support the show. Thanks to all the  volunteers who came out to help set up prior to the show and tear down after the show.  Thanks also to the guys in the food tent.  Still the best breakfast sandwich ever!!!!!  

Crystal and Amber Ripa are to be congratulated and admired for their commitment to such a great cause, now in it's 10th year.  

 

 

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Our volunteers, where would we be without them?

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Taking a well deserved break between classes.

That's a wrap!

 

 

 


Cheryl MacLeod

November 09, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The horse world is like a revolving door. People come, people go, but you know eventually your paths will cross again and when they do it will be a wonderful treat. Such is the case with Cheryl MacLeod and her beautiful horse Roosevelt. We were at the same boarding facility on many occasions, but as it goes in the horse world people move on for many different reasons. I'm so happy we have renewed our friendship. These photographs were taken on a beautiful October evening at M2 Dressage where Cheryl is boarding. As you can see Roosevelt is not the only handsome guy in these photos, Finnegan, Cheryl's dog came along for the session as well.

 

 

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Pink Ribbon Ride 2015

July 14, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

2015 was another successful year for The Pink Ribbon Ride.  Conceived and organized by Amber and Crystal Ripa it is now in its 9th year.  The best year to date.  The ride was once again hosted by Morning Star Equestrian Farm in Brantford, Ontario.  Despite the torrential downpour of rain the day prior to the show, volunteers attended to set up the rings and organize for the show.  The day of the show was on and off rain, but despite it all, the competitors turned out, the Judges and volunteers arrived and the day was a huge success.   Rain or shine, the show must go on.

 

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The food tent was also a popular spot.  Many thanks to the guys in the food tent.  Best breakfast sandwich ever!!!!

More photos from the show can be viewed at http://marianadoranti.zenfolio.com/p302271471

 

 


A girl, one horse and 3 dachshunds

June 03, 2015  •  2 Comments

The best thing about being involved with horses (other than the horses themselves), is the horse community.  I have made so many friendships over the years through and because of horses.  Through photography I continue to meet "horse people" and am given the opportunity to get to know them and their horses.  Such is the case with Kristy Barber Feaver.  This photo session took place at Dream Quest Stables in Smithville, where Kristy boards her 4 year old gelding Rubin.  Kristy also has 3 dachshunds named Wendel, Clark, and Ella, who were also part of the session.

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