For those of you who know me, I’m a huge fan of S.A.F.E. (Save a Forgotten Equine). This fabulous organization takes horses that have been abused, neglected, and otherwise mistreated, and works diligently to rehabilitate and rehome the horses that they can. The work that the dedicated ladies of S.A.F.E. do resonates deeply within me, so I have dedicated much of my time and energy helping raise awareness of this organization as well as donate my services to help those horses that are under saddle to be as comfortable as possible, so that they may find the right home faster.
Donating my services is fine and all (and it’s something I’m planning on doing on a continual basis), but I’ve the overpowering desire to do better than that. I want to donate several Thorowgood saddles to S.A.F.E. so that they can have saddles custom fit to those horses being worked. Given the wonderfully adaptable nature of the Thorowgood saddles, once a horse is rehomed, I can easily adapt the saddle to fit the next horse coming in. The only problem, of course, is money. If I had unlimited resources, I’d order all of the saddles I’d like to. Unfortunately, as of right now, it’s not fiscally feasible. Tonight, however, I’m ordering one Thorowgood saddle to donate immediately.
So here’s what I’m thinking: if I can get my valued customers, friends, and loved ones to contribute a few dollars here and there, I can use that money to buy a few saddles to donate. I need to work out the details with S.A.F.E. as to how contributions work in terms of tax write-offs, but I want to put it out there that we are needing around $2000 to purchase the saddles. If you are interested in helping, please let me know. As I’ve said before, I can’t help but wonder how many of the horses that end up needing rescue as a result of “dangerous” behavior weren’t just responding to pain from an ill-fitting saddle. Providing such rescues with quality saddles that can be custom fit to their horses in training may go a long way toward correcting the behavior, and finding these horses the loving homes they deserve.
For the Love of the Horse.
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