Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary
501(C)(3) Non-Profit Charity
URGENT: Horse Safe Fencing for Blind and Disable Equines
Spirit Keeper Equine is seeking assistance with facility up-grades to accommodate our growing number of blind, disabled, and elderly residents. First priority? Fence replacement.
Spirit Keeper Equine is, to the best of our knowledge, the only animal sanctuary or rescue in El Paso County whose mission is specifically to care for special needs equines. We are contacted weekly by those seeking to place blind, lame, elderly, and psychologically damaged horses; or those with chronic conditions requiring on-going medical care. These are vibrant, healthy, happy horses when cared for according to their individual needs. One of those needs is safe living space appropriate for their individual special condition. Typical horse fence has not proven appropriate for this special population: the blind, disabled, and elderly horses showing dementia. We recently had 3 horses injured getting tangled in wire fencing or running through panels when they became startled or confused about their surroundings. One of the horses died due to her ordeal. This had been heartbreaking and difficult for our caretakers and volunteers; we need the community to understand what a difference the right fencing will make in the lives of these fabulous horses and step up to help! Horse safe fencing sturdy enough and constructed of material safe enough to handle a blind horse running into the fence for example, is expensive. To continue to serve this growing population we must make changes to our facility and are seeking public support.
We are participating in the 2017 GIVE! in an effort to raise funds to make capital improvements to our facility starting by replacing all the fencing. Cost estimates depending on the company and type we go with is up to $425,000 to do all 35 acres! We must test the fencing types prior to committing to one specific type to gear our fundraiser to. The companies we are considering will not donate materials or installation for test corrals. In order to set up test corrals we need to raise about $3800 now, install the test pens, place horses in them and verify the safety and durability of the materials for our special horses. If you would like to help us now DONATE HERE to our fence fund! This does not mean you cannot also donate during the GIVE! Campaign which will run November 1 - December 31, 2017; during the 2016 GIVE! we raised just over $24,000 and all of it went to installation of 6 horses shelters. This year we need to raise several times that amount! Shocking that fencing is so much more expensive than buildings.