Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary
501(C)(3) Non-Profit Charity
Fencing must be upgraded to keep our horses with visual and cognitive impairments, and those with total blindness and physical disabilities safe and secure.
Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary is seeking assistance with facility up-grades to accommodate our growing number of blind, disabled, cognitively impaired, and elderly residents. First priority? Fence replacement. We have an ambitious capital improvement project starting in February 2018 to replace 5 acres of wire fencing and add cross fencing to create additional turn-out areas. These new and re-done areas will be safe and secure for the equine residents mentioned above! The project estimate is $35,000; the amount raised so far as a result of GIVE! 2017 and Facebook Giving Tuesday is $29,200; you can still contribute!
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.
The long-term goal is to replace all 35 acres of our facility with safe and durable fencing for all residents and to install cross-fencing on all 35 acres to allow for more pasture areas The cost estimates for all 35 acres depending on the company and type of materials is up to $525,000! If you would like to help us now DONATE HERE to our fence fund!