Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary
DBA Spirit Keeper Animal Sanctuary
501(C)(3) Non-Profit Charity
Two additional loafing sheds, fence completion.
Our 2019 Sustainability Fundraiser unfortunately did not take off. In 2020 we had to cut additional services and cut corners on ranch maintenance and some of the horse care. As of March 2022 we are trying to keep up with feed/hay and farrier expenses. Dental work for the horses and routine veterinary care is [rpvoded as we have the funds. Sanctuary income is down and cost of hay and grain has gone up which has had a devastating impact on our ability to maintain the facility and animals.
Thank you for your help and support!
Fencing and housing needs are still on the table:
Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary is seeking assistance with fencing up-grades to accommodate our growing number of special needs residents. Who are some of these horses? These are examples of just a few:
Summer and Ace who have metabolic disease and are on a highly restrictive diet, neither has turnout now and they are in dry-lot runs. I large turnout with a dry lot would be ideal for them to get exercise and social interaction while safeguarding their special diet.
Cytar, has neurologic disease causing a lack of proprioception and must be maintained in the proper social group and a safe turn out space to avoid injury.
Our immediate goal is 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! 3 of our 6 planned spaces have been completed. We have materials on site for more and lack resources for installation (labor and equipment). We are looking for sponsors, individual donors, companies, and grants for contributions to make this project a reality!
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 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. In 2017 we 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 has 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!
Some of the Horses who Benefit from this Fencing