Sponsorship of horses through the Adopt a Horse program plays a key part in our ability to not only keep these horses fat n’ happy, but also to keep them healthy and sound.
It costs a lot to take proper care of a horse, especially during the harsh winters of Montana. Hay requirements alone can skyrocket during the coldest months when every drop in temperature increases the caloric requirement of livestock living in maximum exposure to the elements. Enduring Jack Frost’s bite during the bitter season costs the average horse a minimum of thirty dollars (based on current market prices in the area) worth of hay per month, and for some horses, hay alone will be insufficient; this means grain, supplementation, and possible alternative means to keep these horses at nutritionally optimum levels. And this is just how it starts.
Horses get hurt, and often times it’s minor but sometimes it isn’t. Injuries requiring a visit to the veterinarian, even the less significant ones, can cost well into the hundreds. And there are of course other costs as well. Keeping their feet trimmed and shod can be another huge expense and it is an unavoidable one at that—soundness is an essential component in overall herd health and we take it very seriously. And it goes without saying that we would be remiss in our job if we did not consider the training costs associated with maintaining a herd of 20+ head. Some horses are angels but for every mellow morsel of tenderness in the bunch there’s a demon steed out there demanding expert attention and that too often means time and money. Just in case you’re thinking that’s it, believe us when we say it, it isn’t. There are always other expenses that sneak up on ya with these critters. So that thirty dollars you spend per month for Adopt A Horse. . . sound worth while?
This is more than worth while. This is your chance to get involved in the most basic and fundamental way. Your sponsorship of one animal not only keeps us afloat but also gives our special horses the ability to perform as athletes in some of the harshest of conditions in Mother Nature’s wilderness. These horses and mules not only bear their riders through the darkness but serve as bastions of inspiration for all those blessed the opportunity to be in their presence. As former President Ronald Reagan so eloquently put it “there’s nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse,” which just about sums it all up.
As a small token of our appreciation, those of you gracious enough to take part in Adopt A Horse will receive periodic updates about your horse. Those updates will keep you informed as to your horse’s progress in the program and his overall health, occasional stories from the summer trips, as well as vivid testimonials from staff and students regarding the impact that specific horse or mule has had on them at an individual level. Adoptees will also receive an Official Letter of Recognition from Heroes and Horses, both recognizing their gracious support and humbly thanking them for their kindness.
Also, every responsible citizen who takes the absolutely necessary step of adopting one of our horses or mules in full will receive a one-of-a-kind, hand knit replica of their specific animal. Whether it’s Abbey the mule or Riley the mustang, these unique works of art are 100% handmade locally and represent not only our eagerness to support our community on a grassroots level, but serve also as a small reminder to you, the benefactor, the role that the horse plays at both the psychological and spiritual level. The horse challenges people to be better and, for many in need, offers the gift of self empowerment and courage.
We want you, the volunteer, the donor, the supporter to step it up and adopt one these horses. We want to offer you a glimpse into their world and we want you to feel for yourself, in a deep and meaningful way, just what exactly it is our horses can do to help out these combat veterans in need who did so much to serve our country.
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