A major fundraiser was held Saturday at the Lauderdale County Co-op. Staff members of Coyote Hills Equine Rescue and Therapeutic Riding in Chunky are trying to raise money for the horses they are nurturing back to health.
The money going into that plastic container will not go to waste. Staff of Coyote Hills Equine Rescue and Therapeutic Riding plan to use it for three horses they are currently taking care of. Stable crew members took in two of those horses about two months ago. According to Kim Blanton, the Rehabilitation Director for the stables, the other one has been at the rescue facility for over a year gaining back his strength.
"He was brought in at 725 pounds and he's now about 1200 pounds, so he has come a long way. He has a new foster home, so we are trying to get him guilded so we can get him to his new home," describes Blanton.
As for the other two horses recently taken in, they still have some strengthening to do themselves.
"So we are trying to get feed and hay for them in the winter."
The rescue stables are located in Chunky. But Blanton says they have now branched out. They are trying to help with animal rescues in North Alabama, Tennessee, and Jackson. In order to do so, they must raise money because tending to horses can become costly.
"Yes it sure does. You're looking at about $1500 per horse. And when you first get them, the vet bills from the vet services, worming, medical conditions, their shots, you know it all adds up. They you have feed and hay. Their feet need to be trimmed, so they cost a lot and we are working around the clock," exclaims Blanton.
And Kim insist that this type of work is demanding at all times. Even so, she and her crew members do all of the work as a non-profit organization.
"And like I said, we are trying to help bring awareness to our state and trying to get people to start taking care of their equine. If not, give them away or call a rescue facility and get help, instead of just letting them sit around in a field starving to death."
Blanton says it's your donations that can save a horse or even multiple. Wtihin the last year, the stables have taken in a total of 14 horses. Of those 14, eleven have been adopted.