I cannot believe that one year ago Kylie and I drove to Bastrop and brought home this sweet, little mare. Her condition was so poor, she could barely stand up. Besides slowly increasing her feed and giving her all the hay she could eat, the two priorities were contacting Carl, the equine dentist, and contacting Joe our farrier.
As Noni's condition improved, we noticed that she had a problem with both back legs “locking up.” We contacted Dr. Moore and made arrangements to have surgery done on both back legs.
We then sent out a request for donations. Your response was overwhelming.
After surgery, Noni was confined to her stall for 60 days. She never complained and I think she enjoyed her time in the stall. She has completely recovered from surgery and is walking, running and bucking without any problems.
Noni’s recovery is truly an amazing success story. This little mini stood in someone’s backyard without any attention, very little food, and no training for years. What is so amazing is that she eagerly jumps onthe horse trailer and visits nursing homes and hospice as though she has been doing it all her life. She is so sweet, patient, and kind to the residents and patients. She also enjoys her new, young friend, Violet. Violet brushes Noni and walks her through the obstacle course.
Recap of 2013
We had a lot of amazing visits in 2013. We visited multiple first time locations, Hope Alliance staff/volunteer meeting, Westbank Library, Park Place Georgetown, Rutledge Elementary, Hospice Austin Bereavement Group, Austin State Supported Living Center, Park Valley Inn Nursing Care, Christopher House, and Pickett Elementary - Special Ed students.
We are hoping to continue to work with these facilities in 2014, and come up with other ways to bring people together to interact with the horses.
A Thankful Donation
Donated Tractor – Thank you Mark and Cheryl Frederick
I want to thank Nancy Stimach for forwarding an email about a Massey Ferguson Tractor her neighbors had for sale. Her neighbors, Mark and Cheryl Frederick, donated the Massey Ferguson Tractor (1954 – but still running great) to Northwind Farm right after Christmas. They also donated a shredder and two other implements. Thank you Richard Will for spending his day off picking up the tractor and implements. He also went over all the parts - greasing and adding hydraulic fluid. It has been many years since I have driven a tractor. Richard gave me a quick lesson. I did pretty well, but had a little problem stopping. Thank goodness I was not heading for the barn!
Goal for 2014
We are going to continue to work within the community, and find ways to bring more families out onsite to interact with the horses. We will also continue to reach out to other various facilities to bring smiles and enjoyment to those unable to come on site.
You may also see a new mini hanging around, Lewis the Donkey. He is owned by Kim Sullivan, and she was looking to get more involved with our programs as well. We are excited to have her expertise and ideas for additional growth areas.
Fundraiser for 2014
If you, or anyone you may know, has new or gently used horse items they are no longer using, please consider donating them to us. We will gladly provide a tax deductible receipt for these items. We will take these items to Market Days, in Bryan TX, to our booth, to sell them to other horse fanatics to raise money to improve our programs.
Thanks and Appreciation
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ON GOING SUPPORT!
Jared and Jana Benge
Ron and Cathy Reiley
We are always looking for people to assist in our events. If you or someone you may know is interested in assisting at one of our upcoming events, please contact us. The more people we have to help, the more horses we can take, and the more smiling faces there are :-).
We have a few opportunities in March time frame, where we would appreciate assistance. We will have our Rodeo day with the Christi Center, and a visit with some special needs children at a Church in Hutto. We have not locked on dates yet, but we are hoping to do this by Mid February.
If you or someone is interested in making a donation to our organization, please visit our website for details. We also take donations of material goods to help make improvements to our facilities.