If you are a friend of Red Moon Ranch you may have noticed that we’ve welcomed some new horses to the ranch in the last several months. These new additions to our herd came from situations of need and so we definitely consider them to be rescue circumstances.
You may also know that we’ve had a great existing group of horses to add these new herd-members to. Some of them have come from rescue situations and several of them have not- they just came to us in different capacities and have made their home with us.
It’s no secret that a love of horses can come with a lot of expenses as well. Let’s face it- a horse is not a dog or a cat. Among the ‘bigger expenses’ required to care for horses are lot of room to live happily and therefore property to maintain, food (the cost of hay has fluctuated over previous years but remains on a steady rise), and in the case of some of our equine friends at Red Moon Ranch expensive medicines and treatments required in order to have the excellent quality of life that we insist on for them.
“The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive.”
So why, you ask, would anyone go to the lengths required to not only make more room in the herd but to provide a beautiful life for more horses?
The short answer would be that in the case of a rescue situation, someone needs to do it.
In considering the beliefs and values that make Red Moon Ranch what it is, though, there is more to the story.
It’s our ‘culture’
In welcoming horses from rescue situations we are communicating to the people that come out and benefit from the ranch as well as to the community around us that this is part of what we do here.
Providing sanctuary to an animal in need creates a culture of compassion, kindness and conviction about what is valuable and just simply right. It’s a culture we believe in and it’s what we want those around us to know that we value and are passionate about.
All equine-assisted work has the potential to be incredibly powerful. At Red Moon Ranch we see profound dynamics played out between the horses and people we work with on a regular basis. It’s nothing less than consistently amazing.
We know that horses tap in to our deepest, inner-most workings that we may or may not even been aware of. Someone who’s experienced any level of trauma, abandonment, or pain (which covers just about everyone no?) often times may feel that they need rescuing themselves on some level. To commune and heal with a horse who can connect on this deep level is a unique and special opportunity for insight, growth, and healing.
Expanding your borders
Regarding the added cost and care involving bringing in new horses in need, the ranch comes from an abundance perspective. While we believe in making sound, ethical choices about what is realistic for the ranch, we’re also of the mindset that when you ‘expand your borders’ so to speak, life simply has a way of growing with you to meet the new capacity you’ve set for yourself.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ~Nelson Mandela
When faced with a rescue situation there are often emotions and human dynamics at play. It is a balance, under any circumstances, between making sound decisions that are healthy for all involved and holding to the belief that things have a way of working themselves out if you believe that they will.
Someone does need to do it
Put simply- when presented with a situation in which a horse is in need, Red Moon Ranch is not of the belief that an acceptable attitude is someone else will deal with it.
What if we all thought this way? It’s someone else’s problem.
There are just too many circumstances in our world where it’s easy and common for mankind to hold this attitude. We all benefit from seizing those opportunities in life to be the change we wish to see, and welcoming horses in need of rescue when we can is our way of doing that.
That said, if we can be the solution, then we are. If we can’t for some reason then we are fortunate to be a part of an incredible community of like-minded, passionate horse-lovers who are willing to step up to the plate and be a part of a solution with us. We can all make a difference and that opportunity presents itself in different ways at different times.
If you are connected in any way to Red Moon Ranch then you are already part of our solution for rescued horses. The support and participation of our members is a central part of what makes the ranch the sanctuary that it is for horses and people.
We are currently exploring ways in which we can further provide for the horses at the ranch, particularly in the cases of unique medical needs. While the horses are happy, cared for, healthy and loved we always welcome, and are so deeply grateful for any financial support offered.
Please consider making a one-time or monthly donation to contribute to the beautiful life that we strive to create for the horses at Red Moon Ranch. This can be your part in being a part of the change you wish to see in the world.