Poster Child ~ What will your future hold?
When I worked for Intuit during every management training event, we were asked to draw and document a lifeline. It is a bar graph that documents every life changing or defining event in your lifetime. I hated it because I don’t like to go back and dwell on all the mistakes I have made but I did it often enough that I now recognize those moments that are life changing. The kind of events that will alter the way that you will live the rest of your life. We all have them, maybe it’s a marriage or a divorce, the birth of a child but there is that wake up call that says, “ Pay Attention, this is important!”
The first one I had that relates to my rescue life was the time I spent in Louisiana after Katrina. For so many reasons, it changed my life. It re-awakened the spark that made me want to start a horse rescue. It made me so much more aware of the challenges involved. It pointed out the good and the bad in our society in so many ways.
Yesterday was the second one. Walking on that mine and touching those horses and then walking away and leaving them there was a life changing experience. It’s different you know when you know that a horse is in need but you can’t see it, touch it, feel it’s warm breath on your shoulder. They are shadows and they hover in the back of your mind but to touch them makes them real. They aren’t shadows on your soul, they are huge bleeding, aching gashes in it. I know that what I did was the right thing for thousands of horses but it left those I touched to an unknown fate. They are the poster children. They changed the abandoned mine horses from a vague and disputed rumor, a number on someone’s spreadsheet to a real, living breathing, beautiful horse that is suffering.
The faces in our albums and the pictures that we share may help people to understand their plight. They may help to educate the people who are close to them and who can help them. Perhaps they may touch the heart of the legislators and the land owners who hold their future in their hands. Their faces may even start a revolution. They may inspire some of you to act, to write a letter, to talk to your neighbors, to call your own congressman because surely these gentle, majestic animals capture our hearts and deserve better than to be left to the ravages of winter on a mine.
Will he make it through the winter?
I don’t know yet how it will change my life. I don’t know if it will be a big change or a small one. I pray that it will be the right one.
Cindy at CVHR
So What Can You Do?
Right now we would like to have emergency legislation enacted that would allow approved rescues to go in and remove those few horses who are injured or seriously at risk.
We would like to have legislation enacted that would allow the land and mine companies to work with approved rescues to reduce the population of horses on the mines by gelding stallions and colts to stop reproduction and to identify the herds and determine which are at risk. We would like to start a database of rescues nationwide who would be able to take in one or more of these horses. We would like to develop flyers and pamphlets that would help to educate the local populations on the dangers that these horses face and why so many die over the winters. We need to enlist and train local people who can start to catalog and document these horses. We need to train teams who can work with the horses in emergencies and develop protocols for handling them.
If you think that you can help with any of these, please contact Tinia Creamer at Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue or myself.
Today you can sign the petition at Change.Org to bring this to the Governor’s attention.