OFFER TO PURCHASE MINE HORSES

We will purchase this mare and her foal

We will purchase this mare and her foal

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Will purchase this mare and foal

We would like to purchase these two mares and their foals.  If the owners of these horses will contact us, we need a bill of sale and the horses brought down off the mountain. We will pay up to $500 per pair for them.    No questions will be asked, names will never be released, we just want to see these horses in good homes before winter comes.

You can call me at 434-774-6607 or email rescue@centralvahorserescue.com

To others who would like to help, please read:

Mine Horse FAQ

Coal Mine Horses

And please sign the petition.

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Brunswick County Feral Horses

Feral horses living on Brunswick County Farm

Feral horses living on Brunswick County Farm

Over a year ago, we were made aware of a group of feral horses living on a farm in Brunswick County. We were called in by the VA State police and animal control because the horses had left their pasture and were out in the road.  We caught one of the stallions who had remained out when the others returned to their pasture and brought him to the rescue. Some of you might remember Maverick.

The picture above is the horses that remained on the farm.  Last Thursday, they got out in the road again and the State Troopers and Animal Control called us again to come and pick them up.  So far we have successfully gotten the little stallion in the front.

Little Big Man

Little Big Man

Little Big Man has an appointment with the vet tomorrow to lose his manhood.  After which he will be available for adoption.

The other three are mares and are just lovely.  One is an older TB mare and her yearling and weanling daughter.  Pictures to follow once we have been able to round them up.  From what we have learned of their story, their owners moved to Nova Scotia two years ago and of the 70 horses they had most were taken away.  We have heard rumors that they were taken to slaughter but have no way of verifying that.  Three or four of the horses could not be caught and that is where our little herd came from.  They have been living on this 72 acre farm for 2 years with no care.  They are in good condition considering although their feet have suffered in some cases.

 

 

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Mine Horses

Poster Child ~ What will your future hold?

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.

Touched

Touched

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.

Families

Families

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?

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.

 

 

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Levi and Pockets

Levi and Pockets

Levi and Pockets

We are going to be taking Pockets and Levi to Virginia Tech for evaluation for their liver issues.  These two boys came from Camelot in the spring and despite our best efforts have failed to gain weight.  We have run a series of blood tests and they are showing consistently bad liver enzymes.  We have changed their diet over the past few months without good results.  Virginia Tech will do a liver biopsy, an abdominal ultrasound, check for ulcers, check their small intestines for damage.    The estimate for diagnoses is $400 -$500 per horse.  If you would like to help out with their care, please click below





 

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Colt Starting Clinic with Scott Purdum

Scott Purdum Advantage Horsemanship

Scott Purdum Advantage Horsemanship

Have a Colt You Want to Start?

We are very excited to be partnering with Scott Purdum and Advantage Horsemanship to have a Colt Starting Clinic at our Emporia Barn on 9/25-28.  The cost for this 4 day clinic is $475 per horse.  Riders of any age can participate but you must be able to walk, trot and canter on your horse. By the end of the clinic, you will be walk, trot and cantering on YOUR HORSE!!    Auditors are welcome for a $10 donation.

Want a Colt to Start?

We decided to have this clinic because we have so many unstarted horses at the rescue right now.  This will give our trainer an opportunity to start one of them.  We also want to offer the opportunity to anyone who might want to adopt one of our horses to  take it through the clinic so we are offering our unstarted horses available for adoption with the Colt Starting Clinic included in the price.  You can see our unstarted horses here.   You do have to complete an application and be approved prior to the clinic in order to adopt. You can find our adoption application on our adoption page. 

 

For More Info

If you would be interested in sponsoring a horse for training, please contact Cindy at rescue@centralvahorserescue.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please send an email to rescue@centralvahorserescue.com

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ASPCA Offers $5000 Matching Funds Grant

ASPCA is offering Central Virginia Horse Rescue a $5000 Matching Fund Grant to build 5 run in sheds and fencing after the tornado on July 10th ripped the roof off of our Courtland Barn.  This damage displaced 10 horses that are now incorporated into our Brodnax and Emporia location.

In order to qualify for the Matching Funds Grant, donations must be specifically for the Run in Sheds and fencing.  Checks have to be marked Run In Shed Project, Paypal donations must have it noted or be donated through our Fundrazr below.  We have to raise the entire $5000 or we do not get a penny of the grant and we have to raise it within 90 days.

Our initial budget for just the 5 run ins not including any paddock fencing was $8500 total but lumber prices have gone up a bit so I think we are going to go with a less expensive, functional but much less pretty option for $7500. Lumber prices fluctuate quite a bit over just a few months. The projected cost for fence posts, fencing, gates, etc for the first about 25 acres is $8158. The total for the entire project is $15658

You can send a check to CVHR Run In Shed Project, 389 Boydton Plank Road, Brodnax, VA 23920  or donate through the fundraiser below!!  (Note:  The fundrazr ends before the matching grant challenge ends.  We will continue in extended time.)

Please help us to make a safe home for our horses! Central Virginia Horse Rescue is a 501c3 non profit that is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of abused, neglected and slaughterbound horses. CVHR receives no government funding and is totally run on donations!

Please consider a donation to help us take care of our horses! Thank you!!

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Tornado Damage at the Courtland Barn

Tornado Damage at Courtland

Tornado Damage at Courtland


The barn in Courtland sustained significant damage to the roof today due to what is believed to be a tornado.  We are very thankful that no humans or horses were hurt.  We have moved the horses to other locations and will be making decisions about the Courtland location over the next few days.

At this time, we do not know what our specific needs are from the damage other than trying to find places for the horses long term.  Tomorrow will be a new day and we should know more then.  Our focus today was to get the horses moved to safety and taken care of.

Channel 13 did come out and do a story about the damage tonight, and you can see it here.

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Bonnie Jo

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Bonnie Jo 2014

Bonnie Jo 2014

Bonnie Jo 2014

Bonnie Jo was a local owner surrender.  I was contacted by two local people and told that her owners were moving and could not take her with them.  At that time, we believed her to be in her 20s.

Bonnie Jo  - October 2013

Bonnie Jo – October 2013

When we arrived we were shocked by her condition.  We pretty quickly determined that she was a 12 yr old Appaloosa mare that was broke to ride and had been ridden by children in her past.    We had her teeth floated and put her on a rehab diet.

By January 2014, Bonnie Jo had gained enough weight and been evaluated for adoption  She was adopted quickly and went to her new home.  The day that her adopter picked her up from the rescue, she had a bit of a runny eye.  We were not overly concerned about it as it had not ever bothered her before.  She went to her new home where she got progressively worse.  The vet was called in and she was diagnosed with ulcers.  The next few months were a series of vet visits, scrapings, eye treatments and several times a day drops and meds.  When the ulcers were finally cleared up and Bonnie was put into training, she started to be very resistant to riding and new things.

We believe that this is an issue with her vision and Bonnie Jo was returned to the rescue so that we can address her continuing eye issues.  We are currently treating her for a fungal infection in her left eye but she is also having intermittent iflammation in her right eye.

Bonnie Jo needs sponsors to help us heal her and determine what her future will be. Please consider a monthly donation towards her care.  Bonnie Jo’s care is going to be $350 per month including all of her feed, farrier, vaccines, and medicines for her eyes along with ongoing vet visits.


Bonnie Jo Sponsorships


You can also select your own monthly amount through Donate Now or make a one time donation to Bonnie Jo’s care.  Please be sure to select Once or Monthly!


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2014 CVHR Birthday Bash and Trail Obstacle Challenge

1385236_652802628077930_1283286835_nIt’s that time of the year again and CVHR is turning 4.  We are having our annual Birthday Bash at Hunters Hollow, Emporia, VA on July 19th, 2014 from 9 am until  4 pm.  Along with our normal festivities, vendors, tack swap, etc, we are also hosting a Trail Obstacle Challenge.    The Trail Challenge will be from 8-12 obstacles that you may or may not see out on the trail.  Horses will be judged on how well they maneuver through the obstacle.   We will have 4 divisions:  Lead Line (any age), Junior (6-18), Novice (Never won a trail challenge), Open.   We will also have awards for:  High Scoring Rescue Horse in any division; High Scoring Adult Rider with a helmet; Best Dressed Rider; Best Dressed Horse; Best Costume; Funniest Costume.

We have primitive camping (no hook ups) available on Friday night, a light dinner and then mounted games in the arena.  Saturday morning the Trail Challenge will begin at 9 am.  Breakfast and lunch will be available on the grounds.  Awards will be held at 1 pm or after the scoring is completed.

PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  EVENT IS LIMITED to 50 Riders!
Download Registration form here: Trail Challenge Registration

SPONSORSHIPS

We are looking for sponsors for our divisions.  We would love to promote your business for you to our participants and spectators.  Please consider supporting a great cause and becoming a sponsor.  All levels of sponsorship are available.   Download Sponsorship form here:  Sponsorship letter

Vendors:

Vendors are welcome.  You need to pre-register.  Please bring your own table, chairs and canopy!  Only one vendor per product type or direct sales will be allowed so please check first.  You can call Cindy at 434-774-6607 to check availability.   Vendor Registration

 

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Sponsor a Foal at CVHR

On April 23rd, a foal was born at CVHR to a mare who had been on fescue and was emaciated.  The birth was very difficult and the mare rejected the foal.  Because this mare has had chronic malnutrition through her life and being semi feral  forcing her to take it would require her to be sedated and twitched until she accepted it, we decided to pull the foal and raise it as an orphan.

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China Doll

 

Raising a baby foal as an orphan is not something that is done lightly.  Health wise it is usually better for the foal to get milk from it’s mother.  It is also better for them socially to grow up with the love and discipline from a loving mamma.  Sometimes, however, it is not possible for the baby to nurse it’s mother.  In China’s case we believe we made the right decision.

We would like to make sure that China has a companion to grow up with so we have been looking at Nurse mare foals.  Nurse mare foals are orphans because their mamma has gone to raise another baby.  There mamma was bred specifically for this purpose.  We have found a group of foals locally but in order to bring them to the rescue, they would have to have sponsors.  It costs approximately $250-300 per month to care for these babies.

If you are interested in sponsoring a foal, you can click on either the paypal link or the Network for Good link below or you can send a check to CVHR, 389 Boydton Plank Road, Brodnax, VA 23920.


Rescue Angel
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Or donate through Network for Good!


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