We have had a very busy month, and it does not appear to be slowing down! Our Open House event on 11/22 brought out a great crowd of people, the weather was perfect and the horses enjoyed the day!
We have several items for sale that are great for gift giving! Photo book-marks of the horses, photo notecards, and photo charm jewelry-contact us if you are interested in making any of these purchases!
We also have our Benefit Wines available-they are available by ordering online here:
If you would like to purchase holiday gifts for the horses, visit our Wish List for ideas! Items can be purchased from the listed websites and shipped direct, and store credit at our local feed stores or gift cards are always welcomed! Monetary donations are needed as well so that we can continue to provide the best possible care to our senior horses–your donations are tax-deductible as we do have 501c3 tax exemption status!
The change in seasons has brought about an array of issues for the horses which have been quite costly. Buddy had a colic episode which appeared to set off some ulcers, Shiloh‘s COPD became out of control where he could not breathe (or eat), and Mikey has a cancerous growth on his eye that is being removed this week. Four vet visits in two weeks is a lot to endure! Then there are the seniors that have such digestive upsets that it is costing a fortune on trial and error supplementation to find what will work to clear those issues, Siegfried‘s battle with hoof abscesses and Snow White’s intolerance to her Cushing’s medication!
I have dedicated my life to giving these sweet souls what others would not, and I truly appreciate everyone who joins me in my crusade 🙂
Peace to all!
Cindy Daigre, Founder
Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary
When we became aware of these two horses plight for life and no one was stepping in for them, we had to try to save them. Thanks to the amazing supporters we have, we were able to and they arrived mid day on July 19, 2014. Their condition was SHOCKING! Photos of them from presumably the week before showed thin, old work horses, but that was certainly not the case when they came to their forever home at our sanctuary! They were skeletons, emaciated and weak. Arthur was suffering from extreme exhaustion, so much so, all he could do was lay down, even though he was turned out in a big grassy pasture, he had no strength to eat. He was fighting for his life! No horse should ever have to endure whatever these sweet boys had gone thru. Scars from years of hard service to man, passed around from dealer to auction to kill buyers. We don’t know their real story, only bits and pieces of what was told to us, true or not. One thing was certain-we would do whatever was necessary to try to bring them back to health!
Arthur is a Belgian in his late twenties (we think) but his teeth are worn and he still needs to have a dental exam. Initial vet exam revealed that he is indeed suffering from stress and some inflammation. In the first two days, he would only take a nibble of food that was offered to him, so our priority has been finding something to tempt his appetite and offer him small meals frequently. By day 3 he was able to eat 3 small meals and has started to graze and be more interested in his surroundings. Arthur is a sweet boy, but it will take him some time to trust that he is indeed here forever and no more harm will ever come to him.
Max is a Percheron in his early twenties and he has terrible teeth that do interfere with his eating. He has a good appetite and will at least try to eat what is offered. His thin body is riddled with scars and he has some issues with his back end on the left side. He is a very big boy (18.2 hands tall) and several hundred pounds underweight. He has an upper respiratory infection and is being treated with antibiotics. Max is friendly, curious and likes attention.
Since their arrival, both boys have had their feet trimmed and seen the vet. A dental exam will be soon.
Arthur and Max are required to stay in a Quarantine area for 30 days since they have been at auctions and have an unknown medical history-we maintain strict protocols to make sure we do not infect any other horse at the sanctuary.
We hope you will follow the boys progress-we try to update our supporters via Website, Email, Blog entries and Facebook posts.
Please continue to support our efforts with senior draft horses! Here are some ways you can do that:
Donations-Recurring or Monthly donations are needed to provide all of the care they need-Feed, Hay, Supplements, Medications, Hoof Care, Vet and Dental work expenses add up!
Sponsorship-Sponsor one of the boys where your monthly contribution will help feed and care for them!
Donated Goods-check our website Wish List for needed supply items!
*Our sanctuary is closed to the public except for our Open House events*
* Persons interested in becoming a volunteer will need to send an email inquiry, be screened to see if you are a fit for our organization and are required to complete an application*
Cindy Daigre, Founder
Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary
It was one year ago, May 1, 2013, when Henry arrived to our Sanctuary. He was at New Holland auction in Pennsylvania, and had been sold to a well known kill buyer and headed for slaughter. A group called Sun Dew Saves Horses were posting him out as “aged Belgian gelding” to see if anyone would pay the inflated kill buyers price to save him from a terrible fate. It appeared that no one was interested, so we stepped in! We had 2 days to raise funds for his bail and secure transport and get him to safety. Will our wonderful supporters, we made it happen!
Please consider supporting our efforts to help senior draft horses like Henry who have been used up and discarded have a chance at a happy, peaceful forever home with a donation or sponsorship! www.ferrellhollowfarm.org
Enjoy the SLIDESHOW of Henry’s 1st year at Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary!!
Jackson is a 25 year old Belgian draft horse that we know little about except he was used for harness work and needed a forever home with lots of TLC! He is a nice guy and it’s all about the food for him! He requires soaked meals and fine, soft hay. He needs lots of grooming, a customized diet plan, and hoof care needs addressed. He is extremely itchy, so much so, he has numerous sores all over, especially in between the hind legs and uses whatever tree he can find to rub on! We need to purchase him a draft halter, start him on a supplementation plan to address his issues and goodness gracious all of the soaked meals he will require!
Please consider a donation to our sanctuary to help with not only Jackson’s expenses, but the others in our care. All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by the IRS as we are a 501c3 non-profit charity.
Enjoy these photos from Jackson’s first day!