Horses come to Shadarobah in a variety of ways:
· Owner surrender: current economic conditions make it difficult for families to support their horse. Family changes such as death, divorce, job loss can have a big impact on the family horse.
· Lack of Education: some owners do not fully recognize the level of care & training that are required with horse ownership. Often times they have chosen a horse which does not really suite their needs.
· Abuse, Neglect, Abandoned. We work with 5 area counties as well as the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. Unlike relatively small animals such as dogs & cats, horses require large pens and specialized care. There are few shelters readily available for horses that have been found or seized.
Just getting them loaded on the trailer is a task in itself. Next we are ask them to enter a big barn full of horses & faces they've never seen! First and foremost we focus on making them feel safe and build a relationship of trust.
The Next Steps:
Most of the horses that come to Shadarobah have lost trust in humans and suffer from socialization issues. We focus on integrating them into a pasture group, handling them regularly, helping them to rebuild a sense of confidence and level of trust. Additionally we have a large number of severe neglect & malnourishment cases. We concentrate on getting them healthy and up to appropriate weight levels - which can be a slow gradual process.
Nothing we do could be accomplished without our wonderful donors and supporters. While medical & care professionals provide treatment and services at deeply discounted rates, the cost of care is still high and donations are needed.
$4,164 = BASIC CARE of ONE horse for ONE year
Additional Vet Care
Barn Expenses ie bedding, electric, water, the list goes on and on...