Kachina suffered terrible abuse
Once a month Beading Divas to the Rescue chooses an animal charity to raise funds for a month. This month — November 2012 — we’re raising money for Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary.
The Amado, Ariz.-based horse rescue does amazing things to help abused horses who spend their lives on the pee line (peeing into a cup) in order to make the drug Premarin (pregnant mares urine), an example of big pharma at its worst. You can read about that disgusting slave-i-tude. Equine Voices also rescues horses who have been mistreated by their owners (see Kachina’s story below) and from horses left in the desert especially horses used for drug runs.
Unlike dogs and cats, horses eat a lot of hay. And the cost of hay is huge.
Not only can you buy a bracelet ($20) or three. However, if bling are not your thing, here’s a wishlist of what Equine Voices needs:
• Monthly pledges ($10/month to join the Gulliver Club or $50/month to sponsor a horse)
• PASTURE LAND
• Electric Golf Cart – preferably seating for 4-6
• Sponsor a trim, vet visit, etc….
• Alfalfa/Bermuda Hay
• Grain – Oats, Soy Meal, Flaxseed, VitaFlex
• 75 Gallon Water Troughs
• Veterinary Funds
• Office Supplies
• Website Funds
• Paste Wormer
• Portable Panels
• Farrier Funds
• Lead Ropes
• Skin so soft
• Fly spray, Show Sheen, Cowboy Magic
Bracelets are all made with donated beads and handmade by a cast of creative women. (Disclosure: Karyn Zoldan is one of the original seven Beading Divas and is lifelong diva.) In Tucson, you can buy bracelets at:
–Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue, 624-9954
–Clues Unlimited Mystery Book Store, 3146 E. Fort. Lowell Road (SE corner Country Club), 326-8533 (closed Sun/Mon)
-A K Jensen Apparel, (St. Philips Plaza), 4280 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 212, 529-2775
If you order online, add $5.50 for S&H. International orders, add $7.50.
Event: Equine Voices Holiday Open House – Dec. 8
11 am to 3 pm
Location: Amado (near Green Valley)
No pets allowed on the grounds
You don’t have to be a horse person to appreciate this beautiful setting and these majestic rescued horses. I went last year and hope to attend again this year. While there you can:
• Tour the Sanctuary and meet Gulliver, the mascot
• Watch demonstrations by Carol Grubb, horse trainer
• Meet the author of “Animal Teachings from Hayley’s Angels Methods”
• Enjoy music by Fireweed Music Productions
• Listen to cowboy poetry
• Relax, eat some food, shop for holiday gifts, and buy raffle tickets.
Meet the amazing Gulliver and find out about his journey from the North Dakota hills to the Southern Arizona desert. It was because of Gulliver that Equine Voices began.
(Photo: Kachina – Kachina is a victim of horse abuse. Her owner decided to punish Kachina when she would not load in the trailer.
He and his 13 year old daughter chained Kachina behind their truck and decided to drag her into the desert and leave her to die, but not before they beat her, while lying on the ground, chained, with a PVC pipe.
A concerned citizen witnessed the dragging and contacted 911. Thankfully they quickly responded, however, the officer had to draw his weapon in order to make them stop the beating. The owner was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, however, was found NOT guilty. His daughter, due to her age, didn’t go to court.
Today, Kachina lives at the sanctuary with Gulliver and the herd, and educated the public about abuse and what we can do to stop this horrible cycle. She assists in raising the level of consciousness for ALL living things.
There are so many sad horses stories here and Kachina is among the lucky ones.)