By Palomino Armstrong,

We saw a miracle last week. We want to thank everyone who made it happen. Saving and placing 49 horses who were headed directly to slaughter is a miracle. Whether it was prayers, shares or donations, we saved every one of those horses and know absolutely that we could not do it without y’all.

We saw a miracle last week. We want to thank everyone who made it happen. Saving and placing 49 horses who were headed directly to slaughter is a miracle. Whether it was prayers, shares or donations, we saved every one of those horses and know absolutely that we could not do it without y’all.

However, the phone rang again today. There are 30 so far, with another group coming in tonight. Conditions are getting harsher out there, and the horses are in worse shape.

I wanted to cry when I saw who the caller was. We simply were not ready for that call But we (all of us together) are the only hope for any of these horses to avoid slaughter.

We were so happy to get most of the funds which were pledged for the last rescue effort. With those funds and the love and support from some amazing folks, we were back to a semi – workable bank account.

By that I mean I can pick up the much-needed hay tomorrow and the milk powder, pellets, and grain for the babies. The stallions are eating double as they are extremely thin, and the other horses here enjoy getting fed as well.

We also need to geld the stallions that are already here, get the rescue truck out of the shop (again), and hopefully start fencing the 6 acres that will be invaluable for saving more horses.

However, this budget does NOT include another trip to Yakama. But God put these horses in front of us once again, so we need to do our best to save as many as possible. I know there are mares and foals and I should know more tomorrow about the total numbers of stallions, mares etc.

I would love nothing more than to stay here and continue working on the items that we need to take care of here at the rescue, but we simply can’t.

So on Monday, Matt will take the “blue beast” (his 87 Ford F250 that has no turbo and does approximately 20 miles an hour up the hills while puking black smoke) and I will take “Little Mama” and we will once again make the trek back to Yakima.

What we can accomplish will be a direct result of the funds we can raise in the next 3 days, and the number of horses we can safely place. And just to make things interesting, when Matt was doing a pre-trip inspection of the stock trailer, we found out that one of the tires is missing chunks of rubber. So now we have to get new tires prior to heading up to Yakima.

There is never a dull moment here, and I have to be completely honest. This can be seriously overwhelming.

It is really difficult to put out pleas for funding when so many folks have just been so generous. But the emergency is real, and I only have 3 days to raise the money. On Monday I will have to go and choose what horses I have commitments and funding for. I will have to tell the vet which ones to draw blood on, knowing full well the others will die a horrific and most likely painful death.

Most likely we will be able to save all the mares and foals, but it literally makes me ill to think about looking into the eyes of any left behind.

Last time we averaged about $250 per horse, and I am sure it will be close to the same. Again though, this INCLUDES saving them, vetting them and transporting them to their safe havens.

Matt and I stay in the trailer or camp in a tent whenever we can. Every once in awhile we need a real bed or simply have no place to camp. (Or the trailer is wet etc. etc.). We do our best not to waste money When we were in SD the hotel bill for 4 rooms was close to $9000 for a month. We should have rented an apartment or house, but it was not up to us. (We did try to make that happen, but had to focus on what we were there for – to safely sort the horses.)

So we do our utmost best not to waste funds that can be used to save the horses. Obviously, there are costs that can not be avoided, but we really want you to know that we are very aware of what is happening and what the budget is for, and we do our utmost to do what is best for the rescue and to save as many horses as we safely can._

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