What a winter! So far, we’ve had prolonged frigid temperatures, a snow ‘bomb cyclone’, sudden thaws, torrential rain, flash freezes, high winds—and through it all, our amazing NEER North volunteers have bundled up and showed up every day and even taken on extra shifts to feed, water, muck, and care for our rescues, clear pathways, make emergency repairs, and keep the place up and running. It takes a huge amount of grit and dedication to work outside in these conditions. I can’t thank our volunteers enough for all you do to help us rescue and rehabilitate at-risk horses and donkeys and give them a chance for a better future.
Let’s all hope for an early spring!
President and Founder
New England Equine Rescue North
FEATURED HORSE: SKY
Sky is well named, because in the right forever home, the sky really could be the limit for this handsome Standardbred pacer gelding. He is just 14 years old, 16hh, has good ground manners, and does well on cross ties. Under saddle, he walks, trots, and canters, but definitely prefers trails and fields to ring work. He’s building strength and learning trust every day. Please go to http://www.neernorth.org/sky for more photos and videos and prepare to fall in love with Sky!
COMINGS AND GOINGS
The best outcome for any NEER North rescue is placement with an ideal adoptive family. We work very hard to make sure we find just the right match, so we’re delighted to report that our rescues are now enjoying new beginnings in happy homes.
Stormy is in New Hampshire with Rebecca(not pictured) and Angelique.
Rita (foreground) is in New Hampshire with Virginia.
Apollo is with Barbi in New Hampshire and Indy the donkey is with Allison in Massachusetts.
Bonnie and Bogie the donkey are pending adoption!
To our adoptive families, thank you so much for your generosity, kindness, and commitment to helping rescues!
Fostering is often a way for horses who are making good progress in their rehabilitation to move a step closer to adoption. While in foster care with qualified families, NEER North horses continue to receive training, improve social skills, and build trust in temporary homes. Smirk, Cera, Tris, Georgia, and Kricket have all moved into foster situations over the last few months. We are very grateful for the help of their foster families.
Principe is a recently gelded Paso Fino who came to NEER from an abandonment situation. He has gained weight and health and, in hand, has begun to show us what a sweet and calm fellow he can be. Paso Finos are an amazing breed known for their incredibly smooth gait, drive, stamina, and gentle natures. You can learn more about the breed at the Paso Fino Horse Association website https://www.pfha.org/ . Principe is under assessment, so stay tuned.
Scarlet, our newest arrival, is a 15.1hh thoroughbred mare who rides English and has been used in a lesson program in the past. She is 20 years old, has done lower level dressage, has good ground manners, trailers well, stands for farrier, etc. She’s as sweet as she is beautiful! Scarlet is still under evaluation. Check back for updates.
Mike and Jim, a magnificent driving team of Belgian geldings are 18 and 20 years old. Currently in foster in Maine, these big guys are still being assessed, but already attracting a lot of interest from potential adopters.
IN THE NEWS
NEER North recently got some great publicity in both the Newburyport Neighbors and Ipswich Neighbors publications.
Congratulations to NEER North Volunteer Taylor Santosuosso, who won an Ariat gift certificate through the Equus Foundation for her volunteer hours at our rescue. Congratulations and thanks for all you do for us, Taylor!
AROUND THE BARN
A big thank you to Ed Curtis for helping us wire up electric fencing for some of our paddocks. Electric fencing in conjunction with traditional barriers can help keep horses from escaping or becoming injured.
NEER North has new wheels! Well, they’re not exactly new, but the 2011 Chevy Silverado we were able to acquire is a much safer ride than our old clunker, especially when we’re pulling a trailer with two 1,000 lb. passengers.
Headline: One Stop Shopping
Don’t forget to check out the NEER North Tack Store. This volunteer-run shopping venue is a great community resource for reasonably priced horse supplies and riding apparel. And please think of us if you’d like to make an in-kind donation of new or gently used items. For more information and hours follow the Tack Shop on Facebook or visit our website.
As many of our volunteers know, we’ve had some issues with our water hydrants this year. As soon as weather permits, we need to fix an underground leak and replace a hydrant. We need to run a new water line to reach some of our distant paddocks. This is a costly but essential work, and we are actively seeking donations to make it possible.
We also need to repair the leak in the roof above the hayloft and acquire additional run-in sheds as soon as possible.
Behind-the-scenes facility maintenance/upkeep issues have a direct impact on our ability to take in and care for NEER North rescues. We are grateful for gifts of any size that will help us keep our barn and paddocks functional and safe. Please go to http://www.neernorth.org/donate/ to donate.
Community Outreach at the Essex County Co-op
Tuesday, March 6
Community Outreach at Mass School of Law
Saturday, March 31
ECTA tack sale at the Topsfield Fair Grounds
Saturday, April 28
Agricultural Fair Day at Essex County Co-op
Saturday, May 26
ANNUAL NEER NORTH AUCTION!!
Doubletree Suites Danvers
Saturday, October 20, 6-10pm
Fundraiser Craft Fair at West Newbury Town Hall
We need funds to replace unstable, temporary shelters with run-in sheds.
You’ll find our full wish list at http://www.neernorth.org/our-wish-list/ . We appreciate anything you can do to help—big or small—from run-in sheds and funds for a sand arena to gift cards for gas, Staples, Lowes, etc.
If you want to have direct impact on a horse’s health, please consider a monthly donation:
Spring shots: $120/year
Sponsor a stall: $100/month
Sponsor feed/hay for a horse: $120/month
Parting Words from Tom Cat
I’ve been talking a lot to Mabel since she’s been in the barn on stall rest, and she thinks I may need to cultivate more of an attitude of gratitude. Frankly I don’t see why, but what the heck? It’s a new year, a time for making resolutions, so here goes:
Things I’m Grateful For— by Tom Cat
The heater in Mary’s office
People who scratch my ears
People who feed me
People who appreciate my stunning good looks
People who like my unpredictable sense of humor
Great hiding places
Naps in the sunshine
The first smells of spring (can’t wait for that one!)