Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary
501(C)(3) Non-Profit Charity
2017 - 2018 Fencing Project
Fencing must be upgraded to keep our horses with visual and cognitive impairments, those with total blindness and physical disabilities, and those prone to escape safe and secure. Our 2017 fundraising goal was $35,000 based on an estimate received early in the year; by December 31, 2017 we had raised $29,314. When we met with the contractor in February 2018 the cost for the project climbed to $71,287.93 with tax, labor, and the current cost of materials. We have enough funds for the installation of a small corral of about 1200 linear feet; installation will begin the last week of February. Unfortunately more than that is on hold until we raise additional funds. We need your help! Please consider contributing. Read below for additional details and view photos of some of the horses this is going to help!
Spirit Keeper Equine Sanctuary is seeking assistance with facility up-grades to accommodate our growing number of blind, disabled, cognitively impaired, and elderly residents. Who are some of these horses? Jenny, who has had to have both of her eyes removed because of cancer; Lacey, blind in one eye because of an injury; Daisy, who has cataracts in both eyes causing her to be 90% blind; and Cytar, who has neurologic disease causing a lack of proprioception are just a few of them.
Starting in late February 2018 we will begin to replace 5 acres of wire fencing and add cross fencing to create additional turn-out areas. These new and re-done areas will be safe and secure for the equine residents mentioned above! At this time we are only able to install 1 of our 6 planned enclosures, and are able to buy materials for a second and store them until we can pay for installation. We are looking for sponsors, individual donors, companies, and grants for contributions to make this project a reality!
Spirit Keeper Equine is, to the best of our knowledge, the only animal sanctuary or rescue in El Paso County whose mission is specifically to care for special needs equines. We are contacted by those seeking to place blind, lame, elderly, and psychologically damaged horses; or those with chronic conditions requiring on-going medical care. These are vibrant, healthy, happy horses when cared for according to their individual needs. One of those needs is safe living space appropriate for their individual special condition. Typical horse fence has not proven appropriate for this special population: the blind, disabled, and elderly horses showing dementia. We in 2017 we had 3 horses injured getting tangled in wire fencing or running through panels when they became startled or confused about their surroundings. One of the horses died due to her ordeal. This has been heartbreaking and difficult for our caretakers and volunteers; we need the community to understand what a difference the right fencing will make in the lives of these fabulous horses and step up to help! Horse safe fencing sturdy enough and constructed of material safe enough to handle a blind horse running into the fence for example, is expensive. To continue to serve this growing population we must make changes to our facility and are seeking public support.
The long-term goal is to replace all 35 acres of our facility with safe and durable fencing for all residents and to install cross-fencing on all 35 acres to allow for more pasture areas The cost estimates for all 35 acres depending on the company and type of materials is up to $525,000! If you would like to help us now DONATE HERE to our fence fund!
Some of the Horses who will Benefit from this Fencing