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Lynch Creek Farms Fundraiser

Purchase your fresh wreaths, garlands, center pieces, and trees and have them shipped directly to your home. Fabulous choice for Christmas! 20% of purchases and 100% of donations come back to Second Chances. This fundraiser ends 12 Dec so order now for your Holiday decorating!

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Rescue In Need

Last year at this time we had a little wiggle room. We weren’t full and we had a few dedicated sponsors.

Today we are over our max and have only those same dedicated sponsors. We are in need ourselves. Making a horse ‘safe’ is just the beginning of the process. Each horse costs us approximately $225 per month – if no emergencies or special needs occur.

Are you able to help support our mission to ensure our herd AND area horses remain safe? We have several options for donations and all of them are tax deductible. A lot of people sending $5 – $10 every month definitely does add up and makes it possible for us to continue saving lives.

Our mailing address is

Second Chances Equine Rescue
7663 Hwy 196 W
Hinesville, GA 31313
Annual Fund - http://bit.ly/2bi2jbS
Hay Fund - http://bit.ly/2bJhqvy
Sponsor a Horse - http://bit.ly/2elZc5W
Building Fund - http://bit.ly/2dOEBWs

We have five horses available for adoption that are trained to ride (at various levels) and will require a refresher. We have three more available that have not been trained. We have a bonded pair of burros available as guardians. Our adoption process can be found at www.scer-ga.org/adopt. Our adoption fees on these range from $300 to $900 dependant on the horse in question. We are looking for forever homes!Available for Adoption

We have had contacts in the past week for five additional horses that are in need. These horses will need a full veterinary workup in addition to appropriate farrier care and refeeding. Each horse we accept will cost approximately $500 for the first month.

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Fence Building – Almost

We have a grant, and deadline of 31 Dec, to replace old fence around the hay barn and exclude the pond. The biggest problem was finding one section of fencing so we could remove it. It was severely overgrown.

Yesterday we had a few volunteers come out to tackle that section. There were trees, vines, bushes, and fence buried 6 inched in the ground. Old barbed wire and new vines with thorns surrounded a large part of it.

 

We not only found the old fence, we removed most of what would prevent installing the new one. Bon-fire anyone?

While we were clearing the land, one of the guys started repairing the tin roof on the hay barn. Something that’s needed done for a while and made worse by Hurricane Matthew. Now we have a secure roof.

Thank you to Alton, Damien, Dominique, Kevin, Lee, Sam, and Stephanie for being outstanding and giving us part (or all) of your Monday.

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Hurricane Survival!

Happy pastures

The herd plus our three guests are all doing well. Only one minor contusion between them all that we could see.

We have zero damage to the fencing in the main pastures! However we did lose our quarantine pen to a tree (no one was in there). We have lost a total of 7 trees, several large and small branches, and 2 power poles that had no service. We’re still without power but thankfully we filled all the water troughs we had prior to it going down. Hopefully that will get us through until power is restored.

Please join us tomorrow for the beginnings of cleanup if you have the time and/or equipment.

We know you’d all prefer a picture of the herd but this beautiful shot of the pasture was too much to pass up since we had two very ugly days.

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Trail Ride

We did a test ride today out at Middleton Lake.

From Ludowici on Hwy 57 you will turn right on Lennie Mae Rd. If you’ve gotten to Tibet Baptist Church on the left or Low Country Paintball on the right, you’ve gone too far.

From Townsend towards Ludowici, you’ll go just past Tibet Baptist Church and look for the next left.

Off Hwy 57, about 1/4 mile from Tibet Baptist Church
Off Hwy 57, about 1/4 mile from Tibet Baptist Church

The landing point is still a couple of miles in on the dirt roads. We’ll have signs up on the highway and going to the landing.

The path we’re taking can be modified if you desire but it’s a nice ride that is mostly protected by trees even though it’s on the service roads. We haven’t gauged it yet but it’s approximately 6.5 miles. Excuse the horrible art in the picture below.

Path to take
Path to take

We’re bringing water bottles for the humans and hope to be setting up a water trough for the horses (bring a copy of the negative Coggins for each horse please!!!!!). The high temp is supposed to be around 84.

See you all on Saturday, 1 Oct! We will ride out promptly at 9 am.

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Security Lights!

For the past few weeks we have been working with one of our local companies to secure outside lighting for the field. Today our work was a success. Mostly.

We are now the proud owners of ten 40 ft. light poles and ten security lights that can either be dusk to dawn or on a switch for more control.

We do not have a plan for placement or the required electrical wiring. Do you have the knowledge to assist us with the placement planning or ability to donate required electrical wiring?

 

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Purina Pet Days at Tractor Supply

Yesterday we attended the Purina Pet Days event at the Hinesville Tractor Supply. Cheyenne and Sebastian attended with us. Sebastian did not want to leave his field and all his friends in the morning.

We were able to meet a lot of new people and explain who we are and why rescue is needed in the community. There were a lot of children who wanted to give the horses some love and may have been the first time they’ve been that close. We hope that some of the new people we met will join us as volunteers or potential homes for one of our herd. When it got warm we took the horses out individually to get a shower (neither liked being separated and showed their displeasure).

Amanda Murphy Photography was out at the farm last week and took some beautiful pictures of the herd. She used the picture she took of Shady and created a fabulous 8×10 watercolor canvas for us to raffle over the past 24 hours.

8x10 watercolor canvas
8×10 watercolor canvas

The winner of the raffle is a great little boy named Colton Langan. He and his family just moved here from a large city and Colton has taken to the ‘country’ lifestyle very well. He was decked out in his boots and cowboy hat yesterday when we met. Congratulations Colton! We’ll be calling you shortly to arrange delivery of your picture.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle, we appreciate your support! Pictures from yesterday will be coming soon, keep a look out.

As always, spread the word that we are in need of volunteers for every part of the caretaking process and we have horses available for adoption.

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Farrier today

This post is actually about two things.

  1. We love our farrier (horses and human)
  2. Moses is going to be fabulous!

We get horses in every condition that you can imagine. Sometimes their mental state or training level is as bad as their physical health. Kasie has been our Farrier almost from day one. None of our horses has been too much of a challenge for her yet, and those we feel may be actually turn out to be the best when she’s finished with them.

Moses has not allowed anyone to trim his feet in some time. He’s had damage to his withers and has had a lack of handling. Moses still didn’t want to allow any work today at first. Kasie had a chat with him then he decided he would stand just fine.

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At Capacity

Ladies and Gentlemen we need your help!

Over the past three months we have sadly lost two horses and very happily approved adoptions of three from our herd. In the past few weeks we have accepted seven that we do not yet know whether will be sanctuary or adoptable, either way it will take some time to discover. This places us at capacity and we get phone calls/emails/Facebook messages nearly every day about more horses.

If you are on our volunteer list and are still interested in helping us, please schedule today! If you’d like to begin volunteering, please complete the volunteer application and contact us to schedule your tour. We need every type of volunteer. We have horses that are English and Western, and those who have no training. Everyone deserves their spa days. If you’re unfamiliar with riding or training but still want to help the herd there are always ways to assist.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in adopting one of our herd the first step is to complete the adoption application and send it in. We do not currently have any horses that are ‘dead broke’ or for beginners.

Last, and definitely not least, we need your help with donations! Every horse that arrives costs approximately $450 to quarantine and get them current on vaccinations, Coggins, and farrier – if they do not require any additional Veterinary care or shoes which could easily quadruple the cost. Every penny that is donated goes directly to the herd, and if you specify what the donation should go towards – it will. Can you help us continue to save lives?

We feed Mid-South Ener-G-Plus to everyone and add Tribute K Finish to those who are underweight. Sebastian is fed DoMOR Senior because it works for him. We prefer to purchase our hay from our known suppliers to ensure quality and consistency. We have the herd on a Vet recommended deworming schedule. Our Farrier is out every three weeks to trim half the herd. We do not currently have anyone who requires shoes. Coggins tests and vaccinations as our Vet recommends are completed on schedule. Each horse has an estimated annual cost of $2700, baring any emergencies or illness. We will gladly accept in kind donations. Please contact us to determine our current needs.

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Wild Ones!

Today we had our first ’roundup’ of the wild ones for Coggins and vaccinations.

We do not have a squeeze chute so we repositioned the corral panels so we could improvise. The burros and Sabih are still rather wild (we mostly like them that way) so extra attention is needed when trying to handle them.

We have been practicing with the burros so they knew they would be safe and not offered any pain while they were in the closed in spaces. Because of that practice, the burros went into their corners quite easily to wait on our Vet, Dr. Myran from Countryside Equiine Medicine and Dentistry.

Once all the excitement was done Sebastian and Baydom were also seen. Both had their Coggins pulled and Baydom is getting his health certificate for his travels to Texas.

We got finished just as the rain was starting. So happy we didn’t have to add that into the mix while we were working.