when you drive
in. I won't yet get into the monstrosities that are happening in this
town to livestock and dogs, but will tell you it is hell on earth for
our animal friends.
A good Samaritan took these six horses in to care for them last August after their owner abandoned them. Mommas and babies,
older gelding, all nice horses after their owner stopped feeding them
and then walked out and left them to fend for themselves. They lived on
tree bark for a long time and finally became a rack of bones.
look great now, but because of Colorado livestock laws, these horses have to be declared as strays on a 10 day hold and
are slated to run through a local kill auction in the next two weeks.
Denkai has been in the field and able to get hands on all of these horses. There are two ponies, the paint mare and the dark bay pony. The gray mare is the momma of the buckskin 8 month old foal, and the mid-teens gelding and Baby TB mare have been ridden in the past. The bay was used for racing and stands over 16 hh.
They CAN be helped, Denkai is seeking funding totaling $1,500 to
purchase them back from auction and keep them safe. A few of these
horses have permanent, loving homes that are willing to take them in
already if we can save them.
Denkai dropped of hay
for these horses a few days ago thanks to a generous donation from Oster's Premium Hay of
We were informed that the brand office just filed the abandonment paperwork this week, so it looks like the horses will run through the kill auction either May 1, or May 8, 2013.
Update: 4/30/2013: These
horses have been moved to the auction yard by the brand inspector and
will run through tomorrow. Denkai is set to bid on them and get them to
safety, but still needs people to consider fostering or adoption of
these six horses. Call (970) 895-2337 to help out. We are taking
continuted contributions towards their veterinary, feed and farrier care
To help these horses, donations can be sent to: 36710 WCR 126 Grover, CO 80729
online at: http://www.denkaisanctuary.org/Donate.html
please mark your donation: Gill Horses
Update: May 1, 2013:
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Contact: Floss Blackburn
Fort Collins, CO - Six Horses Abandoned in Gill, CO Now Safe At Denkai Animal Sanctuary
Despite yet another snow storm, we managed to four wheel it through
our drifting driveway in Grover, CO yesterday morning, May 1, 2013 and
make our way to the Fort Collins livestock auction in hopes of being
able to recover the six abandoned horses from Gill, CO.
Because of Colorado laws, these abandoned horses were placed on a
stray hold by the local brand office, the only option they had for these
horses, and in 10 days, had to run through a sale to be sold to the
highest bidder. Thanks to the cooperation and kindness of our local
brand inspectors, we were alerted as to the date of the sale and when
the horses were dropped off.
The sale barn in Fort Collins was acommodating and very cooperative
as to our cause and reason for entering their arena. We are very
grateful to have had their cooperation and the cooperation of other
local buyers who frequent the auctions on a regular basis.
While we had the six Gill, CO horses safe, there were a few others
that we couldn't help but reach out to; one 10-13 year old gelding who
is a rack of bones, a little pony who ran through with a halter that was
torn apart, whose hooves are a lot too long, and a beautiful palomino
paint mare, 7 years old and is ranch trained. Typically horses that are
not bid on by individuals at auction will end up on feedlots where they
are sorted for resale or slaughter depending on their training levels,
etc. This is a sad fate and the cause comes from economics, over
breeding, individual horse owners that don't know any better,
abandonment and more.
Horses sell by the pound at auction. These horses averaged between
.11 and .60 per lb. Our total bill for buyback on these horses was
just over $4,200 when all was said and done.
Our work is not over, now they are safe with us and six of these
horses have permanent homes to call their own after we recover them.
Tomorrow, our veterinarian will be visiting to geld the pony, perform
dentals on those who need it and assess the very thin gelding for his
recovery chances. Thanks to your generous contributions, we were able
to raise a total of $6,621.00 toward this group of horses.
Funding raised in excess will go toward medical bills, feed and
farrier work for these horses and others that need help in the future.
Moving forward, Denkai is working to educate the community and
reach out with resources for individual horse owners such as hay,
gelding costs, and other veterinary care needs.
Our website can be viewed at: www.denkaisanctuary.org
and Denkai's Farm Facility can be reached at (970) 895-2337 or by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos Below Courtesy Tumbleweed Photography/Lesa Totten.
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