The Dallas Mounted Police gave Gabby’s Ark’s volunteers a tour of their facilities and explained how their horses are trained to work with the public. Police horses are used as a “patrol vehicle” in crowded areas (e.g., the State Fair) and in areas of crime needing easier access (e.g., alleys, apartment complexes, back streets). Their height helps to increase police presence, and their walking speed allows the officer time for real observation. The horses stand at least 16 hands high, average 2,200 lbs., and each one eats a bale of hay per day. We hope to be partners in future events, such as training. Thank you, officers, for taking the time to give us a tour, and for protecting the people of Dallas. For more information about the Dallas Mounted Police unit, go to http://www.dallaspolice.net/divisions/mountedUnit/welcome.html.
One of our goals at Gabby’s ARK for 2016 is to form working relationships with other rescue groups in the metroplex. The first alliance of the new year is with the SPCA of Texas Perry Campus located at 8411 Stacy Rd., McKinney, Tx.
In addition to dogs and cats, the SPCA of Texas Perry Campus has a livestock component that includes horses, donkeys, miniature horses, pot-bellied pigs, and others! The SPCA of Texas takes in most of their livestock through cruelty seizures and compliance surrenders. Once the animals arrive, they are rehabilitated under a veterinarian’s care, evaluated to see what training they have, and placed up for adoption. All livestock available for adoption can be viewed at spca.org/livestock. For questions and to schedule an appointment to meet their livestock you can call 214-461-1933.
Gabby’s ARK will work as a transfer partner with the SPCA of Texas to provide rehabilitation for animals that are too sick or old to be adopted out. Hopefully, we can help bring sick, neglected, or abused animals to the point where they can be re-homed. Some of the animals from the SPCA of Texas Perry Campus are shown below.
Nana and Peter
Daphne – Miniature Horse
Sheldon – pot-bellied pig – must be adopted with Fatty Patty
Fatty Patty – pot-bellied pig – must be adopted with Sheldon
The Gabby’s Ark horses got together and wrote their wish list, but Santa is already loading his sleigh and needs some help to get their gifts ready. Maybe you can help him this year by donating items or money to make their season bright.
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Most of us have been pretty good this year, or at least we tried. These are our Christmas wishes:
- Donations to pay vet bills
- Donations to pay the Farrier, who takes care of our hooves
- Hay (square and round bales)
- Feed and grain
- Nutritional supplements
- Boots for volunteers
- Cat and dog food
- Someone to improve our grazing land
- A new location with at least 10 acres, a barn to house 10 horses, and a small house
- More volunteers
- Horseman’s Pride Equine Jolly Ball
- Horsemen’s Pride Mega Ball for Horses, 30-Inch (or larger)
- Horsemen’s Pride Horse Pas-a-Fier (10)
- Bicycles and other items to use as prizes during fundraisers
Thank you, Santa!
Billie Jean, Sydney, Oscar, Bella, Patrick, Django, Addy, Star
Vet working on Oscar’s hoof
Oscar visited the vet last week. He had a crack in his front left hoof and, because of the rain and mud, it had gotten infected and formed an access. If left untreated, infection from the abcess could get in his blood stream, travel to his heart, and kill him. To keep Oscar calm during the process, he was given a mild sedative, which is why he appears to be half asleep.
Oscar patiently waiting for vet to return
Fortunately, the vet was able to drain the access, apply antibiotics, and bandage Oscar’s foot to protect it from dirt and bacteria.
Oscar with bandaged hoof
Oscar will be confined to his stall for the next couple of weeks while his hoof heals. As always, this was an unforeseen expense. Please remember your horse pals this holiday season. If you own horses or other outside animals, inspect their feet frequently to keep them healthy!
Oscar’s new fashion footwear
Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK needs to relocate. And we need your help to find the best location for our horses. We are looking for a place to buy or rent, preferably in the Cedar Hill/Duncanville/DeSoto/ Midlothian area, that has at least 10 acres of fenced grazing area and a barn with 10 stalls. If you know of such a place, please contact Terry at 972-765-2575 or respond to this posting with a comment.
We decided that, considering his advanced age of 30 years (equivalent of 85.5 human years), we did not want Major to suffer. He had a good life at GSA, and we are honored to have had the chance to care for him. He will be missed. He was picked up and buried at Pine Hills cemetery with a marker. Major died with dignity.
Addy – 5/1/15
Addy arrived at Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK on April 30, 2015. She arrived as a starved, abused, and neglected horse. We have learned that Addy is a 4-year-old thoroughbred who won races as a 2-year-old. Her life after that is somewhat of a mystery; however, someone had tried to scratch over the racehorse registration tattoo inside her mouth to disguise her identity. Her regular maintenance (hoof trimming, tooth care, vaccinations, etc.) was nonexistent, causing her leg joints to become sore and swollen and her teeth to decay. She was starved and headed for the slaughterhouse.
Addy – 9/15/15
Since coming to Gabby’s ARK, Addy has concentrated her efforts on eating and regaining the weight she had lost. We have concentrated on getting her teeth, hooves, sores, and other medical problems resolved. Addy is a sweet, trusting, affectionate horse. She is not yet ready to carry a rider because of lingering joint problems, but has made amazing progress over the past few months. We look forward to the time when she is whole and strong.
Addy and Terry – 9/15/15
Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK
(Acts of Real Kindness)
Rescue – Rehabilitate – Reintegrate
The people and animals at Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK greatly appreciate the generosity of everyone who donated cash or supplies on Texas Giving Day. Gabby’s ARK received donations valued over $1,000.
Our needs are ongoing. You can donate any time by the following methods:
- Through Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK website at www.gabbysark.org using PayPal.
- Send a check to Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK, 1047 Hampshire Lane, Cedar Hill, TX 75104.
For any additional information, assistance, programs, or how you can get involved, Please contact Terry at 972-765-2575 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All contributions, donations, and proceeds will be applied to the Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Reintegrate program of horses, which includes education and equine therapy.
Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
The recent class for adults and volunteers of Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK was both fun and educational. A few of the safety policies resulting from the class and discussions are listed below:
- Boots or steel-reinforced shoes are the best protection for your feet when working around horses. Spurs will not be used.
- Athletic shoes or other shoes with tread soles cannot be used with stirrups. The treads can get caught in the stirrup and cause injuries if the rider falls. Shoes with soft uppers don’t protect the foot from horses’ hooves or tools.
- The proper way to introduce a new rider or one with special needs is to have one person lead the horse, and one person walking on either side of the rider, holding on to the saddle with the forearm across the rider’s thigh.
- Helmets should always be worn when riding or working around horses. Gabby’s ARK is asking for donations of riding helmets.
- Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian whenever they come to Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK.
- Rough-housing (e.g., pushing, shoving, fighting) will not be tolerated. This type of activity makes the horses nervous and can put anyone in the area in danger. Handling horses requires your complete focus.
- In spite of the dirt, heat, and long day, there were smiles on all faces at the end of the day.