Five and 10. Do it again!

Galloping Horse by Bob Langrish. By Permission.
Galloping Horse by Bob Langrish. By Permission.

We sent a shout out via email about our Fall Matching Gift fundraising campaign.

In our shout out we wrote:


We will be 15 years old on October 23. We love your acknowledging this with your $23.00 donations. They have all been doubled to $64.00. Hooray!

Ummm, $23.00 x 2 = $46.00 not $64.00. Our generous benefactor, being the kind gentleman that he is, decided that he would honor our inadvertent slip up and all $23.00 donations in response to that email became an instant $64.00 donation. How about that?

Well, the generosity continues.

Our supporter is now guaranteeing the following offer:

In honor of your 15 year anniversary on October 23rd — I will double all $23.00 donations to $46.00 and $15.00 donations to $30.00 — for the next 24 hours starting the moment you hit the “send” button to make sure you reach your goal.

Make a Donation »

• Make a $30 donation. Sign up to give $5 a month for 6 months. It cancels automatically. Truly! Note: $15.00 of that will be matched right now.

Thank you everyone for your kindness and generosity.

Best wishes, The Horse Fund

Help Tara rehabilitate Mojo and Hotshot — rescued from slaughter

Horse in profile silhouetted against a night sky. Unattributed Google search image.

Tara Laging of Horizons Pediatric Therapy writes:

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Meet my two new, very sick geldings Mojo and Hotshot. I gave them tough guy names because they deserve it! The pictures don’t even reveal the severity.

Mojo is a 17 year old sorrel gelding, about 15.2 hands. He is such a loving, sweet boy! He tried so hard to be excited to see his freedom pasture but was to weak to move much. However, he is in much better shape than my other new friend.

Hotshot is a 20 year old sorrel gelding, about 15 hands, in very bad shape. He looks like a walking skeleton, lame, and cannot keep hay or alfalfa in his mouth. It just falls out.

Despite his condition you can see the love in his pitifully caved in face. He has such kind eyes and demonstrated in his sickly way his appreciation as he entered his freedom pasture. I have faith he will make a full recovery.

These boys still have many years to give their amazing service to children and deserve a forever family.

We rescued them from a truck ride to Mexico to be slaughtered. These boys have been with kids their whole life at a children’s camp, but sadly the children’s camp had to close it’s doors. With no one to take them they were almost shipped to slaughter. We literally saved them with 2 hours to spare.
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Please go to Mojo’s and Hotshot’s GoFundMe page and make as generous a contribution as you can. But please bear in mind. It is not the amount that matters but what you give from the heart that is so healing.

Tara explains:

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“I have over 2000 friends on Facebook, if everyone donated $1.00 it would help me tremendously with feeding these two boys, pay their vet bills, farrier bills, dental expenses, and more!”
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Thank you.

First ever Mardi Gras for Mustangs to take place this March

Wild Horses: Randy Harris Photo

Source: Press Release

ALTON, IL — Carnival season is going strong through March with the inaugural Mustang Mardi Gras in support of the Legendary Mustang Sanctuary — the only one of its kind in the two-state region.

Alton’s Atrium Hotel and Conference Center teamed up with the Friends of the Legendary Mustang Sanctuary to provide a first-time Mardi Gras experience for the Riverbend. The Legendary Mustang Sanctuary, located in Alhambra, in Madison County, strives to rescue wild mustang horses and burros, provide training and locate permanent loving homes for each one.

Mustang Mardi Gras is an adult celebration of food and carnival with illusion and magic from Chris Carpunky; masks and music; prizes and surprises. The Atrium will present its exclusive famous Mardi Gras Chuck Wagon Buffet and Cash Bar Saloon.

The good times start rolling when the saloon doors swing open at 5 p.m.

The festivities start at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 12, in the ballroom at the Atrium Hotel and Conference Center, 3800 Homer Adams Pkwy., Alton.

Ticket purchases and attendance registration are available through Monday, March 7.

Tickets cost $25 per person.

The award-winning, five-star Magician Chris Carpunky Show starts at 7:30 p.m.; starting at 8 p.m., listening enjoyment and dancing to authentic New Orleans-style jazz with some old-fashioned rock ‘n roll performed by Riverbend favorites Dixie Dudes and Dance Band. Event organizers conceived the event to provide fun and relaxation throughout the entire evening.

Guests can enjoy creative mask and face design activity, The Mustang Equestrian Board Game, special raffle items, such as a special collectible Mustang Mardi Gras glass horse by art glass company Horse of a Different Color, super-cool door prizes and more throughout the night.

The Mustang Mardi Gras fundraiser, in support of the Legendary Mustang Sanctuary, includes special items that guests will have a chance to take home such as this special Mustang Mardi Gras horse, a glass collectible horse made by a company called “Horse of a Different Color.”
The Mustang Mardi Gras fundraiser, in support of the Legendary Mustang Sanctuary, includes special items that guests will have a chance to take home such as this special Mustang Mardi Gras horse, a glass collectible horse made by a company called “Horse of a Different Color.”

All proceeds will support the Legendary Mustang Sanctuary.

Tickets are available at the Atrium Hotel, Alton Convention and Visitors Bureau, or call or email Kathy Lewis at 618-616-8875 and/or Tickets are limited and may not be available at the door. Table reservations are available for parties of eight to 10 guests.

The Legendary Mustang Sanctuary organization’s mission is to rescue America’s wild mustang horses, burros and to help advance public education programs raising awareness of the important role these historical, living, legendary animals play in America’s western history.

The Legendary Mustang Sanctuary developed and supports two formal education programs, which include internships for students studying veterinary medicine and equine sciences. An application process is in place for these programs.

For additional information, call co-founder Lewis at 618-616-8875. The Legendary Mustang Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. This charity enjoys a 100 percent successful adoption record for these animals and operates with volunteer-only labor.


Wild Horses: Randy Harris Photo

It’s Secret Santa Time

Updated: Extended through December 21, 2015

Our Secret Santa this year hails from Florida. He is an avid campaigner against horse slaughter and horse theft.

He has two great matching gift offers.

1. Donate $5 or more and he will match it dollar for dollar.

He is also matching donations made over the weekend in response to our Saturday email. Thank you so much.

2. Buy a horse slaughter stop sign decal and he will make a donation matching the full sale price of each.

We are so grateful this Christmas and throughout the year for all of you who follow us, donate, get involved in our campaigns and take part with us in social media. And to all of you who have taken up the vegan lifestyle, we salute you.

Season’s Greetings. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.