That is probably the most frequent question asked to any organization, and for our organization it involves a lot of crazy math, which I will try to explain.
We are a registered Charitable Organization operating as a non-profit horse rescue, and as such; our rescue is 100% self- funded by your donations & the activities/products that we offer to the community. We receive NO Government funding & little to no grants as we are not a 501C3.
PATREON is a subscription based service that will allow you to set & forget, until you get you receipt letter in the mail.
PayPal is great for those one time or recurring donations if you don’t feel comfortable with Patreon.
Where does your donation go?
Horses – feed, hay, vet, farrier, etc.
Property Maintenance- to ensure a safe environment for the horses, through the replacement & repair of fences & shelters as needed & as funds allow.
Our commitment to the community is that 100% of all donations go to the feed, hay, farrier, veterinarian care, etc of our horses.
Ava & Dad require a low NSC grain which makes it a little more pricey than a normal bag of grain. The method used to create this grain makes it very easy to chew which is important for Dad & the low NSC is important for Ava as she has PPID (cushings). This grain costs $120/month at the recommended feeding rate Ava & Dad eat about 6 bags a month (each bag is 17.50 + tax). Ava also requires Prascend (Peroglide) which is $150 + tax & shipping every 60 days, we also added Equicoxx which is $105 every 60 days. Both Ava & Dad are on MSM which is another 16.99 + Tax once a month.
Clever & Turtle are probably the easiest 2 to maintain they eat a ration balancer in the summer and pending winter body condition might migrate to grain, but otherwise they tend to eat a bag a month of Enrich Plus ($32/bag)
Zepper & Puddin are the youngest 2 both are only 4 but due to medical issues are not rideable at the moment (surgery’s can fix both medical issues each surgery will be about $2000). Both are currently on a growing grain for young horses, a bag last the 2 of them about 4 days, it is locally blended and is very reasonably priced at $10.30 + tax a bag.
We try to budget 1 bale of hay per horse for the colder month (normally November thru April), the sanctuary horses use about 36 bales a year (6 horses for 6 months; 6×6=36). We currently pay $62/bale delivered.
The herd also receives farrier care every 6 to 8 weeks depending on weather this cost $25/horse each visit, as we have 6 horses thats $150/visit total.
The normal Vet visit for shots, coggins, dental and general exam tends to run about $300/horse. This comes out to about $1800/annually & doesn’t provide coverage for emergency visits which we occasionally experience.