Friday, December 27, 2019

Surprise gifts just in time for holiday storm

20191223 Box of blankets
Imagine our surprise when three big boxes were delivered by UPS completely unexpected. Upon opening the boxes we found eight beautiful winter blankets sent to us by WeatherBeeta who is know for high quality equine wear.
20191227 Dreamer in the snow
Dreamer is dry and warm in his new coat
These blankets could not have arrived at a better time as the weather reports were calling for a winter storm lasting up to two day.
Sure enough it started raining late last night and as the temperatures dropped it turned to snow. While the forecast was for only an inch accumulation, it is the rain turning cold that has the worst impact on our two older horses Dreamer and Amy.
Dreamer came to the rescue in the fall of 2018. He was 300 pounds underweight and had sores all over his spine, back and hips. At age 24, he does not have the muscle mass and fat of a younger horse so staying warm is more difficult in bad weather.
20191227 Amy in the snow
Amy, in her 20's loves her blanket
Elderly equines, especially those who came to us underweight or emaciated don't have the muscle mass to protect them from hypothermia when it rains, temperatures drop and cold winds blow. Whenever rain turning to snow is predicted we blanket our oldsters or others in need. Amy looks styling in her new blanket from WeatherBeeta.
Amy came to us in May of 2019 and while not emaciated she was underweight and in need of better nutrition. She has gained the needed weight, but in her early 20's the extra protection of a blanket in bad weather helps her retain warmth and not burn up calories to stay warm.
We have been proud members of the A Home for Every Horse program who in addition to offering us assistance with adoptions via free ads for our adoptable equines, also has sponsors who support the needs of rescues. For many years blankets have been made available to adopted equines through their program from Weatherbeeta, but what a wonderful surprise for us to receive blankets for those we have here and for a rescue who takes on medical cases require special nursing care this is a wonderful gift. Most of our blankets have been hand me downs, many needing to be sown, missing buckles, straps or having other issues but still serviceable and much appreciated.
To have 8 brand new blankets is truly special.
"For over 35 years WeatherBeeta has embarked on a brand mission to create high quality, comfortable, innovative and durable protection for horses & dogs. WeatherBeeta is a pioneer in the industry being one of the first to use synthetic material in horse blankets and dog coats. WeatherBeeta’s experience, technology, design and quality have made us a global brand that horse and dog owners love and trust.", quoted from their website. Click here to see their fabulous products
We can't thank #WeatherBetta and A Home For Every Horse (#AHFEH) program enough for this wonderful gift. We are a small rescue in the very rural part of the White Mountains in northeastern Arizona at an elevation of 5730 feet, more than a mile high, so getting these in time for this cold, wet winter storm makes for a fabulous holiday gift and a true blessing for our horses.

Your support is so greatly appreciated, we simply can't thank you enough!

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