Many of you know Lone Oak Rescue and myself personally, we are a small private non-profit rescue. We have been in operation for the past 6 years helping horses. The rescue's success is a result of a handful of people who help me care for the numerous horses that have come through our gates. This is not only the home for the rescue but for myself and my son and grandchildren as well. I have been juggling obligations between my family and the rescue for 3 years now with the last year being a very difficult one. Current drought conditions and very few donations coupled with the many horses in need has been difficult.
At this time we are discussing the rescues future and the direction we are heading to ensure we can continue to help horses in need. We have a great deal of interest from the community and the young people interested in both helping the horses in need and learning and developing their skills to become knowledgeable and responsible horse owners. We have always planned on having a riding program bringing horses and children of all ages and abilities together and bringing the local riders together in various programs, so that is the direction we are going to head. Once the programs are set up then we will bring in new rescues in smaller numbers.
The rescue has the room and ability to meet the needs of a therapeutic program, to develop programs to work with the local 4H children, and design and development for trail training and challenge course for adult riders. All of this of course will take time and money and a great deal of work.
As many of you know the ranch I moved the rescue to in 2012 was in great need of repair and cleanup. Though much has been accomplished there is still much to do before we can institute a new program here. I look forward to us becoming more involved with the community and being able to focus on education of riders and horses vs projects and know that day will come, though not soon enough. Time and physical and financial constraints dictate the need to reduce our numbers and focus on restructuring to meet the future plans. We still have 18 horses here, of which we will keep 8-10 horses, those who are senior, special needs and suitable for therapy. We will place the remaining. In assisting those efforts and in consideration of the market and the cost of hay, our adoption fees are reduced to minimal and in some cases waived. Finding the right home for the horses is the most important thing to us. We have numerous riding horses as well as those who need training and light riding, pasture pals. All are sound and healthy. Foster arrangements and trial periods are encouraged to ensure the horse is a good match. We need to place these horses as quickly as possible so we can focus on development over the summer. If you are interested in being a part of our efforts, can help with donations of funds, time, labor, materials or by providing a home for a horse in need please contact us.