Through the continued efforts of your donations and the hard work of everyone associated with Habitat for Horses, we recently have been able to expand our equine rehabilitation programs and look forward to adding more community programs. The President of Habitat for Horses, as many of you know, is Jerry Finch. I remember when I first started working with Habitat for Horses, Jerry Finch told me “This is not about me, it will never be about me…everything we do here is for the horses.”. That being said, I wanted to thank Jerry on behalf of the great number of horses he has aided.
I know he will be unhappy that I wrote this – he hates any attention being paid to him… but sometimes your heart tells you to go on. Many of you know about the work Jerry did to rescue the “Nebraska 200”. But there is so much more. From untold scenes of misery and of abuse that he has documented, to the court house where he helps to bring justice, to the hospital barn at Habitat for Horses where Jerry will make certain that all is being done to comfort and bring back the broken bodies of those horses so ill abused by others, to our adoption programs that he oversees to give each and every horse a home and on and on.. Jerry has been there. Thank you Mr. Finch for all your work.
Thank you to all the Habitat for Horses staff for making so many horses wishes come true – to be well and given a loving home. Their toil is what makes this happen. There is someone at the ranch right now making sure the horses are fed, given medical attention, and are safe. It takes a great effort to continue this work.
Finally I wish to thank horses everywhere. As Ronald Duncan said in his oft quoted poem “The Horse”:
Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,
friendship without envy, or beauty without vanity?
Here where grace is laced with muscle and strength by gentleness confined.
He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent;
there is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.
England’s past has been borne on his back.
All our history is in his industry.
We are his heirs;
He is our inheritance.
I hope everyone has a wonderful day today. A chance for many of us to take some time off from our busy lives to be grateful and enjoy our families (your horsey family members too of course).
~ HfH Web Mistress