Sacred Heart University in Fairfield is involving students in an advertising campaign to help support the Humane Organization Representing Suffering Equines of Connecticut (HORSE). One Connecticut student in particular has gained a whole new appreciation of horses since he has been involved in this project. HORSE is conducting a “Feed Duke” food drive.
Jason Torey and his fellow students were given the opportunity to visit H.O.R.S.E. Torey never knew much about horses but now has formed a whole new respect and admiration for them. He has also become especially fond of two rescue horses, Duke and Star. He enjoys being with them and is awed by their power, beauty and everything about them.
A seven-year-old Belgian draft horse, Duke came to the farm with serious medical problems. He had specialized laser surgery to remove a small piece of his epiglottal flap, but now some of his food and water can exit out of his nose. Duke can survive on the nourishment that he gets but there is no way of knowing how long. Worse yet, some food could get into his lungs, causing Duke a death sentence.
Duke is a great example of `horse power.' He has the will to live against all odds and needs our help now.
And Torey also has a great bond with a nine-year-old Morgan/Arab named Star. She is the best horse for trail rides and ring work.
President of H.O.R.S.E. Ct Patty Whalers says,
We are thrilled to have Sacred Heart University students working with H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut.
The students have already created fliers, brochures, email articles and even a banner that we're using. The quality of their work is excellent and they share a real passion for helping the horses that have been abused and neglected. We are entirely volunteer-supported, so the students' working with us means a lot.
Over the past 30 years, Whalers has probably rescued over 650 horses.
Treasurer Ann Lynch says it costs about $5,000 annually to care for a horse and that’s not including medical expenses. To care for Duke next year, H.O.R.S.E. Ct will probably have to spend around $25,000 but he is feisty and has a great will to live.
Lynch says, "We are an all-volunteer organization. No one here gets paid from donations that are sent to care for the horses.”
H.O.R.S.E. Ct counts its blessings that there are people who are generous with their time and money. Due to the exceptional kindness, generosity and volunteer efforts, H.O.R.S.E. is able to save horses that need help so desperately.
For information, visit horsectinfo.wix.com/hsofct2.
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