OurHorses is proud and excited to be a primary supporter of the new Gratitude Bowls Indiegogo campaign!
Gratitude Bowls is a project that uses the existing infrastructure of restaurants in our communities to feed those who couldn’t otherwise afford to eat. We start by diverting food that is currently wasted and make it available as nourishing meals. We reimburse the restaurants for each meal served through our fundraising efforts.
Why is an organization focused on providing sanctuary for horses now supporting a program to feed humans?
It’s a simple practice. The more people are cared for, the less they have to worry about basics like feeding themselves, the more they have the opportunity to be concerned with subjects such as the ethical treatment of animals and the preservation of our environment. Kindness is like a seed, if you plant it and nurture it, it grows. When it grows it benefits everybody; humans, animals, and the earth.
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Stormy May along with Sierra Roots are providing an action nearly everyone can take today to lead towards this world where everyone is cared for through human kindness. Even something as simple as sharing this message is an action that changes the world.
Never underestimate the power of goodness within you. This power of goodness can change or heal the lives of others around you. – Anthony Douglas Williams – Inside the Divine Pattern
“[Gratitude] turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
― Melody Beattie
Thank you for all the words and deeds of support many of you have given OurHorses. Together we are building a new world of love, compassion and understanding.
Weideparadies is a paradise in Germany where a horse can be a horse. At Weideparadies horses, donkeys, cows, sheep, dogs and humans live in harmony because the humans have chosen to use their time, talents and other resources to provide the best environment possible to give all of the animals lives with dignity and respect. The animals live together in herds, and in families when possible.
Here is a recent article from a local German paper about Weideparadies (translated). See the original article in German here: Weideparadies (German)
Paradise for four-leggeds
To make the world a little bit better for humans and animals, that’s what Inge Hoffkamp wants to do.
For two years she has run a sanctuary called “Weideparadies” at Hof Heisenstein in Holzheim, Germany.
Along with friend, Sonja Thiel she had the idea to create a place where horses could live according to the paddock paradise concept. At the farm of Peter Lachenmeier she found the opportunity.
Inge Hoffkamp was born in Baden–Wüttemberg and moved to Haunetal 10 years ago.
The 46 year old worked as a veterinary assistant and studied horse psychology and also was a housemother in an anthroposophical community.
18 horses – 16 of them are not her own as well as a donkey, 5 cows, sheep and dogs live at Hof Heisenstein. The paddock paradise area spans 5 hectares guiding the horses over different ground materials and through the forest. “We were inspired by the paddock paradise concept of Jaime Jackson, an American farrier,” said Hoffkamp. ” Horses need movement on different types of ground and a natural diversity of food. That’s why species-appropriate horse-keeping is nearly impossible in Germany.” Many horses get laminitis says the manager of “Weideparadies”. They regularly offer workshops on hoof care and healthy hooves, which are attended by people from all over Germany.
Owners of the other herd members, from an Arabian horse to a wild Icelandic pony come from Hamburg, Bremen, Essen and from Switzerland. “We can not take any more horses,” says Hoffkamp “we want to work on the quality not the quantity.” Hoffkamp also provides a home for animals that are entrusted in her care from the animal rescue.
Inge Hoffkamp points out a an important part of the concept. “ None of our animals get used. It means we do not work with them.” The horses don’t get ridden, the cows don’t get slaughtered, and only the wool of the sheep gets used.
Hoffkamp stopped riding 5 years ago. “Studies show that it is harmful for horses.” the 46 years old says. She does not want to proselytize to anybody and she knows that she upsets a great number of pleasure and sport riders. But she cannot reconcile horse sports with her own conscience anymore.
Students from Witzenhausen, Göttingen and Holland are regular guests in Holzheim to observe the herd behavior of the “free” animals.
In the future Hoffkamp wants to integrate the cows into the horse herd. “Here true friendships arise.”
The 46 year old is certain.
Weideparadies is the newest sanctuary to join OurHorses in changing the world for horses and humans. If you have been following OurHorses for some time, you may remember reading about Sonja Thiel at Weideparadies organizing the rescue of 5 horses whose owner, Katherina, had become seriously ill. Sonja raised funds, arranged transportation and now looks after the care of the father and mother horses Miro and Betty and their family of 3 children Amira, Loulou and Layla. These horses share a strong family bond, rare to find in today’s horse world. Sonja says the horses are so close, when they sleep one stays on guard and the rest lie down, often so that each one is touching another.
Here is a video clip of the horse family and humans enjoying each other in the snow.
To ensure they can continue to live free from harm, the herd needs people interested in preserving this beauty in the world. Sponsors are invited to donate to their care and to visit and feel this loving bond. You can donate here via PayPal and all funds raised will go to support Miro, Betty and the kids. To contact Sonja directly for more information email her at: email@example.com . More information about Weideparadies can be found at www.weideparadies.de .
Intellectually I know we’re all one. When my actions arise from that place, I feel healed within myself. The path of the horse has been a path of remembering to see horses and other life forms as fellow expressions of life on this fertile, diverse planet. Often it’s easier to remember this oneness with animals than some of the humans I meet.
Simran Sethi takes us on a journey of exploration during her TED talk, sharing her own path of opening to people who weren’t like her. She lights a bright path to enable more of us to find common ground between all humans. Please watch, listen and comment.