Update on Katherina’s horses
In case you’re just joining us here at OurHorses, we’ve taken on the project of caring for a family of 5 horses in Germany for a year while their human caretaker heals. This herd includes a mother, father (now gelded) and 3 offspring who have been able to live together as a close family without being ridden or worked with in any traditional sense. We get a rare chance to see and support a horse family living the best life that we can provide in a world where they are valued simply for being who they are, not for what entertainment or recreation they can give humans. Here’s an update on how they are doing.
We have now created a larger area for Katharina’s horses. They can now walk from the yard a long way down into the valley. First, their area comes from the pasture into a path in a small wooded area with a beautiful glade. From there, they can use another way into a large pasture with fruit trees. Here they have hay and water.
At first the five horses were very insecure and not wanting to leave their familiar field. They stood at the fence and showed neither curiosity nor interest in the new path. They all looked very relieved as Sonja came to walk down together with them. Immediately all the horses followed her confidently into the unknown, new terrain. The first was Layla the youngest foal, she is very curious and self-confident. In the glade all of the horses were very excited and bucked and ran back and forth. They all were at full speed and just wanted to run back up the hill but immediately stopped at Sonja’s call. They turned and followed her to the next big area with the water and the hay. There they investigated together with Sonja the pasture, the hay and water until they felt safe and happy with the new grass.
Now they stay in the new pasture in the valley and seem to like it there. Together they search for grass and chew hay from their haynets and observe the village life in the distance.
Sonja writes, “I feel that they have a lot of trust in us humans and that they have the experience that what we say is valuable and always positive for them. They reacted so full of trust, open and curious to my offer to walk to the new pasture with them and again when they got nervous and wanted to run back home.”
What a blessing that we have been able to make it so far to get these horses into a safe, caring home.
All together we have now collected 1813 € in donations for Katharina’s horses. (1200 € was the cost of the transport.) So we have 613 € for hay and everything the horses need. I think that is already very, very good! It’s wonderful that so many people have helped us and the horses. We still have 1787 € to go.
We’re over half way to our total! Please donate a few Euros today. Thank you to all the people who are helping Katherina, the horses and their caretakers!