January 19 th


Sponsor a Horse

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JERAS has taken in a new horse who was about to lose his foster home and was going to be put down because another home could not be found. We are seeking people who may want to sponsor a horse.

This was the post I had seen on Facebook:

“Knickers – Arabian Stallion in an animal shelter in Grass Valley, CA – 29 years old in desperate need of rescue. They have two-weeks to find him a rescue/adopter. Knickers was pulled from deplorable conditions back in June. He spent well over 10 years of his life living in a dark, dingy barn in a tiny 10×10 barb-wired pen. The pen was never cleaned and the water and food supply was sparse at best. A Foster Care person pulled him and 11 other horses from the property, some were living in 5 feet of mud. They put wood shavings down and the horses were so hungry they started eating them. Knickers came to stay at the foster care’s mom’s house. They had the vet out, his teeth floated and his feet trimmed. He was thin but not nearly as skinny as the others. Knickers is a very gentle boy with people. Eventually, they had to place him in another foster home right up the road since they had two mares. Knickers did really well in his new foster home and is was living with a gelding in a big pasture. The reason we need to find a new place for Knickers is because the original foster owners are moving out of state and his current foster mom’s house is in foreclosure. They are worried that euthanasia might be the end result. They can bring him up to date on all necessary vaccines and transport. We just need to get him out of our shelter system as soon as possible. Please help they are desperate.”

He looks just like the little Arabian gelding I had for 24 years, who died of a stroke at age 31 in 2004. I could not bear to think this horse might die after being rescued, just because he is losing his foster home. Stallions are hard to place and require special handling. The  consensus is he is too old to geld safely. After all those years of neglect, he deserves to spend his final years in a safe, comfortable home.

It also turns out he has spectacular bloodlines, and is a Naborr grandson and great-grandson. If you aren’t familiar with this famous Arabian, just Google him.

We have built a paddock to separate him from the other horses, since he is a stallion, but he will have lots of company on the other side of the fence. We hope to be able to eventually pair him up with Raven, our one domestic horse. He arrived at 11 PM Jan. 18 and was quite wild and rambunctious, but settled down overnight. He is a beautiful horse, despite his age.

Knickers requires a diet of soaked pellets, as he is almost 30 years old and has lost molars. His feed and supplements will run about $125 a month. With rising hay prices, it is a constant struggle to get enough funding to pay our feed bills. Won’t you consider becoming a monthly donor to help sweet old Knickers?

Knickers shortly after rescue/summer 2011




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  1. Laurie Dube says:

    Yes I would very much like to become a donor, I am a single mom with 2 children so I can’t afford very much. I would be able to give 20.00 each month, but I won’t be able to send it until the 3rd of every month. Starting February 3 you can count on me for that amount. I am in Canada, so I would have to paypal it to you, and I think that takes an extra couple of days as well. <3

  2. kathy obryan says:

    Knickers! 29 yrs. – looks like a yearling! He is beautiful & so sweet. I see, he’s Arabian – guess is why he holds his tail up! great rescue & so happy Knickers has a great home w/ you!

  3. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you so much, Kathy! I have video I need to upload tonight, I will post it on your wall tomorrow. <3

  4. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    That would really be terrific, Laurie! We always keep our donors updated with news from the sanctuary and you would be a special angel for Knickers!

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  6. Sharon says:

    WOW, Cathy…KNICKERS is just gorgeous and looks so good! As always, my dearest friend, because of you ♥ The painting of KNICKERS is simply beautiful! Love ya, sweetie!

  7. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Love you, too! <3

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