TIERRA MADRE HORSE SANCTUARY is simply a very nice, very loving home for horses who, through no fault of their own, have no better place to go. Good food, good care, a lot of room, a lot of love and understanding and a lot of treats – a place where horses can enjoy being horses. No pressure to perform just to assuage fragile human egos.
Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary evolved more by chance than by design. Because we had a little extra space now and then, homeless horses began finding their way here. A half-blind Quarter Horse, a young Thoroughbred who had broken his knee in a race, and ex-trail string horse, a horse so abused he wouldn’t let a human touch him for months, a couple of show horses that had outlived their “usefulness” - they began trickling in one at a time. Basically, because I knew that no one would take better care of them than I would.
One day, I was talking to an acquaintance. In a moment of weakness, I was lamenting that so much of my time and energy and funds were being taken up by my rescued horses.
She said, “But, Jim, you’re all they’ve got.”
And that did it right there.
It made me realize that my real gift is that of loving and caring for horses that have had some lousy breaks along the way. Maybe they’ve been shuffled between humans too many times. Maybe they’ve been injured. Or abused. Maybe they’ve just been misunderstood by those unwilling or unable to try.
Doesn’t really matter, does it? What matters is that they need me and I need them.
And my own personal belief is that in the Great Circle of Life our lives were meant to intersect at a certain place at a certain time. Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary is that place and now is that time.
And we’re all having a ball.
~ Jim Gath
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