OMAR THOROUGHBRED RESCUED
In June of 2018, a beautiful soft horse was needing somewhere to feel protected and loved. When Alan first laid eyes on this gentle equine, he was affected by his beautiful brown liquid eyes and they reminded him of one of his favorite actors -the Arab actor Omar Sharif and it was not much later on he had the name Omar. Omar is an ancient name meaning eloquent voice. How on earth no one wanted this beautiful horse, who is an approximate age of 18, just shows how gravely unjust the present situation is in respect to human values and the numbers of horses who as we always say 'through no fault of their own' are tossed aside and are put in desperate situations often leading to the abattoir.
Whilst we know nothing about his life for the last 18 years which is a disgrace, we do know that he arrived at our gates on the thin side with a thick green blueish muck oozing out of both nostrils and it is proving a very difficult to erase. Many of our supporters heard about Omar and have contributed to his care.The vet has been out to see him, he's done a course of antibiotics as well as herbal treatments on a daily basis which seems to be having a positive effect on sweet Omar.
One thing we know for sure is that we've all fallen in love with this fella and he seems to have taken a liking to us. It is truly a blessing and an honor to be liked by a horse who surely has plenty of reason to never want to befriend humans ever again after being left behind over and over again as far as we can tell. Instead, the noble Omar has consistently shown us the heart and soul of a horse - that which is capable of a deeply forgiving love. More than we could ever imagine possible and can only be shown by such a being as the magnificent horse.
We take our hats off to you Omar and we're glad you're here and hope you continue to find peace, love and contentment on these grounds we call Calan Horse Sanctuary.
MATILDA Arab Cross... DECEASED
Not 'objects' and rather fellow 'subjects' as St Francis proclaimed in his respect toward all life and especially animals. He abhorred cruelty and felt the planet was the dominion of no one and a home to every living creature, including grass, worms, trees, fish and of course mammals including birds and the horse.
It is 2018 and sadly, since Francis's proclamation in the 1200s, centuries have passed and we're still battling suffering inflicted on animals thought of as 'objects. We at Calan Horse Sanctuary, will not let this one pass nor let our equine residents, especially Matilda whom we loved for just a short time and died this week, go unnoticed.
Her story could easily be from Francis's time when neglect of animals was rampant. This gentle old mare was given sanctuary at Calan Horse Sanctuary in December 2017 after years of forced breeding. And we're told by word of mouth, even at age 30 she was made to give ongoing riding lessons, not just rides, to approximately 36 different children whilst in foal.
We all know how much work a horse has to do to teach a human how to ride- let alone 36! In fact, the approach to her by a human when known this mare was going to retire was 'Can't you just let her squeeze out another one before you give her away?'
Any human would be horrified at this. Not because Matilda is an animal, and rather because it is not what any TRUE human being would think and say.
Unfortunately, what this lovely, gentle and trusting old mare suffered doesn't stop there. She came to us with barely any teeth, constantly dropping her grain when trying to eat because she couldn't grind the food like a healthy horse. Include constant pulling on the bit by dozens of people learning to ride -to the extent that she lost most except 13 (a normal horse would have about 40-42.)
After the horrific drought we've just pulled through, the tough guilford grass had grown and poor Matilda in trying to graze like a normal horse's instinct is to do, couldn't masticate the grass. We don't know what happened although speculate that she might have had an compaction and heart attack in the middle of the night this past week, and died alone. No herd members were nearby to guide her or neigh out to Alan for help like Brodie did when old Merc was in trouble. As Alan is the only resident at the sanctuary, he couldn't have known this was happening during the dark hours of night. Around her body were swirls of sand as if her legs were trying to get her upright- the same as old Merc.
We'll always be here for these gorgeous equine souls, our friends on the journey through life. Our wish as always, is that Matilda has joined up in the big beyond and crossed over the rainbow bridge to run free forever more.
Go gently dear friend. I will never forget you.
Alan, Calan Horse Sanctuary
RED Standardbred RESIDENT And LILLY Thoroughbred RESIDENT
Our family is very grateful that Alan provides such a wonderful caring sanctuary for neglected and unwanted horses.
Red and Lilly have been part of our family for nearly 5 years. With Red being a standardbred gelding and Lilly a thoroughbred mare. They were the first horses we owned and they came to us as an inseparable pair - not being able to be out of sight of each other. Their lovely personalities were a wonderful introduction to horses for our children.
There were many Sunday morning trail rides in the local area, horse riding lessons and learning how to care for horses. In August 2017 an interstate work opportunity came up that meant a shift to south - east NSW. Given their age with Red at 33 years and Lilly at 22 years we thought it would be too stressful for them to make the long trip east, particularly to a much colder climate.
As difficult as this decision was we believe it was in the best interest for Red and Lilly. We were somewhat apprehensive about re-homing them and sending them to an uncertain future. Their life with us was very comfortable with lots of attention and care.
On searching for options for Red and Lilly we found the Calan Horse Sanctuary website. We were immediately impressed with the obvious commitment to the wellbeing of the animals and contacted Alan explaining our situation. Alan graciously invited us to meet with him and have a look at the sanctuary as he had a double shelter available. The whole family went to have a look at the property and it was very impressive.
Alan is incredibly committed to the care of the horses, many who come to him with dreadful histories. The facilities are magnificent and so well cared for and so well maintained. We spent some time with Alan and the horses and his connection with them and love for them all is obvious.
We felt very comfortable taking Red and Lilly to be in Alan's care and extremely grateful that this kind of sanctuary is available. We have committed to on going financial support to Alan to assist with the costs of the care of Red and Lilly and would encourage others to do this also.
Deane & Jodie