Fox Equine Rescue & Youth Horsemanship Needs Your Help
Thank you for stopping and taking the time look at our fundraising campaign. First a little about who we are and what we do, then an update on our current urgent needs for our rescue:
Fox Equine Rescue & Youth Horsemanship Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity dedicated to rescuing unwanted horses, and educating the youth in our surrounding community on horsemanship, leadership, values, and trust. We rehabilitate and bring each horse back to optimal health, then offer them for our sponsorship program, adoption to a forever home, & our Youth Horsemanship Program, where children learn not just riding skills, but become all around horse-people, and build lasting relationships.
We started our rescue in 2012 after learning that many good, use-able horses are kept in less than ideal conditions, and many more are taken to auction for seemingly simple reasons like their owners are not experienced with horses or because the horse has an issue (such as rearing, bucking, or not being obedient under saddle). Our goal is to save as many horses as we can and rehabilitate them for sponsorship, pleasure riding, or adoption to a forever home. Most of our rescues have a history of abuse, neglect, and starvation, and they take three main paths before they come to us. (Please visit our website’s “About Us” page for more details on our rescued horses).
During 2013 we moved from our small ranch in Sunol, to a larger facility in Soquel, Willow Pond Ranch, where we kept our rescue horses and started a kids program & horse boarding all to support our rescue. However it was put up for sale and we were forced to move after only being there a year. We were very fortunate to find another smaller facility only a few miles up the road, just between Los Gatos and Soquel. We have now found ourselves once again being forced to move our rescue on to greener pastures. The death of our kind benefactor and home stable for our horses left us with the urgent need to vacate his ranch and move down the road. We currently are leasing a neighboring 20 acre pasture and re-building from the ground up a proper horse shelter, barn and exercise area for the horses, as well as moving to a guest cottage 5miles away from our horses. All of this amid the the COVID-19 Shelter In Place Restrictions. It took us over a month for both Jordan and I (Valerie) to move all our horse tack-room, feed, hay, equipment and horses to the new property on Skyland Rd in the Santa Cruz Mountains. With a the help of only a couple of our closest friends, were we able to accomplish this in such a short time. Prior to our move we suffered a tragic fire in our horse barn tack room. Half of what we needed for the horsemanship program was destroyed by fire and we are still waiting on insurance to help replace our tack. Because of COVID-19 restrictions we were not able to offer our horsemanship program and private lessons for almost two months. Our horsemanship and lesson programs serve Fox Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation two fold; 1) Gives our rescued horses a purposeful and meaning life. Horses are like people, they need to know they are loved, wanted and have a purpose. 2) Financial support to care for and continue our rescue mission. With our recent fire, moving and COVID-19 non-essential restrictions, we were not able to take in the normal dollars to cover our basic needs for the horses, let alone cover the cost of rebuilding a new site.
We now find ourselves among the many rescues and non-profits struggling to keep afloat financially in a COVID-19 pandemic. We desperately need the support and help of you, our community at this time. Would you be willing to help us? Help our sweet horses get back to feeling secure and loved? Please consider donating to our worthwhile cause, so that we may once again provide both the rescued horses and community youth a continued purpose and mutual love.