In the late 1990s the Spirit of Southwinds Horse Rescue Inc was born when our executive director, Irene Patterson saw a horse in a pasture that was dangerously malnourished. Not able to turn a blind-eye to this listless, starving creature, she approached the owner and offered to buy the horse under the guise of having “always wanted a palomino.”
Over the next several years Patterson assumed responsibility for several other horses, which came to her in varying degrees of distress, and has paid for their care out of her own pocket ever since. The horses breed or colouring didn’t matter to her, nor did the severity of the harm that had been done to them—if a horse was in need and she had the means to help it she did. Patterson believed (and still does) that every animal deserves the right to being properly cared for—with an emphasis on the word CARE.
When a new horse comes to her she carefully assesses its situation and provides for its care holistically, making sure it has veterinary care if necessary, feed appropriate to its condition, the comfort of other animals nearby—as well as her own personal touch: It’s not uncommon for Patterson to visit the animal upwards of two dozen times throughout the day and night, to interact with them and let them know that they’re not alone. She says “some of these horses come to Southwinds so scared and so angry that they want to kill you. Within 6 months or a year though, they learn to trust.”
Patterson currently has 12 horses in her care and has reached her limit of what she can realistically care for by herself. She established Southwinds Horse Rescue Inc. as a registered Canadian Charity in the spring of 2014 in the hopes that donors and hands-on volunteers will come forward and help her continue her work with horses and equines.
While Southwinds is in its early organizational stages with more information to come it would gladly accept the following:
-Monetary donations (donations over $20 will be issued a tax receipt)
-Donations of supplies including tack, blankets, halters, bridles, brushes, steel panels (for pen creation), feed, hay, oats, farm machinery (tractor). If you have something we might be able to use chances are we can—please let us know!
-Volunteers able to help with the following: feeding, haying, mucking, cleaning, turning in and out, farm maintenance, watering, grooming. We are also looking for qualified riders to assist in retraining those horses that are able to be ridden. While we hope to have a volunteer-training program in the future at this time we are looking for experienced individuals.
Donations can be sent to Southwinds Horse Rescue Inc., P.O Box 123 Oakville, MB, R0H 0Y0. Paypal and on-line donations will be accepted shortly.
For more information please message us through this page—we will do our best to reply as soon as possible!
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Southwinds Horse Rescue Inc. is a registered Canadian charity (Manitoba) that is dedicated to rescuing horses from situations of neglect and abuse.
Our web page is available, and you can check the government charities page as well.We have been involved different groups for rehabilitation of horses and people working together.
Southwinds Horse Rescue Inc is a newly-registered Canadian charity in Oakville Manitoba. We love horses and want to help neglected and abused horses see what a life with love and compassion is like!
Until recently we have been a one-woman show but we kn
To rescue and care for abused/neglected/abandoned horses/equines by providing them with proper nourishment, veterinary care, retraining, love, and other healing as required. If/when horses/equines are ready, to place them in a carefully-screened, loving
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