With nine grandchildren, one great grandchild and another on the way, Granny is usually frantic about getting the right holiday gifts for everyone. What do you get friends and family during an apocalyptic pandemic, except maybe a Bug Out Bag? Luckily, it was suggested that I visit the Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines, where I found the perfect solution for those family members who have everything, or those family members who need to think outside the box.
One of my psychic/medium friends, who is also an animal communicator, told me about this farm up in Pottstown, Pa. She had been there the week before. Since it was a beautiful, and sunny day, I took the ride.
Ryerss Farm was started by a petite and feisty woman, Anne Waln-Ryerss, who strived to pursue opportunities to help helpless animals, especially horses. Upon her death in 1888, Anne bequeathed $130,000 to establish a hospital for ill, injured, and aged horses. Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines is the country’s oldest non-profit organization of its kind. The horses are mostly 20 years old or older, and many are there for health issues or they have been rescued from an abusive situation. The farm has a board of directors, which you can check out on the website. Every board member is a 100% volunteer. They are there because of their love for these majestic creatures.
As soon as Jean and I parked the car, we headed into the main shop to sign in and to purchase a bag of horse treats. While in the shop, we learned about the special care that is given to every animal on the farm, which included a pig, mule, and donkey. It costs money to take care of the horses, especially for the feed, dental, and veterinary care. Ryerss Farm depends on volunteers and sponsors to help with the care of an animal. I quickly grabbed the pamphlets to learn more, and out we went to meet the residents of the farm.
I love horses, even though I am afraid to ride one. It’s a thing with me: if my feet don’t touch the ground, I am not riding it…but there was one particular horse who immediately grabbed my attention. Anya’s registered name is Navarre’s Gold Bar11. She was born in 1997 and was sent to Ryerss farm on April 14, 2016. Anya’s first job was with the state of Maryland’s Therapeutic Riding Facility for children. She was later purchase by a woman for personal use and was ridden as a western horse, which has to do with the saddle. The western saddle is larger and heavier with the rider using his seat, his weight and neck-reining to direct the horse.
When her owner moved Anya back to Pennsylvania, Anya had to learn dressage aka English, which means the rider uses a smaller and lighter saddle for dressage competitions. The rider has more physical control over the horse. Dressage is very demanding on a horse and can eventually become painful because of forceful and rapid training methods. This may have been the case for Anya, and so, she was retired to Ryerss.
Anya got my attention because she was feisty and she pushed all the other horses, much bigger than her, away in order to get treats from me. I am a psychic/medium and usually only communicate with human souls, but later while visiting Anya back at her stall, I asked her why she was so feisty with the other horses. I heard her say, as clear as a bell, “I’ve had to fight for everything I wanted.” I hear you, girl! Been there, done that!
I don’t have the money to sponsor Anya for the full year, but I will send what I can for now. I do attend to pay for the full year as soon as I have the money. Horses are sacred animals, along with the elephants and whales. They need our protection. If you have a family member that you would love to give a special Holiday gift that is different than the normal ties, pajamas, perfume….then please sponsor one of the horses. You can learn more how to sponsor a horse at Ryerss Farm For Aged Equines here.
Thank you, and safe Holidays to all.