Happy Holidays Tamaya Rehab Supporters!
As 2014 draws to a close, the staff and volunteers of The Stables at Tamaya – Horse Rehabilitation Program wish you a happy holiday season. Please take a moment from your busy holiday activities to get caught up on activities at The Stables.
We hope you enjoy this news and share with friends.
Connie Collis – Stable Director
Gratitude for blessings is always in season, but at this special time of year, I would like to express my love and gratitude for everyone who has helped me and my horses. For without the horses and the people who love horses, I would be lost. The horses give me a reason to get up in the morning. They are always happy with me, and give me unconditional love.
A Ray of Hope
Ray was one of the first horses that the Tamaya Horse Rehab rescued. He arrived so sickly and weak that he spent a year in the stables just getting TLC from Aida and Carolyn (see last month’s newsletter). When he was strong enough, Connie put him in the pasture were he could eat, run, and play. And wow what a difference care at The Tamaya Horse Rehab made in his life. Ray has absolutely bloomed. See the revitalized Ray below as he gets special Christmas love from volunteer Julie Rodriquez. He always was a favorite because of his kind temperament. Ray has become an incredibly handsome horse. Connie said, “Now we are feeding him high-protein feed and exercising him to prepare him for his first ride.” Ray is doing beautifully, and may soon join stable rides.
Volunteer Profile: Ben Braden
By Elizabeth Anderson
Most animal rescue organizations could not exist without reliable volunteers; this is especially true with horse rescue. Taking care of horses requires a lot of manual labor, patience, and grit. In this space, meet the volunteers who work diligently to help ensure that the horses get what they need—everyday—no matter what.
Six mornings out of seven, if you need Ben Braden, you will find him at The Tamaya Horse Rehab. He read in the newspaper that they needed volunteers and started pitching in soon after they opened. He had never worked with horses, but he and his wife Terri wanted to volunteer with non-profits, and they both liked animals. Terri joined him two years ago and volunteers two to three days a week—watering, feeding, bathing, mucking stalls, and whatever else needs to be done. The couple recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
In retrospect, Ben said that they were “probably closet cowboys, but didn’t figure that out until they got there.” Ben, a retired
Marine with nearly 40 years of active duty service and grandfather to four little boys—the eldest age five, one age three, and twins, age four—starts his mornings feeding the horses. “It’s almost
been like therapy for me; It’s so peaceful and quiet,” he explained. “It’s extremely rewarding to work with the horses to help them mend, whether physically or mentally. It’s as good for me as it is for them.”
Connie has come to depend on his commitment, reliability, calming presence, and expanding expertise. “Ben has been our most inspiring volunteer. He came to us with very little horse knowledge, but learned he had a real love of horses. Ben and his wife Terri spend many hours at the stables mucking stalls and loving horses,” she said.
This summer Ben learned to drive a team of horses and participated in a training contest, taking on a horse that no one else thought had a usable future. Ben worked with the horse everyday, de-spooking him with activities such as teaching him to go around barrels. Ben ended up sharing first place with another contestant everyone expected to win it all.
Connie said, “Ben’s faith in the horse made a difference. He truly comes to work for all the right reasons, to make a difference in horses’ lives. And I believe these wonderful horses make a difference in Ben’s life.”
Eagle Projects at Tamaya
by Courtney Butler
This winter, the Tamaya Horse Rehabilitation Program is pleased to host two New Mexico Eagle Scout Projects, which will provide important resources for the horses and the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa.
The first project, slated to begin before year’s end, is already causing a lot of excitement. To begin, the scouts will build composting bins for manure, scraps, and organic waste like weeds, brush, and twigs. The resulting compost will be used in the orchard and the herb and vegetable gardens at the hotel. This is just another way the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa is moving towards a more green future.
The second project is to build a confidence course for training the horses and the riders, which will include barrels, low walls, and fences. The horses at the Tamaya Horse Rehab arrive in various conditions, with differing temperaments and ability levels. An obstacle course is a fun way to exercise the horses, test and enhance their agility, as well as give them a sense of accomplishment during their rehabilitation.
These Eagle Scout Projects will enhance the quality of life for the horses at the Tamaya Horse Rehabilitation Program and support this Hyatt Regency’s environmental efforts. The Tamaya Horse Rehab thanks the scouts for dedicating their time and labor to these two valuable projects. We look forward to keeping you informed on their progress!
Did you know that horses grow winter coats? Compare the sleek coat on the Mustang baby in August (left) to the warm, fuzzy coat he started growing in November to prepare for winter. Brrrr.
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