Everyone here at H2H is healthy, appart from the inevitable bumps, bruises and scrapes that come with horses being horses.
The H2H herd is being kept busy with daily showers, exercise and regular hoof trimming schedules, to keep their minds and bodies fit. Despite my best efforts, it is clear that the horses miss the students and volunteers making a fuss of them!
Your donations will allow us to grow to maximize our self- sustainability and our productivity. This will be the cornerstone of brining H2H to it's full potential. We have built a second riding arena, in order to have a much needed second space for lessons and groundwork. We have also built, welded, and painted the new round pen; it is made fully of round metal piping to maximize durability and minimize injury to the horses. Finally we have removed the crumbling remains of the previous round pen, and it looks amazing.
We have had it coated it in 2 layers of primer and 2 coats of white rust retardant paint.
Unforgettable moments of pure bliss in the new round pen.
We have also bought all the materials and begun the work to build 2 new stables. We are done pouring the foundations, and setting up the roof as I type. In the next week we will prepare to cement the floor.
We have been progressively setting up areas to grow our own forrage in hopes to make our own hay.
The lockdown has shown us how necessary it is to be Self-sustainable.
Our usual schedule of Natural Horsemanship lessons, and other horse-related activities have been on hold for a long time as well due to lockdown regulations. This has made it impossible to generate income, because, much like many places we depend on hands on teaching to make ends meet. We are just restarting the natural horsemanship and horse care lessons.
In a time where we have all come to value and yearn for connection freedom, nature and the outdoors; it is important that we are ready to open our doors to anyone who would benefit from spending time in H2H.
To accomodate the growing herd we need your help, to grow our infrastructure to house all our horses and ponies in a safely and comfortably. We are missing a few essential things to be able to expand: more stables (Pebbles still doesn't have her own stable); a feed storage room that keeps our feed stock dry in the rainy season and safe from critters; a stable for medical treatments and showers; a ceiling with sufficient space for adequate head clearance for the tall horses.
For a bit more about me:
• 10,000/- INR for feed from RSA Overseas Pune ( incl. Transport). (Monthly)
• ~25,000/- INR for feed sourced locally (Raggi, kollu, finger millet, wheat bran flakes). (Monthly)
• 25,000/- INR for staff (filling hay nets, cleaning stables, fixing fencing, removing manure...) (Monthly expense)
• 25,700/- INR for feed from Himalayan Horse Care (incl. Transport). (every 2 months)
• 50,000/- INR for hay (available only seasonally). (Every 3 months)
• ~5,000/- INR for painter (rust proofing existing metal surfaces, painting stables) (~2x a year)
• 3,850/- INR for deworming paste April (~every 4 months)
• 28,095/- INR metal fencing poles for new round pen and Stallion enclosure (One time payment)
• 21,100/- INR GI Chain link fencing, fencing posts (One time payment)
• 10,560/- INR for metal roofing from new stable block (One time payment)
• 25,000/- INR for welder, painter, mason and helpers to build the new stable and build the round pen and fencing
This is what sparked the plans for a new structure to cover the existing stables. This bolted steel structure with solar panels and a rain water harvesting system will be the first step (leap) to making us self-sufficient and thus closer to our goal of self-sustainability.
Update on 06/02/2021
The rain has come and gone.
The horses and humans of H2H on thr other hand have been struggling in the mud and humid weather. Our hay stock which we purchased mid December went completely mouldy after a group of cows pulled off the tarps one rainy night to have a midnight feast.... We removed the wet hay and replaced the tarps but it was so rainy that we were not able to dry the masses of wet hay...This cost us two thirds of our hay lost to fungi.
5,500 Rs for the load of loose hay and
15,000 rs for the rolls
- 30,000 rupees for 3 loads of hay (prices increase as the rainy season approaches. This hay will last us around 2 months)
- 60,000 for hard feed (Sunflower seeds, barley, kambou, Kollu, Raggi)
- 10,000 rupees for peanut oil, hemp supplements, turmeric powder, and other essential feed supplements.
- 50,000 rupees to fix leaking roofs and build a covered space for Pebbles before the rain hits.
Most of the ingredients in the horse feed are increasingly expensive and have been hard to come by (if at all) during this pandemic. But regardless of that, it is important to us to stay true to the way horses eat in the wild, to maintain the integrity of their delicate digestive system.
Monsoon demonstrating how to use the hay net
To assist that, we provide free-choice hay in slow feeder nets (all day, all night) placed in strategic spots to promote movement and ensure equal access to all herd members. In addition, hard feed and supplements are tailored to each individual's health requirements. Thanks to the success of our first fundraiser and local donors, we were able to restock on hay and feed, but that has now been depleted. We have half a load of hay in stock (diminishing daily), and barely two weeks’ worth of hard feed (grains, bran, etc).Additionally, our current infrastructure is more than 15 years old, and needs immediate maintenance and renovation. Pebbles (one of our ponies), still does not have a stable to call home. This rainy season we wish to rectify that – a mission for which we need your help!
Pebbles in our DIY round pen.
Our long-term dream is to rebuild the roof of our stables (which is currently a patchwork of flimsy plastic sheets), and in long term, making them more spacious by breaking down the back walls. This will create a space where we can contain a horse if it needs medical attention, give baths and more.
The colorful roof patchwork in the background, hopefully soon upgraded to something actually waterproof, functional and most of all safe.
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