After moving Lacey to her new field, and seeing how much grass she has available to her and how much she doesn't need ALL that grass, someone suggested to me that I look into fostering for a equine rescue...
I figured there weren't any around here but someone suggested one that just so happens to be based in my town!
Anyway, from what I can see, their foster program looks fantastic. But, in since I've never done any of this stuff before, I'd love it if you guys could look over the information I have already and tell me if you think it'll fit what I tell you of my situation.
No worries as well, this is a reputable rescue. It was recommended to me by Darla Clark of "Grace-The Little Horse That Could" fame and seeing as how she basically brought a dead horse back to life, I trust her opinion.
For my part, all I really have to offer is a plethora of land, lots of grass, a lonely old lady horse, safe fencing, shelter, and love - all the "basics". I really don't have $$ to pour into a foster horse but from what I can see, it looks like the rescue doesn't expect fosters to pay much.
They also deliver the horse to you - no need to have a trailer.
Anyway, here's what they've sent me so far:
"Hi Emily -
Please keep in mind that we have the ability to be flexible with foster homes, this is just the "general" foster home info. I have attached our Foster Care Program flyer but here are a few more details.
1. We will do a site check.
2. We see what type of horse you are willing to work with. Many of the horses we get are the "unwanted" horses and have little to no training. And nearly 100% of the time they cannot be ridden. Most of the horses we get are very under weight and just need some TLC until we can get them into training or until we find a forever home.
3. You are responsible for the horse, as if it was your own. You will be in charge of scheduling hoof trims and making sure the horse is healthy, which might mean managing a food program. Call *** if you every have any questions regarding the horse.
4. We evaluate what you are able and willing to pay for, all tax deductible. *** covers vet costs, but beyond that we work with you. We ask that the foster home cover as much of the cost as possible but if you need us to cover hoof trims, and hay or grain we can do that. Then you will just be a "loving hotel" of sorts. Its really flexible, we just need to have a game plan so we know how much to budget for each horse and how many horses we can support.
5. Then we discuss length of horse stay. If you only want to sign up for 3 months that is just fine. If you are willing to house the horse until we find it a forever home great! And again, we're flexible. If at any time you decide that you can no longer care for the animal then we will find another place for it. You will never be stuck with a horse.
I'm sure you have questions, so please ask
These were just the topics that I could think of. Let me know what you think.
Do you board or do you have your own property?" https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&p...9NXBmi5Q2WP-lw
Anyway, does that look like it'll be a good fit to you guys? I don't want to get too caught up in "doing a good thing" and forget to fact check.