EQUUS Foundation supports STAR Ranch with building funds
EQUUS Foundation, a national organization that supports equine facilities of all types, has granted a request by STAR Ranch in Waynesville for funds to build a large run-in shed for the horse rescue's herd.
"[I'm] thrilled to receive the news," said Karen Owens, president of STAR Ranch. “When the winds blow, the temperatures drop or the rain is torrential, we bring all of [the horses] into the barn. That’s a lot of horses in one spot.”
Because horses put on a heavy coat for winter, the law does not require facilities like STAR Ranch to have a shelter. However, an additional structure at the facility in Waynesville will take the pressure off of the barn, eliminate over crowding and will provide a wind block when needed as well as extra shade in the summer.
At STAR Ranch, normally six to 10 horses are in the large pasture. The shelter will be specifically for them, designed to be long and deep with the back to the prevailing wind so that all the horses can snuggle into it. Because STAR Ranch has such rolling ground, the shelter will be built in the "valley" for further protection. This location will also provide access to the nearby spring that never freezes and flows year round into a bathtub full of fresh water. The shelter will be divided into a couple of sections so no horse is pushed out by virtue of being at the bottom of the pecking order.
Owens hopes that the shelter will be completed before winter sets in, and STAR Ranch is looking for volunteers to help make the EQUUS run-in shed happen. Those who have talent, tools and time should contact 400-4940 or visit www.star-ranch-rescue.com.