We have been horse rescuers for many many years. Due to the rising number of horses in need, we found it necessary to go public and form a non profit organization to be able to continue to care for the lost souls that find their way to the Triple O. We received our very first donations in June of this year, as result of funds raised by our Facebook friends. They raised $600 in less than 24 hours for the transport expenses for a injured, blind Arabian mare to travel from Indiana to Oklahoma. We were overwhelmed and astonished by the kindness of strangers that cared enough to give us their hard earned money to bring Luna Angelique to live at the Triple O. She'd been the recipient of the worst of the human race. She'd been starved and neglected. She'd been living tied up and escaped during a storm and was injured. They tied her back up and let the wounds on three of her legs fester until they were infected and filled with maggots. That is when she finally began to receive the best of the human race. First by someone that intervened on her behalf and got her to a vet, where she spent something like six weeks recovering from her wounds. Her hospitalization was paid for by a good Samaritian and the vet threw in some services pro-bono as well. Luna received her vaccinations. She received laser treatments for her leg wounds. She even had her teeth floated. We have been amazed at the kindness of people that donate to help a horse that they will most likely never meet in person. It does restore your faith in the human race. One of our most frequent donors is a disabled single mom. Her donations mean so much to us because we know she can't really afford it but sends it anyhow to help the horses. Even though the amount is not large.....it is dependable, like clock work on the first of the month. Recently she sent us a message saying that due to financial difficulties she would not be able to make a donation for the coming month. Despite the message we received, she still send $10 and said she'd squeezed it into her budget afterall. That is what you call priceless.
One of the most painful of the "growing pains" we've experienced is NOT being able to help everyone that has asked us for help. Over the years we've taken in FIVE blind horses. The last two to arrive were Luna and Lance. He arrived in August after being transported from West Virgina, on funds raised (again) by our Facebook friends. He was scheduled for euthanasia at the end of August if he wasn't placed by then, since his owner was in the military and being deployed. Lance and Luna met on 8-22-2011 and it was love at first sight despite the fact that they are both blind. Sadly, we have had to turn down 3 blind horses in the past three months. Until we can expand our facilities and add more fencing and stalls, we are NOT able to take any more blind horses. Every time I had to say NO.....my heart would crack a bit more. I remember the name of each one of the three. can still see their faces from the fotos we were sent and prayed and prayed that someone did help them in their time of need. We know we can not save them all but knowing that fact does NOT make it any easier. We've learned that not all "horse people" are equal.......as a matter of a fact, I have decided to no longer use that phrase. The divisions between us are too great to even be in the category. The same goes for rescues.......not equal at all. There are those who are part of the problem and those who are oar t of the solution and rarely do those two cross paths. Someone asked me, what part of what you do is the hardest ? It's a very iffy business for sure. Everything about rescue work is a risk. It has a huge margin for error and too many variables to be an exact science. For me, the "human aspect" is the toughest. Every step of the process involves dealing with people and often many of them do NOT have the horse's best interest at heart. That complicates the horse's predicament ten-fold. Being in the trenches is a messy affair, so it is hard to keep from offending some of the people you cross paths with even if you try to walk the tight rope of diplomacy. We follow one basic theory. We will do our best to meet the needs of horses and hope that we don't have to step on too many toes. With that being said, I must add that horses in need come first and if we offend someone in the process, then it was unavoidable but necessary. Those growing pains are part of the growth process and we'll muddle our way through it, just like everything else....one step at a time.
Now we'd like to announce that we will be changing gears to facilitate our mission. As anyone that follows the Triple O on Facebook, reads our website or blog, I, Elizabeth O'Neal am VERY opposed to horse slaughter. I've posted the statement that all the content of our blog, website and Facebook page are MY opinions and not necessarily those of our organization. The anti-horse slaughter movement has been progressing with pending legislation to permanently ban horse slaughter and protect American horses from being exported across our borders to be slaughtered. Suddenly, the issue was thrown into main stream media with headlines reading - US Horse Slaughter Plants To Be Re-Opened which is a major step backwards into the Dark Ages. I am painfully aware of the fact that our Facebook page has been taken hostage by the issue of horse slaughter. I am sadly conscious of the fact that many people can not face the stark reality of the brutality displayed in the photos or even the horrific descriptions of the process which turns a magnificent creature such as a horse into a butchered carcass hanging in a meat room. It has been my intention to increase awareness and encourage people that oppose horse slaughter to be pro-active and raise their voice to defend the defenseless equine species. I intended on spreading information to help educate people about the plight of the American horse, wild and domestic, so that they could info others and together we could put an end to this madness, which I call our modern day horse holocaust. While I fiercely oppose horse slaughter, I have gone a wee bit overboard by letting the slaughter issue rule our Facebook page which overshadows the work we do at the Triple O. We have discussed the concerns of our Facebook friends and FB page readers about the horse slaughter related postings and have decided to change gears and the direction of which we think is best for the Triple O page. We've decided to move the horse slaughter issue off of the Triple O page onto my personal FB account. Sooooo, as of Jan.1, 2012, the FB page will be dedicated to issues with our organization and mission. IF you oppose horse slaughter I invite you to send me a friends request and tell me you are AGAINST horse slaughter. By being on my friends list you must understand that I plan on ending horse slaughter soon and will post even MORE links than before and try to find the most up to date info on the status on the future of the American horse. Come on over if you want to learn more about the issue and want to fight against this vile industry. I've got room for about 3,000 more friends before I max out......so hope to hear from you soon.