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Weʼre raising £7,000 to buy 2 lorries of hay/1100 bales, essential vet supplies and field & shelter maintenance to get 35 rare breed Skyrian Horses through Winter!

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We are a group of volunteers reaching out to you on behalf of 35 endangered Skyrian horses and 2 non-Skyrian rescues. Amanda Simpson and Stathis Katsarelias have dedicated the last 13 years of their lives and everything they have to conserving this ancient and rare breed on the island of Skyros in Greece. We have exciting plans to create a membership association in the near future in order to support them long term, but right now resources are drying up and they are in desperate need of your help to continue to provide a home for these special horses.

It takes at least 66 tonnes of hay per year, imported from mainland Greece, to feed the 35 Skyrians plus two other rescued horses. Other equipment and veterinary treatments that we take for granted in more developed countries – such as electric fencing, energisers, tetanus vaccinations, wormers, rugs, fly masks etc. – are very expensive and often difficult to access quickly. Amanda and Stathis also improve the welfare of other Skyrian horses on the island by being available for nursing support, worming as many of them as they can, educating local people, and in some instances rescuing or feeding emaciated horses. They also care for 2 rescue dogs (one found hanging from a tree, left to die) and 16 feral rescue cats.

However, it is not just animals who find sanctuary at the farm. Volunteers who engage with the project find something they need here: personal development, a safe space, a break from modern society, an adventure, another family, a home away from home. The space fosters continuous learning through creativity and encourages people to connect with horses in an ethical and thoughtful way. Working on the farm allows people to experience life authentically as they observe the natural cycles of health and sickness, life and death, success and failure, hope and fear. It is a constant struggle with new challenges every day, but that’s what makes you feel alive.

What’s more, the latest scientific research is showing how selective breeding over hundreds of years has changed the anatomy of modern breeds and is possibly causing a number of physical problems in horses. Scientists are now dissecting and researching primitive breeds, such as the Konik and the Przewalski's horse, that appear to have no skeletal/anatomical issues. The hope is that, with the results of this research, it will be possible to breed specifically to correct the anatomical failures in the modern sports horse. Therefore, conserving primitive breeds like the Skyrian horse is potentially crucial for the future of all our horses. (If interested, further information can be found here: https://www.equinestudies.nl/category/blogs/)

The project relies entirely on donations and unpaid volunteers. We are raising £7000 to:

- purchase 2 lorries of hay and a small lorry of oat straw (1100 bales x approx. £5 per bale)

- purchase essential veterinary supplies such as colic medicine, anti-parasite control, veteran feeds and supplements for old horses, mineral blocks, fly sprays etc.

- carry out essential maintenance on fences and field shelters which will ensure that stallions and mares are safely separated and protected

- purchase good quality rugs for the older horses, to protect them with winter on its way.

Each donation supports the Skyrian horses in Amanda and Stathis’ care to continue to thrive at the farm and preserves this special place for future volunteers. The project hasn’t had injection of capital since 2015 and consequently we have had very little money to spend on site maintenance. Therefore, any amount raised over our £7000 target will be set aside as extra funds towards further repairs and essential maintenance of the farm.

Every person who donates will receive a thank you message via JustGiving and also a thank you on our Facebook page, Friends of the Skyrian Horse.

Like our page (https://www.facebook.com/friendsoftheskyrianhorse/) to keep updated about life on the farm and our progress towards becoming a membership association. Send us a message via the page if you would like us to contact you when we are all set up!

Every donation counts, big or small. If all our friends bought a bale of hay instead of a coffee on their way to work or a pint at the pub, together we’d be at least halfway or perhaps even all the way there…

For further information about the project please visit: https://skyrosislandhorsetrust.com/

(Copyright of Friends of the Skyrian Horse and Skyros Island Horse Trust 2018)

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  • Kathleen Davis2 days ago
    Kathleen Davis

    Kathleen Davis

    2 days ago

    A very heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you Skyrian Horse Angels from the 35 four leggeds and the two leggeds. Each and every one of you that has donated will be the reason why our project with this critically endangered breed will continue! With just over a week left we still have a way to go to reach our goal. If you're considered donating, please please now is the time to do so - let's get these rare and unique little equines all that they need to get through the winter into spring safely! THANK YOU ευχαριστώ!

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  • Kathleen Davis11 days ago
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    Kathleen Davis

    11 days ago

    Just over the half way mark at 56%!! FANTASTIC news - we couldn’t have done it without the generosity of ALL of you WONDERFUL PEOPLE!!!! 😇💖🙏 BUT we still have some way to go before we reach our target to make sure these unique endangered little Skyrian horses get safely through the winter. Please if you can, continue to share and let people know about our campaign! The 35 Skyrian horses neigh an enormous THANK YOU Σας ευχαριστώ πάρα πάρα πολύ..to you! For more info on volunteering, visiting or virtual adoption please message our FB page!

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  • Kathleen Davis16 days ago
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    Kathleen Davis

    16 days ago

    We would like to say an ENORMOUS THANK YOU to everyone who has donated so far! This is REALLY exciting - in just under a week we have managed to raise enough to buy at least 1 FULL LORRY OF HAY! BUT we still have a way to go before we can buy the next lorry...So please please keep talking about our cause with your friends....Below is an excellent informative video about the Skyrian Horse and our project which is great to send to horsey and non-horsey people alike. LOTS OF SMALL DONATIONS ADD UP TO MAKE A MASSIVE DIFFERENCE! Thank you <3

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Page last updated on: 11/14/2018 10:53 PM

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 14, 2018

    £5.00

  • Kara Betts

    Kara Betts

    Nov 14, 2018

    £5.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 14, 2018

    £150.00

  • Sharon McDonald

    Sharon McDonald

    Nov 14, 2018

    Amanda is an selfless angel.

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 14, 2018

    £100.00

  • Karin Painke

    Karin Painke

    Nov 14, 2018

    £200.00

  • Susan Attew

    Susan Attew

    Nov 14, 2018

    Good luck to you and your horses for this winter x

    £50.00

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