Shari Frederick, founder and self-described "head pooper scooper", recently invited Amazing Grays Ministry to visit the rescue and work with a few resident horses with bonding or trust issues.
Before moving on to my round-pen meetings, Shari
took me and my husband and I on a walking tour to meet the residents of HHH; dogs, donkeys, and horses - lots and lots of horses.
Every introduction included the horse's name, story, and a brief overview of its personality and challenges.
Beauty dressed in plain Texas clothes
I don't know if it was Plato or other social commentator of the day who first recognized need as a prime generator of creativity, but if it is true that necessity is indeed the mother of invention then Shari Frederick
may be Mother Superior.
Some folks like to support causes that are classy, well-marketed, and the darlings of the media.
Just 'Think Pink' and you'll know what I'm talking about. Â Glossy wrappers don't necessarily mean that what lies underneath the smooth layers isn't worthy, but some challenges are so great there isn't room in the budget for coordinated clothing, equipment, or back drops for pre-scheduled photo ops.
At HHH the only obvious coordination I saw were stacks of matching red buckets and the design of horse shelters.
is a master of re-purposing materials to make improvements at HHH without having to fork over funds that could be used to feed, care for, and sometimes train rescue residents.
No longer needed storage containers have been modified and placed in a neat row to protect feed and provide shelter for horses.
If you look closely at the photo at the end of this article you'll notice that the fence is not one simple line of pipe rails.
designed the alley where the Red Bucket Brigade musters daily with evenly spaced gates that create a long row of small pens when closed.
The entire rescue is an ingenious work in progress designed to make caring for large numbers of horses safe and possible.
Seeking Connection, Safety, and Relationship
Coco, a beautiful gray quarter horse mare, had absolutely no history with humans before coming to HHH as an 8 or 9 year old. Â Shari
believes it was divine intervention that made it possible for me to meet Coco in a large arena area used as a paddock without any other horses to distract her
Coco wouldn't allow anyone to walk up to put a halter on her
, so getting her
into the round pen was our first goal.
Coco may think I'm nuts, but she's
Coco may think I'm nuts, but she's
While my husband and Shari
chatted outside the arena I began the slow process of finding a beginning with Coco.
quickly learned that all she
had to do was look in my direction.
finished feeding everyone and we went in to lunch and thick towels to dry sopping hair and change shirts.
The rain was determined to win the day.
, Baber, and I enjoyed lunch and learned more about one another.
There are far too many interesting notes and details about Shari Frederick
experiences, and the horses than I can cover here.
Please visit her
websites, learn more about the rescue, and if you have the opportunity to support her
efforts - make a small donation or drive on down to Goldthwaite and muster in with the Red Bucket Brigade
Saying Good-bye to another Amazing Gray horse
Shari and Lynn at a tree carved into horses heads.
and Lynn at a tree carved into horses heads.
Before leaving to drive back up to Weatherford, Shari
made a point of asking me to say good-bye to Coco.
Visit these websites for information, scads of photos, and to connect with Shari
and the horses.
Facebook wall is updated daily with horse, visitor, and volunteer activity.
You can spend hours just looking at photos!
Happy Horse Haven Rescue
Shari Frederick on Facebook
Red Bucket Ministry at Happy Horse Haven Rescue
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, hare mission, purpose, dedication, commitment, follow through and tenaciousness,
I have to say this article captures the heart and soul of HHH and it's devoted steward.
of the most hard working, resourceful, dedicated horse people I know.
I pray for her
I am MOST privileged to be able to call Shari
work is humbling to observe and I look forward each October when I can return for just 2 weeks to raise donations and HELP Shari