Unless you live in the southernmost and westernmost parts of our country, you had a heck of a winter, and you’re glad that in the last few weeks we’ve occasionally been able to string together a few days of above-freezing temperatures.
Unless you’re in Saratoga, which is, as I write this at 7:30 am, 30 degrees; the low today is expected to be 7. There’s snow in the forecast for two days this week, and plenty of white stuff still on the ground. As my parents have said too many times, with more than a little grimness, “This winter is never going to end.”
Like us, animals eat more when it’s cold out. The cats on the Oklahoma backstretch get more food from their caretaker, Michele Jennings, and she gives them more canned food than usual, because they expend so much energy trying to keep warm.
Horses are no different, and at Old Friends at Cabin Creek, just outside Saratoga, the horses have gone through an awful lot of feed as they’ve managed this bone-chilling winter.
Yesterday, farm manager JoAnn Pepper appealed to her 350 Facebook to each make a $10 donation to help offset the farm’s “enormous” feed bills. “Our 15 beautiful retired/rescued thoroughbreds have had a difficult winter,” she wrote. “If all of you could each donate $10, we could feed the horses for weeks.”
Thoroughbred owner Mike Repole has agreed to match any donations that come in through the appeal.
A couple of clicks. Your $10 donation gets doubled, and you help feed the horses. And while you’re at it, like the Old Friends at Cabin Creek Facebook page, too. JoAnn and the farm’s volunteers do a great job of keeping fans updated with photos, news, and upcoming events.