Arrived 11th September 2017
Passed 11th June 2021
Our family is very grateful that Alan provides such a wonderful caring sanctuary for neglected and unwanted horses.
Red and Lilly have been part of our family for nearly 5 years. With Red being a standardbred gelding and Lilly a thoroughbred mare. They were the first horses we owned and they came to us as an inseparable pair – not being able to be out of sight of each other. Their lovely personalities were a wonderful introduction to horses for our children.
There were many Sunday morning trail rides in the local area, horse riding lessons and learning how to care for horses. In August 2017 an interstate work opportunity came up that meant a shift to south – east NSW. Given their age with Red at 33 years and Lilly at 22 years we thought it would be too stressful for them to make the long trip east, particularly to a much colder climate.
As difficult as this decision was we believe it was in the best interest for Red and Lilly. We were somewhat apprehensive about re-homing them and sending them to an uncertain future. Their life with us was very comfortable with lots of attention and care.
On searching for options for Red and Lilly we found the Calan Horse Sanctuary website. We were immediately impressed with the obvious commitment to the wellbeing of the animals and contacted Alan explaining our situation. Alan graciously invited us to meet with him and have a look at the sanctuary as he had a double shelter available. The whole family went to have a look at the property and it was very impressive.
Alan is incredibly committed to the care of the horses, many who come to him with dreadful histories. The facilities are magnificent and so well cared for and so well maintained. We spent some time with Alan and the horses and his connection with them and love for them all is obvious.
We felt very comfortable taking Red and Lilly to be in Alan’s care and extremely grateful that this kind of sanctuary is available. We have committed to on going financial support to Alan to assist with the costs of the care of Red and Lilly and would encourage others to do this also.
Deane & Jodie (note- Red has since passed away.)