Local equine rescue organization Horse Haven of Tennessee recently received some exciting news. The ASPCA awarded the organization a $4,000 grant which Horse Haven has used to pay off the remaining balance owed on a new tractor that was purchased in the spring.
The much needed piece of equipment has enabled Horse Haven to perform a number of essential tasks at their two facilities where rescued horses are housed. Previously volunteers had to improvise to get the jobs done including using an ATV to pull farming implements.
Several grants made last year’s tractor purchase possible including grants awarded by the Handsel Foundation of Freeland, Wash., the Schaife Family Foundation of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Clark Charitable Trust of Lincoln, Mass. Even with these grants, funds were several thousand short of the total amount needed to purchase the tractor so Ritchie Tractor agreed to finance the remaining balance of $4,000. Since that time Horse Haven has been making monthly payments on the tractor, but with the newly acquired ASPCA grant the balance has been paid in full.
“We’re very grateful for the grants that we have received,” said Horse Haven founder and executive director Nina Margetson. “Before we purchased the tractor we constantly worried about the safety of our volunteers because we had to pull the bush hog, manure spreader and even the hay wagon with the four-wheeler. The round bales of hay are extremely heavy so it took two strong men to move the bales by pushing them up into the bed of a pickup truck. This also made it impossible to store hay rolls because we could only handle one bale at a time which wasted a lot of time and money. Now we use the tractor and the hay spear to stack them and move them into the pastures as needed. It has just been a God send for us.”
Horse Haven of Tennessee is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Those wishing to make tax deductible donations to Horse Haven of Tennessee may do so by contacting Nina Margetson at 865-609-4030 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Funds are utilized for needed medical care, feeding, facility maintenance and other necessary expenses. The organization is staffed by volunteers, and new volunteers are always welcome. For more information visit www.horsehavenoftn.com.