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It is not whether your words or actions are tough or gentle; it is the spirit behind your actions and words that announces your inner state.

Rene Char

A collection of our thoughts, tips and tricks, resources, training and adoption news, and pretty much everything that crosses our mind!

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Gentle Spirit Horses Rescue & Sanctuary is a PENDING 501(c)(3) organization ... and some history.

We announced back in January when we filed our 501(c)(3) paperwork, and now have received the first in a series of steps from the IRS to reach our determination.  This simple letter is simply the verification they have received and are processing our application.  With this letter in hand, we can legitimately state we are a pending 501(c)(3) organization.

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Gentle Spirit Horses Rescue and Borderlands Horse Sanctuary to attend MN Unwanted Horse Summit

Kathi Ring and Tiffany Ring of Gentle Spirit Horses Rescue & Sanctuary, along with Shanna Border of Borderlands Horse Sanctuary and volunteer Carla Polkowski will be attending the University of Minnesota's Unwanted Horse Summit this Saturday, March 8, 2014.  Our rescues work closely together and are looking forward to attending this Summit, which promises to not only be informative but also gives us the chance to network and discuss the real issues facing horses and rescues in the Midwest today.

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The next big step

GSH has taken the next big step in our organization.  As of today we've completed and submitted the 501(c)3 application and paperwork.  Now we wait for our determination letter!

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Help us Keep Callie Safe

When we first incorporated, the Iowa41 Morgans were placed under a different contract than we use now. The unborn foals fell in a gray area. Because we placed the Morgans mostly with very respected people in the Morgan community, we placed them with a Transfer of Ownership with First Right of Refusal clause. The unborn foals fell into a gray area. The Morgan adopters have been great about staying in touch, and we are eternally grateful. There have been some differences of opinion - some who have played loose with the "First Right of Refusal" clause - but for the most part we've been able to keep in touch and know that the horses are in good homes. There are only a couple that we have to trust are doing well, as their adopters do not update us. But the Morgan community is fabulous, and Morgan people know the horses that were part of this rescue and their bloodlines.

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SD Senate approves making animal cruelty a felony

Good news for South Dakota - the Senate has approved making animal cruelty a felony.  South Dakota is the last state in the country to NOT have a felony punishment, so it's about time.

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RIP Omar’s Wendy, grand old lady of the Iowa 41 Morgan herd

If you've been around long enough, you know that GSH went from being a private, family run rescue to an incorporated public rescue in a hurry, when in November of 2010 we ended up working with a breeder to place 41 Morgan horses who were out of food and out of control.

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