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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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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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Common Sense Cold Management for Horses

Cold weather can be very hard on our horses, and in Renner we recently went through an early extended cold snap.  Actual temperatures were hovering around 0 and down to -15, with windchills of -20s to -30s.  The snap lasted for several days, which increased the problems.  At the same time, the cold snap brings out lots of opinions and debates as to what is proper cold management with horses, with people citing conflicting studies, referring to the "wild horses" or going to the opposite extreme, and it seems everyone has an opinion and their own way is the right way.

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A Home for the Holidays

Announcing our "Home for the Holidays" Adoption Event.  The 7 horses listed here - Star, Jackie, Jinny, Sammy, Dex, Butters, and Shelly - are a special group. All have good ground manners, but for various reasons are currently either unbroke or have physical reasons that limit their adoptability. So, for the rest of the year, these seven are available for adoption for a $100 adoption fee.

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A Look Back at Sumner

This year for Gentle Spirit Horses was crazy to say the least. It seems that every year GSH gets a bit more well known, a bit more wide spread and bit more needed for the horses we help. I personally hope that things continue to grow but not because we are needed, but because of the generous people that support our little rescue in everyday little (and sometimes big) ways.  The following is the story of the Sumner Rescue that really did define most of our year and was shaped by the brave volunteers and generous donators that let us help the horses involved.

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