The programs and activities at The Farm revolve around the following two goals: To provide rescue and sanctuary to hurting or unwanted horses and animals; And to create support and awareness for animal welfare organizations through community outreach.
RESCUE & SANCTUARY
Rescue & Rehab
One part of my organization is to provide rescue and sanctuary to horses and animals in need, rehab, retraining, and if possible a new home. Sometimes they arrive at The Farm near death and sometimes they are ok physically, but have shut down in other ways. In the last few years, most of the animals I've taken could no longer be kept by their owners due to financial problems or were abandoned with no where else to go. However they arrive, I help them where they need it and try to bring them back to the best of themselves.
How I Pay For the Horses & Animals
I fund the rescue through my own money, private/individual donations, grants, and I sell books, jerseys, and a couple other items from my days playing days. You can buy those things in the Store or Donate cash through PayPal or become a member on Patreon. Every penny goes to my horses and the facilities on my farm. Michelle Akers Horse Rescue & Outreach Inc is a registered 501c3 public charity. All donations are tax deductible. Please consider getting involved in helping to support the horses! Every penny counts and every person makes a difference.
A lot of people ask what it's like living on a farm. My answer is usually, well, it's a lot of work, but bottom line is I love it. It's 24/7 full of challenges, hard labor, and a lot of fun. Animals always need to be fed, watered, taken care of, and cleaned up after. I can't wake up in the morning and decide to sleep in. Everyone is depending on me to bring breakfast, dinner, water, etc. Stuff is always breaking and needs to be fixed or replaced. It is either too hot, too cold, too much rain, not enough rain. Even when I am caught up with all the chores, there's plenty of improvements, etc to do, grass to mow, horses to brush, feet to shoe, etc.
Why do I do it? Again, because it's challenging work and I am constantly pushed to grow and learn, but even on the most difficult days something bigger carries me because it is my passion and calling. I have found that when I live within and out of that divine internal joy of doing what I am most gifted for, two things happen. One, that joy lifts me above all obstacles and hardship, and makes what I do each day feel meaningful and worthwhile. I wake up in the morning looking forward to the day and I go to bed at night, filled with gratitude and a good day spent. And secondly, following and keeping to my passion, is not just for me. It's meant to given to others and in sharing my gift, the ripple effect of peace, joy, and gratitude changes lives and makes the world a better place.
If you want to be involved with my sanctuary, the best way to do that from a distance is to contribute/donate. Every dollar counts big. Go to How To Help to learn more.
Farm Outreach educates the public about horses and animals, inspires and supports community service for farms, animal welfare organizations, and animal owners in need. Also, provides resources and a network of horse and animal friendly people and organizations are provided to help animal owners in need, horses in need, and our local community in general.
Human Experiential Workshops & Retreats
Horses are masters of sensory awareness and emotional intelligence. These innate qualities allow them to live a life that resonates with clarity, balance, intuitive presence and consciousness. We can learn so much from them if we just slow down, center ourselves and listen with our hearts, our eyes and our bodies. We are currently developing our curriculum for 1-3 day workshops and retreats for individuals and groups. Please check back in the upcoming months to learn more.
Become a FarmTough Team member at Patreon.com.
With many tiers of membership available, you will have the opportunity to receive exclusive posts, photos, videos, audio, and behind the scenes content of the animals, farm life, special events and projects, etc. Also available are Live Q&A sessions, Farm Visits, unique T-shirts, holiday cards, and lots more. Go to www.Patreon.com/MichAkersHorseRescue.com to sign up!