I am happy to bring to you a most wonderful and treasured rescue known as BlueStar Equiculture! One of my very first friends on facebook nearly three years ago was a cute little mini named Cupcake the Herdmaster. He was the mascot for BlueStar and had a mighty presence. His small size was not a deterrent to managing the big herd of drafties and Percherons which are so much larger!! No, Cupcake had heart and he was mighty. He was a dear friend to us here in Manheim. Following Cupcake’s adventures was fun but he also brought us to BlueStar! We signed up for newsletters, joined the herd and luvd reading the latest news on Social media! We met the volunteers online and saw all the good work of the rescue right before our very eyes each day.
Though Cupcake has crossed on to managing the big herd in the sky, he left a lasting legacy of good deeds and wonderful friendships that we are still enjoying today. We will always miss the Cupcake but I do know someday we will meet again and have so much to catch up on. I look to the sky each night and remember him fondly. He is still a big part of our lives because it is through his darling character that he taught us how to luv and live big no matter who we were or where we came from. His early adversity in life led him to BlueStar and though it was not easy in the beginning, he and all those who luvd him at BlueStar showed us all that anything is possible with patience, kindness and luv. For that I am now and will always be eternally grateful.
For those of you who may not be aware of who BlueStar Equiculture is you are in for a real treat. We will be devoting several blogs to them, what they do, their horses and much more! Stay tuned!
Today we will start out by sharing their Mission and where they are located and their Social Media and website information.
The Mission of any organization and most especially a rescue organization is founded upon a vision that one or more people have for what they want to do but also what is at the very core of who they are. The Mission sets the tone for the organization and is the foundation for all things going forward. It is the moral code that binds. The Mission is very important and most especially so for those who have no voice. It is the “Credo” that stands! It has meaning and purpose and is to be taken seriously. BlueStar embodies their mission and what they believe in to the very core and it goes like this:
What We Do: Blue Star Equiculture’s Mission
Blue Star Equiculture’s Mission
Blue Star Equiculture is a working horse rescue and sanctuary committed to helping horses, humans and Mother Earth. In concert with the community, we help working horses live out their days in comfort and dignity…and help humans connect with, care for and be better partners to horses and Mother Earth.
What We Believe: Blue Star Equiculture’s Credo
We believe that the draft horse is a national treasure.The Blue Star heard
Currently there is gross misinformation in the public about the lives and well-being of working horses. We seek to have the draft horse–which built our roads, harvested our crops, supplied our railroads, fought our wars, and carried us to our graves—recognized as a national treasure, an indispensable part of our heritage and our common history.
We believe that horses and humans fundamentally belong together.
We have journeyed the same path for the past 6000 years. We have made the horse who he is, and the horse has made us who we are. This is a bond that should not be broken. This bond is a sacred one, and with it come moral obligations to the horse.
We believe that all horses deserve loving homes where their physical and social needs will be met.
Draft horses and other “working” horses have, through their co-evolution with humans, developed a psychological need to be with people. They enjoy their work, whether that “work” is in harness pulling a carriage or a plow, under saddle, or as a companion.
We believe that “work” should not have a pejorative connotation.
When we speak of “working horses,” we are speaking of what these horses do. “Work” can and should have a positive meaning. “Work” for horses in the context of meaningful, productive partnership with humans should never be equated with “slavery.” (We find slavery to be morally repugnant, and as such, slavery should not be a term thrown around cavalierly to describe the domesticated horse.)
We believe that in these troubled economic and environmental times, working horses offer a sustainable means of equine husbandry.
We hope to create other opportunities for working horses to have meaningful jobs in addition to the carriage industry and in limited use on farms. We hope to initiate new uses for working horses in urban environments, such as watering urban gardens, collecting recycling, or making deliveries. We hope to help expand the use of horses in organic agriculture, and spread awareness of using animal traction (that is, real horsepower) instead of hydrocarbon energy to power agricultural implements.
We believe that every working horse deserves to have his needs taken care of for the duration of his natural life.
This is the moral obligation of having horses in one’s life, especially when one’s own livelihood has been provided for through the labor of the horse. We believe that the vast majority of working horses are well-taken care of so long as they are working, as they provide not only for their human partners but also fund their own care. We are concerned about the fate of horses who no longer are able to work or whose owners are unable to continue to work with them or to care for them. Blue Star Equiculture seeks to assist these horses and provide for them or find adoptive homes for them for the rest of their lives.
Friends when you decide to support a rescue, take the time to get to know them. Learn their mission, how they started and what is important to them. Everything they do started with a vision and a mission. It is a special and noble thing to want to take on the responsibility of caring for those who have no voice and to make the necessary sacrifices to do so. What you will mostly find though is that they who do this don’t feel as if it is a sacrifice because they have the passion to do it and the compassion for those who need them. It is a mission, a personal credo and it is important to them on a very deep personal level.
I commend the Director of BlueStar and all those hard working volunteers and supporters of this magnificent rescue all pulling together to help their horses. I know that you will feel the same way too.
Stay tuned as more blogs will be coming your way.
In the meantime you can read more about BlueStar on their website:
You will find ways to help, how to donate and how to contact them. You will also find links to their Facebook page!
I encourage you to become educated in the BlueStar way!!
All for now,
Luv Pudge ♥