I have spent time travelling to some amazing places – England, Portugal, and Romania which involved a lot of exploration. Working with horses is one of the things that made a big impact on my travels. Being back in Perth for about 8 years now, keeping myself busy with Giving Greens, I kind of missed working with them. I’ve been trying to find a place where I can dedicate some time and energy to working with these beautiful animals again. I did manage to contact a horse rescue organisation in Bullsbrook but sadly, they have a lot of volunteers already. I did, however, more recently, find another amazing haven for rescue horses that are being auspiced under a charitable foundation in which I get the chance to tend horses and provide additional support for their care including working on the property. The name of this haven is the Calan Horse Sanctuary.

Located in the small town of Highbury, Calan Horse Sanctuary is managed and founded by Alan Gent in 2005 who has lived his life having a career in carpentry and building and is now doing every contract work needed for his founded sanctuary. His love for horses started at a very young age, albeit their situation back then didn’t give him the privilege of owning a horse, he pursued his life which led him to have what he has right now. When I was googling more information about the sanctuary and read more about Alan and his dedication, it kind of inspired me more to push through with this mission. He has built the needed shelters for them, a yard, feed bins, water troughs – almost all of the construction there has been done with his own hands! Another amazing thing about him is that he’s using his retirement fund and pension to make this all possible.

With what was mentioned above, Alan’s love for horses has turned into fruition when he got his first horse that had deformed teeth. Its name was Rebel and since then more than 30 horses have been in their care, 15 of which are still living. These equines are being taken care of on 100-acre land. Being a farmer (in my own way), and having friends as well who make a living by producing agricultural products, requires deep understanding and learning to maintain a vast land where not only people are relying but also, animals. Proper irrigation and vegetation are needed to provide the appropriate sustenance for the animals. Those are not the only factors that make this humane act quite challenging. The overall health and wellness of the horses need to be checked and maintained. Proper nutrition, medication, dental and physical maintenance are needed to be done. Imagine an 80-year old trimming the hooves of 15 horses. With his age, Alan does things the most he can do to take care of them and it is obviously a challenge as it demands hard work and stress.

Fortunately, with Alan’s dedication and together with the support of charitable organisations, and volunteers, the sanctuary is surviving as it can. I think this is what hits me the most as I volunteer to provide whatever help I can. Given the fact that I have this deep connection to working with horses, I find Alan’s passion for the equines and his work very inspiring and it just gives me this high amount of motivation to do what I can do to be of help to them and this sanctuary. I don’t really have a set amount of time that I’ll do it. I guess as long as I am able and as long as I feel like I am contributing value. This is what I think makes life worth living. And I hope that more people will be aware of this and be inspired, and eventually stretch out their supportive hands.

To find out more about Calan Horse Sanctuary, just click the name and it will send you to their website. If you are interested in joining me and the other volunteers, you can DM me via Instagram or Facebook. It’ll be wonderful to have additional loving hands in the sanctuary.