My love for horses and all animals started at a very young age. When I was a teenager I researched the horse slaughter industry and promised them I would do what I can for them as soon as I can. After receiving my BS in Equine Studies in 2011 I adopted my first horse. After that I started saving horses directly from slaughter and bad situations like abandonment. I finally formed Starfish Equine Rescue officially in 2016 and received our 501c3 status in 2018 which was one of my proudest achievements in my life. I will continue to save one horse at a time, like the starfish poem, “It made a difference for that one.“
The Starfish Story has been told over and over to emphasize the impact of making the difference in ones life. Our mission correlates this, we can't save them all, however we can make a difference by saving one horse at a time.
The Starfish Story
A man who walked along the beach came across a young girl.
Off in the distance, the man noticed a small girl as she walked along the shore she paused every so often, bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. As the girl came closer the man called out, "May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young girl paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the girl continued “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
The old man replied, “But there must be thousands of starfish on this beach. You won’t be able to make much of a difference.”
The girl bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as she could into the water. Then she turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”
adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)
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