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Littlegrass Ranch's horse 'meet & greet' on SAF-T® Day


Pictured: The public is invited to come out and meet 15-year-old champion Arabian horse Agape - aka "Buddy" - at Littlegrass Ranch's "meet and greet" outside Kerrville's Tractor Supply Company from 10 am until 2 pm, Saturday, Oct. 4.

Raising awareness of efforts to provide shelter for victims of domestic violence and their animals, Littlegrass Ranch, Inc. will host a horse "meet and greet" outside Kerrville's Tractor Supply Company during National SAF-T® Day, from 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday, Oct. 4. The store is located at 1305 Sidney Baker.
The public is invited to come by and meet 15-year-old champion horse Agape JF. Also known as "Buddy," the Arabian has earned show honors at US and Canadian competitions in Country Pleasure and Dressage, including at the prestigious Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Kids - and adults - will be able to brush Buddy, feed him treats, sit on his back and pose for photos.
At 11 am and 1 pm, Christie Kitchens will lead a mini-version of the "Horsemanship 101" workshop she taught for 10 years at Club Ed. Anyone interested in learning more about the care and feeding of horses is invited. The class is open to all ages and admission is by donation of any amount.
This is the fifth year Littlegrass Ranch has participated in the national event, according to Kitchens, who serves as the organization's executive director.
"Our mission is to provide sanctuary, safety and support for horsewomen and their horses," Kitchens said. "We believe no woman should ever compromise her own safety or security because of her love for animals."
Volunteers will share information about the need for resources for victims who are trapped in abusive relationships because of the need to care for their animals - especially horses. Last year, over 80,000 women who sought help were turned away due to lack of resources. Of the women that do go to shelters, 83 percent report that their abuser had either harmed or killed the family pets. Up to 48 percent of women will delay or refuse leaving a violent home if they cannot find safe placement for their pet.
Littlegrass Ranch will be accepting donations of used cell phones, good quality used horse tack, saddles, supplies and cash. Funds raised are used for the mission of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Until a permanent facility is built, the organization helps provide temporary support for victims and their animals, including feed, vet bills, boarding and housing.
More information on Littlegrass Ranch is available at www.littlegrassranch.com, emailing info@littlegrassranch.com or by calling 830-968-3361.