Earlier this week, I drove up to the Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita to see what was happening. While I was there, I decided to help muck-out the stalls and share some love with the horses. Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) founders, George and Loretta Leavitt, continue to provide the rescue horses with necessary medical care, food, water and much needed TLC – and I am happy to report that the horses (as well as the dogs and cats being fostered there) and the refugio are all looking great.
With the school year winding down for the summer, these two angels are finally getting a much deserved break. Over the past several months, hundreds of school children (accompanied by their parents, teachers and chaperones) have taken field trips to Hilltop Refugio to get to know the horses, too. They have enjoyed riding, feeding and enhancing the lives of the horses – and all the while, these children are learning that horses, cats and dogs all respond to love, gentle touch and companionship.
It has been a win-win situation ever since J.E.E.P. and the Hilltop Refugio were established just 18 short months ago to care for the original seven rescued horses.
Currently, a roof is being constructed to shelter the children, other guests and the horses from the hot summer sun and rain.
Seeing the great need for this shelter, George and Loretta have spent their own funds to purchase and erect the substructure. All that is left to complete the shelter, is to purchase and install about 60 galvanized roofing panels.
If you would like to support their efforts and/or the J.E.E.P. project, donations of any size will gladly be accepted. The panels cost about $600 pesos each. Let’s pull together so we can help complete the roof by the time the sun gets any hotter and rainy season begins.
by David Thompson
About Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.): Jaltemba Equine Education Project was established in December 2012 by George & Loretta Leavitt to help large animals like horses, donkeys and mules who are ill, malnourished or being mistreated in Jaltemba Bay, Nayarit, Mexico. To learn more or to make a one-time gift or recurring donation, visit Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.)
Your donations will help J.E.E.P. buy food, shelter, medication and the equipment necessary to care for the rescue horses, as well as complete the Hilltop Refugio. Remember, donations of tack and gear, both new and used are always needed and much appreciated.