4 days ago
Just a short update. I have not talked to Mimi but have been in contact with someone who has spoken with her this week. Evidently there is or has been..... very recently in an attempt to get her boat salvaged. Now, I'm just repeating what I was told so I'm not positive and until I talk to her, I can't be positive but..... It does not look good. My thoughts of helping Mimi buy another boat are complicated with the fact that I don't think she can use funds donated here to the Wild Horses of Abaco for her own personal purposes. I know in the past, she's been very very very careful about that. Immaculately careful about where donated funds gets spent. So, anyone wanting to help her personally is probably going to have to find a different way to do so. If anyone talks to her before I get a chance to, please ask her how we can go about doing that to make sure that everything is pristine as far as donations go. Then those of you who want to help her get another boat to live in and stay there can do so. I'm not even sure if that's what she wants to do, but having owned three different live-aboard boats myself I can tell you we can probably help her buy a boat for not a whole lot of money. They are out there and she is incredibly efficient at Living happily without much. She's been doing without all these years so that the dream of saving the horses and keeping the dogs and cats safe can happen. Most of you don't even know some of the things she's done and given up to do so. But that's for another day... if you do have a chance to talk to her please ask her what she wants us to do. If I talk to her, I'll give you an update. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
By Sami..... hi everyone. I just got off the phone with Jessica Robinson. She's the one that actually spoke with Mimi yesterday and posted that short video of her. Her suggestion was to try to get Mimi out of there. She is not going to want to leave, but even if it's just for a little while we need to try to convince her to leave for her own safety and health. Jessica pointed out that people are leaving and as time goes by more and more folks will be gone and there's going to be health and security issues if Mimi stays there. This is from someone who actually has a business right there at Treasure and knows everything that's going on and has been there going back and forth with supplies. Now if you know Mimi you know she's not going to want to leave, but if someone reading this has a plane or the means to fly supplies over to her and get to her and hand them off to her and try to get her to come back with them even if it's just for a little while, that might be the best thing for her. That's not going to be easy. But I don't know what else to do. I do not have the means to do that. I know there are a lot of flights going in and out of Florida. I can drive to Florida and get her from any airport for that matter, that she flies into and bring her back to our home where she'll have her own private little house. It's our cute little guest house that's actually decorated like it's Bahamian. Anyway, if anyone has the ways or means to get a plane or to get on a plane take supplies to the area and bring her back with them let's talk. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
Congratulations everyone. Mimi is safe. She has been seen at the community center and is listed as safe there. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago
Mimi has finally been seen at the community center and is listed as safe there. ... See MoreSee Less
Alan Adams very kindly sent along these photos from "way back when." We're trying to find dates for them. ... See MoreSee Less
Wild Horses of Abaco added a new photo.
1 month ago
“I met Mimi while on one of my many boating trips to the Abacos chain. It was back when she was caring for the full herd of horses after the government granted the Preserve. I joined her on Treasure Cay when she was going to give some medical shots to horses in need. She had left her sailboat home, anchored on Marsh Harbour, and was riding her motorcycle with her long dart gun strapped to its side. This gun delivered the medical shots. What an amazing lady. I would meet her every time I boated over to hear and see the latest. On one trip I even brought my grand daughter, who was barrel racing her horse in Florida, to admire them. Because I visited every two or three years I was kept aware of the situation.I was thrilled when they confirmed that they really were a favored breed of horse that had been raised in Cuba by the Conquistadores. Help came but it was not enough. The struggle, struggle, struggle to keep them alive was only able to bring us to today’s situation. I have supported the effort since the day I meet Mimi and she told me of her “hopes and dreams". I believed in them then and I believe in them now. As long as there is hope i’ll be with you.”
I believe Alan discovered us Before we had the preserve, it’s been that long ago. And, long over due, we welcome him to Team Nunki. ... See MoreSee Less
We’re delighted! The generator powered the jackhammer with ease and we’re going to be digging post holes really fast now. ... See MoreSee Less
Here is the work that led to the generator's fine start: ... See MoreSee Less
The generator runs! After one of the workmen pulled and broke the starter cord of our donated generator, we thought, “Oh, no! Not another expensive repair we can’t afford!”
Yet again our Team steps in. Capt. Doug of the sailing vessel “The Puffin,” and Lou Schneider of Marsh Harbour took over. Under the shading roof of Lou’s repair shed four hands made quick work of dismantling the outer cover of the generator. Cord replaced, vitals checked (wonderfully clean inside), re-covered, and Wow! First pull, it started and ran beautifully, powered a heavy grinding tool.
When we pick up the jack hammer, we hope this Friday, we’ll see much faster progress with getting our filler fence posts in. Then, on to the corral and round pen! ... See MoreSee Less
A panorama showing the production of fence posts from recycled cypress fencing donated by Trasure Cay. ... See MoreSee Less
Steady work to replace damaged fence posts depleted the supply of donated cypress fence from the Treasure Cay Golf Course. The pile of discards at the golf course had been refilled and so with the help of Capt. Doug of the sailing vessel “The Puffin” we refilled our supply!
Our jack hammer should be released from Customs later this week and so despite a lot rain and summer temperatures, we move steadily forward. As always with great thanks to the wonderful people who are making the restoration of the Abaco Horses possible.
Trying to upload a video hopefully it will come up next. ... See MoreSee Less
Post Production on the Preserve
No special effects here, (“work done on a film or recording after filming or recording has taken place: postproduction editing”) but steady production and treatment of the posts to support our electric fence line in spaces between trees.
The wood is from the cypress fence surrounding the Treasure Cay golf course which is being replaced. With this generous donation of the old wood to us we have enough wood for the fence posts, the corral and possibly for additions to the round pen.
We’ve been picking up the wood a few pieces at a time (though we’ve been offered help when a really big pile accumulates). We off load, and make two piles, horizontal poles and vertical holding pieces. The horizontals are cut down to size and the ends are dipped in roofing tar and allowed to dry. (Summer rains have slowed us down a bit). Please note that we have repurposed mulch material to catch any stray tar drips. We’re not sure where we’ll use the cut off ends yet, but they won’t go to waste.
If not by next Friday then by the following Friday, we’ll have our electric jack hammer and will be able to move a lot faster to set the poles.
Exciting progress! As always, thanks to our generous supporters and subscribers who are bringing the dream of restoring the Abaco Island Horse to reality. Pole by pole we are getting closer to bringing in the therapy horses who will support our equine therapy program. As the program grows we’ll start the cloning process and bring the Abaco Island Horses back from over the edge of extinction.
What an amazing adventure! Do join us! ... See MoreSee Less
More progress coming! Recently we received a donation of a 2500 generator. And then I posted about our post hole digging tools. Then team Nunki member Capt. Doug of the sailing vessel “The Puffin” said “why don’t you use that generator to power an electric jackhammer?” YES!!!
Hot on the trail, putting the shopping cart together and getting import paperwork ready!
And remember, if each of our over 6000 followers donated $12 per year, 1 dollar a month, we’d be moving even faster. What an adventure in a pine forest in the middle of an ocean. ... See MoreSee Less
We have begun to dig the holes for the 45 posts that will go in places where the trees that hold the electric fence rope are too far apart.
Our tools are the simplest and need brute force to operate. Note that the first holes are in flat ground and are about two feet deep. In more rugged parts of the fence line trail it would be impossible to transport and operate a powered digger even if one was available. We do have a chain saw to cut the posts from the recycled fence that the Treasure Cay Community has so generously donated to us. We have a large and growing stockpile of fence material. After these posts are in we'll
enclose the corral and set up the round pen.
One benefit of this rugged terrain is that the horses’ hooves will be kept naturally worn into the classic mustang roll shape. Another benefit is that the horses will get plenty of exercise as they forage! ... See MoreSee Less