1 day ago
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
5 days ago
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
2 weeks ago
Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’!
Brought a second load of former Treasure Cay Golf course fence posts and horizontals to the Preserve this week. There are enough now on hand to cut down for the 40 posts we need to hold the electric fence rope in places between the trees that carry most of the rope. Once those posts are replaced and we get more of the old, seasoned cypress in we’ll start surrounding the corral and will reconstruct the round pen.
Happy to report that our Stroberg Porta Corral tires are holding air, now we pray that the rims hold up.
We’re on the trail of the first therapy horses. We’ll have more to report on them once the Preserve fencing is complete. Remember, this is rough country, work is being done with two machetes and one weed whacker. And remember, you can be a part of this adventure in renaissance. Please help us as we upgrade the Preserve, develop the equine therapy program, and bring back from extinction the Abaco Island Horse. We’re Doing It! ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago
Big Progress, Big Thanks, to all our generous and faithful supporters, making the restoration of the Abaco Island Horse possible.
Electric Fence rope for the preserve section for the therapy horses is now at the Preserve, along with electric fence-tape and step in posts for the mini pasture to go outside the main fence area and to be rotated regularly so the horses will have fresh grazing in addition to what they browse in the forest. All carried from the shipping freight yard to the Preserve in our wonderful Red Ranger, another donation that arrived just in time to start the heavy moving we need to do. We can now complete the electric fence enclosure.
Then a look at the final emergence of our old round pen area behind the corral area. Now that the perimeter has been reached all will be raked clean and out of the ashes will rise a new and better place. The corral is one of the places where we’ll be using the cypress fence posts donated by the Treasure Cay as the fencing along their golf course is replaced.
We’ll re-use the Porta-Corral panels for the round pen wherever possible, with black mulch cloth covering.
And last, our Porta-Corral trailer rolls again. After years of just sitting, we got the second tire back on, with considerable effort. Note that careful re positioning of feet was needed to get eveything lined up, and at the end we resorted to a hammer. Now we are checking to see if the tires will hold air. And checking to see just how much we can ask of those rims. Some of you may remember the days when this was our fire fighting machine carrying water and pump and hoses right to forest fire fronts. Then it became the training chute between the corral and the round pen. A versatile, much needed tool. Let’s hope it keeps on keeping on. ... See MoreSee Less
An end is in sight, and another phase of the rebirth of the Preserve begins. The corral area has been cleared and the last part of the reemerging round pen can be seen. Our electric fence upgrade order has been placed and we eagerly await getting in more of the wonderful cypress fencing that has been donated to us by the Treasure Cay Resort and Community as they replace the golf course fence. Big thanks to the Team of amazing supporters who are pulling the dream of restoring the Abaco Island Horses into reality. $12 per year, from our over 6000 likes, and we could increase the speed of making things happen. Get on board, it's an amazing ride!The white markers on the trees show the end of the round pen area. You can see the last big clump of bush that needs to be cleared. There are more white markers behind the clump. ... See MoreSee Less
Generous spring rains ave brought amazing growth wherever one looks in the Preserve. Fungus, in the same brilliant colors showing on all the Royal Poinciana trees. Beautiful, way too brief the blooms, but such a boost to the heart. ... See MoreSee Less
Everyone reading this, please join us in giving a great shout of Thanks to Mr. Stephen Kappeler, General Manager of Treasure Cay Resort. Mr. Kappeler has donated all the old split log fence that surrounds the Treasure Cay Golf Course to us! This is a marvelous gift as we continue to prepare the Preserve for the horses that will be the core of our equine therapy program which will be in place before we start the cloning process to bring back the Abaco Island Horse.
The fence will be used for the corral area, long pieces can replace posts that have burned where there aren’t enough trees to hold long runs of fence. The run for our rescued guard dogs will be upgraded. What a major resource for us!
We’re over the moon with this one, but, there is one big but: as you can see our truck can only carry so many shorts and longs as a time. We need to find someone local who can help us pick up every week, or every other week, to carry meaningful loads of the wood. Any body out there?
More thanks Mr. Kappeler, you’ve put a big piece of the dream in place!
In the photos, picking up the first fence pieces, delivering them, checking the enormous piles of brush removed from the corral and carefully burned and the first shipment of logs stored near where they will be used. ... See MoreSee Less
Things are looking better by the minute! You can now see our 'tack and feed' trailer. In photo 1 it was almost hidden, now you can see it again. It's in rough shape but we'll repurpose it. And you can see that the base area is looking brighter too. We're doing it! With your help we're clearing away all the sadness of the loss of the horses and are blazing our way to a whole new adventure. Join our amazing team of supporters bringing the Abaco Island Horses back to life. ... See MoreSee Less
A series of photos showing the area where we had the corral and round pen. Out in the middle of the forest. There’s a photo ofNunki with the corral and round pen in the background.
After Nunki died the area was quickly overgrown. Our tack room/trailer disappeared in the bush. Now, we’re clearing everything again. Machetes, one weed whacker. It’s opening up. This is where equine therapy sessions will take place. Even without the round pen, just being in the forest and having some wonderful horse encounters makes a lovely, magical time. We’re getting there. Do join us on this amazing adventure, coming back from the Edge of Extinction. ... See MoreSee Less
For anyone needing a refresher on the history of the Abaco Island Horses and the efforts to bring them back from extinction, check out <http://arkwild.org/blog/?page_id=42> ... See MoreSee Less
Soothing the heart, listening to the Trade Winds blow through the pines and over an ancient marsh.
A pine forest and a fresh water wetland over 100 miles out in a great salt sea. It’s magic. ... See MoreSee Less
Oh my do we have Tomatoes! Tiny, grape sized, luscious little rubies. They thrive in the nitrogen rich soil around the dogs’ pen. The dogs don’t care for them. So plenty for us! They ripen in stages so as they come into season it’s possible to have some almost everyday. They’ve climbed the fence around the dog pen, they are climbing the Neem trees and they’re growing in the middle of any bare spot they’ve colonized.
A few year ago after a hurricane the seeds had all been washed away, we thought they were gone forever. Tough little things that they are, they’ve worked their way back and this is the biggest crop sever seen so far. ... See MoreSee Less
Spring! Rebirth! Renewal!
Remember when Nunki was real?
Now she looks like something in a dream.
We are making this dream real again.
It's a long tough road, but what an adventure!
Please help us bring an equine therapy program to to The Abaco Island Horse Preserve. The first step towards bringing two clones of Nunki back to Abaco.
The first step towards bringing the Abaco Island Horse Back From Extinction. Extinction is not necessarily forever. We can do this. We need help to make it happen. Don't just read and like our story, become a part of the glory. Join us as we make a future that makes up for the past. ... See MoreSee Less