Approximately one month ago, work began on the Garden of Hope. It will be meant for a place to reflect on those we’ve lost along the way.
It required volunteer effort to clean out the weeds and grass in front of the barn, as well as hours of labor shoveling rock.
All Stars 4-H Club, of Lakeland, came up with an idea to honor the horses after hearing about the initial progress. That idea came to fruition today with the laying of concrete stepping stones in honor of 12 horses who have been lost since the rescue began its operations.
Horses honored include Star, Reno, Mr. Blue, Twilight, Ginger, Red, Hope, Dollar, Eyore, Dutchess, Angel and Dixie. (You can read about some of these horses on the In Memory page.)
Each stone bears the name of a horse who was lost.
The group came to the rescue today to place the stones and hung around to meet the other horses that are currently being helped, as well as Jack, the rescue mascot.
StoneArt USA is also creating stones to honor the horses. They will be delivered at a later date. H.E.R. President, Dani Horton, hopes to also include a bench in the garden where people can sit while they look over each of the memory stones.