The Forget-Me-Not Horse Rescue & Sanctuary folks suddenly find themselves in need of more help than usual.

Dan Field

The Forget-Me-Not Horse Rescue & Sanctuary folks suddenly find themselves in need of more help than usual.

Alder Hill Farm, a horse rescue facility near Walnut Grove, Mo., recently dissolved and left 57 horses in varying conditions without a home. Forget-Me-Not owner Connie Hendrix said Tuesday morning that volunteers are making multiple trips with trucks and trailers to move the horses to a safe location on her farm near Linn Creek. She said the Humane Society asked for her help in relocating the horses to appropriate homes, and the first trip was made Monday. Hendrix said the Humane Society has worked closely with her not-for-profit organization to the benefit of many horses over the last couple of years.

Hendrix said it’s her understanding that the closed facility was no longer able to care for the horses for financial and personal reasons.

What Forget-Me-Not needs now are donations of cash to buy food and to pay for veterinary costs. Some of the horses are malnourished, one has a hernia and others need shots and basic medical care. She estimates it costs about $100 per horse to bring them into condition for adoption or housing.

“We need foster homes, we need people to apply for adoptions, we need donations to help feed the horses and for medical and transportation costs,” Hendrix said.

A rigorous application process helps ensure adopted horses find quality homes.

The mix of horses arriving from the closed facility includes Appaloosas, Mustangs, Quarter Horses and other breeds that are in different stages of training. There also are some special needs horses.

The new horses join about 30 others that have been rescued or abandoned, and that are awaiting a new home. Every horse has a name, and every one has a special story. Two are blind, others are diseased, and many came to the Horse Sanctuary malnourished or injured. Hendrix and her volunteers spend hours nursing the equines back to health.


The second annual Vegas Night benefit for the Missouri Forget-Me-Not Horse Rescue & Sanctuary will be held at The Bull Pen on Rt. KK in Osage Beach Saturday, Feb. 23.

A Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament will begin at 7 p.m. Pre-registration is $50 for VIP seating, or $60 at the door. Vegas Games begin at 6 p.m. featuring Black Jack and Texas Hold ‘Em. There is a $15 buy-in at the door. There is no buy-in charge for spectators. Grand prize is a trip for two to Las Vegas, and there will be other prizes and giveaways throughout the evening.

To pre-register or for more information, call 573-216-3838 or email or visit