The Free Press, Mankato, MN


September 29, 2011

Closeup: Fundraiser to be held for horse sanctuary

GOOD THUNDER — GOOD THUNDER — The ninth-annual fundraiser for Misfit Acres horse sanctuary is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Robert Anderson Truck Shop in Good Thunder.

The event will feature a silent auction, vendors, music by MC Express, Lonesome Ron and Sonny Bryant, Joah’s Ark Pony Parties and Old West gun fights.

What is Misfit Acres?

Bruce and Jody Thisted purchased a farm south of Good Thunder years ago and have spent years collecting and caring for old and sick horses.

At the Thisteds’ farm, Misfit Acres, days begin early, they end late and there’s no such thing as a day off. Horses have to be fed and medications and treatments have to be given on a schedule.

There are chores to do and afternoon snacks to distribute, not to mention time needed to pet and play with their friends who they have grown to love so much. And each horse costs a pretty penny to care for.

To help foot the cost, the couple has applied for and received grants, and receive donations from area businesses, and they also utilize various fundraising methods.

The Thisteds’ passion began in 1994 when they met Lucky, a then 8-year-old horse that was no longer wanted and wound up in the “kill pen,” meaning she was to be slaughtered in the United States and processed for human consumption in Europe and Asia. About 100,000 horses are sold and slaughtered for their meat per year, according to The Humane Society of the United States.

A man bought the horse before it was killed and resold her to the Thisteds. That’s how they learned about the horse slaughter industry in the U.S. And that’s when they decided to begin a horse sanctuary and save as many horses from slaughter as they could.

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