Amherst youth earns Eagle Scout rank helping rescued horses in Wellington Township – Morning Journal

An Amherst Boy Scout provided a very helpful asset to a Wellington Township horse farm as part of his Eagle Scout project.

The horrors of wounded, neglected and unwanted horses are a reality at Tranquil Acres on Pitts Road.

Lori Martinelli, owner of the rescue facility, picks the horses she brings home for the rest of their lives. The farm is currently home to 14 horses.

The horsewoman said she has been saving horses for 20 years and settled in the Wellington area about three years ago with her son and father.

“I try to pick the worst cases,” Martinelli said.

Those worse cases usually include horses that are injured, disabled or suffering other severe issues which also can include behavioral problems.

Once the horses are brought to the farm, they usually require immediate and extensive physical care, she said.

The farm has had the ability to care for the animals’ wounds, but Martinelli said a dedicated washing area was a necessity for the injured horses.

Some of the horses need their wounds tended to multiple times a day, making a safe, accessible functioning wash area a necessity, Martinelli said.

The project was slated to cost up to $3,000, she added.

Martinelli had formed a relationship with the family of a scout in Amherst Boy Scout Troop 494 following the rescue of a pony.

As a result, Martinelli said she decided to host a luncheon for the troop and the idea of ​​building the wash area was brought up.

Amherst Eagle Scout Caleb Ramos poses at Tranquil Acres in Wellington Township. (Submitted photo)

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Caleb Ramos, a member of the troop, took the project on as his own and earned his Eagle Scout badge.

“I feel very proud of what me and my troop have accomplished,” Ramos said. “It was a pretty big goal to get to, but we overcame all the bumps in the road and got it completed within a day, which is absolutely crazy counting all the problems we ran into.

“But, we were determined and didn’t give up.”

About 12 troop members helped with the hands-on work, but Ramos was required to design and manage the project as well as help build it.

“Working on the farm was an amazing time, and I’m glad me and my troop had the pleasure of being able to work on it,” he said. “It’s a beautiful place with amazing horses, and the owner was so welcoming.

“It was just an amazing experience for everyone.”

Martinelli said she is ecstatic and grateful for the farm’s new wash area and proud of Ramos and his team of helpers.

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