Moberly horse farm on the verge of losing everything

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MOBERLY - Guardian Oak has helped save the lives of more than 500 horses, but now the woman behind it all needs help keeping the rescue running because she has advancing multiple sclerosis.

Sherri Crider said she had to carry 50 pound bags of grain and throw hay bales by herself through the winter.

"With MS, I have a cup full of energy a day and I have a gallon of work and things I need to attend to," Crider said.

Crider said she weighs less than 100 pounds and makes do with a broken tractor.

"I'm driving a tractor that really takes quite a lot to get around," Crider said. "It gets stuck a lot. I push a wheelbarrow with scooping poop."

Guardian Oak needs more volunteers and additional funding to help Crider run the rescue.

The horse rescue is in the process of applying for tax-exempt status as a non-profit organization, known as a 501(c)(3), Crider said. "It takes a lot to do that."

But Crider said it's a lot of work in addition to taking care of the horses.

"I don't have time to write this stuff for the 501, because, I mean, energy wise," Crider said.

Crider said she initially had a partner to help with the horses.

"We had another place and we were really up and going, and our partner bailed on us. And in doing so, we essentially became homeless," Crider said.

She said she moved forward and relocated the rescue, but now she is getting sicker and needs more help.

"I have a lot of weakness," Crider said. "I fall a lot. I have a lot of trouble walking any distance."

Her daughter, Victoria Crider, said the illness has not stopped Sherri Crider from running the rescue.

"My mom has given up a lot and done a lot for a lot of people," Victoria Crider said.

The Guardian Oak website said its mission is to serve the healing and sanctuary needs of at-risk and under-served animals and people through therapeutic, creative, and recreational activities.

Sherri Crider said it is important to keep the horse rescue open so she can continue to give people the opportunity to heal with horses.

"I know that this program could do wonderful things in the community," Crider said. "For veterans and children."

Jessica Rutherford is a volunteer and her daughter, who is on the autism spectrum, also volunteers at Guardian Oak.

"Since my daughter has come to Guardian Oak, her attitude has changed," Rutherford said. "She has opened up, she's pretty much blossomed out."

Crider said she will do anything to keep Guardian Oak operating so she can continue to help children like Rutherfords'.

"It's just really important to me, that while I can, I finish what I start," Crider said.

Donations can be made via PayPal to [email protected] or at Guardian Oak's YouCaring page.

Below is Guardian Oak's current wish list. Contact the rescue at 660-372-1595. The address is County Road 2235, Moberly, MO 65270.

Most Wanted: These are items we use very often, so assistance with a steady supply is extremely appreciated.

  • Horse feed: Senior, Sweet, Strategy, weight builders
  • Insect control: Mosquito dunks for water sources, mosquito/fly deterrents for yards and horses, de-wormers for horses, and tick and insect repellent like War Paint for horses
  • Hay: square and round both fed- if you can donate use of haying equipment **please contact us now**, we have hay fields available we can't harvest for lack of equipment- we can help with gas & twine if you can help us provide hay for the rescue horses.
  • Mud combat: Trencher, gravel, sand, other fillers, guttering for barn, drainage pipes (plastic perforated, 3-4" size).
  • Panels, lumber and fencing equipment: always needed as we are in the process of upgrading our new property's fences and building a variety of useful structures

Horse Supplies:

  • Feed: Senior, Sweet, ADM Prime Glo, Alfalfa cubes, Beet pulp, weight builders
  • Grooming supplies: all useful, especially metal & rubber curry combs, stiff body brushes, mane/tail brushes, hoof picks, detangler, and electronic horse clippers
  • Tack: New or used lead ropes & halters of all sizes (we have minis all the way up to drafts), rope halters, bridles, saddles, saddle blankets
  • Bamboo socks for Bella's boots (large enough to fit horse leg), mounting block
  • Desitin (or generic zinc oxide)
  • General Supplies

Insect control:

  • Fly/mosquito spray, fly traps, fly zappers, wasp spray, etc
  • Parasite control: War Paint, dewormers (seasonal-contact us), Frontline Plus for dogs/cats, Revolution for dogs/cats
  • Diatomaceous earth (Food grade)
  • Insect spray for humans (Deep Woods, Skin so Soft)
  • Enrichment


  • Wading pools
  • Horse toys
  • Giant rubber balls
  • Pool noodles
  • Obstacle course items
  • Stuffed animals
  • Farm Supplies
  • Bleach
  • Panels & gates - horse & cattle sizes
  • Rakes, pitchforks, shovels, wheelbarrows, manure buckets, water tanks, feed bins, feed buckets
  • Portable hose wheel
  • Rubber mats
  • Bedding- shavings
  • Footing - pea/small gravel, others (contact to discuss)
  • Manure spreader/drag
  • Chain link - fencing, rolls
  • T-posts, T-post covers
  • Automatic waterers
  • Electric fence tape
  • Solar-powered electric fence box
  • Tarps - very large
  • Community Garden/Landscaping


  • Plant seedlings
  • Sprouts: herbs, flowers, veggies
  • Potting Soil
  • Planters
  • Trellises
  • Gardening stakes
  • Gardening bricks

General Useful Items:

  • Bungee cords
  • Zipties
  • Duct tape
  • Cement Mix
  • Wood: 2x4s, 4x4s, gardening timber, firepit timber
  • Pallets
  • Charcoal
  • Stepstool
  • Tin panel sheets
  • Trash bins
  • Twine
  • Spray Bottles
  • Masking tape
  • Paint
  • Painting tape
  • Paintbrushes
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Office Supplies
  • Filing cabinet
  • Printer ink (Canon 245 black & 246 color)
  • Folders, hanging file folders, labels (large, small), photo paper, cardstock (plain white), regular printer paper, pens, pencils, large white boards,
  • Whiteboard markers, permanent markers
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Magnetic spray paint

Special Projects:

At Home or Non-Farm at GO:

  • Assist with the gift/resale shop
  • Organization & display of items
  • Maintain inventory
  • Create handcrafted items to sell in shop (split proceeds or donate all)
  • Manage the sales on weekend mornings

Media & Marketing:

  • Photos and videos of horses & other animals, landscapes, etc
  • Edit and post videos to highlight adoptable or horses for sponsorship & lease
  • Post advertisements & forward inquiries for adoptable horses online
  • Laundry- horse blankets, halters, lead ropes, saddle blankets, etc - take home, launder & bring back
  • Clean & condition leather tack- saddles, bridles, halters, etc
  • Art Studio
  • Organize art studio room
  • Maintain supply inventory
  • Create projects for kids to do & organize supplies for camp readiness
  • Create arts and crafts in studio

On the Farm:

  • Remove scrap and detritus from pastures, creek etc (leftover from previous tenants- old machinery, metal tires, and more)
  • Spread/drag pastures & other pasture enrichment/management
  • Evaluate & stock ponds with appropriate mosquito & insect eating fish
  • Fencing - 7000 ft in front areas (perimeter + cross fencing)
  • Regularly check & repair current fencing
  • Replace old/current fencing as have supplies for new
  • Posts - digging holes, borrow post-hole digger
  • Pour concrete and set up posts
  • Mount gate panels on corners
  • Sand hauled from Glasgow and unloaded in arena
  • Pick up/haul gravel, spread in work/dry lot areas
  • Fix trails
  • Creek crossing/right-of-way - needs Bobcat or bulldozer
  • Bridge: several 3 ft galvanized pipes (used or new), cover with dirt/rock
  • Mark & mow trails for trail riding/walking
  • Trenching
  • Under/beside driveway
  • Down to barn
  • From barn down the hill
  • Guttering
  • Landscaping
  • Pull weeds around yard
  • 'Plant & maintain areas around shed, house, yard, etc
  • Hunt for trash and detritus in pastures
  • Build raised flower beds
  • Community Garden - put up fences, set up rows, plant, maintain
  • Tear down skeleton of a run-in using wood down the road & store at GO
  • Cut up downed trees into use-able sizes for bonfires and obstacle course

Building projects:

  • Hitching posts
  • Repairs to barn & shed
  • Shelves & such in the barn & feed storage area
  • Obstacle course in field
  • Compost/manure collection shed
  • Composting toilet shed
  • Wooden round pen
  • Chicken coop
  • New run-in & pen for Lola
  • Set up greenhouse
  • Dog houses & pens
  • Cattery for feral cats
  • Painting of shed & barn
  • Cleaning up brush & misc trash from trails, creek, ditch, etc
  • Electricity run to barn