Archive for August, 2008


Early this morning Jason unloaded some donated hay and stacked it up nice and neat. It’s always nice to have hay donated, as you all know, the rescued horses go through a lot of it here!

Headed out to Gridley to pick up Levi and Phoenix to transport them to their new forever home at Home At Last. They were perfect gentleman and got in the trailer without too much fuss. Galaxy let us know that his time to go had come, with heavy hearts we took him to the vet for humane euthanasia. His health has been failing, and today he let us know he was ready to fall asleep. At the vet, they agreed that he did not have a good quality of life and that he had no prognosis of recovering due to his age. We will miss you Galaxy!

When Levi and Phoenix arrived at Home At Last, there were four of our previous rescues waiting to greet us! They are happy, healthy, and enjoy romping around playing together.

Levi had a hard time getting out of the trailer, but that is just the way he is. His deformed legs allow him to jump into a trailer without a fuss, but when it’s time to come back out, it hurts so bad he takes his time. His pen buddy is Pilgrim, again another horse previously rescued by us. You can see Pilgrims past blog entries by clicking here. Link 1 & Link 2 Levi was from the same Feedlot rescue as Pilgrim, it is really neat that horses that were doomed together were rescued together and are now living together forever.

Phoenix also settled in, he is a very happy boy now. He was excited about seeing so many new horses and he can’t wait to meet them all and become great friends. His eyes looked like they were going to pop out from all the excitment!

Daisy, the blind Appy that was brought into our LAK program and placed in Home At Last all in the same day is also doing great. She is gaining weight and is very well adjusted to her surroundings and feels comfortable enough to trot around her pen.

From there it was off to get some much needed supplies. First of all a shade was purchased so people won’t be falling over from heat stroke while looking at horses. Got to have a place to get our of this terrible heat! As it is Labor Day weekend, summer is almost over and shade-makers are incredibly cheap. Over half off retail! Some new gates were needed and purchased as well at Tractor Supply.

Cathy and her girls came out to volunteer today, they worked diligently throwing manure through the air, cleaning up and scrubbing water troughs. They had a bit of fun too, despite the brutal heat. Faith found a way to cool off though!

Have a great weekend!


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Thanks to a generous donation, our hay barn fund is now at $1,112.00! Over 10% there, let’s make it 20% tomorrow! We can all do this together, thank you guys for the $2 and the $5 donations, they really help a huge amount. Everyone can spare a cup of coffee or two surely!

Tawnee showed horses today and her hard work is working: 6 horses were placed in adoption pending status today! This might be a record, we aren’t keeping track of that one. Tawnee has been showing horses all day long every day this week, and a lot of people made up their minds today and placed holds. One of the potential adopters donated some fly traps, those will cause a stinky smell to permeate the air. Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness Sally!
Tawnee got to ride lots of horses, practically every available ridable horse. She even rode Gracie, the 3 year old Belgium / QH cross. She is sweet and loving and clueless. And in adoption pending. Tawnee sure loves putting guinea pig Deb on horses that haven’t been ridden, but when duty calls, Tawnee obeys.

Jason got stuck doing paperwork today. Not fun, not enjoyable, not the glory of being on international TV in front of admiring celebrities (the Animal Planet filming,) not why we started a rescue, but 110% necessary. As soon as adoption applicants get approved a lot of horses will be going to their new homes. There are now 15 horses in adoption pending currently, 35 available. Thank you everyone for opening your hearts and homes to horses in need.

Imagine our joy today to open the mailbox and have several hundred dollars in donations from work places today. Many corporations have matching donation programs, some employees have their donations taken out of their pay, the company matches (and in one case double matches) the donation and $1 becomes $2, sometimes $3! If you work for corporate America, please check into this as additional funds always automatically ensure additional lives are saved. We want to publicly thank each and every one of you that participate in corporate giving and sending support to our rescue. It truly helps out and makes a huge difference in the horses lives every day.

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Today was a busy, yet rewarding day. Tawnee spent all day once again showing horses to prospective adopters. As a result of all Tawnee’s hard work, Levi and Phoenix are being adopted by Home at Last! This is the same group that gave Randy the pony such a wonderful home. Sally and Penny Possum has been placed in adoption pending, and Zara was adopted and taken to her new forever home! Here is Zara with her new mommy, it was definitely love at first sight.

Tawnee delivered Zara to her new home, where her handsome prince gelding Solo was waiting. Solo had lost his 28 year old companion due to colic a few days ago, and he immediately began swooning over his new love. He was easily swayed by her cute face. They are really a beautiful match, they looked mirrored in this photo. He is a beautiful dappled Paso, and she a beautiful dappled Arabian.

Ann Marie continued her gentling sessions with Sierra. She mostly sits in her pen, and when Sierra is comfortable, she gently brushes her. This is so awesome for Sierra, exactly what she needs so she can realize that not every human is only interested in her for her uterus to see what the next baby looks like that pops out. Yes, Ann has a cast on her arm, so she has dedicated herself to Sierra for now. It definitely helps that there are special people like Ann that will take the time to gentle a scared, wild horse. Thank you so much Ann!

Imagine our joy to see Fed Ex deliver a bright shiny new gadget. Many humble thanks to Chris and Janet for ensuring that we will always be able to reach emergency personal while we’re evacuating horses during fires or any other emergencies. They donated an Iridium Satalite phone and put pre-paid minutes on it. Wow, what an amazing asset to the rescue!

Dottie and Macho Man are getting used to living in the same area, Dottie has calmed down and realizes that maybe he is a gelding after all and isn’t interested in her to mother his offspring.

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The hay barn fundraising has kicked off today. A total of $107 was donated, thank you so much! To get this barn in before winter, we need to have the funds in by Sep 30th. Please do what you can to help get the barn raised before the winter rains hit!

The auction fund is currently at: $110, just ahead of the barn raising. All Roads Communications has once again matched donations up to $2500 towards this rescue, so every dollar donated becomes 2 dollars donated!

Today, the 250th equine for this year arrived, it’s a huge number of equines rescued, but it’s no match for this little guy! Macho Man was donated today, he is only 28 inches tall and he sure is cute! He is an Achondroplastic Miniature Horse Dwarf, the same as Dottie, our Mascott. He has clubbed feet on both fronts, but we are hoping to have corrective trimming done that can help him out. We have been looking for a livelong friend for Dottie, as for awhile now…

Dottie’s pet goat has been pre-occupied with motherhood. If anyone is wondering, the baby’s name is Mister T. He was born about the time of all the fire evacuations and is now a frisky little trouble maker. Click here if you don’t‘ remember him coming into the world.

So now Dottie has a new friend. She still isn’t too sure about him, and would prefer her submissive goat back, but they seem to be finding a way to become friends.

Any update on Perky, who was adopted on Sunday. His adopter says: “I rode him with a halter and leadrope, bareback, he seems wonderful and I am looking forward to riding him more. He trailered home wonderfully and I am hoping that his anxiety leaving was just that, anxiety to be leaving a safe place.
I have started him on some Elk Grove Senior, he thinks it is a wonderful treat.” Thanks for giving him a great home Shawnna!

Today was a very busy day. Tawnee showed horses pretty much all day long, Annette worked in the office and Jason did oil changes on the 4-wheelers along with 100 other tasks.

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This morning faithful Deb came out and helped work with the horses all morning and into the blazing hot afternoon. Faithful Annette came out and worked in the office most of the morning too. Lots of productive things were accomplished that didn’t get pictures taken of.

Tawnee worked diligently and by this evening one of our largest non-auction rescue fundraisers was kicked off. We have a great need for a hay barn by this winter, and with the price of steel and other raw materials skyrocketing, we chose now to begin collecting funds! Please help how you can, every dollar is going to help tremendously. If everyone donates just $2, the barn will be up and full of hay in no time. Click here for more information and some background story with pictures of the beginnings of our permanent location. You can also see the information by clicking the links at the bottom of our homepage. We wanted to get more stalls and pens in, but we really need to focus on getting a good hay storage before we get more pens. All Roads Communications really helped out during the fires by purchasing quite a number of panels, so we have good housing for horses now, we just need a hay barn!

Jason headed out to the vet to pick up Dinky Donkey. He jumped right into the trailer because he wanted to come back and see Dottie, his favorite girl. Little does he know that his interest in girls will keep getting less and less… Poor guy, sure looks like it hurts. He’s on a rehab regime and the swelling should go down soon.

While Tawnee and Deb were working with the horses, Cowgirl was in the round-pen and she started rolling and rolling… One thing you can’t see in the picture, her tail was swishing faster than mules should be able to swish their tails. She really enjoyed the whole experience!

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Today was a busy Sunday, almost as busy as last Sunday, but not quite. It was a hot day however, making the day seem to go on and on and on…

The first adoption of the day was Drake, who went home to his new family this morning. They came out last Sunday and fell in love with him, and today was Drake’s day to go home.

Next up, Feather was donated. Her owner is on our mailing list, and emailed letting us know that she was no longer able to care for her, and we agreed to take her in some time ago and she was on the waiting list. Today she was able to bring her in. Feather is a beautiful 21 year old QH mare. We will be evaluating her once she settles in.

Blueberry’s went home today too! His adopter has been waiting for several weeks to get her application done, and since she’s been approved, today was a great day for Blueberry to head to his forever home. Kelly, who had been doing out applications, has been sick and unable to do them so we have been swamped with yet another load added to our daily tasks.

Perky didn’t know he was going home today. An adopter was coming out to see Sally, and hopefully take her home, but Perky caught her heart and her eye and Perky is the lucky one that ended up going home instead. What a lucky boy!

Today was an awesome day! We were able to reunite a long lost horse with its old owner. The lady pictured below, owned this sweet horse, and while she was gone her husband (unwisely) traded the horse for another to a “horse trader.”

The horse trader said he would take Curls where he could be used by a bunch of cowboys on a ranch. He took him to a livestock auction where we rescued him. Ellen, heartsick at the loss of her beloved Curls, searched and search for him on Petfinder. Within a few hours of Tawnee placing Curls on Petfinder, Ellen had contacted us. If Curls was not rescued at auction and then placed on Petfinder, he would not have found his way home.

Ellen initially contacted us via telephone sobbing “You have my horse, you have my horse!” We assured her that he was safe and at our rescue. She sounded so relieved! She emailed us a picture of Curls to confirm that she was his previous owner. Everything matched. After being approved, she came out to pick him up today, they were so happy together.

The horse trader that got Curls by lying about his future, runs an add in the Sacramento Bee regularly, that states: “Cash paid for horses broke or unbroke. Any kind.” Only one kind of person would pay cash for any horse, and that is someone that ships out of the country. Our staff called him up undercover asking what happens to a horse if he can’t find it a home, he frankly stated “I ship them south.” That results in a brutal end in Mexico. He also stated that he likes “the fat ones, I can’t guarantee nothin‘” referring to their future. So in essence, he is a horse trader / killer buyer. And to think some people believe there are no killer buyers at the auctions, here is ones phone number as seen in the Sacramento Bee. Click here for the add.

The same horse trader / killer buyer has several horses on Craigslist right now. If he can’t sell them, they’re auctioned or slaughtered, whatever he thinks gets more money. Just very very sad. One horse we recently rescued, Promise, fell into his hands. He had her on Craigslist, but no takers. So he took her to auction, she was one of the skinny ones that are not welcome on the slaughter trucks, and it probably just cost him too much to fatten her up enough to ship. Her starvation diet saved her life. Once again, just really really sad. Craigslist had a picture of her with part of her brand coming out in front of the saddle, U9, which you can see in our picture. This is the Cragislist add.

We found her at auction and told her that her worries were over…

Now she is safe, no more evil treatment, starvation, beatings, and other terrible things. She is a nice kids horse, and is looking for a retirement home. Please, if you know of anyone, please pass her information along.

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Today was a busy Friday. We got an update on Molly Brown, who was rescued from the July Roseville Livestock Auction. She is doing great! The little pony in the background is one we evacuated during the Berry Creek fires, and the owner fell in love with Molly and, after being approved to adopt, she went home.

Jason delivered Comet to his new home today. Up in the pine trees where the air was cool with a nice breeze. Comet is living with Copper Hopper now, who was adopted back in May. We are sure they will be best of friends.

Comet has had a good recovery while at the rescue, he has gained his weight well and is looking so much happier. Below is a picture of him right when he was rescued at the July auction, the same auction Molly Brown came from.

This picture was taken today right before he was loaded up for the trip to his new home. He still has a ways to go until he is up to weight, but we are confident that he will gain it back nicely in his new home. Way to go Comet!

Two more horses came into our organization today. Gracie and Nafarra arrived and are settling nicely. Gracie is a 3 y/o Belgian/QH cross. Naffara is a 15 y/o registered Arabian, nicely trained to ride and has been shown in western and halter we were told. We will have them evaluated asap.

Have a great weekend!

PS – First time ever, spell check caught no misspelled words!

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