Archive for November, 2008

11-27-08 & 11-28-08

We didn’t write a blog on Thanksgiving evening, but in between the festivities Jason wrote 57 emails, Tawnee answered the phone (yes it was ringing,) and horses got evaluated. We hope that your Thanksgiving was a wonderful day.

The auction fund is currently at $400 for the rescue and care of horses at the livestock auction. The next auction date is Dec 14th. Our goal is to be able to rescue at least 16 horses this auction.

Today was a slow day as well, but Jason used the time wisely and got the trim painted in the office. Tawnee says it’s the wrong color, so no doubt it will have to be painted again. Tawnee is hoping it dries darker.

After the trim was painted Jason started on the flooring. It is almost all done, the office should be moved down there next week.

Have a great weekend!

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The auction fund got its first donation today, for $25. The goal for this months auction rescue fund is $5,000. We plan on rescuing around 20 horses depending on the prices and our space, but if we rescue just 16 horses this auction we will have rescued 200 horses from the auction this year. That is 200 horses that very likely would have been slaughtered. With you help we can reach our goal of 200 horses saved from the auction!

Some new volunteers who adopted Hugs the dog made a 6 hour trip to come volunteer at the rescue today. They cleaned a lot of stalls, brushed and groomed, and overall made themselves very useful. Thanks so much! Hugs and all of her pups are doing great, and all the puppies are lined up to go to wonderful homes.

Jason painted the office today, twice. First the coat of primer went on, then it dried, then the final paint coat went on. The trim needs to be painted, the flooring laid, and the office inside will be done! It will be so great to finally have it finished. Next project: hay barn being built.

Annette came out and was able to do a few applications, but then it started sprinkling so she and the volunteers made sure all the hay was covered. The wind blew some of the plastic off, but Tawnee, Annette and the volunteers made short work of putting it all back on.

Jason headed into town to do some banking and to buy the rest of the supplies (hopefully) needed for the office. When he got back it was after dark and raining harder, so he had to unload the truck right away and put all the tools in the office.

Today was peaceful and slow, pretty expected the day before Thanksgiving. So many people are gathering with friends and family, we hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Jason got some tractor work done while it was here this morning bright and early. This drainage ditch needed to be re-done as it had filled in over summer.

Jason loaded up the tractor and headed off to return it.

Meanwhile, Ron had left early this morning for a long transporting job and was now at the Ca coast. Literally, on the beach. It looks cold, foggy and it was drizzling rain.

The first horse Ron loaded up was Blueberry. We rescued her in 2006 from auction. She was placed into a wonderful home, but then recently sadly the husband and wife divorced. The x-husband had custody of Blueberry, and he started overfeeding her. This is quite odd, usually the x starves the horses. We are glad that she had a great couple years, now it is time to find her a new home. It is always so sad when an adoption is not forever, but at least we know that Blueberry is safe and horses are always welcome back.

Ron headed out to pick up the next horse, he kept passing road narrows signs, he kept wondering how narrow it could get. Well, it went down to a 1 lane road, but thankfully it was paved and he had no troubles.

He arrived at the 50 acre pasture this horse had been turned out in 2 years ago. He had been in a severe trailer accident where the trailer actually rolled over with him in it. When his owner moved to New Mexico, he could not get his frightened horse into a trailer and was forced to leave him behind. Now, he could no longer stay in the pasture due to health issues, so Ron worked his magic.

The uncatchable was caught.

The unloadable was loaded. This all happened within 2 1/2 hours from arriving.

Back in Missouri two empty stalls sat waiting. Waiting for…

…the transporter to arrive with…

…Crusoe and …


The horses were settled down into their stalls at their new home. They were then blanketed, fed and loved on. These two horses have come a long way, from being at a feedlot, arriving at our rescue, and then a gracious opening for these two off the track TB’s to go live with a wonderful family all the way in Missouri. Thank you for openinng your hearts and home to these two sweet horses.

This evening it started clouding up enough to make us worried about rain ruining the new hay, so Jason got to cover all the hay. Jason may very well be sick of looking at hay, much less working with it.

Annette worked late into the evening doing adoption applications. She got a lot done, a lot of messages are out for references to call in, but finally the adoption applications feel like they are under control once again.

Ron got back around 8:00. This is the horse that was uncatchable/unloadable that he picked up last.

And there is Blueberry on the left. They are both spending the night in the round pen so they can meet everyone over the fence and be safe and quiet for the night.

Tawnee spent every spare minute she could working on the website, changing a few things. Hopefully it looks even better. The euthanasia clinic fund goal has been raised to $10,000 so that we can continue these clinics for old, injured, lame or sick horses so that they do not end up in the slaughter pipeline.

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Bright and early Jason headed out to rent a tractor. We needed one ASAP!

Why did we need a tractor so early in the morning?

Miss Autumns Barkery had been working long and hard getting hay donated to us. She got 27 round bales, 34,000 lbs worth, donated. She figured out the most economical way to get the hay to Ca, and in the end she found a company that would put the hay on a train, ship it across the nation, and then bring it up to the rescue for $2500. Miss Autumn’s Barkery, in addition to all of her hard work, donated half of the shipping cost.

We just couldn’t wait to see the big truck loaded with hay. Jason’s heart sank when he saw the enclosed box trailer coming up the road. That was not in the days plan, was there really a way to get 1500 lb bales of hay out of the 53′ box?

The doors opened up, and sure enough, there was a bunch of giant bales of hay ready to unload.

The truck driver refused to drive the truck off of Dunstone, so we had to unload all the hay down on the side of the road, and then haul it up. So, Jason wrapped the tow strap around the first bale on top, hooked it up to the tractor, and the first 3 fell out. Maybe this would be easy after all.

Soon round bales of hay were spread out all over the side of the road. It ended up not being easy at all, but was extremely difficult especially as the trucker kept asking “How many more? I would have never done this if I had known!” After all, he only showed up an hour early…

About this time Sally and Sue came out to donate their time and trim horses. They were here from about noon until 4:00. Thank you so much for all your hard work! Tawnee got them started and headed out to help Jason with the hay some more.

By mid noon the semi trailer was unloaded and the truck driver was off to his next job. But then the huge job of getting all the bales to the rescue started. Tawnee would drive the truck and the flatbed that the tractor came on out, they would put 2 bales on it, tie another one to the tractor and head back to the rescue to unload.

The 5 horses that came in yesterday were more than delighted to have a huge round bale in their feeder. This was the first round bale fed to horses at the rescue, it went right into the feeder for the horses to enjoy.

More and more loading and moving of hay.

And more, as you can see it was getting dark and cold.

Ron came out to get his delivery assignments for tomorrow, and felt so sorry for Jason that he helped moved the hay. Finally about 8:30 pm all the hay was moved onto the rescues property. That was what was done today, moving hay, hay and more hay.

Ron got his delivery assignments, loaded up some panels to catch a hard-to-catch horse tomorrow, and he headed off.

Taking advantage of the tractor before it has to be returned, Jason put round bales into each of the large pens. No need to feed in there for a few days!

The horses are just tickled pink with the new hay, Tawnee took this picture and just couldn’t help but think about how sweet these horses faces are.

Tawnee got into the office and she got a phone call from someone desperate to help horses from the terrible fate of being slaughtered. She forwarded an email from Animal’s Angels of horses that had been brutally beaten at the “USDA overseen ‘humane’ slaughter house” that was operated in Texas. If you can stomach blatant brutality to horses, click this link, and then pause to think what must happen in the foreign countries that have no humanity laws. This is why it is so important that we are able to continue rescuing horses from auctions and hold euthanasia clinics, doing everything we can to keep horses from being slaughtered.

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Early this morning we got to work loading up various horses to send off to their new homes. Here a volunteer is loading up Check, he is heading up to the mountains so we put a blanket on him so he wouldn’t get cold.

We got a suprise phone call from Home at Last and they had a couple openings as they had a couple horses going into long term foster care. Donna asked Tawnee to pick out two horses and surprise her with them. Tawnee picked out PeaPod and StarSong. Both of them would be really hard to adopt into a home, StarSong has lameness and PeaPod is an older unbroke broodmare. We are so glad that Home at Last can give them a loving forever home.

Ron loaded up 5 horses to deliver in the northern Ca to their new homes.

An adopter who has had Cinnoman in adoption hold came up. She began pulling some tack out of the back of her truck and Tawnee said “Oh wow, you’re going to donate some tack?” Her reply: “Take a look at this” while she led Tawnee to the trailer door and opened it up. Wow! She’s been collecting tack for quite some time, and got 10 bags of complete pelleted horse feed for us. Thank you so much for the donations! Ever since we got the Lucky 7 group we have been feeding a pelleted complete feed every day. More and more skinny horses come in, and more and more they need special feeds. Every time we almost run out, someone brings a few more bags. Thank you so much! We were down to two bags this morning, but now we have enough for another week or so.

Almost all of the board members were out for a visit today. They seemed pleased with how the rescue is being ran and operated. Scott evaluated Jason’s work today and gave him 5 stars for professionalism with the clients, safety in transport, and a kind hand with the horses. Josh couldn’t spend the whole day but he enjoyed the visit. Claire was also out for the whole day helping out.

Kathy fell in love with Zanita and adopted her today. Since Zanita’s blood panel was good we felt comfortable letting her go to a new home. She just needs TLC and groceries. Zanita wasn’t too keen on having a great big kiss on the nose, but oh well, that must be what humans like to do.

While Kathy was holding her horse trailer door open waiting to load Cinnamon, Boss decided that since Kathy enjoys giving kisses, she would like one on her arm. He stuck his tongue all the way out and started slurping. It seemed to catch Kathy by suprise!

Cinnamon jumped right into the trailer ready to start her new life. Thanks Kathy so much for adopting Zanita and Cinnamon.

Many of you may remember Rowan, from the June auction. Kathy had adopted him several months ago.

Here is a recent picture of Rowen, he looks like a different horse! He is gaining his weight and looks like a new horse. Way to go Rowen!

Soon, with Cinnamon and Zanita loaded up, Jason headed out to take PeaPod and Starsong to Home at Last and Check to his new home. Kathy followed Jason up the hill, around the incoming traffic, and they parted ways. Everyone that has been to the rescue knows the road is a little narrow, but volunteer Amber managed to get far enough off the road to let Jason and Kathy pass.

Deb showed horses today, today was actually fairly slow compared to a normal Sunday. It was good though because we were able to spend one on one time with each adopter. John was falling in love.

These approved adopters fell in love with both John and Nina. They will make a great home for them. They were so excited about getting them delivered, they scheduled delivery for this evening once Ron was back from his other deliveries.

Jason arrived at Home at Last and delivered the two horses safely. We are always so happy when horses are able to go there, they are guranteed a forever home full of love, kindness and great food.

From there Jason took Check to his new home. They were so happy to get him! They’ve had him on hold for quite awhile, they wanted to make sure everything would be perfect for him when he comes.

Ron made it to his delivery. All the horses were going to the same boarding stable, so it made it quite easy. All the horses settled right in and got some great food.

The four little troopers that Ron picked up and brought to the rescue the other night are doing fine. It is so sad to see so many skinny young horses.

We are seeing more and more skinny, underfed and underloved babies. They are just being dumped left and right.

Tawnee and Amber spent a great big portion of the day cleaning out the tack room. With all the donated tack recently it was hard to get into the tack room. Tawnee and Amber got to work, and soon it looked like the tack room had exploded out the front door.

Ron made it to the next stop on his route, he was picking up 5 horses. The folks had seen us on the news, and simply were unable to take care of the horses they had bred in their backyard over the years. They called up to reserve some spots in the clinic for them, but Tawnee wanted to bring them into the rescue and try to find them homes, and she told them that the clinic would be a last resort.

Ron was hoping it would be an easy operation to get the horses into the trailer, but one of the horses put up a royal fight. She is a 12 year old, not-halter broke mare that has been able to do what she wants to do when she wants to do it. She has learned that if you kick, people stay away. This is a more dangerous loading job than Ron is used to.

Jason got to his next stop, and picked up Lola, a donkey that was already lined up to go to an adopter. Lola’s owners were simply unable to continue caring for her. They loved her dearly and are sad to see her go.

Tawnee and Amber worked late into the evening segregating all the tack that is going to be sold at the upcoming auction to help raise money to rescue horses.

Finally, everything was packaged up and ready to go, back into the tack room for now.

Ron finally pulled in long after dark. We really need some good outdoor lighting, now that the sun is setting so early the days are just not long enough for us.

His first words were “Be careful Tawnee, that horse kicks!” She didn’t want to come out, so Tawnee walked over to the side of the trailer, gently put her hand on her rump. She was fine with that, but when Tawnee gave her some little pushes, she went into a flurry frenzy of thrashing the trailer while kicking in every which direction.

Fianlly all 5 were unloaded and settled in for the night. Hopefully she treats horses better than she treats people.

By this time Jason and Scott arrived back with Lola the donkey.

She was wide eyed and wondering what her next adventure would be. Since her adoptive home is only 30 miles away, Jason decided to continue her journey. But first he had to help Ron load up two horses, John and Nina, for the evening delivery.

It’s a good thing horses only sleep for 3 hours out of 24. Sounds about like the rescue staff sleep schedule too.

They were both loaded up and ready to go.

So, the three of them headed out again. Ron to deliver John and Nina with Jason and Scott heading out to deliver Lola.

Lola arrived and they were just thrilled to have her. They have been waiting just too long to get her.

They had 2 donkeys, and one of them died of old age, so the white guy was just so lonely. Lola will bring a lot of joy to his life. He was so happy to see another donkey he went off on an infamous 2 minute breying session.

Ron called and he has delievered John and Nina to their new home and they are settled in. He is now making the long trek to his home.

It was a long, busy Sunday but a lot of horses went to their new homes today. We absolutely love placing equines in loving, forever homes!

No one wondered enough to guess or ask, but the answer to yesterday bog question: Tawnee was leading the horse. If you missed the picture, go back to the 11-21 blog entry. It’s a pretty neat optical illusion.

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We spent the morning working with the horses, can you guess if Tawnee is riding the horse or leading the horse? Answer on Sunday nights blog.

The hay was getting low enough that it probably wouldn’t have lasted until Monday so Jason headed off to get hay.

First he unloaded the trailer. It sure will be nice when the hay barn gets finished!

It so much nicer watching a machine do the work instead of hand loading it.

Another 103 bales, another $1100. Hay is going up in price…

Annette came out to do some office cleaning today. Tawnee and her were sorting through papers, all of a sudden Tawnee gasped and Jason caught it on the camera.

There was a magazine, Living Legends, in the stack of paperwork with a black Mustang on the cover. The Mustang’s name is Dawnee, Tawnee’s first horse that she adopted from the BLM, gentled and trained. Tawnee sold Dawnee after a terrifying horse accident, and the purchaser still owns Dawnee to this day and is giving her an absolutely wonderful home.

Here is Tawnee and Dawnee many years ago, a few years before the terrible horse accident involving another horse and a family member.

Shares cards got packaged up and mailed out today. Thanks Claire for mailing them. Tawnee’s hand writing got sloppy at the end because there were so many to send, hopefully the funds will start rolling in from it.

Have a great weekend!

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We got a great update on Ruby today, rescued from the March auction. ” .hmmessage P { margin:0px; padding:0px } body.hmmessage { font-size: 10pt; font-family:Verdana }
She is doing great. She is very cuddly. When we adopted her, she had a sore back, she seems to be healing up fine. My trainer started working with her last week and she says Ruby is smart and will be easy to teach. She has some issues with trailering and backing out of the wash rack. She has also become a big sister to an orphan PMU foal. The foal loves her and Ruby allows the foal to follow her around and nuzzles her. They even eat out of the same feeder. They are best buddies. “

When we get updates like this it gives us time to reflect and think “Where would that horse be if we hadn’t of rescued it?”

This morning Tawnee started the day out by drawing blood from Zanita, who has been having a really hard time keeping her weight up even though we are pouring the food to her 24/7. Nothing was really found when Tawnee took the blood to the vet. We will keep doing our best for the poor girl and if she keeps dropping weight more evaluations will be done.

We’ve been pouring feed and love to the three horses that were so skinny when they came to us last week. Today was the day that they were going to see the vet for a diagnosis. They’ve really been enjoying having full tummies.

The vet checked each one out, and the sad news is that it was a downhill road for these horses from here on out. She said it would not be fair to keep them going through another winter, being so skinny the cold would literally kill them, and they each had other health issues to exaggerate their emaciation. The one we had the best hope for a recovery had eye problems, one eye was completely fogged and the other was somewhat foggy. The vet told us they were eye ulcers. We said goodbye to these three sweet horses. We are thankful that they are not sitting in the pen where we picked them up, starving. We truly gave them the Last Act of Kindness.

Tawnee evaluated the horses from the clinic yesterday, all of them had a poor quality of life, and it was the kindest thing to do to let them pass away peacefully. While Tawnee was at the vet Channel 12 in Chico was heading out to the rescue to do a story on us. We had no idea they were coming until they cold called us this morning, but when media wants to come, it’s usually a good idea to get the maximum exposure for horses in need possible. Tawnee got the call that she had to get back to the rescue ASAP, so she gave her final goodbye to the horses and headed back.

After only getting lost once the news crew arrived and started setting up.

Tawnee was the first person to be interviewed, their focus in the interview was the clinic yesterday. Tawnee is getting pretty used to interviewing over the last couple days. When news crews would come to different things over the years, it used to scare Tawnee to death to talk in front of the camera. After today and all the recent media, she says she’s not nervous at all. Do something often enough and long enough and you can get used to it.

Then it was Jason’s turn to talk about how the economy is so affecting horse owners all over the state.

Then it was the horses turn. They were all so curious about what was happening. The treats hidden in the reporters hand really helped out the curiosity too.

The horses were just so amazed and just couldn’t figure out what these folks were up to.

The horses just had to make sure their face were seen on TV. It made it a little difficult for filming as the horses all wanted to show off their fancy noses on the camera lens.

It is so neat to see actual footage on TV at the rescue, you can watch the TV news clip by clicking here.

The AppealDemocrat ran a good article on us today, you can view it by clicking here.

The Oroville & Chico Mercury Register also ran articles on us. Click here.

And, for the last media mention of the day, thank you Cathy from Fugly Horse of the Day blog for putting us front and center once again. It is a call for other rescues to step up and follow our leadership and have euthanasia clinics of their own for horses that need to be put to sleep gently, the lame, old and suffering horses. Click here for the blog post.

Brianna came out today and did some office work, she got some emails written and phone calls were answered. Thanks for coming out! She’s heading out for Thanksgiving vacation and will be gone until December. Claire is planning on stepping in to do emails and phone calls as a backup.

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