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3-30-09

This morning Tawnee loaded Athena into the trailer for her ride to the vet. She had been placed into adoption pending again, but refuses to trot when being ridden. Her potential adopter wanted to have it checked out, so she was off to the vet once again.


The vet did a more extensive evaluation. Her belief is that Athena may have fractured her hip bone at one time, making it uncomfortable with the weight of a rider to trot. The vet believes that she is fine at a walk, and maybe in the future once muscle builds up and with proper conditioning she may want to trot with a rider. At this time she is a walking horse only.


While Tawnee was at the vet Claire was busy showing horses to potential adopters. They found the mule a little too skittish for what they are looking for, so she still needs a home for someone with a lot of love, patience, time and understanding.


Tawnee and Athena made it back safely this evening. The vet had a lot of emergencies come in so Tawnee had to wait patiently for awhile at the vet’s before Athena could be examined, so they got back a lot later than they wanted too.

It was nice to have a quiet day at the rescued compared to the whirlwind of high energy action packed days we have had recently. It would be nice if there were more homes that had the love and resources that would be willing to open their hearts and homes to a rescued horse…

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3-29-09

The April auction rescue fund is inching its way up. Thanks to your donations it is currently at $1,178. Our goal is once again $5,000 for the rescue and care of horses at livestock auctions. Please help how you can!

This morning was a beautiful sunny morning, but it was very windy and it only got worse as the day went on. The little critters were hanging out in their shelter wishing the wind would go away. But it didn’t. It blew furiously all day long.

The four horses rescued Friday are doing good. They are definitely enjoying having food to eat. The baby takes it all in wide eyed, enjoying the adventure, but wondering what is happening next. One thing she can depend on now is food.

Deb came out and started working with the horses. Ever faithful Deb, through rain, through sleet, through gales fierce, she’s here helping out how she can.

Tawnee took the first load of panels on the little flatbed trailer up to where we were going to be setting them up.

Shari came out to take Big Blue home. She absolutely loves this horse! We are so happy that Blue has found such a great home and we know that Shari will provide the best for Blue.

Big Blue loaded right up into Shari’s trailer. Blue is such a good girl and always takes time to think. She just looked for a little while and then slowly meandered into the trailer.
We have gotten our first update on Blue already: “We arrived at the barn just fine. Blue was a little resistant to unloading but with sweet grain she decide she would try it. Once in her pasture she was a pro. She just stood there looking around and then the train came. I was really nervous as the hot wire had not been turned on to the pasture yet, Blue turned around looked at the train and walked in the other direction. I had to laugh, she was handling the whole situation better than I. We walked around to pasture for awhile and she just settled right in to her new environment. The trainer stopped by to see her and is shock that I got her from a rescue. Thanks for saving Blue, I look forward to long trail rides with her.”

Another horse was surrendered today, he is an older QH gelding. He is a sweet guy and hopped right out of the trailer.

He settled right in and one of the visitors today placed him into adoption pending.

April and Larry came out today and brought a couple friends to help out at the rescue. There were a lot of panels that needed to be set up. There were at least 3 people continuously on the panel for hour after hour. But it was so exciting seeing the panels going up!

Beau’s potential adopter came out to meet him as well despite the blowing winds. She’s just waiting for her application to be processed so she can take him home if everything checks out fine.

The paneling continued to go well. Panels seemed to be everywhere!

Finally it was getting wrapped up. With some heaving and pulling from everyone to close up the last gap.

Part of the panels was purchased by Napoleons sponsor for his own special pen. We did a little ribbon cutting ceremony as he entered his palace courtyard.

Napoleon was quite satisfied and headed off to explore. These panels are so beautiful and we are so excited to have improved our facilities to better care for and increase the safety of the horses in our care. We never had an accident on the electric rope and T-posts (all posts were capped) but it can happen. Panels are, by and far and large, the absolute safest horse fencing available.

After the 4 paneled pens had been built, the arena area behind the mare motel was prepped for gravel and even more pens to be put up. The gravel isn’t here yet, but we are hoping to have some funds to get it done pretty soon.

The tractor was used to smooth out the winters rumps and ruffles. After it was done it looked great!

Honey still hasn’t delivered a baby. Her tummy keeps bulging out bigger and bigger out each side. Any day now a new little foal will be born. We are definitely anxious and excited!

Twiggy of course found himself hanging out in the tack room so he wouldn’t blow away, and his favorite place of all was in the grain bin. Just imagine being a little pigeon like him sitting in that much food. He must think he’s died and gone to heaven.

We would like to thank the great group of volunteers today, those that were mentioned by name and those that were not. We really got a lot done today, and we could not have gotten it done without your help. Thanks again guys and gals!

As the sun began to fall, Tawnee’s attention was not on the sunset, but was instead fastened on the beautiful paneled pens and the happy horses contentedly eating hay. What a huge improvement!

There are still more panels and the 4 stall shelter to put up, so our project with the panels is about half done.

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3-28-09

Get a drink, get popcorn, turn on soft music, set your alarm so you don’t miss work, this is a huge blog entry. Tawnee and Jason were invited and their way would be paid to attend the Genesis Awards in Los Angeles for Friday and Saturday. It didn’t work out, but on Friday we found out why… Read below to learn what we were supposed to be doing rather than spending time with the Hollywood elite.

10:30 pm Thursday evening we got a call from a desperate horse owner who was distraught to say the least. Her neighbours had mares that were in heat and her stallion kept jumping the fence and breeding the neighbours mares. And now, Animal Control had given her a ticket that was over $300, and she may end up going to jail because she couldn’t pay for it. She had another older stallion as well. She wanted us to come out Friday morning, get both stallions, and take them away. If we couldn’t she said she would just find someone to shoot them. She said her crazy neighbours just wouldn’t keep those in heat mares away from her stallions.

Tawnee asked if all the horses were up to weight or if they are skinny. After some more discussion it turns out that the stallions were skinny, and after a bit more it turns out she had a skinny mare that was nursing a foal, and they were all running with the stallions. Tawnee told the lady that we would try to have someone out there Friday morning and that we would call her back. By that morning there was a Craigslist posting, it read: “FREE BEAUTIFUL HORSE 4-5YR BEAUTIFUL BLOOD BAY STUD COLT WITH WHITE STRIP AND 2 WHITE SOCKS, IN 5AC PASTURE, NEVER HAD A ROPE ON HIM. I AM TOO OLD AND CAN’T BREAK HORSES ANYMORE. MY HUSBAND DIED AND MUST GET RID OF HIM. HE IS WANTING TO ROAM IN NEIGHBORS PASTURE, SO HE MUST GO. I CAN GET HIM INTO CORRAL, BUT YOU WILL NEED STOCK TRAILER AND SOME HELP TO WALK BEHIND HIME TO GATHER HIM UP INTO ENCLOSURE TO PICK HIM UP AND CHASE HIM INTO 4 HORSE STOCK TRAILER. IT IS YOR RESPONSIBILITY TO CATCH AND LOAD HIM. FIRST COME FIRST SERVE…..BEAUTIFUL HORSE 1/2 ARAB 1/2 QUARTER PAINT BREEDSTOCK. DAD IS BLOOD BAY ARAB, AND MOM WAS A WHITE MEDICINE HAT QUARTER MARE. HE WOULD MAKE A GREAT HORSE TO MAKE A GUILDING AND START BREAKING. HE IS PRETTY, CAN JUMP AND HAS GREAT MOVEMENT AND CONFORMATION. I AM JUST TOO OLD AND NEED TO GET RID OF HIM NOW BECAUSE CAUSING PROBLEMS WITH MY NEIGHBOR. WANT TO VISIT THEIR HORSES. HE IS A JUMPER, HE CLEARS MY PASTURE FENCE NO PROBLEM.SO WOULD BE GREAT JUMP POSSIBILITY. HE CLEARS MY 4 WIRE PASTURE FENSE TO GET TO HORSES NEXT DOOR IN 20 AC PASTURE. SO, HE MUST GO. THIS IS WHY HE IS FREE, I DON’T NEED TROUBLE WITH MY NEIGHBORS. AND MY HUSBAND IS DECEASED AND HAVE NO ONE TO HELP ME. SO, IF INTERESTED PLEASE CALL AND COME AND GET HIM ASAP. COME AND GET TOMORROW MORNING TO FIRST PERSON THAT GETS HERE.”

Before the sun was up Jason had the stock trailer hooked up and Tawnee was ready to head out.

We called the lady, got directions, and early in the morning Tawnee was on her way. It turned out that one of her stallions had jumped the fence once again and was on the neighbours property.

Tawnee arrived at the neighbours property were the one stallion was trespassing. She found a thin stallion pacing back and forth frantically, covered in sweat, trying to get to the mares the neighbour had to lock up in small pens to keep away from the roving renegade. The neighbour explained to Tawnee that many times the stallion had broken over the fence, bred her mares, and she had to spend a lot of money on vet bills to prevent the pregnancies from leading to foals.

By this time the owner of the horse, Nancy, arrived on the scene. She told Tawnee how happy she was to see Tawnee there, it was so wonderful that the problem was going to be fixed.

After the greeting Tawnee inquired about the other stallion and asked if she could see him to determine the best loading plan. She offered to drive Tawnee over to her property. Shortly after Tawnee got in the car the lady starting explaining how the horses love dog food, that it is high in corn, and that it’s a great treat for horses. Tawnee kept quiet for the time, wondering why the lady would be saying this. When Tawnee and Nancy arrived at her place they headed over to the horse pen.

Tawnee looked around and was not happy with what she saw. Debris, wire, boards, trash, old fencing, all strewn about the horse pen as if it was a junkyard.

When Tawnee saw the mare and foal, she knew right then and there that there was no way she was leaving without them. The older stallion was skinny, the mare was skinny, the foal was thin and they all had wormy coats. When Tawnee asked when the last time she had wormed them, they lady said “Umm, January?” Tawnee told her that the horses looked to be loaded with parasites with their dull wormy coats. Nancy insisted that they were just winter coats and that Tawnee did not know what she was talking about, and that the horses were fine. Since she couldn’t catch any of them, she said she gave them a pelleted wormer, but maybe they didn’t get enough? The mare was born on the place, never handled or halter broke, the stallion on the neighbours place, same story. There was just no way she could properly care for the horses.

Looking over the situation, the pens were horrific and were an accident waiting to happen. The lady replied when Tawnee said the horses could get caught and injured “Well they never have!”

Tawnee looked at the poor little baby and thought about it’s future if it was left behind. No doubt skinny, untouchable, pasture bred and forced to lead a terrible life.

Tawnee was noticing that there was no food around other than a quarter bale of the ugliest hay she has ever seen with mold growing on it. Tawnee watched the nursing mare scrunch down on her chest, stretch her head under the bottom rail, just to reach a nibble of green grass. The poor girl was starving! At that point Tawnee knew for certain there was no way she was staying behind. She called back to the rescue and gave an update on the situation.

Then Tawnee confronted Nancy on why the horses were starving and not being fed. She came up with multiple excuses, everything from financial, being too old, having other responsibilities that were more important, etc. But, she went over to her 1/4 bale of hay to feed her starving emaciated horses.

The hay was absolutely terrible looking. It was completely yellow all the way through and covered with mold on one side. She insisted that it was top quality hay and once again Tawnee didn’t know what she was talking about. It as the worst “alfalfa mix” Tawnee had ever seen in her life.
The horses began scarfing down the nasty hay and soon it was gone.

Tawnee explained the situation to Nancy of what needed to happen, and what we felt comfortable offering her in terms of a solution. She needed to sign the emaciated nursing mare, her foal, or we were not going to take the stallions and she could deal with Animal Control. At this point Nancy was very unhappy, but Tawnee told her “I am not going to take two horses, and leave behind others that need help as bad or worse than the two you want me to take!” Tawnee explained that we would take all the information to Animal Control and Nancy smugly replied “You do that, let’s call them right now.” Nancy called Animal Control and explained the situation. Then handed the phone to Tawnee to talk to Animal Control. The Animal Control was on Tawnee’s side but legally there wasn’t a lot that could be done at this point.

Nancy said “If I do get rid of the mare and foal you sure aren’t going to get them!” Then she asked if she could find someone to take the mare and foal, and if NorCal could then take the stallions. Tawnee replied that the mare and foal just needed to go somewhere where they could get the help they so desperately needed. She also told Nancy that she did not have all day and she would have to find someone ASAP.

Half an hour later Nancy’s friends were there trying to load the mare and baby into their 2 horse straight trailer. The loading efforts went on and on to no avail. Tawnee was waiting in the truck for Nancy’s decision regarding the horses. Nancy would keep coming over demanding that Tawnee change her mind and just take the stallions. At one point Tawnee had to say “Speak respectfully or I am leaving. I don’t have to be here, I am here because I am trying to help the horses.” Nancy decided to change her tone of voice and began begging politely. Tawnee could not help them load the mare and foal into the 2 horse trailer due to liability issues.

After hours of being there, Tawnee gave Nancy 10 minutes to make up her mind. Either the mare and foal needed to be on their way to help, Nancy could sign them over to NorCal, or Tawnee was heading back to the rescue without the stallions. Tawnee had a 1:00 pm vet appointment and it was already almost late. Nancy finally realized there was no other options. They stopped trying to load the mare and foal. Nancy proclaimed that she was going to call a rodeo guy to see if he wanted the stallions. He had no use for them. No one wants untouchable, jumping fences to breed stallions. Then Nancy stated she was going to take them to auction. Tawnee said “Look, you’ll have to find someone to haul them down, you’ll pay $75 to run them through, and you might get $50 for them in their condition.” Nancy saw the light, and finally signed the mare, foal, and 2 stallions over to NorCal Equine Rescue.
Tawnee set up panels next to our trailer to make a chute and then headed back to get the horses and caught a glimpse of the backyard. Wow.

And then countless Pomeranians started appearing from everywhere. Folks, please don’t support backyard breeders, horse or otherwise. The animals always pay for it and the animals are the ones that suffer.

Tawnee got the horses moving up to the front of the pen, relieved that the long ordeal was drawing to a close. With a little help from Nancy the horses were soon in the holding pen and hopping into the trailer.

The mare and foal had never been in a trailer before and they looked scared. Tawnee wanted to comfort them, but for them people are not a source of comfort and they were inconsolable.

Tawnee was preparing to head over to the neighbours to load up the stallion that had hopped the fence, when she looked over and saw the new couch that Nancy was moving into her home. It always baffles Tawnee’s mind how people can’t afford to feed a horse, but can afford stuff like that. That doesn’t look like a Walmart couch…

Then Tawnee went over to the neighbours who through the long ordeal were very polite and understanding to Tawnee. They had gotten the stallion into a more enclosed area to make the loading process easier.

Tawnee set up the panels once again and soon the poor confused guy was in the trailer. He had never been in a trailer before either. Tawnee’s heart ached for him, he was so scared and frightened, and again there was nothing that could be done to console him.

After the horses were all loaded Tawnee headed over to Yuba County Animal Control. Everyone at Animal Control had huge smiles on their faces when Tawnee reported that the 2 stallions, the mare and the foal had been surrendered to us. They congratulated Tawnee on doing such a good job. The horses were not in bad enough condition to be legally seized, but they certainly needed help.

Why was Tawnee going to Animal Control? They had a huge stockpile of feed sitting in their shed for us! We cannot thank them enough for giving us the huge pile of feed.

A couple guys loaded the back compartment of the trailer heaping full of bag after bag of feed.

Then Tawnee headed back to the rescue.

When Tawnee arrived at the rescue a huge smile came across her face when she saw the stack of over 100 panels sitting there.

The sponsor of Napoleon had us order a nice paneled pen for Napoleon, and then thanks to the generosity of one of our supporters, we were able to purchase additional panels to make other pens out of. And, to top it off, the 4 stall horse shelter is in that stack too. Originally we had planned to purchase the 4 stall shelter from another business, which offered to construct it for free, but High Sierra Livestock gave us a better deal and gave us free shipping on the entire order. We would also like to thank them for giving us a discount. They were also able to get the horse shelter here quickly instead of weeks in the future.

What a sight it was, brand new panels by the dozen.

They got right to work unloading them. Soon they were unloaded, and now the hard part starts. Again we would like to thank High Desert Livestock Supply. Click here to visit their website.

Upon arriving at the rescue Tawnee found a place to park the trailer.

Jason was left with the trailer to unload all the bags of feed himself. There was no room in the tackroom, so, thanks to the good weather, they are stacked outside.

Tawnee was running 3 hours late for the vet, so Jason hooked the truck up to the little trailer, Big Blue hopped into the trailer for her pre-adoption checkup, and off Tawnee went. Other horses were supposed to go to the vet, but due to Nancy not making up her mind and delaying Tawnee for so long, they will have to wait.

And of course by this time the truck was empty. Tawnee managed to make it to the fuel station in time thankfully. Big Blue was a good girl and her examination went great.

Then Tawnee raced back to the rescue. Jason had the big trailer unloaded by now and it was time to get the horses out. So, the truck was unhooked from the little trailer, hooked back up to the big trailer, and the horses were unloaded. The stallions were put into a piped pen which included the shelter that Jamie and her husband donated.

The mare and foal were put into a stall in our mare motel.

Their looks of amazement when they saw food was unforgettable, and very sad.

They settled right in and started munching their food. You could just see peace and relief covering their whole bodies. They knew their troubles were over.

The stallions were quite eager to get out and run around with the new girls, but that is not an option. Soon they were eating too and the food quieted them right down. When you’re starving, your hunger for food it will take over your desire to reproduce.

By the end of Friday Tawnee and everyone else was more than exhausted. But, it was all worth it, and all 4 of the horses that needed to be rescued are safe here at the rescue. Thanks to your generosity we were able to have the resources to bring theses horses to safety where they can know love and compassion.

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3-27-09

No, we are not out of rescue stories, the rescue story for today happened today, and we are exhausted so we cannot write it this evening, look for it Saturday evening! The pictures will give you a little idea of what happened. We were contacted at 10:30 pm on Thursday evening by a distraught horse owner. The situation was urgent, her wild untrained stallion was jumping over the fence to breed the neighbours mares, and of course the neighbours were none too pleased. The horse had to be gone Friday or it would be shot. When we arrived there was a whole lot more that needed to be rescued than just the wild stallion… Read the rest of the blog Saturday evening. The below pictures will give you an idea of what happened.

Have a great weekend, don’t forget to read the blog Saturday night!

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3-26-09

Several of our supporters emailed us this letter that Caroline wrote to the editor of HorseBack magazine. It’s a very good letter and we would recommend that you take the time to read it. Click here, the letter is on the left side a bit down the page, it’s the letter to the editor. America has been freed from the blood of murdered horses on our own soil, but now several states are trying to revive this wretched behavior. Please read the article and do what you can to help.


Many of you probably remember Mariah, the poor skinny off the track TB that we rescued from auction. After arriving at our rescue he started gaining weight and looking better. He was adopted by a very loving individual and he got to move to Hawaii.

We got an update on him today! “I just wanted to send you just a few pictures of our boy Mariah, a.k.a. “Goose.” He’s a different horse, super happy, 7 buddies in his 30 acre pasture, and he is is exceptional health. We’ve taken it slow with him, allowing him ample time to settle in, fatten up, and get his feet and body back into shape, from the outside in. We absolutely love Goose! It took a little time to rehab him, and gain his trust, but it’s been well worth it, we couldn’t imagine life without him now. He is so easy to handle on the ground, my husband loves grooming and taking him for walks. My husband was able to come home from Iraq for Valentine’s Day (also his Birthday) for 2 weeks of R&R. He got to meet Goose and fell in love with him. When my husband returns from Iraq in October, he should be able to ride goose, my husband’s a beginner rider.

“Oh, and I looked up his tattoo! His Jockey club name is “Happy Sweep” and he earned over $85k with 45 starts and raced until he was 7, mainly in Canada with some really famous Jockeys and at several Fancy Racing Barns! Born in FL in 1994, amazing bloodlines with Native Dancer, Bold Ruler, and Man O’ War, amazing! We love him and are so lucky you guys saved him from a horrific fate.”

He’s a beautiful boy now. It is so sad that there are so many horses that have experienced fame and glory, and then when their owners are done with them, they are discarded like trash with no concern for their future. Thanks to you we can make a difference in so many horses lives like Mariah, now named Goose.

Claire worked on doing emails, answering phones, and all that other office type work that has to be done. It was a beautiful day, the mini’s and the goats seemed to be quite happy with the weather.
Jamie picked up the donation can at Tractor Supply in Yuba City yesterday and brought it out to the rescue, while Jason and Tawnee were gone. She wanted to volunteer entering information into our database, but unfortunately Jason and Tawnee were off rescuing Boo-A and forgot to let her know. She dropped off the donation, it came to almost $100! Thank you Tractor Supply for helping us help horses in need.

Omar’s new family finally got approved, thank you for your patience. They were so excited that they were approved they came out to get him today. They sure do look happy.

He was a good boy, loaded up in the trailer and was enjoying his snacks while they prepared to take him home.

Claire also showed horses to a visitor who came out today. A visitor placed an adoption hold on Belina as well. Thank you so much for opening your heart and home to a wonderful rescued horse.

And where were Jason and Tawnee? There was another horse that needed to come into the rescue today. So, they were on the road once again.

The horses owner purchased Red when he was 3 years old, and now 14 years later his owner can no longer keep him as he is moving. He has not ridden Red in 2 years as he can no longer ride due to health issues.

When Red’s owner took him out of his pen, he showed us how Red knows how to stretch out. He is definitely a nice sweet boy. Is seems to be super well behaved, he has just been sitting around for awhile and needs his feet trimmed.

Back at the rescue Tawnee unloaded him.

Before we settled him in, we wanted to get a nice picture of him posing for the camera. Red has been used for almost everything, hunting with dogs (you can fire a shotgun off his back) and his owner was just no longer able to keep him.

Many of you have probably seen one of the horse magazines named “Blaze.” One of our supporters was reading it along to her grand daughter when she suddenly stopped: it was talking about NorCal Equine Rescue! So, she gave us a copy of the magazine.

They did a feature article about Mya and Star, and thankfully they gave a mention about us too. They didn’t get Mya’s rescue quite right, but overall it is a cute article. It’s in the current issue of Blaze, so if you check it out, you can read it too.

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3-25-09

Today we received a great update about Bailey. “I just wanted to give you a quick update on Bailey. We made it home safe and sound. He rode well in the trailer although he was pretty vocal the whole way. He is doing well here and we absolutely LOVE him. Merlyn, our pony, can boss him around so he loves him too. I saw your write-up of us in the blog. “The nerds” I love it! We get called that all the time. ” They were the ones that drove the colorful “nerds” car on Sunday’s blog.
We had a new volunteer come out today to get acquainted. Naomi loved visiting all the horses. And then, Gemini was the lucky horse she spent a good 2 hours grooming. Gemini really loved the attention and special care.

Somebody emailed us concerned about a Craigslist add that she had seen. Her email went like this: “This was posted on a horse forum that I sometimes read and thought if you had a place for another horse this one might need a rescue. It is a 9 year old OTTB that will go to auction friday if not taken. Free.” Thank you Katie for emailing this to us! Tawnee checked out the Craigslist writeup and found it very concerning. It had phrases like “1st come 1st serve” and “if he’s not gone by friday he will go to auction.” It’s always concerning when someone posts a free horse on Craigslist, and the way it was written up, the horse had to be gone or else… Tawnee called and left a message, hoping to hear back soon about the horse and that it had not already ended up in the wrong hands.

Gemini’s potential adopter came out to visit him today with Pastor Larry. Pastor Larry is working hard finding potential homes for the rescued horses, we really appreciate it! Tawnee showed Gemini to them and they were thoroughly impressed with him.

Caroline gave Tawnee the nod of approval and said “Yes I will take him to be mine.” You can tell that someone likes red. It happens to be her favorite color. Gemini’s ID tag here at the rescue was red, and as his adopter Caroline got to keep it for a memento.

Gemini loaded up like a champ and soon he was off to his new home. He will be living at Pastor Larry’s facility and will get to live next to Peanut and the others Larry has brought into his ministry.

After closing time we got a call from the Craigslist poster about the 9 year old Thoroughbred. Yes he was still available. We considered this an emergency situation, and as a horse went home today, we had room for another. We got the truck and trailer ready to head out and hit the road for the over 100 mile trip. The owner wanted the horse gone already and it was truly a 1st come, 1st serve situation. We had no way of knowing if a KB was on their way or not. The horse had to be gone by Friday. There was just no other options.

When we arrived we found a thin TB bay eating hay. His owners said he was hard to catch, opened the gate, and smiled at Tawnee. They smiled as if to say “He’s your problem now.” It took Tawnee an entire 30 seconds to catch the horse and have a halter on it.

His owners just stood back in amazement. They discussed amongst themselves on how Tawnee caught him so fast. “Guess she knows what she is doing” was the consensus.

Then they proceeded to tell us how bad he was at loading. “He reared up, slashed his head on the trailer, he doesn’t go in a trailer period!”

Tawnee led him up to the trailer, let him have a look at it, and a few seconds later he was in. His old owners were just speechless by this time. There was no fight, no pulling back, no rearing, perhaps he knew he was coming to a safe place where he will not be sent to slaughter or an auction?

Boo-A, the TB, was purchased about a month ago from a horse trader. He was really skinny when they purchased him. He has been gaining weight since then so they said. They rode him when they purchased him, and then, when he got home the next day he was bucking and kicking and just unridable. They also stated they are beginner horse owners and that they didnt‘ know too much. Perhaps Boo-A took advantage of the situation? His evaluation will tell for sure!

The sun was setting by the time we were heading back to the rescue, and of course…

Tawnee was snapping sunset photo’s while Jason drove. She was surprised at how well this one turned out, and she just insisted it end up in the blog.

It was well after dark by the time Boo-A made it back to the rescue. He took a hopping leap out of the trailer.

He settled into a stall and has good food and water for the night.

We would love to be able to rescue each and every horse like Boo-A that is facing uncertain futures. Often we are forced to turn away from Craigslist adds, and this is mainly due to a lack of funds. It all takes money, it takes fuel to rescue the horses, it takes money to buy the hay to feed the horses, it all takes money. If you would like to help rescue more horses like Boo-A, please click here.

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3-24-09

This morning Tawnee got a sign out of the tack room that had been in storage since 2006. This sign used to hang on the gate where NorCal first started. It hung on the inside of the gate so that when the gate was open people could see the sign. Then when NorCal moved to Oroville it went into storage. This morning Tawnee found it and nailed it up to a post right by the office. The post is a corner post for Dottie and Macho Man’s pen.

Twiggy is getting friendlier! He was out begging for food so Tawnee wooed him as close as she could. Tawnee is hoping to have Twiggy eating out of her hand and riding around on her shoulder soon.

Jason hopped up on the tack room roof and started nailing the roofing down. This project was put on the back burner too many times, and today it finally found itself front and center of the days projects.

Tawnee was the ground support, passing roofing up to the top as needed. It only took about an hour to get it all done. Jason joked about the tools needed to do roofing full time, but, it was only a joke.

Animal Control came out to the rescue in response to a phone call today. They called us to see if we could bring a horse into our rescue that they seized, and we said “Yes.” The owners had two horses, and one had already died. This mare seems to be middle aged, she looks like an Appy Arab cross to us.

She’s pretty skinny, but hopefully with great feed she can bounce back and be happy and healthy once again.

Twiggy disappeared after Tawnee tried to befriend him and we didn’t see him again for a few hours. But then, Jason found him snuggling in the tack room.

He seemed quite happy and content. He fluffed up his feathers, groomed himself, and then…

…Twiggy fell fast asleep.

We’ve all grown to love Lippy Conner. He has recovered and his leg is healed. He has no proud flesh and he is looking good these days other than he still needs a bit more weight. Tawnee decided to take him out for a short ride. She thought he might enjoy it since his leg is all healed up now.

He had plenty to say about the situation, and we videoed it so hopefully we can get a video up in the next few days. He was a good boy for his ride but definitely has the Arab prance.

During Angel’s exercise out of her 12×12 stall today, she enjoyed visiting Jazzy. We are hoping that her due date is very soon, she certainly looks quite uncomfortable. We are all holding our breath, waiting for the magical moment of new life.

The sunset was beautiful, after all the horses got tucked into their beds Tawnee snapped this photo.

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