Archive for April, 2009


We finally had a minute to sit down and set up May’s fundraisers. The Euthanasia clinic was generously kicked off by a large donation by Kelly. It is currently at $833, with a goal of $2,500. The auction fund is currently at $143 out of a goal of $5,000 for the rescue and care of horses that are rescued at the livestock auction.

JT’s mommy came out today to take him home. She is so excited to take her little black bundle of joy home at last.

JT was a very well mannered boy and hopped right into the trailer. He is excited to see what his new adventures holds for him. We are missing the little guys at the rescue, William and Angelito left, and now JT. Fortunately Dottie and Macho Man are still here and are doing very well.

Once again the high speed Internet antenna needed some tweaking. The wind seems to knock it out of alignment over time and it just has to be repointed.

Volunteer Jaime has adopted Jack and is going to be giving him a great forever home. Soon his transportation will be arranged and his stall will be available for another rescued horse.

Adrian, who was being fostered, is now at her forever home as well. She is such an amazing looking horse, it is hard to think that just a few months ago she was skin and bones. Thanks so much for giving her such a good foster home Kim and Rico! And thanks to her new forever family for giving her such a great home.

For those of you who are asking about Prince. He is doing very well, we haven’t had an opportunity to visit him since we were sent off to Nebraska, but the vet office assures us that he is doing great. We can’t wait to go see the little guy again!

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4-29-09 (4-28-09)

Sorry we didn’t get the blog up last night, but eyelids can only stay open so long. This is the blog for Tuesday, April 28th.

We have some updates on adopted horses. The first update is from Grandole’s adoptive family: “He is now well settled in. He seems to be well trained and shows signs of being used for cutting or reining. He is in love with my filly but enjoys spending time with us as well. “

The second update is from Darby’s mom: “Darby is doing very well – she is eating lots of groceries and gaining weight. She’s a sweet girl but does have some trust issues which we are working on. She loves the pasture. She was even gaiting in the pasture today, she feels a lot stronger. She has a beautiful mane and tail and where she is shedding is a very dark bay.”

After the morning chores were done Jason headed out to pick up some horses.

The road just seemed to stretch on endlessly. Back at the rescue Tawnee got a call from a lady: “My husband works in road construction and saw one of your trucks go by. Can you help us with our horses? We’ve had them 14 years and can no longer afford to keep them.” Tawnee explained our program and asked her to fill out equine surrender forms.

Cash was waiting at the first stop. He’s a big Thoroughbred his family could no longer keep.

Driving along, Jason managed to snap a picture of a deer hiding in the bushes. What a cutie!

And, it was time for one of many fill ups throughout the day.

The next stop was to pick up Gingles. His adopter was no longer able to keep him, so he was returned to us in great shape. He is such a sweet boy and is very loving. She really loved him and it was hard to say goodbye.

Meanwhile, back at the rescue, fencing had begun again. The neighboring property owner finally came up for a visit and “OK’d” the fence line. He had a surveyor double check our survey line, and it’s in the right spot, but his driveway goes between the two properties so we ran some T-posts where we thought the fence should go and he said it was fine. Now we can start running the fencing finally!

The sun was beginning to set and Jason was still on the road between Gingles and the next stop hundreds of miles from the rescue.

Angel, an older mare with lameness and cancer, was the last stop. Her owner wanted to bring her up to one of our clinics, so her suffering would be over, but had no way to get her to the clinic and had no money for transportation. Jason arrived well after dark, but she is a sweet girl and loaded right up after a tearful goodbye.

Jason hates seeing toll signs, especially with the trailer, all the axles add up to a lot of $$. Jason pulled up to the booth, pulled out his wallet, but instead of a fee he heard “The person in front of you already paid for you.” We would like to take a minute to thank the kind stranger in a silver car that paid the toll on the bridge today. Your thoughtfulness is overwhelming.
On the way back to the rescue the police were cleaning up what looked like a major wreck. Thankfully they had it all under control and so it did not delay Jason’s travels.

Jason drove almost 500 miles yesterday, and was quite road weary by the time he got back to the rescue…

It was early in the morning when the rescue rig pulled up, the horses were unloaded and tucked into stalls for the remainder of the night.

While the blog was being written, we received this web contact that warmed our hearts: “I saw Jason pulling out of the ranch I board at yesterday. If I could have caught him I would have liked to say how wonderful I think your organization is. I am just in awe at the dedication and selflessness shown by Tawnee, Jason and all the NorCal volunteers. Thank you so much for all that you do. I follow your blog everyday and I must say seeing your truck and trailer felt like I was seeing a celebrity yesterday. I admire your work so much. Keep it up!”

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Jason headed out early this morning to pick up 3 different horses hundreds of miles away from the rescue. The trip didn’t quite go as fast as expected…

Jason pulled into the rescue early this morning, and after the horses were settled there is simply no energy left for the blog. The regular blog will be written and published after the sun comes up.

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We always enjoy turning horses loose in the round pen and then watching them play around and roll in the sand. It is always neat to see horses enjoying life.

Midge is looking great these days, he’s gained a lot of weight and is looking terrific.

And, the hill continues to put up a fight. One of the visitors today didn’t‘ make it up the hill, and got stuck. We are working on a solution to this problem. It’s practically becoming a daily routine, towing people up the hill.

To lighten every one’s spirits Tawnee took the visitors (above) out to the dream facility to show them around. They were quite impressed with it as well. They gave us their best wishes and hope we can pull it off for the horses.

On the way back, Tawnee was fortunately not speeding along and stopped in plenty of time to avoid the obstacle in the middle of the road. Tawnee got out of the truck and evaluated the situation. A giant tree had fallen across the entire road. She’s thankful it didn’t fall on her as she drove by.
She is very glad that she was not pulling a trailer, because she had to drive over the bank, between the trees, around the barbed wire fences, and then back onto the road.

A short time after arriving back at the rescue a few horses needed to be loaded up to be delivered to their new homes. Suzie was a very good girl and loaded right into the trailer.

Prelude and Rambo were also loaded up after Suzie got in. 3 horses leaving to their new forever homes.

Tawnee left with some trepidation as she didn’t know if the road would be blocked or not. To her great joy, the tree was chopped up and pushed off the side of the road.

The first stop was Prelude’s home. The bay and the grey in the back are two mares that were adopted from NorCal previously. They were all excited to see the trailer pulling up, it probably brought back memories of when they came to their wonderful home.

Soon Prelude found herself eating grass in the herd. Now there are 2 bays and 2 greys. It’s really cute they are in pairs.

After Tawnee said “Goodbye” to Prelude she headed off to Suzie and Rambo’s new home. Suzie was greated with a pretty pink halter.

Soon Suzie was exploring her new home with her new Palamino friend. It’s kind of funny, because now this home has matching pairs as well. 2 Palamino’s and 2 grey’s. The grey in the foreground is Joey, he was adopted from us previously. It’s great to see him doing so well.

Some big boots were donated for the silent auction. They are size 13 Ariat lace up riding boots. If you have a size 13 foot, or know “big foot” come to the Skating for Horses day, and you may just end up with an awesome pair of boots.

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While the chores were being done this morning Jamie came out to get a few things ready for tabling she was going to be doing at the Paradise Horseman’s Association event. She really did a great job pulling it off. She made wonderful banners, posters, and other things needed for the event. She was supposed to have help but we all deserted her when we went to Nebraska to help the 3-Strikes ranch horses.

As Jamie was heading out the first trailer arrived.

Penny was the first horse to be adopted today. Their application passed with flying colors, and after adoption papers were signed for Penny, they wanted to spend some time with Quantal.

Penny had won their heart strings over in a flash, but Quantal was tugging away, hoping to find a forever home. The tugging paid off, after they spent quite some time with him they chose to adopt him as well today. Thanks for giving them such a wonderful home.

We had to say “Goodbye” to cute Angelito and William today. They had snuggled their way into each of our hearts, and it was very hard to let them go. Their new mom and dad love them greatly, and we are sure they will have a great home.

Tawnee hung out in the trailer with them for a bit for a last hug and kiss goodbye. We are so happy that they will get to spend the rest of their lives together.

It was a very busy day at the rescue. There were a lot of adoption applications that had been processed, and today a lot of those people came up to adopt their beloved new members of their family.

Beau was adopted today. He is such a beautiful boy. His adopter was just tickled pink with him. She is very excited to be taking him home and give him the love and attention he so deserves.

Tawnee is always apprehensive when a 2 horse straight load pulls up to load a horse. But, Beau was a very good boy and walked right in and waited for the gate to be shut. The day reminded Tawnee in a way of the recent Nebraska trip, loading horse after horse into trailers, but today it was a wonderful thing, because these horses were going home.

Beau’s adopters headed off on an adventure with their new family member, and promptly got stuck on our hill.

A quick tug and they were on their way. We’ve done a lot of tractor work on the hill, but apparently it still needs a lot more. It sure makes us dream of the other facility next to a flat paved road.

With all the hurrying and scurrying of loading horses, towing trucks, etc, one of the adopters sat patiently by, waiting her turn. She said she didn’t realize how good she had it when she came on a weekday and had a lot of one-on-one time. But, finally it was her turn to see the horse she had come to visit. She has adopted two other horses from us and now has decided to add a new family member. We are so happy that Prelude has found such a wonderful mommy.

Meanwhile, April and Larry were out being extremely helpful once again. It’s always great when they are out, they always dig in and get things done.

Another previous adopter came out today to meet the horses and maybe bring a new family member or two into her home. She promptly fell in love with Susie. This made us very excited as Susie has come a very long way from the emaciated filly she was when she came to us last year. She is now looking great, full of life, and ready to start her new adventure.

But, Jamie needed a horse she could ride too. Rambo caught her eye, and then her heart, and in the end she has decided to give Rambo a great home too. Now she will have two white Arab’s that she has adopted from us.

After all the visitors had gone, Tawnee loaded up Nook and Brandy so they could head over to a foster home so they can have a vacation. They were all wide eyed and curious about their adventure.

Sure enough, they thought they were in heaven. They will definitely have fun wandering the green hillsides for a time.

Today was such a busy day, we know you are all wanting to hear about our Nebraska experiences, but we unfortunately cannot fit everything into one day. Our volunteer, who went out with us on Wednesday and stayed after we left, arrived back today with chapped lips. Jason and Tawnee found some miracle lip cream on the way to the airport, and soon the volunteers lips were as good as new. It’s called Nivea, and if you’re loading horses in the hot Nebraska sun, it can bring your lips back into shape quickly and make them feel oh so much better.

9News has a video clip of the rescue that will keep you interested in the story until we have an extra 3 hours to sit down and write up the story. Maybe for Friday’s blog? It has our entire NorCal team in the video, we are all looking over the fence in our HSUS yellow shirts. Click here for the video.

We are all still pretty exhausted, but we would like to thank the people that donated $22 marked “Sleeping.” It definitly made us chuckle. We’re doing our best to catch up on our sleep, but still have a ways to go.

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NER Staff Jason and Tawnee just arrived back at the rescue from being in Nebraska helping with the rescue effort at 3 Strikes Ranch. Around 192 mostly wild and emaciated horses, mainly mustangs, were removed from the ranch under the guidance of the Sherrif department, Humane Society of the United States, and many representatives from horse rescue organizations including NorCal Equine Rescue. From our perspective it looked like a majority of the horses were stallions, but we have not received word on a final count of mares, geldings and stallions. We cannot go into detail about the rescue as it is a criminal investigation, but here are news story links with plenty of pictures.

The third NorCal volunteer who went to Nebraska is still there to assist with the continued care of the horses.

Jason and Tawnee only received about 12 hours of sleep since Tuesday morning so today’s blog is a short synopsis. On Sunday’s blog we will be writing about this weeks events.

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Yesterday morning we flew into Denver, Co and drove 250 miles to Nebraska. We did what we could yesterday, but today was the major rescue day. This morning we got up bright and early, and got to work. There were people assisting from Florida, Washington, California, it really was a national effort that came together to get things done.

The stock trailers were pulling up, ready to load horses and take them to safety. We were flown to Nebraska to assist in loading the horses into the trailers.

Unfortunately most of the media we took at the rescue cannot be shown as it is a criminal investigation. However, NER staff loaded and assisted in loading about 150 horses today. These were emaciated, wormy, no hoof care, untrained mustangs of every color and temperament. There were the calm ones that hopped right into the trailer. There were the wild ones that tried to climb over the panels, and every mix in between. There skills and training were certainly put to the test today, but in the end they, along with many other wonderful people, got the job done.

Since one of NorCal’s staff is camera shy, he/she took the picture of the rest of them. The smiling lady on the left is Cathy, from Fugly Horse of the Day blog. She drove/flew here to Nebraska to assist with the rescue. It’s been great to meet her and put a face to the blog. As you can tell, the big skies of Nebraska really let the sun shine on us today, despite the threatened thunder storms.

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