Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2016’

Arizona’s Wild Burros Under Attack: Please Act Today!


The following post comes from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

May is Burro Awareness Month and it’s time to take an action to help our wild burros! Nowhere are these amazing and historic animals in more danger than in Arizona, where the State Game and Fish Department is teaming up with some counties to lobby Arizona’s Senators to support burro roundups. Arizona Senators McCain and Flake need to receive a message loud and clear that Americans want our wild burros protected, not cruelly rounded up. Please tell these Senators that the voice of “We The People” should prevail in the management of these iconic animals and the public lands they call home. Please sign our petition today!

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Senate Committee Approves USDA Appropriations Bill


The following post is from the American Horse Council.

Yesterday,  the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY 2017Agriculture Appropriations bill. T his bill provides funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the 2017 fiscal year (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017).  The bill contains several provisions that impact the horse industry, including the so-called “horse slaughter defunding provision,” funding for  USDA equine health activities and enforcement of the Horse Protection Act.

FY 2016 House USDA Appropriations 

Horse Slaughter

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) offered an amendment to prohibit funding for USDA inspections at U.S. horse slaughter facilities that was  adopted by a voice vote. This prohibition will  prevent horse slaughter facilities from operating in the U.S. if this bill is signed into law.

Currently, No horse slaughter facilities are operating in the U.S and a prohibition  on funding for inspectors at such facilities from last year’s FY 2016 USDA bill is in effect until September 30, 2016 . If that prohibition expires, USDA will be required to provide inspectors and horse slaughter facilities if any were to  open.

A similar defunding  amendment was adopted by the House Appropriations Committee when it approved the House version of the USDA appropriations bill.

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Equine Health 

The bill would provide $939 million for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). APHIS is the USDA agency responsible for protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, including responding to contagious equine disease outbreaks.        Funding for Equine, Cervid, and Small Rumi ant health would be set at $19.7 million, this is a $200,000 increase over FY 2015.

Horse Protection Act

The bill provides $706,000  for enforcement of the Horse Protection Act a $9,000 increase over FY 2016 funding.

The bill must now be approved by the full Senate.

View this article on the AHC website


Unwanted Horse Coalition Media Roundup


Horse Castration: From Colt or Stallion to Gelding

According to Larry R. Bramlage, DVM, MS, castration is normally performed on colts to make them more tractable and easier to handle. The mature, intact male horse becomes progressively more difficult to train and more aggressive as it gets older.

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New Career Barrels of Fun for Retired Giant

When 17hh gelding Colicchio retired from the stables of Caulfield trainer Clinton McDonald in late 2014, a second career in barrel racing isn’t what most astute judges predicted.

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New Vocations Featured in The Chronicle of the Horse “Untacked” Magazine

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is honored and proud to be featured in a 4-page article that appeared in the May/June 2016 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse Untacked magazine.

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EQUUS Foundation Announces 2016 Champion Scholarship Recipients

The EQUUS Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s Champions of Equine Service Scholarships to seven equine volunteers who logged hundreds of hours in support of organizations in the Equine Welfare Network.

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Cathy Wieschhoff on Natural Horsemanship for OTTBs

As an eventer based in Lexington, Kentucky – the heart of Thoroughbred country – Cathy Wieschhoff has plenty of experience with OTTBs. Cathy and Sheldon were one of five Thoroughbred Makeover demo participants who wowed audiences at Rolex this year.

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Extreme Mustang Makeover competition: 100 days to train a wild mustang

Wish Come True – it’s not just a random name, but how Wanette Wilson explains the wild mustang that she was given nearly 100 days to train in the Extreme Mustang Makeover competition.

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Morris County Teen has a Knack for Taming Wild Horses

Cat Zimmerman was just 12 years old when she picked up her first mustang for the Extreme Mustang Makeover Youth Challenge. She and that horse, “Comacheria,” better known as Monche, ended up fourth overall out of 17 competitors. Now 14, Zimmerman, Morristown, is starting out with a new mustang to participate in this year’s challenge.

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Horse Ownership is a Large Investment

Shelters take in a variety of horses. Some have been abused, some are sick or injured and some are left simply because their owners can’t take care of them anymore. That’s because people often get into horse ownership without fully understanding the commitment they are making.

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Wild Horses Transformed in Extreme Mustang Makeover at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center was host to genuine American mustangs and their trainers as they showcased their newfound partnerships to a packed house.

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Arizona Governor Signs Historic Bill to Protect Salt River Wild Horses


The following post comes from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

Yesterday was a big day for wild horses in Arizona! At an official ceremony, Governor Doug Ducey signed into law HB 2340 to protect the famed Salt River wild horses of the Tonto National Forest near Phoenix. He stated: “The Salt River horses are beautiful, majestic and a treasure to our state. Since last summer, we have worked to protect them and their ability to roam free…”


Since July 2015, when the U.S. Forest Service announced its intention to round up and dispose of the Salt River wild horses, AWHPC has worked alongside our coalition partner the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) to defend this very special herd. Thanks and congratulations go to SRWHMG president Simone Netherlands and all the dedicated volunteers, to Rep. Kelly Townsend, sponsor of the bill, to Governor Ducey for standing by the Salt River wild horses from the beginning, and to the Arizona Congressional delegation for its support in protecting this popular herd. We are especially thankful to all the AWHPC supporters who have given us the funds to deploy the necessary resources to shepherd this bill through its many twists and turns in the legislature. 

Now the hard work of developing and implementing a humane management program begins. But for now, it’s time to celebrate victory… The power of the people has again prevailed to save our wild horses! 

Help needed for SIX new babies


The following post comes from Chilly Pepper Equine Rescue.

Life in the world of rescue changes by the second. We got the call again, but this time it was confirmed, we needed to come pick up another Six Slaughter Babies.

So we are on the way as I write this These kids are in tough shape and have been through the wringer. Left alone in a trap for a day or more, all six were trying to nurse on a dying mare. In spite of the best efforts of the folks we work with, the mare passed. So we are left with six little souls who need us badly.

I will post pictures as soon as I am able.

DOUBLE J TRAILERS in Woodland (and also in Albany, OR) donated a hay rack for the Rolling Foal Hospital. They installed that and the much needed fridge at no cost for labor and only charged us their costs on the fridge. As we travel as inexpensively as possible, (camping whenever possible and cooking most of our meals to save funds), not to mention bringing easily $1000 + of Colostrum and other medicines and emergency supplies for these little ones that must be refrigerated, a fridge is pretty essential.

Y’all have already saved lots of little lives this year, and we are so very grateful. But this baby season is just starting and we can’t leave any behind. So as long as God keeps putting them in front of us, we will do our best to save them. We so appreciate all of you who are part of this and make it all possible.!!

I am sorry the links have not been working properly, they are supposed to be fixed. Thank you for your patience :)

We want to thank everyone for being part of saving all of these lives. It means the whole world to each and every horse that we save, and although we can’t save them all, we are grateful for all the lives we do save because of folks like you and your love and support.

If you want to help You can go to You Caring – to help us save these horses.

You can go to Paypal – or go to our website
if you would like to help these horses.

You can donate via check at Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, 34694 Sidebottom Rd., Shingletown, CA 96088

530 474-5197 If you are interested in visiting or adopting one of these beautiful horses

Bill to Protect Salt River Wild Horses Passes in AZ


This post is from the American Wild Horse Preservation.

We have fantastic news to share!

The bill to protect the famed Salt River wild horses in the Tonto National Forest near Phoenix cleared its last hurdle in the Arizona Legislature this afternoon. On a vote of 53 to 3, the Arizona House of Representatives passed HB 2340, which criminalizes the killing or harassing of a Salt River wild horse. The bill specifies that the horses are not stray livestock, and establishes a process for their humane management through cooperative agreements between federal, state, and local authorities and the community-based Salt River Wild Horse Management Group. 

Today was a great day for wild horses in Arizona!

Congratulations to our coalition partner, the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group and its president Simone Netherlands, for their unwavering dedication and tireless work to protect these amazing horses, and to Arizona Representative Kelly Townsend, the bill’s sponsor, for her dedication to the horses and her hard work in getting the legislation passed.

Special thanks to our supporters, who have given us the resources to fight for passage of this bill alongside the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group. Thanks to you, we were able to organize and deploy the necessary resources to work with Rep. Townsend and others to shepherd the bill through its many twists and turns in the legislature. Now onto the Governor’s desk for signature!

With last month’s victory in the U.S. Senate for North Carolina’s historic Corolla mustangs and this win for the Salt River horses in Arizona, it’s turning out to be a great spring for wild horses and those who advocate for them!

Thanks to all who make this work possible…We are making a difference and it feels so good!

Tell BLM: Don’t Sterilize Utah Stallions!


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The Bureau of Land Management in Utah is planning to round up wild horses from the Frisco and Conger Herd Management Areas (HMAs), permanently removing 375 wild horses from their homes on our public lands. The proposal also includes a “research” study that will involve castrating 75 percent of the stallions in the Conger HMA! 

The BLM is using “research” as an excuse to sterilize most of the wild stallions in the Conger herd, an action that will destroy the genetic viability and social integrity of this federally-protected wild horse population. Please don’t let them get away with it….take action today!

Four New Kids, new homes for some, & a Big Girl update


The following post comes from Chilly Pepper Equine Rescue.

After placing the first 7 babies, we picked up Shimmer (little gray girl) & Cocoa Puff, the chocolate colored baby mustang. The next Monday, along came Cupcake and her mama. Cupcake is a miniature horse and is about 6 months old. She is wild and untouched at this moment, but we will take the time we need to gentle her. :) She, as well as her mama, will be available for adoption, along with Shimmer and Cocoa Puff at a later date.

We placed Phantom in a wonderful home, (son of the Phantom Stallion), and watched him drive away as the tears flowed down. Loved him so, but it is the best thing for him to have a life where he will get all the attention he deserves :)

Tomorrow we take Velma and Cowboy to their new home. They will be staying together which is nice for them.

Big Girl had her x-rays today. She is in tough shape all around :( . She has very little sole between her coffin bone and the ground, and has extensive “ring bone” (arthritis) on both front feet, although more so on one side. She has very little hoof growth so far, but is on some really good supplements so hopefully that will change soon. Her heartbeat is elevated and irregular, and she will never be able to be ridden or worked again. It is painful for her to move, but Doc prescribed some new meds so we will see if that keeps her comfortable.

She needs lots of prayers for healing, but in the meantime we will give her as much time as she needs to get better, and she can spend her remaining time on this earth being a spoiled and much loved gentle giant. We want to give her all the love, time and happiness she deserves, and are hoping that with pain meds she will be comfortable enough to enjoy a few more years. She is the biggest sweetheart there is and so deserves some love and appreciation. (I still can’t believe the people think I bought her for a riding horse. arghhhh). But she needed to be saved and that is why God sent her to us.

We got a call about 6 babies today. Getting ready to load up and head out early, when we received another update that the folks changed their minds and are going to try and keep them. You are on a never ending emotional roller coaster ride when you do this. The day we placed Phantom was a day when I questioned if I could keep doing this. It is so very hard to let them go after you have rehabbed them and put so much time into their healing. But if we don’t move horse kids to good homes, we won’t be able to keep saving more.

But it is hard when you see babies in situations where folks have not had training for critical care and you know the babies need it. It sounds crazy, but I know many of you will understand. The minute you get that message, text or phone call about babies that need help, your heart is invested. It doesn’t matter that you haven’t laid eyes upon them yet, or touched them or spent time with them. In that instance they become “your babies”. That is what makes it possible to keep going through the craziness, the heart break and the non-stop never ending insanity that comes with this type of rescue. God hooks you up emotionally so you have what it takes to do whatever it takes. Then when you get that other call, it is a huge letdown. Especially knowing they need special care, but we can only do what we are allowed to do.

We want to thank everyone for being part of saving all of these lives. It means the whole world to each and every horse that we save, and although we can’t save them all, we are grateful for all the lives we do save because of folks like you and your love and support.

If you want to help You can go to You Caring – to help us save these horses.

You can go to Paypal – and click on Send or go to our website
if you would like to help these horses.

You can donate via check at Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, 34694 Sidebottom Rd., Shingletown, CA 96088

530 474-5197 If you are interested in visiting or adopting one of these beautiful horses

SYALER April/May 2016 eNewsletter


The following post is an update from Save Your Ass Longears Rescue.

Ears the news…

Well, March and April got away from me! What a busy spring it has been!

A belated thank you to all who participated as donors and bidders in this year’s Cabin Fever Auction. It was a huge success – we raised over $5,000 for our animals! I am grateful to all who pitched in to make the auction one of our best, including my board of directors – Jean Cornish, Judy Ballantine, Jen Luethy, and especially Joan Gemme, who busted her you-know-what organizing, itemizing, posting, corresponding, and generally running the auction. It was a Herculean effort that was greatly appreciated!

For the first time since the inception of the rescue, for about a week, I had NO animals available for adoption! I guess that is the goal of rescue, but man, did it feel weird! No rest for the weary, though, because within a few days the calls and emails started coming in and we will have a full house again before long.

Last weekend we celebrated Earth Day with a Veridian volunteer clean up day, hosted by SYALER’s dear friends, Nigel and Terence Blake. It was great fun for everyone, and Nigel and his son Terence kept us laughing as we worked. Thank you everyone who came out to help!

Our own SYALER mascot, Marlin,was the subject of a recent article in The Dodo! Reporter Sarah Schweig and the rest of the staff at The Dodo fell in love with him – and who wouldn’t?! We’re thrilled that Marlin got his 15 minutes of fame and that the Rescue got some much needed publicity!

You can read the story here.

I wish you all a happy Spring!



President & Shelter Manager

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What’s New with Roll? Wash Mane-Tail & Farrier


It was a beautiful spring day today, so I took advantage of the warm weather and washed the dirt and baby oil out of Roll’s mane and tail before our farrier, Dean Geesen began to work on him.



Then I went over his body with a regular hairbrush that pulls most of the loose underneath hair out. The hairbrush works better than any other shedding tool because it does not cut or damage the hair. We only use the shedding blades when the equines have mud on them and to scrape off excess water. He seemed to enjoy getting his mane and tail cleaned and his coat “aerated!” He sure looked amazing when I was done!



Then Dean took off the boot on his left hind so we could see how the White Line Disease was doing. He has grown substantially more hoof and is staying balanced on it with our efforts on his behalf. Dean noticed that Roll is now putting pressure on his heel and a bit of pressure on the medial side of the hoof and on the toe.



The boot, although taken off twice a day and dried out, appeared to be holding in more moisture than it was before, so Dean suggested that we let him go without the boot and see how he does. We thought he might stay drier now that the weather has been sunnier and drier overall. We are still getting intermittent rainstorms, but Roll prefers to stand inside his stall in the sawdust, so it may be that he can go without his boot…at least for a while.


We did see a drop of blood on his sole and his sole was responsive to the hoof tester, so that confirmed for us that there is still circulation in the hoof…a really good thing! We were wondering about that.


We did have to put the boot on his left hind while Dean worked on his right hind because now that he was “feeling” the sole, it was too much for him to bear all his weight on that hoof alone. We took off the boot afterwards, before we put him away.


Dean had reset the right hind foot with the borium shoe to keep him from slipping and putting undue weight on his bad foot. That also seems to be working very well to keep his weight evenly distributed over all four feet.


Brandy and Jubilee were curious about what was going on with Roll and the farrier as they passed by on the way to their lessons.


All in all, staying flexible and attentive to his needs and all your prayers are helping Roll to get through all this quite nicely. I can only hope this good fortune continues for Roll’s sake!!



Big Day of Giving


The following post comes from All About Equine Animal Rescue.

On May 3rd, we are asking you to participate in another huge and historic event for our region, the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, Placer Community Foundation and Yolo Community Foundation bring you the BIG Day of Giving.  This is a 24 hour event that begins at midnight on May 3rd. Once this starts, All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc. (AAE) will join with over 500 other nonprofits to raise $6 million, engage 30,000 donors, and make our region #1 as the most generous community in the country on this national day of giving!

As many of you know, All About Equine strives to support and further our mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming abused, neglected, and/or abandoned horses and other animals, as well as those in the auction/slaughter pipeline.

This year, with your support, our goal is to engage at least 200 donors and raise $10,000 to satisfy our $10,000 matching funds requirement for our very recent expansion grant award from the ASPCA!   This grant was awarded to help fund a covered roundpen (small covered arena) for operating year round training and program activities providing protection from the rain and hot summer sun.

We are less than 2 days away, and we are asking you to help us on this historic day to meet this goal. Invest in All About Equine as we further our mission and expand programs for our community including our youth, seniors and veterans.

I am writing to ask you to take five minutes on May 3rd to give to All About Equine Animal Rescue.  You can donate using this link: Big Day of Giving – All About Equine. Looking for a reason to be proud of our region?  Just log onto and watch the total number and value of donations climb.  Give and be a part of the most generous community in the country by raising $6 Million!

How you can help on May 3rd:

  1. Make a donation (starting as small as $25) to All About Equine Animal Rescue at Big Day of Giving – All About Equine.
  2. Spread the word. Tell your friends, post on Facebook, and tweet about it. This is an opportunity to be part of something really big. Help us get there.

Your donation of any amount will help assure that All About Equine receives the $10,000 grant funding from ASPCA.  Be a part of the $5 Million giving community and help us improve our community by joining with others on May 3rd for a BIG Day of Giving!