Day 3: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!


The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

As we count down to 2021, join us every day this month as we share stories from the barn that show how your support has helped horses in 2020.

With the uncertainties and challenges of this year, we truly appreciate your generosity and support.

Today’s story is about a sweet boy who joined us shortly after the new year.


Cody is a 1999 Arabian gelding who came to AAE in January 2020 after long-term health issues with his owner and the passing of his caretaker. When Cody arrived, he was very underweight and in need of dental care. He was unable to process hay, so we started him on a pellet diet and refeeding consistent with the University of California Davis’s program for refeeding emaciated horses.

Cody regained weight well and also received dental and hoof care, vaccines, dewormer, and a new microchip. It didn’t take long before he was both looking and feeling better! Cody simply needed food he could process, and enough of it. No doubt, dental work helped, as well.

Cody’s life prior to coming to AAE isn’t quite clear. We were initially told he had been a racehorse in his youth, but due to an injury, he became a pasture pet who was never trained. We were later told he never raced because he wasn’t fast enough for the track. So, we took it slow to see what he knew.

Under saddle, we were pleasantly surprised to find he had more experience than a former race horse that hadn’t been ridden since he injured himself on the track. He was ridden lightly a handful of times in the arena at a walk, trot, and canter, and he was quiet and easy.

Cody is a sweetheart who loves people, grooming, and attention. This boy was ready to go!! It’s not too surprising that within a few months of his arrival, he found his forever person.

Cody was adopted in June as a light riding horse and companion to his mom and two other horses. After his adoption, we learned from family that Cody had substantial training and experience under saddle.

Before and After Photos are always fun…

Take note, if ever you hear a horse is thin/emaciated because it’s old, think Cody. Often they are either not getting food they can process, or they’re not getting enough. Lack of dental maintenance is often a contributing cause, as well. Not always, but often.

Thank you for your support helping horses each and every day!

Your donations, volunteering, adopting, and social media shares & likes allow us to make this work possible!

Give the gift that keeps on giving by sponsoring a horse on behalf of a horse-loving friend or family member!

As a sponsor, your annual or monthly contribution helps support the costs of care for a specific horse.

You can sponsor at any level or any amount you choose. You will receive an electronic “gift letter” with a photo of an AAE horse, acknowledging your gift on behalf of your recipient.

Choose a horse to sponsor today!

Patriotic Mustang T-Shirts

Horse fans will love this shirt!

The Patriotic US Flag/Mustang image on front and Mustang is My Favorite Breed (or Rescue is My Favorite Breed) in white on back. Available in Black, Ash Gray, Navy, and Brown.

Orders may be picked up at the AAE Used Tack Store in Shingle Springs or

shipped for an additional cost.

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Stop by the AAE Used Tack Store to find the perfect gift for the horse lover in your life! Don’t know what they need? We have gift cards, too!


Here are more ways you can help!

Doing any winter cleaning? Donate your gently used tack to AAE’s Used Tack Store in Shingle Springs. We very much appreciate tack donations delivered to the store in sale ready condition (e.g. clean, conditioned, oiled). Please email for information about donating or to schedule a delivery.

Proceeds from used tack sales help pay for feed, veterinary expenses, and other operational needs.

Donate Tack!

Have you considered adopting a rescue horse?

Check out our current horses

If you are interested in adopting one of our beautiful animals, please take time to complete AAE’s

Adoption Inquiry Form

Adopt a Horse!

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