Day 4: 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.

On the 4th day of December, AAE shared with me, a story of 4 minis





Ashley, Wynonna, Merle, and Riley came to AAE in February 2020 after their elderly owner was struggling physically to give them the care they needed. They were truly loved, but sometimes love isn’t enough.


Shortly after they arrived, Ashley & Wynonna had a horsey spa day: hooves were trimmed, dental float and deworming were done, vaccines were updated, and microchips were placed.

This sweet duo are best friends with opposite personalities. Wynonna is confident and pushy while Ashley is shy and curious.

Ashley & Wynonna were adopted together in June!


The boys were on a diet of cob, rolled oats, and vegetable oil, along with a little bit of grass hay. They lived in side by side 12’x12′ stalls in a garage. Due to their owner’s mobility issues, they hadn’t been out for a long time.

When Riley arrived at AAE he had many health issues and had not been eating well. This sweet mid-teen gelding had Cushings as well as hoof and dental issues. The bottoms of his hooves were “soggy” and tender from standing in piled up manure in his stall and he suffered from laminitis. Riley’s lower wolf teeth were extremely overgrown and were penetrating his upper jaw.

Riley was a sweet little guy. He enjoyed attention and had a cute and sassy personality. Initially, he seemed to enjoy the freedom of AAE with his buddy Merle. Sadly, he was struggling more than we initially understood. His hooves were trimmed and his teeth were floated. It seemed the laminitis and jaw penetrating teeth were more than enough to cause discomfort, and he couldn’t process food. He slowly lost weight, and blood work indicated he was in kidney and liver failure. Unfortunately, he had a very poor prognosis. We did the kindest thing we could do; we helped him across the Rainbow Bridge. Oh how we wish all rescue stories had happy endings.



When he arrived at AAE, Merle needed hoof and dental care, surgery to be gelded, and a change in his diet. He was shy and nervous around humans so we waited until he was a little more comfortable before scheduling surgery. He healed without any issues, which was a relief considering his age.

Merle is an older guy with arthritis, including a bone spur in his left shoulder and a hitch in his right hind. He takes daily medication to help. Despite his aging body, this little guy still gets around (albeit slowly) and seems to be happy.

He is still slightly shy around people, but Merle loves to watch the barn activity from a distance and when people visit his paddock for a chat. He is currently living with resident mini Dusty and the two get along well.

Merle is available for adoption. He is up to date with hoof and dental care, vaccines, and deworming, and has a microchip, too. The perfect home for him would be one with another senior mini gelding, no other mini/animals who might chase him or dominate him. He should also have a home where he wouldn’t need to move long distances.

If Merle sounds like a perfect match for you, learn more about our adoption process here.

This holiday season please consider making a year end donation to assure AAE has funding to continue the work we do and have similar stories to share in 2021

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

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  1. erotik01-11-2021

    Some really great posts on this site, thankyou for contribution. Thomasin Berkeley Gaivn

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