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SAYLER Longears Need Homes


The folks over at Save Your Ass Long Ears Rescue have quite a few donkeys and mules up for adoption. Click here to get more information.  Adoption fees may vary, based on any individuals level of training, (ie under saddle, driving, etc). All animals will be up to date on rabies, tetanus, and have a current Coggins if applicable.


“Ride a Rescue” equestrian show division features only rescue horses


Story courtesy of CBS19.

ride a rescueAn Albemarle County horse-riding center spent part of Sunday afternoon shining the spotlight on rescue horses.

 North Garden Equestrian Center hosts several horse shows a year but for the first time, a new division was added that exclusively featured rescue horses.

Twelve-year-old Taylor Thomas was one of the riders.

She’s been riding horses for four years but it was only just last Christmas that she was united with Amber, a rescue from Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue.

“She was skin and bones and covered in lice but she was a sweetheart and Taylor fell in love with her,” said Keena Thomas, Taylor’s mom.

“She’s a good girl,” said Taylor. “She does anything I ask, basically. I bathed her and got most of the lice off and then trained her basically again.”

Since her rescue, Amber has gained more than 100 pounds and is now winning ribbons along with the best of them.

“I am extremely pleased to be able to be the first one to judge it,” said equestrian judge, Davera Ackenbom. “I have goosebumps.”

Read the whole story and watch the video here

Land & Life Challenge and Severly Injured Baby Coming


This is an update from Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang Rescue.

unnamedThe “Land & Life Support Challenge” is going very well. We are over half way there and have received donations of all sizes towards this amazing goal. We are so appreciative as we are going through over $1000 per week with Foal Lac Pellets, grain etc., not to mention hay. We still need a little over $2,000 so we can achieve success. SO PLEASE LET’S MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

So THANK YOU!!! to all the folks who have stepped up to help us accomplish this. We have received some amazing donations and are so grateful for each and every dollar. Again, I apologize for the slow “thank you’s”. We have literally been working every day ’til nearly dark as we try to achieve the best set up possible here.

Together, since we came here in June, and THIS WAS POSSIBLE ONLY BECAUSE OF Y’ALL, we have saved the lives of 25 babies and 12 adult horses. You guys are amazing. We are currently sitting at 2 babies in Shingletown, 11 here and two more arriving Friday. So every time we adopt some out, more come in.

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Non Profit Pairs Rescued Racehorses with Special Needs Children


Joelle Dunlap’s non-profit rescue, Square Peg, was recently featured in an NBC news story that highlights the new life of the rescued racehorses. The racehorses are paired with children with special needs, primarily autism.

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang Matching Fund Challenge


The folks over at Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang Rescue have been given a matching fund challenge by a supporter to purchase land for the rescue. 

Chilly Pepper Land Challenge

We just received GREAT NEWS from one of our Angels. We have a wonderful donor who is throwing out this challenge.

She will purchase an adjoining 3 acre parcel for Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang so we can continue to help save the wild horses. IF, folks will step up and match the $5,000 needed to buy the land, she will “git ‘er done”!

Her donation of $5,000 will buy the land and the “matching funds” will feed the horse kids through August.

You can donate  – Please put in the notes “For the Land & Life Support Challenge”. (If you can’t donate, please share far and wide. You can still be part of saving these lives).

We need a bit over $5,000 for the month of August to feed and care for the 25 horses here in NV and the permanent residents (plus two orphan foals) at our facility in Shingletown.

We are feeding about $1000 worth of hay in NV for the month (11 adults – 5 of them pregnant mares), one nursing mare with a foal and 14 orphan foals. We have several babies who are spoken for and waiting to go to their new homes, but lots of beautiful babies for adoption.
Two of the babies are in really rough shape, so they need extra prayers, as well as groceries.
The average cost for a new foal is about $300 month for milk and feed, and we have 14 of them here in NV. So that is about $4200.

The good news is that a few of them are older so once they get to a healthy weight their costs won’t be quite as much.

“Saving them” is just the beginning. Now the real work begins to feed and care for them, get them healthy and find great homes.

PictureWe so appreciate all the folks who are going the distance to save these horses. We are willing to do the work, but simply don’t have the funds we need without amazing folks like you. THANK YOU!

One of our mares that is pregnant. She was nursing the foal who belonged to the mare that was shot in the head.

Knowing we were powerless to save the rest of the band, my heart is breaking, but it means we have to fight that much harder to take care of the ones that we were able to save.

Horses Safe – but waiting for Emergency Truck Repair to come home


The following post comes from Chilly Pepper Equine Rescue.

CLOSE TO $4,000 +/- IS NEEDED for emergency repairs to fix the rescue truck. – (We have spent over $1000 so far, and now the other bank of injectors is needing replaced prior to Matt driving one more mile.)

Matt is stuck waiting for the truck to be repaired, and as usual, God sent us an Angel. His name is Larry, and the picture above is his place and the horses are happy and enjoying their “break”.

As we deal with the frustrations of old equipment and trying to save lives, I have to once again be grateful. Our angels watched over us again and the truck started having issues about 10 miles from the shop, as opposed to Matt being stuck out in the middle of nowhere with the horses.

I paid for our “rescue truck” personally, with my own funds, but have designated it to the rescue and for rescue use only, pretty much since the rescue started. It has been our “rescue” truck since the very beginning, and we have put well over 100,000 miles on it saving babies, big kids and a few other assorted critters.

While y’all are the reason we have been able to do what we do, without that truck none of this would have happened. Unfortunately it has 200,000 miles + on it now, so we will be needing to raise funds for a new truck in the future. However, everything is checking solid with the exception of needing the new injectors, and I am happy to say that we did get about 100,000 miles on most of them. (We did have to replace a couple of them last year, but they are not the ones that failed like I thought.)
So once again, the horses and the rescue need help. Things are going well here with the horse kids that are here. We have placed 5 of the babies we brought home and three more, possibly four, should be heading to their new homes in the next week or so. The gelding of the 6 stallions has been scheduled and once we get through this, we will continue saving lives and doing what we do.

Thanks to all of you, we have been blessed to be able to save 32 babies, 11 adult wild horses, the Percheron Big Girl, two miniatures, and we are receiving a Jenny this coming week. So because of the love and support our “rescue family” has shown us, we have been able to save all those lives AND help place over 20 wild horse kids in safe and loving homes.So thank you for saving those lives :).

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 – Palominodancer@yahoo.com 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 or mail a check to Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, P.O. Box 190 Golconda, NV 89414

You can also donate via credit card by calling Palomino at 530-339-1458.

530 474-5197 or 530-339-1458 If you are interested in visiting or adopting one of these beautiful horses

UHC Media Roundup #75


The following news round up comes from the Unwanted Horse Coalition.

Second Chance: Retired Race Horses Find New Home & Purpose, Comforting Veterans

Retired race horses are finding new careers on a farm in Maryland. At Leighton Farm in Prince George’s County, the horses are retrained for a new purpose. While some are trained as show horses, all the animals are also used as therapy for visiting veterans.

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Horse Rescue Owners Says Farms Need to Balance Needs

Central Virginia Horse Rescue founder Cindy Smith believes the hardest thing a horse rescue farm has to do is turn away horses.

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Cross-country Horse Rider and Savior Stop in Fallon

Crow’s Ear Farm president Valerie Ashker, 60, from Georgetown, Calif., is riding her horse across the country on U.S. Highway 50 to raise awareness about giving retired racehorses a second career.

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New Jersey Equestrians Prepare for 2016 Kentucky Thoroughbred Challenge

This is the second story in a series that marks the milestones of three New Jersey residents as they journey toward the Kentucky Horse Park and the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover Challenge.

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Montville resident helps OTTB race to save retired thoroughbreds

Chelsea Crozier, who has been passionate about horses her entire life and is the proud owner of a 16 year-old retired thoroughbred racehorse, was inspired to take on the task of trainer after following the activities of the 2015 Thoroughbred Makeover Challenge. The event brings in thousands of spectators to watch as hundreds of trainer/horse pairs compete in 10 disciplines, seeking the ultimate prize, America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred.

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Lexington Twins Train Wild Mustangs, Winning Big in Horse Competition

Two 12-year-old girls with a love for horses tackled something that not many people would ever think to try. Robyn and Reagan Leitner applied for Extreme Mustang Makeover, trained two mustangs, and won multiple ribbons at the competition in Jacksonville.

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Frodo: From Racehorse to War Horse

A feature article about Frodo, the former racehorse now at the Saratoga WarHorse program, an equine-based, peer-to-peer, military veterans program that addresses the unseen wounds of war.

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Springtime at Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center

For the next few months, HorseChannel.com will be giving readers a behind-the-scenes look at the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) in Lexington, Kentucky. Following multiple horses throughout their time at the center, readers will find out how Thoroughbreds enter the center, the retraining techniques they undergo while learning skill sets necessary for a second career, and more.

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Cross-country Horse Rider and Savior Stop in Fallon

Crow’s Ear Farm president Valerie Ashker, 60, from Georgetown, Calif., is riding her horse across the country on U.S. Highway 50 to raise awareness about giving retired racehorses a second career.

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Taming the Wild: Hamilton Horse Trainer Competes in Extreme Mustang Makeover

A hundred days to train a wild mustang. That was the challenge that Hamilton horse trainer James Brown took back in February when 6-year-old Reba arrived at the Bitterroot Arena. Brown is the only Montana horse trainer competing in the 10th annual Extreme Mustang Makeover this year.

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Five Minutes with Thoroughbred Advocate Anna Ford

An interview with New Vocations Thoroughbred Program Director, who is spearheading a fundraising campaign to build largest racehorse retraining and rehoming facility in the nation.

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Update of Yakima Band and Babies


The following is update is from the Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang Rescue.

Yakima Band

Thank you so much – everyone who stepped up and made this happen. Every single dollar is so appreciated and being put to good use. Being this was an emergency we had some extra expenses. But thanks to you wonderful people we hope to have enough for what we need. We had an angel who simply paid for the whole band. God is blessing this because it is His Plan. Unfortunately, it is really expensive to do this :(

We have had so many wonderful folks stepping up, so I want you to know what is happening.


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Adoptions & Visits to Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang


Did you know that the babies you hear about from Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang are available for adoption and you can visit them and see the good work being done there?  Call 530 474-5197 to schedule a visit or inquire about adopting one of the many equines they have rescued.

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Slaughter Baby Update – Miracle Mustang


The following post is courtesy of Chilly Pepper Equine Rescue.


Hi All, (My photo is not flattering – but it is the reality of what we do!! ha ha, but Kim Dezellem so kindly took it to show what it is like on these rescues – thanks Kim lol) Spent nearly 8 hours there. Kim came and brought milk and lunch and stayed for moral support :)

Sorry it has taken so long for an update. We picked up 7 (Seven) babies at the shipping yard. The littlest one is Thumbellina, who was maybe half a day old. We were told that she had nursed from her mama, and that she had gotten her colostrum.

However, by the wee morning hours she was crashing, and could not stand and could barely even drink from her bottle. I tucked her into the living area of the Rolling Foal Hospital, right smack in front of the heater and while my heart was breaking, prayed like crazy. We have seen this so many times. They are so tiny and fragile and the stress can just be a door closer.

I gave her electrolytes (again), tiny drops of glucose and gradually she started to come around. She was very shaky but managed to drink a few drops of her formula as well as the electrolytes.

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Angels in Idaho


The following update comes from Chilly Pepper Equine Rescue.


Exciting news – We received a message yesterday that our new “Angels in Idaho” will be taking three babies. Seanna, (shown in photo), Boots and Cicero will all be heading to their new home this week.

Matt and I will be transporting them. We will need roughly $375 fuel for transport and a little for Health Certificates and needed blood work for transport. So we are looking at between $400 – $500 to secure these three great homes.

(Unfortunately it won’t reduce our monthly board as they have been at Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang and we do not receive any funds for “boarding” even though they were part of the 55)”. ) But it will certainly be a reduction for feed expenses and leave me more time to help gentle other wild ones and care for the upcoming orphans.) Finding them homes is the biggest blessing ever :)

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Chilly Pepper Rescue: Bad weather postpones the roundups


The following is an excerpt from the latest Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang Rescue Newsletter.

Hi, Sending out a quick update to keep everyone informed. We are in a “hurry up and wait” state, but thanks to y’all we are ready for that call.

I am happy to share some good news. Thanks to the wet weather, the roundups in Yakima, WA have been postponed. This is good for all the babies as they have a better chance of spending more time with their moms. Of course we are praying the roundups simply do not happen, but at least the older the babies are, the better chance they have of surviving.

So far, we have not heard any news about the Warm Springs roundups having started yet either. Once again, the weather is a big factor. PTL! So for now, we have been blessed. Please send your prayers that the roundups don’t start.

On the home front, we are still prepping for babies. Things can change in a heart beat, and you have to be ready to go. Prior to last year, our babies came locally in CA or from NV off the range. So although that is our normal source, we are now on board for the “slaughter babies” once again this year. We are trying to establish a “direct relationship” with the auction yard. Once these horses are brought in, they go straight to Canada as the gentleman running the operation has a direct contract with Bouvry Exports, in Alberta Canada.

In the meantime, we are also gentling and training the wild ones that are here. I am so happy to report that Lacy has made a huge break through and she is bonding up nicely. Prior to this she would bite and was very unsure and unhappy with any type of touching. She is going to make an amazing partner for someone and will be available for adoption. If you would like to see Lacy’s progress, you can follow the attached links. :)

“Seanna” has also made huge strides and her training is coming along nicely. “Go Go Boots” is just a tiny bit behind her, but we will be needing homes not only for these girls, but for Cicero. Cicero is from Yakima Washington and is coming on a year old. He will need someone with experience, but promises to be an amazing horse. He is very spirited and intelligent (shown below).

We so appreciate everyone who is part of this rescue and helping us keep these horses safe. Please share far and wide so we can find forever homes for these horses.

If you want to help You can go to You caring – https://www.youcaring.com/let-em-run-foundation-for-55-wild-horses-orphaned-foals-415297 to help us save these horses.

You can go to Paypal – Palominodancer@yahoo.com or go to our website
www.chillypepper.org 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.

Chilly Pepper Babies are Coming


The following is an excerpt from the latest Chilly Pepper-Miracle Mustang Rescue Newsletter.

Baby season is here, and all around the country mares are giving birth to their new little ones. Meet VELMA, the newest baby in Shirley Allen’s nursery in Dayton NV. The following is her update:

VelmaPLEASE Keep Her in your prayers. She’s doing so well it sort of scares me. She came in just a few hours old and the first 3 days to a week are ALWAYS very stressful with watching and monitoring every single little thing she does and move she makes. As always we’re praying that NOTHING unforeseen raises it’s ugly head. We are in the so far, so good mode and SHE is nothing but a TOTAL JOY. She was born in the very early morning and because of the rains and weather we had she was unfortunately born basically in a puddle. She was totally wet and shivering with hypothermia setting in fast. Her Mom, although interested in her didn’t seem to have that motherly instinct and went back to eating. Thank goodness, the girls happened to be out there that morning or we wouldn’t have the little sweetie. We had rain, snow and wind coming in again that morning and she would not have made it much longer in those conditions being wet and no way to get her dry. Mom sort of tried a couple of times to get her up to nurse apparently but basically gave up and went back to eating her breakfast. Velma at that point was unable to get on her feet because her little legs were too cold and wet already to make her muscles work. It took a little while to get her dry and warming slow to get her up so circulation could get to those tiny legs. Now that she’s doing well, she has just started yesterday running and playing a bit. We had a play session this morning at 3am right after her 2:30 feeding. Please send good energy for Velma, we’re holding on and doing our best to get this little kid happy and healthy. Will try to update soon. HUGS ALL !!


SAYLER Update and Auction Items Needed


Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue is planning for their 2016 Cabin Fever Auction (March 6-13) and are accepting donations of artwork, jewelry, gift baskets, gift cards, tchotchkes, hand- made items, services …anything you think someone might enjoy and be excited to bid on. Donated items do NOT need to be donkey or animal related. Contact them though their website to arrange for donations. Below is an update on Stan, a donkey they recently rescued.

Stan the Donkey“We recently took in a 35-year old donkey who’s long-time buddy passed away. Stan came into the rescue in pretty rough shape. He was not at all friendly and wanted nothing to do with people or the other donkeys. He was covered in burrs and his poor tail was so matted it looked and felt like a club. His forelock and flanks were chock full of burdocks stuck tightly to his skin. He was examined by our vet and it was discovered that he is blind, with large cataracts in both eyes. He was also in dire need of dental work – it’s doubtful that he had ever had dental work in his lifetime. He had such sharp points on his molars that they actually punctured his tongue, and he had so much tartar build up on the outsides of his molars that the inside of his cheeks had become ulcerated. Every time Stan moved his jaw he must have been in excruciating pain. No wonder he was not friendly!

Dr Lea Warner sedated him and floated his teeth, my helpers Annie and Hannah worked on getting the burrs out, and our farrier, Matt Caprioli, worked on getting his feet trimmed while Stan was in la la land.

Well, in the weeks since then Stan has blossomed! He is a new man! He must feel so much better! He is now friendly and seeks attention. He did not want to be touched when he first arrived and now he enjoys being groomed and has a big honk for me in the morning when I go out. He gets on very well considering his age and disability.”


Update from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang Rescue


HONEYBANDITHoney Bandit is doing well and proof that together we can beat all the odds.

Well Foal Season is fast arriving, with little ones popping up in NV already. Just today we received the first bags of Foal Lac Powder and Pellets and the first shipment of Colostrum. It makes it real hauling in 160 pounds of milk products. :)

Helping the sanctuary move to TX put us several unexpected weeks behind, (don’t ya love arriving to “drive” and having to pack up the entire place lol) so we are working hard to be ready for that first phone call. It is amazing how much stuff you need on hand to give these babies the ultimate care. We are re-packing the trailer and ordering supplies like crazy.

As I worked on the tax donation receipts, (there are still a few folks out there who’s receipts are on the way), I could hardly see for the tears sometimes. There were so many wonderful notes and prayers for Lil Maverick and people really came together for the Rolling Foal Hospital. Y’all are amazing and have the most beautiful hearts. (So often you hear about trailers being purchased and used once or twice. The Rolling Foal Hospital has already been instrumental in saving numerous lives and continues rolling on a regular basis.)

Thanks to all of you and your generosity and support for what we do and for the wild ones we were able to help keep the 65 out of slaughter, save 11 orphans who needed special help and start gentling two more babies.

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Sulphur Mustangs Safe in Sanctuaries in South Dakota and California


The following update is from the American Wild Horse Preservation 

In February of this year, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Utah rounded up and removed 103 wild horses from the Sulphur Herd Management Area (HMA) in Utah. Among those captured, was a 26-year-old grulla stallion whose plight captured the attention of the public. Over 24,000 Americans signed a petition calling on the BLM to release this proud stallion, who spent over two decades in the wild, back to the range to live out the only life he had ever known — one of freedom.

The BLM ignored the request, and proceeded with an Internet auction of this stallion and his herd on April 21, 2015. Wild horse advocate Jacquelyn Hieber reached out to Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary who agreed if she were able to win bids on a few Sulphur stallions including the senior now known as #3907, they could provide a forever sanctuary for these horses.

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Chilly Pepper Equine Rescue Update on Cowboy


The following update is from Chilly Pepper Equine Rescue 

Cowboy is doing wonderfully. He has been getting tiny little corrective trims and treatments on his lil hoofers and it is already helping his hind legs. We still need lots of prayers for this little one, but he is progressing a tiny bit each day.

LatelCowboyy, he has enjoyed being able to spend most nights with his real mama Lacy.

We were truly blessed to find some inexpensive labor and to get more shelter for the critters here, which ultimately is allowing us to take our 24 x 24 shelter over to where the 55 wild horses (less coming adoptions) are going to be spending their winter. We had no hay shelter to protect the hay and desperately needed one. We also were able to raise enough money to buy roofing materials for said shelter.

Unfortunately we still have a very long way to go in procuring a secure future for the wild ones. Our next project is putting up the shelters, fixing fence and adding additional fencing. Then we need to make sure we fill the hay barn and procure enough hay to make it through the upcoming winter for the group of wild ones in NV.

Fundraising is never easy or fun, but unfortunately very necessary as these horses, although thankful they were “saved from slaughter” actually want to eat every single day. :)

We have good news as the minute BLM found out about the 3 orphans needing the emergency hernia surgery they said thank you for the offer, but they would be happy to pay for the surgeries for the 3 orphans. So that just leaves us with Cowboy, (who is technically not an orphan due to the fact his mama is here), but needs special care so I kind of think of him that way, and Cicero and Honey who are “slaughter babies” (their mama’s were killed and slaughtered). Cicero and Honey are ready for their forever homes.

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Chilly Pepper Orphan Update


The following update is from Chilly Pepper Equine Rescue 

Lil bitORPHAN UPDATE – Lil Bit is doing wonderfully. Her cast has been working and she is improving a little bit each day. We want to thank y’all as we have raised approximately half of her vet bills.

Cowboy is doing better. Due to the fact that he could not travel due to health issues, we were amazed and so thankful that by the time we could bring him to NV, we did not even need to do his casts on his legs. He will need some extremely delicate hoof trimming and some special supplements and meds, but his outlook seems to be much better than was expected. He is the baby that the local vet said might need to be euthanized. However our specialty is the critical foal care and we work so very hard on the “hopeless” cases that God puts in front of us. We do not search them out, but I truly believe, and our rescue is based on my belief that if God puts an injured creature in front of you, you darn well better give it the best care you can.

We spent the last couple of days transferring panels over to the new property we will be leasing for the 55 wild horses. The Let ’em Run Foundation has donated the use of all of their panels and a shelter to be used by the 55 Wild horses and the babies. There are several adoptions in the process and we will update you as soon as we have all the details. We are still needing lots of forever homes for these guys, but in the meantime we need to have the funds to support and care for them. It is an amazing property with tons of water. In this area and with the ongoing drought, the water alone is worth gold. Unfortunately, we will need to do a lot of repair on the fencing.

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A Treasure Plucked for the Ruins


The following story excerpt is by Susan Salk for Off Track Thoroughbreds.

Moons-Treasure-2012As seven dead horses lay strewn like garbage among the tall cane choking the desolate East Everglades property, Moon’s Treasure was lifted from hand to caring hand, as if on a magic carpet.

The Florida-bred chestnut stallion who was vanned off the Calder Race Track after a July 8, 2011 race was found wasting away on a putrid property where a paralyzed dog lay barking in the field, and a dead horse lay sprawled near the front door of a desolate farmhouse, says Laurie Waggoner of the South Florida SPCA.

Standing among the dead and the dying on a badly infected leg, the stallion, just six years old at the time, was emaciated and unremarkable in the overall picture of want and decay.

With the South Florida charity too swamped to accommodate the stallion, Waggoner shipped the starving animal, crossing her fingers he’d weather the ride, to Celia Scarlett, a horse rescue advocate who at the time worked for Florida TRAC.

Moons-Treasure-1Under Scarlett’s care, Moon’s Treasure filled out on a healthy diet, and his deep puncture wound healed with weeks of flushing and attention, she says. “He was in really bad shape, but he rebounded pretty quickly,” she says. “It’s a nice story. I knew him as a racehorse on the track; he was absolutely stunning. For him to show up like that a year later, it’s just sad,” Scarlett says. “Down here in South Florida it’s easy for a horse to wind up in a bad situation if you’re not careful. He definitely wound up in the wrong hands.”

But just as suddenly as his life fell in tatters, he was found and lifted by right hands.

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From Rescued Horse to Dressage Championships


Kalli Graf and Soby

The following story is from the Santa Barbara Independent.

Most horses that contend at the highest level of equestrian competitions come from large ranches and carefully selective breeding. That’s not the case for Soby, the rescue horse equestrian that trainer Kaili Graf will be riding at the Western Dressage World Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this coming November.

Kaili rescued Soby back in 2010 as a baby when she was neglected and left out alone in a field. The two had an instant connection, as rider and horse developed a strong partnership in a short time that would typically take weeks for other trainers.

“As soon as I saw her, I said, ‘This is not a normal horse,’” said Graf, a trainer who has been riding horses for as long as she can remember. “Soby has a goofy personality, but she loves to work.”

Soby was one of the earliest rescue horses that Kaili ever worked with, and as such is a bit of a “poster child” for rescue horses competing in Western Dressage, having won four state titles in 2014. A new discipline, Western Dressage’s influences date back to the 1700s with the ranches of the American West and Spanish vaqueros. Western Horsemanship meets the English Classical Dressage in a style that emphasizes “lightness” and “subtle cues.”

For Kaili and Soby, the goal in competition is to execute techniques as a single unit and to make their movement as instinctive and intuitive as possible. The importance of this upcoming World Championship goes beyond personal aspirations, however, as Kaili wants to advocate for the sport and rescue horses. “I want to inspire the riders who think they could never make it,” says Graf. “There’s an existing structure that no one wants to challenge.”

If Kaili and Soby can prevail at the World Championships, it will show that rescue horses and anyone from modest means can find success with hard work. The cost of competing is not cheap, though, so the duo can use all the support they can rally.

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