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MULE CROSSING: Owning an Equine Is Serious Business, Part 1

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By Meredith Hodges

While many of us were growing up, we were barraged with a deluge of ideas and attitudes about equines that were conveyed to us via multiple forms of media and educational sources. The role models of yesteryear were movies like, My Friend Flicka, books like The Black Stallion or Black Beauty, and TV shows like The Lone Ranger and Hopalong Cassidy. The most commonly known mules were “Francis,” who appeared in the Francis the Talking Mule series, and another mule known as “Ruth,” who appeared in the TV show, Gunsmoke. Those of us who tried to apply the management and training practices portrayed in the movies and books discovered that the things we saw on television and read in books covered only a fraction of what was really necessary, and the things that were shown and written about didn’t always work the same way in reality as they did in fiction.

Like many equine lovers, I was convinced that, when I got older, I would be able to have as many horses of my own as I wanted. I thought I would build a one hundred-stall barn and rescue all the abused horses in the country that I could. Surely, one hundred stalls could house almost all of them! Even into my early twenties, I believed this could happen. I honestly thought that all I needed was a patch of fenced grass and a shed out of the weather, and this simple solution would sufficiently provide for an equine. I was soon to discover the responsibility of health and finance that would burst my fantasy bubble and force me to deal with the hard realities of a life with equines. Once you confront these realities, you begin to really understand what is meant by “horse poor!” But more importantly, you discover how many important responsibilities there are when you own an equine.

Horses, mules and donkeys are living creatures with complex bodies that require not only proper nutrition and training but adequate space and the right kinds of fencing and housing. The standard rule of thumb is that you need two acres of land per equine, just for grazing. And, since equines cannot graze indefinitely without putting their bodies at risk for colic and founder, they also need space away from the lush green grass in the pastures. In addition, they cannot graze on just any kind of pasture. There are some grasses and plants that are toxic to equines and ingesting any of these potential hazards can result in sickness, paralysis or even death. It is important to familiarize yourself with the indigenous plants in your particular area that could be a potential hazard to your equine’s health and make sure they are removed from your property or, at the least, removed from the areas where your equine could gain access.

There is no substitute for proper management. Ideally, all equines should be kept overnight and fed in a dry paddock or stall where their feed can be monitored. They should be gradually exposed to pasture in the springtime. Begin by turning them out for only an hour per day to start, and then work into more time, adding one hour to turnout time per week until their bodies are accustommed to the pasture intake. They can remain on pasture during the day as their weight will tolerate, but I have found that a maximum of five hours of pasture time per day is ideal. Anything over five hours tends to start adding unhealthy weight. This routine is easy to do if they are kept up overnight and fed morning and evening in either a separate area that is nothing but dirt, or in a stall and run. Multiple animals can be kept together overnight in a dry lot, provided that they are compatible by size, gender and type, and there is enough space to put out buckets for their crimped oats mix and grass hay—the buckets should be spaced at least 16 feet apart. Contrary to popular belief, alfalfa and other hot feeds are not really good for equines.

Photo courtesy of Library of Congress

Before the industrial age and the onset of urban sprawl, equines were more independent, and many roamed free on the open range. Horses were kept in bands, or remudas, and rounded up when it was necessary to use them for ranch work and herding cattle. Most often, the abuse of horses in literature was portrayed, as in Black Beauty, on the busy streets of the cities, where they were overloaded or overworked in harness. Abusive training practices that were done in the more rural areas were deemed necessary and normal for the breaking of horses and mules. These equines were considered “wild” and hard to tame. Few people ever thought that perhaps the resistance they encountered from the equine was due to the approach and handling by the trainer. Because the donkey is a more placid animal, he was deemed stubborn and, thus, more harmless than his equine counterparts, so he subsequently became the mount of choice for ladies and young beginning riders. The harsh breaking of horses and mules was accepted in this country as a necessary evil when in reality, it was really only a contest of strength among men, and a peculiarity of the New World. The art of Classical Horsemanship and a more humane method of training equines had been present in Europe for nearly a hundred years prior to the time of the American cowboys.

Photo courtesy of White House Press Corps

Throughout history, classically trained horsemen and women were aware of the value in the careful upbringing of the horse (or mule) as a useful and economically valuable animal that was beneficial to their civilization (particularly in the art of warfare). Horses were brought up in as close to the conditions of the wild as possible, but, with the encroachment of urbanization, the space to run free became less and less available. Classical Horsemanship is still practiced today and allows young horses to grow slowly, while formal training is kept to a healthy minimum. Young equines are ridden only after they have done plenty of body building groundwork and have reached the age of four. Today, equines must live in a completely different environment than they once knew, so we all need to understand that what we read about in books and see in movies and on television is no more than entertainment, and not an accurate portrayal of the reality of owning an equine.

Equines have unjustly become a commodity of our capitalistic system—they are treated more like a product to be bought and sold and less like the living and breathing creatures that they are. People buy and sell equines like cars, expecting them to be “tuned up” and stay that way for unskilled owners. Unsuspecting owners are often sold a “bill of goods” by practiced salespeople—animals and the responsibilities associated with them can easily be misrepresented to an unskilled buyer and, quite often, equines do not meet the unrealistic expectations of an inexperienced equine lover. Unless a buyer has family or a friend in the horse business, there is no reason they should know all the responsibilities that come with being an equine owner. But even if you do not have equine experience, if you plan to own an equine, you still have a responsibility to educate yourself as thoroughly as possible, so that you can give your equine partner the best care possible.

Remember: Be prepared to develop a lifestyle with your new equine that includes reliable routine, regular visits from your selected equine professionals and positive interaction with your equine on a daily basis.

The responsibility of maintaining an equine may seem overwhelming at first, when all you wanted to do was get a horse, pony, mule or donkey to ride or drive. But if you are a willing student and consistent in your own behavior, it soon becomes a pleasure to care for such a deserving partner in life. In Part 2 of this article, you will get a comprehensive list of best practices for the care and management of your new equine.

To learn more about Meredith Hodges and her comprehensive all-breed equine training program, visit LuckyThreeRanch.com or call 1-800-816-7566. Check out her children’s website at JasperTheMule.com. Also, find Meredith on FacebookYouTube and Twitter.

© 2012, 2016, 2018 Lucky Three Ranch, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Urgent: BLM releases plan to destroy America’s mustangs

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

The Bureau of Land Management just released its report to Congress on future management of wild horses and burros on public lands. The BLM’s answer: mass removals, slaughter and sterilization.

We need your help to push back against the BLM. Donate now to help us counter this unparalleled attack on our wild horses and burros.

The report reveals that the agency will push to change the law to secure “flexibility” to transfer and sell animals without limitation, meaning tens of thousands would be slaughtered.

The plan calls for Congress to “remove prohibitions” currently placed into appropriations bills that forbid the agency from mass killing and slaughter of our mustangs. 

The BLM is going against the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences and more than 100 horse advocacy organizations, and the will of the American people. The agency wants to reduce wild populations to 1971 levels —when Congress protected these animals because they were “fast disappearing.”

Worse, the BLM wants to sterilize 80 percent of the wild herds… a move that is both dangerous and would take the wild out of wild horses by destroying their natural behaviors.

We will not let this happen on our watch. The BLM plan was submitted to Congress less than 24 hours ago. Help us stand up to the BLM by chipping in to our campaign now.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support

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Here’s what’s next for AWHC

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Make a donation today and help us keep up the fight. 

It’s an exciting time for the American Wild Horse Campaign.

This spring, we helped win battles to keep wild horses protected in the federal budget for Fiscal Year 2018, launched a lawsuit against the BLM to stop destructive wild horse management policies on public lands, and even saw the Secretary of the Interior publicly backtrack from his all-out push to slaughter these American icons.

But this fight is far from over… We face another battle for the lives of our mustangs this year as Congress debates spending legislation for Fiscal Year 2019.

Please donate NOW to ensure that we are READY for this fight.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be keeping you updated on the work we’re doing to protect wild horses and burros, and the battles we’re fighting in court, on the range, and in Congress to defend their rights to live WILD and FREE on our public lands.

Now is a crucial time for your support. We’re building the grassroots support and laying the foundation for lasting protections…. Our campaign has come so far, and we can’t afford to lose any ground.

That’s why we’ve set a new goal: We need to raise $50,000 in the next two weeks to keep our critical programs going. Please pitch in now to help us get started.

We’ve got a lot to do, but together we can create a future where we don’t have to fight every day to protect our nation’s treasures.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support,

Suzanne Roy, Executive Director

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YALER eNewsletter

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The following is from Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue:

April 24, 2018

Ears the news…

To quote the Beatles, “It’s been a long cold, lonely winter” but FINALLY! “Here Comes the Sun”! It has been the winter from H. E. double hockey sticks. I have never been so grateful for the arrival of spring.

The winter seriously tapped our finances and our morale. We had several sick animals, we lost a dear donkey named Merlin to colic. His buddy of 14 years Rupert, also colicked badly and we thought we were going to lose him, but with good veterinary intervention and the commitment of dedicated care givers he rallied. We got him a donkey buddy to help him overcome his depression over the loss of his best friend and now Rupert and Mr. Peabody are thriving and are ready to be adopted. Rupert was also battling with his chronic equine “asthma” while being so sick from the colic episode. He is on daily medication that he will need forever so his potential adopter needs to have the financial resources to ensure he will get his medication.

       Rupert & Mr. Peabody

On April 2nd we welcomed Zelda’s foal after an arduous wait! She gave us a healthy baby girl. We had a name the baby contest which was won by Barbara Henon whose name was chosen by randomly selecting a name from a bucket containing all the female choices. The little one has been aptly named Sassafrass, a.k.a. Sassy, and man oh man does she live up to her name! She is one sassy little one. She zips around her paddock, jumping over hay piles and the other day, right over the back of her mom who was trying to nap in the sun. Sassy is a sweet heart. She is already learning via clicker training, to pick up all four feet for the reward of a wither scratch.

Sassafrass & Zelda

As you know about me, if you have been reading this newsletter for any length of time, I HATE having to ask for help. Call me stubborn <G> but I seem to think I should be able to take care of things myself. Well, REALITY SLAM! I simply cannot, which is why I am reaching out for help yet again. This winter took its toll on our finances. We needed a lot of veterinary care, medications, special diets and for some reason hooves have been growing like crazy which necessitates more frequent farrier visits. It feels like it’s always something. One step forward; three steps back. The reality of financially managing an equine rescue can be mind boggling at times.

Our contract states that if an adopter can no longer keep the animal(s) they adopt from SYA, they must come back to the rescue. I want to know for sure that no animal we have helped will ever end up in the slaughter pipe line. We have had three families have to surrender multiple animals of late, due to no fault of their own, aging, illness, financial issues, life changes. Of course we are happy to take these animals back in to the fold, but it’s more financial strain.

f you have not already, please check out our Take a Long Ear to Lunch program. By donating any amount you chose on a monthly basis you can feel great knowing you are helping the animals every day. Any way you can help out will be very gratefully appreciated.

Thank you to all of you who are already supporters. I am on beyond grateful to you.

ChEARS,

Ann

President & Shelter Manager

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New Foal! Have you bought your Boots tickets yet? Almost Sold Out!

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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Thanks to your continuing support, AAE is able to share the miracle of life. Yesterday, AAE welcomed a new addition.  We are excited to share with you the arrival of little Johnny.   His mom June came to AAE as part of of our collaboration with DreamCatcher Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary.
Because of your support, AAE continues to make a difference for horses…
and humans!
We Thank YOU!!  
Johnny & June Thank You!!

Less than two week to

Boots and Bling! 

 
Get your tickets now!
 
Limited tickets still available for 
AAE’s 5th Annual Boots and Bling 
fundraising event on May 5th. 
 
This is a super fun event that includes 
a BBQ dinner by Double Barrel Smokehouse, 
Live and Silent Auctions, Music and Dancing!
 
Boots & Bling funds a large portion of AAE’s annual budget ensuring  we continue saving and serving horses and humans throughout the year
WE LOVE WHEN YOUR GROUP JOINS US FOR BOOTS!!
PLEASE BUY TOGETHER TO SIT TOGETHER
We can’t wait for our fun-filled night raising funds to support horses and AAE !  We hope you’ll join us!!
 
Please support those who support AAE:
NorCal Feed/Thrive Horse Feed
Carrie’s Small Business Solutions

Vote AAE – Sacramento A-List

AAE is on the ballot for Best Local Charity in the 2018 Sacramento A-List!

We are currently #4. Help us move to the top spot by voting today! You may only vote once during the contest so if you’ve already cast your vote, encourage friends & family to do the same.Vote Now!

Please note: Best Local Charity is in the Local Flavor section. Voting ends April 29.

Stay Tuned…Big Day of Giving is coming!!!

AAE is participating in the Sacramento regions Big Day of Giving on May 3rd, 2018. This is 24 hours to give where your heart is and we hope your heart is with us! We are proud to be a part of this giving community and hope you will continue to support us as we have big plans for the future! Every donation makes a difference in the lives of our horses! Thank you and stay tuned!!!
Don’t wait for May 3rd, schedule your donation today!
No need to wait, we’ve got you covered!

AAE’s 2018-19 Calendars are Here!

These are high quality, 16-month calendars that feature AAE horses, volunteers, and even a few adopters. The calendars can be purchased at All About Equine Used Tack Store for $20. We also have a few available at the barn. Purchasing one is a great way to show your support for AAE.
Alternatively, order via the following link:
(Please note in “special instructions” that you are purchasing a calendar, and
if you need us to mail yours, kindly add $3 for shipping.)

Daily Horse Care, especially pm shifts
Used Tack Store Support, all areas
Barn/Facility Maintenance
Foster Homes, Long-Term Foster/Sanctuary Homes
Capital Campaign Support
Board Members
Fundraising/Events
Grants – Writing and Research
Volunteer, Project, and Activity Coordinators
Outreach Activities
Youth Programs
Therapy Programs
Veteran Programs
Special Projects
Admin Support
Marketing
Graphics
Social Media
Bloggers
Photographers
Media and/or Photo Librarian

More, more, more

Interested in volunteering or volunteering in other areas?
Email volunteer@allaboutequine.org

Submit a Review Today!

Great NonProfits – Top Rated Awards


Thanks to YOUR input in 2017, AAE is once again a Top-Rate nonprofit!

If you love our work, then tell the world! Stories about us from people like you will help us make an even bigger impact in our community in the future.

GreatNonprofits is the #1 source of nonprofit stories and feedback, and it honors highly regarded nonprofits each year with their Top-Rated List.

Won’t you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a brief story of your experience with us? All content will be visible to potential donors and volunteers.

It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes!

Click here to get started!

Employers Match Donations, Does Yours?

Hey volunteers!

Did you know YOU could earn grant money for AAE from your employer just by volunteering?

Many Employers offer money when their employees volunteer. Here are a few examples:

  • Intel provides a $10 grant to a nonprofit per every volunteer hour by an employee, and matches funds dollar for dollar up to $5,000 per employee or retiree.
  • Microsoft provides a $17 grant to a nonprofit per every hour volunteered by an employee.
  • Apple provides a $25 grant to a nonprofit per every volunteer hour by an employee, and matches funds dollar for dollar up to $10,000 per employee.
  • Verizon provides a $750 grant to a nonprofit when an employee volunteers for 50+ hours.
  • State Farm provides a $500 grant nonprofit when an employee volunteers for+ 40 hours.
  • Others top 20 matching gift and/or volunteer grant companies include
    • Starbucks 
    • CarMax
    • Home Depot 
    • JP Morgan
    • Chevron
    • Soros Fund Management 
    • BP (British Petroleum)
    • Gap Corporation
    • State Street Corporation 
    • ExxonMobil
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Boeing
    • Disney
    • Google
    • Merck
    • Aetna
    • Dell
    • Outerwall (CoinStar and RedBox) 
    • ConocoPhillips
    • RealNetworks
    • Time Warner and subsidiaries
    • AllState
    • and more

Check with your employer.  You could help purchase our next load of hay!

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A STEP AWAY FROM HEAVEN’S DOOR – LUCKEE – NEEDS YOUR HELP! MEET OUR NEWEST CRITICAL CARE ORPHAN !

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

Hi all,

While waiting to pick up the orphans, and of course the number is now 7 or 8 instead of 4, we picked up a foal named Luckee.

Luckily is literally (and barely) standing in death’s doorway. He needs help to get up and down, and I have attached part of the paperwork the vet’s gave me. He reminds me of Honeybandit, and may be in as critical shape or worse than Honeybandit. IF he lives, it will be by the Grace of God and the amazing folks at WSU equine veterinary hospital. _Luckily for Luckee, Thunder Mountain made the decision to admit him last week, and covered his expenses up til now A t this point all expenses are ours, and the vet said to get ready for a long and costly recovery, IF we see a miracle. Luckee arrived at WSU with no response to his pupil test. That is a pretty dead baby……

He is touch and go, and the easiest thing to do was to let you see what the vets gave me. One vet wanted to let him go, as his prognosis is so poor, but the other two recognized his amazing will to live and as I promise each and every one of the critters we save:

“AS LONG AS THEY ARE TRYING AND WANT TO FIGHT, WE WILL FIGHT WITH THEM UNTIL THEY ARE DONE. IF THIS BEAUTIFUL BOY LET’S ME KNOW HE IS DONE, I WILL DO THE RIGHT THING AND LET HIM GO. BUT IF HE WANTS TO FIGHT, I WILL FIGHT WITH HIM UNTIL THE VERY END.”

On top of all the horses and pregnant mares and stallions and increasing number of orphans coming our way, we had to put one of the trucks in the shop and the repair bill will be just shy of $2000 at a minimum. We are running 16 year old trucks, and there are simply things that HAVE to be done so we can safely pull these horses and get the job done. We, have pulled over 8,000 miles in the last two weeks alone, but lives are saved!

Of course that was not an expected expense, so it is putting a real hurt on the finances. With 8 babies, WE WILL NEED AT LEAST $300 PER MONTH PER BABY, JUST FOR THEIR LIQUID MILK. That will be $2,400 and that is just a drop in the bucket. First we have to pay for them and then we need Coggins etc, not to mention medicine etc. etc. as we never seem to get robust happy babies who need little care.

Thank you to those who have already donated. Unfortunately the truck repairs and additional babies were not covered. However, we really need more help ASAP to purchase, vet and transport additional horses, and provide LUCKEE with every possible advantage to give him a chance for a life. The vet describes below what we will be looking at and how expensive it is IF we can save this beautiful soul.

The catcher was out today so the probabilities are endless.

So please help us if you can, and PLEASE SAY EXTRA PRAYERS FOR THIS SWEET BABY WHO IS FIGHTING SO HARD TO STAY HERE FOR AWHILE!

If you want to help You can go to You Caring – to help us keep saving lives..

You can go to Paypal

if you would like to help these horses.

You can donate via check at 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.

NO MATTER HOW BIG OR HOW SMALL – WE SAVE THEM ALL!

SAVING GOD’S CRITTERS – FOUR FEET AT A TIME

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, WIN Project – Rescue & Rehab

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New AHC Member Benefit!

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

April 19, 2018

Your AHC Membership Comes With Another Benefit!


The AHC is continuously looking for ways to provide our members with additional services and resources. Today, we are excited to announce a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that welcomes you, through your existing membership with the AHC, as a new member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at no additional cost.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation and 96% of their members are small businesses like you. Through your membership with the U.S. Chamber, you will have access to the many valuable benefits designed specifically for small businesses, including toolkits, news and advocacy updates, and other products, services, and publications.

When you opt to participate in this 2-for-1 membership program, you’ll receive the benefits of U.S. Chamber membership, including:

  • Access to thousands of pages of small business how-to toolkits through USChamberSmallBusinessNation.com
  • Complimentary access to 500 legal documents and templates, online signature verification, and legal articles through Rocket Lawyer
  • A voice in Washington that represents your interests
  • The U.S. Chamber’s e-newsletter, FreeEnterprise Weekly, and monthly publication, Free Enterprise
  • Product and service discounts to affinity partners such as FedEx and Sam’s Club

Please contact the AHC at info@horsecouncil.org to retrieve your unique MemberID. Once you have done that, you can register for your account by visiting https://www.uschamber.com/user/register, where you will create your username and password.

We thank you for your support of the AHC, and hope that you enjoy your new member benefit!

AHC News-Spring 2018

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Spring 2018


Copyright © 2018 American Horse Council

The AHC News is provided to you as a benefit of your AHC membership, and we hope you find the articles informative and useful.

While the AHC does grant permission for newsletter articles to be passed on, we hope you will encourage those you are sharing the articles and information with to join the AHC so they can stay informed and up-to-date!

Permission to pass on the AHC News articles to your members, readers, or others is granted on the condition that it is forwarded in its original form or directly linked with the AHC logo and a link to the AHC website.

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Lawmakers Boost Funds for Equine Assisted Therapy
Buried in the text of the 2,232 page omnibus spending bill enacted in late March, Congress included a provision to increase funds available for equine-assisted therapy by $1 million in FY2018. 
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House Lawmakers Deliver Horse Industry Priorities in 2018 Farm Bill

Following a weeks-long standoff over work requirements for supplemental nutrition assistance plan (SNAP) benefits, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) released the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2) on April 12.

  

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National Parks Hike Entrance Fees

The National Park Service (NPS)  announced a new entrance fee structure intended to raise money to repair the nation’s aging park infrastructure, which includes a maintenance backlog of $11.6 billion.

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AHC Participates in USDA-APHIS Stakeholders Meeting

Every year the AHC is invited to participate in a stakeholder meeting with the Administrator of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). 

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Registration Open for AHC’s Annual Meeting & National Issues Forum

Registration is now open for the American Horse Council’s (AHC) 2018 Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum.

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AHC Staff Attends National Endangered Equine Summit

In February, AHC staff attended The Livestock Conservancy’s (TLC) first National Endangered Equine Summit.

AHC’s 2nd Quarter Webinar Topic Announced

The topics for the AHC’s 2nd quarter webinar for 2018 will be Microchipping. The webinar will take place on Monday, May 14th at 3:00 pm ET.

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Help the UHC Prevent Unwanted HorsesThe mission of the American Horse Council Foundation’s (AHCF) Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and to improve their welfare through education and industry collaboration. Of course, one of the best way to reduce the number of unwanted horses is to prevent unwanted breeding.

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What’s New with Roll? Spring Work in the Hourglass Pattern

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Roll did exceptionally well today! He was also happy that he got to work out with his little buddies, Augie and Spuds. His body is beginning to get toned up again and he is starting to shed off his winter coat.

I did a quick pass with the hairbrush and then the vacuum cleaner. Last was Johnson’s Baby Oil in his mane and tail. I noticed right away during the grooming process that he was finally put weight on his right hind foot again.

On the way to the arena, I led Roll and Steve led Augie and Spuds.

Roll executed the gate perfectly as he always has. There is really something to be said for GATE TRAINING! With routine practice, they always know exactly what is expected and respond accordingly…no fussing at all.

Roll got his turn in the hourglass pattern first and did amazingly well while Augie and Spuds waited patiently at the fence.

I never had to physically move a foot with any tugs on the rope. He responded 100% to the verbal commands to correct his stance when he was in a full stop and fully weighted all four feet this time when he was asked to do so.

To fully weight the foot in the arena, he had to push the sand down. Sometimes I asked him to do it and sometimes I did not. With the ringbone and side bones in three feet, I really did not expect him to come back to full balance, but he did! What a great surprise!

After a halt on centerline, he followed me obediently to the fence with the lead rope slung over his neck.

When I went to retrieve him he was sideways to the fence, but he moved over so I could release him from the fence on my hand signal alone.

Roll executed the gate perfectly again on the way out…

…then we proceeded down the road and back to the Tack Barn. What a guy!!!

 

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ANOTHER CALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS ONE!! WE NEED FUNDS TO SAVE ADDITIONAL ORPHANS, PREGNANT MARES, YEARLINGS???

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

Hi all

Quick update! The ALABAMA 5 are the horses we picked up in Alabama, shown above. As is clear, they need a lot of special care. They will be coming to Chilly Pepper for some TLC, and I am so happy to report it will not be on our dime.

ONGOING NEWS…..

We appreciate everyone who has donated to help save the Mares & Foals and the Stallions and the 4 orphans. We are getting close to where we need to be for those kids. We will be picking up the orphans, mares and foals and stallions on Monday.

Again, most all of them will have places to go which will keep them off our long term books. For now they will be expensive, but only for a short time PTL!

HOWEVER, I received another call, THIS TIME from my primary contact in Yakima. Once again WE ARE IN EMERGENCY MODE. There will be more horses, and there could be A LOT MORE! to save when we are up there picking up the group we just started fundraising for.

What will happen is we will get called after they bring in the horses. I will have to stand in front of all the horses and decide WHICH LIVES WE SAVE. ALL THE OTHERS will SHIP STRAIGHT TO SLAUGHTER.

This situation is beyond tough. It is so far out of our control. The only thing we will be able to do is save as many orphans as we can, depending on if we can keep raising more funds. Then there will be weanlings, and it is pretty much guaranteed that there will be a bunch of very pregnant mares.

I wish I had the answer to this. All I know is that we will do every single thing we can to save as many lives as we can, but it will simply come down to how much money we can raise to save these lives. It is not just purchasing them, it is vetting and feeding and transporting and delivering them to their new homes.

I know we cannot save them all, but we need a miracle, and we will save as many as we can.

It’s not fair that I have to look in the eyes of these beautiful horses and basically say “you have to die, because I do not have enough money to save you.” Yet God is putting this in front of us, so we simply will do our best. Please pray hard for this situation and donate if you can.

I WILL POST PHOTOS AS SOON AS I SEE THE HORSES.

Again, THANK YOU to all of you who donated to save the orphans etc.

If you want to help You can go to You Caring – to help us keep saving lives..

You can go to Paypal

if you would like to help these horses.

You can donate via check at 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.

NO MATTER HOW BIG OR HOW SMALL – WE SAVE THEM ALL!

SAVING GOD’S CRITTERS – FOUR FEET AT A TIME

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, WIN Project – Rescue & Rehab

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Are slaughter proponents shifting tactics?

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The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Are Mustang Slaughter Proponents Shifting Tactics in Congress?

At a hearing on Capitol Hill yesterday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), who last year lobbied hard for language authorizing the mass killing of wild horses and burros, signaled a possible shift in tactics. Instead of advocating for Congress to lift the ban on mustang slaughter, they focused on non-lethal management strategies. While the Interior Department’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget still proposes language that would authorize horse slaughter, it may be that Secretary Zinke and Rep. Stewart have resigned themselves to the fact that mass slaughter of America’s wild horses and burros is wildly unpopular, especially in an election year. Whatever the reason, the shift in focus away from slaughter to non-lethal options is a significant development. Read more in an analysis by AWHC’s lobbyist by clicking below.

AWHC Candidate Questionnaire: Ready to Launch

As a supporter of AWHC, you deserve to know where your candidates stand on the issues involving wild horses. That’s why, in addition to our work in the field, in the courts, and with the federal budget, we’re launching a new initiative: our first candidate survey. Over the next few months, we’ll be asking candidates in key states a series of questions on where they stand on protecting wild horses and burros and our public lands. We’ll then inform our supporters of the candidates’ positions on the wild horse issue, so voters can be informed before heading to the polls this fall. Click below for a preview of the survey and stay tuned for the results.

Mustang Rescue Underway

As a result of AWHC’s Cooperative Agreement with the State of Nevada for rescue of the Virginia Range horses, over 200 of these cherished mustangs have been saved from slaughter. Through a strong coalition effort, the vast majority of these horses have been placed in quality homes. However, the downside of adoption is that many adoptions fail, and mustangs routinely enter the slaughter pipeline. Such is the case with five Virginia Range horses — a senior gelding and his family — who are currently being transported back to Nevada after being rescued from the kill buyer who operates the notorious Bastrop kill pen in Louisiana. Read more by clicking below about the rescue and why we fight so hard to keep wild horses wild and free on the range, where they belong.

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Moving Forward: A Unified Statement

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The following is from The Cloud Foundation and The American Wild Horse Campaign:

 

As you probably are aware, 2017 presented major threats to America’s wild horses and burros. In 2018, the assault on our beloved wild herds is continuing and will intensify.

With the input of others that value our wild horses and burros, we’ve developed a Unified Statement.  Its purpose is to detail and demonstrate common cause among equine welfare, photography, eco-tourist and other citizen organizations that support humane, evidence-based management of wild horses and burros on our public lands.  By outlining principles and recommendations for ways to keep free-roaming equines on their homelands, the statement shows that we’re not only against a cruel and broken system of roundup and removal, but are also banding together around sensible alternatives.  We’re excited that over 110 groups across the country have chosen to participate.  

Last month, Congressional appropriators defeated an administration proposal to destroy tens of thousands of wild equines and allow “unlimited” sales of those deemed unadaptable.  This month, the Trump Administration again called on Congress to grant authority in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget to authorize killing and selling to slaughter tens of thousands of captive and free-roaming wild equines.  Therefore, the Unified Statement could not be more timely. Read the Unified Statement and learn how you can support this effort.

Download the PDF of Moving Forward: A Unified Statement on the Humane, Sustainable and Cost-Effective On-Range Management of America’s Wild Horses and Burros

A CHANCE TO SAVE MORE LIVES – DEADLINE TOMORROW – HOW MANY CAN WE SAVE – PLEASE, WE NEED URGENT HELP RIGHT NOW….

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

Hi all,

As usual we are on a DEADLINE. I HAVE 4 ORPHAN FOALS WHO NEED PAID FOR BY TOMORROW! We have ANOTHER STALLION to save, 9 NINE VERY PREGNANT MARES, (Most of them emaciated), AND THREE? MORE mares with foals at their sides who desperately need out of their current situation.

The baby shown above NEEDS HELP IMMEDIATELY. I NEED FUNDS TO SEND OUT THE VET, and we all know that is never cheap. BUT HE DESERVES A CHANCE. He was born in the rain and cold, and was cold and wet for 3 solid days in the pouring rain and cold winds. There is NO SHELTER WHATSOEVER, and of course now he is having health issues. Can you imagine how dirty it was for his umbilical area when he could only lay down in mud and feces? UMBILICAL infections are often deadly, and he had absolutely no where to lay down where he wasn’t in wet, dirty mud. He is now having SERIOUS health issues, and we need money to try and save him, along with his mother who is emaciated and struggling to even stay warm herself.

There are 9 more mares who are so skinny you wouldn’t think they were about to give birth, but they are. THEY NEED OUT OF THERE NOW! There are 40 HORSES in two small pens. I am sure you can imagine what will happen to a newborn baby with that many hoofers running around. Unfortunately the horses have been confined for awhile and they are getting snotty and fighting a bit.
We need to step up and buy these mares and get them to safety.

THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT MOST OF THEM WILL ALREADY HAVE A PLACE TO GO, BUT WE NEED ALOT OF MONEY TO PURCHASE THEM, PAY THE FEED BILL AND GET THEM VETTED AND TRANSPORTED!

(Although the conditions have become less than perfect, the reason the horses are there is so they have a chance. If they were not there, they would have already shipped to slaughter. )

Matt and I were working with another rescue and had to do an emergency run to Alabama. Matt was going to go alone, but the deadline made it necessary to have 2 drivers. We picked up 5 kids who will be staying with us for some TLC. Thankfully we will only be providing the actual care, and the folks we are working with will support those 5. PTL!! They need medical care and most folks simply cannot do that for wild horses.

As soon as we get back we will be heading up to get the orphans and whomever else we can save. Thankfully Matt will be delivering quite a number of the kids at Chilly Pepper to their new homes. Our feed bill has been horrendous, about $1400 in hay per month, and hundreds and hundreds of dollars in special feed for the babies we just rescued and the special needs horse kids. We also spent close to $5,000 on tires, breaks etc for the truck and trailers. We are running the rubber right off the tires. We have also incurred higher than normal vet bills and we really, really need help so we can make this happen. We also have to pay the folks who run the place while we are gone and make all of this possible.

We are really limited right now as far as available funds for this rescue. All I can ask is that any one who wants these kids safe will do whatever they can. Thank you!

Thank you as always for being part of the Chilly Pepper Family and for making it possible to save so many lives.

Sadly, I need to share that we had to release SUPERMAN from this world. He came in with an injured hip and Saturday he shattered it. We made an emergency call to the vet but nothing could be done. So much heart break, and although it hurts too much and makes me think I just can’t keep going through this yet again, all we can do is wipe away the tears again and again, and HONOR HIS LITTLE LIFE BY SAVING OTHERS.

I LOVE YOU LITTLE MAN. OUR BELOVED SUPERMAN WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART!

If you want to help You can go to You Caring – to help us keep saving lives..

You can go to Paypal

if you would like to help these horses.

You can donate via check at 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.

NO MATTER HOW BIG OR HOW SMALL – WE SAVE THEM ALL!

SAVING GOD’S CRITTERS – FOUR FEET AT A TIME

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, WIN Project – Rescue & Rehab

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Join the AHC for our 2nd Quarter Webinar

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

April 11, 2018

Join the AHC for our 2nd Quarter Webinar

The AHC is pleased to announce that the topic for its 2nd quarter webinar for 2018 will be Microchipping. The webinar will take place on Monday, May 14th at 3:00 pm ET.

Presenting will be Angela Pelzel-McCluskey, DVM, MS from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), TC Lane from the United States Trotting Association (USTA), and Ashley Furst, Director of the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC).

Dr. McCluskey is an Equine Epidemiologist for USDA-APHIS-Veterinary Services, and will present on the “Traceability of Equine Microchips” and demonstrate some of the successes and challenges encountered when a horse with a chip is found and efforts are made to try to trace that chip to figure out who the horse is.

TC Lane is the Director of Registry and Member Services for the USTA, and will be presenting a new microchipping requirement that the USTA will be putting into place where in 2019 all foals will be required to be implanted with a microchip. The microchips would replace freeze brands and lip tattoos as means of identification for Standardbreds.

Finally, UHC Director Ashley Furst will discuss the new program “Operation Chip” introduced in January 2018. The program currently provides free microchips and registration of that microchip to stallions getting gelded through the Operation Gelding program.

The webinar is open to both AHC members and non-members—we encourage everyone to attend! To register for the webinar, please click here. The webinar lasts approximately one hour, and will allow for Q&A at the end of each speaker’s presentation. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Furst at afurst@horsecouncil.org. We look forward to having you join us for our 2nd quarter webinar!

Register for the Webinar

CHILLY PEPPER – SUPERMAN – Another Chilly Pepper Miracle, and as usual, back on the road again. LET’S SAVE MORE LIVES!

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

SUCCESS for the group of 6. Working with the folks up in WA at Thunder Mountain and the Yakima Foal Rescue, we are happy to say that all these horse kids are now safe.

We also were able to save another stallion headed straight to slaughter. We are on the way back to WA, where Matt will be picking up 2 stallions and the emaciated mare and her baby.

We will also be picking up two mares with their foals and an unknown number of Yakima orphans as well. I still do not have an exact pick up date, but we will be ready and waiting.

In the meantime, we had an unexpected rescue of 3 miniatures. I received a phone call and the woman said she needed help as she could not care for them. The above photo shows the horrifying condition of their hoofers upon arrival.

Superman, who was literally walking on the sides of his legs, was in agonizing pain and could barely move. Based on his condition and the lack of movement and the horrible pain even when on high doses of pain meds, there was much to indicate that he might not be able to recover from the damage. We were advised to euthanize, but wanted to make sure. He would not even walk to food with high doses of pain meds on board. Every step was agony, and we knew we had to do something immediately.

The x-ray was shocking. His lil coffin bones were not nearly as rotated or damaged as first thought. Even after the x ray, the vet was not sure if we could save him. A plan was made and a specialized farrier was called in. She said we should try one trim and see how it went.

Upon arrival, the farrier looked in the trailer. Sadly he shook his head and said “there is nothing I can do for this guy. There is way too much damage”.

The vet told him to look at the xray, and so began Superman’s transformation.

Superman is truly a miracle. His life is a gift from God, as it is simply a miracle there was not more damage to his bones and joints. He is a lucky little man. When we used “miracle” in our rescue name, we had no idea that we would see so many.

The other two will be trimmed very soon, as soon as this urgent emergency rescue is done. We needed to make sure we get only the best trimmer to help these kids and need to schedule more x-rays. They are doing very well and the vet and trimmer are getting the timing set up to give them their pedicures.

So once again we are hiring ranch help, driving two rigs and looking at picking up possibly 3 newborn orphans in the next few days, as well as the mares and foals. Superman’s care was not cheap, but he is definitely worth it.

Please help us save the additional mares and their babies (the ones we have not had access to yet), and the additional newborns and older babies. As usual, we have no idea what the final count will be, but I already have too many to fit in one trailer so Matt will have to come back again. As always, the numbers that are saved will be dependent on the funds available to rescue them.

Thank you as always for helping. We will need more funding to complete the purchase, Coggins and Health Certs as well as all the milk, meds, shavings etc. etc. and all the needs that come along with newly born babies. It is excruciatingly expensive to save them.

Below, Superman feeling much better!

If you want to help You can go to You Caring – to help us keep saving lives..

You can go to Paypal

if you would like to help these horses.

You can donate via check at 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.

NO MATTER HOW BIG OR HOW SMALL – WE SAVE THEM ALL!

SAVING GOD’S CRITTERS – FOUR FEET AT A TIME

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, WIN Project – Rescue & Rehab

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Hope, Renewal and New Life! We Thank You!

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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We hope you are enjoying this Easter Sunday with friends and family. Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal and new life. Your ongoing support gives us hope, and gives the horses a fresh start and new life! Thank you for all the ways you help us change the lives of theses animals.

Marshy and Kasey say “Thanks for your support!” They also appreciate all the fresh carrots in their Easter basket this year!

Have you Voted!?!  Vote for Us!! 

AAE is on the ballot for Best Local Charity in the 2018 Sacramento A-List!

Help us move to the top spot by voting today! If you’ve already voted, Thank you!  We hope you will encourage all of your family and friends to do the same. Click the link below to vote:

Please note: Best Local Charity is in the Local Flavor section. Voting ends April 29.

Get your tickets now!

 Tickets for AAE’s 5th Annual Boots and Bling fundraising event on May 5th are now on sale. You don’t want to miss this! Get your tickets early before they sell out! 
 
Boots & Bling tickets are on sale for $35 per person.  
Get them soon before the price goes up to $40 on April 1st

  This is a super fun event that includes 

a BBQ dinner, Live and Silent Auctions, Music and Dancing! 
This event funds a large portion of our annual budget that keeps us saving and serving horses and humans throughout the year
WE LOVE WHEN YOUR GROUP JOINS US FOR BOOTS!!
PLEASE BUY TOGETHER TO SIT TOGETHER

Boots & Bling needs YOU! 

Event SPONSORSHIP and TABLE options are available!  
Check out our sponsor and table packages here, or let’s work together to create a package that works for you!  For more information or to sign on as a sponsor, please contact dave@allaboutequine.org.
Many thanks to our past sponsors for helping make this a successful event.
Lee's Feed
Lees’ Feed & Western Wear

        

Califorensics  
 
 

 
 

 We also need LIVE and SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS!

For more information or to make a donation, please contact dani@allaboutequine.org. All donation are needed by 4/8/18
 

Most importantly, we need VOLUNTEERS to help with the event.  If you can help with set-up, clean-up, dinner prep or service, auction support, or anywhere needed, please contact wendy@allaboutequine.org.
 
We can’t wait for our fun-filled night raising funds to support horses and AAE !  We hope you’ll join us!!

 AAE’s 2018-19 Calendars are Here!

These are high quality, 16-month calendars that feature AAE horses, volunteers, and even a few adopters. The calendars can be purchased at All About Equine Used Tack Store for $20. We also have a few available at the barn. Purchasing one is a great way to show your support for AAE.
Alternatively, order via the following link:
(Please note in “special instructions” that you are purchasing a calendar, and
if you need us to mail yours, kindly add $3 for shipping.)

 

Daily Horse Care, especially pm shifts
Used Tack Store Support, all areas
Barn/Facility Maintenance
Foster Homes, Long-Term Foster/Sanctuary Homes
Capital Campaign Support
Board Members
Fundraising/Events
Grants – Writing and Research
Volunteer, Project, and Activity Coordinators
Outreach Activities
Youth Programs
Therapy Programs
Veteran Programs
Special Projects
Admin Support
Marketing
Graphics
Social Media
Bloggers
Photographers
Media and/or Photo Librarian

More, more, more

Interested in volunteering or volunteering in other areas?
Email volunteer@allaboutequine.org

Submit a Review Today!

Great NonProfits – Top Rated Awards


Thanks to YOUR input in 2017, AAE is once again a Top-Rate nonprofit!

If you love our work, then tell the world! Stories about us from people like you will help us make an even bigger impact in our community in the future.

GreatNonprofits is the #1 source of nonprofit stories and feedback, and it honors highly regarded nonprofits each year with their Top-Rated List.

Won’t you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a brief story of your experience with us? All content will be visible to potential donors and volunteers.

It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes!

Click here to get started!

Employers Match Donations, Does Yours?

Hey volunteers!

Did you know YOU could earn grant money for AAE from your employer just by volunteering?

Many Employers offer money when their employees volunteer. Here are a few examples:

  • Intel provides a $10 grant to a nonprofit per every volunteer hour by an employee, and matches funds dollar for dollar up to $5,000 per employee or retiree.
  • Microsoft provides a $17 grant to a nonprofit per every hour volunteered by an employee.
  • Apple provides a $25 grant to a nonprofit per every volunteer hour by an employee, and matches funds dollar for dollar up to $10,000 per employee.
  • Verizon provides a $750 grant to a nonprofit when an employee volunteers for 50+ hours.
  • State Farm provides a $500 grant nonprofit when an employee volunteers for+ 40 hours.
  • Others top 20 matching gift and/or volunteer grant companies include
    • Starbucks 
    • CarMax
    • Home Depot 
    • JP Morgan
    • Chevron
    • Soros Fund Management 
    • BP (British Petroleum)
    • Gap Corporation
    • State Street Corporation 
    • ExxonMobil
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Boeing
    • Disney
    • Google
    • Merck
    • Aetna
    • Dell
    • Outerwall (CoinStar and RedBox) 
    • ConocoPhillips
    • RealNetworks
    • Time Warner and subsidiaries
    • AllState
    • and more

Check with your employer.  You could help purchase our next load of hay!

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Only TWO Days to Save $! We’re Keeping Busy at AAE!!

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The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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Your Support Keeps Us Going!!

Horses continue to get help at AAE thanks to so many of you.  It’s hard to believe that we are about a quarter way through the year already!  2018 continues to be very busy for AAE.  The AAE Used Tack Store continues to be a success, we have new items donated every week from our awesome supporters.  If you haven’t come out to the store, please stop by!  Our address is:
4261-B Sunset Lane, Shingle Springs, CA
Business Hours:
Friday – Monday 12:00p – 4:00p
Many thanks to you for your continued support.
Without it, we couldn’t help horses like those below.

Two Days Left Before 

Ticket Prices Increase on 4/1/18

****Scroll down to the Boots & Bling block to reserve your tickets!****

January Arrivals Update

As you know, in Janaury, AAE took in seven horses. We have been very busy helping them back to good health, and wanted to share an update on their status.
 If you’d like to contribute toward the monthly costs for a specific horse to support our work as we rehabilitate these horses and search for forever homes, please consider sponsoring one of these special souls.  Visit our website for more info.  If you would like to be a monthly sponsor fora specific horse,
please click the “Sponsor” link below the horse.
No doubt, these horses have already put a dent in our vet budget.  After reading each horse’s story, if you’d like to make a donation to help with the costs we have incurred, please click the link below to donate.

Dia and Noche – ADOPTED!!

These two girls came to AAE together after family health issues, and they found their forever home together.
Dia’s surgery went well.  Thank you for your donations to help her.  She had multiple melanomas under her tail, on her hip, on her neck, and in her mouth.  Two under her tail were aggravated.  One was internal and growing, pushing her rectum to the side.  Continued growth could block feces from passing.  Another was ulcerated, which is painful and attracts flies.  These two were removed.  Turns out, she had four inside where her mouth where her upper and lower lips meet….painful if bitted/bridled for riding, so these were removed, as well.  Last, she had a large one on her hip.  It wasn’t actively an issue, but with it’s size and location, we opted to remove with the others to prevent future issues.  Many more beneath her tail were lasered while she was under, as well.  Her healing went well, and both had their dental care, vaccinations,deworming, and hoof care.
Dia and her buddy, Noche were adopted together.  These are two really sweet, super little mares, and they moved on to their “happily ever after”. Dia is enjoying life as a sun goddess while she heals, and Noche is entertaining the family with her gentle, carefree ways.
Thank you for your support in helping these two back to good health and finding their new family.

Remember Sandi?

 Due to a family health crisis, Sandi was basically abandoned at her boarding facility.  Sandi was housed in a roundpen in an open area with no shelter or wind break, and obviously, her nutritional needs were not being met.  She came to AAE in early January during our stormy winter weather.  She’s making steady progress and is looking great.  Here was Sandi upon arrival.
And Sandi, nearly two months later…
Sandi is a very sweet 5 y/o Arab mare.  She enjoys interaction with people, loves grooming, and never misses an opportunity to ask someone to rub her forehead.  She’s a sensitive mare, and lacks confidence.  She can be quite reactive when startled or frightened.  She is learning to trust her handler and respect their space, but she continues to crowd her handler and react before she thinks.  She does ok with hoof handling, but can be impatient and difficult with the farrier on her hinds.  She’s improving, but hooves are still a work in progress.  She loads and unloads fairly well, but doesn’t travel well.  She’s very nervous in a moving trailer and will need some ongoing help there, as well.  We were told she was ridden in a bosal, but due to her condition upon arrival and ongoing rehab, we have not yet explored her under saddle, but she’s ready.  She is a pretty little mare, but she doesn’t have the best of builds by far.   Sandi is now available for adoption, and she will continue her progress until her forever person or family is found.  At this time, she is looking for a solid horse-experienced home, and one that is looking solely for a light riding prospect.
Thank you, Judy G., for sponsoring Sandi’s feed.
Sandi needs a partial sponsor ($50/month) to support cover her basic care.
If you would like to be sponsor Sandi,
please click the link below to set up a recurring monthly donation.
 (recurring monthly donation)

Amigo, Rudy and Gunner – Better Every Day! 

Amigo

These three muskateers came to AAE in mid-January as a result of a neglect situation.  Amigo is a 29-ish ol’ guy that was in dire condition.  Not only emaciated, but he was covered with hundreds of ticks.  His old, dead coat camouflaged his bony frame, but this photo of him lying down doesn’t leave much wonder.
He’s not 100% yet, but he has come a long way.  This photo is from a couple weeks ago, not quite two months from intake, and he’s looking even better today!!
Amigo is a gentle giant and a true survivor.  We are super excited to see his progress and see him beginning to thrive.  He is such a mellow, patient guy, and his world simply stops with every stroke of a hand or brush as he seems to cherish every ounce of attention.  He’s had dental and hoof care, vaccines and deworming, and it’s only a matter of time before he’s back to good health.  Love, love, love this ol’ dude!
Thank you, Joe and Patti for sponsoring Amigo’s feed and basic care!!

Rudy

  Rudy is about 23 years old, and thankfully, he was in a little better condition than Amigo, but still thin, drained, and also covered with a lot of ticks.  He was pretty empty and we weren’t sure how much fight this guy had in him, but he DID.
Given ample food and dental care, Rudy is looking amazing in this photo after only seven weeks.
He’s looking even better now.  Rudy is another gentle soul, and he’s an incredibly hunky guy.  We were told he was ridden and used as a barrel horse.  He has a few more pounds to go, and he has deep heal cracks that are still a work in progress. As soon as he is ready, we’ll continue his evaluation under saddle.
Thank you, Erin G. for sponsoring Rudy’s feed!!
Rudy needs a partial sponsor ($50/month) to cover his basic care.
If you would like to be a sponsor for Rudy,
please click the link below to set up a recurring monthly donation.
 (recurring monthly donation)

Gunner

  Gunner is a late teens guy, and thankfully, he was in much better physical condition than his two pals, but he was much less confidant around humans than Amigo and Rudy.  He avoided contact and kept his distance, even at feeding time.
Gunner after nearly two months.  Not a big change physically, but he’s coming along in other ways.
Gunner is slowly gaining confidence, and he seems to want attention, but isn’t sure he should indulge himself.  There’s no hurry; we’ll give him time to rethink his position with humans, and we’ll earn his trust.
Thank you, Carla R. for sponsoring Gunner’s feed and basic care!

More Updates

 Blue

Blue continues to do well.  We are continuing to fend off some persistent granulation tissue.  We were a little too eager to let Blue be bandage free, and during the storm, the mud and wet, the mud masked his little scarred area, and it must not have been fully healed as after a few days, a bit of proud flesh returned.  It was trimmed and we’re back to bandaging and medicating so it can heal.  We are SO close, but haven’t crossed the finish line, YET!!  This was the lesion after a recent bandage change.  That little upper spot with some blood trickling down.  That little persistent spot!
Blue had a couple very special visitors, our friends Sutter and Harper Rogers from Coppercreek Camp.  Blue LOVES little ones, humans and horses, alike.  If you’ve never heard of this magical place, click on the link and check it out.  I so wish we were closer!!
 
In case you haven’t seen any of Blue’s before pictures (or don’t remember what it looked like), take a look at this:
 
 
Thank you, Dave F. for sponsoring Blue’s feed and basic care!!

Rascal

Rascal continues to do well, but is still battling intestinal issues.  She seems perfectly fine, otherwise.  We’ll continue our efforts to bring some normalcy to her belly!  Til’ then, we continue to love on this silly, sassy, filly.  Love her!
Ohhhh, guess who’s turning ONE in just a few days??  April 5th to be exact, Lil’ Ms. Rascal has a birthday.  Rascal asked me to let you know she LOVES toys in case you’d like to pick one up for her at Lees’ Feed.  She said you could also order her one from  AmazonSmile and SEND HER A GIFT?  If you shop Amazon Smile, be sure to select “All About Equine Animal Rescue” as your Charity to support.  AmazonSmile donate 0.5% of your purchase back to AAE.
Happy, Happy Birthday sweet girl!!
Thank you, Gil Z. for sponsoring Rascal’s feed!!
Rascal needs a partial sponsor ($50/month) to cover her basic care.
If you would like to be a sponsor for Rascal,
please click the link below to set up a recurring monthly donation.
 (recurring monthly donation)

Foley

This cute little guy finally had his gelding surgery.  He had a stubborn testicle that refused to drop.  Thankfully, it was not all the way up in his abdomen, so surgery wasn’t as difficult as it could have been.  We need an updated photo of this darling lil’ guy.  This is a few months ago.
Foley is a really great little guy.  He’s smart, willing, respectful and calm.  He does all the basics well, including loading and unloading  He will not be a big guy.  Mom was under 14hh.  He is well on his way to recovery from surgery and looking for his forever home.  He’s ready, are you??
Thank you, Janis J. for sponsoring Foley’s feed and basic care!!

Check out the new arrivals!

We did say it has been a busy 2018.  More to come, 
but here are new intakes at AAE since the January Seven.

Meet Cahill

Cahill came to AAE as the result of a family health crisis and related time and financial challenges.  We were told he is 19-20 and was a riding horse.  His initial bloodwork looked good, he tested negative for Cushings, and he is scheduled for hoof and dental care in coming weeks.  Stay tuned for more on this sweet ol’ guy.
Thank you, Beverly W. for sponsoring Cahill’s feed and basic care!!

Dream Catcher 5

These five young gals came to AAE as part of our continued efforts to support DreamCatcher Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary as they continue their recovery efforts after the long illness and passing of their Executive Director.  These are young girls, estimated between 2 and 6 years old, and they made a stop at the Monty Roberts International Learning Center before coming to AAE.
This pretty pinto mare is due to foal soon.  She needs a sponsor ($100/month) to cover her feed and basic care.  Her foal will need a sponsor, too.
If you would like to be a sponsor this pretty girl or her foal,
please click the link below to set up a recurring monthly donation.
 (recurring monthly donation)
This pretty mare needs a sponsor ($100/month) to cover her feed and basic care.
If you would like to be a sponsor this pretty mare,
please click the link below to set up a recurring monthly donation.
 (recurring monthly donation)
This sweet roan filly needs a sponsor ($100/month) to cover her feed and basic care.
If you would like to be a sponsor this sweet girl,
please click the link below to set up a recurring monthly donation.
 (recurring monthly donation)
This gorgeous gray girl needs a sponsor ($100/month) to cover her feed and basic care.
If you would like to be a sponsor this gorgeous girl,
please click the link below to set up a recurring monthly donation.
 (recurring monthly donation)
This beautiful bay girl needs a sponsor ($100/month) to cover her feed and basic care.
If you would like to be a sponsor this beautiful girl,
please click the link below to set up a recurring monthly donation.
 (recurring monthly donation)

Mare/Filly Pair

This ol’ girl had been living in the hills at DreamCatcher, and she came down to the barn to foal.  Because the weather was harsh with snow, wind, and cold, AAE offered them a more mild climate to settle in and get familiar with humans before adoption.
This mama and filly each need a sponsor ($100/month) to cover their feed and basic care.
If you would like to be a sponsor this mama or filly,
please click the link below to set up a recurring monthly donation.
 (recurring monthly donation)
Stay tuned for more updates.  We’ll do our best to provide more info soon.
If you like what we do and want to help assure ongoing activities at AAE, please join us for our Boots & Bling fundraising event.  Scroll down to purchase tickets, volunteer, donate an auction item, sponsor the event, or get involved in some way.  This is our main event that provides a large amount of our funding that supports our operation throughout the year.

Fosters Needed for 

Senior/Companion Horses 

  Once again, we’ve had a huge influx of calls from people needing help with senior horses, but we don’t have enough space/resources for more senior horse.  We have a wait list. Foster homes are one way we can increase our capacity.  Can you help?  Do you have a lonely horse?….an empty stall or pasture?..or simply a love for senior or special needs horses?  Costs associated with a foster horse are tax deductible.
If you don’t want to adopt, we offer a long term foster program for select senior/companion  horses to help support additional space needs for senior horses.  Again, there are potential tax benefits with fostering.
For more information, please contact wendy@allabouteq

Two days  (only 2) until ticket price goes up!  

Get your tickets now!

 Tickets for AAE’s 5th Annual Boots and Bling fundraising event on May 5th are now on sale. You don’t want to miss this! Get your tickets early before they sell out! 
 
Boots & Bling tickets are on sale for $35 per person.  
Get them soon before the price goes up to $40 on April 1st

  This is a super fun event that includes 

a BBQ dinner, Live and Silent Auctions, Music and Dancing! 
This event funds a large portion of our annual budget that keeps us saving and serving horses and humans throughout the year
WE LOVE WHEN YOUR GROUP JOINS US FOR BOOTS!!
PLEASE BUY TOGETHER TO SIT TOGETHER

Boots & Bling needs YOU! 

Event SPONSORSHIP and TABLE options are available!  
Check out our sponsor and table packages here, or let’s work together to create a package that works for you!  For more information or to sign on as a sponsor, please contact dave@allaboutequine.org.
Many thanks to our past sponsors for helping make this a successful event.
Lee's Feed
Lees’ Feed & Western Wear

        

Califorensics  
 
 

 
 

 We also need LIVE and SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS!

For more information or to make a donation, please contact dani@allaboutequine.org. All donation are needed by 4/8/18
 

Most importantly, we need VOLUNTEERS to help with the event.  If you can help with set-up, clean-up, dinner prep or service, auction support, or anywhere needed, please contact wendy@allaboutequine.org.
 
We can’t wait for our fun-filled night raising funds to support horses and AAE !  We hope you’ll join us!!

 AAE’s 2018-19 Calendars are Here!

These are high quality, 16-month calendars that feature AAE horses, volunteers, and even a few adopters. The calendars can be purchased at All About Equine Used Tack Store for $20. We also have a few available at the barn. Purchasing one is a great way to show your support for AAE.
Alternatively, order via the following link:
(Please note in “special instructions” that you are purchasing a calendar, and
if you need us to mail yours, kindly add $3 for shipping.)

 

Daily Horse Care, especially pm shifts
Used Tack Store Support, all areas
Barn/Facility Maintenance
Foster Homes, Long-Term Foster/Sanctuary Homes
Capital Campaign Support
Board Members
Fundraising/Events
Grants – Writing and Research
Volunteer, Project, and Activity Coordinators
Outreach Activities
Youth Programs
Therapy Programs
Veteran Programs
Special Projects
Admin Support
Marketing
Graphics
Social Media
Bloggers
Photographers
Media and/or Photo Librarian

More, more, more

Interested in volunteering or volunteering in other areas?
Email volunteer@allaboutequine.org

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Great NonProfits – Top Rated Awards


Thanks to YOUR input in 2017, AAE is once again a Top-Rate nonprofit!

If you love our work, then tell the world! Stories about us from people like you will help us make an even bigger impact in our community in the future.

GreatNonprofits is the #1 source of nonprofit stories and feedback, and it honors highly regarded nonprofits each year with their Top-Rated List.

Won’t you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a brief story of your experience with us? All content will be visible to potential donors and volunteers.

It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes!

Click here to get started!

Employers Match Donations, Does Yours?

Hey volunteers!

Did you know YOU could earn grant money for AAE from your employer just by volunteering?

Many Employers offer money when their employees volunteer. Here are a few examples:

  • Intel provides a $10 grant to a nonprofit per every volunteer hour by an employee, and matches funds dollar for dollar up to $5,000 per employee or retiree.
  • Microsoft provides a $17 grant to a nonprofit per every hour volunteered by an employee.
  • Apple provides a $25 grant to a nonprofit per every volunteer hour by an employee, and matches funds dollar for dollar up to $10,000 per employee.
  • Verizon provides a $750 grant to a nonprofit when an employee volunteers for 50+ hours.
  • State Farm provides a $500 grant nonprofit when an employee volunteers for+ 40 hours.
  • Others top 20 matching gift and/or volunteer grant companies include
    • Starbucks 
    • CarMax
    • Home Depot 
    • JP Morgan
    • Chevron
    • Soros Fund Management 
    • BP (British Petroleum)
    • Gap Corporation
    • State Street Corporation 
    • ExxonMobil
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Boeing
    • Disney
    • Google
    • Merck
    • Aetna
    • Dell
    • Outerwall (CoinStar and RedBox) 
    • ConocoPhillips
    • RealNetworks
    • Time Warner and subsidiaries
    • AllState
    • and more

Check with your employer.  You could help purchase our next load of hay!

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Registration Open for AHC’s Annual Meeting

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

March 28, 2018

Registration Open for AHC’s Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the AHC’s 2018 Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum.  Registration information, along with a tentative schedule is available on the AHC Website here: http://www.horsecouncil.org/events/ahc-annual-meeting-national-issues-forum-2/.

The theme of the National Issues Forum will be “Let’s Capitalize On It!” and will focus on ways the equine industry can learn and grow from both equine and outside industry segments as well as expanding technology beneficial to both humans and equines.

The Forum will kick off Tuesday with speaker Luis Benitez, Director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, where he will give an overview of his roles and responsibilities, as well as explain how other states could adopt a similar model. Following Mr. Benitez will be a panel titled “Survey Says” and will examine various data trends within the equine industry over the past several years.  The morning will also include a youth engagement panel, “Building the pipeline of future horse enthusiasts,” and will feature representatives from the PGA “First Tee” program and the Outdoor Industry Association’s “Outdoor Nation.”

The afternoon session will start with Dan Ashe, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). AZA is a nonprofit association dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science and recreation. Noted author and journalist Fran Jurga will also be speaking on emerging technologies in the equine industry.  Also speaking will be Anne Poulson, Dr. Yuval Neria and Dr. Prudence Fisher from the Man ‘o War Project and Columbia University Medical Center presenting their methodology and findings from their clinical research to determine the effectiveness of EAAT on military veterans suffering from PTSD. Also include panels of Congressional representatives, and equine aftercare, followed by round table discussion on topics of interests.

New this year, vendors will be set up to provide live demonstrations of emerging technologies including health monitoring sensors for horses and virtual reality demonstrations.

The AHC’s Annual Meeting will take place Sunday, June 10th – Wednesday, June 13th. Sunday and Monday various committees of the AHC will meet. The Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum will take place on Tuesday and are open to both AHC members and non-members- we encourage anyone involved in the equine industry to attend to learn about new developments and how they can become involved!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the AHC at info@horsecouncil.org or 202.296.4031.

Read on AHC Website

 

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Another Augie and Spuds Adventure: Ground Drive Hourglass Pattern with Roll

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“This vacuum sure feel good, Spuds!”

“Yeah, Augie, but why is Roll here with us?”

“Not sure, Spuds, but she’s putting on our driving gear.

We haven’t done that in a very long time! Can you tell where we are going?””

“Not really! I can see underneath, but Roll still makes a better door than a window! Is he going with us?!”

“It looks more like we are going with HIM, Spuds!”

 “Oh look, Spuds! It’s the hourglass pattern! It must be ground driving today!”

She just got done leading Roll through the pattern and now you get to ground drive the pattern. Why do I have to go last?!

“Because that’s just the way it is, Augie! Just stay cool and chill while we do this thing in sync. I love to see if she can match my tiny steps!”

“One…two…three…four. She’s doing pretty good, Augie!”

Finally, it’s MY turn now, Spuds…one…two…three…four!”

“You watch, Spuds! I’m putting my whole body into it”

“Apparently she liked it! That was really fun and EASY!”

“Ah Gee, Spuds, do we have to go back already!”

“I don’t know about you, Augie, but I’m ready for supper!”

“You’re always ready for supper. That’s why you are so PORTLY, PUDS!”

 

See more Another Adventure With Augie and Spuds posts

CHILLY PEPPER RECEIVED ANOTHER URGENT CALL – MORE MARES & FOALS, & A FAMILY OF 6 – CAN WE SAVE THEM FROM SLAUGHTER –

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The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

Hi all,

I have to write this from the heart, as there is no other way for me to share the truth. We had great success and saved 3 moms with their babies. We also saved 7 weanlings, 6 of whom are in horrific shape. They are starving and could easily be called a hot mess. However, the next phase is starting for them. They are being treated and are now enjoying good food and a chance to relax.

Sadly, we lost our beautiful “My Heart’s Desire”. She had a freak accident and snapped her leg, much like my femur did. She ripped her femoral artery and sadly baby passed with her very quickly. We did everything we could, but Mom and Baby left this earth together. It was still so much better for them than slaughter, and mama knew lots of love and tenderness. But that does not help when your heart is in a million pieces.

We are not even home yet, and we received a 911 EMERGENCY CALL. I am sitting in my girlfriend’s living room writing this as I don’t have time to drive the rest of the way home before we send this out.

We got called about a family of six, and we have only hours to say yes, save them or no, we can’t help them and they will ship straight to slaughter.

There is a mom with a teeny tiny new baby, (and if we can’t save the family, we will be heading up to pick up an orphan.) The stallion, who has worked so hard to take care of his family is the most likely to ship. CHILLY PEPPER is literally his ONLY chance to live. There are 3 heavily pregnant mares that finish up this family. Again, I cannot bear to think of these babies being born in a stuffed trailer heading to slaughter. If Mom gives birth during the trip due to the stress, they will be brutally trampled and not have a chance of surviving the trip. IF they make it through the trip, they will be tossed alive on to the slaughter floor. I am sorry this is so brutal, but it is the simple truth.

The trapper is literally at the site loading them in his trailer. We are working with folks in WA to try and find a place for them to land, at least long enough for us to raise enough money to save them. Chilly Pepper cannot take on a bunch of adult horses, but as we are the only ones who can take on a stallion, if we can save them all we will figure that out. He doesn’t deserve to be murdered just because he is a stud.

PHONE JUST RANG AGAIN – IN ADDITION, WE NEED TO pick up 2 mares and foals as well as an undetermined number of orphans this next week, IF we can raise enough funds to purchase, vet and transport this next group. Y’all did awesome this last time and saved 15 horses from facing slaughter.

SO PLEASE HELP US SAVE THESE LIVES IF YOU CAN, AND SHARE FAR AND WIDE SO FOLKS CAN HELP US “GIT ‘ER DONE!

Below, the Family of 6, – who’s fate is still in the air, and that is just the beginning, and during the time it took me to write this, the number has already increased by a minimum of 4 more on top of that and the week is just starting………

WE COULD EASILY HAVE UPWARDS OF 20 BABIES WITH ONLY HOURS NOTICE.

If you want to help You can go to You Caring – to help us keep saving lives..

You can go to Paypal

if you would like to help these horses.

You can donate via check at 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.

NO MATTER HOW BIG OR HOW SMALL – WE SAVE THEM ALL!

SAVING GOD’S CRITTERS – FOUR FEET AT A TIME

Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang, WIN Project – Rescue & Rehab

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