1-24-11

You may be wondering why the blog wasn’t written last week.  8 years ago Thursday the 19th, Jason and Tawnee were married, and so they took a couple days off to go on a snowboarding trip Tawnee had been planning for months unknown to Jason.  Yes, they had fun.

We got an email from a lady who is desperate to find her old horse.  Her email said: “I am a great fan of what you do for the horses and I only hope that someday I will be blessed enough to provide a forever home to those horses that might not be as adoptable due to their age or other circumstances.   Reason I am contacting you is that I am desperately trying to locate a gelding that I have been separated from for about 4 years now.  …he turned 25 years old 07/13/2010 and we have been together since he was 6 months in 1985, I just feel beside myself, we have gone back out to the area several times, posted on craigslist, posted in feed stores.”  If anyone can help this horse get back with his loving mom, that would be great!

This is another picture of the horse that the lady is looking for.  If anyone has seen him, please contact us.  If you’re missing a horse feel free to email us pictures, story and description and we’ll do what we can to help.  Netposse is also a great resource for tracking down stolen and missing horses.  Their website is: Netposse.com.

We’ll catch you up on what happened last week.

Jason went to a local hay supplier to get some hay as happens once every week or two.

The hay place had adopted a horse from us awhile ago, and they just had to show him off.  This is one of the horses we were not able to talk about on the blog when he was rescued last February.

A concerned individual found a group of horses that were being starved at the Lazy Double J Horse and Pony Rescue ran by Dee Juttings.   After Patrone’s rescue Dee vanished and the website was taken down.  It’s very common for fraudulent “rescues” who abuse animals to vanish once they are found out.  Over last summer we were able to track Dee down and were able to purchase even more horses (some of them are still available on our website) from him that were not being cared for.  He has had cases with Animal Control, but anytime it gets too close to a seizure he vanishes.

This is Patrone at Lazy Double J Rescue.  It makes us sick to our stomch that anyone can call themselves a rescue and start starving peoples beloved animals.  There are so many rescues that are folding down across the nation and Animal Control is having to deal with rescues and sanctuary’s that have gone under.  As the economy goes down, it gets tougher to care for the animals, but the animal must come first!  Abuse is always wrong, no matter what your name.

We purchased Patrone for the price that the lady had to pay for him from Dee.  We didn’t know if he would make it or not.  So skinny!

He was carefully transported the short drive north and was taken to our vet as soon as possible.  Upon Dr Weavers examination she found that nothing physically wrong with Patrone, he was just being starved.

It is so sad that a “rescue” did this to poor Patrone.  The very place where he should have been the safest.

The “rescue” found out that Patrone had made his way to us, and put on their website before it was taken down that he had been murdered.  The website said: “Patrone was released to another group that called themselves a rescue. We are deeply saddened and angered that they decided it was time to murder him. Patrone was a proud arabian and full of life. He was just recovering from a bout with stranggles and was back on the road to recovery. We should have kept him here and surely would have if we had known they were going to kill him. We all regrett his life being snuffed out. We were also told that another of the 5 horses they got from us was killed as well which is a direct violation of the adoption agreement. Rest gently Patrone and run free with Kings herd.”  It makes us chuckle that he called us a “so called rescue” and as far as the adoption contracts, they were copies of ones we had given him when Dee contacted us asking for help in starting a rescue.  They weren’t even signed by the concerned lady that bought the 5 horses.

Today Patrone is alive, well and very healthy.  All he needed was love and food.  As you can tell, he is doing absolutely great.  Thanks to your support to the general fund, we are able to rescue horses like Patrone that we are unable to raise funds to help with at the time of their rescue.  Want to help horses like Patrone?  Click here…

We had two horses surrendered last week.  This is Frootloop, her mom writes:

“11 Year old Arabian Mare, approx. 14 hands, excellent health, UTD on all immunizations and worming, vet check last September. (Have all papers). Lifts hooves perfect for Ferrier, Broke well, but probably more for an advanced rider as she is a true Arabian and LOVES to run! Breast collar and tie downs working perfectly for her. She can also be ridden bareback-easier than in saddle. She handles dogs, kids, goats around her/under foot well. An “A type” personality does not work well with her. If you want to exert your power over her, she will not respond. If you want a mutually respected relationship, with a horse who is loyal, respects you and responds easily, then she is the perfect horse for you. She has a great personality with lots of character! She does need another horse to keep her company. She loves to come into barn on bad weather so a barn, stall or shelter is necessary. Medical issues with son are forcing relocation. She comes with her new horse blanket (heavy, waterproof with neck cover), grooming and tack supplies, hoof pick, harness, Reins, breast collar and tie down set, leads and especially her goodie bucket etc…She is safe to walk behind, even when she startles (which is rare) she will not kick. No bucking either, but if you allow her to, she will run you under a tree! (but she will slow down as you fall off) lol!

On the ground, Frootloop is COMPLETELY trustworthy. In the saddle she is not, but I think it’s a combination of a beginner rider and I suspect she reads the saddle for running (a signal) that can be undone. Build trust with her and she will LOVE you! She does not like “A” type males who exert physical force over her. She will steal Bullwinkle’s food if allowed.

Frootloop will hop, flip her head and get excited when you bring her bucket of goodies in the evening. Bucket: slight amount of feed, lots of carrots, a handful of frootloops cereal.”

This is Bullwinkle, his mom writes: “An absolutely FANTASTIC children’s horse! Excellent health! Complete broke to ride, bareback as well, does not like bit and doesn’t need it. Hackamore works perfectly. Last vet check done last September, including teeth floating. UTD on all immunizations, worming etc. (Have all papers). Wintertime, he does need some Glucosamine for his joints-not any big issues, just slightly (We ran out of Glucosamine November-so he’s been without it). Perfect for vet , Ferrier and anyone! Great beginner horse, kids horse! Lifts hooves easily for anyone. Enjoys dogs, goats, kids. He needs a barn/shelter to be able to get out of the cold weather. Medical issues with son are forcing relocation. He comes with his new horse blanket (heavy, waterproof with neck cover), grooming and tack supplies, Hackamore, harness and lead, senior feed, corn oil etc..

Bullwinkle is very trustworthy with small children and anyone. He is quite laidback. Hes had 3 teeth pulled and he REALLY does not like the reins. He does beautifully with the Hackamore, no need for him to be uncomfortable as he does everything you ask.

Bullwinkle absolutely LOVES his bucket of goodies every evening. Bucket: senior feed, corn oil, carrots. If he needs cheering up-bring him a bucket of goodies! Winter time he needs some help keeping the weight on with the feed and corn oil.”

Bullwinkle is in adoption pending, but if it doesn’t go through then he will be available.

Finally Sunday’s blog!

Jason was busy putting the finishing touches on the shelters.

Each piece of roofing needed a lot of nails to hold it down with all the hard winds at the shelter.  You can’t have enough nails and screws holding stuff together.

On a humerous side note, Animal Control recieved enough complaints from AAA equine rescue fans  about us that they sent an officer out to investigate unbeknown to us sometime last week.  They let us know the results of their investigation and all they had to say was “Everything looks great, nice goat pens.”  We know the critters at the shelter agree.

Sir Peanut says he is ready to find that forever new home.  He knows that somebody will fall in love with him and take his adorable little self home.  He sure is handsome!

There are two more goats at the shelter that need homes.  They belonged to Jason and Tawnee but sadly due to a terrible Coyote problem (multiple goats from various homes in their neighborhood have been brutally killed) they want to find their goats a new home.  They surrendered them to the shelter so they can find a forever loving home.  They are both wethers, 3-4 years old, and are Tenesee Fainting Goats.  Yes they do faint on occasion.  All goat adoption fees are $100.

Finally the shelters were done and the excess material was being put away.  This little volunteer amazed everyone when he grabbed a giant piece of roofing and headed off.  It was so cute!

Then it was time for Dottie and Macho Man to check out the new pens.

In they went through the front gate.

And soon they were all relaxed and enjoying their bigger pen.

With full tummies they started grooming each other in contentment of their new home.

The happy looks on  their faces made everybody feel so good about all the hard work.  You can just tell that Macho Man is saying “Thank you!”

With the first 2 pens completed it was time to build more little critter pens.  We got a call the other day from someone that was in a desperate situation to find a safe place for 4 peacocks to go.  Where could we possible house 4 peacocks?  Time to build more shelters.  Thankfully the 4 peacocks found another place to go and didn’t have to come to the shelter.

After the front line was ran the post hold digging began.

Amee started hauling posts over.  She made the guys envious by hauling so many at once.

Soon there was another post forest going on.  There were so many great volunteers at the shelter doing what they could to help!

We would like to thank volunteer Rob who brought out his tools and got the roof fixed on the mare motel.  That wind…

A horse was scheduled to be surrendered Sunday afternoon.  We’re trying to scrape some money together for gravel, but as of yet trailers are not able to drive into the property.  It will cost about $1,000 to get enough gravel for trailer turnaround in the shelter.

Meet Maddie again.  Maddie was adopted from us in 2007, her mom loved her very much and was heartbroken to give her up, but she was leaving for college and was unable to keep her.

Maddie came to us with 3 other horses in 2007, she belonged to an elderly lady who had Maddie ever since she was born.

Maddie has had a very good home since her adoption, and it was hard to see them part.  She is trained to ride in arena and some trails, but needs a little more finishing before solo trail rides.  She is about 9 years old.

Near the end of the day kids started trickling in from everywhere.

There was a whole group of them, mostly eager to clean pens and do whatever needed to be done.  We all smiled at the moans and groans about getting their precious shoes dirty.  Most of the kids were eager go-getters, but a couple definitely let their opinions be known about dirt.

One of the vehicles that had brought the kids got a flat tire.  So, volunteer Rob was out helping the parents get the tire plugged and inflated.

All the kids had a blast and after the work was done they posed for a quick picture.  Their leader had called up Sunday morning to see if he could bring them by for some work on their horsemanship badge.

Many thanks to: Kay L., Sheri B., Gail G., Trudi R., and Terri V for their generous donations.

0 thoughts on “1-24-11”

  1. Thank you for doing such a great job. There is only one thing that would really help some of us – I wish you would post the size of the horses. I know that it should not mater but sometimes someone (like me, for example) needs a horse that is (or is going to be someday) at least 15.3 because they want to be able to enjoy the horse for a lifetime (and they want their growing kids to be able to have a horse that they can ride now and when they grow up).

    For a lot of reasons, when the time comes, I don’t just want to go look randomly (especially not with my kids). I want to know in advance that at least one of the horses that we go to see will have a high chance of being a good lifetime fit before we go there and emotions take over. It would also help if there was a video of the horses moving (even if it was only in the pasture).

    I do realize that what I am suggesting may not be possible. I understand that this is very hard work that you are doing so it just may not make sense to make things more difficult.

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