Perci was our very first full sized equine and owner surrender. She was severely emaciated, with a body score of a very low 1. The first few days were really touch and go, but she managed to get through it. She had sores from where her bones were pressing through her skin, spear grass ulcers all over her mouth, and a heart murmur because of how hard the starvation was on her organs. She made a complete recovery and had gained enough weight in 14 weeks to begin to look healthy again. During her stay with us she helped raise 2 baby donkeys and we believe that they gave her purpose during the early weeks and accelerated her recovery. She has since become a fat and happy mare with her new family at Lone Star Wine Cellars!
Boomer was a slaughter pipeline rescue and was in very rough shape coming in. She was on the fast track to becoming emaciated with a body score of only 2. She was tiny, so small that we thought she was less than a year old. During her first vet visit we learned a lot about her, like the fact that she was 3 YEARS old and had been subjected to horrific treatment that left her permanently lame and scarred. Despite that, she was incredibly friendly toward people and took halter training very quickly. Once she had gained her weight back and began growing like a weed she went out on foster for nearly a year. After that, the wonderful folks at Lone Star Wine Cellars fell in love with her as well. Boomer now spends her time with Perci at their ranch!
Peanut and Willow were our very first rescues. They had been separated from their mothers at just 4 weeks old. The first couple of weeks we had them someone was outside syringe feeding them because they would not eat solids. Peanut learned how to use a bottle eventually, but Willow ended up waiting until she was ready for solids. Perci helped us teach them how to eat milk pellets which made our job a lot easier. They loved their adopted mom, Perci, and would often be seen trying to play with her or laying down near, or sometimes even underneath her! We hung on to them for quite a while, but when the right opportunity with a fantastic family came along we just couldn't pass that up. They are spoiled and absolutely adored at their new home.
Jax came in with Boomer from the slaughter pipeline. She was significantly healthier than Boomer and came in at a decent weight, but with a nasty upper respiratory infection. We got her all taken care of and turned her out to grow for a while. When we got her she was just under a year old and had a lot of growing and learning to do. She was adopted out late in her 2 year old year after receiving a lot of groundwork training, ponying on trails, and even being shown in Halter classes! She's now a happy barrel horse competing with her teenage owner!
Cricket came in with Butters and Chief as an owner surrender. She was dangerously overweight and was quite the boss mare. With time and hard work we got her weight down and attitude in check. Consistent ground work was the key to her success and she was adopted out to a first time horse owner who absolutely loves her.
Butters came in as an owner surrender with Cricket and Chief. He was horribly sun-burnt and was quite nervous during handling. Even more challenging, he was a very emotional dude who got easily overwhelmed. Lots of quiet work and patience helped him grow in to a much calmer horse. His adopter was looking for a riding horse, but saw us working with him when she came out at first and fell head over heels in love with him and adopted him very shortly after meeting him.
Chief came in with Butters and Cricket as an owner surrender. He's a super sweet, older gelding that spent his life doing trail rides. Nowadays, he carts kids around and spends most of his time with adopted brother, Dudley, at their amazing home!
Dudley is a young, quirky Quarab gelding that came in as an owner surrender. We didn't have him for too long before his new family reached out to us about him. He went there with Boomer in foster as a companion. A bit later, we introduced them to Chief as we felt he would be a good fit in their family. It worked! Dudley and Chief are now inseparable and love life with their family!
Tequila was an abandoned donkey and came in with her mother, Salsa. She was massively obese and had never had any hoof care or been handled. It was quite the project, but we got her gentle enough to where we could provide hoof care and put her on a controlled diet to get her to a healthier weight. Once we had her in better shape we reached out to Kimball Ranch and they we ecstatic to welcome her in to the family. She keeps watch for coyotes out there and is living her best life!
AJ was a HUGE surprise to us! We saved Flea and her other foal (Chompers aka Rebel) from the slaughter pipeline and had no idea she was bred again. A few months in to rehab, after getting over Strangles and gaining a few hundred pounds, we noticed Flea was gaining weight at an unprecedented rate. One blood draw later, we learned the little AJ was in the oven! She was born at our facility in March of 2018, healthy and sassy! She was with us through weaning and adopted by a wonderful family at 6 months old.
Peaches was an owner surrender that had been neglected for 6 years previous to us being called. She was an old ranch horse that was 'retired' on to a 75 acre pasture and forgotten until her former owner was told that she could no longer keep her there for free. We were told to 'pick her up or she's going to slaughter'. Well, we couldn't say no and we are SO thankful we didn't! She is a phenomenal horse! It took us a little while to get her back in to the routine of being a handled horse again, but she came right back in to work like she hadn't missed a day. She went through a parade, down many trails, and carted us around bareback for a while before we adopted her out to be a lesson horse!
Cinco, who is now named Deco, is a young BLM Mustang. He was an owner surrender and they had done a wonderful job starting the gentling process with him. His adopter was searching for a Mustang project horse to spend time with and told us that she 'fell in love with him from the first picture [she] saw'! That love continues on today and he is getting more and more comfortable with humans every day!
Odin was a transfer from the SPCA of Texas and had been rescued from some pretty severe neglect. He was very underweight, unhealthy, and still a stallion. He got gelded and started gaining weight, but couldn't get along in their pasture. We took him in and continued his rehab. Once we had him back under saddle we had a bunch of interest in him and he got adopted very quickly. He now is a happy, calm, and chubby gelding with his new family!
Chompers, now known as Rebel, came in with Flea very underweight and sick with Strangles. We got him and mama Flea healthy again and he got adopted as a weanling. He actually is still at our facility being boarded until he's bigger and old enough to be trained under saddle. He has been a joy to be around and is one of the friendliest faces here! He will be moving soon as his family has bought their very own horse property just for him! What a lucky duck!
Vinny, named after Vincent Van Gogh for his torn ear, came in with Flea, Chompers, and AJ en-utero. He's a sweet, sweet boy who just wants everyone's love. Some scarring on him suggests that he used to be a cart horse and may have known some hard work at some point. He came in with Strangles and some significant dental issues that took us a while to resolve. In that time, he was Uncle to both Chompers and AJ during weaning and did a wonderful job teaching those foals how to act like grown ups! Now, he takes care of his very own (human) kids and helps teach horsemanship clinics!
Wyatt was an owner surrender and had been pulled from the pipeline by his previous adopter. She ended up not having the time to devote to him that she would like and thought that re-homing him would be the best thing for him. He needed some light maintenance when we got him and then stayed with us for a bit so we could get some trail miles under his belt. He now belongs to a wonderful woman who dotes on him more than she rides him, and he's just fine with that!
Kelso was another transfer from the SPCA of Texas. He was a loose stallion in south Dallas and then was shot with a shotgun. He was treated for his wounds, gelded, and then taken back to their facility. At the time, they had too many recently gelded stallions and turnout was not easy so we took him on. He had some minor front end lameness and some superficial wounds. We got him all fixed up and he turned in to the most beautiful boy! He's wonderful under saddle to boot! He was adopted by a woman looking for something to ride around lightly and take on trail rides and he fits the bill perfectly!
Galaxy was an older mare who was surrendered to us by a previous owner who had acquired her once more. She had been left to fend for herself with her herd for 8 years. She had little to no human interaction in that time and was horribly matted and tangled as a result. With some radical grooming and lessons in how to interact with people again, her true, gentle nature shined. She is going to a family with grandchildren to dote on her and nice, open pastures to run. She will be receiving all the attention she deserves and we couldn't be happier for her!
Shorty was a once in a lifetime kind of guy that came to us as an owner surrender. He very proudly stood at just 13.2 hands and was the sweetest short stack we will probably ever find. He absolutely adores people and was like a trusty old farm dog that has been there, done that, and will do it again if you'll do it with him. He was a neighborhood pony that all the kids rode, the solid trail mount that would take you to the ends of the earth or to the peak of the tallest mountain, and the type that even people who are terrified of horses fell in love with. We miss him dearly, but were elated to see him find a forever home.
This little love-bug came to us unhandled as a transfer from the SPCA and became a total sweetheart in just a few months. We found her a wonderful home who will continue her training and quickly fell head over heels in love with her just like we did. Ruby has that rare demeanor that attracts just about anyone's affection!
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Bones holds a very special place in our hearts. He was one of our very early rescues and wasn't with us for very long. He was on the slaughter pipeline and it is believed that was a pack horse in the Havasu canyons. He was in very poor shape and spirits when we picked him up, but when we asked him to load in to our trailer he seemed to know that we were taking him to a much better place. He made the journey and accepted our care very willingly. We had the vet see him and she said at least some of his issues could be resolved. The longer we had him, the more issues we noticed. We got the sores on him healed, his paraphimosis addressed, and got a little bit of weight on him. However, after 8 weeks of feeding him all of the mash he could eat, he wasn't gaining much. He was getting depressed because he couldn't be turned out with friends, he was too unstable due to worsening neurological issues. After the vet seeing him several more times, and the discovery that he was likely closer to 40 years old, we made the decision to let him go peacefully.
Charlie was an older thoroughbred mare that an owner surrender and full of personality. She seemed to be on a good track to rehabilitation, but what happened we could not have prepared for. We visited the vet one day and discovered a fractured tooth. All of her vitals were good so we were told to put her on antibiotics and keep an eye on her. We got her home and got her off the trailer to find that she was no longer willing to stand. Within 20 minutes she passed without assistance. The best idea as to what happened is that she had a weak spot in a major artery in her abdomen and it ruptured during the trailer ride home. Our vet told us it was nothing that could be prepared for and it was just a ticking time bomb. We miss Charlie greatly.
Salsa came in with Tequila as a wild, abandoned donkey. She was also very overweight and had foundered badly multiple times. We had xrays done of her hooves and we were appalled at what we found. There was no way she would ever be comfortable again, despite the best hoof care we could get. We consulted our vet and 2 farriers, and everyone was in agreement. Euthanasia was the best option because she would never have any quality life. We are very thankful that Tequila was not in the same situation as her mother, but very sad that they are no longer together. We use Salsa's story to help educate others on the importance of nutrition management and hoof care for donkeys and horses alike.