Jiggs is one of the most extraordinary mares we have had the pleasure of knowing. She is almost 30 years old, but you would never guess it by looking at her! She came to us because of a pasture accident, where she ripped her shoulder open to the bone and her owners were unemployed at the time and couldn’t afford the vet bill. She is the head of all our education programs and the ambassador for the sanctuary. She has a very special gift with emotionally traumatized or physically impaired children and adults. She teaches basic horsemanship, safety and has a wonderful sense of humor! She will stay at the sanctuary for the remainder of her life as she is not able to be ridden any longer and has special needs herself! She needs front shoes to keep her balanced and comfortable along with her joint formula. Her monthly costs are: $350.00.
Cowboy- The approximately ten year old bay roan truly wild mustang. He was rounded up by helicopter on the plains of Nevada with his whole family. The family was then separated; the Colts and Stallions were put into chutes and castrated. The rest of his family, were sadly, never again to be seen by this extremely gentle and petrified soul. After six months of being held at the BLM facility, he was “adopted” by a man who wanted to “break” him. He was then loaded up into a big trailer crowded with many other horses and driven to California to be part of a horse whisperer project. In the trailer he was kicked so badly his knee looked as if it were broken, as he could hardly walk on it. The order was to shoot him, as he was unusable. A dear friend of the sanctuary heard of this and drove directly to the ranch and picked him up. He is now part of the small herd at the sanctuary. His knee had healed but his deeply injured soul might never recover. We have made the decision to allow him to remain wild. He is fat, happy and feels at home in his special corral at night and then he is free to roam all day and choose which areas they will pick next to test the grass. Our hopes for him are to get him to a large wild horse sanctuary where we can fulfill our promise to him that someday, he will be wild again. Tammy has been working with him and has gotten him to trust her. She can halter him, lead him and pick up his feet. We are working on “pinching” his neck to prepare him for his Coggins test. We are very excited for him and his future. His monthly costs are $250.00.
Dimitri- a 23-year-old beautiful Arabian, who is very well bred and was sold to a lady down the street from the sanctuary. After many years they lost interest in the horse and the horse was neglected. When they sold their house, he was in danger of ending up in the wrong hands and we agreed to take him. We have started Dimitri back under saddle and he is doing very well. He gets extremely fearful when he is out of his secure comfort area, but he is learning quickly to be calmer.
Dimitri’s monthly expenses are $300 and he is up for adoption.
Roman is a wonderful older gentleman who is closer to 30, than not. He had originally been owned by a friend of the sanctuary’s when she was a child. Her mother gave him to Rancho Oso, which is a dude ranch about an hour away from us. After many years of faithful service, he was no longer useful to them, and he was going to be put to sleep. One of the wranglers that worked there, moved on to another job and took him to save his life and live the life he deserved as a pasture buddy. During the current COVID crisis, they had to sell the ranch and again Roman needed a home. That is when he came to us, and wonderfully his first owner picked him up and delivered him for us, it was a great story. His current needs are $150.00 a month for hay, $50.00 a month for supplements, $40.00 a month for medicine and $50.00 every 6 weeks for hoof trims.
Rainbow aka Rain- was part of the three horse rescue when the nice lady died of cancer. She is 20 years old and a lovely riding horse when she is used to her surroundings. She is extremely bonded to Gemini and the two do very well together, as long as there is no food, otherwise she will push Gemini off his food and try to eat hers and his too!! While they are awaiting their forever home, her monthly costs are $ 295.00.
Gem has had a wonderful and very traumatic life all at the same time. He was owned by a lady that loved him very much. He was also attacked by a vicious man. The man took a knife and cut his chest muscles so deep he almost bled to death. Fortunately, the owner caught it in time and spent thousands of dollars in surgery to save him. He is now sound and is a joy to ride but cannot do anything too strenuous. He is very bonded to his sister Rainbow and they have lived together for the last 19 years and they must find a home together! They are looking for their forever home but in the meantime, his food costs are $350.00 a month, as he was quite thin when he arrived, so he is on Platinum Performance and a lot of food until we can get his weight stabilized.
Jake is a sweet boy that used to be a Hunter jumper but unfortunately injured his knee and was no longer able to be ridden. Consequently, he was abandoned at his trainer’s facility. His trainer tried to do his best to do right by him and paid for his board at a retirement facility for nine years. However, during this current crisis, the trainer could no longer afford it, and instructed the retirement facility manager to euthanize him. She could not follow through in good conscience as he is happy and healthy and called us
for help. Jake is madly in love with her Highness Queen Jiggs and follows her around like a puppy dog, much to her chagrin. He is learning to fit in and we welcome him with open arms. His current expenses are $150 a month for hay, $65 a month for nutritional supplements, $50 every six weeks for hoof trimming. His cookies are an important part of what this boy needs and those are about $20 a month.
Docs Tucker Lark is a 1989 brown gelding, who is now the king of Happy Endings. He was a champion trail horse in his day. He was very loved by his owner since he was three years old. His owner had to go into an assisted living facility, and Tucker needed a soft place to land for the rest of his life. A good friend of the man’s called me and asked me if we would accept him into our education programs, and we said yes. Tucker is the great grandson of the late great Leo Bar, who was the Beaudette’s family stallion for many decades, which makes him extra special! Tucker is extraordinary with his ability to have everyone he meets fall madly in love with him. He is gentle, kind and patient, listening to your every word and never causing anyone to feel uneasy. He loves everyone; especially children and we are very fortunate to have such an amazing teacher on our team.
Tucker has a disease called Cushing’s, which is manageable through medication. However, medication is quite expensive. He also has special front shoes with pads to protect his aging feet, as well as special sugar free food. Tucker is available for sponsorship only and his monthly expenses are $425.00, but worth every penny and more.
Jordan is a 11-year-old brown Thoroughbred gelding. He had raced in California, and owned by a movie star. We have no idea what happened to him after that time but last year, we pulled him out of a terrible situation where he had been starved and was also knee-deep in mud for a very long time. Jordan has special shoes and is on an anti-inflammatory medication to manage the pain in his legs.
Jordan’s expenses are $375 a month.