Jiggs is one of the most extraordinary mares we have had the pleasure of knowing. She is 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: $450.00.
Cowboy- The approximately ten year old bay roan truly wild mustang. He was rounded up by helicopter on the plains of California 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.
Gabe is a 22 year old bay gelding whose owner died and he needed a safe place to land. He is a very sweet, well behaved boy who is a wonderful addition to our education and Horse Angels programs. His monthly costs are $300.
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, but was 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. She sadly died of cancer. He is currently going blind in one eye, so he is unrideable. His food costs are $350.00 a month.
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. 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.
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.
Kisu is a 22 year old Missouri Foxtrotter mare. Her owner had chronic financial problems and Kisu was in pretty bad shape when we first got her. She was about 400 pounds underweight. With lots of careful refeeding, supplements and lots of small meals per day she is now our beautiful Unicorn. Her monthly expenses are around $300.
Romeo is a 22 year old who is the sweetest boy and we welcome him with open arms. His monthly expenses are $325. He needs special pain medication for his arthritic neck and shoulder.