Sunday, January 25, 2015

Worth Waiting For

When we take in a horse, we hope to find a new home for it ASAP but that usually doesn't happen. It has to be the right home and sometimes it takes a very long time. There is no danger to the horse because we will take care of it's needs forever. That's what we do, we are rescue!
Jason whispering to Sprinkles

So Sprinkles came to us about 5 years ago. He was going to be euthanized because the veterinarian said he was dangerous. A horse loving friend intervened and asked us to please go see him. Dangerous? No way, he was very frightened, nervous and no sign of aggression. I think he was being misread. Sprinkles is a very cute Appaloosa pony who is afraid to be caught so he plays a game. He gives up soon but because of his nervousness, I never let anyone ride him. If he spooked out of fear, I would be afraid a child may fall off and get injured. He did well saddling him but safety is first.
Sprinkles all dressed in a saddle
Mocha is a sweet Welsh pony who came only a few months ago from a Therapy and lesson stable. 
Mocha is a cute little mare
She has been serving humans for a long time and was apparently tired of her job because she was managing to get the kids riding her off but slamming on her brakes. We did have one of our good little riders here got on Mocha and they were a good team, not tricks, not brakes on but again for safety, we decided not to adopt her as a riding child safe pony. She paid her dues. 

Last month, an inquiry about Sprinkles came in and everything we waited for was there. Two wonderful woman who want to adopt two ponies, care for them, share their lovely home and give them lots of love was a reality. Definitely worth waiting for.  
Here are Mocha and Sprinkles waiting with to heir new barn.

Karen and Shirley have a beautiful pony sized barn, great pasture and time and love to give Mocha and Sprinkles. What a happy ending for these ponies. 
Perfect place for two ponies!
Happiness is worth waiting for!
WE Are Rescue!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Life of Quinn

Life Changes So Quickly! 

Quinn our handsome Quinn!

Quinn was cantering through the pasture Saturday having a great time, but Sunday, as he stall door was opened ready to put in his breakfast, he greeted us with a very swollen leg. He was painful. That leg was his weak spot. In 1998, he had an injury on his left rear leg that most horses would have not lived through. He severed his two tendons on the front of his leg on a rubbermaid water trough. Yes, horses can find trouble for sure. Dr Scott Owen thought we were crazy deciding not to euthanize him, he saw it as hopeless. e saw it as not giving up. Quinn wouldn't even get up from the ground. Eight months later, after twice a day hydrating and wound care, medicating, wrapping and lots of treats, he was sound. A miracle of love! 
cellulitis on weak leg, old scar from cutting tendons

He came to SaveTheHorses from South Florida. He had a career as a race horse and retired to become a show horse. Then developed anhidrosis. He doesn't sweat. georgia has humidity but we were willing and able to maintain him during the summer by horsing and having fans and water misters on him. We were vigilant for over 16 years. Many many volunteers remember hosing Quinn, he loved it so it made it fun for very one. 
Quinn enjoying the horse!
He had developed cellulitis in that weak leg. He had it a few times. Anti Inflammatories took care of it so on Sunday, Tom Scott administered his normal dose of  medication and by evening, he wasn't eating much grain but he was eating hay and the swelling had gone down a bit. Monday he started to get more stressed. Bonnie Moloney soaked his leg, medicated him and many volunteers gave him lots of love until Dr Cerniglia arrived.
Hear his breathing and teeth?

You can hear his breathing as he walked around his stall

By now he was very anxious, very painful and we all were very worried.  As Dr Amanda administered more medication, Quinn was breathing hard and grinding his teeth. He was telling us he wanted us to help! We were doing everything we could.

Quin getting love and comfort.

The fluids helped Quinn's breathing and gave him so strength. He seemed more stable but still critical. We all agreed he has a better chance getting to UGA Vet Hospital, ASAP. Thank God for all our wonderful volunteers. The trailer we use belongs to a volunteer, Pam Ross, but it had a flat tire. Jeff Lucursi was kind enough to change the tire in the rain while he wife, Sandra and 2 girls, Jordan and Julia and Susan Clark and daughter Sara all work as a great team and brought horses in, fed, hayed and tucked them in. We appreciate their dedication to all the horses. If I missed anyone, I am sorry. But thank you all every day for your time and efforts. 
SaveTheHorses dually truck is well worn from 15 years of rescuing horses so it isn't safe to take a horse anywhere but local. The last thing we wanted to do to Quinn was delay his arrival at UGA. Tom Scott took off from work early to drive the trailer to UGA. 

Quinn was able to get up with a little help and we loaded him on the trailer heading to UGA, hoping for another miracle. Tom, Steve Cook and I headed out. It was a 2 hour ride through rain and fog. Natalie Richardson rode with Alisa Cray as they followed behind the trailer. As we drove we could feel Quinn moving in the trailer. About 3 minutes from UGA, we felt him go down in the trailer. He kicked for about a minute. We didn't know if he was cast and trying to get up of just so much in pain he was kicking out. He stopped kicking about the same time we pulled in the parking lot. As soon as we stopped, Tom, Steve and I jumped out of the truck and hoped onto the trailer to see Quinn. We all were silent, he was gone. Natalie and Alisa came as we opened the side door. All I could do was not my head, no, no no, he is gone. 

We talked with the veterinarian and students, and told them what a wonderful horse Quinn was. A many year volunteer, Alissa Luthart, now a PreVet student came to say good bye to Quinn and give her condolences.  So many people lives are touched by one horse. One horse, many hearts! We were privileged to have Quinn in our care since 1996. He was ridden a handful of times. He hadn't been on a trailer since he arrived from Florida. Sixteen years of fun, sillyness, kindness. He gave us 16 years of his life. For that we are ever so grateful.

He will be buried on the rescue farm today, next to he best friend, EZ Breeze. Rest In Peace Dear Friend. Our hearts are with you, our tears will flow but you will always be remembered. 


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Jingle All The Way to the Rescue!

Jingle arrived at the Rescue Farm Christmas Eve.

Jingle is a miniature horse who needed some special foot care. While many people were out Holiday shopping, Santa's elves, in the form of compassionate humans, came to her rescue with donations to purchase her from the breeder, with a foster home and transport to the foster, farrier work to correct her feet and to the rescue farm. Thank you to Elizabeth McPeek, Tammerly McDonald, Phil Yarbrough, Reagan Cochran, Lester Reese and others who came to the rescue of this little mare!

Thank you to Tom Scott, who transported her from North Georgia. 
We know there will be a happy ending for Jingle and a great loving life for her.
She needs some grooming and everyone will be happy to help!

Jingle bring s smiles to share with everyone!

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah
 and Happy Celebration to everyone! 

There are so many people and things to be thankful for this Holiday Season and everyday. Things at the Rescue Farm never stop to long because things always need to be done. Thank you to everyone who is spending some of their time to care for the horses today and everyday! You are all such an important part of SaveTheHorses!

Thank you to everyone who is spending their time to feed and care for the horses during this busy time. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Yes Bugg Us!

Happy Home for Bugg!

Bugg was a young Quarter Horse type colt who was literally on death's door. He was already in a state of starvation when he was left in a pasture on a very hot humid July day. He couldn't find the creek to hydrate himself and was at the staggering point when we brought him to the rescue farm that evening. 
Bugg was dehydrated, covered with rain rot and nearly dead. 
To read where he came from and what happened, click here.

Bugg gets love from all the volunteers at the rescue farm. 

Look where this lucky Bugg is living today. 
Bugg is living so splendidly now!

His new Mom, Lisa, loves him so much! He will now enjoy life and never go without food, water, good acre or love.
Bugg looking out his gossip door talking to his neighbor, a cute little miniature horse.

Bugg  was gelded by Dr Kerrie Porter last week and he is recovering from that surgery very well. He has good nutrition now so he can grow to his full capacity and be the best trail horse and best friend forever. He is a very lucky guy. 
Thank you to everyone involved in his recovery and care.

Bugg won the Love Lottery for sure!

We are Rescue! Thank you for your continued support, prayers and time you all dedicate to the horses! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Happy Days Ahead for Horses and Humans!

SaveTheHorses has always claimed to have the Best volunteers! It is very true. Three families who have volunteered, adopted and sponsored horses and helped with all kinds of things here at the farm just gave us some exciting news! The Bradley family, the Lee family and the Pate family started a non profit corporation as a fundraising organization, A Stable Solution, to help the Horse Rescue and the Barn Buddy Program. This partnership will help these programs flourish and grow to help many more horses and foster/adopted children find peace through horses. We are looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship and change the part of the world we can together. Thank you all for your kindness. 

The Lee's and The Bradley's loving their newly adopted horses!
Rachel and friend
The Horse Rescue, Relief and Retirement Fund ( has struggled for 15 years (established in 1998) but has always managed to survive, thanks to your generosity and Cherokee Feed who lets us run up an enormous bill and pay it continually, to our hay source, Curtis Farm, and to our vets, Equine Medical Associates, Georgia Equine Veterinary Services, KLMarcella and FoxDale Equine who also give us great service and patiently wait for us to pay. Thank you all. 

The future now will to provide a better service to Horses and humans. We are a Horse Rescue, People Rescue. 

Sweetie on IV's.

We have wonderful volunteers who put in over 20,000+ hours each year to do the dirty work, the fun  work, the sometimes sad work and the rewarding work to save the horses. Rain or shine, they come to give of themselves and their precious time. 

Volunteer of all ages come and help.

 Our Barn Buddy Program is off and running and will grow faster than we dreamed, thanks to Rebecca Miller who is running the program. The Barn Buddy Program is a unique program that partners foster/adopted children with attachment and trust issues with horses who have been neglected and abused. 

Memories made.

The volunteers are Super Heroes too!
Love shared!

We also have a Pink Horse Shoe Fund for horses with cancer.
Trudy getting love from John Michael after cancer took her eye.

and a Go Green Fund to make the farm more efficient and save energy, water and the Earth. 
Keeping the farm green.

 Happy days are coming. Maybe we can get some financial help with the Pink Horse Shoe and Go Green Programs. 
We have a constant Need List, now it's time to write our Wish list! 

Horse Rescue, Relief and Retirement Fund, Inc. 
EIN # 58-2479748

1768 Newt Green Rd
Cumming, GA 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sheep in your yard? What do you do?

What do you do if a sheep shows up at your door? You take care of him. After a few weeks, the sheep becomes friendly and gets love from the family who does their best to keep him safe. With winter coming, they know food source for Coyotes will get scarce and they are afraid the sheep may be in danger. The family decided to call We happily accepted another sheep. We have been waiting for a sheep in need of a home since Rambo, our Gwinnett County Animal Control sheep, was humanely euthanized in June of 2012. We don't buy animals, we take those needing homes. 

Buddy on left.

'Buddy' was happy to see another sheep, a goat and 3 pigs. Buddy is young and playful. He brought some new energy to the petting animal group. 

The family who found Buddy came out and visited him this weekend. They miss him terribly. Tears were falling but they were happy he is safe here. They may fence an area at their home and build Buddy a safe shelter. If they do, we will bring him back to their home. Either way, we will enjoy and care for Buddy while he is here. 

Though we are a horse rescue, we are wiling to help any animal in need the best we can. We know we are a People Rescue as well. 
Taking yourself away and being with rescued animals , helping them recover mentally and physically is rewarding and you learn so many things about yourself. Come to an Orientation on the second Saturday of each month at 9 am and/or to an Open House 1-4 pm the Second Sunday of each month and learn about SaveTheHorses and other animals. Learn about our Barn Buddy Program for foster and adopted children and our Pink Horse Shoe Fund for horses with cancer. 

Horse Rescue, Relief and Retirement Fund, Inc 
IRS EIN # 58-2479748 non profit charity.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Love For Lobo

The Gwinnett Animal Control officers went out on an animal abuse call and found several malnourished dogs and one malnourished horse, that was August of 2011. SaveTheHorses was asked to take Lobo after the county was awarded custody. We happily agreed. 

Lobo August of 2011
Lobo was estimated to be about 28 years old. He was thin but good quality food several times a day made a big difference. Our original plan was to get him healthy and find him a home but he has a bladder problem. He dribbles his urine on his legs. At first we thought it was because of age but Dr Leah Patipa suspected it was Sebaceous bladder. Lobo soon had his first treatment of cleaning out his bladder. It takes two veterinarians for the procedure. We have had it done regularly in the past 3 years.His bladder went from the size of a basketball to the size of a near normal bladder. 
Dr Murray and Dr Walker work on cleaning Lobo's bladder.

We didn't have any calls  for an older, non ride able horse who needs a costly procedure so Lobo has been here since he arrived. He does have people who love him.
Logo is Madeline's best friend and confidant! 
Monday morning Lobo wouldn't eat his grain or soaked hay cubes. Lucky for Lobo Dr Gail Daley, animal Chiropractor came out and made Lobo feel much better. He happily ate his food and went out to play and eat grass, back to normal.
Lobo enjoying the grass
Lobo has many volunteers who love him and enjoy his company. Many thanks to Stephanie Emhoff and the Pate Family for helping with Lobo's care and medical needs and every volunteer who gives their love and time to help horses like Lobo.