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Recent Success Stories
The following horses are just some of the lucky ones who recently have found
loving forever homes through the adoption efforts of All About Equine.
loving forever homes through the adoption efforts of All About Equine.
A lovely 2002 buckskin dun mare, Tess was previously rescued by a kind soul who subsequently had to relinquish her to AAE when her own circumstances changed. Tess turned out to be a calm, gentle mare that enjoyed attention, especially that of children. Due to previous injuries, Tess had some stiffness and occasional soreness but was cleared by the vet for work as tolerated. Everyone who met her fell in love with her sweet personality, most especially the Wing family, who welcomed her into their hearts and home in June 2013.
Thea was part of the 2011 November Rescue Miracle coordinated by Stinkin’ Rose Ranch where 71 mares and young horses were rescued from a NV feedlot. Thea and her handsome colt, Carter, arrived at AAE in January 2012. While Carter quickly accepted humans, Thea took some time to convince. Through the dedicated work of one of our volunteers, Thea eventually let down her defenses and became a willing learner and partner. Shana soon realized that their bond was just too special to ever let go, and she officially adopted Thea on June 1st, 2013.
A former PMU mare, Kasper came to AAE from another equine rescue, where she learned to lead, tie, trailer, lunge, and drive. Sensitive and gentle, Kasper leadership from a confident handler, which she found in one of our super AAE volunteers in the spring of 2013.
Emma, age 11, and Zuni, age ~9 yrs old.
Rescued from a Nevada feedlot in 2009, Zuni, an appaloosa cross, was brought to All About Equine along with her foal, Fallon. She soon had another foal from her time at the feedlot, an adorable little filly named Zia. Zuni was later adopted by a young girl, Emma, who writes this about Zuni: "I first saw Zuni on the Internet. I wanted to adopt a horse to love. Her looks were unusual, as her coloring was not easy to identify, and she carried her head too high, but she was a very cute little mare. By coincidence I saw her at a local horse show and later visited her at AAE. She is a sweet, loving horse and acts like a puppy. She is not afraid of much and wants to please all the time. Zuni is ridden often, and spoiled too! She enjoys trail riding and swims in creeks. She also does arena work and will jump three feet. She has participated in some local shows, and we placed surprisingly well! People say Zuni and rider are like one! I am so glad I adopted her, and she is proof that rescue horses can do anything. I love her and she will be a family member forever!"
Great Company is a beautiful 1997 Standardbred mare. She came from a Standardbred breeder and was both a racing mare and a broodmare. She is built like a warmblood and has lovely movement, a sweet personality and nice ground manners. All of these qualities culminated in love at first sight for one of our newer volunteers. Congratulations, Karissa and husband Chris; we're wishing you many happy trails with your lovely girl.
Carter was part of the November 2011 Rescue Miracle coordinated by Stinkin’ Rose Ranch where 71 mares and young horses were rescued from a Nevada feedlot. AAE initially took in three pregnant mares and a foal from the group, including Carter and his sweet bay mom, Thea. Though unhandled, Carter was adorably inquisitive and befriended humans in no time. Cute and photogenic, he later attracted the attention of Tim and Rachelle, who were looking for a young colt to develop and train themselves. We're happy to report that Carter now lives and plays with two other geldings and enjoys the good life in Georgetown, CA!
Roo, like his mother, Tika, is a handsome dun who was born in April 2012 on his foster family's property. Athletic and agile, Roo was non-stop motion from an early age. After gelding, he mellowed somewhat but continued to display a playful and curious personality. It was this combination of good looks and playfulness that attracted AAE volunteer, Sue, to make Roo her own special boy.
Born at AAE in early May 2012, Aspen inherited the striking blaze and lovely movement of her feedlot-rescued dam, Willow. From the first moment her long legs hit the ground, she loved to frolic with her best buddy, Hutch, born less than a month earlier. However, whereas Hutch was known for his silly and reckless antics, Aspen impressed all with her sweet, adorable personality. More than a few volunteers wanted to keep her, but it was the Lincoln family from Valley Springs who were the lucky ones to take her home at the beginning of 2013 - a very Happy New Year indeed for Aspen!
AAE took in this pretty all-black Paso Fino mare and two other small horses in early November 2012 from a county animal control department that needed to place some of the animals in its care. Due to the circumstances, little was known about their backgrounds. However, that didn't stop one of our volunteers from falling in love with Sedona at first sight. Originally sent to Chrissy's care as a foster, sweet Sedona quickly captured Chrissy's heart and was officially adopted only a couple of weeks later.
Jazzy and her filly Star arrived from a NV feedlot in January 2010. Jazzy was emaciated and malnourished, and she was covered with wounds. After rehabilitation, her health recovered quickly, but her trust in humans took much longer. Due to fear and nervousness, Jazzy wanted no part of human contact; it took quite a bit of time and gentle patience to get her corralled and haltered each time the volunteers wanted to work with her. Though she was extremely fearful, they were convinced that Jazzy eventually would come around with her kind eye and gentle, albeit skittish, temperament. In summer 2012, she went to live with one of our volunteers on a foster basis, and that is when the switch finally flipped. With consistent daily handling, Jazzy at last learned to trust completely and quickly progressed on to groundwork and then saddle-training. On Christmas Day 2012, her foster's husband surprised his wife with an adoption certificate, ensuring that Jazzy will never be apart from the human who always believed in her ability to overcome her unfortunate past.
Tank and Star
Tank and Star were rescued from a NV feedlot in July 2012. Tank, an off-the-track Thoroughbred, was extremely thin, had puncture wounds on his legs, and his teeth and feet showed horrible neglect. Star, a black Arabian mare, was sickly and malnourished and had lost so much muscle mass in her hind that she had trouble walking. After a couple of months at the rescue, however, both horses flourished upon receiving ample feed and proper medical and dental attention. Happily, both were found to have nice personalities and be good riding horses who enjoy people, even after having been sold off at auction/feedlot and left in such deplorable condition. One of our volunteers was particularly involved in their rehabilitation, and, as is sometimes the case, found that she had bonded so closely with the pair that she couldn't bear to let them go, and formal adoption soon followed. Congratulations, Tank, Star and Dina!
Takela and her 2-month-old colt (Carson) came to AAE in June 2009 from a NV feedlot. Both were underweight and in poor health. Takela’s hooves were extremely long with vertical splitting. One front toe had chipped and folded under her hoof. She initially was distrusting of humans and difficult to approach, touch, or handle. After a year of little progress, Takela was placed with one foster and then another to get directed attention. With daily gentle handling, Takela blossomed into a sweet, personable riding horse. Teen rider Ashley soon fell in love with her golden good looks, and in November 2012, she convinced her parents that Takela was the horse for her.
Gracie was abandoned by her owner in fall 2012, left tied to a fence near a boarding facility. AAE took her in and happily found her to be a sweet and gentle riding horse. One of our volunteers quickly fell in love with her and the rest is history - Gracie is now a much-loved member of the Cundall family.
Stella is a lovely filly who was born and raised at the rescue. Her mother, Bella, was rescued from a Nevada feedlot in 2009 and was found to be pregnant when she arrived. Stella's name came from the pattern of white spots on her sides and belly, reminiscent of a star conSTELLAtion. She was a favorite of visitors with her flaxen mane and striking blaze. In November 2012, Stella caught the eye of Faith and Tricia, who were looking for a horse to be both a companion to their older mare and one to develop into a nice riding mount. Stella is one lucky girl, and we know she will return their kindness and love ten-fold.
Tika, a pretty dun mare, was very reactive and fearful when she arrived at AAE from the Fallon feedlot in late January 2012. To receive the benefit of daily attention and to await the arrival of her foal, Tika was moved to a foster home in Placerville. She gave birth soon after to an adorable little colt, Roo. Under the gentle handling of her foster, Julie, Tika gradually softened and developed a willing attitude, learning to perform basic groundwork and walk/trot/canter on cue on the lunge line. She received her first ride under saddle during the Richard Winters Advancing Horsemanship Clinic in October as the lucky recipient of Richard's tutelage during the evening fundraiser show. Soon after, Julie realized she just couldn't part with this special mare and officially made Tika her own!
Chief came to AAE after being abandoned at a boarding facility in 2011. A ranch-like gelding in his late teens/20ish, Chief proved to be well-trained but a little arthritic when ridden. However, once he loosened up, Chief tended to move out with energy, making him a good candidate for light riding in the arena or on trail. This handsome guy found his forever home in June 2012 when he met June and Marlin, who were looking for just such a sweet, wise mature horse to call their own.
Chico and Carmelita
Chico is an older 14H, pinto gelding who came to AAE in February 2010. He was adopted a short time later to a young girl, but unfortunate personal and financial circumstances brought him back to AAE in 2011. Like many older horses, Chico was found to have Cushings disease, which we managed with diet and daily medication. Carmelita is lovely older buckskin mare who arrived in mid 2011 from a NV feedlot. She had suffered extended neglect, but after a few months of good hoof care and dentals, Carmelita made an amazing comeback. However, both Carmelita and Chico languished on the adoptable list as younger horses were adopted first. At last, a wonderful family opened their hearts and home to this older pair in July 2012. Thank you, Anne and Rachael, for understanding that such horses still have a lot of love to give and value to offer!
Carson and his mother, Takela, were 2009 feedlot rescues. Only 2-months-old when he arrived, Carson initially was weak and thin, but with good feed and volunteer care, he soon turned around. He quickly became a barn favorite with his inquisitive and playful personality. He always managed to get himself noticed by the barn visitors, and one in particular, Diane, fell in love with him while her daughter was visiting and bonding with another horse. The rest is history - Carson and his buddy Montana were adopted at the same time by the Shafer family.
Montana is a BLM documented Mustang that was captured in a 2001 roundup. He was obtained from BLM by an adopter who planned to train Montana as his riding horse, but circumstances changed when the adopter became chronically ill. Montana was eventually relinquished to AAE with the hope that Montana would find a loving home where he would get the attention and training he deserved. That home was found with a girl named Alyssah, who was looking for just the right horse to bond with and in whose life she could make a difference. The moment they met, Montana's demeanor softened, and it soon became obvious that the two were made for each other. It was a match made in Heaven.
Gem was an adorable feedlot colt that arrived at AAE with his mom, Ruby, in May 2011. Gem was only weeks old and had somehow battled through the feedlot herd unscathed. Both Gem and Ruby initially were underweight and fearful of humans, but due to Gem's natural curiosity and cute personality, he soon overcame his fear and began demanding the attention of the volunteers. In November 2011, his special day came. He met his new mom, Sierra, and it wasn't long before his cute little tail went down the road in the trailer to his forever home.
Clayton is a cute little roan who was orphaned at the feedlot, likely when his mom was shipped off to slaughter. Alone and starving, he luckily was adopted by a kind mare who already had a nursing foal. All three arrived from the Nevada feedlot in July 2009. Clayton was emaciated and in poor shape, which included a large open wound over his rear fetlock joint and a corneal ulcer. Volunteers worked night and day to restore him to good health. One of those volunteers, Linda, fell in love with him and adopted him to be her own special companion.
Moss is a beautiful and well built 2001 chestnut gelding who stands around 15.2 hands. He is a sweet and gentle boy who loves attention. AAE acquired Moss after he was left out to pasture and experienced a few years of limited to no riding. We did not know how he would do under saddle; happily, our evaluation showed he was a well-trained riding horse. That fact, as well as his good looks and sweet personality, soon got him noticed by a nice family from Elk Grove. In short order, he was adopted by the Hensleys, who took him to a lovely forever home in late 2011.