Santa is coming to Aspen Park Vet Hospital!

Don’t miss it!

On Saturday December 3rd, and Saturday December 17th, we are having pet pictures with our real-beard Santa!

From 11 am to 1 pm come on down to Aspen Park Vet Hospital in Conifer and get a picture, on your phone, with you, your pets, and Santa, just in time to put on this year’s holiday card!

Any questions please call the hospital 303-838-3771, we can’t wait to see you!

The ResqRanch needs YOU this Sunday Oct. 30th

We need you!

If you are able to come to our first help give some love to the ResqRanch clean up day this Sunday October 30th starting at noon, we thought it would be helpful to let you know what kind of projects are the priority. After this day, the clean up days will continue on the last Sunday of the month, weather permitting, at the same time. Please shoot us an email or give us a call at Aspen Park Vet Hospital at 303-838-3771 to confirm before heading out. This also helps us to coordinate the types of help. Thank you!

What we need (in no particular order):

Help us clean up so we can bring this to more kids!

Phase 1

-Tree branch’s cut down, and down branches cut up and moved off the fence line.

-Old wood boards with nails picked up. We will need to drive a pickup, or truck with a trailer,  near the wood piles to do this. Will then need to either move those items to a safer location away from animals or moved to the dump. Along with some areas of trash scattered around.

-We need more large water troughs! 5 to be exact. We feed the horses their hay in them so they are not eating off the sandy ground. Plastic preferred so we can secure them to the fences.  

-We need exterior lighting installed.

-An entire section (about 100 yards) of T- posts and barbed wire fence removed, along with the gates that are screwed into the wood posts, and the wood posts themselves if not cemented in.

-Folks with metal detectors or large magnets to run along the ground in certain areas to help ensure there are no hidden nails/other dangers.

-A barn shed door that was likely pulled open by a bear, and damaged the door. We need help to either replace the door or at least reinforce it and replace the latch so the door stays shut.

-We need fence repairs to the front wood fence and painted.

-We need ideas on how to work with the county to improve access to the property for horse trucks, trailers, and semi loads of hay, including possibly creating a new driveway with a gentler grade.

-The dirt part of the circular driveway graded, and general clean up of old pine needles/dirt that kicks up dust and grime and won’t allow grass to grow next year around the front of the barn area.

-So many 1-2’ tall weeds that need to be mowed down or weed wacked at not only the front entrance, but around the horse corral, and paths need to be cleared of weeds to access the horses from the front pasture to the round pen.

-We may need to get fill dirt to temporarily help with access to the horses as there is lots of sandy areas where a foot falls through the sandy, unstable terrain. In other words, need good walking paths all around the horse corral. 

Phase 2:

-We need the tack room cleaned up, refinished, tack and saddles shelves built, and have lighting installed. The doors to this room need to be weather proofed and secure.

-The porch area to the tack room repaired/made safe so no broken boards with nails are sticking up

-We need the meeting room cleaned up, finished, drywall and painted.

–We need additional interior and exterior lighting on the horse corral.

– The corner of the property fence repaired with posts and a gate

– A manure spreader

– Security cameras.

– A working tractor or Bobcat to move large bales of hay

– Retaining walls and pathways built for stroller/wheelchair access to the horse corral.

– A working automatic front gate (gate is there, needs repaired)

-The front gate needs to be replaced and the driveway opening widened for ease of large trucks and trailers to enter

– The entrance redone with new lighting, and a new sign

– An outdoor arena area cleared, sand brought in, and appropriately fenced to make a safe working area, with lighting, for the horses.

Phase 3:

-An indoor arena 

-A barn addition with at least eight 10×10 stalls, preferably with runs.

-A hay barn

-We need a bathroom/laundry area with toilet and washer dryer in the barn.

-Additional shelter in the form of an overhang large enough to shelter all the animals which they can access from within the corral.

-The barbed wire fence along the rear of the property (the I-70 side) needs removed and replaced with a much more secure fence

-Also to be removed is the barbed wire fence along the neighbor side of the property, and assist the neighbor with installing a privacy fence (they are working on obtaining the materials for this)

Phase 4:

-A medical office.

-An indoor large animal treatment room.

-Additional housing for sick/injured animals with shelter.

-A large animal x-ray machine.

Thanks so much, in advance, for any help and good wishes sent our way, God bless!

Dr. Q and the Crew of Aspen Park Vet Hospital and the ResqRanch

Some of the tree and fence work that needs to be done so the animals can access the pastures.


Emblaze

We rescued Emblaze in April 2020 during the pandemic.

She is a Thoroughbred mare, 8 years old, who raced well for 5 years. Luckily for us, she is still sound except for a little arthritis in her left front knee. Had she not ended up with us, she would have been bred and become a broodmare. During this COVID-19 pandemic, the situation for horses is more desperate than ever, people are losing their jobs, and people have to choose between feeding their horses or themselves…it’s a frightening time. Now more than ever, racehorses nearing the end of retirement are more likely to end up slaughtered (either now or when they can no longer produce offspring).

Now we get to rescue her from a life-ending like that. And along the way she will help us to learn new things about animals, training, and ourselves. We get to ‘reprogram’ her into the loving, safe, willing partner we know she can be. We just have to teach her to love people again, first. Do you feel the same way? If you feel you can relate and would like a lesson in how to love again, then our programs are for you. Watch live as we share our training techniques so you can see the unedited transformation. No matter what you are struggling with, observing how we lovingly help these animals to know the benefits of being in excellent human care and watching them blossom, will give you the trust and confidence you need to know that real change and happiness are possible with love. Support the ResqRanch, today!

Cesar

For those of you burning with curiosity, yes we did make it to the Meeker Mustang Makeover with Cesar, and what an adventure it was!  We left a few days early with Cesar and Dominic the Donkey as yearling-sitter, for the event in the first winter storm of the year, not fun. We got lost on the way to our lodgings and a 5-hour trip took 8. The next day we went to the fairgrounds to practice, only to find the arena 12 inches deep in slick mud which Cesar did not appreciate. The day of the event was a whirlwind of new sights, sounds, smells (cows, sheep, overhead PA speakers, screaming kids, etc.), and a swirling mass of people and beautiful Mustangs doing amazing things, even jumping into the back of a flatbed truck! Every time we would take Cesar out of his stall at the fairgrounds for a practice run without Donkey, he would bray in exasperation, his calls thundering across the fairgrounds. So much so they actually had to once even briefly stop the national anthem! We thought he was there to babysit Cesar, but it seemed to work the other way around. The girls completed the obstacle course with Cesar and won college scholarship money.  We then successfully won our bid at the auction on Cesar the baby wild Mustang, so now he is a permanent addition to the ResqRanch! It was exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time, and a wonderful learning and growing experience for the girls,  Cesar, and our beloved donkey.  I learned a lot more, too, about the plight of the Mustang and how the herds double in size every 4 years with no good means of management so they don’t starve to death other than the necessary continual rounding up of the horses and putting them in holding pens, to the current tune of 50,000 animals. 

I spoke at length to the announcer about the logistics of bringing an event similar to this one, closer to the Denver area. My only concern with it all was the lack of positive reinforcement training I noticed being used on the 15 Mustangs at the event. Perhaps my HORSES101 program, with the emphasis on positive reinforcement,  could be combined with the local 4H to bring a Mustang training event to our area. I have already had volunteers step up to assist if we decide to put this together, even if it takes a year or two. If this sounds like something you would like to get some more information on how to help out with, please email us at the hospital. Although the world seems to be upside down these days, one thing we can count on is that there are animals in need, now more than ever, who need our help. If we all do a little bit, we can end the need for shelters, rescues, and Mustang holding pens, in the first place.

Getting Started with Trailer Loading Practice

Have you ever heard the old adage, it’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that sets one up for success? Well, with that in mind, we here at the ResqRanch decided that the time is now to practice trailer loading, so that we are ready to go when we find our new, permanent facility.

First things first, we had to dig the trailer out of the snow. Be aware of this fact when you park your horse trailer. Where you park it before winter can make a big difference, should you happen to need to get the trailer out when you least expect it, such as in any kind of emergency.

So pro tip #1, have your trailer ready to go any time of the day or night. Your horse’s life may depend on it.

Think about the fact a trailer sitting on snow may be higher than your ball hitch, so keep that in mind, as well as the footing at the entrance to the trailer.  Personally, I like the trailer backed up to a little snow mound, as that makes for less of a step up for the horses to get in and out.  I like to keep a snow shovel in my trailer at all times, makes for a perfect manure scoop any time of year, and makes it handy to keep the tires free of snow and ice in winter.  Also don’t lodge those tire chocks in too tight, as they can be harder to get out of there with some snow and ice.

Pro tip #2, before unhooking your trailer next time, put a block behind your back truck tire. That way the next time you go to back up, you will know exactly how far to go.

Pro tip #3, don’t start trailer loading practice until the horse(s) has had a little turn out time, preferably in a spot where they can observe you hooking up the trailer. They will definitely be watching (and probably getting anxious).

For practice sessions with our bumper pull, we hook up the truck to the trailer, move the trailer just to the best spot for the horse’s footing at the entrance to the trailer, then move the truck (only just enough to unhook the trailer), and lower the trailer hitch down again as far as possible. In this way it gives the horse the illusion of a connected truck and trailer, but allows the trailer to be in the best, safest, most stable position for animals getting in and out.

Pro tip #4, while the horse is turned out, and watching you make this big production with the truck and trailer, be sure to get the horses most favorite feed bucket, fill with tasty treats, and make sure to pick it up and set it down, and pick it up and set it down, shaking it around a lot the whole time, to get the horse as focused on what’s in that bucket as they are worrying about what all this trailer moving might mean. You can even periodically stop, look at your horse, shake the bucket, and say “Mm, Mm, Mmm! Cain’t wait to give you the chance to take a sample of the amazingly tasty treats in this bucket!”. The whole idea is to change the horse’s emotions around the trailer. For most horses (who are universally claustrophobic), getting in a trailer is a very, very scary experience and only associated with negative things, like going to the vet, moving to a new barn, or simply being separated from your home and friends, even if it’s for a short time. It takes a LOT to get a horse even remotely comfortable with getting in and being locked in a trailer. Think of it like having to ride in a closed casket with a small window to get to the state fair, because that is similar to how it affects most horses. Horses that willingly get in and out have had lot’s of correct practice, and few learn to actually associate it with something happy and joyful, they just learn to master their fear. Something like us, who for example, might learn to master our fear of heights to climb a ladder, but that’s not exactly the same as looking forward to, or really enjoying the experience of having to climb and be up on that ladder. So be kind, gentle, and patient with your horses when it comes to trailer loading. It’s one of the hardest tasks they will ever have to master in their life. And helping them overcome fears takes patience and grace.

Now that we have set the stage, it’s time to halter our horse(s) and practice! Stay tuned for the next installment on exactly how to do that, coming soon! And if you haven’t already, sign up for our newsletter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel, so you will get the next installment delivered right to your inbox as soon as it’s released! Thanks for reading, and God bless!

ResqRanch Volunteer Update

Although the weather is cold now, we are gearing up for a busy summer. We have many folks asking us all the time about volunteers for the ResqRanch so now seems like a good time to let everyone know what we need.

First, the only volunteer need we will have this year (barring anything unexpected) is for volunteer trainers. So if you are looking for a summer camp to spend time with your child, around horses, this might be a great fit!

Remember, a volunteer trainer can be anyone down to the age of 5 years old (with a parent).

Of course, as usual, DrQ’s Horse Training Masterclass is required before becoming a volunteer of any kind.

Stay tuned for monthly train-the-trainer sessions we will be conducting once a month throughout the nice weather months.  We may  send out a survey asking folks when is the best time for these 2 hour sessions (we may have two in one day) so we can accommodate as many as possible.

Additionally, once we get the right assistant trainers lined up, it is also likely I will offer the Masterclass free for them, in exchange for the commitment to attend all or most of the on-site training sessions.

So if you are interested in learning how to be a positive reinforcement assistant trainer and work with our rescue animals, be sure to send us an email indicating so, and we will store your email in a separate list so we can keep you updated as the program progresses.

Thank you, as always, for your support and trust! Dr. Q, Rachel, and the Crew of Aspen Park Vet Hospital and the ResqRanch

What Makes us Different, and a canine success story

Happy New Year to you! Wishing you much optimism for a wonderful new you to all of you, from all of us!

For those of you who read this regularly, you know I have been writing extensively about horse training of late. However, I realized that there are LOT’S of horse trainers, therapists, and others, even in our small community, all vying for your attention (and money).  All of these experts are asking you to trust in them, that their philosophy is different. That what and how they teach is more gentle, more impactful, and more successful than what you already know. And they can and will help you achieve some magical breakthrough with your relationship with horses. 

I realized that with so many people out there, it is very easy to lump me in there with the rest of them.  It’s easy to think so many horse experts are all pretty much similar, and offering similar programs. And that if you pick up a tidbit here and there from any of them, then you may be able to progress in your relationship with your horse, just a little bit, combined with all that you already know.

I am looking forward to the day when people understand that what I am offering is something TOTALLY different.  That what I can share with you is a easy to follow, scientifically proven, step by step formula to VASTLY improve your horse’s ground manners,  obedience under saddle, and have your horse running TO you, never from you, again, whether you show up with a saddle or not. What I offer is power steering and an automatic transmission compared to a go cart. Want proof? Check my YouTube channel where I have videos of a 12 year old riding an off-track Thoroughbred, with no bit, and starting over jumps, safely, and in control. Now that is something!

No other horse experts I have seen are #1, not veterinarians, and #2, not certified Professional Animal Trainers. At least, none I have seen locally, or even on RFDTV, (rural america tv for those unfamiliar) so of course what I offer is different, more comprehensive, and more valuable to you IF you are really ready to learn more, end your frustrations, fears, and limitations with your horses, quickly, and easily, with a systematic, scientific, process that is proven and guaranteed. My Horse Training Masterclass will change your life. 

I look forward to the day all  horse owners of all experiences and abilities know and understand that correct positive reinforcement training is the KEY to having the most magical relationship with any animal that you ever dreamed possible.  I continue to see frustrated, frightened, unsure horse owners all around me, struggling to know which method, or expert, to turn to. I get it, there are many. And they all have something valuable to offer. 

However, only my Horse Training Masterclass truly is the scientifically proven way to train any horse, to do anything, by anyone, and, it’s so easy, even a kid can do it.  We have the videos to prove it. And you can have this, too. 

So if you, or someone you know, is seeking answers for improving their relationship (which really means better training) with their animal, any animal, please be so kind as to direct them to my masterclass, my YouTube channel the 1DrQ, or the ResqRanch.org website, to learn more, as it will completely revolutionize their lives, as it did mine.  

And if you already have the best behaved pets in the world, that could not possibly love you more, then allow me to share with you a success story. 

One very special patient to me is  an adorable little beagle dog who only weighs about 20 pounds and at age 15 or 16 (no one knows for sure as she is a rescue), has been going strong and living a happy and full life for a year now, despite the fact she has an aggressive tumor growing out of her shoulder. We did surgery on her to remove the biggest parts of the tumor that we could, and after that we have just continued to treat her regularly with acupuncture, energy healing (yes that’s a thing), and herbs. She is a miracle and an inspiration to me. So many other people would have put her to sleep, just because she looks a little different with that pink, bumpy, unusual looking growth attached to her shoulder and elbow. But she runs, plays, eats, hikes, and lives a full life.  Her pet parents have to fend off lot’s of well meaning strangers, stern looks of concern, for letting their little old lady run around looking like that. But that  dog is living a very full, happy, pampered life, and there is no reason to cut it short, or subject her to anything more invasive. The whole family is an inspiration to me, and should be to you, too, to stand firm and think for yourself. Sometimes you know better than what many other people might have to say, those who don’t really know, what a great, happy life that little dog really has. So if you see a dog like this on the street, don’t automatically assume the people don’t care for their pet, it could very much be quite the opposite. Helping people and animals like these are what makes it worth being a vet. I am honored and blessed to be able to provide the kind of care that we do at Aspen Park Vet hospital, your destination for complicated medical cases, second opinions, or if you just really cherish your animal like a member of the family and want to squeeze every once of quality life into them for the short time they are here with us.

As always, thanks for reading, and God bless! DrQ, Dr. Tam, and the crew of Aspen Park Vet and the ResRanch.