November 5, 2020


We are working hard today, collaborating with other organizations in order to rescue this mare. Please help if you can! Any amount appreciated! We need to secure funds in order to rescue Rosie the 22 year old paint broodmare before winter sets in! Thank you and God bless!

September 17, 2020


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 baby sit 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 contact us at Aspen Park Vet Hospital in Conifer. 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. Please support us, and stay safe out there!

August 16, 2020


Hello I hope this message finds you well! Recall that on the first of June we brought to the ResqRanch, a barely year old wild Mustang that we named Cesar. This little gelding has been a joy for us to work with. He is a part of the Meeker Mustang Makeover (you can learn more about them on Facebook) kids division event, where my kids and I have less than 100 days to train him to perform at a September 11th commemorative event. The kids who placed highest will win a college scholarship. After the event, all the equine participants will be available for auction. We hope we will be able to win our bid on him so he can become a permanent resident and wild Mustang ambassador at the ResqRanch.
Did you know the Bureau of Land Management has over 10,000 wild Mustangs in holding pens? They are federally protected (for now) and rounded up and corralled when their numbers exceed what the open range in NW Colorado and Wyoming (among other places throughout the US) can handle. Did you know that this is such a problem that the federal government will actually pay you $500 to adopt these animals? We felt it was time to help spread awareness about the wild mustangs, our national heritage, by participating in this challenge.
And a fun challenge it has been!

The first few weeks, we simply spent time with him on the other side of a fence. Reaching through to pet and scratch him, to gauge his interest in us, and also to keep us safe in case he should decide to kick or bite. He sort of tried nibbling at our hands/clothes some, but never actually put teeth on and bit anyone, and never once acted like he might kick, even when we reached through and touched his lower legs. In fact, he quickly learned to seek us out for pets/scratching, and even trusted us enough to scratch around his tail head. He also showed no concerns about us touching/petting him around the face/eyes, mouth, and ears. He learned to also associate us with handfuls of fresh grass which he could not get to for himself. We also made sure he had toys (different kinds of balls) to play with in his enclosure, which he did and seemed to enjoy, further desensitizing him to new things, without stress.

The next step was to have him observe how it’s done. He watched us halter, lead, tie, groom and saddle many other horses right in front of/by him, which he observed with fascination. He got to observe how they enjoyed interacting with us, which went a long way towards convincing him that we must be alright!

By now we had been in the stall with him (for manure cleaning, feeding, and water refilling), where again he continued to show no fear of us or attempts to be aggressive to us in any way. We were just always very careful to make sure we reinforced our personal space so that he would stay back and not crowd, or accidentally injure us. Our next step was to use 2 trainers, one with handfuls of grass to keep him busy, while the other placed the halter on his head and buckled it. Once this was successful without incident, we went ahead with walking him around on the lead inside his enclosure. The second trainer used handfuls of grass to help direct his movements, from both inside and outside the enclosure for safety, as needed. We never forced him to follow us, and instead used other tools (like the grass) to make it easy for him to do the ‘right’ things, without pulling or yanking on him at any time. We always tried to have another horse or donkey on lead nearby, again, for security and so he could see how it was done.

Once he was leading with ease and having fun, we decided it was time to leave his enclosure. He was more than ready for this, as he had watched us saddle and lead the other horses out of the area, and he often whinnied, called, and looked for them when they would leave. He was ready to go see what the big horses were up to!

On the first day we decided to bring him out, we carefully evaluated the entire barn area, removed all possible obstacles or anything dangerous, closed all open doors, wound up the hoses, moved buckets and equipment out of the way, and made sure to sort of “baby proof” the entire inside of the barn as best we could. Then, knowing that the little guy was likely pent up from a few weeks inside only one 36 sq foot enclosure, we decided the first step was just to let him have some freedom on his own to run a bit and kick up his heels. And kick up his heels he did! He was so happy to have the chance to run free inside the barn, he didn’t even care about feeling slick concrete under his feet for the first time! He explored the new surfaces, the new sights and smells, the new horses around the corner that he has heard but not seen before, and kicked up his heels and pranced around. Once he seemed to have let off some steam and no longer was as explosive, and instead, began to get overly curious with biting at and pushing around the plastic trash cans, we decided to put his lead rope on and walk him around in the same space. He did great! And with that, we had the beginnings of a halter trained wild baby mustang!

There is so much more to share, about his first big hiking adventure, and how his clicker and target training are progressing. Looking forward to sharing those videos with you over on YouTube at The1DrQ. In the mean time please support us with a monthly recurring donation. And remember, my HORSES 101! program can be easily adjusted for any audience, and is always FREE, so let me know if that would be of helpful to have for your group or event. On that note, stay safe out there everyone, and thank you for your support!



June 16, 2020


I hope this update finds you well and happy! This is a good time for a ResqRanch update, as we have had a busy few months. Sugar the quarter horse mare we adopted last fall is the epitome of what can happen when you rescue an animal. She is so happy (and funny, one of the most comical horses I have ever been around) and devoted to me because she loves living with us so much! She knows what it’s like to be treated, for years, like a tool, instead of as the beautiful princess she is, so everyday she exudes kindness, gratefulness and fully appreciates the loving devotion we shower her with. That is the magic of the rescue, when they ‘get it’ that they are finally home, and loved, and trust they will never be treated mindlessly again. Unfortunately her years of dental neglect are a constant concern. Truly it’s a form of abuse because little can now be done to repair the damage. It’s heartbreaking to love her so much, and still see her health struggles no matter the care she gets. Regardless, we are lucky to have her. Please, for Sugar’s sake, make sure your horses teeth are floated at least once a year.
Next, in April we got Emblaze, the 8 year old retired racing mare, also a nearly magical addition to our program. Other than her creaky knees and occasional lameness we carefully manage after 5 years of hard racing, she too is thoroughly enjoying this new life where the most work we ask of her is to cart a kid gently around an arena for 45 minutes three times a week. She loves the attention, and she is so mellow and willing that she has completely changed what we can offer in our programs. We are so grateful for her.
Finally, we have our newest addition Cesar, a yearling wild mustang who as of this writing we have had for 10 days. He is a part of the Meeker Mustang Makeover (you can learn more about them on Facebook) kids division event, where my kids have less than 100 days to train him to perform at a 911 commemorative event. Did you know the Bureau of Land Management has over 10,000 wild Mustangs in holding pens? They are federally protected (for now) and rounded up and corralled when their numbers exceed what the open range in NW Colorado and Wyoming (among other places throughout the US) can handle. There is a very real risk that due to the pandemic funds to care for them could be in jeopardy. It’s been such a problem that now the federal government will actually pay you $500 to adopt these animals! We felt it was time to help spread awareness about the wild mustangs, our national heritage, by participating in this challenge. If you love horses, please subscribe to my YouTube channel, The1DrQ, and follow along on how little Julius Cesar is progressing. And if you decide adopting a mustang is for you, I am here to help if you need it. Please comment on any of the videos so we can bring you more of what you want to see. I hope those of you who participated in my free training video offer enjoyed it.
Finally, I have had several calls about when we would be offering HORSES101! again, as well as Hike with Horses. At this time I anticipate it will be mid July. Please like the ResqRanch on Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter at to keep informed.
We are only doing our part, our passion that fulfills us, and hopefully helps others too along the way. What a wonderful world it could be if we all did more of the same. What fulfills you?
Please be careful, stay safe out there, and thank you for your support. Remember no one REALLY knows what to expect with this pandemic, so please be smart, stay safe, and follow your dreams. Thanks for reading, DrQ and the Crew from Aspen Park Vet Hospital and the ResqRanch.

May 14, 2020


Hello Pet Parents and Animal Loving Angels of the world! We hope this message funds you safe and healthy! We have updated our COVID19 Policy and have some updates on the Rescues page of the website which thought you might be interested in.

If you haven’t yet, please subscribe and comment on our YouTube channel The1DrQ. Here you can watch us train the ResqRanch animals LIVE and unedited! This our FREE gift to you during this worldwide pandemic! Please wear your masks out there, please stay safe, we need YOU to come help care for these animals, sometime hopefully in the very near future. #loveisall #science
And if our message touches your heart, PLEASE DONATE TODAY! Thank you and God Bless.

April 11, 2020


We hope this update finds you all happy, safe, and mostly healthy during these uncertain times. Life will never be the same for any of us after the COVID19 pandemic.

One thing that is for certain is that, just because it seems the world has turned upside down, many animals still need homes. In fact, more so now than ever as people have economic uncertainty.

Horse are still racing even though there are no spectators to watch them. Without racing, there is no money to pay the employees, and there is no one to feed, water, and care for these magnificent horses. What would happen to the horses without people to care for them? I am glad people are still there caring for them, and keeping them in great condition and caring for their every need.

However, the continuation of racing does mean that horses will retire and need homes. Until the industry operates in such a way as to eliminate the need for unwanted horses at the end of their racing careers, we will still be here, educating others, and doing our best to find homes for, and give homes to, as many horses as we can manage.

Yet it is not just racehorses that needs homes. There are all kinds, shapes, and sizes of horses going to slaughter houses every day. Including american mustangs, the symbol of the Old West and protected by our government (for the most part).

We would like to be able to adopt more animals during this time of great uncertainty. However we can’t do it without YOU. If we can get just 100 people to commit to donating $7 a month for the life of the animal, we can rescue more horses.

So please tune in to my YouTube channel, The1DrQ, where I am doing daily videos on pet care, nutrition, and training. I will be bringing you daily world class information that is useful to you to use, today, in 3-5 minute value packed segments, throughout this time of the quarantine. If you find these entertaining and useful, then please HELP us to rescue more horses! Truly $7 a month, or more, from only 100 people, will let us help rescue an animal from slaughter. And you can be assured the money is going to a REAL grass roots local organization, and not some big corporation with sponsors and a huge marketing budget.

Once we are all done with this ‘stay-in-place’ business, and life returns to normal, we will be bringing you more videos of the rescue horses in our our care. In the mean time, please check out my YouTube Channel, and mostly, stay safe! Thank you for reading! And please donate now!

March 20, 2020


Dear animal loving angels,

Change is often frightening, yet is necessary for growth and improvement. While these are certainly trying, uncertain times, it is important to find the good in it.

Personally, I am looking forward to the global unity of the new normal. What I mean by this, is that since the invention of the internet, we as a society have become more and more splintered and isolated (remember what is what like to have just 3 television stations to choose from). Now all these pandemic precautions are forcing us to think of all humans on the planet, which I think is a very good thing.

Hopefully the change will be good for animals, too. People will be home more, spending more time with their pets. And perhaps all this “lock down” will encourage people to make more careful decisions regarding animals, which will lead to less of them being abandoned and euthanized.

In the mean time, there are still animals everywhere finding themselves in the position of needing a home. That is why we here at the ResqRanch, although we currently are unable to have in person classes, we will refuse to be led into a blind panic or hysteria. We are not going to stop the important work we do. Instead, we will behave as if the best is yet to come, and that the funds will be there for the feed and hay that our animals need. It is in this spirit of refusing to succumb, that we have decided to adopt another racehorse who is in need of a new home, despite the current state of economic uncertainty.

You may not realize it, but horse racing continues despite the fact spectators are no longer allowed. And that means horses still need homes when their career is done.

Right now your donation means more than ever. We appreciate any and all gifts of money, feed, or equipment. Also, this down time might allow us to be able to get the HORSES101! program on line, to reach more people than ever before.

So although these are scary times, we still need to do the best that we each can do, for each other, and the animals who depend on us. We are.

Stay tuned, more updates coming soon on our new adopted Emblaze, and all the other ResqRanch animals snug in the barn with plenty of hay, on this snowy March day in Colorado, thanks to YOU!

Won’t you open your heart and your wallet, right now, and give just a little (or a lot)? We thank you! And your karma will appreciate it too!

Stay safe and healthy!

DrQ and the crew at the ResqRanch and Aspen Park Vet Hospital

December 6, 2019


Please help us spread the word, Santa is coming! 🙂
Bring your kids! Bring your pets! Bring your camera! Bring your donation to the ResqRanch! The real Santa (no fake beards here) is taking time our of his busy holiday schedule to spend time with YOU because he feels so strongly about supporting the mission of the ResqRanch, that through education, end the need for shelters, and rescue’s, in the first place. See you this Sunday at Aspen Park Vet!

December 5, 2019


Santa is coming to Aspen Park Vet Hospital THIS Sunday to take cute pet pictures as a way to support the ResqRanch. He believes so strongly in our mission, through education and classes, end the need for shelters and rescues, in the first place, so much, that he is taking time out from his busy schedule making toys to be with us! Mind you this is the real Santa, no fake bearded imposters here! Also, he needs Elves to squeek toys behind the camera for the most adorable photos ever, and just in time to get on this years holiday cards. So come see us this Sunday, either with your pets, or just to get a chance to wear your most festive attire and hang out with us in front of the roaring fireplace, while we take photos with the most adorable animals in town. Hope to see you!

November 16, 2019


Santa is coming!

Just in time for Holiday cards!

Bring your kids and pets to have a gorgeous Christmas photo taken at Aspen Park Vet Hospital, and support a GREAT cause, the ResqRanch!

$65 suggested donation, and all proceeds go to benefit a LOCAL animal rescue. This year, don’t write that check to a big corporation, support a local project that works hard for YOU.

Please join us Sunday September 8th from 11-4PM, bring your dogs, cats, horses, goats, pigs, reptiles, or what YOU love! Get a GREAT photo with Santa you can cherish for years to come!

Please plan to share this what will surely be a FUN event for the whole family! Hope to see you!

Thank you and Happy Holidays to you all!