The latest addition is baby wild Mustang 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.
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, 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 is possible with love. Support the ResqRanch, today!
Because Everyone needs a little sugar!
In September of 2019, we adopted our newest addition, a horse named sugar!
She is a 17-year-old, beautiful Palomino Quarter Horse mare, whose owner had been trying to find her a new home for 6 months. Sugar did more than her fair share of cattle and ranch work through the years, but eventually was deemed ‘stubborn’ and given away as a project horse to a young horsewoman in southern Colorado. It was discovered that in all those years of ranch work, Sugar never had any proper dental care.
You see, horses chew side to side, not up and down like us, dogs and cats. This means that they can develop sharp points on the edges of the teeth, which can cut the tongue and gums, make eating painful, and cause the horse to lose weight, and act up if their mouth hurts. Luckily, Sugar got her teeth problem taken care of, and then, just like that her “stubborn’ streak disappeared, and she became a loving, willing partner again!
Although her teeth issue was fixed, Sugar then developed an intermittent lameness which caused her to be unusable for ranch work. The vets checked her out but could not find a cause for her limping. So that’s when her owner began to search for a new home for her, with someone who didn’t just want to breed her for her good looks.
We made the 4-hour drive to meet her, and she was just as lovely and kind as they said she would be. So we took her back with us, and she has been a darling ever since. She seems to be enjoying all the mane and tail braiding, treats, and endless loving she is now getting from the kids. So far she is the perfect addition to our programs, and we are really looking forward to starting her (re) training.
Although she has been ridden a lot in her life, she has always been ridden with a bit. Here at the ResqRanch, we don’t use bits on our horses, so they learn, through positive reinforcement techniques, to go where we ask, because they want to, not because they have to or suffer a painful jab in the mouth. It is truly wonderful, and we are truly grateful to be able to give a loving home to such a deserving horse who has given so much of herself.
Sugar will be the cornerstone of our kid’s programs that we will be offering next summer. She will allow us to be able to do more, with more children, and continue to help spread our message of positive reinforcement training for horses. Please keep us in mind as we begin the search for our forever home for the ResqRanch, its horses, and programs. We are seeking a home, with an indoor arena, and property large enough to accommodate an average of 8 but up to 20 horses in case of a fire or other emergency situation. We need to be in or near north Evergreen with easy access to 1-70 so we can accommodate out-of-state visitors, school buses, and participants in our programs, more easily. We will lovingly continue to provide our FREE educational services to the community. Have, or know of someone who has, an equestrian facility in north Evergreen that we can take great care of? Please contact us through Aspen Park Vet Hospital 303-838-3771 so we can see if we might be the right fit!
Rhoen, Oliver, and Dominic the Donkey.
Rhoen is a Thoroughbred/Friesian who came to us because her owner was dying of brain cancer. Oliver was a cast-off from the racing industry because of a crooked hoof. Dominic was given to us when his owners moved out of state and could not take him. We share more of their stories on our annual calendar. Others have come and gone, either re-homed or passed away. Are you looking to adopt? Let us know as we always know of animals needing homes!