Friday, December 1, 2023

Together we gave! Results of 2023 GivingTuesday


Our veterinarian called me Tuesday night and I had THE BEST news to share with her!!!!  We raised enough money for Whiskey to pay for all his care to date and continued treatment and diagnostics as needed.   She was so happy, our relief was palpable. 



Dr Laird, spoke with an internal medicine specialist at Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center about Whiskey's diagnositics and treatment to date.  We were worried that perhaps cancer was a potential cause for him not recovering quicker or something else yet unknown.   The specialist felt he was suffering from Dysbiosis (I had to look it up), " a profound imbalance in the intestinal microbiota which precipitates changes in the normal health and function of the gastrointestinal tract. In horses, this may manifest in colitis, laminitis and colic and other clinical situations."  Having been treated for colitis with very strong antibiotics, this makes perfect sense.   


Her recommondation is to do a fecal micobiota transplant, also referred to as fecal transfaunation, which is becoming a common practice for equines who suffer from long periods of diarrhea or loose manure.   The procedure is done over 3 days, according to the Kentucky Equine Research, which states,“The process is straightforward. Fecal balls from a healthy horse are thoroughly mixed with water, and the mixture is then strained. The liquid fraction is tubed into the stomach of the sick horse with the assumption that some of the bacteria will make it all the way to the hindgut intact.”    Reintroducing the good bacteria this way has been found to work much quicker than pre and probiotics which also help to balance intestinal microbiota.  


We have the process scheduled for next week, starting December 5th.  

More great news, we ran Whiskey's bloodwork on Wednesday and today I got a text that his bloodwork is within normal limits for everything.  YAY!!!!!   And to top that off, his second Salmonella text result was negative meaning he no longer needs to be in isolation/quarantine.  YAY!!!     We had been so worried he would not recover and be miserable with little quality of life being stuck in a stall 24 hours a day.


We still don't know the cause of his illness, the internal medicine specialist mentioned there were several cases of corona virus in the area during that time he first because sick and that is one of the causes of colitis, so we are leaning towards that being the most likely cause....but not definitive. 


We moved Whiskey out of the stall he was in and next to Biscuit so they could have each others company.  They both perked up right away.  As a precaution we will totally sanitize Whiskey's old stall including the ground making it perfectly safe to be used by any of the horses and donkeys.  Better to be safe than sorry. 


On GivingTuesday a donor contacted us and said she would match up to $2500 in donations.  Then we got a second $2500 donation which means that all donations we recieved on Tuesday and Wednesday were doubled!!!!    Counting GivingTuesday donations made prior to Tuesday and a few we have received since then, we raised $13,924 and we feel so very blessed for every dollar donated.  Whiskey will get all the care he needs and we can use any remaining funds for the health care of the others here at the rescue.  


Our hearts are filled with joy and knowing we can provide what is needed is the best feeling, especailly going into the winter when weather makes daily care more difficult and we have bigger concerns with our older retirees.  We simply cannot thank you all enough for your support, generosity and friendship.   We were also very touched by the many people who donated in memory of someone they loved, a special person or animal, what a wonderful way to honor them.   You simply are THE BEST!!!!!


Thank you all so very, very much, 

Christine and all of us at Equine WellBeing Rescue


Thursday, November 23, 2023

Many Blessings to all this Thanksgiving!


Thursday, November 16, 2023

2023 FUNdraising Auction


Our FUNdraising auction is loaded with items donated to the rescue in an effort to help us raise funds to provide care for the 40 horses, donkeys and minis at the rescue and others in need.  This will be our only auction in 2023 and is in a new format from previous years. 

Words cannot express our thanks to everyone who donated these wonderful items for you to bid on.  This kindness and support makes all the difference and is appreciated more than you will know. 

The auction will start Wednesday, Nov 15th at 7pm MST and ends on Sunday, Nov 19th at 7pm MST.   Winning bidders will receive an email for each item you have won, if you have more than one item, we will package them together and ship to you priority mail with tracking, you will be notified the cost of shipping which is additional.  

If you are picking up item(s) at the rescue an appointment will be made so someone will be here for you to get your winnings.   

We simply can't thank you enough for helping us raise these much needed funds!!!!   THANK YOU!!!!!! 

Friday, August 18, 2023

Update of 4 mares rescue 7-13-23

Friday, August 4, 2023

Volunteers & Walmart build a shelter.


Volunteers and Walmart collaborate to build a shelter for a rescued horse

·         By Merri Taylor Special to the Independent 

·         Aug 2, 2023 White Mountain Independent Newspaper

Equine WellBeing Rescue recently received a $1,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation and the Taylor Walmart store. The funds were used to buy many of the materials needed to construct a shelter for a blind orphaned colt that was found wandering alone in the Petrified Forest last year.

Petrified Forest employees contacted Christine Griffin, founder of Equine WellBeing Rescue, for help. Griffin jumped into action.

“He was emaciated and extremely dehydrated,” she said. “That’s why he was wobbling around so much. He probably would have perished, especially if he hadn’t shown up at the machine shop there; he would have just died out in the out in the wild.” The colt, named Forest, is nearly a year old now and is thriving at the Rescue, east of Snowflake.

“We did a DNA test on Forest and he turns out to be half quarter horse, half Rocky Mountain horse mix, which could mean that somebody probably dumped him,” Griffin said. “There aren’t really herds of this DNA in the Petrified Forest; once in a while other horses may come in. We consider him an orphan because he wasn’t with his mother or the herd may have culled him because of his health condition, or he just couldn’t keep up, we’ll never know.”

On July 25, volunteers gathered to build a shelter for Forest and his new companion, Shooter.

“We couldn’t put Forest in with our herd because of his blindness, so we ended up purchasing a colt that was close to the same age as him and already had training,” Griffin said. “He was of a gentle demeanor and his feet could be trimmed and things of that nature. We went to Colorado and got him in February.

“Then we made an enclosure that’s a little over 30 feet wide by 280 feet long, so that they both have room to run. Even with his limited eyesight, Forest has really good perception of his surroundings, so he does run and play like a typical colt his age.

“We were so excited to work side-by-side with the volunteers on this project. We thought that we really should build a shelter for Shooter and Forest. That way, if we’re not here, or a storm comes up, the monsoons come up, at least they can get into the shelter or if we can’t get them into the barn.”

Griffin explained that one of their volunteers, who works at Walmart, found out about the Volunteerism Always Pays program, which provides grants to eligible organizations when Walmart or Sam’s Club associates volunteer. The program encourages full and part-time employees to volunteer their time to various non-profits in their local communities.

“Her supervisor at Walmart knew that she volunteered here, so they said let’s do a volunteer program out there. So when they contacted us, it had just coincided with a grant request that we had made separate from that. It kind of all happened at the same time,” Griffin said.

Forest does fairly well despite having essentially no vision, Griffin said. “He actually was paying attention to the noises going on during the construction; some of it was really noisy, they were using drills and things. By the time we put it together, he could smell the new wood. So he walked right over to where the new smell was.

“The first thing we noticed was him walking over sniffing the wood, so he went inside and sniffed the wood all the way around inside and out. That’s how he learns where something new is. Also, he realized he was in shade, because of the difference in the temperature.”

Considering the size of a horse’s ears, it’s no surprise hearing is important to Forest’s understanding of his world and his new shelter. “The shelter has a tin roof, so the first time it rained, it was different because it was noisy,” Griffin said. “Even though Shooter was inside, he wasn’t sure about going inside with the noise. The barn also has a tin roof, so once he gets used to that, then it won’t matter at all. I do see him going in for the shade. They do have a juniper tree and he loves to stand in the shade of the juniper tree.”

Walmart also sent the rescue a $75 gift card to purchase flowers and soil for their Memory Garden. “Walmart volunteers, along with our volunteers, cleaned up that whole area and planted the new flowers,” Griffin said. “They did an awesome job. We really appreciate the support from the Taylor Walmart. Justin Johnson is the manager there and we appreciate him and his employees and their support of the rescue.”

Griffin added that there were 22 hours of preparation time for the shelter build, with a total of 69 volunteer hours. She said, “We have a lot of really wonderful volunteers. I always want to give them credit, because they do come here and volunteer their time and its much appreciated.”

Forest with Shooter behind, taking shelter from the rain.

To learn more about the rescue or to make a donation, visit, call (760) 703-4860, or email To learn more about Walmart’s Volunteerism Always Pays program, go to

Friday, July 28, 2023

Four horses in great need of help!!!!