Saturday, December 28, 2013

Found at EqWBR and reunited with rider after 12 YEARS!

Coincidence, serendipity, fate, I am not sure what to call it, but after 12 years the horse once ridden by a child is found at Equine WellBeing Rescue and a holiday road trip from California reunites the two of them.

I got a message last week from a long time friend of mine asking if her and her daughter could come out to visit the Friday after Christmas.   We love company so the answer was a resounding, 'YES'.   She then told me that we had the horse, her now 22 year old daughter Katie, had ridden in her first pony summer camp when she was 10 years old.  I sent her a picture and asked if they were sure and, yes, they were in fact sure it was him.  

Danny came to us in September of 2012.   We had been asked to take him by a friend named Kris in the spring,  but didn't have the ability at that time so he instead went to a lady in Lake Elsinore. After a few months I was contacted by that lady who explained that her well had broken and she needed to rehome her horses immediately.  I felt like this was a sign he needed to be with us and told her I would come get him, so Danny became one of our permanent horses.  

He seemed to me to be in his mid 20's, much older than I was originally told, but that is not uncommon.   Judging by both his greying hair and teeth I was pretty sure he was not 17-18 years old.  Here are pictures of Danny when he arrived at EqWBR.

Sept. 5, 2013 looking tired and worried upon arrival.

Sept. 5, 2012 thin, lacking muscle tone with bite marks from other horses.
While his mood has always been good, it took a while to get weight and muscle tone back. Danny didn't seem to have any lameness issues, but needs pelleted food in his diet because he has trouble swallowing so he eats sticking his head fully out.  Not an issue with his teeth because I gave him complete dental shortly after arrival. So with soaked food in addition to his hay he is filled out nicely.

Yesterday Nancy and Katie arrived at EqWBR just in time for the dinner feeding.   As soon as Katie laid eyes on Danny, she knew that was him.   Lots of hugs and then time to meet the other horses.   As the sun was going down I suggested she ride him in the morning before they head back home.   I don't think Katie got much sleep she was so excited to get the chance to ride Danny again after 12 years. 

This morning we went out after breakfast, groomed and tacked him up, then moved out to the round pen to exercise him fully tacked before riding him.    He has never been ridden by any of us.  He settled right in and feeling comfortable Katie got on him.  

Danny & Katie reunited after 12 years.

Is it truly possible to pick up where you left off 12 years ago?  Yes, it is.  Katie was sure he remembered her and though a little rusty, followed her cues and commands with little resistance.    I have to say it was deeply heartwarming to realize this was the first horse she ever rode in her life and here she was riding him again today.  The huge smile never left her face.

She first rode him 12 years ago at summer camp when she was 10.
 As we were standing on the sidelines, Nancy told me that first summer camp is what started the family's journey into horse ownership.  Though Katie is in her fourth year of college, the family home in Norco has 5 horses, a few of them rescues themselves.  Even more coincidental is that Nancy adopted a pony named Sprite from Kris (who originally asked me to take Danny) for her other daughter so they know each other, but had no idea there was a connection to Danny. 

It was like old times.  We are sure he remembered her. 
For Nancy, watching her daughter ride this horse after all these years brought back so many fond memories and cherished moments.   It was just as amazing watching her watch Danny and Katie.  

He didn't want her to leave so he snuggled even closer.
It was very hard to say 'goodbye', so we invited Katie back anytime to ride him and we hope that during another college break or after graduation she can come back to the White Mountains and visit her first horse again and again.

I cannot begin to tell you how humble I feel that circumstances put this horse in our hands where a once little girl, found the horse of her youthful dreams and could rekindle the love after so many, many years.   Guess God really wanted him here and now we know why.

For a year with many ups and downs, sharing this amazing story with you is the best way to close out the year, thank you for all your support and wish you a VERY HAPPY 2014.   It is your support and donations that have helped make this story come true and many others.

Sending you all blessing for the new year!   


Christine Griffin, Founder & President
Equine WellBeing Rescue Inc.
A 501c3 Public Charity

Checks can be sent to PO Box 2722, Snowflake, AZ 85937.
We are a 501c3 Public Charity #45-2835562 so your donations are tax-deductible.

Members of: Unwanted Horse Coalition, Homes for Horses Coalition, A Home for Every Horse program, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Assoc., Fleet of Angels and many more.

   ASPCA (link)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Can you help on Giving Tuesday?

Thanksgiving is a time to consider things we are thankful for during the year and EqWBR is deeply grateful that with your donations and support we have been able directly help 26 horses and indirectly many others.

This is the time of year when people consider making year end donations to their favorite organizations and helping those charities whose missions they support.  Along with Black Friday, Buy Where You Live Saturday, Cyber Monday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been deemed "Giving Tuesday".

On this Giving Tuesday  Dec. 3, 2013, we ask that you consider making a donation to Equine WellBeing Rescue Inc., to help us continue our mission of helping horses in need and supporting those in our permanent care including Autumn, Danny, Gwen, Liam, Maverick, Max and Tucker.

This year we have been blessed to help:
-Maverick 25+ year old was saved from Riverside Animal Services abandoned and emaciated, now a permanent resident.
-Liam a baby saved from Mike's Auction needing hernia surgery, now a resident till a little older.
-Max 30 year old saved from Riverside Animal Services in coordination with Baker Ranch Equine Rescue, abandoned, emaciated and now a permanent resident at EqWBR.
-Ashley, Noche, Dixie and Titan (Tennessee Walking Horses) all now adopted out to new homes.
-Felicity a Peruvian Paso filly saved from Riverside Animal Services and now living in Norco, CA.
-Cassie (yearling) & Pandora's Little Trinket (weanling)- Starving Paso Fino fillies now in adoptive homes.
-Dulce & Taz- Starving and neglected, rescued and fostered, now living with their family in Lakeside, CA.
-Darth a young colt rescued from Mike's Auction in October now living with his new family in Campo, CA.
-Autumn saved from Riverside Animal Services, abandoned and emaciated. Rehab started by Baker Ranch Equine Rescue and recently moved to EqWBR.
-Dixie starving in Ramona, her rehab started with Baker Ranch Equine Rescue recently came to us.
-Our most recent resident is Tucker 30 year old who was rescued and rehab started by Dana Stark here to finish his rehab and live out his days at EqWBR.
-We raised funds to help 2 families keep their four horses after personal accidents needing long recoveries.
-Paid for training of Prince William and Skye (formerly Miss Kitty) and both have now been adopted.
-Assisted Sunny, a starving horse, by raising food funds to assist with Sunny's rescue in Nevada.
-Assisted Northern NV Equine Rescue with a grant for Vandi to get hernia surgery.
-In our spare time we helped network to find homes for Savannah, Karley and many others.

As you can see it has been a busy year and donated funds have gone to provide for many horses in serious need of assistance.  Your donations are desperately needed to continue providing for our current residents and to assist others horses, who through no fault of their own are in a situation of need.  

Here are some examples of how your donations can help:
$5 fruits, veggies and other treats, hoof pick or medical supplies
$10 deworming medicine, large salt block, bucket, lead rope or medical supplies
$20 hay for one horse for a week,a bag of hay pellets or beet pulp, fly mask, halter or medical supplies
$25 a bag of senior horse feed, bag of rice bran or bottle of Xylazine (pain med/sedative)
$35 trim on horses feet, bottle of Ranitidine (ulcer medicine), tube of pain medicine, one bag of supplements
$50 feed two horses for 1 1/2 weeks, one container of joint supplements, barn & medical supplies
$75 winter blanket, one vet call fee or one month senior feed and pellets for one horse, one pipe panel/gate
$100 hay for one horse for one month, 4 bags of senior feed or medical supplies
$200 sponsor hay, feed, supplements & 1/2 trim (trimmed 8 weeks apart) for one horse one month
$245 cost to trim all horses one time
$600 for hay for all horses for one month
$1400 sponsor all horses for one month
$2500 sponsor one horses food and health care needs for one year

Funds are also needed for emergency medical care, to rescue horses from auction, transportation, foster care, shelter in place, training,  office and administration costs, etc.    Donations allows us to extend help to more horses and meet our mission.  As you can see no donation is too small and every donation makes the difference for the horses in need.

On this Giving Tuesday, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to EqWBR.   Checks can be mailed to PO Box 2722, Snowflake, AZ 85937-6119, credit cards can be used via PayPal using our email address, or by clicking this DONATE link.

Thank you for making a difference!


Christine Griffin, Founder & President
Equine WellBeing Rescue Inc.
A 501c3 Public Charity

Checks can be sent to PO Box 2722, Snowflake, AZ 85937.
We are a 501c3 Public Charity #45-2835562 so your donations are tax-deductible.

Members of: Unwanted Horse Coalition, Homes for Horses Coalition, A Home for Every Horse program, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Assoc., Fleet of Angels and many more.

   ASPCA (link)