Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue

Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue
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Monday, September 29, 2008

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Our First Video!

Well, here is our first video on our blog! WOO HOO!

It isnt much...but we are learning!

Miss Judge looks a bit silly and Patty is mucking away...not Oscar worthy, but its a start!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Meaning of Rescue - Poem

The Meaning Of Rescue

Now that I'm home, bathed, settled and fed, All nicely tucked in my warm new bed, I'd like to open my baggage, Lest I forget,There is so much to carry -So much to regret.

Hmmm...Yes, there it is, right on the top, Let's unpack Loneliness, Heartache and Loss, And there by my perch hides Fear and Shame. As I look on these things I tried so hard to leave, I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.

I loved them, the others, the ones who left me,But I wasn't good enough - for they didn't want me. Will you add to my baggage? Will you help me unpack? Or will you just look at my things -And take me right back?

Do you have the time to help me unpack? To put away my baggage, to never repack? I pray that you do - I'm so tired you see,But I do come with baggage -Will you still want me?

~ Author Unknown ~

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Well, it was a busy day here at the rescue!

I am so happy that Laura, MaryAnn, and Sam came up to visit.

They were hanging out with the boys, Maui, Goldie and Jake.The ladies brought carrots and apples and the boys loved all the extra attention they got! It's really late...will post more tomorrow...but here are some photos, more to come!

Thank you so much for coming to see our guys!

Maui, Goldie & Jake

Laura & Jake!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Jake, Goldie, Maui & Point Status!

Good Morning,

Well...we are going to be posting a running update on the makeover for Angel Acres.

This morning we are in 8th place with 6398 points! The site is fun and informative and there are lots of great people there...we have met a bunch of people so far and more are signing up daily. The goal is to sign up and be active in the community. If you are an animal lover and/or a horse lover, this is the site for you!

If you own pets, simply posting photos and posting reviews about products, other pet services etc earns points for your shelter of choice!

Below is a photo of the boys: Maui, Goldie and Jake at the farm in Sparks, MD.

Monday, September 22, 2008

From 550th to 9th place!! WOO HOO!


Well...our readers and supporters and adopters have really stepped up to the plate to help us!

We are in 9th place in the points...some people have written to ask how they can earn more points once they sign is below is taken directly from the web site.

Your continued activity, as listed below, helps us to gain points, shows support for our rescue, and will help get Angel Acres to the semi finals!!



"How activity and status work on Zootoo
Using Zootoo (writing reviews, discussing news, or even trying a free sample) rewards you with points. Points on Zootoo help you increase your status and gain benefits (e.g. free samples).

How to get points:

Refer a Friend
50 points
Use our "invite friends" link. Email validation from your friend is required

Write a Journal
15 points
Limited to 2 journal entries per day

Upload a Video
25 points
Limited to 3 video uploads per day

Profile Photo
25 points
Add or update your Profile Photo during the makeover. 1 time only

Write a Review
20 points
Limited to 3 reviews per day

Upload a Photo
15 points
Limited to 5 photo uploads per day

Comment on News
5 points
Limited to 5 news discussions per day

Answer a Question
4 points
Limited to 1 answer per day

Vote on Pet War
1 point
Limited to 5 votes per day

Q. Why are you putting limits on points at all?
A. We feel that it's better for pets if we emphasize quality instead of quantity. The limits only apply to gaining points, specifically in the interest of encouraging quality content and contributions to zootoo.

Q. Are you limiting the number of times I can do activities on zootoo, or just how many points per day I can earn?
A. No activities are limited on zootoo, we are just limiting the daily earning of points."

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Fran the Blog Mistress...

Hi There!

A lot happens with the rescue in the course of a day--- just wanted to put a few good words in for our friends and volunteers...

Linda and Lizzie are heroes to me- Lizzie was one of our strongest sellers at the State Fair and her mom, Linda is always there for us.

Pimlico closed the beginning of September and everyone and everything (horses and cats ! ) had to be out. Not only did they (Linda and Lizzie) get the last cat (an orange one!!) but they even went around and picked up horse shoes for Jo to decorate and sell.

We think you 2 are the greatest!

And a BIG thanks to Jen and Jackie (our trainer) for making today "mane" day for Goldie and Maui. Goldie's mane was way TOO long and now he looks like the distinguished "gentleman" that he is. I will get a photo to post.

The "Shoe" Tour
(Rock starts have concert tours but we have the "Shoe" tour)

Another big thank you to my friends Paul Miller and Katharine Cooker at the Humane Society of Washington County. They have invited us to sell our shoes at their "Bark in the Park " event in Hagerstown. We will have LOTS of dog decorated shoes there for sale.

Mark the date Oct. 11th in Hagerstown. For more info go to

Also, Jackie, our trainer will host our decorated horse shoe sale at the McDonogh School Benefit Horse Show in Owings Mills, Sat. Oct. 4 from 11-1.

I will be there but have my horse showing so I will be a bit busy!! Please come by and say hi!!

And also the same day (October 4, 2008) if you happen to be going to the Maryland Million Race at Laurel stop in at the Gift Shop- we are planning to have our shoes available there for sale!!!

Thank you Laurel Racetrack!!! We appreciate your support!!

I am working on several other projects... will let you know as soon as I have them completed.

In the meantime, on behalf of my buddy Goldie- thank you for your support.

We appreciate it!!

P.S. Keep those green peppermints coming for Goldie- lol!!! He loves them!!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Help Angel Acres Win $1 Million Makeover!

$1 Million Dollar Makeover - Help Us Win a Shelter Makeover For The Angel Acres Horses!

Press Release September 19, 2008

Help Angel Acres Win a $1 Million Dollar Rescue Makeover!


With your help, Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue could win a shelter makeover, valued up to ONE MILLION DOLLARS!* Pet lovers across America will help decide which Pet Shelter will receive a million dollar makeover, simply by being active on The more active you are on, the more points you'll receive.

We need your help to earn points for our shelter.


1. Log on to the site here or copy and paste the email address below:

2. Register to zootoo and affiliate with our shelter (zip code just in case is 17329)

3. Start earning points through activities on


As always thank you for your continued support,

Jo & Patty & The 4 Footed Gang at Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue

*Actual makeover value depends on condition of the shelter and judgment of Zootoo, LLC. and it is valued up to $1 million in cash, services, or in-kind value from promotional partners. No purchase is necessary to participate in the Program. Open only to persons legally residing in the US who are thirteen (13) years old or older at the time of registration for the Program. Begins 9/18/08 at 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) and is scheduled to end on 3/13/09 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. See full terms and conditions at For full terms and conditions, including eligibility criteria, makeover details, and point accumulation rules, see complete official rules at Sponsored by Zootoo, LLC., 400 Plaza Drive, 1st Floor, Secaucus, NJ 07094.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Jake & Token

Hi Everyone!

Thank you to everyone who reposted our newsletter and forwarded it on for Habitat for Horses and for all the emails back of support and concern...they were all forwadrded onto to HFH!

We wish them all the best in their rebuilding efforts.

The photos below were snapped by Patty...can someone keep her away from the camera when I look like the Shaggy D.A.?!?!

This is Token on the left and Jake on the right, sharing an apple...two super sweet boys!

Awww...a little love from Token for Miss Jo!

Habitat For Horses Needs Help!

Hi Everyone...below is our newsletter for this week...we are keeping Jerry and everyone at Habitat For Horses in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs from all of us at Angel Acres to everyone at HFH!

Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, Inc.
Press Release
Habitat For Horses Needs Our Help...

Change of Plans...

Today was going to be our newsletter announcing the opening of our shoe store. But we just got word in from Fran Burns, our fundraising director, about the destruction of the shelters (among other things) and the loss of the hay at fellow horse rescue facility, Habitat For Horses.

They are located in Texas and the rescue was destroyed by Hurricane Ike and they are in desperate need of donations. I spoke with Jerry Finch just a few moments ago and he said the horses made it through the storm ok, the ranch however, did not.

To view the story click here or copy and paste the url below into your browser:

Our Angel Acres readers are a fabulous group of people, so who better to spread the word about the need for help for at Habitat for Horses than our readers?

HFH does an outstanding job and are a wonderful organization with a fabulous group of volunteers!

Thank you,

Jo Deibel
Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, Inc.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Crisis (fixed) at Red Barn!

Well...its 10:25pm and I just got home from the Red Barn! Our Standardbred mare, Belle, decided that she was going to bolt her food and that didn't go well for her. I noticed she wasnt eating about 5 mins after feeding this evening and that is very unusual for Belle.

I observed her for a few mins and sure enough, she started to show the signs of choke. I gave her banamine and called our wonderful vet Dr. Trevor Wells. After trying massage and some cool water from the hose to encourage swallowing, she was not progressing, not getting worse, but not getting better.

Dr. Wells called back (after our initial conversation) in about 10 mins to see how she was doing as she was not in acute distress, but not comfortable either, to check on her. As we were talking and thinking she had passed the obstruction, another large amount of saliva and some pellets of grain were expelled through her nostrils, and Dr. Wells said "see you in a few minutes".

Upon his arrival, we thought maybe she had passed it, but she had not. So, he tubed her (she wasn't digging that at ALL but Dr. Wells is SO amazing with all of our horses he was able to get the tube in and get her going) and the obstruction was broken up and expelled and she is now resting comfortably in her stall.

Thank you Dr. Wells for always being there for the Angel Acres horses! Belle will be brought to our farm tomorrow afternoon for meds and watching. We are so lucky to have Dr. Wells!

Have a great night everyone...we will update you on Belle tomorrow.


Monday, September 15, 2008

Monday, Monday..


Well, its the beginning of another week here at Angel Acres. We have been working non-stop on the shoe store...I was up till 2am last night and back up at 8am to get the shoes uploaded and the descriptions added. We have also uploaded most of them to Google. We will be sending out a newsletter in the next day or so., as I am hear working my fingers to the bone...the engine kitten, Miss Fancy Pants, sleeps soundly next to me. What is an "engine kitten" you ask? Read on...

The kitten hitched a ride in Chucks truck engine and rode up and down I-83 for several hours before Chuck found her...he thought she was being burned (she wasnt thank goodness) and he grabbed her off the engine and she bit him and clawed him in we had to keep her (once she was wrangled ever so gently from his truck) inside for quarantine, and she hasnt left. MISS FANCY PANTS go OUTSIDE? Oh, I dont think so, she is spoiled rotten and sleeps next to her Daddy (Greg) every night!


And her partner in crime...Baby Dumpling AKA Doos!

How come I never get to sleep like that!?

Nite nite everyone!


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Angel Acres Shoe Store is NOW OPEN!

Hi Everyone,

The Angel Acres Shoe Store is NOW OPEN!!

There are about 25 different styles up now, and we will have almost 200 up by the end of the check back often!

They make great gifts and were incredibly popular at the Maryland State Fair in Maryland.


Santa: The Morning After!

Saturday, September 13, 2008



My son works at Wal-Mart and was instructed to send back tons (literally) of dog and cat food today due to a voluntary recall. I went and googled it and sure enough it is accurate.

Not horsey stuff...but lots of our readers and adopters are dog and cat owners thought someone might need this info.

Good Night Everyone!


Update on Boo Boo & Patty is scratching again!

Good Evening!

Boo Boo is doing well in his foster home! Stacey is taking great care of him and he is doing very,very well! Photos below are from this past week...running with Stacey's two boys!

More updates soon!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Showy, Patty & Those Faces! LOL!

Hey Everyone!

Well...Showy looked like she was in need for some serious was Patty to the rescue! These are some of THE FUNNIEST faces I think we have ever seen a horse make!

Showy's recollection of her day...
Uh comes Patty...wonder if she'll scratch ME today?

Gonna play it cool here...act like I don't see her...

Who me? You want to scratch me? Well, if you must...

Oh boy...higher, Patty higher...

Just another inch or two higher...

Almost in the right spot...


Thanks for the scratching!!!

I'll be here tomorrow too...unless I get adopted...

I sure hope whoever adopts me will scratch me like you do, Miss Patty...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Updates on Fostered Horses!

Good Morning,

Busy Busy Busy...just a brief update this morning and more later tonight...

We got an update from Libby who is currently fostering Miss Kitty...she is doing very, very well under her care and re-training! The photo below is them together late last week.
Thank you Libby for taking care of this sweet girl!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

We really go out on an er, mounting block for our guys!

Hi Everyone,

Busy and rainy day at Angel Acres today! Time for some grooming and love for the gang!

This is Romeo getting the royal treatment from Auntie Patty! Pattys husband Craig calls Patty "Shorty"...well...we can see why! What a stretch she had to make to scratch Romeo in just the right place! The saying is "out on a limb" here its "up on the mounting block".

Romeo Says: "Hey Patty, How 'bout some luv?"



A little higher...please...

Thanks Auntie Patty! See you soon!

Monday, September 8, 2008

An Update From Shiloh...We LUV Shiloh Horse Rescue!

Hi Everyone,

As many of you know Angel Acres enjoys wonderful relationships with some great rescues around the country! Shiloh Horse Rescue is one of those rescues, I was reading their blog today and asked for permission to post one of their posts here. Graciously, Shiloh has allowed me to do so.

Shiloh agreed to take help us place two horses last year, one rescued from slaughter, one was a Finger Lakes TAP horse.

Today, they posted pics of four horses that moved to Hawaii that were adopted through Shiloh ...and yep...two of them are the above mentioned horses!

Now, I want to know...can I go visit the horses? LOL!!

Shiloh is an outstanding example of horse rescue "THE BEST IN THE WEST" could be their slogan!

Be sure to visit their site and blog.

Jill takes the BEST pics and posts daily on Shiloh's Blog and Traveler, their traveling companion, is SO adorable!

You should just read his posts...they are accurate, educational, and simply WAY too cute to be missed!

We also just got word that Colleen, who adopt Dixie, started her own rescue after adopting Dixie!
Hideaway Hill Farm is the name of her rescue, be sure to visit her site!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Angel at Angel Acres!


This is Angel...looking out across the field at the Red Barn. She is looking for a job as a hunter, right now she is living on unemployment! LOL!

She is one super sweet mare...the rest of the gang is shown below!

The Three Amigettes...I know...I looking for worthwhile employment!
If you know anyone looking for a new equine employee, these girls will be happy to send out their resume...please excuse the peppermint stains!

Belle, Miss Judge & Angel
Thanks for reading...have a great day everyone!
Jo :o)

Saturday, September 6, 2008


Hi Everyone!

Thank you for the emails I received for the "coffee t-shirt"! I received several replies, all with different links for the shirt and they have a sweat shirt too!

It's going to be my Christmas present to myself!

Am off to check the horses, we are getting huge amounts of rain today and thankfully we are not having any flooding issues...whew...will be posting those pony pics soon...

Thank you to everyone who searched for me...I appreciate it very much!!

Have a great day!

Jo :o)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Happy Friday!

Good Morning!

Ok many of you know...I am HUGE coffee fan.

Greg and I have a routine. I get his clothes out the night before work and Greg makes the coffee every morning and this super sweet hubby of mine brings it to me (I think he fears for his safety! LOL!) and then I am off on my day.

Whilst at the fair this past week, we saw a was a Big Dogs or something to that affect shirt. It had the cutest dog on the back reading the newspaper...the caption read at the top "Pour The Coffee" and under the dog read "Now Back Away Slowly"....the cutest shirt I think I have ever seen!!

So...I came home and started looking for this T-shirt online, to no avail. If anyone knows where I might be able to get one, please email me. I spoke to the gentleman who was wearing the shirt, I practically tackled him to get his attention, said he got it on sale for like $8 or something because they were going out of

If anyone has any idea where I can get this shirt...let me know!

Have a great day!!

jo :o)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Janey & Nemo


Janey and Nemo have gone to their new home! Lisa was interested in Nemo the pony and liked him, but wanted to bring out her husband Don to meet him.

Well...Janey decided she was going to make a play for Don's attention! She started nuzzling him the moment he got close to her...and the rest, as they say is history. Janey is still underweight (she came into the rescue in REALLY poor condition), and both Lisa & Don know adopting her is a labor of love. They will continue the routine she is on now and we are certain she will continue to thrive and gain weight and become the healthy and strong girl she used to be under their loving care!

When they came to pick them up today they were waiting in the stalls, patiently. The MINUTE Janey heard Don's voice she immediately perked up, ears up and turned toward him. Neither really wanted to its always difficult for the horses to leave the safety of the rescue, but they will be taken care of amazingly well!

BELOW: Janey and her new Daddy, Don!

Janey and new Mom, Lisa...loading like a pro!

Pics of the pony didn't turn out, but will post when I get some from Don & Lisa.

Big Thanks To Lisa and Don for giving this sweet girl and adorable pony a second chance at life!


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Rescue Truck!


I am posting a few pics of our rescue truck. We have gotten a couple of emails asking about our truck...why, we dont know...we didn't ask! We have the big black ugly truck that everyone refers to as, well...the ugly truck. Then there is the even bigger, black truck with a dumpbed, that I cant operate (lol)...donated to us by John from Philly.

Then we have the horse rescue truck. It has a mural on both sides that shows a native American riding his horse and ponying another horse through a serene landscape...angelic and haven like...hhhmmmm...coincidence? I DON'T THINK SO!!

Have a great day of our handsome guys and gorgeous girls...and our newly donated feed room building!!

The Rescue Truck headed home from the MD State Fair...

Check out the nifty HORS RSQ tag!!
Close-up of mural...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 you remember him?

Hi Everyone,

This is an update on one of our most popular horses, Mattie!

Mattie is continuing to make a great recovery! He had one of the worst cases of founder our blacksmith has ever seen. Thanks to the expert care of our blacksmith, Chuck, and the support from the community, he has recovered to the point of being pasture sound. He does have his off days (usually just before Chuck is due in) but those are fewer and farther between with each passing week.

These photos aren't the best, but we wanted to show you the difference in his feet...compared to his rescue on January 29, 2007.

Thank you to everyone has donated for Matties care and everyone who keeps him in their prayers!

Mattie getting a bite of grass...

BELOW: The medicine plates that have allowed his feet to heal. Most horses would have been put down with founder this severe. We just couldn't look into that face and do that to him...we knew he would let us know if he didnt want to fight anymore, and if he did, we would allow him to go peacefully and with dignity surrounded by the human family that loves him.

That moment hasn't come yet!

Mattie is a learning experience, his condition has gone from horrific and causing him to lay down 18 hours a day to him functioning like a normal horse. Well, as normal as he can be for being spoiled rotten and doted on constantly!

And we didnt need millions of dollars to save him...just the love and kindness of our Angel Acres supporters and the kindness and compassion of one farrier.


Monday, September 1, 2008

The Winner Is....

Hi Everyone!

Well...the raffle was drawn this evening...big thanks to Brian for being our willing victim, er participant, for our raffle know how we can get at Angel Acres...a bit silly after our bed times! LOL!

Read on...

This is 9:30 this evening we wrangled Brian to come over and pull out the winning raffle slip...

This is Brian getting ready to pull the slip and wondering just what the heck he had gotten into...did I forget to mention we were taking pics?!

Brian is reaching in to pull the winning raffle slip....which we had THOROUGHLY mixed around...notice the lovely array of hand decorated horse shoes! LOL!

Brian eyes the winning raffle ticket...hhhmmmm...."do I know this person?" he might be

The lucky Angel Acres winner is...Dody Burger!!!

Congrats Dody!

We blurred your number...we didnt want you to be over-run with adoring fans! LOL!!

Seriously everyone who stopped by to say hello and chat, buy a horse shoe, drop a few dollars in our donation jar or just in passing told us you think we are doing a great job...from all of us at Angel Acres...we thank you!

Jo, Patty, Fran, Jackie and the entire Angel Acres gang!

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day Everyone!

Well, its the last day of the MD State Fair and it has been a great 11 days for Angel Acres! We got to meet A LOT of nice people, we sold a lot of shoes to help our rescue fund, we sold some T-Shirts too!

Our Drawing will be held tonight for the Gift Certificate Basket...we will grab some poor innocent bystander at 9:30 pm and make them reach into the box and pull out a name! LOL!

We will take photos of the event and post it this evening (provided we have enough toothpicks left over to prop our eyes open with) for everyone to see!

Ssssoooo...the winner will be announced before Mid Night tonight!