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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year Everyone!

Angel Acres wants to wish you a very happy New Year with all the joy and blessings that life can bring...we are lucky to be able to rescue, rehab and rehome horses...its our passion and we live and breathe this stuff...everyday...

As a direct result of our family and friends, many, many lives have been saved that otherwise would have met a very brutal end...we are grateful for the support, love, outreach, volunteerism, donations of hay, feed, blankets, trailers, monetary donations and on and on and on we have received :o)

As we enter our 6th year of rescue...thank you...everyone...from all of us at Angel Acres...


Tuesday, December 29, 2009



What a windy day...lots to be done today...will be posting updates soon...horses moving in, out and all around...some returning from training, some getting forever homes...details to post soon!

Hope you all had a FABULOUS Holiday...This is Gee (adopted by Fran) saying..."I like the snow and love my Mom...let's ride!"

Updates will be posted tomorrow...ooohhhhh...and we still have one photo op left of the Christmas Cards for you...we are waiting for Lizzie (Angel Acres fantastic volunteer) to come and help us with our little surprise...due to wind we have to wait...but...we think you will like it!

Have a great day everyone!!!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Final Tree Picture - Thank You Everyone!

Big Thanks to everyone who helped decorate the Angel Acres Tree!

Kathy, Eric, Emily, Greg & Becky

Bernard & Jean



Anne B

Pat M

Chris R

Chris C



note the two cards at the bottom, they were made by Liv and Maggie Rose of New Hampshire (4 and 5 years old!)!!!!


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Holy Mackeral - Almost a tree update!!!

Hi Everyone! usual...its been crazy around here! LOL! We thought we would have a new photo and the last of the names up this afternoon...but we got in two very special cards from New Hampshire late this afternoon and we want to put those up so everyone can see them...sssoooo...the final tree photo and list of names will be up tomorrow about 11am...andddd....then we will have a surprise for you Saturday (now, those of you who wrote to me and know what it is....DONT TELL ANYONE LOL)...

Happy Christmas Eve Everyone...till tomorrow....


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Angel Acres Tree 6 Days Before Christmas!

WOW! Latest Tree update...we haven't been to post office today due to snow storm...but these cards came in yesterday...From:

Patrick, Marie, Sydney, Kelley, Holly & Dakota & Simba!

Mary Anne & Joe (their horses heard about our dollar tree and somehow they managed to get their little equine tooties on an evelope, manipulated a pen and sent us a card - thanks Sunday, Romeo, Jesse, Montana & Pharoah)

Amy, Monica & Holly



Cathy & Richard

Gail & Blaine

Forthman Family

Jim & Kathy

Andrea & Jon


Eastern Lebanon County High School
Eric, Lynne, Justin, Conner & Duncan

The Cook Family

The Forgette Family

Thank you everyone!!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Quick Tree Update!

This is from yesterday! We received more cards today, will post those tomorrow!

Newest cards received from:

Bill & Sherry
Gail & Eldon & Cole
Carol, Bob & Bryan

Big thanks to everyone for helping decorate our tree!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Padonia Station Event!

The Angel Acres 2nd Annual Padonia Station Fundraiser was a huge success! We had lots of people come and visit, eat dinner and bid on the silent auction times!! YEA!!

BIG BIG BIG Thanks to Fran Burns who worked tirelessly to make this event go off without a hitch! Working behind the scenes for 6 weeks, asking for silent auction items, driving around the state of MD to pick them all up, package them together, wrote, rewrote and rewrote again the entire list for the site and on and on and on...there really isn't enough space here to tell you everything Fran did for the rescue for this event. Fran works DAILY to help us with all aspects of the rescue... THANKS FRAN, WE LOVE YOU!

Big Thanks to Anne Carter who wrote to different organizations and businesses telling them about our event and asking them if they would like to donate items...we can happily say all but three of the businesses were happy to donate to our auction!

Thanks to Alyssa who helped Fran packaged up the items and ran to the store several times on "supply runs" and helped at the event!

And of course...big thanks to Debi Fowler and the Padonia Station Gang for having us back for a second year...we truly appreciate the kindness they have shown to us (and thanks Debi for the hay runs we ask you to make on 5 minutes notice lol)!!

Truly...we couldn't do what we do without the kindness, generosity and support of many, many people and it would be impossible to thank them all. We know we are very, very lucky to be able to run Angel Acres and save lives that would otherwise end horribly...for this...we are truly grateful.

And finally...big thanks to my husband, Greg Deibel, who puts up with lots of weird happenings on a daily basis (think Lucky and Ricky lol) and still comes home each night!!!!

Hugs from the entire Velvet-Nosed Gang at Angel Acres to everyone who helped make this a huge success for us!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Angel Acres Decorated Tree Update!

The newest cards have arrived!

They are from:


Fran F (Fran's Mom)


Sara (Natty's Mom)




Thanks to everyone who has sent a card...and there's still time to send one!

Have a great day everyone! We are getting ready for tonight's event at Padonia Station...woo hooo!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Update on 5 Horses - Fantastic!

The horses listed in this post were pulled from the kill pen by Angel Acres and were rehomed by Royce's Rescue.

Royce's Rescue wanted to help some horses (they were already helping other animals) but didn't have quarantine facilities available...ssssoooo...they called us, and together we decided they could help save a horse by taking some of (one at a time) our guys who had already been through the Angel Acres program and were ready for adoption, allowing us to pull more while helping them get new homes!


Hi Jo,
I thought you might be interested in hearing about some of the horses we have gotten from you and the success they are having.

Vena is pretty much retired living the good life here with us.

Dee is living with her owner on a farm where she is doing theraupudic riding for handycap children!

Mocha's owner is a guy who is just crazy about him and his outgoing personality, still here with us. We call Mocha the barn greeter because he shakes his head at everyone that comes near him as if to say hello.

Ledger who was left to starve (Angel Acres saved him from going to NH after being left to starve in a field, after winning over $200,000 for his owner! His is one of our most popular happy ending stories) is fat and healthy and a wonderful horse for his middle age owner who continues to lesson and learn on him also still here.

And then there's Sissy. Sissy has taken her 54 year old owner to championship in our Associated Horse Show circuit. She is a wonderful horse and very talented and they too are still here with us. It's amazing what life these horses still have after being disguarded.

Royce's Rescue is doing well. Very busy as you well know. Hope all is well with you. Linda


Friday, December 11, 2009

Jake aka Garcon Duke - Update - WOW!!!!!

This is Alyssa on Jake aka Garcon Duke aka Fantastic Show Hunter !!

What an outcome for a "Rescue Horse"!

Thank you Coreen for all of your hard work training and reschooling Jake and helping him find his forever home!

Originally adopted out to Lisa and her family, her children needed a less spunky horse (whom they found through Coreen) and Jake was rehomed to Alyssa!

Fabulous Match, we think!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Newest picture of the Angel Acres Tree!!! Big Thanks to our latest card senders/tree decorators!

  • Georganne
  • Joan
  • The Coe Family
  • Brian
  • Edith (Grandmom Kearney!)
  • Mary
  • Annette
  • Dan
  • Vicki

The Tree is llloookkkinggg ggooooodddddd! Thanks everyone!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Update on Cloud - Arabian Gelding - You may remember him...

Cloud is just one of over 40 horses assisted by Mattie's Legacy Fund!


Hi Jo,

For the past 2 months, I wanted to add an older horse to my very young herd, but had not searched at all. My intuition told me the right horse would come to me. So, when I saw your urgent email to find a home for Cloud and saw his picture, I knew he was it! Within the 1st hour of Cloud being on my farm, I was celebrating the fact of becoming a foster failure!

Since Cloud's arrival exactly 5 weeks ago, he's grown and changed in many ways.

First, his body has changed. His teeth had not been floated in at least 2 yrs (as estimated by my vet) so he had ulcers inside his mouth from the severe points on all arcades and a bottom tooth which was just sitting in the pocket. When this was lifted out (not connected anymore), a terrible stench came out and Cloud relaxed. Barely eating a flake of hay a day before because of his painful mouth, he now eats normal amounts.

His stools are also getting larger and larger. Cloud shows some mild signs of Cushings disease so I immediately took him off the sugary sweet feed. (None of my horses get grain so he doesn't feel left out). Cloud has been eating lots of free choice minerals, but in the last week his body is balancing. His coat is also changing and the crack in his one hoof is already growing out.

Cloudy came to us quite out of shape so each day he and I walk up and down the steep hill several times to strengthen his stifles and back. The walking is just as good for me as I can use some toning too! The many hills in our pastures along with the fact that his 3yr old and 6 yr old brothers constantly encourage movement and play!

Until last week, Cloud was quite unconfident. Until then, all of our sessions focused on building his confidence and trust in me as a leader. He used to walk ahead of me leading and not stop with me at all. Also, he'd get quite upset when separated from his foster brothers and even more so when they were out of sight so we worked on lots of thresholds and approach and retreat exercises. More than anything, I just gave him undemanding time each evening, where I would stand in the paddock with him while he ate hay, just doing nothing. In the 3rd week, he finally realized that not all people just want to jump on and ride. Now, he chooses to stand with his nose on my shoulder, sniffing my hair for several minutes instead of eat hay.

Our confidence building exercises made a breakthrough last Wed! Before then, he would only load onto the trailer if someone lead him on. Then, we had an amazing groundwork session, he walked on a bridge and with a gentle point towards the trailer, Cloud self-loaded! Since that session, he is totally glued to me, walking right at my shoulder and going anywhere calmly. His attachment and trust is now with me, not the herd or the barn! We then took our first trail ride for about 40 minutes.

This ride was only my 5th ride on him. Cloud was FANTASTIC!! We crossed a stream, walked up a steep hill with a fox and deer running across the field at dusk. Instead of spooking, Cloud stopped and looked to me for leadership! Very rewarding. Cloud was REALLY moving out at all gaits, not because he was scared, but because he was SO SO SO happy! We went through all the gates, he even offered a short gallop, which I took, but then brought him back down.

We've only ridden in a rope halter, no bits. I spent our first 4 riding sessions teaching Cloud one rein stops and to change gaits with my seat, not reins. So, when Cloud offered to gallop, I simply lifted one rein and he calmly came down to a halt and stood for several minutes with the reins draped on his neck.

Being a 25yr old Arabian, his energy level is still a great match with my youngsters! Cloud has a lot to teach me and I to teach him as well. With all the progress we've made over 5 weeks, I can't wait to share our progress with you over the months and years to come! Cloud has found his last home!

Thank you for connecting our lives and spirits,

Amy & Cloud

PS- The attached picture will allow you to see all the back muscle he's put on as well as a picture of Cloud with his brothers (Epoch was getting quite bored being asked to stand still for their picture!)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Big Thanks to Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation!

Big Thanks to The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation! We have been awarded a grant to help feed the Angel Acres horses!!

We so appreciate this kindness and generosity - Big Hugs and lots of thanks to everyone at the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation!

We will be posting a page with info about the foundation soon! Hhhmmmm...since they helped us with feed...that must make them Angel Acres feed angels!! LOL!!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

snow SNOW snow - AND THE TREE!

Tons of Snow today...bbrrrrrrr....the horses were NOT amused!

We have an update on the tree!!

Our latest cards have been put on the tree! They are from:

  • Linda, Lizzie and Ray - Fantastic Angel Acres Volunteer!

  • Josie - Fabulous Angel Acres State Fair Volunteer!

  • Carole (internet donation am working on her request - very cool - and will have those cards up tomorrow)

  • Denise

  • Audrey of Dover, PA

  • Kathy & Greg of Florida

  • Thanks for helping us help the horses by helping to decorate the Angel Acres Tree!

    Wednesday, December 2, 2009

    Update on the Angel Acres Decorate Our Tree Fundraiser! - WOW!

    Well, today brought more cards!! YEA!!

    The Most Recent Cards Just In Are From:

  • Ann, Robert and Sarah
  • Mary Jo
  • The Gang At Stablemart, New Freedom, PA
  • The Berg Family of New Freedom, PA
  • Virginia, of well, Virginia!
  • Carmella & Rosemary
  • Lorraine & Bill

  • Tomorrow we will update with the states the cards are coming in from~ Thanks to everyone for making our Decorate The Angel Acres Tree Fundraiser a huge success so far...and its only day 3!!!

    Monday, November 30, 2009

    Angel Acres Decorated Tree - 1st Picture!!

    Okey dokey is the Angel Acres far!!

    Big thanks to:
  • Fran
  • Suzanne
  • Gloria
  • Becky
  • Cory (internet donation - card will go up tomorrow)
  • The Brubaugh Family

  • Everyone listed above has sent us a card with a dollar inside and some have sent more!! It's kind of bare now, but we are hoping for a full tree!

    If you would like to participate in our fundraiser just send us a holiday card and enclose $1 and we will put the card on the tree...several people have emailed saying they want to send an e-donation...we said GREAT...we will post a card for you!

    This is the easiest ever!! By itself a $1 literally won't buy a cup of coffee...but together...WHAT WE CAN DO!! We have tons of readers, volunteers and supporters...and we are always asked what they can do to help...

    So...if you want to help, send a card, and pass on our fundraiser info! The horses would thank you if they could (but they are too busy in their stalls being all toasty warm and munching hay)...

    Our addy is...drum roll please...

    Angel Acres
    PO Box 62
    Glenville, PA 17329

    Thanks for readin' my ramblings! LOL!

    Jo :o)

    Saturday, November 28, 2009

    Setting up the Angel Acres Christmas Tree!

    Photo to be posted soon of the Angel Acres Tree!

    We have two cards for it so far!! We are hoping to fill the whole tree...wooo hoooo!!

    Click here for more information on how you can help us fill the tree!

    Friday, November 27, 2009

    Urgent Home Needed For Older Appy Gelding!

    This just in from one of our humane officer friends in MD...Please cross post far and wide!

    Help is needed for a 20 + year old Appaloosa gelding he is located in Frederick County, Md in the Rocky Ridge Area.

    He is in an extremely neglectful home and is desperate need of re-homing. Owner is cooperative and is will to sign to horse over. He is in good body, but needs severe hoof care. He must go to a home that understands he is just a field ornament/pasture pal.

    Grass and hay is all that he needs… he is on some grain thanks to the neighbor but he doesn’t need it. He is a bit hard to catch but once caught he is a good boy. If you can help this sweet guy...

    Please Contact Officer Luther at or call her at 301-600-3737

    Wednesday, November 25, 2009

    Decorate the Angel Acres Holiday Tree!

    Help us decorate the Angel Acres Holiday Tree!

    Our holiday fundraiser has begun - its fun and easy to do - anyone can participate!

    Click here or click the Christmas Tree to learn more!

    Saturday, November 21, 2009

    Boo Boo Baby Update - GORGEOUS!

    For the Boo Boo Baby's a picture of him and his the way...his new name is Gibbs! We like it!

    Another great success story...remember...

    The Thoroughbred: Your Next Sport Horse!

    Friday, November 20, 2009

    Bailey Bug - Newest Available Horse - OUTSTANDING!

    Bailey Bug!

    Stunning 7 year old TB Gelding available now, video will be posted tomorrow evening!

    Check out his ad on

    Thursday, November 19, 2009

    Dixie and Tricia - Another Happy Ending!

    Tricia adopted Chocolate Truffles and then decided to adopt Dixie!

    They look fabulous together!

    Another happy ending for an Angel Acres rescuued horse!

    Big thanks to Tricia and her family for giving two Angel Acres horses forever homes!

    Tuesday, November 17, 2009

    Stormie - Adopted last weekend by Tokens Mom, Nikki!

    Stormie was another TB mare in danger...she is by a fabulous sire and just needed a chance at life...not making it on the track, she ended up at New foward... a few calls and a place to go (thank you Clare!), and she was safe!

    Now residing with her equine buddies in Erie, PA and new Mom, Nikki, she is settling in well. This photo does not do her justice...she is a gorgeous mare...we will update with new photos soon!

    Big thanks to Nikki and her family for being an Angel Acres repeat adopter...

    Monday, November 16, 2009

    Pilot...20 year old TB finds forever home!!!

    Pilot and Jo leaving for home...Pilot was bought at auction a few years ago...turned into a lesson horse...then was going to be headed back to auction because he was no longer needed in the riding program. They said they didn't really want to send him to the sale, so they contacted a friend of ours, who tracked us down (not very hard to do lol) and we bought him from them.

    Pilot is an outstanding, wonderful guy and Jo was looking for a horse to help out/rescue and for someone calm and wonderful to ride...she had received our email about helping out Cloud and Belle...and since Cloud had a home (thank you Amy) we suggested she consider Pilot.

    And the they history! Big thanks to Jo for giving this guy a wonderful, loving home!!!

    Tee Abandoned At Farm - Now Beloved Horse...Priceless...

    Tee and Thelma...Thelma adopted Tee about 3 weeks ago...looks like he's found his forever home!

    Tee was abandoned at a boarding farm in Northern York County and after 6 months, the owner of the farm needed to get him placed...and we give this gentleman a TON of credit!

    He took care of Tee, got his feet done, fed him, made sure he was groomed, etc AND tracked me down (we were away, then cell trouble, then sick son etc) and asked for our help...all while trying to track down the dead beat woman who owned him...he followed the rules of playing fair and still lost out on 6 to 8 months board...sigh...

    Why can't people take care of their animals and if not, ASK FOR HELP instead of avoiding the issue and putting their horse in danger? The gentleman could have sent Tee off to auction, but he has a kind heart and didn't want to do that, lucky for Tee...others horses have not been so lucky who were in a similar situation.

    Kudos to Charlie for taking care of him, Kudo's to our favorite Parelli Student/Instructor Amy for offering him a ride and refusing to accept a penny, and of course, Kudo's to Thelma for taking this sweet guy into her heart and home!

    Sunday, November 15, 2009

    And The Winner Is....

    The Angel Acres Ravens VS Steelers Fundraiser was a great success! Big Thanks to everyone who helped sell raffle tickets and thanks to everyone that bought a ticket!!

    And the Winner Is.....Grant Whitacre of Ellicott City, MD!!!!!! Grant is the winner of the Ravens VS Steelers Raffle...big thanks to everyone who helped make this a HUGE success!!

    Sunday, November 8, 2009

    Dumpster Diving For Angel Acres ;o)

    Well, well, like Ms. Fran, Linda and Scott are on their way to a race track in Maryland...they are on a mission...Dumpster Diving for SHOW Program Labels to help the Angel Acres horses!! What a wonderful thing to do for our rescue horses!

    They will be rooting through lots of feed bags (scissors and stapler in hand) for the Legends, Reliance and Triple Crown labels (proof of purchase NOT bar codes) from the feed bags left for recycling at the track. Each label they collect earns us 25 cents...may not sound like a lot...but so far, Ms. Fran aka Dustins' Dreamer and Gee's Mom, has collected (in about a week) $72 worth of labels!! Thats at least 7 bags of grain for our gang!!

    Be sure to write to Fran for more info about the program!

    Thanks Gang!! sure to check out the Angel Acres Gift Store for great gifts for your horse and non horsey friends!

    Friday, November 6, 2009

    Angel Acres is closed till Thursday!

    Just wanted to post that Angel Acres will be closed to visitors until Thursday, November 12th, 2009.

    Wishing everyone a happy and safe week ahead!


    PS When I return...we should have some EXCITING adoption news...woo hooo!!

    Sunday, November 1, 2009

    Thanks Glenda & TSC in Harrisburg, PA!

    Angel Acres is sending out a big THANK YOU to Glenda & Tractor Supply Company in Harrisburg, PA! They had their "Out Here With Horses" event and posted info from our web site and raffled off a TSC Gift Card for our rescue gang!

    They helped our Feed Angels Program by raising enough money to purchase 12 bags of grain!! YEA!!

    Saturday, October 31, 2009

    Happy Halloween!

    Happy Halloween!

    Be sure to check out our newest newsletter!!!

    Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, Inc.
    Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue
    Glenville, PA
    Angel Acres Halloween Updates

    It's been a busy month for the Angel Acres volunteers! Mattie's Legacy Fund continues to assist horse owners in need of help due to financial or other hardships. Due to the fabulous support we have received for Mattie's Fund, 32 horses are safe and will not be headed to auction!

    We will be posting their stories on Matties Blog as soon as possible...working to save lives leaves little time to blog about doing it!

    We want to thank Fran Burns and Dustin's Dreamer for their wonderful support of the Angel Acres Gang & Mattie's Legacy Fund! For every blue ribbon won, Fran donates $10 to our rescue fund...well, Dreamer was winning like crazy and we were able to save Lucky Day from a very unlucky fate, as a direct result of Fran and Dreamer.

    Fran goes way above and beyond the call of duty for Angel Acres every single day...big hugs from the entire Velvet-Nosed Gang & us non-velvet noses too!

    Big thanks to Joni Solis at A Love for Horses ~ & Horse-Logos ~
    for designing our logo, constantly answering my sometimes silly questions and being a supporter of Angel Acres! Be sure to check out her awesome work!

    If you are looking for Horse Logos and Equine Graphics for web and print, look no farther than Joni!

    Jo Deibel
    Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, Inc.

    preaknessDon't forget to get your raffle ticket for the November 29, 2009 Ravens VS Steelers Game at M & T Field...winner will be drawn on November 14, 2009..there is still plenty of time to get a raffle ticket. The seats are AH-MAZ-ING and are on the Ravens Side 50 Yard Line, Section 127 (by press box), Row 7, Seats 1 & 2!

    Above is the view (seats are actually closer to field then depicted) from this section.

    Click here for more info or to purchase a raffle ticket. All proceeds from this raffle go towards Mattie's Legacy Fund!
    Gift Store is Now OPEN!

    The Angel Acres Shoe Store is now open! Be sure to check out the newest shoes and we will be adding some new items this coming week. The shoes make great gifts for family and friends...and help us help the horses.

    Be sure to check out the store today!
    About Us

    Thank you for being a part of the Angel Acres gang!

    Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, Inc.
    PO Box 62
    Glenville, Pennsylvania 17329
    Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, Inc.
    In This Issue
    Ravens VS Steelers
    Shoe Store Now Open
    Ravens VS Steelers Raffle Drawing!


    Be sure to check out the raffle we have for the Ravens VS Steeler's Game in Baltimore, MD on November 29, 2009!
    Join Our Mailing List

    Friday, October 30, 2009

    Mattie's Fund Helps Another Gelding in need...

    Adorable Bay Gelding - Bobby Too aka Tee - is safe and sound thanks to Mattie's Fund! Will post pictures as soon as they arrive from the foster home...

    We work quietly in the background to assist horse owners and horses in need and horse in danger of going to slaughter. We do NOT post details or info until horses are be sure to watch for our next newsletter.

    We have been helping so many horses that I am going to post a complete list on Mattie's Blog...we could not do this withour support from the for more updates and news!!

    Have a great Friday everyone!

    Tuesday, October 27, 2009

    Monday, October 26, 2009


    There are two horses in desperate need of homes, they have been assisted by Mattie's Legacy Fund, but the barn manager decided they needed to leave now, instead of in two months, as we were told!

    Mattie's Legacy's Bridge The Gap Fund has paid for their Coggins, shots, vet...we were planning to place them, but not with such short notice!

    We are looking for a home or even foster care for Belle and Cloud, an 8 year old gorgeous Dark Bay TB mare and 25 year old flea bitten grey Arabian. Below is the email info from owner:

    "Belle is an 8 year old thoroughbred mare. She stands 15.3H last time measured. Belle has been ridden English and has the smoothest gates i have ridden.I would consider her slightly green broke. She would excel in dressage and with little training would be a great show horse. She is a sweet horse..."

    Cloud (grey gelding shown above) is a 25 year old Arabian. He is 15.1H and flea-bitten gray. He loads, ties, and clips. He will pretty much do anything you ask if he trusts you. He is a great trail horse and will go any where. Cloud is a big sweetheart. Almost anyone can ride him on trails."

    They are located 30 minutes North of Harrisburg PA. Please write to me directly at or call me at 717-965-7901 if you can help in anyway.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2009

    Mattie's Fund Strikes Again!

    Mattie's Legacy Fund strikes AGAIN!

    Mattie's Legacy Fund is assisting a horse owner with feed, hay, and blankets for
    her two horses, she could not afford to keep due to temporary financial
    situation. After verifying info, we assisted her and will help for another month or two. She has since found a second job and will be able to keep her two babies!

    We couldn't do this without the support we receive from our readers and volunteers, who help collect blankets, feed coupons, and more! Mattie
    really is still watching over other horses in need, isn't he?

    Tuesday, October 20, 2009

    Angel Acres Shoe Store is Now OPEN! WOO HOO!

    The Angel Acres Decorated Shoe Store is now open online! The first 22 shoes are listed and the rest will be up by Thursday...we have had so many requests, we wanted to post this now and the link will go out in the next newsletter.

    I am WAY behind on things do to rain and other events, but working on the newsletter and will get that mailed out on Thursday!

    Also, in the newsletter will be a write up about Joni Solis, fantastic horse artist, she designed our logo and does a fabulous job working with her clients to get the perfect design for them!

    Check her out at

    Have a happy day!!

    Saturday, October 17, 2009

    Big Thanks to eBay!!!

    Thank you to eBay for posting my letter and their support of our rescue!

    Biggest thanks to the folks at eBay Giving Works from the entire Angel Acres Velvet-Nosed Gang...and their human servants! LOL!

    Friday, October 16, 2009



    What a week! We have had 13 Rambo blankets donated to our guys and girls!! We have been crazy busy with horses in, out and moving around! LOL!

    Katie K went to her new home with Kerry and Mike and Chocolate Truffles leaves tomorrow for her new home with Trish!

    We will update soon...the weather makes it harder to get things done and we will be updating over the weekend.

    Happy Friday!

    Monday, October 12, 2009

    $75 Rambo Blanket Trade In- Dover Saddlery

    25 years ago Rambo became the blanket of choice for horse owners worldwide, with many still in use today.

    Horseware is rewarding loyal customers by offering a trade in of old Rambo turnouts for a $75 credit against a new Rambo turnout of any kind. In addition, the old blanket will be offered to an equine charity. ( Please mention Angel Acres Horse Rescue when you turn in your old one!!)
    Simply send or drop off your clean, used blanket to Dover. Your credit will be issued after the used blanket and trade in voucher are received. Applies to Rambo Turnouts only. Offer Expires November 30, 2009. Voucker KD-24167
    For more info visit
    A big thank you for the blankets we have just received as part of this program. Thanks for keeping our horses warm this winter. Angel Acres sincerely appreciates it!!
    Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue

    Tuesday, October 6, 2009

    Dustins Dreamer Update - Final Show of the Season!

    Saturdays Show update from Fran!

    It was a good day for Dreamer at the Baltimore County Benefit show at McDonogh School. The videographer video'd 2 of his jumping rounds and I should have that by the end of the week. Also a photog was there and he will be posting the photos from the show shortly!

    He didn't win any blues this week! :(

    But did get two 2nds over fences and one 3rd in the hack class and was Reserve Champ in the Open Division. (3 ft)

    This was the last show of the season and I am so proud of this horse!!

    Way to go Dreamer!!

    Monday, October 5, 2009

    WOW!! Boo Boo Baby's Update! STUNNING....

    This is the most recent photo of Boo Boo Baby...we get lots of emails asking how he is doing...many of you remember his horrific injury he arrived with...

    He is doing FANTASTICALLY well and his new family loves him! Will post more tomorrow...these were taken today...

    Big thanks to Joe and his family for giving this big (17.1 hh) guy a second chance at life...and what a great life he has now!!

    Hugs from the Angel Acres gang!

    Saturday, October 3, 2009

    Liesha & Markie Back in the Show Ring!


    This is the first time they have shown since mid-July when Markie got sick and then developed an injury.

    Briarwood Show 9/26/09

    Pre-Childrens Hunter (10 riders)

    Reserve Champion

    1st Flat Class
    6th Over FencesClass

    1st Over Fences NJPHA Points Class

    Pre-Childrens Equitation (9 riders)

    6th Over Fences Class

    Friday, October 2, 2009

    This is beautiful - written by Patty Barnhart

    When I am Old...(this is me now - minus the social security!)

    I shall wear diamonds And a wide brimmed straw hat
    With silver and leather on it and I shall spend my social security
    On white wine and carrots

    And sit in the alley of my barn
    And listen to my horses breathe.
    I will sneak out in the middle of a summer's night And ride the chestnut mare Across the moonstruck meadow. If my old bones will allow.

    When people come to call I will smile and nod As I walk them past the gardens to the barn And show, instead, the beauty growing there In stalls fresh-lined with straw.
    I will shovel and sweat and Wear hay in my hair as if it were a jewel. And I will be an embarrassment to all Who look down on me.

    They've not yet found the peace in being free
    To love a horse as a friend, A friend who waits at midnight hour
    With nuzzle and nicker and patient eyes
    For the kind of woman I will be When I am Old.

    Written by Patty Barnhart

    Wednesday, September 30, 2009

    Update for Excel - TB Mare - 2004 adoption!

    Just received the note below...yeah!! We LOVE happy stories like this!

    This is Thema. I adopted Excel from you about 5 years ago.

    Just sending you some up to date pictures to let you see how she is doing. I attached a picture of her and my other horse elvis. She is having a great time at her new home.

    She lives on 17 acres with her friends. You can check it out at

    Sunday, September 27, 2009

    Matties Fund Helps Again...

    Mattie's Fund was able to assist with placing two horses from Michigan to their safe haven in California! Their owner was unable to continue to care for them and Mattie's Fund was able to assist with the vetting and was able help get the owners in touch with a great hauler who helped them get to their safe home!!

    PLEASE consider helping us help other horse owners in need by supporting Mattie's Legacy Fund!

    Thursday, September 24, 2009

    Mattie's Legacy Fund - Steps Up Again!

    Matties Legacy Fund helps save 3 horses bound for slaughter! We got an email from one of our readers asking for assistance with 3 horses in danger of going to slaughter in NJ...they had raised the funds to buy the horses, but dealer decided to up the... anty an extra $50 per horse!

    So, we got the email, did some investigating (rescue is VERY reputable & had homes/safe haven for them) and we helped with the remainder they were unable to raise. We couldn't do this without community support!

    Please consider donating to Matties Legacy Fund today!

    Tuesday, September 22, 2009

    A Rescuer's Answering Machine


    Hello: You have reached ___-____, Tender Hearts Rescue. Due to the
    high volume of calls we have been receiving, please listen closely to
    the following options and choose the one that best describes you or
    your situation:
    Press 1 if you have a 10-year-old dog and your 15-year-old son has
    suddenly become allergic and you need to find the dog a new home
    right away.
    Press 2 if you are moving today and need to immediately place your
    150 pound, 8-year-old dog.
    Press 3 if you have three dogs, had a baby and want to get rid of
    your dogs because you are the only person in the world to have a
    baby and dogs at the same time.
    Press 4 if you just got a brand new puppy and your old dog is having
    problems adjusting so you want to get rid of the old one right away.
    Press 5 if your little puppy has grown up and is no longer small and
    cute and you want to trade it in for a new model.

    Press 6 if you want an unpaid volunteer to come to your home TODAY
    and pick up the dog you no longer want.
    Press 7 if you have been feeding and caring for a "stray" for the
    last three years, are moving and suddenly determine it's not your
    Press 8 if your dog is sick and needs a vet but you need the money
    for your vacation.
    Press 9 if you are elderly and want to adopt a cute puppy who is not
    active and is going to outlive you.
    Press 10 if your relative has died and you don't want to care for
    their elderly dog because it doesn't fit your lifestyle.
    Press 14 if you are calling at 6 a.m. to make sure you wake me up
    before I have to go to work so you can drop a dog off on your way
    to work.
    Press 15 to leave us an anonymous garbled message, letting us know
    you have left a dog in our yard in the middle of January, which is
    in fact, better than just leaving the dog with no message.
    Press 16 if you are going to get angry because we are not going to
    take your dog that you have had for fifteen years, because it is
    not our responsibility.
    Press 17 if you are going to threaten to take your ten year old dog
    to be euthanized because I won't take it.
    Press 18 if you're going to get angry because the volunteers had the
    audacity to go on vacation and leave the dogs in care of a trusted
    volunteer who is not authorized to take your personal pet.
    Press 19 if you want one of our PERFECTLY trained, housebroken, kid
    and cat friendly purebred dogs that we have an abundance of.
    Press 20 if you want us to take your dog that has a slight
    aggression problem, i.e. has only bitten a few people and killed your
    neighbor's cats.
    Press 21 if you have already called once and been told we don't take
    personal surrenders but thought you would get a different person this
    time with a different answer.
    Press 22 if you want us to use space that would go to a stray to
    board your personal dog while you are on vacation, free of charge,
    of course.
    Press 23 if it is Christmas Eve or Easter morning and you want me to
    deliver an eight week old puppy to your house by 6:30 am before
    your kids wake up.
    Press 24 if you have bought your children a duckling, chick or baby
    bunny for Easter and it is now Christmas and no longer cute.
    Press 25 if you want us to take your female dog who has already had
    ten litters, but we can't spay her because she is pregnant again and
    it is against your religion.
    Press 26 if you're lying to make one of our younger volunteers feel
    bad and take your personal pet off your hands.
    Press 27 if your cat is biting and not using the litter box because
    it is declawed, but you are not willing to accept the responsibility
    that the cat's behavior is altered because of your nice furniture.
    Press 28 if your two year old male dog is marking all over your house
    but you just haven't gotten around to having him neutered.
    Press 29 if you previously had an outdoor only dog and are calling
    because she is suddenly pregnant.
    Press 30 if you have done "everything" to housebreak your dog and
    have had no success but you don't want to crate the dog because it
    is cruel.
    Press 31 if you didn't listen to the message asking for an evening
    phone number and you left your work number when all volunteers are
    also working and you are angry because no one called you back.
    Press 32 if you need a puppy immediately and cannot wait because
    today is your daughter's birthday and you forgot when she was born.
    Press 33 if your dog's coat doesn't match your new furniture and you
    need a different color or breed.
    Press 34 if your new love doesn't like your dog and you are too
    stupid to get rid of the new friend (who will dump you in the next
    month anyway) instead of the dog.
    Press 35 if you went through all these 'options' and didn't hear
    enough. This press will connect you to the sounds of tears being
    shed by one of our volunteers who is holding a discarded old dog
    while the vet mercifully frees him from the grief of missing his
    > ~Author Unknown, but much appreciated

    Sunday, September 20, 2009

    Update on He's A Baby aka Harvey!

    This note just came in from Barbara...we are thrilled with the update!! Thanks to Barbara for giving this big, sweet guy a fantastically, wonderful, loving forever home!


    Thought you might like a look at Harvey (Baby). He's come a long way from that first day I met him.

    We went to our first show and he was great.

    Everyone said how handsome he is, look at him braided!

    We are having so much fun together, I love helping him grow.


    Wednesday, September 16, 2009

    Article on Injured Equine Athletes!

    The Destiny of Injured Racehorses...

    Check out the story below from

    Have a great day everyone and thank you for reading!

    Jo :o)

    Tuesday, September 15, 2009

    Check this out...very cool!

    Morgan Wilmer will be 14 years old on September 20 and she is using her birthday to raise funds for the Angel Acres horses! How cool is that? Big thanks to Morgan from all of us at Angel Acres!

    Sunday, September 13, 2009

    Mountain View Equine Hospital

    Mountain View Equine Hospital

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    Mountain View Equine - Vote Today!

    I just voted for Mountain View Equine...Message from MVE: Our veterinary clinic was nominated for the shinealight contest with nbc and american express. Today is the deadline and we need 50 votes to move on to the next phase.

    Shinealight focuses on businesses that continue to help the community even during the tough economic times. We need all the help we can get.

    To vote go to and search for mountain view equine hospital. It isn't the easiest to navigate through but we appreciate the support.

    Wynne DiGrassie, DVMRead More

    Saturday, September 12, 2009

    On Vacation...

    Angel Acres is on vacation!

    Rescue is open to regular volunteers at this time, and will be back open to the public after September 22, 2009.

    We will try to post from the road!!


    Friday, September 11, 2009

    Rescue of the Week - Shiloh Horse Rescue!

    This is Crusoe - adorable halflinger - pony available at Shiloh Horse Rescue in NV. The info below is from Shiloh's sure to check him out today!

    9/10/09 Crusoe's adoption music video.

    He is such a friendly little guy, loves attention, leading, grooming and playing with his herdmates. He gets along with everyone. He is getting very good about picking up his feet and will stand tied. We will continue to work with him until his home comes along, but he deserves more attention than he can get at the rescue. Crusoe will make someone a wonderful pony! He is healthy, 100% sound and up to date.

    Visit Shiloh & Crusoe today!

    Monday, September 7, 2009

    Cee Cee Pictures and Update From Amy her Parelli trainer!

    Hi Jo,

    Of course, another great session with Cee Cee today! She actually came straight to me today and walked around just following me with no halter/lead for a quite a while.

    Her foster mom Angie also reported that she turned her out Saturday, took off her halter and Cee Cee decided to continue to follow her around so Angie did some liberty exercises with her and just loved on Cee Cee for her willing connection

    she's established so quickly!


    Sunday, September 6, 2009

    We are honored...thank you, Lynne...

    This just in from Lynne...big, big, thanks from all of us at Angel Acres!

    Hey Jo,

    Below is a picture of the Mattie portrait I put in my clinic at school. Some information you may want:

    Picture is displayed at Chickahominy Middle School, in Mechanicsville, VA. I hope all is well with you. Give the horses a hug and kiss from me.


    From Jo: Read more about Mattie's Legacy Fund!

    Saturday, September 5, 2009

    Cee Cee Update - Parelli Foster Training - From Amy!

    Hello Jo,

    Hope the fair is going well. I'm sure going back and forth is weighing on you!

    I just returned from my 3rd session with Cee Cee this week. My first statement is WOW ... she is one remarkable horse on so many levels! Her progress each time we play is just incredible in that she retains every little tidbit and moves on to give even more than the last time. Our focus has been developing her confidence with objects, areas, thresholds, etc and also using some leading exercises. She trotted along with me many times tonight ON HER RIGHT SIDE, stopped and even backed, once just off my body movement (no action in the lead line or w/ the stick!). I was also able to drive her front end in a complete 360 circle just off the energy in my body!

    We were working on figure 8's with orange cones which she was quite skeptical about at first. We worked through those thresholds for a a few minutes and all of a sudden she marched up to the one cone and knocked it over with her nose! Then, she came over to me and nicely asked for me to scratch her forehead. HUGE for her!

    Her foster mom Angie and her foster brother Dreamer are all loving her too! CeeCee is such a VERY HAPPY HORSE!

    With this progress, we may begin working on mounting and riding as early as next weekend!

    I'll try to remember to bring my camera along when we play on Monday to give you some blog/facebook photos to post.

    Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend,


    Friday, September 4, 2009

    Garcon D'or Adopted by Fran!

    Garcon D'or aka Gee has been adopted!

    He is now the newest velvet-nosed family member at Boxwood Farm!

    Fran is the owner of Dustin's Dreamer, who competes in Maryland on behalf of Angel Acres.

    She will be sending us pictures of him soon!

    Thursday, September 3, 2009

    Miss Judge - Cover Girl - Thorughbred Mare!

    WOW... one, tall, dark & gorgeous lady...4 magazine's, 1 COVER shot, hanging out with Pat Parelli, not bad for a once slaughter bound thoroughbred mare...Check it out...Angel Acres is honored to have been a part of this wonderful event!

    Check out Miss Judge in her most recent article!

    Wednesday, September 2, 2009

    Off to the fair I go...Day 6

    Day 6 of the Maryland State Fair! I am headed down now to relieve Ms. Fran!

    Belle went to her foster home, Boo Boo Baby was adopted, Cee Cee is off for three months of Parelli training (maybe 6 we will see) Po Po is settling in well at his new foster home! YEA!!!!!!!

    Will update with some pictures and stuff soon...the Fair keeps us really busy and I am not able to update like I want to...but will be sure to do as much as I can!

    Have a happy day everyone!

    Jo :o)

    Sunday, August 30, 2009

    The Fair - Day 3...

    The Third day of the Maryland State Fair has come to an end. It was REALLY busy today and the guys manned the booth most of the day. We had Kelly, one of our favorite volunteers, visiting today and she helped with barn chores and horse chores and helped feed dinner.

    Tomorrow Aaron & I will be back at the fair from Noon till 6pm and then will be relieved by Greg and Diane. We are thankful to be at the fair and getting to meet and chat with so many great people.

    Will add some pics soon!

    Have a happy Monday everyone!

    Friday, August 28, 2009

    New Horse In - Day 1 of Fair Over!

    Today was a good day at the Fair...for those of us inside! YIKES!!!

    It was POURING rain and things were soaked, I don't think anyone was dry! The horse show went on just outside the Exhibition Hall where we have our booth (be sure to stop by if you are in the area!)

    We are still selling our Ravens VS Steelers raffle sure to visit our site and click on the picture of the ticket if you would like to buy a raffle ticket!

    Have a great night everyone!

    Jo :o)

    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    The ESPN Video from May 2007

    We never posted this on the web site...we are posting will be on our In The News Page soon...with all the effort to raise money to help horse owners in need via Mattie's Legacy Fund...we thought we should post this, here, for our readers.

    Wednesday, August 26, 2009

    WOW! Super Busy this week!


    I havent posted on here since Saturday! YIKES!!

    We have been SO busy getting ready for the fair, I have just been posting briefly on facebook when I get a free moment or two.

    Will get back to posting regularly by Friday and will post updates from the Maryland State starts this sure to come by the exhibition hall and see us...will post some Dustins Dreamer updates soon too!


    Saturday, August 22, 2009

    Katie K at Angel Acres

    Katie K...the only horse at Angel Acres not covered in mud...also, they only quarter horse at Angel Acres...hhhhmmmmmm...

    Friday, August 21, 2009