Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Please Cross Post and Share - AGAIN GRAPHIC FOOTAGE - I don't like posting it, but if it isn't shared, it will continue and more horses will suffer horribly.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Some of the volunteers (the leaders) of the 4H group came out yesterday and repaired our fencing...it was in DIRE need of repair!! Thanks to Amy, Cheryl, Dana, & Rachel who came out and helped with this project!!!
Our fencing is now completely upright! WOO HOO!
We will also be replacing some of the fencing (two fields at least) that were basically ruined by the tremendous snowfall we had. We are hoping that our address label program will help us raise the necessary funds to install the new fencing, our estimate is $2000 for both fields ...YIKES... with our labor...but, we must do it to keep the horses safe!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Volunteer Day 1 Blog will be posted in the morning...just had to share this with everyone tonight...I thought it was very sweet of her to do...what a great surprise...off to sending pics from phone to email for the blog...
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
If there is anything left over it will go to Bandito, but I don't think there will be any and more than likely Angel Acres will have to cover his final costs. I am grateful for the donations we received for his care and for the 3 donations that were for my birthday wish...which will be helpful.
Finally, we WILL ABSOLUTELY persue his case and I have spoken to a couple of very wonderful people who we are going to track back everything we can on him, expose the rotten SOB's that did this and we have few issues with the way his case was handled in the very beginning. I am not at liberty to discuss them now, but boy oh boy, I will lay it all out here the MINUTE its done.
Thank you to everyone who cared about Prince. I will not let his death be in vain...his life WILL be remembered and we WILL stop the bastards who think its cool to weigh 300lbs and race horses (any breed and ususally injured or in poor heath) in the back alleys of a major city. And we ARE going to hold those accountable for improper care and treatment of these poor horses.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
send this since the storms, but Raneem (and Regent) fared very well.
He is doing well, his front leg is holding up but we have noticed some
more stiffening in it. Nothing that prohibits him from cantering
around and bucking like a yearling.
He has been a great buddy and a sweet sweet horse. Keep up the good
work and although I'm disgusted by the death of the one horse I'm so
grateful bandito found his way to you just in time.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Bella showed her first time at Duncaraven Stables in Central NJ on March 6th.
She placed 6th in Under Saddle (only 6 in the class) and her rider Kelly placed 2nd in Equitation (there were 4 in the class). It's my understanding that she should have been pinned better in the Under Saddle as another horse was bucking and acting up and our little Bella just behaved.
She was completely comfortable and didn't have a worry in the word. She just powered herself around with all the big horses. She really doesn't know that she is a pony! She is bombproof and this was her first time off of the property and she didnt have a care in the world. Of course when she got off the trailer she took about saying hello to everyone. Ears pricked up and a smile on her face!!
I am also attaching a picture of her doing her what she does best! Hippotherapy and helping out our young clients.
She is an amazing pony and everyone loves her dearly
Monday, March 22, 2010
Baby Girl went to her new home with Janice and Emma.
Bandito continues to hang in there and well...its Monday!
More updates tomorrow...its been a long, crazy weekend and we are getting ready for exciting things at the rescue...yea!!!!
Have a great week ahead everyone!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
ALSO: Big thanks to Barbara, Fran, Eileen, J.A., Jennifer, Sandra, Judy, Irene and Jen at Pure Thoughts for making donations to Bandito's care...We truly appreciate this kindness to him...We are doing all we can to ensure he makes it...thank you for caring and thank you to everyone who is leaving notes for him...I will get those up soon!
Big Thanks to Fran and Chris who came out today to volunteer with us to clean, muck stalls, help with horse washing and on and on and on...the place looks fabulous ladies! THANK YOU!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Officer Boyer jumps out of her truck and yells, (to my feedman as I am walking up the hill as she didn't see me) I need Jo Deibel, right now...I immediately think...this cannot be good...sigh...
Sure enough, it wasn't...fast foward to Bandito (ban-Deeto)to the left and above...The owners lost interest in their horses and just stopped feeding them, stopped EVERYTHING and this guy was LEFT IN THE BARN WITH HIS DEAD EQUINE FRIEND FOR 6 WEEKS...the owners allowed his friend to STARVE TO DEATH...before the snow storms...
Officer Boyer asked if we could take him, we said yes and he arrived 30 minutes later. It was THAT urgent. She then shows me pictures of the dead horse in the stall (she will be sending to me later today/tomorrow morning) ...the pictures below were unable to capture how horribly underfed this horse is, he is a 1 on the scale...a ONE...which is the same as almost dead...
How can anyone lose interest and not take care of their animals...ok, you lost interest, fine, find them homes...don't frigging starve them to death so you can go play your little teenage/twentysomething games. They are REAL lives you are destroying and guess what... the rescues who are already struggling trying to make ends meet are the ones who are going to pick up the pieces of your little game playing...hope these two people are proud of themselves...me, I am disgusted that they are even breathing the same air that I am.
I cant imagine how terrified, hungry, cold and just plain lonely this poor quarter horse gelding was. His friend died right before the storm...he's been in there with his dead friend for 6 weeks, he himself starving to death.
The pictures above are upon arrival at 11:30 this morning...click here to see his page on the Angel Acres website.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
These are two drawings that we just received from Makayla that are of Preston and Tango - she helps to sponsor these two guys!
They will go onto Preston and Tango's stalls - Thank you so much for drawing and sending these to us!!
Makayla is 12 years old and lives on the East Coast of the United States. She first saw Preston and Tango on website and wanted to help care for them, from afar!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Angel Acres has received word that one of the fundraisers I have been wanting to do...since the very first year we started the rescue...is going to become a reality!! For over 6 years I have been wanting to try to do a return address label fundraiser. You've probably seen them...you get a a envelope in the mail (addressed to you or you and spouse etc) and open it up and there is your name & address on an adorable sticky label with a cute picture or cartoon and a note about the charity sending it to you. I LOVE THOSE...because it saves me from writing my addy on the envelopes I send out (I have carpal tunnel and anything that saves me holding a pen or pencil is fabulous!) for people and bills, etc.
Each one says...this is what we do...this is why we do it...would you like to donate...you don't have too...but hey, if you want to that'd be great. If not, well, we won't bother you again and that's that, keep the labels they are a gift.
I tried and tried and tried to get someone to help us do it...FOR YEARS...we kept hitting road blocks or something else would get in the way. So, I just put it on the back burner and thought...you know, maybe one day we will get to give it whirl. I had wanted to send out just one mailing a year (as I wouldn't want to harrass our donors and readers) and then have custom labels available on our website for a donation of any amount. Sadly...
I found out that a run, even at the printers cost, is several thousand dollars...which would mean that most of the funds raised would go to pay off the fundraiser costs and the rest would go to Mattie's Legacy Fund (which really needs more funding) and to Angel Acres General Fund (which we use to feed, house, etc the horses). This would be great to raise awareness about Angel Acres, Mattie's Fund, etc...but would it really be worth the time, effort and money...with NO guarantee we'd even raise a penny....a big risk we could not afford to take....
FAST FOWARD: WE JUST FOUND OUT THAT WE HAVE BEEN AWARDED A RUN OF LABELS BY A VERY, VERY GENEROUS PRINTER IN MARYLAND!
You just KNOW the people responsible for this are going to be so sick of hearing me say thank you, thank you, thank you so much, gosh they will probably have to go into hiding! LOL! I can't give out details now...but wanted to prep the poor souls who will eventually have to change their number to get me to stop calling and thanking them...lol... for what they were in for :o)
Actually, I will control myself, say a thank you, post their links predominantly on our site...and will be sure to tell everyone I know how fabulously kind they were (there are several different people involved to make this happen for us and I will let you know soon who they are).
I AM THRILLED because this generous donation of time, skills, printing, envelope stuffing etc. will allow us to raise awareness about Angel Acres and why we rescue horses and EVERY penny raised will go towards Mattie's Legacy Fund and the Velvet-Noses we care for here at the rescue!
EVERY SINGLE PENNY RAISED - all because of the kindness of a few wonderful, caring people....PRICELESS :o)
Saturday, March 13, 2010
So, I email the seller and say "if you have trouble placing your horse, please let us know we will be happy to put the word out for you". Seller replies back...no he is sold thanks anyway...FAST FOWARD...6 weeks...I get a frantic email from the owner...he has not been sold and now needs to move ASAP.
Uh oh...well, I never said I'd take the horse, but would have sent out a newsletter etc and helped place the horse with her.
Next email...she's out of time, had to borrow money for board, etc. So, yep, you know where this is going...Pumpkin came in the 2rd week of February. Why might you ask did I bother to email this lady when I have so many horse waiting to come in? Because I could tell from the ad that this owner was REALLY trying to the best she could for her guy, but had no guidance and no idea how rough the horse world can be.
First off, her price was WAY too low - I told her this, but she either didn't believe me or thought it was too late to change. Everyone thought there MUST be something wrong with him (cynical yet common thoughts when horses are "too cheap" and I am guilty of it too sometimes)
Second: Do not put silly hats on a horse unless your waiting for people like me to find you...that's the one and only time I have EVER emailed ANYONE about their horse for sale. So, don't do it, don't wait, am not planning to do this again. It just happened...
Finally, I knew Natty's Mom had just lost her guy Waco (after my initial email to seller and before her final email) and thought he would work for her. And you know what...he's going to be perfect for her. I didn't know Waco would pass away in the middle of this lil Pumpkin adventure, didn't know till after we said we'd take him that she (his owner) was out of money and he would be headed to auction...funny how things work out...isn't?
He left a little while ago...I don't load horses anymore (long story - terrible accident)...but he wouldn't get on...and Mitch (the hauler we have been working with for over 3 years now, we met him through Shiloh Horse Rescue - we love those guys) said..."Jo, now he trusts you, get up there and lead him on"....this was after 45 mins of him just standing, walking backwards and not wanting to move etc. I said, "I cant do it Mitch, I'm too nervous." He said, "Yes, yes you can...you got it girl...go up there and load him"...So...I took some deep breaths looked at Pumpkin and said..."You know I love ya, right...and you're going to an AMAZING home. You just gotta get on this truck with me"...he looked at me and walked right on. I was SO happy, actually, I can't tell you how I felt exactly, it was a wonderful moment for both us, I think!
That was that!! Pumpkin is a very special guy...he gave his previous owner much joy (hence the reason she tried so desperately to get him a home) and he and Mitch gave me the confidence I need to load all by myself (broken ribs and elbow with last loading event) and to know I CAN do it. And he will bring much joy to Natty's Mom, Sara, who lost her beloved Waco at 43 years of age (not a typo) and is waiting for her new boy to arrive. BTW - Pumpkins adoption fee to Sara...$1
Thanks Pumpkin :o)
Friday, March 12, 2010
ALL of the horses are quarantined at a farm in Maryland for a minimum 60 days. They are then brought into the main farm where they are handled by me, and then the volunteers and evaluated for mental and physical stability, etc. Then they are sent to the training farm where they are schooled, and exercised several days each week.
Once this is done they are made available for adoption. Our new feature will give a more indepth look at each horse and we will be making a stronger push to find him or her a home. We will be starting with Luvie and working our way through the cast of characters, er horses, residing at Angel Acres!!
This weeks horse is Luvie...his special post will be up soon!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Baby Girl is going to her new home with Janice of New Jersey! Janice has been a reader of ours for several years and saw the post about needing help and called and that was that!
Big thanks to these two ladies for helping these two horses get to safety!! We will update once they are settled into their new homes. Thank you to everyone who posted, cross-posted, emailed and forwarded are plea for help!!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
But, Thunder (shown to the left) is still in desperate need of a home...please call or write if you can help this wonderful guy...he needs a home NOW...
Mattie's Legacy Fund has paid for vetting, coggins, etc. He now needs a home...do you have room in your barn and heart for this sweet guy?
As MANY of you know, I normally don't get on board, forums, etc to ask for help...but the family is losing their farm and I am worried about this poor boy...we don't need funds...just a home...
Monday, March 8, 2010
"OMG Redd was perfect. Joe and I were standing next to the trailer talking and Redd said let's go and pulled Joe to get ON the trailer. "
Sounds like Mr. Redd is looking forward to being a pampered pet!!!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Jazmyn put the lead rope on him, walked him to the trailer, he walked right on (in the dark/almost no light) and we put the butt bar up and that was that!
We are THRILLED for both Jazmyn and Cuddles...to the left is his picture whilst waiting on his new family to arrive...
Congrats to Jazmyn...we think this is a great match and together, they will go far!!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Also, website is coming along nicely and we are planning to launch the new site this week...yea!!
Super Big Thanks to giving Swirly Girl, as I call her, a second chance at life!!!