horses rescued in 2013
CALLIE - ADOPTED
Callie came to SERRA's ranch Feb 19, 2012. A victim of the economic downturn, her owner could no longer afford her and coupled with a home foreclosure, Callie was going to be without a home in a mere 9 days. The responsible owner contacted us through a good friend's encouragement, and Callie did not need to go to the auction yard which is a one way ticket to slaughter.
Sweet and so willing, Callie just wants to please and be comforted by the volunteers. She's just a big lap dog. However, at age 7, Callie had not been colt started. Now 10 years old, Callie has been colt started and developed into a trail riding horse. Confident and capable, Ms Callie loves to learn! Curious about everything and what is in her environment. In fact, she visits the supplement kitchen and noses around looking for carrots and treats. Confident Smart Girl!
Callie suffered a back injury but has now healed with the help of Dr. Carter Judy, Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center. Callie is being ridden by several different volunteers and continues her training. Her mind loves obstacle course work, trail trials training and trails. Training in Parelli ground work and riding. She is a left brained thinking horse with an extrovert horsenality! Medium spirit, loves to move out and very playful with a high play drive. FUN!
LOMBARD - AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORSHIP OR ADOPTION
So, the horse owner signed Lombard over—the TB registration papers and a separate hand written note giving ownership to Tiana and the owner of Lis Robyn Farms. Tiana stepped up and has been generously feeding and caring for the horse now and he's starting to gain weight again.
Tiana and her student Delia delivered the lovely bay TB to our ranch. As it turns out, Delia had leased Lombard for a few years and loved riding him. She told us that this horse was a good schoolmaster for her and she wanted to be certain that he landed safely. (Delia would have adopted him had she not already been working 3 jobs to pay for her present horse...now that's a responsible young horsewoman).
Lombard is not a fractious or abused horse at all. Easy to trailer load, blanket, lift up his feet and general good manners. Very kind. Easy going and goes with the flow. He settled in right away to SERRA's manor stall/paddocks. His dental was done by Dr. Peter Ahern along with his vaccinations before he came to us. Tiana made sure that Lombard was hoof trimmed also before delivery. She's a true horsewoman.
And while going through Lombard's abandoned tack tote, volunteer Cyndie discovered photos of Lombard from 2004 being played with by Linda Parelli at the Reno Parelli Tour Event!!
TANGO - ADOPTED!
9 years young and as sweet as they come. Tango needed a long term human partner that loves to hit the trails and explore. A stout Polish Arab, 15 hands, with good conformation, legs and feet, He's was an easy keeper and very well mannered. Loved human cuddling and interaction, very adorable horsenality.
He had a bright curious eye was very gentle, loved attention and is good with his feet.
ANNIE - Over the Rainbow Bridge
11 Year Old Quarter-Horse. Lovely, healthy and a well trained chestnut mare. Another victim of the economy. Her owner lost her job and now is also battling a heart condition. Annie has 3 smooth gaits, great ground manners, trailers and loves adventures and trail obstacle courses to decode. Fun, affectionate. smart and an easy keeper!
Annie's’ story...An Honorable Rescue....Imagine having been a horsewoman all your life and never been without a horse at your side. Then life sends you some tough blows. You lose your job of many years, heart problems begin and other medical challenges surface. You can't afford your beloved horse-partner and good companion. Knowing the cruel fate that would happen to your horse at the auction buyers, you choose to put your hand up for help. So this owner calls a local rescue to help care for her horse and responsibly re-homes her equine partner.
Now that's what we call a true blue Horsewoman. This owner put the needs of the horse first and responsibly took action so that her horse could achieve the best possible outcome.
Too many times rescue groups are called out when the horse is already starving, neglected, abused or abandoned—and the horse needs critical care and many times, doesn't make it. It's too late. Instead, Annie came into our arms in great health. A beautiful little quarter-horse chestnut mare...responsibly placed into capable hands. We are most grateful and salute Annie’s owner for honoring her horse, her partner, her friend...first and foremost…before her own medical condition became untenable. She is a real horsewoman and we acknowledge and salute her for her courage and wisdom in this difficult decision. This is a GOOD story.
In the summer of 2016, our dear Annie couldn't recover from a serious bout of colic and she passed on over the rainbow bridge. Thank you for all you gave us. We love you.
ALI - ADOPTED!
Due to job loss and economic downturn, this gorgeous well trained fellow was looking for his forever human partner.
Ali was a great Arab with a ton of natural horsemanship training on him. We were all pleasantly surprised! A perfect gentleman, easy to be around for beginners, kindly to all his handlers and very trusting.
Although 20 years YOUNG, Ali had many good years ahead as Arabs usually live health and functional lives past age 30.
And with ALL his incredible training--his best years are yet to come!
(WARNING! GRAPHIC IMAGES BELOW)
BROTHER - ADOPTED!
A BADLY STARVED GELDING NAMED 'BROTHER'
A young lady discovered this starving, dehydrated, neglected horse on private property in Hayward. After seeing it becoming worse and worse, she inquired and found out that someone had abandoned it on a property.
The property owner was not willing to feed or provide easily accessible water for it, and it was slowly and agonizingly dying from lack of food and enough water. She negotiated its release from hell, and got hold of our rescue as she knew nothing about how to take care of a starving horse.
Within an hour of receiving her notice and a picture of the extreme state this horse was in, our ERV (Emergency Response Vehicle) was on the road with a team to pick up the horse near Livermore.
As many of these cases as we have seen, it never gets any easier, and his extremely gaunt frame, and physical weakness came as quite a shock. It took everything he had to walk up the ramp into the trailer, and our team secured him with supports as they feared that he did not have the strength to stay on his feet for the long journey back to our rescue ranch in Sonoma where we could put him safely in the gentle, caring, healing hands of our volunteers who are well qualified to handle treatment protocols for a starving horse.
The young lady named him ‘Brother,’ as she felt she had truly become “My brother’s keeper” with her saving all of this needful horse.
Brother is now a companion horse for a mare whose pasture buddy passed away recently.
She was terribly lonely, began to lose weight as she pined for her now absent buddy who had been her pasture mate for years. Brother will be squiring the lovely Quarter Horse mare named 'Sweet Charity' around a safe and peaceful 3 acre pasture, shaded with trees, flat easy land to move about and with care and love abounding from his new foster caregiver in Sonoma.
Brother's was a long but worthy fight and we thank all who helped fund his care, and those who worked so hard onsite to save his life.
Brother rallied, and from his gaunt 'barely alive' early days and has become a 'hunk' of a guy!
CHOCOLATE - ADOPTED!
Just in time for Easter of 2014, Chocolate was welcomed into SERRA Equine Rescue. She was a beautiful Chestnut, well trained 17 year old Tennessee Walker/Morgan Cross mare, great on trails. SHE ADORES PEOPLE! She was yet another equine victim of economic hardship. Saved by a caring lady from an unnecessary euthanization, she came to us at SERRA Equine Rescue.
In her own words, Michelle, the initial rescuer of Chocolate, tells her story. "When I was little, the first thing on every birthday and Christmas wish list was a horse. It was number one until I just got too old to make lists. In fact, I did have a real live imaginary horse for quite some time, who I rode all over the backyard hill and who used to run along side the family car wherever we went. I never lost that love and desire to be around horses, and when my family and I moved next door to 3 beauties in April of 2007, I felt my childhood dreams were coming true.
I found myself instant friends with Chocolate’s owner, who was excited that I was so interested in riding and caring for her horses, because she needed help and seemed to be losing interest. I quickly became a frequent caretaker and rider of the horses when my neighbors would go out of town, which became more and more frequent and for weeks at a time since the couple had recently retired.
I adopted Chocolate in July of 2011 when her owner decided to move and rent her home and stable where Chocolate had been residing for 10 years with her two 30 year old pasture mates, Ranger and Hawk. (Prior to living in Novato, Chocolate was growing up neglected and mistreated somewhere in Kentucky. She was purchased by the previous owner and was driven out to Novato, California, when she was 4 years old.) Only giving herself a month, the previous owner was not successful in rehoming her horses, and, therefore decided to euthanize. Chocolate would have had the same fate if I had not agreed to take ownership. I wish I could have saved them all.
Taking over ownership of Chocolate was affordable for me at the time, because I was able to keep her at the previous owner’s property without having to pay board, and tenants moved in with 2 horses. We were able to share chores/responsibilities for that year and Chocolate had company. Those tenants moved out the following year (July 2012), and a new family moved in with no horses. After a year of Chocolate being alone, I moved her to local stables to be with other horses.
I hoped to find a sponsor to help with the cost of boarding, etc., but Chocolate’s injury in August made that impossible. I am surrendering Chocolate at this time due to financial and time limitations. I am in debt because of the cost of boarding and vet bills. I believe this tough decision is the best financially for my family, as well as for Chocolate, knowing she will have human companions to work with her, improve her, love her and care for her daily.
I am so grateful to have found SERRA. Thank you!"
Bought about 7 years ago for her owner to ride with his girlfriend. As sometimes happens, the romance lasted but a few years and he stopped riding her at all.
Exit the girlfriend along with his interest in this beautiful mare. After that the owner took her on some few trail rides in Annadel State Park and elsewhere, but then stopped riding her at all. Another young lady then began to ride Gem occasionally and Gem responded beautifully and willingly.
After a concerned horseman contacted the absentee owner, the owner chose to surrender Gem to SERRA for re-homing rather than to the auction yards to slaughter. We applaud his decision.
All Gem needed was a tune up and to be ridden with love, language and leadership.
MIA - ADOPTED!
Confiscated by Marin Animal Control on June 1, 2013 and placed into our rescue's hands, this yearling was in very poor starvation condition.
With good veterinary guidance and volunteer daily care, the filly is growing beautifully. She will be tall like her sire.
And this talented young filly is definitely being reborn in SERRA's care—we all feel she's destined for athletic greatness with good her breeding. long legs and quick reflexes. After months of good food, care and LOADS of affection she loves and trusts humans once again.
Very easy to train and a quick learner. Left brained horsenality, medium to low spirit. Excellent curiosity and loves learning new and different things. A LOT of try in this filly. Trailer loads, good for the farrier, colt started by Erin Fowle, Parelli 3 Star Instructor and now being developed by Erin as a solid riding horse.
Mia is Parelli started with all ground handling games and continues her learning in natural horsemanship.
As of 2016 Mia has been adopted by our Parelli Instructor, Erin Fowle. Erin took her for a few months to give her some one on one training and Erin just fell in love with her. Mia fit right into Erin's herd and now calls her Mom. We couldn't be more happy for the two of them.
RAFFY - FOSTERED!
Bullies have to control everything and find an egotistical narcissistic power surge enjoyment in leveraging the weaker with their demands. And when abuse of animals begins, we all know that the abuser is just a breath away from abusing humans, or already is doing so.
Caught in an abusive relationship, with her husband slowly slipping into depression and possibly dementia, strong arming his wife with threats on the horse, or by not buying food for the horse so that his wife would do his bidding.
As things went south and started to become worse, she watched the horse suffer if she did not acquiesce and become submissive to her abuser. As much as she wanted to escape the abusive spouse, she asked herself—what else would he do to her beloved horse if she were just to leave? It was unimaginable.
He finally refused the horse any feed at all. That's right...punish the horse for your power hungry need to control your wife. Well, nothing makes us cowgirls crankier then anyone abusing a horse. Not to mention another cowgirl!
In a brief moment when he left the house, the wife emailed us on her smart phone for help. A plan was hatched to remove the horse and thereby remove the threatening abusive leverage that her husband was lording over her. Then, once the horse was trailered off the property to safety, she too would leave and find her own safety and create a new future without abuse.
Little did we think that we would be rescuing two! But as life and luck have it, when she reached out to get help for her horse she gained a whole community that rallied to her side. She wrote: "I have reviewed the surrender form and will have it filled out by Friday. Yesterday was so emotional for me. I was in tears on and off all day. I know this is the right and best thing for my horse. I feel good knowing he will be in your organization's capable hands. He has so much life in him and so much to give. I love thinking of him having other horsey buddies instead of being so lonely most of the day. Knowing that I will be able to visit him makes me feel better too!"
This is a very courageous woman. Feeling trapped and so manipulated, yet he chose action and put the horse first and foremost.
Rafi has been adopted by one of our own SERRA volunteers, Veronica Reed. Congratulations and thank you, Veronica!
Found abandoned in Santa Rosa, CA after a stormy night, this sweet chocolate bay filly was simply dumped behind and left in someone's pasture. Sonoma County Animal Control was called and it took 3 hours for a vet and volunteers to herd her into a trailer. At long last the filly was delivered to our barn on a dark night. She was cold, chilled and frightened by so many changes in her life.
SEETA - ADOPTED!
When she was 2, beautiful young Seeta was dumped off at the slaughter auction yard in Fallen, Nevada Feed Lot. Valley View Ranch and Rescue director Marlene Dodge spied this beautiful little filly and outbid the killer buyers!
After that, Seeta stayed at a foster-care home for one year. Sadly, due to the financial downturn, Seeta was then surrendered to Lost Hearts and Souls Horse Rescue—our sister rescue—who chose to send her on to us at SERRA for more training and placement.
Seeta is now 4 years old, approx. 14.2 hands, Brown and White paint. She is a 'people person' and EXTREMELY curious about everything. Very smart—like a border collie dog—she loves to figure out puzzles. She is still very young and loves to play and scratch on other horses. She will lay down once or twice a day, sprawl out completely, and just SNOOZE! We think she relaxes more then any horse we've ever seen.
She became quite 'stout' and over-weight during her travels, so Seeta was enrolled in the 'weight-loss spa' portion of our rescue, and we had her back to her optimal weight in no time.
SNOWFLAKE - AKA SNOWY - Available for Sponsor or Adoption
Due to age or health reasons we have some lovely horses that will always call SERRA home and Snowy is one of them.
Snowflake was rescued by Marlene Dodge (Valley View Ranch Rescue), from Fallen, Nevada in Oct 2010. Betsy Bueno, (Lost Hearts and Souls Horse Rescue) helped to pay his 'bail' to get Snowflake off the Truck destined for the Canadian slaughterhouses the next day (many horse rescues work collaboratively). The treatment at the auction yard and trucks can be pretty abusive and distressing.
Marlene was told he came from a riding trail ranch in the Sierras that went out of business and they needed the last dime out of their horses so they were all sold to the slaughter buyers. Given the old scars on his nose, it was most likely a spiked noseband that was used on him. A most brutal method in horse handling.
In addition, over 6 inches of his dorsal bones in front of his withers were broken which is usually from falling over backwards with a saddle or pack saddle on a horse. Having been used as a pack horse in the rocky Sierras, Snowy very well could have fallen off a trail with his gear on his back, tumbling and cracking his dorsal bones. And apparently, from the condition of the healing, was never even given the opportunity to rest and heal.
Betsy only had him 3-4 weeks before a home came forward to foster Snowy for a year. He roamed 60 acres in Rincon Valley with other horses and grazed. However, the foster home did little schooling with him in the year+ that they had him.
So, Snowy came to us with an apprehension of humans working around or with him. But many thanks to the horse's natural need to have a leader, Snowy now very much wants to be accepted into the human herd.
Little by little, Snowy is trusting us and allowing his humans to care for him. (Remember, horses don't care how much you know, they want to know how much you care).
WILBUR - Over the Rainbow Bridge
Wilbur came to us from Giant Steps. He was given to Giant Steps on a trial basis by a horseman in Contra Costa County. As Wilbur was an active senior citizen and had a great walk, trot and canter, along with loads of experience with rodeos, trail, parades, a perfectly mannered gentleman and training, etc...he would have been perfect for the therapeutic riding program.
However, the vet discovered that Wilbur was missing 4 molars. No big deal really, except the contract with Giants Steps and Riverside Equestrian Center is only for hay forage and no supplementation with pelleted feed. So, Wilbur was no longer a candidate for the Giant Steps program and contract. The disappointed owner then chose to euthanize Wilbur, a perfectly healthy well trained horse!
But Giant Steps trainer, Julie Larsen, was upset and reached out to us for help. After Cathy and I experienced his pleasant horsenality, athletic capability and depth of training...this was a no brainer. He is coming to SERRA for rehoming.
Wilber was adopted by Pat Summers and lived the rest of his years with his companion mare, Viva. In August 2017, Wilber just couldn't get up on his legs anymore and was lovingly sent over the rainbow bridge. Viva was devastated by the loss of her friend and needed a new companion quickly. Pat reached out to SERRA, and within hours, Rocky was delivered as a new pasture mate for Viva. Rocky is happily living with his new companion and loving family.
Ziggy Took a ZigZag to a Great Home!
About a year ago, a sweet lady named Gladz contacted our SERRA volunteer Dayna for help. Gladz's health was starting to fail and she had just lost her job, too. Having 4 horses at the time, Gladz needed to downsize to afford to care for her horses.
Then things started to improve a little and Gladz felt she could truly care for the horses. However, as life has it, her health tumbled with tumors, operations and and painful rehab. Once again she contacted SERRA for help.
We arrived to find several underweight horses (Henneke 3 & 4) and a new yearling, so we took in the 2 horses in the worst condition of malnourishment and poor overgrown feet. Within 24 hours found a most capable home for the horse named Ziggy, a big palomino QH, approximately 19 years old. Sweet and easy to manage, Ziggy has been buddied up with the caregivers own good horse named Scooter, a gentleman of an age, too.
Ziggy and Scooter formed a new friendship. "Scooter showed him where "the good stuff grows" and they spent Happy Hour, well, happy".
Ziggy and Scooter knee high and munching tall green grass together. As it should be!