The Golden Carrot
is a forever home for older and manageably disabled horses, fully supported by the kind and generous donations of the public. As these horses are difficult to place in knowledgeable and responsible homes, they can depend on a final retirement here. However, as a service to the community, we will help people who are trying to place their healthy horse in a new home by working with other rescues. If you need such help, please send pictures of your horse and history of experience and physical abilities/disabilities including age, as well as your ability to transport or provide ongoing support in any amount, to firstname.lastname@example.org - we'll do our best to help you.
THIS IS A FOREVER HOME FOR OLDER AND MANAGEABLY DISABLED HORSES. THEY ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION!
Join us today in our efforts to save those unloved, unwanted, unsafe equines, who deserve a better chance at life.
Donate if you can. Volunteer if you can. Spread the word!
In Loving Memory of Andy
30+ year old Morgan gelding
16 hands – dark red
Another horse like Trilby who was worth his weight in gold. So calm, so forward, so strong. Andy had a history of being hard to keep – but I did’t find that at all – again, hard to keep weight off him. In addition, two farriers had told me they see signs of past founder in his feet. He had bonded to Orion and took Ori on his first trail ride, showing him the sights and keeping him calm. Andy had worked as a pony horse (with Mike riding and ponying the Lyons kids); as a riding horse (for Michelle Hughes), and as a general good guy. With past founder and a tendency to gain weight; and arthritis as well as two episodes of colic this past year we have to keep an eye on him. He more than repaid the attention he received. Interestingly, his friend Ori saved his life on two colic episodes – calling and calling to me hours before we would have found Andy, saving him many hours of debilitating pain.
IT IS MY SAD DUTY TO REPORT that on Tuesday June 24, 2003, ANDY, a former resident of PBRC, passed away. It was a sudden bout with colic, and a back injury caused possibly when he went down, or during efforts to get up, and resulting in partial paralysis of his hind legs. With the help of neighbor Bruce Yoho and his tractor, we were able to get Andy on his feet for a last meal and drink of water, and lots of massage and attention, with his herd around him, but over two hours resulted in no improvement in his ability to move his hind legs. He went down again, and due to the nature of the problem, and his extreme age (approximately 35 years old) making his recovery prospects dim, we made the difficult decision to let him go. After losing Joey earlier this month, I’d been watching Andy and Malika carefully, as my next oldest and frailest residents. I swear Andy seemed fine when I left the property on Monday morning. Now I’m hovering over Malika, afraid to lose her too, as she’s been eating oddly for about a month now, after dental work a couple of months ago to remove one of her last few molars due to infection.
Andy was a kind and steady gelding who believed in doing his job quickly and efficiently, and then being ‘left alone’. He spent all his time with Orion, who is deeply attached to him and suffering a great deal with his passing. He was dumped here at the Golden Carrot by a woman who also, years later, dumped Navigator on me. Her total lack of concern for Andy’s ongoing welfare has always been a source of wonder to me, as Andy is the kind of horse many people would cherish – lots of good training and miles, easy to make him go and stop, steady as a rock to handle on the ground, and he was big enough to carry anyone. In years past he had foundered, he hated to have his eyes treated which they needed due to a tendency to run and attract flies, and tended to get gassy on alfalfa which he loved, but was otherwise a very easy keeper and tolerant of anything. In the nature of the enterprise, I will be presented with this loss more and more. As my old friends reach the end of their time, all I can do is try to ease their passing. Sometimes I wonder if it makes sense to work so hard to keep them healthy and happy – they then last so long, and I come to love them so much, that the pain of their deaths seems unbearable. But I believe with all my heart that after a lifetime of service, they deserve some comfort and some ease. I will continue to provide it as long as I can.
© 2011 - The Golden Carrot is a 501c3 public benefit charity
Many horses come to TGC ill, abused, starved. Right is Duke in July of 2008, and below is him again 2 months later. We CAN make a difference, with your help.
The Golden Carrot is home to 37 horses and 2 donks at this time.
First and foremost: The Golden Carrot was hoping for a donation of land but after a decade, it seemed clear that we weren't going to get that. I'd been saving every penny hoping to have travel expenses, but decided to use it as a downpayment. Then came up against the hard truth that no lenders will lend to a 501c3. No matter what. So in the end, after countless hours on all the real estate sites, I found, and purchased, 130 acres in Snowflake AZ. It is raw land, and while I have enough to get the well drilled and operational, and the property fenced, we still need your help. Stalls will cost a lot to build. Tractor work to level a site, materials, someone to build, trenching water lines and electric etc. Any donation you can make to help with these costs will be so much appreciated.
Or - do you have pipe corral panels you can donate? When we get to that point, would you be willing to help us transport our equine residents to their new digs?
Secondly, donations, big or small, one-time or monthly, including sponsorships. If donations could swell a little, I could afford to offer an actual salary to a helper, and should we get to that land, I will need a helper!
Or maybe someone knows a big company that wants to sponsor us with one big donation (we could use that for the land!!)