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.
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30-Something Morgan Gelding, Dark Brown
Foaled before 1970
Passed away, January 2011
I was initially contacted in early December 2010 about Buddy, and between my grief over the loss of Inch, and concern for the injury incurred by Picadilly (which eventually ended her life), and the record breaking rain which make living miserable that month, I hadn't responded. In early January, I re-read this email from the mother of Buddy's former owner: Hello, I found your website from a horse rescuer. My adult daughter has an older horse that she is becoming desparate about because of her severe financial difficulties. ... Buddy, the horse, has been boarded for several years but she can no longer afford to keep paying for this. We live in the Los Angeles area and there are no easy options that we know about. He is 30 years old and never seems to get sick, but he has some residual effects from hitting his head a few years ago (he drools on one side of his mouth). He is probably not a candidate for adoption because he has not been ridden in several years. He's very sociable and loves to be around other horses. She provided these pictures:
Well, you know the rest! Here is Buddy! He arrived yesterday and you can see he's underweight, has a teary left eye and drools out of the left side of his face, but hopefully, we can help that. At his age, you never know, but Morgans are notoriously hardy horses .... Ok, Now I have some more information about Buddy's head injury 5 years ago. Audrey wrote: When my ex-husband came home from work, he found Buddy on the ground. He had a gash on his head, right about where he has a white spot. He used to be a real pig and eat every morsel of his food. Some hay had fallen under his trough. I assume he went for it, and hit his head on the bottom of his trough by accident. My ex-husband called the local vet. Buddy kept standing up and promptly falling. He was very unsteady on his feet. That vet suggested euthanization. My regular vet came and he thought that Buddy had a chance of making it through his accident. He gave him pain medication, and began a regimen of DMSO. He came everyday for a couple of weeks, until it was obvious that Buddy had made it through the event. Buddy had nystagmus in his left eye for a few days and was, for the first time ever, not very interested in food. The vet suggested I feed him equine senior he loved it so much, I've continued to feed it to him. He never returned to his hefty size, but has only looked as skinny as he is now for about the past year. Buddy was very unsteady on his feet for a couple of months after his injury. He became much more steady over time, and the nystagmus disappeared.
Dr. Z believes that Buddy had a concussion, and the DMSO is used to help with brain swelling. So the poor guy had that to deal with, and Dr. Z has indicated it's possible he has maladjustment in his cervical spine/poll due to the impact, so when Laurie gets here (hopefully tomorrow, 1/22) she can find and fix it. Dr. Z also noted obvious stiffness in his left hock (most likely arthritis).
Due to difficulties chewing, partly because of a couple of very long lower teeth (one canine was actually impacting his palate!) and partly due to severely worn molars, some right down to the gumline, I had Dr. Z out to fix what he could now. We'd planned to wait until I built Buddy up a bit, but he was having trouble even keeping food in his mouth! He came thru the detal work ok, ate a hearty dinner and looks ok this morning (1/21/11). Let's hope this helps, but there is no doubt that with such severely worn molars, I'll have to completely soak all feed for this guy for the rest of his days.
I managed to get one good shot of those hyper long teeth - the front canine is the one what hit the upper palate. The rest of Buddy's teeth are worn down to nubs - in some cases, down to the gumline. The doc says that Buddy will likely now have to re-learn how to chew! Those two teeth are now half the length you see here....
After dental work, Buddy ate a bowl of soaked beet pulp as well as the rations he hadn't finished the night before, and his morning senior feed (his leaving this feed, despite me seeing him attack it with obvious appetite, is what prompted me to move up the dental work).
Buddy got his spine adjusted, but there was a misalignment at the base of his spine that could only be partially readjusted. However, he was cooperative, and bright eyed after it all, and I'm hoping it will help him to have a few aches and pains relieved....
In spite of all his difficulties, Buddy is very motivated and perky. He clearly has lots of desire to live. Let's help him! Dianne Davisson, and her daughter Audrey when she can, continues to provide support for Buddy but his expenses are high, and more help would be welcome!
© 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!!)