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 Joey
32+ years old 16 hand Bay Thoroughbred
Passed away June 5, 2003
Although I was told Joey was 15 years old when he came to me, in fact several veterinarians, upon examination of his teeth, advised me that he was at least a decade older than that. Thus, a best estimate of his age at death was 32-36 years old. Joey came to the Golden Carrot because a navicular condition and a couple of bad falls over the jumps had made him an unsuitable ride for his then-owners. He spent his last ten years at The Golden Carrot, giving occasional trail rides, and otherwise being Inch’s best friend, and the official Golden Carrot greeter of new residents. Joey was a 16.1 hand bay. His training was both English and Western, and in his time, he was a talented jumper. He had a gelding’s work ethic – “You do your job, and I’ll do mine”. He was honest but tolerated no crap from his riders, unless they were children. He could be willful, and intimidating, but with the sound advice of Rosemary Cawood, I convinced Joey I was bigger than he was, and over the past decade he and I developed a deep friendship and mutual respect. I last rode Joey two years ago, but on that ride, he convinced me that his riding days were over, and he spent the last years of his life in complete and happy retirement. Although his former owners never contributed in any way to his continued existence, or to the Golden Carrot in general, I will never regret the cost of having him with me. As it will with us all, Time caught up with Joey this last month. Although his appetite remained good, he began to lose weight, and show signs of odd problems – improper assimilation of his food, bloody nose, and lethargy. He didn’t appear to be in pain, and ambled about behind Inch, apparently dozing the rest of his life away. But last week, I believe he may have had a dizzy spell or even a small stroke, which caused him to fall. He had scrape marks on his back for a day or two, and then suddenly in the same area, large swelling, and his last two days, he didn’t want to leave his stall. I contacted the vet, but it was my intention only to put him down, as I believed that this swelling would be causing him pain. It took 48 hours to get the vet out. Joey departed this life after saying goodbye to Inch, with his whole herd around him. I swear there was a feeling of relief in the air, and no signs of distress from anyone. The next day, when Joey’s remains left the property, the entire herd gathered into a small bunch, all looking directly at the truck, heads up and ears pricked, and in unison called out a Goodbye to our friend Joey. He will be deeply missed.
© 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!!)