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+ black TB pony Mare
A rare shot of Picadilly's face, as usually her forelock hides her star. Thanks DeeAnn Bradley for this beautiful shot taken Augus 2010
This very aged pony is a TB cross, black, and tiny. She is slow moving and well behaved, and LOVES her feed! Although Julie described her as ‘toothless’, in fact she bites off a carrot with ease and chews pellets and grass hay without cudding. But I will admit, she’s pretty old. Once I get Fred out for them, I hope to have a good estimate of her age....
Her former owner wrote:
"Pic rescued my daughter ... at a time when she had been almost scared off from riding horses further by a pony that was more than she could handle. At that time Pic came along, welcomed (my daughter) and offered her a safe ride, and won ribbons and attention at horse shows. We decided to "rescue" her as she had "rescued" (my daughter). She deserves a final home that will allow her to spend her remaining years with people that can offer her safety and happiness."
He finished with his commitment to provide support and required me to return ownership and possession of Pic back to him, if TGC should no longer be able to provide a home. Now THAT’s what I’m talking about! That is how I want everyone to feel, and act, about their equine friends.
Princess Picadilly Passes
I’m so sad to report the passing of the sweet, gracious Princess Picadilly, who only had 6 months here before her age caught up with her. Only Phoenix had less time, but unlike Phoenix, Pic had lived a full life, much loved by her former owners and sponsors, Peter and his daughter Emma. You can read of their love for Picadilly on her page at http://goldencarrotrescue.com/PrincessPicadilly.aspx In her short time with me, she made an enormous impression on me, for such a teeny horse.
Pic was very elderly - her molars were worn down to almost nothing so she ate only pelleted feed. She looked like a Cushings horse, but Peter and Emma had all the testing you could imagine done, and she still came up not-Cushings. Her longish hair in her last years, her huge appetite that never seemed to translate into flesh, and her amazing urination that resulted in her pet name with me being "Swamp thing", were all simply the result of a very very old pony, whose systems were slowly shutting down.
She was still full of spunk tho, and loved having her protector Pepe by her side. Although Peter and Emma referred to these two as the "Senior Couple", my impression was a little different. Although I know horses don’t have the same relationship for as long as we do, Pepe seemed much more a devoted and concerned son, watching over his elderly mom. He checked on her multiple times during the day, but she loved to doze in the shade, and he was busy playing with his gelding friends or trying to get "next to" Song. And I don’t deny he was dismayed at her last weeks when a stifle injury, resulting in her difficulty getting up off the ground, made for some scary times. He screamed for me, and her, and she called back reassuringly. And once on her feet, she would check with him, and they would both go eat. "I’m fine son - Ok mom" is how it seemed to me.
That stifle injury, combined with untimely and unaccustomed monsoons of rain, followed by bitter freezing weather, ultimately became more than Pic could handle. At her age, all these difficulties combined to take her last strength. I finally called out Fred Zadick DVM to help her let go. Peter astutely made the comparison of an old grandmother who was fine hobbling around on her walker, but then inadvertently falls and breaks her hip. It’s just too much for someone that frail. When Fred arrived, I think Pic thought we wanted to try to get her up again, and she made a half-hearted effort, but I assured her it was ok to stay down. I held her head on my lap and wiped the dirt off her face, and combed her forelock while Fred did his job. She sighed deeply and long, and was gone.
After she was gone, I opened the gate so Pepe and the other horses in the South Stream herd who had begun to love Pic could pay their respects. And when he went in for dinner, Pepe didn’t eat right away. He stood with his head at the window where he used to watch Pic - missing her. As do Peter and Emma. As do I. A big little horse, with the gracious dignity of her years and experience, and lots of spunk. She leaves a huge Pic-shaped hole behind
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!!)