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!
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Shine (King Alain)
16.2 hand Thoroughbred gelding – chestnut
Shine (left) in August of 2010
When Shine arrived in January of 2006, he was thin as this photo shows. Marci Marsh of Temecula had found him, in a private facility where the owner didn’t like Shine, and so fed the horse next to him, but not him. What torment for a hungry horse! Shine is goofy, and didn’t make friends quickly. He was attached to Topper when she came in June; and then to Victor in August when Malika died, but isn’t anyone’s real buddy yet. I think he has a protective streak, but hasn’t found someone who wants to be protected! He’s starting to look better except for a mysterious left hip weakness. Shine is spooky as off the track TBs can be.This is Shine with Topper (above) when she arrived in June 2006
So five months have helped, as you can see his hip bones are less prominent. You can see that Shine remains faithful, keeping an eye on Topper although at the time of this picture, December 2009, he was firmly part of Sunny and Victor's mini-herd and Topper loved Prophet.
Left above is Shine when he arrived in January of 2006. I do think he's improved, but more is needed. Right above is June 2008 - Try to tell me this is NOT an improvement!!! OK, it's been two years, but dang .... Shine’s hip is still a problem, but he’s definitely healthier and happy with Sunny and Victor as his special pals … Another gorgeous shot taken 12/27/09 by DeeAnn Bradley of the gorgeous King Alain, stable name "Shine". This is King Alain in December 2009 (photo by DeeAnn Bradley). He DOES look fabulous
NEWS!With the help of Neighsavers’ Karin Wagner, we have now identified “Shine” as King Alain. King was boarding at a facility where Marsi Marsh (former supporter) saw the owner repeatedly feed horses on either side of his stall, leaving King hungry and agitated. She requested, and was given, King to be her own. Unfortunately, Marsi was just a beginner, and King was “too much” for her, or her trainer, to handle. So she reached out to The Golden Carrot, and he came to live here several years ago. We found “Shine”, as he was called then, had a sweet baby face and the manners to go with it, but a hip so damaged that he had uneven development of his muscles from one side to the other, and a dragging step. Yes, he is a little ‘hot’ as some OTTBs can be, a little timid and spooky but not at all mean, and with a kind nature. With his disability, and ‘hot’ nature, we expected we’d never be able to use him for any riding – and were glad to see him hook up with Victor and Sunny in the herd. Reading his tattoo and looking at his markings which are quite distinctive, Karin determined that “King” is 22 years old, Kentucky Bred, with lifetime earnings of $77,147 in 62 starts, 5-4-8. It doesn’t sound like a lot of money for that many races, until you realize he earned from 1989 to 1993 – more than 15 years ago – in today’s dollars, it might be four times that! I will be trying to reach his breeder and trainer to see if they can tell me more about him, and will update you if successful. The list of jockeys who rode King is impressive – Solis, Valenzuela, Desormeaux, Pincay and others. Not just every colt gets jockeys like those. Knowing him as I do now, I wonder if all along he had the injuries to his hip which resulted in his ending up here. He rallied again and again, but had so many many unsuccessful starts where he “weakened”, had “gradual fade” and “trailed throughout”. He tried so hard …. I am glad that he ended up here. That kind of effort shows every day when he does his best for me anytime I ask. That hip injury may never be something we can fix – efforts at massage and chiropractic have so far only had temporary results. It could be that all those tries caused damage that may never heal. I can only hope that King Alain will find his own sponsor, and live a few more golden years here in payment for his efforts. Shine with herd-let mates, Victor and Sunny
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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!!)