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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Foaled February 24, 1991
DECEASED March 19, 2012
Back early in the year I was approached about a 30-something gelding in the Kern County animal shelter. At the time, I couldn't take him, and got Courtney at Under the Angel's Wings rescue in Phelan to take him for six months (for which we had a committment for support). Well, Courtney fell in love with Moses, but she had another elder horse with serious hip problems who was very unhappy in his stall, with just a little turnout each day. She thought he'd benefit from the unique set up here at TGC, and so I agreed to take him instead.
I had my friend look up thru the QH assoc the registered name the previous owner gave. Registered Name is: Katie Fabulon (Good God, isn't that an AWFUL name for a gelding? I'm not fond of Sooner, but it beats Katie!) which is a sorrel gelding with a star and no other markings. Born Feb 24, 1991 so he is actually only 20 years old. He is also an appendix QH as well. He was bred in Oklahoma by Choctaw Nation Jones Academy in Hartshorne, Ok there are no transfer records since the original breeder so we can not see who has had him or where he has been.The old owner had disappeared so I have not been able to get a hold of her since I picked up Sooner.... she promised to come volunteer, send a monthly support check, etc etc and welll as I am sure you see all too often the horse they sooooooo dearly LOVED they just forgot about now....
He was bred in Ok and was used as a ranch horse there as I am told. Yes he was an owner surrender and he came 5/29/2010 to me. Around the beginning of Aug 2010 I had one of my small volunteers get on him bareback and ride him around the yard just to evaluate his riding skills and he was very good, then was placed with foster home on 8/28/2010 where they did not ride him at all they only ponyed him around the block and he hung out in their turnout area. They had their vet look at him and his opinion without x-rays or any other work up was that he has a hip injury (which we knew) and nerve damage to his lower back. Their vet said it was not painful for him however it would not be safe to ride him as he could not feel his hind legs where they are being placed so this would be a danger to ride him so then he was returned by foster home to me on 5/14/2011as they needed a riding horse and did not have space for a pasture pet .
And below is how he looked a few weeks after she took him in, when he'd GAINED weight:
Below is how he looks today, June 29, 2011, the day after he arrives at TGC. I've already scheduled Laurie Henkel to come next Tuesday to adjust his back and hips, as he clearly has some hip issues.
Anyone can see he needs some time to recover from something. Courtney's vet (and yesterday, without prompting from me, my farrier thought the same thing) thinks his injuries look like those caused when a horse flips over backwards. But Courtney tells me he ties well so....? He moves pretty well, considering.
So, bottom line, Sooner has been thru the mill. And probably nothing done to help him since his injury, except the bute which Courtney gave him on his bad days. Look how caved in his butt is, atrophied on that left side. Laurie Henkel will come Thursday July 7 and with any luck, there will be something she can do to help him.
GOODBYE TO SOONER
© 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!!)