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  - we'll do our best to help you.

The Golden Carrot



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!


Foaled in 1973 (approx.)
Deceased November 15, 2012
15.2 hand Buckskin Quarterhorse Mare 

Sunny in Aug of 2010 - you can see she's finally starting to retain her haircoat even in the summer heat. Our old gal is starting to show her age Sunny  is a super, ex-posse mare, very forward and willing to carry anyone. She’s been a great help  with the beginning riders.  I love her best, though, for something that has nothing to do with the kids. Bobby Sox had finally found a mare he loved.  Until his last few years when Inch became ‘his woman’, he was devoted to Sunny – guarding her while she ate, and escorting her to her stall at night. Since Bobby died, PC has been Sunny’s best friend.  She doesn’t have any physical problems other  than her age – and so far that hasn’t been a problem.     Something about Sunny always seemed prehistoric to me and this photo I think catches it.  Despite her great training and years of work with people, she looks like she just stepped out of a wild herd ….In the photograph above, taken in February of 2009, Sunny begs a carrot from Bridget, one of our Girl Scouts!  Sunny and PC became The Comforters – when Prophet lost Ladyhawke, when Victor lost Malika, when Lucifer lost Belle, Sunny and PC were who they ran to for comfort and protection. And these two sweeties just put the grieving horse between them and were … there… for them.  Both PC and Sunny are elderly – I worry about who will comfort them when one or the other passes.   In April we lost PC – and Sunny was distraught.  For several weeks she insisted on standing alone, wandering around as though looking for someone.  But she has joined forces with Victor, who lost Malika, to comfort one another, and Shine has joined their mini-herd.  Life goes on.  

This is Sunny in January of 2008 – we’d just had a huge rainstorm and clearly Sunny was ready to get out of her stall!            

I like the photo above for the facial marking – doesn’t it look like someone drew a line down the middle of her face? One nostril all black, one with some white on it?   She’s a cutie in her winter wool…. These two gorgeous ‘mugshots’ of Sunny were taken by DeeAnn Bradley, a longtime supporter and professional photographer, on 12/27/09.  Now, if only DeeAnn could take a pic of me that made ME look this good! “-)  

Goodbye to Sunny

Sunny is sponsored by Kathryn McDonald. Sunny and The Golden Carrot thank Kathryn for her continued support.  Thanks Kathryn!

© 2011 - The Golden Carrot is a 501c3 public benefit charity


Star and Ronan

Star and Ronan were the youngest horses at TGC - But now Gio and Jed are! All thrown away because people could not be bothered. Can you help them?
Jed and Gio - the youngest horses at TGC 



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.

Duke 2 months after he arrived at TGC












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!!)


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