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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JC Name "Hotterthanapistol"
Chestnut OTTB gelding, Foaled May 26, 1996
Arrived TGC 4/2014
Pistol came to our attention when Courtney, at Under the Angels Wings Rescue, a rescue I've worked with many times, called to tell me he was languishing in the Kern County Animal Shelter. With her help organizing transport, Pistol came to TGC on 3-14-14.
Seriously underweight, with a bad case of cellulitis in his right hind, I was immediately worried for him. After an exam by our vet, it was worse - seems he has a gut full of sand. My vet believes this is caused when a horse is underfed alfalfa hay on the dirt - they eat a LOT of dirt trying to get up every little bit of that leafy part, and not getting enough fiber, there's nothing to sweep it out. Horses DO eat dirt as a regular deal, but usually they are getting enough feed to move it out almost as fast as they take it in. When they don't, it collects at the lowest part of their intestinal tract, becomes covered over by a layer of organic material, and what they eat thereafter simply passes over it. It sits there, affecting the ability of that intestinal section to do it's job, and if left long enough, will cause necrosis - yeah, it can kill. So the problem here is we need to start breaking that up, so he can pass it, and that's not all that easy to do. We're working on it, and he'll be out with the horse herd soon which will also help (activity), but let's keep a good thought for this poor guy..... He has a LOT to deal with.
So far, he is just as "hot" as his name implies, getting very excited each morning when he thinks he's being left alone in the round pen. But he stands like a jewel for shots, and wrapping of his leg. And oddly, to my eye at least, he's more lame on his right FOREleg than he is on the swollen hind. We have an appointment scheduled for 3-24-14 for Dawn Fletcher, equine chiropractor, to see if she can work some magic for him.
Pistol has two part-sponsors, Lynette Baird and Suzanne Butler! Thanks Lynette and Suzanne! Anyone willing to step up to help these ladies and TGC help this deserving boy? Even a $10/month committment can make you a sponsor, and help us with his expenses. You can see feed alone will be an issue for probably a good 6 months, until we can build him back up. Let us know if you want to sponsor....
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!!)