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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Apollo's Star ("Polly")
19 Y/O OTTB Chesnut Mare
Arrived March 2016
Foaled May 1997
Polly was part of a 24 horse seizure by Animal Services from a breeding operation in Nuevo, CA. Left behind were 16 "stallions, in pretty good shape". The broodmares were all seized, housed at several different shelters, and deemed 'rescue only' due to their terrible shape. Many were body scores 2.
Polly never raced, although she was tattooed, and we speculate a training accident due to an old injury to her right knee, and something wrong in her low back. But she moves well on her own and it's possible with some treatment, she could carry a small rider. But once she was injured, she went to this breeding operation, producing four foals, three of whom have raced (I'm thinking it's possible her last foal born 8 years ago is still among those '16 stallions' left behind).
At any rate, she was very very thin and clearly exhausted when she arrived. My farriers were here and so we tended to her awful feet right away. She is very herd savvy, and cruised out amongst the herd without distress. Her first vet visit revealed a super long tooth at the front of her grinding teeth, which are offset a bit. It was impinging on her lower jaw, making it next to impossible for her to grind anything. Dr. Z was able to bring that down enough to help, but she will need to be floated again next October to get it more normal.
This is Polly about a month after she arrived. While still thin, when you know she lost a HUGE THICK haircoat, and you look at the shoulder and hip, you can see she's gaining weight well.
She's friendly to all, but I'm seeing a preference for the mares - particularly our little Glory. But we need to give her some time to become more healthy. She could use sponsors - can you see your way clear to help this sweet mare?
I'm happy report that Polly now has a part sponsor for July 2016 to June 2017. Thank you, Elizabeth/Julie, for stepping up for Polly! I'm hopeful some more folks will join with you to help our girl. Annnnd Dawna stepped in with a part sponsorship as well! YAY! But Polly needs a good $100 a month more just to cover her feed... enough people giving $10/month could take care of that... Hint Hint! :-D
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!!)