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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Sherwood Park (“Woodie”)
OTTB Bay Gelding
Arrived TGC 1/30/17
This sweet boy raced in Southern California (Santa Anita and Hollywood park), with total earnings of $135,600, and jockeys like Victor Espinoza and Patrick Valenzuela.
His racing history and Pedigree will be posted soon. (figuring out how to change a .pdf file to a .jpg the site will accept.) His mom and dad were both imports - dad from Canada, and mom from Ireland!
Woodie came to The Golden Carrot from Under the Angel’s Wings, a small rescue in Phelan, CA, who purchased him in October of 2009 from a low end auction where he’d been bought by a feed lot/slaughter dealer. UAWR had him evaluated and adopted him to a new home in 2011 for light riding, but eventually he was returned for bucking under saddle, and upon return, was found to be “much less sound”.
X-rays were performed, showing chips in his knee, now adhered to the bone, causing ‘bone spurs’ in several locations in the joint. Injections didn’t help. UAWR’s vet made changes to the angles of his hoofs, to accommodate the knee’s reduced function. In addition, on the same leg, Woodie has some mild ringbone.
Ok, quick update after Dr. Z saw Woodie on 2/3/17. First, the ringbone is negligible. Second, the knee looks ok - the chips have adhered and don't seem to cause difficulties. However, Woodie has a grade 3 club foot on the right, and work needs to be done as he has a long toe, which Dr. Z feels is causing strain on the tendon. This is good news by my lights, as we have a terrific farrier and I feel this may be fixable. Something to always maintain properly, but possibly fixable. We will see....
At 15, so sadly, it may be that his “useful” life is over. The track caused yet another injury, and rather than deal (a surgery to remove those chips? layup and proper farrier care?), he was thrown away to die at slaughter. He more than earned his own keep all of those racing years, but was discarded at 7. Luckily, UAWR was able to retrieve him.
TGC will of course have our veterinarian assess him, but we’re assuming he’ll be with us to the end of his days, just being a horse. So far (day 2) he’s doing very well, trotting around and looking quite happy. Hopefully he can remain at least pasture sound!
Woodie needs sponsorship! If you can help, in any committed amount, please visit our Donate/Sponsor page to set up a monthly amount for this little sweetie! Hasn't he earned it?
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!!)