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!

Go Giorgianni Go


Foaled February 21, 2006

Passed away 6/24/17

Bay Thoroughbred Gelding - Off Track

This is the beautiful Gio (pronounced like Zho, sorta like Joe with a soft J).  This youngster, only 6 years, 3 months old when he arrived at TGC on June 4, 2012, has a badly damaged right front fetlock.  His records show that he raced 28 times in 2010 and 2011, for total earnings of $48,316.

This picture, below, had me screaming, when it's clear that he's already hurt the fetlock, and they STILL RACED HIM ONE MORE TIME! Karin at Neigh Savers wrote:

He raced 28 times and it took 20 times for him to break his maiden.  This is a photo of him after his second to last race.  You can see how he's holding his ankle already and yet the trainer made him race yet one more time on it and then .. tried to pawn him off as sound!!!!!  Makes me so mad at what was done to him.  The owner took all of her horses away from that trainer btw...not actually specifically over this but over the general care of her horses.

I mean, what are the odds that if he'd just been cared for, and given time off, the final damage might not have occurred?  Ugh. However, Neigh Savers saved him with some help from his former owners, and cared for him thru the acute phase of the injury, as well as providing medications for me to continue his care.  So far, the uneven terrain, after his 15 hour trailer ride here, has caused him a fair amount of pain and lameness, but he's getting the routine down, and learning the ropes.

I'm very grateful to Karin at Neigh Savers for helping this sweet boy, and for her generosity to me. She has provided medications for Gio as well as complete histories, Jocky Club certs, AND x-rays on both Gio and his friend Jedi.  So many people promise to send me medical information on the horses they send here, and that's the last I hear.  In addition, Karin has promised some financial support, and notified Gio's former owner/breeder of his transition to TGC, and requested that any future help for him be sent our way!  I cannot tell you how rare that is... Thanks K, and Neigh Savers ( for all you do!

His friend Jedi has been his buddy and caretaker since their arrival.  Gio is very calm and self-possessed, but with his injury, having a friend to watch his back in our herd has been great. 

I know they both look great here - thanks to Neigh Savers' good care and their youth - but it makes watching them gimp around like my oldsters even more painful.

I would love to have someone sponsor Gio, even partially.  His former owner has sent some financial assistance, but is also supporting a half dozen of her now-retired mares. We, and Gio, need us in his corner - because his efforts on behalf of his humans has cost him the strength and health he should have enjoyed for many more years. 

Gio has a part sponsor - Ann McCurdy - as of March 2014. But he is a big boy with needs (shoes, medications) and we could use more help for him. Would you consider joining Ann in part-sponsoring Gio?  if so, please contact Casey...


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!!)


Top rated non profit 2012 

SHI - Support Stolen Horse International