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 1994
16.3 hand Thoroughbred mare – chestnut with white blaze

Joy raspberries photog DeeAnn Bradley in August 2010
Joyful was a highly talented Grand Prix prospect, who was simply pushed too hard, too soon. Her prior owner of a couple of years, Kim Nelson, loved Joyful dearly, and when it became clear that Joyful would not stay sound, despite offers of the alleged “good home”, Kim looked for a retirement possibility for Joyful. Because she has had problems in the past which resulted in the removal of her ovaries, she is not a breeding prospect. The next best thing was The Golden Carrot. I don’t know if a year or two of rest may make a difference for this mischievous mare, but she will probably be a good prospect for flat classes with a little work. Joyful is the Kid out here – the nearest in age to her is Sara who is at least 14 years old. It is interesting to see how a mare who doesn’t go into the season seems to have trouble integrating into the herd. It’s taken her some time to be accepted, but now she is one of the dominant horses here. She has also developed a protective nature – taking care of Sara who is so crippled with laminitis, and also for the first six months being the guardian of frail ChaCha (see photo below)


Here is the Gorgeous Joyful in November of 2009, with my then-volunteer Sierra at the Tierra del Norte Arabian Horse Assn Community Horse show, doing TGC proud!
Joyful is now sponsored!  THANK YOU Marilyn Braley for helping Joyful! 
Please Contact Casey if you can sponsor any other Golden Carrot residents.


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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