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.

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Pepe Grillo

20+ Pony Gelding

This little wild man is a 20+ year old 14.1 hh liver chestnut pony, tiny, but what a powerhouse! Julie owned him, and wrote:

He started off as a dressage mount for a small adult. ....he was trained as a hunter pony. He spent many years at a very fancy A show barn in Del Mar. He won many championships in the short stirrups and pony hunters. One of his many owners learned to jump on Pep and is now a Grand Prix rider. As his tolerance for intermediate riders waned, he was sold to a jumper barn. There he was purchased by a brave and daring 13 year old girl. This was a match made in heaven. There was not a fence he would not jump, no matter how high. They were an unbeatable team, literally. This tiny team won every 3'6" jumper course they ever entered. They beat the likes of Hap Hansen, and other big time professionals. He was awarded "Horse of the Year" in 2002 at the Oaks, after sweeping the 3'6" division that year. He came to me in 2003 and was leased to a few of my students. That year, he was year end walk-trot champion. The following year he was year end Pony hunter champion. In his last year of showing, he was again short stirrup year end champion. He won countless classes and always performed when it counted. He was never cooperative in lessons, always giving his rider a hard time, but at the shows he was always a star. He is a true competitor.

Julie then gave me more information about his personal quirks, and the sweet itch that has plagued him for so long. She didn’t want him having to continue to have steroid injections and antibiotics, and felt that the drier climate here might help him. Pepe is also very stallion-y and protective of Piccadilly, so when he came, I kept the two of them separate.  However, a few months later I was able to introduce him, Pic and Remy to the herd, and while there were a few tense moments, they were all happy to return to Oso in the South Stream arena.

A battle of wills between Pepe and Ronan

Since the passing of Princess Picadilly, Pepe has been loosely paired with little Song. He was friendly with Sarge too, until Sarge took over the care of Comet and Allie. (Ah, here at the Golden Carrot, it's like a soap opera!)  Pepe is also the first of the "South Stream" horses to bring Song over to the main stall line, and main open paddock.  He's an adventurer...

Pepe Grillo is sponsored by his former owner, Julie. Thank you Julie for being the kind of owner I can respect – who cares for their old friends!


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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