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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Paint Pony Gelding
Foaled somewhere between 1983 and 1990
Passed away October 2014
Shelby was posted online, and fellow rescuer Cathy Atkinson asked me to consider taking him in.  Here is the picture she provided me - wow, how could we turn away?
Now, I was surprised when Shelby arrived.  He is TEENY.  Just a pony, with a baby face.  And of course very very thin, with super long toes that had already been trimmed once (arggh).
This is what Dani was able to accomplish in our first effort:
Farrier was able to make a quick difference in his feet, and advised he might be sorefooted for a while (which he is a little).  She wants to come do him again in 5-6 weeks, as there is more remedial work to do.
Dr. Zadick came, and was aghast at what he found in Shelby's mouth.  Like our dear departed Buddy, he had one upper tooth so long that it impinged on the lower jaw, preventing him from closing his mouth. He was also missing quite a few teeth.  Based on his findings, he indicates Shelby could be as old as 30, and certainly no younger than 23. So even when Shelby had access to food, he could not grind it, or even keep it in his mouth which would not close.  His jaw muscles are completely atrophied, it has been so long that he's been able to grind his food.    Although he wasn't happy when done, Dr. Zadick worked long and hard on Shelby's mouth.  Again, he told me to expect that Shelby's teeth would be tender as he had to go down almost to the pulp on a couple, so the boy got some painkillers for a few days.  Now, though, he is clearly eating better, and more, and I have hopes we'll see some real improvement here.
Shelby is currently housed next to Corazon, and adores her.  He's not willing to follow her into the herd but hovers nearby and calls when she goes out of his sight.  He's showing much more spriteliness and getting around a lot better.  I have hopes - ponies tend to be pretty hardy and I think he's had very good treatment in his past, as he holds no grudge, and has no fear of anyone I've brought around. 
Many thanks to the many people who stepped up to help with getting Shelby here, and covering these initial expenses. 
l'm also glad to report that our newest addition, Pistol, has attached himself to Shelby as friend and bodyguard. Although Shelby continues to love Corazon, he's not left alone any longer, when she wanders off with Pepe and his crew.
But Shelby needs a sponsor - anyone?  Due to his lost teeth, Shelby will always need a LOT of pelleted feed, as he can't really graze the grass hay.  He also will need a steady administration of psyllium and chia, as he can't take in the long fiber necessary to keep things moving through his guts. He is moving around more since his feet were fixed and he's in the herd, but will probably always be a special needs guy...

Goodbye to Shelby

I'm glad to say that Katja Tootle-Pizka, our volunteer and supporter, has stepped up with a part sponsorship for Shelby, as well as Suzanne Butler!
Thank you BOTH for helping our little guy!


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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