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 email@example.com - 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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Reflection's Blue Bayou ("Boo")
12 Year old Spotted Saddle/Tennessee Walker gelding
Foaled approximately 2000
Bayou is an out-going, blue eyed black and white Spotted Saddle/Tennessee Walker gelding, who unfortunately (by MRI) has been diagnosed with wobbler syndrome. It is a very mild case at this point, but makes him a little unsafe for riding. I think a little light trail riding, or leadline work with a small and experienced rider (who can be light in the hands, and not ask for any flexion) might allow Bayou to have some sort of work in his future, but he's probably looking at a long life here at TGC. We don't know what caused the syndrome in him. He could have it genetically (and some very specialized breeding went into producing a horse with this kind of coloring!), he could have had an injury - they even say a Vitamin E deficiency can cause it! At any rate, what it means is he has a lesion at C3-4 which causes him to lose proprioception - that is, he often doesn't know exactly where his hind feet are! When the doc did his tests (before we had the MRI results for him to see) he indicated it's probably mild because if you didn't know about the MRI results, you might think Bayou was just being "cautious" or "careful" about placing his feet. But with the MRI results, and the field tests, he's definitely got it..
In addition Boo has lots of personality, and the typical pony "napoleon" complex! He's tough, and smart and probably a little aggrieved at how other horses in a herd treat him - those blue eyes take a little getting used to, as they make him seem kinda "crazy"! "-) But he's so sweet to people, and LOVES his carrots and treats, and clever - he is a welcome addition to the herd at The Golden Carrot.
Dear Boo was not sponsored for a year, but then, Nancy A stepped up with a part sponsorship! Thanks NANCY! But we could sure use more help for Boo, as he needs his regular chiropractic to keep his Wobbler's from becoming unmanagable. Can you help?
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!!)