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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Foaled Approximately 1982
17 hand Black Tennesee Walker
Arrived TGC in 2001; Passed away 4/13/15
Goodbye to Buck
I’ve been advised that Buck has the true Tennessee Walker breeding, and his former owner Misty and I both agree that there may have been Fresian in the woodpile at some point. Buck over his years with Misty and Jeff has lost most of his gaits – only very occasionally will he break into the natural “walk” that TWHs are born with. He’s spent a lot of years keeping pace with his best girl, Hava, a Quarterhorse with half his stride. Buck and Hava are the happy trail companions of Misty and Jeff of Santa Barbara. The two are inseparable, with Buck being the caretaker of the highstrung Hava. Buck was a show horse, and as so many of them are, he was hard to handle. He would attack anyone who came near to his food, and showed many signs of being overworked, overstressed, and under loved. Jeff spent many hours teaching him to be calmer, and to show him attention that wasn’t directed at achieving any particular performance, and those hours paid off. Despite a habit of snorting in a very stallion-like way, Buck has become a big puppy – mostly interested in obtaining all possible carrots. He was very aggressive in his first few months, but time has shown me that those attacks on other horses were mostly designed to instill respect for himself, and protection for Hava. As time has gone by, he’s moved a few notches down in the herd hierarchy; and although you didn’t dare take one somewhere without the other, Buck and Hava relaxed enough to spend time with the other horses. In particular, Buck and Falcon like to play ‘bite my face’.  In October of 2005, Misty and Jeff stopped sponsoring Buck and Hava. 
In February of 2008, Buck’s love, Hava, died. Buck has not really been the same since. Hava also loved Falcon, and Buck and Falcon have become friends. I moved the two into adjacent stalls, and they’ve been inseparable since Hava’s passing. Buck lost weight in the first few months after Hava died, and I’ve been working, with some success, to put weight back on. His arthritis has flared terribly too, as I also saw happen when Domino lost his first love Teke, and thanks to Naturvet I’ve been able to provide some relief for him. This sweet gelding deserves your good thoughts, and his own sponsor. A feed sponsorship for Buck would be $125 per month. Can you help? 

Buck is wonderful with little children, as seen here with Marsi Marsh’s toddlers giggling on his bare back. He is an enormous horse, but I love him best for his enormous heart. As his friend Hava has become enamored of Falcon since 2005, Buck has branched out and become the greeter of visitors, and occasional escort of various mares. I think he’d been relieved to have some of his Hava-protector duties taken over by Falcon, and blossomed in his freedom.
In July of 2009, Buck once again stood sweetly while a gaggle of little girls bathed him. This is one wonderful horse…  
Buck is now Sponsored, From June 2011 to June 2012!  Thank you Marilyn Braly for stepping up for this sweet old man! Please contact Casey if you’d like to help Sponsor any of the other Golden Carrot horses!


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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