IT IS MY BIRTHDAY – PLEASE GIFT ME BY HELPING SAMSON… Beaten and blinded by his owner, Sampson’s rescuers walked him over 5 hours to bring him out of the Grand Canyon. JUNE BUCKET FUND: SAMPSON!

Today is my birthday and I can think of no better way to celebrate than collecting donations for Samson.  His tragic story gripped me.

Samson was a Havasupai pack horse.  His job was to haul humans and his wrangler owner up and down the Grand Canyon.  Because Sampson was ‘spooky’ on the narrow trails, his owner punched his eye out – so he wouldn’t spook on that side.  He also didn’t feed Samson.  This poor, very unfortunate horse was starved, beaten and worked until the life was almost gone from him.

Look at his bunched, cramped and misshapen stature in this photo taken from a news video.

Look at his horribly mis shapen body…

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SAMSON’S STORY (from the Equine Voices email)

On May 30th Equine Voices opened our gates and hearts to this gentle, blind, Havasupai horse named Samson. Samson, named for his bravery, endured years of abuse carrying people and supplies up and down the eight-mile stretch in the Grand Canyon. He became blind after his owner violently punched him in the eye, leaving him without sight.  (sic) We were contacted to see if we had room for this amazing warrior. Thankfully we did, and after a long, 5 1/2 hour, grueling walk out of the canyon, Samson has arrived safely home. Our very own ranch manager, Ricky Williams and Adam from Healing Hearts Rescue & Refuge, walked over eight miles to get Samson safely to the top of the canyon. Samson is one of the lucky ones, and we pray we will have more room and the financial capacity to help other Havasupai horses in need. If you would like to sponsor Samson, or help us in our Havasupai rescue mission, please call us at (520) 398-2814 .

Samson is finally in caring hands after being beaten, starved and nearly worked to death.


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All donations are 100% tax deductible!  Thank you in advance!  It means so much to right the wrong.

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1) Happy Birthday, Dawn, Get your nails done, Girl!  $25 BF donation

2)  Happy Birthday, Dawn, here’s  A big ol’ really yummy cake! – $ 20 BF donation

3) Happy Birthday, Dawn, here’s A lovely glass of wine and gorgeous sunset! – $10 BF donation

4) Happy Birthday, Dawn, here’s A Glob of Haagen Dazs Rocky Road Ice Cream! – $5 BF donation

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HAVE YOU HEARD OF SADDLE BOXES? – delivered to your door! SADDLEBOX.NET (no affiliation)

OK, so you know how I love surprises…  (and new horse products…).

I’m always a buyer of grab-bags and surprise gifts and “??” bags.  I am the one who will buy a mystery box at the local fair or the ‘bonus bundle’ at the nursery.

So… when I heard about Saddle Box, a new company that delivers equestrian themed boxes full of little surprises each month, I was totally on board.  What new products would they send to me?  What would arrive that I wouldn’t normally buy for myself but would love to have…?

Well, today my Saddle Box arrived!

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Directly from the website:

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Here is a photo of the inside of my Saddle Box.  As you can see, they personalized the box with a bright turquoise exterior and a lovely family photo on the inside.  Nice touch!

My box that arrived for me today.

Inside was:

  1.  –ClintRMint Company horse treats!  To be honest, my dogs ate the first two with total glee!  I brought the rest out to my skinny horses (not for IR or Cushing horses) and they LOVED them.

You know what else I liked about this inclusion, is that ClintRMints are from ETSY. They aren’t a big company… they are made by a person (or several people working really hard) who has a name and a face.  I love this.  It feels good to support a smaller business.  Also,one could have direct contact with the baker – when ordering on Etsy.  Nice that Saddle Box looks for vendors from all walks of retail.

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2)  The Little Red Book of Horse Wisdom.   Well, I haven’t read this book, but it looks very sweet.  I will put it on my bedstand and read a page every night before I nod off.   I think this book would be great as a stocking stuffer or hostess gift or birthday gift…

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3). DECKER Face Brush:  I have a few face brushes, but it is nice to have a fresh one that belongs to no one.  I think I will gift it to either Annie or Missy Miss.

When I first had horses, I didn’t know face brushes existed.  I can tell you that horses love the softer, silkier fronds on those delicate areas!


4). CHAMBERLAIN’S LEATHER MILK:   I have never tried this… I need to clean my saddle so I will use it soon.  The website says really good things.  I’m excited.  This is a trial size.  So, if it works, I’ll probably get more to do my bridles, etc.


5). NEIGH BAR, NATURAL HORSE SHAMPOO:  Another Etsy find!  Another product made by a real person.  I’m very pleased that SaddleBox finds boutique products!  I have not yet used this shampoo, but the fragrance is wonderful and the ingredients look divine.

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, castor oil, citronella essential oil, cedarwood essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil, peppermint essential oil, lavender essential oil, lemon essential oil

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6). EPONA GOLD HORSE PICK:  OK, so who doesn’t always need another hoof pick?  I have several stashed all over.  This one is metal (horse shoe) so it should last a lot longer than the plastic kind.  I haven’t used it yet, but I imagine it is very strong!  The Epona people know hooves.

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7). A RED BANDANA!  (21 x 21 square cotton)  I think Scoutypants will be the recipient of this lovely, all cotton, bandana.  But, I could see it as a napkin or basket liner or as a… bandana!

A cotton 21″x21″ bandana!


I found more reviews on the website:

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When Saddle Box is profitable, they are planning on giving back.  Nice.

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On the website it says that each subscriber receives fresh cookies.  I was a one-time person, so that is probably why I didn’t receive any cookies.  However, they do offer the recipe on their website linked here.

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