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About dawndi

I've been a very happy film producer (commercial and long format) for over 20 years. But, the horses have always been foremost in my heart... Currently I live on a small ranch in California with my wonderful husband, 13 horses, 4 dogs, 3 cats and various woodland creatures. Life is good!

I visited Dalton yesterday!

Dalton is in training with Thru-Rider, Gillian Larson.  You can visit her website here and  Instagram here.


Dalton is doing very well in training!  He is up to 5 hours on his trail rides!   He has spent most of his training time learning how to navigate the trailriding world and balance with a rider.  Now that he is a semi-pro and the riding part… he is now learning stamina and trails.

Gillian’s place is 1.5 hours from my house, but the drive is beautiful and my favorite fruit stand is on the way – bonus!

When I arrived, Dalton was nose fighting through the fence with his neighbor.  Of course.

Most of my photos didn’t turn out very well because once he saw me, Dalton was in my face, literally.  I had such a tough time holding my camera and pushing the button while simultaneously pushing his nose out of my hair.

Not complaining.

Having a horse love on you is one of the best feelings – ever.

We hung out.  I scratched him profusely.  We met his neighbor and squealing ensued.   We took a walk and met some of his new friends.  We dunked for watermelon and we read together.  Well, I read, he listened while munching on hay.

It was a great visit.


My boy.

He has a new neighbor, Cricket. This is one of Gillian’s trail horses. She is keen on Dalton. A lot of squealing happened when I arrived and took his attention. (The big brown thing on the left is Dalton’s nose.)

Right across the way are 3 resident mustangs who are also being trained for through riding by one of Gilllian’s Thru-Riding friends. (Thru-riding is not endurance riding.)

Dalton is helping me read and also checking my pockets.

I guess storytime was over because he took my jacket and upturned my chair when I left to speak to Gillian.

So we went for a walk… and met Gillian’s trail mule. she is very pretty.

After our jaunt, we played a bit more.

Then we played “Bobbing for watermelon”.

As the visit came to a close, we walked Dalton up to his usual turnout which is several acres with the 3 long yearling fillies. He loves them!

My kiss goodbye.


OCTOBER BUCKET FUND HORSES! A wild filly with an impaction, a beaten-up young filly and an old man with a lung/sinus infection weeping through his eye. Please share!   Click here for story!

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Big Sexy needs his eye surgery!  Our poor filly needs so many bandage changes and healing meds…

We are not quite halfway to our goal!

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We are helping three horses this month…Click here to read the original October Bucket Fund Story.

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Click to read original story (Cricket the Warm Springs baby, The Beat-up young mare from the auction, Big Sexy with the bad eye)

–The Warm Springs wild filly, Cricket, who was brought to 3 Sisters Equine Refuge with several issues including active colic…

–The mare who sustained many injuries and was found at a meat auction – so no one knows how she was injured … fell in the trailer (?), was beat-up in the corrals by larger horses (?) … the injuries to her back legs were very severe.  She was found and saved at a meat auction by All Seated in a Barn.

–The old gelding (now called, Big Sexy) with the stocked up legs and weepy eye who was found at a meat auction and rescued by All Seated in a Barn.  His eye was so bad, he could not see to navigate his survival at the auction.


It has been 2 weeks since these horses were found and rescued.

Big Sexy:  23 year-old gelding.  HIS EYE NEEDS TO BE REMOVED.

Big Sexy is still at Outlaw Equine Hospital where they are treating his stocked up legs with hydro therapy – which is doing wonders – but his eye is showing a hole so it is draining and will have to be removed.

Once that painful eye is gone and his legs feel better, this old gentleman’s life will be so wonderful!  He is already gaining significant weight, even with all of this pain.

Note his flymask/eye mask.  I wrote about these long ago (click here to read).  I think they are terrific because they keep their shape and really do a wonderful job of protecting the eye without annoying the horse.

To watch a movie of Big Sexy, click this link!

The eye has died. There is a hole in it… and it is draining. The eye will have to be removed.  He will feel much better once he has had the surgery.

Click image to watch video of the gelding with the bad eye… (Big Sexy).  The hydro therapy is really helping his back legs with the cellulitis.  And great groceries are adding weight!


No one knows what happened to her, but she was horribly beaten up.   The good news is that she is healing!  Below are somewhat graphic photos of the injuries beneath her leg bandages which are healing up nicely!

When I look at the injuries to her legs, it looks to me like a horse with shoes got tangled up with this filly…maybe in an over-crowded trailer, headed to auction?  Or maybe she fell in the trailer and another horse stepped all over her?

She is such a sweetie! Those injuries are healing up nicely!

Here you can see that the leg wounds are healing nicely!


This filly is doing GREAT!  Here is an update from the 3 Sisters Equine Refuge FB page:



Big Sexy needs so much care, surgery, groceries and continued hydro therapy.  The young mare needs many, many dressing changes and time to heal her battered little body.  The Warm Springs filly is doing well (thank the horsegods) but her vet bills were enormous.

We are not quite halfway to our goal!

All donations are 100% tax deductible!  Thank you in advance!  Let’s help those who are on the ground, helping these horses! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

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