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December Bucket Fund Donation Receipts! THANK YOU ALL.

December Bucket Fund was for All Seated in a Barn – and 5 specific equines… although we ended up helping 7!  Thank you thank you thank you!

In case you missed the original story, you can find it here.


Our goal last month was to help 2 minis, one pregnant donkey, one jenny and a one-eyed pony  bailed from the Texas kill pen and facilitate transportation and finding new homes.

Not only did we find new homes for them all, but we also helped with transport and adoption of the male donkey who was sent to my work at Halter Ranch (the girls were paid for by Halter Ranch, but the male was added at the last minute).

A job very well done!  New lives for all – plus one!


This receipt was to help pay for the 3 who went to Grass Valley. The mini pair and the pregnant donkey.

This is for the one-eyed pony and the fuzzy eared jenny who came to be with Norma Jean.

This was for the additional elder jenny that needed a home.

This was a transportation fee.

This was for the BLM wild donkey that ended up at Halter Ranch


I’m sure most of you have seen the pics of the 2 minis and the pregnant jenny who were sent to Grass Valley…

Jen, in Grass Valley, says she plays with them all the time – she so misses her horses. Jen was a dressage rider for years.

Jen feels that these two are mother and daughter.  This is the mother.

This poor Jenny (now named, “Molly”) lost her baby. The vet said that she has an undetected UTI and the baby slipped. Jen is sad that there will be no baby, but now Molly is Jen’s baby.

These are the two at my house. Not sure of the names yet… they are both very timid still. The little one, with her mop top, could be Pebbles or Pickles, not sure. The wonky flopped necked older gal, still thinking… She brays like a Wookie.

This is the one-eyed pony. He is very feisty and likes to fight… so we are thinking, Rocky Balboa.

This is a photo taken through a binocular lens. We found the 4 wild BLM donkeys on the 750 acres at Halter Ranch. The brown male in front is the one we helped deliver to Halter Ranch.



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An update on our January Bucket Fund horse, Buddy!

Last week, I told you about Buddy.  If you missed that story, click here.

Buddy is another old horse (28 yrs), dumped at a feedlot.  His rescuer wrote a moving missive in his defense, that I read.  I was moved to help this horse.

Buddy is now getting the care he needs to live out the rest of his years.

Buddy upon intake


Farrier and Vet visits today!  His feet didn’t look too bad for an old, malnourished horse.

I actually spoke to the vet.  He sent over Buddy’s file.  We spoke about Buddy’s condition.  The vet felt that although Buddy has a heart murmur, he presents as what one would expect for a 28 year old horse.  Blood was drawn and they are awaiting results.  Buddy’s worst issue is his nutrition.  He needs lots of healthy, soft foods to gain weight as he is missing a molar.  Buddy needs to eat in a safe, calm environment.

The vet also said that Buddy’s lungs were clear.  They did a Coggins test.  And the vet added that Buddy walked with a sway which was not ataxia.  He feels the issue is an old injury to his hip.  Because of this, we have arranged for an equine massage therapist to have a session with Buddy.

As far as eating as an old man with few molars, here is what was told to me:  “He actually chews hay great.  He has all of his chewing teeth except the one missing in the back.  He’s also on 2 lbs soaked beet pulp and 2 lbs alfalfa pellets soaked plus 3 lbs Pro Force Senior feed.  We added rice bran meal in for a supplement and a joint supplement.”

He gets a new, personal blanket tomorrow.

Buddy with the farrier.

We are at our original goal for Buddy’s care!  WONDERFUL!  THANK YOU.  However, he does need continued body work for his wonky hip, so if you’d like to contribute for Buddy, the overage will go towards his body work and massage/chiropractic care.  Thank you!!

All donations are 100% tax deductible!  THANK YOU for helping us help Buddy.

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I wanted to address the people who are against Horse and Man helping this particular horse because it is at a rescue they don’t like.  I hear you… but I don’t pick sides.  If the vet and farrier I speak with answer my questions, then my only concern is the health of the horse.  If we can make sure that Buddy gets the help he needs – through professionals caring for him – then Buddy wins.  That is our goal.  To make a difference in the lives of the horses we help.  Today, we made a difference in Buddy’s life.  No question.

As an aside, Skydog had haters, too.  Since I worked there and saw what happened first hand, I could easily defend Skydog…  But it didn’t matter our due diligence;  the haters kept hating.  I learned that there is no appeasing those who hate.

What is important is doing good work.

Buddy sniffing a bit of the new round bale that arrived today.


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