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Iron Man and his Foallowers… An Update, a Donation Request and a Wink ;)

Get it?  Foal – lowers?  Followers who are foals?…  I know, if you have to explain a joke, it isn’t funny.  But, I still keep chuckling when I write this so I guess I’m just amusing myself and making you all groan!

OK, well today is an update on our Bucket Fund Baby, Iron Man.

As an aside, THANK YOU, to all of you who wrote and told me how to be more effective when asking for donations.  You know who you are…  ;)

So, of the many suggestions, there were three ideas that I am going to try today.  The first is to formally ask you all to please help these babies, ANY amount from $1 to $whatever,  the button is bigger and below.

OK, now I want to repeat the goal of the Bucket FundThe Bucket Fund is a monthly donation collection that allows us individuals to just add a drop ($1 – $whatever) into it and then as a group,  we put all of the donations together to gift to that particular month’s selected Equine Charity.  Sometimes, as individual donator, a small donation doesn’t feel right or seem like enough so we don’t do it.  But, this way, any amount is greatly appreciated and added to the other donations to make one big bucket full of help.

So, please donate to the Bucket Fund this month for Iron Man and his Foallowers (I did it again).  Here is the link to read about his story.  The button is right here and you can put in any amount from $1 to infinity.  Every penny is greatly appreciated!  Clickaway!

Iron Man and his cronies are doing wonderfully!  He now has two male buddies (Austin and Drew Boy) plus his two gal pals (Ellie and Bella).

Dad and babies painting

I received a very enthusiastic email from Foster Mama Shirley at LRTC (Least Resistance Training Center). She said the little ones are doing very well!  In fact, they were all helping Dad paint the Taj MaHorse last week.

I guess the storms and rain had kept the finishing touches from getting finished so last week was the painting event!  How fun to have 5 noses trying to help… Shirley said that after they tried to grab Dad’s brush about a million times, they got bored with that game and went back to eating.  Figures.  Thank goodness!

She describes all of them:
1)  Iron Man:   So smart and such a love!  He started it all when he was rescued and has since paved the way for all

Ellie, Austin and Iron Man

of his new buddies who were born in the BLM holding pens (Moms were either too ill or not able to nurse them).  Iron Man acts as “greeter” to all new arrivals.  Shirley says he is just a joy of a horse.

2)  Austin:  He wants to play all the time!  Austin is constantly egging IM on and trying to get him into mischief.  The two are always together like Mutt n Jeff.  Austin is fast and sweet and in your pocket.  He loves to be busy.

Drew Boy and Iron Man playing

3)  Drew Boy:  Drew is the more quiet of the boys.  He is a thinker.  He doesn’t get pushed around.  He is the strong, silent type.  As with all of the babies, he is very sweet.

4)  Bella:


Bella is beautiful hence the name.  She is very sweet, very tall and very loving.  Bella already knows how to pick up her feet!

5)  Ellie:  Ellie is the newest and the “skinny minny” of the group.  Shirley feeds her

Ellie, Iron Man and Austin

separately although she is pretty sure that Ellie could fend for herself!  Ellie has bursts of energy in the mornings and evening.  Soon, she will be at the same health level as the others and will blossom physically.  Already, Ellie shows signs of being most wonderful and angelic with devotion

Shirley feels that these babies are now strong enough to start halter training and hoof protocol.  We’ll see how that goes this week!  I’m looking forward to updates and pictures of all 5 learning at once!

That is the update.  Remember, just because they are safe doesn’t mean they don’t need help.  Shirley and her household take care of these babies out of the kindness of their hearts.  So,  I’m going to ask clearly again for a donation to help these babies with their excellent care!  Any amount from $1 – infinity for the Bucket Fund.  You can read about the Bucket Fund here.  So, please click today!  Thank you all very much!  Remember $1 is just fine…

THIS JUST IN TODAY directly from Shirley:
“I’ve had to wait a little while to write this news but needed to let folks know that we lost little Drew yesterday. As some of you might remember he came in with a sublingual hernia. He was too young to operate on right at first so we had to wait for him to gain a little weight and get older. Yesterday morning our Vet came so we could try to fix this. What was a pretty bad hernia on one side turned out to be a fatal birth defect in his abdomen and had large hernias on both sides. When we were able to see the entirety of the situation there was not going to be any way for Drew to survive much longer without terrible and painful complications. Our wonderful Doc tried so hard and worked so hard to fix it but Drew had been born without the abdominal wall muscle and there was nothing to hold his intestines in place. Doc tried many times to make things work but there was no way stitches to close the hernia would hold. We had to make the horrible and heartbreaking decision to let him go. Little Drew was our weakest and most frail from day one but we always hope and pray that we can get them through and fix any thing that Mother Nature forgot. The reality of this defect for Drew was that he would not make it very much longer without developing major intestinal problems and would be in tremendous pain trying to live with this until it finally took him as he grew. We are missing him terribly right now but hanging on and loving the little foursome. They are doing very well and Iron Man has buddied up with Ellie to keep her in the fold. She was laying by herself yesterday afternoon and he actually came out of the little house where the 3 of them had settled down for a nap and called her. She looked up but didn’t get up so he marched himself down the hill, went to her, nuzzled and nickered and she got up and followed him into the house with all the other kids. I can never understand people that think animals do not think or have compassion and caring in that regard. I’ve seen it time and time again of how much caring and heart they have for each other and us too.

I’m so sorry to deliver such bad news but I know that everyone loves them and needed to let folks know.

Love and take care from us all. At least our little angel will not be in any pain and will be held in God’s arms.

Bruce, Shirl and Critter Kids Too”

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And, I wanted you readers to know that the BLM did pay for the surgery to help save Drew…
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Our Donation Receipt and An Idea for Horse Rescues…

Hello All!

Well, we did it!  We accrued monies in the Bucket Fund of $55 for The United Pegasus Foundation!  Yay!   I rounded it up a bit then  worked the Pay Pal buttons.   Off it went!  Here is the receipt.

I must say that in my heart, I was a bit disappointed in myself that I’m not a better fundraiser.  I thought I could have inspired more $5 donations.   If you have any ideas for me to be a better Fund Raiser, please let me know.   I’d happily hear all ideas!

I am hoping that my skills improve this month so we can collect a bit more for our Iron Man Foal and his buddies.  Here is a link to the Bucket Fund page.  Thank you again, for every penny!  I know it means much to the chosen ones!

Also, it has occurred to me that I, alone, will have the receipts to these donations.  That is not why I’m doing this…  But if this upsets anyone, please know that it would be wonderful for anyone wanted to go to these rescues and donate on their own to get an individual receipt.  No worries!  The more the merrier!


Now that we are speaking of people who help horses in an organized way, I wanted to touch on an article I saw on MSNBC.  You might have seen it as well.

Basically, the article spoke of several cities that are banning pet shops from selling puppies because they believe this trade helps support the puppy mill industry.  So, NO MORE, they said.  And, interestingly, it is helping stop the puppy mill industry… But, my point is another idea presented in the article that has come out of this idea.


It seems that some shelters in those towns with no pet store puppies have come up with a very good idea.  They realized that many puppy purchasers now had no where to go to purchase their puppies.  But, they also knew that these types of puppy buyers were not inclined to savor the pound experience.  Not many people do savor the pound experience.

I know that it is very difficult for me to visit the local pound.  It basically destroys me.  It is heart wrenching to see all these homeless and doomed animals when you can only save one.  I get it.  I totally understand how certain folks want a different environment to find their new dog.

Although these ‘not wanting to go to the pound’ feelings don’t help save lives (and we hope those folks help in other ways…), they do leave a market untapped.  There is a whole group of dog adopters out there who are ready, willing and able but just cannot bring themselves to stomach the shelter walk.


So, these brilliant Animal Welfare groups have created “boutique” viewing parlors that resemble pet shops inside of their facilities.  Isn’t this an incredible idea?!  What they have done is created a very comfortable, warm and inviting room that houses several dogs/cats in appropriate containers who are easily viewed in a non-threatening environment.  Yay!

The great part is, as one example in Albuquerque, since the ban started animal adoptions have increased 23 percent and euthanasia at city shelters has decreased by 35 percent.  Peggy Weigle, executive director of Animal Humane New Mexico. explained her goal was to adopt out 45 animals in the first month; instead, they placed 118 animals in new homes. Adoptions have been so plentiful, Weigle said, that her organization is preparing to open a second adoption boutique. Weigle said she recently had a young purebred Yorkshire Terrier available for adoption for just $135, the standard adoption fee.

What a success!  You can read the full article here.


Well, I’m sure there is a way…  I’m sure if we presented this idea to the smart folks that facilitate this sort of thing, there would be answers.  So, I’m asking you all to pass this idea around to all the horsey folks you know.  Somewhere, it will make a difference.

To step back a bit, many people think that Horse Rescues only have old, sick or useless horses because the “good ones would have been adopted”.  Sigh.  As we all know, often horses are driven straight to the feedlots because the breeder or rancher or previous owners just want to be rid of them.  The feedlots pay good money right up front and there’s no messing with classified ads, feeding while waiting or the hassle of the auction.  Sad but true.  So, many very usable and wonderful horses go straight to the feedlots. (Not that Equine Rescue Groups only rescue from feedlots, they don’t.  They rescue from everywhere and they rescue fine horses every day.)

So, why not create a boutique type of viewing area for potential horse adopters?  I’m not saying build a new barn (although that would be dreamy), I’m saying that perhaps there is a way to spiff it up a bit and re-brand certain rescues as the “place to go to get quality rescue horses” for that crowd.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that all rescue horses aren’t quality, but there are many adopters who want a certain type of riding horse or kids’ horse or you know…  And, if one rescue in the area was the designated place to house those horses (from all rescues in the area) maybe that cooperative would work.


I can just hear it now, “But Horse Rescues are struggling as it is on a shoe string budget…”  Yup.  I know.  But, there is probably a way TO come together and learn from the dog/cat shelters in New Mexico.

There ARE groups of horsey folks in the market for new equines every day.  Those people could adopt a rescue horse but they would never think of going to a rescue to get one.  It hasn’t occurred to them because they have an impression in their minds that prohibits them from considering rescue horses.  All we have to do is change their minds.  Advertisers do it to us consumers every day.

As one example, here is a website of photos ( of Rescue Horses from one particular rescue.  They look like they should be on the cover of Nat’l Geo…  They look gorgeous!  This kind of Rescue Horse advertising could wet the whistle, so to speak.  Of course, photos like these are expensive —  but not necessarily (Sinclair donated her time and photos for the rescue).  Perhaps there could be a network.   In fact, I think there are some in the works…  I’ll keep you posted on that.  But, the idea here is to create a more user friendly environment for potential horse adopters.

I know there is an idea in this article that can be applied to the horses.  Chew on it and pass it around.  Someone will figure this out.  After all, the “boutique” adoption feel is working in the small animal shelter paradigm.  And, I’m sure it wasn’t easy, but they did it.

I’m just sayin’…

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Donate $5 to the Iron Man Foal Bucket Fund Now!  To read about the Bucket Fund, click here.  The June Bucket Fund is for the mustang foals rescued by LRTC.  Read about it here.
(photo credit, Trish Lowe)

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