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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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(photo credit, Trish Lowe)

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Iron Man, the Rescued Mustang Foal and His Baby Buddies! Our June Bucket Fund!


Have you all heard about Iron Man already?  Oh, this story just tugs.  I cannot turn my back on babies.

OK, here goes.  I’m going to tell it as best I can from an interview with Shirley Allen (Foster Mom) and several emails I’ve received regarding this little band of survivors.  If I’ve gotten any of this wrong, please let me know!


There are a few bands  of mustangs in Nevada.  When something is wrong in the field and a horse needs attention, or when a mustang in a BLM holding pen needs special fostering, often the BLM will call LRTC (Least Resistance Training Center) in Stage Coach, Nevada.


Least Resistance Training Concepts (LRTC) is a non-profit corporation founded by Willis and Sharon Lamm of California for the purpose of researching and sharing humane and effective techniques for gentling and training horses, mules and donkeys.  LRTC evolved to add The Wild Horse Mentors project which is an idea that was first conceived by the LIFE Foundation, the “Wildhorses” Internet Group and the Kickin’ Back Ranch (KBR). The goal was to develop a corps of wild horse enthusiasts who could help new wild horse and burro adopters by sharing their skills and knowledge, or who could assess situations and make referrals so that adopters can find the help that they need.

As the concept matured, a non-profit corporation called Least Resistance Training Concepts (LRTC) was formed to administer the Wild Horse Mentors, become a legal Volunteer Service Organization to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and an authorized adoption agency for the State of Nevada Comstock Wild Horse Program and for the US Fish and Wildlife Service.


So, that is how LRTC was called several weeks ago.  You see, there was a report of a deceased mare and a wandering foal who had attached himself to the band stallion.  The stallion was doing his best to protect his baby, but unfortunately, no other horse was providing milk.  It was deemed best to go find the youngster and administer to him before he perished.

A lovely group of do-gooders mounted up (via car and horse) to go find this baby.  No easy feat…  But, they did!  The strong baby was keeping up with the stallion, even as strangers approached and the stallion kept the herd moving.  (First four pics show group looking for baby, sighting baby with the stallion, baby hooking up with Corey, walking baby back)

The rescue group decided to keep the stallion moving even faster so that the baby would tire and they could get him to attach to their horse instead of the stallion.  That worked, too!  Bittersweetly, the rescuers told me that the stallion made several good runs at them in an attempt to protect the foal.  Sigh.  So sad that they couldn’t tell the stallion that these humans were good…

As an aside, the rescue horse, Corey, was a previously wild mustang who is integral to these efforts. As you can see in his photos, he is alert and watching.  He knows his job and is a huge team member.

Finally, baby attached to Corey and the handlers helped move him to the awaiting trailer.  Once loaded, which was fairly easy, Shirley Allen staying in the trailer with the boy who soon would be named Iron Man.  The name fits since he was so strong to be out there without milk for 18 or so hours and because he was found near the Iron Mountains.

(In case you are wondering, it was determined that the mare passed from natural causes.  She had obvious signs of an issue with the birth…)

Once safe at home, Shirley administered to Iron Man out of her guest bedroom which has been transformed into the Foal Room.  Yup, she’s done this before…  In the Foal Room, Shirley has every type of whatever she might need, a microwave, refer and presently, a very curious baby!  The Allens have created this room for the babies because it has a little patio outside that they can section off.  So, the babies can go outside safely and also come in whenever they need to.

Entering the Foal Room has its advantages and disadvantages if you are a foal.  The good part is that you get food and a safe, warm and comfy place to sleep.  The bad part is that you have to wear a diaper.  Shirley wanted to devise a way to have the foals inside during the night so she could sleep but still feed them easily when they needed it.  (Shirley a fibromyalgia sufferer, figured this was the best way for her to help the babies.)  But, the indoor aspect of a foal left a few things to be desired.  Shirley came up with an ingenious idea for whenever they took ‘that’ stance inside the house.  She crafted baby horsey diapers out of Depends.  Clever!

Here are pics of Iron Man in the Foal Room.  He sniffs out the good stuff, wrestles with the dog to get his nose in there first, looks out the window and wakes up Mom when he is hungry at night.  Shirley says that he nudges her very gently or softly sucks on her when he needs food.  She says he isn’t aggressive.  He is a very good boy!  She also says that he is very bright and figured out that water came from the hose almost instantly!

Once Iron Man was deemed stable enough to go outside, he met up with the other animals on the farm.  First there was the sheep… and then there was the Llama, Larry.  According to Shirley, Larry thinks Iron Man is his baby!  They get along great!

Shirley says that Iron Man is calm, laid back, smart as the come, sweet and a huge snorer.  ;)


Now we fast forward a week.  It seems that the BLM, with all the foals from the new roundup being born in holding pens, there are some issues.  So, they called LRTC to see if they could pick up three more foals that needed assistance.  Well, of course!  The Allens went back and rounded up the three new foals.  Instant buddydom!  All of them took to each other like fish to water.

Obviously, the Foal Room would not work for so many youngsters.  And, since the new foals were slightly older than Iron Man, it was decided to build a shelter outside.  They carved out an area and began with a temporary blue tarp facility.  That was worked very well.  As you can see, all the babies have their own winter coats for the cold Spring night in Nevada.


A few days later, the phone rings yet AGAIN!  This time the BLM asks the Allens to come get one more filly.  Her Mom was bagged but milk was not flowing readily.  The BLM would check after the mare but asked if the Allens could take the filly before any harm was done.  (I am not going to speak about the colt in the BLM facility that was lost the week previous to this filly being sent to the Allens —  except to say that perhaps he gave his life so that awareness would bring this filly to safety…).  They named her Ellie. (She is the second one in line in front of the TajMaHorse.)

Here you can see them all:  Ellie, Austin, Drew Boy, Bella and Iron Man.

Shirley said that when Iron Man saw the newbie Ellie, he immediately acted like Social Chairman and showed her the electrolyte water as well as all the other amenities in their new digs.  And, speaking of new digs, the Allens and friends built a new TajMaHorse for the 5 foals.  Nice!


So, I don’t know about you, but I am deeply moved by those who help babies.  (Actually, I’m moved by all who help but I especially love babies.)  I think is it wonderful that the Allens devote so much time, energy, love and money to the Mustang cause.  I know the cost of replacement milk, electrolytes, food and all the other stuff certainly adds up.

So, for the month of June (my birthday month) the HORSE AND MAN DROP IN THE BUCKET FUND will be for Iron Man and his buddies at LRTC.  For those of you who are not familiar with the monthly Bucket Fund, please click here.  Basically, I feel that it is much easier to give a little amount anonymously than not give at all.  Therefore, if we all give a little ($5 each), it adds up, we can feel good about ourselves but we don’t have to give more than we feel comfortable giving individually.  So, today, June 1,  begins the Bucket Fund for the 5 little ones at LRTC.

Thank you for reading this…  Since LRTC is a 501 (c) 3, you can go to their page and donate on your own to get a tax deductible receipt, too, if you’d like.  Or, you can pass it onward and let others know, or you can donate with the button above.  I will show the amount we have collected throughout this month via the Bucket Fund page in the sidebar.  At the end of the month, I will send our group donation off to LRTC via Pay Pal and show you all the receipt!

And, last but not least, a video was created about these babies.  You can watch the video here via this link.



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