About Jackson Hole Horse Rescue;
Jackson Hole Regional Horse Rescue began in the fall of 2008.
Jonesy’s old horse, Shadow, developed arthritis and could no longer climb the steep mountains. What do you do with an old friend who can no longer function as part of an outfitting team? Having him put down was simply unthinkable. On the other hand, a horse is a very expensive pet. What do others in similar circumstances do? Horses need a safety net. People have “old Folks Homes”. Why not horses? (Jonesy and Shadow below)
We decided to create a safe and lovable environment for those old friends such as Shadow who need an “old horse’s home”. We started the 501(c)(3) charitable organization called Jackson Hole Regional Horse Rescue.
Maury Jones, “Jonesy” to his friends, is now the Executive Director. The first call we had, in the winter of 2008, was a guy who said, “I’m out of a job, I’m out of money, and I’m out of hay. I’ve tried to sell my horses without success. Could you take them in?”
Above, Sunny is one of the horses, photo taken a few months after we took her in. We were glad to help. They were good riding horses but average size sorrel mares are not in great demand so there wasn’t much of a market for them. We actually used them for a few months and loved them. But we couldn’t afford to keep them as pets so we were finally able to place them in a good home.
Expenses to keep horses are ongoing and, hopefully, we will get a donation when we place a horse with a family. We don’t charge a fee but ask for a donation.
Other horses started trickling in. A few small donations came through to help; a pasture here, some hay from there, and small monetary donations. But from the start it has been a labor of love. We have taken literally thousands of dollars out of our own pockets and spent thousands of hours to help horses in need. We have never drawn a salary.
Jonesy now manages and operates Jackson Hole Horse Rescue with lots of help from volunteers. No one has ever drawn a salary.
Photo below is Liz, a 12 year old volunteer, and her filly, Patience” which she adopted. She gentled Patience, fell in love with her, and then adopted her. She taught her to run around the corral and jump those barriers she set up. One day Liz called me, Jonesy, and said, come down and see what Patience can do. I drove the half mile to her Grandpa’s house, where she was staying for a month, and Liz showed me what she taught Patience to do. She led Patience in to the middle of their round corral. She had placed “jumps” around the perimeter such as two five-gallon buckets with a two-by-four between them. She unclipped Patience’ rope and then motioned toward the jumps and commanded, “Go!” Patience ran around the corral about three times, jumping each jump, then Liz called her back and attached the rope. I was amazed! Then later that afternoon Liz came to me and asked, “What does it take to adopt a horse?” I told her that there is not an adoption fee but we check the people out carefully and we do ask that they donate to help the Horse Rescue. She left and I went to her Grandpa Johnston’s place. He and I talked, leaning on the fence, and then he called her over. “Jonesy and I have been talking,” John said, “and we decided you can adopt Patience.” Liz let out a scream, hugged her grandpa, and then ran and jumped into her grandma’s arms, crying. It still brings tears to my eyes thinking about it. That is what the love of a horse can do.
Maury Jones, “Jonesy” to his friends, is the Director of the Horse Rescue. On the Board of Directors is Johnny Johnston, Russ Lucas, Rae Fullmer, and Deb Cox.
Saving horses takes your support and funding. Please help by donating. The best way to donate is through Old Bill’s Fun Run, August 1 through Sept 14, 2018. Outside of that time frame, simply mail a check or cash to Jackson Hole Horse Rescue, 505 E. Zenith Dr., Jackson, WY 83001. Call or text Jonesy at 307-887-3356 or email me JonesyJacksonHole (at) gmail .com (written like that to fool email spammers)
To donate to Jackson Hole Horse Rescue from August 1 through September 14, 2018;
Go to Old Bill’s Fun Run (click link)
On the top menu, click on “Donate”
On the “Donate Now” form click on “Event” and then choose “Old Bills”
On the “Field of Interest” click “Animals”
In “Keywords” type “Horse” then hit “Submit”
Choose Jackson Hole Horse Rescue “Details” then “Add to Cart”
Put in amount in whole numbers, no dollar sign or decimal
Click Save and go to cart
Or Donate Now online through PayPal