These are some of the horses in our care and a little bit about them.
Clem and Tripper give a great big THANK YOU for your support.
On September 21, 2018 we took in seven new horses, from Lander, Wyoming. The old man had died and his family gave the horses to Jackson Hole Horse Rescue. They are beautiful. The old man had not ridden them in 10 years but he gave them lots of love and TLC. We are working with them, figuring out how much training they have had and need. Some have obviously been ridden but are very rusty and “spooky”, which is a horse term meaning they are scared of everything. A couple of them act like they have never been ridden. They just need a lot of work.
Gypsy, who was adopted by volunteer Deb Cox, and Patience, adopted by volunteer Izzy, are so friendly they are pests!
Stringbean joins the herd.
We took in another horse yesterday, June 14. A big tall skinny gelding more than 30 years old. I didn’t like his original name, so I named him Stringbean. He needs some veterinary work, dental work, and lots of high-quality grain and hay. He is a very friendly old guy so he will get lots of attention and TLC. He was adopted by Nicole and her teenagers, Cody and Naomi, who live near Red Lodge, Montana.
Satin makes a long trip to join Jackson Hole Horse Rescue.
On Monday, June 11, I drove through Yellowstone National Park to Cody, Wyoming, then up Hwy 120 for 25 miles, very near the Montana border, to get a big beautiful registered bay mare. I had to return by way of Riverton because we didn’t have Coggins Test to take her back through the Park. Round trip was 595 miles. She is a Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse with a pedigree a mile long, including Bold Ruler and Dash For Cash. She is gorgeous. Unfortunately she blew out her knee while barrel racing a couple of years ago so she has a crooked leg. Maybe we can get a quality colt out of her. Her registered name is BTX AFTALL THIS TIME, which doesn’t lend itself to flowing easily off the tongue. So, since she is so sleek and beautiful, we call her Satin. She may be available for adoption. We have found out that she is unable to have a foal as she won’t “settle”. Sterile for some reason.
Some horses are looking for you to help them.
On Feb. 2, 2018 some folks called me and asked if we could take in their 13 year old mare, Sierra. She has some kind of issue with diarrhea and swelling on her brisket and belly. They’ve done all they could and spent a LOT of money on her with veterinarians over the past several months. So I drove to Alpine and met with them and the brand inspector on Feb 6. Here is a photo of Rob and Colleen with Sierra.
They were teary-eyed when they said goodbye to her. This was their first horse and they enjoyed riding her for a year or so before she started with her issues. They are really in love with her. After getting Sierra settled in to her new paddock with Shadow and Rusty (the old guys), Johnny (who is on our Board of Directors) and I did some brainstorming about what could be her problem. I told him her history and told him what Rob and Colleen had done and what the vet said. We agreed that another visit to another veterinarian wouldn’t accomplish much. The “Horse Senior Center” at Johnny’s and Sierra with Shadow and Rusty.
So we consulted with three other people who have had a lifetime of dealing with horses. We decided on a therapy for her; lots of exercise and rough feed. I called the Rancher in Crowheart, Scott Maller and his wonderful wife, who have taken care of our horses in the winter for years. Jane adopted our old mule, Lulu, a couple of years back. I discussed the situation with them. Scott agreed with our assessment and we agreed to give it a try.
We postulate that Sierra has had hay and grain and hasn’t had much exercise for a long time. So, perhaps, being out where she can run and get rough forage would help with her diarrhea and reduce the fluid buildup and swelling. See photo above of the swelling on her belly. See the ridge at the bottom side of her belly? It is on both sides and extends to her brisket.
So I took her over to the Mallers near Crowheart, 105 miles over Togwotee Pass. Scott and Jane and I led her out among our 11 Horse Rescue horses that are there and let her get acquainted with them. Then we turned her loose in Scott’s very large pasture. The horses did the usual thing, threatening Sierra and basically trying to decide where she fits in the pecking order. I was really pleased that she turned her tail toward them and kicked at them to show them she wasn’t going to be bullied. Rob and Colleen had said she was timid, but my observation was that she will hold her own. Then she went running and bucking and kicking out over the 200 acres, jumping the ditch, rolling on the ground, and running with the others. She was obviously overjoyed to be “free” again. Whenever a newcomer arrives the horses like to run and play.
Scott and Jane agreed to keep a very close eye on her and give me a report. I just called them as I’m writing this and he gave a glowing report of how well she is doing. She has fit in with the other horses and they have accepted her. He says the swelling on her belly has gone down. He observed that when I brought her four days ago the swelling on the belly extended back almost to her flank. Now it has gone down some. He said, “If you put a saddle on her that had a belly cinch, the swelling wouldn’t be as far back as the belly cinch. I think she’s lost about half of her swelling.” He said the dry grass in the field is doing her some good as well as the exercise. That is what we had hoped, but it is still very early. We will see. I don’t expect that the cure will be that simple. But she definitely has a new lease on life. Thanks, Rob and Colleen, for giving this horse a chance. And thanks for your monetary donation to support the Horse Rescue. Update: I called Scott yesterday, Feb 23, and he said the swelling is almost gone. Just a bit left between her front legs, on her brisket. She is doing well.
Horses at the Ranch as of May, 2017. These rescued horses are in our riding string. The ranch that I, Jonesy, manage is home to the Horse Rescue. The boss was generous enough to donate 40 irrigated acres to the horse rescue in exchange for me taking his family and employees riding. The ranch is a private retreat, not open to the public.
Chase, a 20+ year old Appaloosa gelding who is now retired because of bad knees. He was destined for slaughter but we purchased him for $50. He’s had a good life with us for several years. He spent the summer in Star Valley, Wyoming with Kathi and her horse, Skipper, which she adopted several years ago. Kathi is in love with Chase and will adopt him.
Chief, a 19 year old gelding that was rescued from a local riding stable. He had been lame for quite some time and so they called us. When we picked him up the wrangler said, “Don’t give up on this horse. He is a great horse.” The veterinarian could not find anything wrong; “Maybe he has a pulled muscle deep inside.” After a year and a half Chief was sound and so we now use him in our string for rides.
Pal, a twenty-something mare. I’ve had Pal for eighteen years. She’s part of the family. She is the only original horse that we had before starting the Horse Rescue. The others have eventually gone to that pasture in the sky.
Roxy was wild when we acquired her in March of 2016. We’ve gentled her enough to have a few rides on her, including the challenging Deadman Canyon Trail in Grand Teton National Park. Gloria is in the process of adopting Roxy.
Scout is now about 8 years old. We got him as a scrawny wild two year old. He has now become my, Jonesy’s, favorite mount. He has quite a personality.
Stormy is about 15 years old. She has a tendency to get too fat. Very gentle and reliable.
Scooter and Chip came to us from the Equine Therapy Center. Scooter has since been adopted out and the boss’ daughter fell in love with Chip and adopted him in the summer of 2017.
A very sad note; In November 2017 Chip died of unknown causes. He simply died in the pasture without any sign of struggle or illness. It was just as if he died of a heart attack. We are heartbroken. He was such a fun horse with quite a personality.
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