P.O. BOX 1168
CORVALLIS, MT 59828
Our organization opened in September of 2008,
becoming a 501(c)(3) January 20, 2009. Currently, our base of operation is at
the residence of our founder, though we heavily rely on generous foster
caregivers, temporary or long term. From the moment an equine arrives, we
tailor each one's rehabilitation program to his/her needs; receiving an
initial veterinary assessment and any subsequent needs, specialized nutrition,
training, hoof care and learning to trust again.
The operation is based at the residence of the
founder, though we have utilized, and still do, generous foster
caregivers. From the moment an equine arrives, we tailor each horse's
rehabilitation program to his/her needs. Each horse receives specialized
nutrition, veterinary care, training and hoof care.
We would invite you to look at our
Press Releases by clicking on the "About Us" button and scrolling down.
Pasture pals are a new trend in adoptions. The typical horse
owner in the US is a baby boomer woman. As these women age, more are
interested in adopting pasture pal horses---those who will not be ridden but
will receive the same daily care and attention as a saddle horse
would. Pasture pals are often senior horses. If you are interested in
providing a pasture pal with a forever home, please contact us.
Our organization has an adoption program to
place our residents once they are rehabilitated. Many go on to become trusted
saddle horses and others will live out their lives as pasture
companions. Regardless of their limitations or potential, all equines who
enter our gate find love, respect and care here.
Four-Legged Friends and Your Estate
What if You Cross the Rainbow Bridge First?
would happen to your animals if you suddenly died? An accident or sudden
illness can take us when we think we still have plenty of time to "get our
affairs in order". While our spouses and children are able to eventually
re-adjust their lives without us, our pets and livestock
cannot.......without some aforethought and a bit of our planning on their
horse rescue volunteer, I have received many heartbreaking calls for help
with what to do with the horses of a spouse or family member who has passed
away. While that owner was alive, they loved their horses dearly. Now that
they are gone, it is almost as if the horses are in limbo. This would be
devastating to the owner, and yet they never took the time to plan for their
pets or horses. It causes a great deal of stress for the surviving spouse,
family members and friends as they scramble to find a solution.
and grown children often do not have the means, living situation, desire or
patience to adopt your animals. Dogs and cats often end up in shelters.
Like their owners, they may be elderly and in need of special care. They
may have quirks that you are aware of, yet would make them hard to place
with another owner, such as fear of men or aggression toward children or
other animals. They might have special dietary or medical needs. They
might have hearing loss, which can be misunderstood as disobedience. These
"problems", if not known beforehand, might lead to the animal being returned
to a shelter, which is in itself traumatic. Dogs, and sometimes cats, form
strong bonds with their owners and are known to grieve for them when they
pass away. They need kind and safe homes to live out their lives.
are put in an even more precarious position when an owner dies without
planning for their welfare. Horse rescues and sanctuaries receive many
heartbreaking requests to take or "re-home" horses after an owner has died.
The surviving spouse or grown children of an elderly decedent who leaves
horses behind are often at a total loss as to what to do with them. They do
not have the desire, health, knowledge or means to carry on with the care of
the horses. They often do not know the age, history or training of the
horse. Many times, these left-behind horses have not been ridden or even
worked with for years or ever, yet they were beloved and cared-for until the
owner died. Not only does this make it more difficult to place the horses,
but it could put rescue personnel in danger if a horse is not amenable to
being caught or handled.
Livestock such as sheep, goats, cattle and such are a little bit easier to
deal with, since they generally are not pets. Yet their outcomes deserve
planning, too. Your local 4-H or FFA can be contacted for advice.
for the fate and future of your much-loved pets and horses is not
difficult. It just takes sitting down and writing-out the following:
animal's name and description (colorings, markings). Be sure to include the
year it was born, or the age on such and such a date. For dogs, a copy of
the license is helpful. For horses, a bill of sale or brand inspection
paper is essential for transport and transfer of ownership. Any pedigree or
registration papers should be included.
a brief description of the personality of the animal - is it friendly, shy,
aggressive, etc. Be sure to include any red flags or "Do's and Don'ts".
The more honest you are, the better. You want your animal to be loved and
understood. If it has bad habits, it is better for the new or prospective
owner to be aware.
Describe any training or activity that the animal has had, and how recently
it occurred. If, say, a horse has not been ridden in 10 years, that is an
important thing to note. In our horse rescue, homeless horses have run the
gamut from wild and unbroken to pedigreed past champion.
a brief run-down of the animal's daily routine and feeding. What brand of
dog/cat food? Is the dog okay alone in the home? What and how often is the
horse fed? Does it go out into pasture, or has it foundered in the past and
needs a dry corral?
sure to list your veterinarian's information and also any medications your
animal takes. With horses, it is important to note the hoof care routine,
de-worming and vaccination schedules. The horse's farrier (one who shoes
and trims horses' hooves) can be helpful in adding information, so list
their name and number.
important, describe how, where and by whom you want your animal to be
provided-for if you should pass before they do. It is imperative to talk to
your family and/or friends and make SURE they are aware of your wishes.
Think about and research who might be approached to take the animal(s).
Then, talk with that person so that it is not a big surprise to them if the
time comes. Make sure this is someone you can entirely trust to follow your
wishes. If they are at all unsure, don't leave the matter unsettled!
Horses are expensive to care for, even if you have left some money in your
estate to care for them. And horses can live well into their thirties, so
the ages of the horse and caregiver are of concern, too.
with any important papers, all of this information should be included and
stored with your important personal papers such as your will. Your lawyer,
if you have one, should be informed of your wishes in order to settle your
estate. With horses, it is very helpful to designate funds for their care
in the disbursement of your estate, naming the person or organization that
will take possession and providing contact information. Horses are very
expensive to feed and maintain, and for this reason, horses are often
"discarded" by those who cannot or will not care for them and end up at the
livestock auction where they will most likely go to slaughter in Mexico or
Canada. This is not the fate you want for your horse.
back and review and update the information from time to time.
love your animals, as we all do, you will take the time to plan for their
care. They are totally dependent on you, and in return, give unconditional
love. Planning is key!