Friday, June 26, 2009

Ponies, Ponies, Ponies!!!

Hey Everyone!
Sorry that the blogs are so few and far between, it is difficult to sit down and write with so much going on around here! Today, Victoria brought the new pony back from the vet. He is soooo cute! Quinn is a Gypsy Vanner/Fresian with the BEST personality ever!! We went to go see him for the first time, Victoria said "Jump on him!" and I did... only to find that he is the QUIETEST 2 year old ever! Victoria immediately decided that he MUST come home with us, and here he is! He went to the vet to get rid of his "jewelry" and get all of his shots, and now he is ready for traiing here at the farm!! We are keeping him for our Delaware Classic fundraiser, and he will be up for adoption then! Stay tuned for updates on Quinn!
Demon (Pants), our Morgan, found a home Thursday. Shotzi did as well. Thank you to everyone who sponsored her rescue and rehab. Joey will be heading off to his new home soon, and Ford also found the perfect home where his job will be trail riding and relaxing with his new mule friends! Good Luck Ford!!
Victoria took my Sugarcreek horse (Echo) to the vet on Thursday to see what was wrong with him. His hock (where he got kicked) was better, but he still seemed to be sore everywhere. Since she had extra room in the trailer, she took him to Pete's. Pete examined him and found that he had ringbone in three of his four legs, and since it was only going to get progressivly worse, the decision was made to put him down. Stacey made sure to give him LOTS of grain right before to make him happy, something we do here to say 'thank you' for everything. Some may say that saving Echo from the slaughter house was a waste, but instead of being shipped to Canada, he died with dignity and love. He deserved nothing less, and he will be missed.

Happy trails, the horses are calling!
~Rachel (Stretch)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I updated the last post, so now everyone can see pictures of the Sugarcreek horses. Thank you for your patience- and sorry for the hold-up.
That aside, all of the horses have received the necessary care that they might have needed before getting adopted out into new homes. They have all received their shots (the 5-way, Lepto, and West Nile), they have all been wormed, and they have all had their feet done. We took two to the vet (Romance for a check up and Raffles to remove his 'wedding tackle'). Echo's leg is healing well, and he should be sound for riding within the next few days. I fell in love with him, so he will be going home with me. Shotzi's knee is not bothering her any more, and Stacey is riding her as we are typing this. She is such a sweetheart! She gaits and trots, but either way she is extremely smooth to ride! Romance is going to be Leah's long awaited partner, and will live out the rest of her life in her grassy pasture, only to be interrupted for treats or a relaxing trail ride. Burke has turned out to be the perfect gentleman with personailty plus! He rides and is sooooo quiet, just uneducated. If anyone is looking for the PERFECT future husband horse, he is the guy for you! Raffles came back from the vet this morning minus his testosterone, and he is ready to be loved on and is munching down all of the good hay he can get ahold of. We found out that he is three instead of two, so he should be the perfect size for someone who is looking for a medium pony. Braut is not as 'broke to ride' as the the auctioneer told us, but we haven't been able to test him to see if he can drive, yet. He was willing when I jumped on him yesterday, it was just very obviously new to him. Julie is extremely sweet and gentle, very well mannered, and we feel safe putting a little, nervous child on her RIGHT NOW!! Stacy fell in love with her and will be taking her up to her farm in Delaware so she can put some training time into her. After some training, she will be taken to the Delaware Classic and will be adopted out in hopes of raising funds to rescue some more horses. Ford is a quiet sweetheart that is eager to please. He is very inquisitive and is just a darling. He is available for adoption, and his adoption fee will continue as he is worked with more. Rolling Stone is a Walker X... a trail horse deluxe! He was nervous when he came, but then again- think of what he just went through... who wouldn't be nervous? The second day I rode him, he relaxed a great deal. He is responsive and quiet, and has no 'iffy spots' on the trail! If anyone is looking for a good sized horse that is not afraid to get down and dirty on the trail, give us a call!
Here's a recap: The horses that are currently available for adoption are Burke, Raffles, Julie (with special consideration), Ford, Braut, Rolling Stone, and Shotzi. Give us a call for your next best friend!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Sugarcreek Results! 6/12/09

Our trip to Sugarcreek was a great success. As we hoped, we were able to aquire ten animals of varying ages, breeds, types, and temperaments- quite a well rounded herd, actually. You can see nine of these animals here. The tenth horse (not mentioned) is a story unto itself...
Three horses came into the auction ring. There was a chestnut Quarter type, a big bay draft, and a smaller family type horse. We were interested in the smaller bay. She was a horse that we had ridden and gone over before the sale began. We TRY to only bid on the horses that we have checked for age, breed/type, soundness, sight, (there are a whole lotta blind horses at the sale, many suffering from Leptospirosis, and of course- the blind appaloosas!), neurological problems, etc. In doing this we can be sure, within reason, that we are bidding responsibly with funds that are not easy to come by. Thank you to everybody that made this effort on possible.
Back to the "tale" of the tenth horse... we bid on what we thought was a nice family type horse only to find the gavel's slap awarded us the Double X draft horse for one hundred dollars!! Shock, dismay... whatever!!! He was now our horse. We immediately panicked over the fact that Mr Goliath would take three mid-sized horses' trailer slots- which would mean less horses could make the trip out of harm's way and into the arms of safety. As the gavel fell on the bay that we really wanted (and bought), we were approached by Kristina Kremer of Snowy River Animal Rescue. She was wondering if there was any way that we could POSSIBLY part with that big draft horse. He was part of a lifelong team that a friend of hers wanted to rescue and keep together! SURE, YOU BETCHA! What could be better? This horse and his partner were heading for greener pastures in Colorado! Holy cow- there really is a lid for every pot. That is a pretty nice chapter coming to a great end in the adventure called life.
As I mentioned earlier, we try to go over the horses to ensure a modicum of responsible bidding. This activity has a dual purpose. There are a few people at the sale looking for horses. They may not always know what they are looking at and are rightly leery of purchasing a horse that they know nothing about. Most shoppers lack either the skill, knowledge, or insanity to weed a particular horse out from the kill pen, throw a halter and a lead rope on it (some horse they just met), and jump on its back for a ride. Not so much with us. This is where the skills of Stacy and and Rachel (aka Stretch- she can practically hook her feet together under a smaller horse's belly!) come out to shine. A crowd watches intently and if WE write the hip number down, THEY write the hip number down. By trying loads of horses we give the animals some credibility to the potential buyers... and occasionally steer them away from that gorgeous paint that wants to kill you, your children, and your pets. I feel safe in saying that a good fifteen horses beyond that ones that we took found homes because of this effort. Heck, one man dragged us clear across the sale barn (a process of weaving between pens full of cranky horses) to look a horse over that he was interested in. We did, and we rode it. In doing so, we proved that that particular horse was there for a reason and was probably not the right horse for him. He did, however, leave that afternoon happily with another horse that we were able to recommend for him! This is just another great way that we can help the horses there.
We had high hopes of bringing home a couple of Thoroughbreds and started gathering tattoos... until we were "advised" that that activity was "illadvised". When it came to the bidding we couldn't get near them. For some reason they were bringing prices higher, MUCH HIGHER, than other similar, more useful horses. It was almost as if someone didn't want us to bring home an off-the-track Thoroughbred from the slaughter sale. I suppose that I have said enough on that subject. It's just a shame.
The sale house is NOT a Sunday walk in the park. There are politics and attitudes. There are sad, unfortunate, and even horrible sights. Let's face it- there are living creatures mixed with human greed and money. We don't need to describe or dwell in that arena. I rather put my energy into something postitive and constructive. Talk is cheap and actions speak a clearer and louder message. We do what we can... and we'll continue to do so.
All of these horses will be wormed and receive their vaccinations as well as having their feet trimmed (shod if necessary) on Monday. After that, we will post them online for adoption. A couple of them may even be of such quality as to raise funds for less fortunate horses. Last year we took one Sugarcreek horse and raised enough money to go back and save three others... so on and so forth. When all is said and done we will give you an account of the money raised, where it was spent, and if we broke even. Better yet, it is my hope that we have the funds left to go back and get some more out! Hope springs eternal. Thanks to all who are making this possible.

Note: LCC's computer is down, so anything you see on here until further notice is being done from my home computer. I am currently unable to post pictures on here or on the website, but AS SOON AS I CAN, I WILL POST THEM. I promise they will be posted the second it's possible. Sorry for the delay and thank you for your understanding. Pictures should be up soon, though, I promise!
Another Note: These horses will not be available for adoptionu ntil Monday, possibly Tuesday. DO NOT call asking about pricing info, because we cannot tell you yet. We need time to evaluate the horses and find out what they do (and don't) know, what their issues are, if any, and so on. Please don't rush us, we do the best we can, and we want to be thorough. Feel free to express interest or make an offer, but know that we cannot hold horses, and they cannot be adopted out without shots injected, feet done, and wormer consumed. Thanks for your understanding and neverending patience.

Here are the horses!!!

"Julia": (pictured above) She is a four year old Qtr/Welsh Pony mare. Raised and trained by the man who brought her to the sale. He was convinced that she would bring high dollar- and she really should have! She rides and drives, is 13.1hh, is sweet, sound, and easy on the eyes. She is a medium pony and has the look of a horse- not a pony. Heads up jumpers!

"Braut": Last year we picked up a round pony like him and called it Hot Dawg. Rachel went for Brautwurst for this 4 year old bay gelding. Amish broke to ride and drive! He is 12.3hh of rotund love!!

"Schotzi": (shot-zee) A 14 year old broke-to-death bay paint mare (minimal white) who was chubby and well groomed at the sale. She stands 14.1hh and has a very sweet eye. She only has 2 small spots on her neck that bear witness to her heritage. Her four white stockings pull together one heck of a cute large pony/small horse!

"Ford": 14hh, 4 year old Halflinger gelding- BUILT FORD TOUGH!! He had the nicest little old man (a human-man) standing with him at the sale. He said that the pony was quiet and willing but not broke. Soooo, Stacey jumped on him and off he went. He will be a snap to train... cute, quiet, willing- what a guy!!

"Raffles": A gray Welsh cross who was 'represented' as a gelding if you follow my drift. Come Monday, that will become an accurate representation. He will be an elegant hunter-type pony and should be around 14hh when full grown. He is two years old and cost us 20 bucks!

"Romance": This 20 something bay mare rides like a dream. She's a little thin, but that's easily remedied (teeth floating, anyone??). Don't you dare look down your nose at 'older' horses- they are often the very best! She is sound and sane and will babysit that child that needs a confidence builder. 14.1hh and trained for the ring but also loves the trail- what a gem! This darling mare will be heading to greener pastures with Leah, one of the LCC volunteers!

"Burke": This super fancy 2 year old Halflinger X Draft is 14.3hh presently and will probably grow at least another hand. He is quiet and is a total darling. He is green broke, and is ready for further educational opportunities. This guy has everything going for him. His demeanor is dignified, his attitude- nonchalant.

"Rolling Stone": Big black TB-type gelding with four white socks. He is 15.2hh but he comes across as bigger somehow. His head is... well, for lack of a better word... somewhat... COMMON, but he is an ace of a trail/family fun horse.

"Echo": 5 year old gray paint/qtr gelding. Flea bitten gray paint up front, dapple gray paint in back! He has the looks of a distingushed gentleman and the manners to match! He got pretty beat up at the sale but he's going to be alright... but those drafts can sure put the hurt on a smaller horse when they're packed like sardines in a kill pen! Rachel immediately fell in love with him, and will be taking him home as soon as he is 'good to go'!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sugar Creek Update

We are now going to Sugar Creek Friday June 12th. If you would like to send donations please send check Payable to:

Last Chance Corral
5350 State Route 33 South
Athens, Ohio 45701

The previous address is no longer recognized by the US postal service, sorry for the confusion.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Sugar Creek

Hey all,

We are going to the Sugar Creek Sale Friday, June 12th, to purchase some horses that would otherwise head north to the slaughter houses. We have started a fund specifically for the Sugar Creek Horses. If you are interested in Donating to this cause, please send a check payable to the Last Chance Corral and mail to:

Last Chance Corral
5350 US 33 South
Athens, Ohio 45701

Memo: Sugar Creek Rescues

Note: If we do not get your check in time for this sale, we will keep it in our "Sugarcreek fund" for the next time we go,
The horses will thank you!