Feb 2018

We welcome Uno  a 16 Year old grey  Dutch Warm Blood- the sweetest guy here!  His owner gave him a great life but she and he were both met with health problems. He has recovered but is out of shape. We are working on his conditioning and he is progressing every day. His prognosis was guarded but he is making great strides.  He has even already given a lesson to a youngster. We are so proud of him and it is a pleasure to watch him grow. We sure hope he has a long stay in our program!

 

 

 

2018 Watson's Story

We welcome "Watson" to the program and have high hopes for his future. Watson came to use with a sweet, mellow disposition from a kindhearted woman who rescued him from a pasture but needed to find a place for him to get his second chance. We assured her we would do all we could, and he would either become a sponsor/lesson horse to benefit the program, or we would find him a loving forever home. Scroll down for a picture. Arrived the 15th of January and had his teeth and vet-check the 18th. We cannot wait to see this guy flourish. Almost 2 weeks later, this 28-year-old OTTB has energy and is already gaining weight. February 25th Watson went to his forever home in Napa!

More about Watson... When he arrived he had zero energy and was extremely underweight. Older horses do not do well in pasture for many reasons. He could not chew well enough to get the nutrition he needed from hay and grass alone. He needed his teeth done and to be put on a pelleted diet. They are such simple things, but since implementing them, he is responding remarkably fast. I cannot wait to go to bed at night so I can wake up and work with this guy! He is a delight.  One can tell he had someone in his life that treated him well. I do not see any signs of abuse other than neglect or misunderstanding of the care of the older horse. Older horses need more care, not less. You cannot just "set them free."  I believe this is a simple mistake people make. This horse gives me joy. As I bend down, he is lifting his foot to be picked. He is a true Gentleman. Nearly 2 weeks in on the proper diet and his energy level is increasing and he can trot and canter.  He seems proud of himself and us of him! 

 

needs at this time. 

what's up now?

Strong Stables proudly took in 5 displaced horses due the fire storm- It is great to report they are all back home safely! Glad to have met some new friends and help !

Planning our next event - what shall it be? silent auction? 

Oct 29- We hosted a trick or treat event for the kids effected by the fires- a free event. A chance for kids to meet the horses and get candy. 

WE ARE ACQUIRING DONATED TACK TO SELL PLEASE DONATE TODAY JUST DROP IT OFF AT THE BARN!!!

OCTOBER 2017

WE WILL BE HOSTING AN EQUUS WOMENS RETREAT!!!  THE PROGRAMHORSES WILL HELP WOMEN HEAL AND RAISE MONEY FOR THEIR CARE

 

 AUGUST 21 2017

We welcome the arrival of Kid from Creekside a 21 year old appendix X- Ranch now an integral part of our sponsorship program

 

 

Project..... June 30, 2017

Arrival of Kelly a brood mare who needs her second chance as a companion horse. Kelly is still here until we are able to find her the perfect home. In the mean time she is a companion horse for Niko- they are in love. PROJECT UPDATE SEPT 2017 KELLY GETS HER HOME!!! SHE HAS BEEN ADOPTED!!!!!

Another good deed.... June 11, 2017

We received a unique call from a women not really wishing to re-home her horse but seeking assistance so she may keep her long time buddy  horse Max.  Through a flexible board payment plan and the help and support of the program we hope to help her get him in shape and her back in the saddle. Max is a 20 year old Belgian Draft horse that has had training in dressage. He is a little rusty but once he is strong, we  believe, he will need a sponsor. 

*****An update on Max-he is already under saddle- once he is strong we shall find him someone to share in the cost of this wonderful beast.

PAST EVENTS

St Patricks Day at the Barn was a major success! Raffle prizes from Lagunitas, Petaluma Food Market, Sonoma County Zip Line tours and Pier 39 were highlights along with live music from the Flying Salvia's , Kerri Baily and Mitchel Ambre on the Bag Pipes! God showed up with some raging hail- thank God that we had the party in Strong Stables covered arena!

reiki at the barn

SATURDAY JUNE 24, 2017 - A NIGHT OF REIKI WITH MARLA STEELE

WE ARE EXCITED AND PROUD TO HAVE A NIGHT OF HEALING IN THE NAME OF HELPING HORSES AND THE PEOPLE THAT LOVE THEM

RAFFLE REIKI AND WINE

5 PM

UPDATE!!!

The night was a huge success and will sure to be at the very least an annual event. People loved receiving their Reiki  treatment while surrounded by horses and music. We owe many thanks to our very own "barn cat lady " Marla Steele!  We raised enough money to help Olly see the vet and we now have a plan of care to keep him vital, functioning and comfortable.

 

 

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April 15th, 2017

Easter egg  hunt   

RAFFLE!

***IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE A RAFFLE PRIZE OR BUY TICKETS PLEASE  LET US KNOW***

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Date coming soon for next fundraiser:

Garage & Tack sale!

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HOLIDAY AT THE BARN

 SATURDAY DECEMBER 3, 2016 1-5 PM

STRONG STABLES

BOUTIQUE, RAFFLE  AND ICE CREAM

ALL TO BENEFIT THE HORSES OF THE RANCH 

 

RAFFLE SO FAR INCLUDES:

DUCKHORN WINERY TOUR FOR 4  AND A JEWELRY DONATION FROM HOLLINGSWORTH JEWELRY STORE DOWNTOWN PETALUMA

ACCEPTING DONATIONS AND BAKED GOODS FOR OUR BOUTIQUE AND RAFFLE


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"A Night at the Barn"-

Our first Fundraiser!

Located at Strong Stables- was a great success

The event  was not just fun but it allowed us to meet several new people that share our desire to increase the quality of horse's lives. We will be able to help Commander and continue the work we do to find him his next career or find him the best retirement gig in town. I have high hopes for him and hope he will be sound soon. Thanks to everyone that contributed through Go Fund Me and at our event!

SPECIAL THANKS TO !!!

Thanks to Kelly Christensen who coordinated local cheese makers fabulous donation, Nicasio Cheese, Laura Channel and  Marin French Cheese were enjoyed by all .  

 

 

 

 

 MARY AND SCOUT

MARY AND SCOUT

Scout is the inspiration for the entire program! 

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It was so inviting we all could not wait our turn!

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 Reiki at the Barn a fabulous event conducted by Marla Steele and her healing angels!  What a fantastic group of ladies came out for a night of relaxation and wine.

Reiki at the Barn a fabulous event conducted by Marla Steele and her healing angels!  What a fantastic group of ladies came out for a night of relaxation and wine.

 Watson when he arrived January 15, 2018 This is his before picture!

Watson when he arrived January 15, 2018 This is his before picture!

 1 week and 1/2 later! Watson thriving

1 week and 1/2 later! Watson thriving