P. O. Box 6 |
Ochlocknee, GA 31773 |
Princess was one of the original
horses that began Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue, Inc. She arrived at
DCFHR with her mother, both starved. Princess was a black roan foal and
yearling, and then, when she shed her winter fur in 2011, here was this
beautiful dappled gray coat! Princess, now called "Princess Lucy," has
been adopted by Jan and lives near Griffin, Georgia, and has her own
starring role on Jan’s family’s Christmas cards!
Mama mare Misty came to DCFHR in the
winter of 2012 from a law enforcement seizure. Along with other horses,
she had been abandoned by her owner and was destined for the slaughter
truck when DCFHR picked her up. One month later, one frosty Sunday
morning, Phoenix was born. Misty and Phoenix have been adopted and now
live in Wyoming.
Diva Beautiful quarter horse mare
"Diva" was adopted by Rene of Thomas County, Georgia. Diva is an
excellent trail horse and has been Rene's #1 ride on trails in Georgia,
Florida, and Alabama.
This beautiful walking horse mare
came to DCFHR as a wormy, starved, sick girl. Many, MANY thanks to Lena
and Sherri of Lake City, Florida, who fostered Ziva for almost a year,
bringing her back to health, working with her using Parelli techniques,
and restoring this mare to the condition she should have been all
along. Ziva has been adopted by Shannon in Thomasville, Georgia, and is
a beloved pet as well as Shannon's trail horse extradordinaire!
Donkey Freckles has been adopted by
Kelsey in Gadsden County, Florida.
:Mustang mare "Star" has been adopted
by Savannah of Grady County, Georgia.
This beautiful registered quarter
horse mare did not perform like the owners wanted her to, so they quit
feeding her. Winter fur makes it difficult for anyone to judge a
horse's BCS (Body Condition Score) from a distance. This mare was a poor
BCS 2. (Veterinarians judge a horse's condition on scale of 1-9 with a 9
being obese, a 4-5 is usually a good weight/condition, and a 1 would be
a starved walking skeleton. When the "shelf" appears above the rib cage,
as with this horse, that immediately denotes it as a BCS 2 and
critically starved. These photos show Daisy when she first arrived at
DCFHR and again about two months later. One thing Daisy loved: her
soaked beet pulp and alfalfa “soup”! Daisy has found her new home at a
farm near Shelbyville, Tennessee. Many thanks to Horse Carriage
Transport of Lake City, Florida, for their professional trailering
Eli was our first cryptorchid
stallion. We owe a huge debt of thanks to the DCFHR supporters who
donated especially for his “brain surgery” to become a gelding. Eli had
lived alone for two years in a 50’ x 50’ manure and mud-filled pen; the
owner no longer wanted Eli and gave him to DCFHR friends who took him in
and began Eli’s refeeding. Eli has been adopted by Scott in Alachua
This horse’s story is DCFHR’s fairy
tale. She is our Cinderella. Cheyenne was one of several starved
horses taken in a law enforcement seizure during winter. Because she
was due to foal at any time, DCFHR friend and supporter Rene took
Cheyenne to her barn where Cheyenne could have a large, warm stall and a
quieter, calmer environment to have her foal. Because of Cheyenne’s
critically starved condition, we also knew it was best for Cheyenne to
be closer to a veterinarian. Five days after the seizure, Cheyenne
foaled baby Lincoln, a miraculously healthy foal. Rene fell in love
with Lincoln and adopted him. Cheyenne came to DCFHR and has been
adopted by Janet in Colquitt County, Georgia, and Cheyenne has become
This is Cheyenne’s foal, now almost
three years old and adopted by Rene of Thomasville, Georgia.
arrived at DCFHR in the nick of time. We were told by someone who knew
the horse before she had been sold that she had been beautiful the
summer before; someone bought her from a backyard breeder who had kept
the mare with a stud. The new owner moved to another state for work and
left this mare in a pasture with a herd of cows. She starved. In
December, someone who was checking up on the cows saw a weak foal trying
to stand by the mare's side. Because of the mare's starved condition,
the foal was born starved and died shortly afterward. With no other
horses around and no food, this mare continued to decline. She was
probably depressed in addition to being starved. But, thanks to our
supporters, we were able to say “yes” when asked if we could take in
this horse. We named her "Shelby" after the character on Steel
Magnolias; Shelby stayed with us for almost a year, blossomed into a
big, beautiful chestnut mare, and was adopted by Jeannette at Lodestar
Farm in Grady County, Georgia.
With the joys and successes of
rescuing and rehabilitating horses and seeing them go to wonderful new
homes also come a few heartaches, horses that we can’t save. One of the
hardest things we have to do is euthanize a horse because of a terminal
condition that makes it unadoptable or when the horse is suffering. One
of those horses came to us in spring 2014, a beautiful two-year old
paint mare named “Capri.” Law enforcement required the owner to
surrender this horse, and when DCFHR volunteers arrived to pick up the
horse discovered that the owner had overfed the little horse, ridden it
hard, and fed it more while the horse was out of breath from being
ridden. The food was aspirated into the horse’s lungs, which caused
pneumonia and eventually, pleurisy. For two weeks we fought to save
Capri’s life; not a day went by that Capri didn’t have a temperature
from 98.2 - 104. A generous DCFHR supporter paid for Capri to be taken
to the University of Florida veterinary school in one last ditch effort
to save the horse’s life, but Capri was too sick and her entire body was
filled with infection. Capri was brought back to Dancing Cloud Farm,
humanely euthanized, and buried here in a pasture, and our hearts were
much sadder because we had tried so hard to save her.
One of the foals brought to DCFHR in
the July 2008 rescue that began Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue, Inc.,
was a black foal we named “Princess.” Up until the time she was three
years old, Princess was the ugly duckling of the pasture: gangly legs,
a roany-looking black filly who was a little bit of a hardhead, and
Princess was just a “regular-looking horse.” Then, in the spring of her
third year when she shed her winter coat, lo and behold: Princess
turned a beautiful dapple gray with black stockings. In 2013, Jan from
Griffin, Georgia, adopted Princess. And here’s a picture of Princess
and Jan taken July 5, 2014! Thank you, Jan, for giving Princess a
wonderful new home! Another happy ending, and we love happy endings!
Sweet Calypso has been adopted by
Krissy near Perry, Georgia!
Jake, probably one of the most perfect horses ever to walk our pastures,
has been adopted by Jesse and now lives in his forever home near Perry,
Reba is now a resident of Indiana. Many thanks to June for adopting
Reba and giving her the loving home and care she deserves.
has been adopted by Liz in Grady County, Georgia
Beautiful Layla and her sweet little colt “Dude” came to DCFHR in late
November 2013. Layla was terribly underweight, wormy, and completely
distrustful of humans -- she obviously was used to severe mistreatment.
Little “Dude,” however, was almost 10 months old and was so malnourished
that he looked to be only 4 months old. He was so weak that he could
not stand up by himself. For the first eight days that Dude was at
DCFHR, he stayed in a stall in deep pine shavings, and every morning
DCFHR volunteers would lift him to his feet. We would clean the stall
and clean him as if he were a big baby. He was so weak that when we
lifted him to his feet, he couldn’t stand up more than about five
minutes before he’d flop back down, completely exhausted from the
effort. On the ninth day, he stood up by himself, and now, a year
later, he has been adopted to a home that loves him dearly and given him
the nutrition he desperately needed. Dude is still behind on the growth
chart because he was starved in the critical growing months, but he is
healthy and very much a part of his new family.
This beautiful thoroughbred
mare came to DCFHR during an animal cruelty investigation. She was
wormy; her feet were in horrible condition; her teeth needed floating so
badly that she had ulcers in her mouth; and she couldn't close her mouth
to chew because her teeth were so long and sharp. Her coat and skin
were in terrible condition from rain rot and starvation. All we knew
about the horse was her lip tattoo that began with "H." Several weeks
after the seizure of this horse, DCFHR received a call from Ohio: The
caller had seen the news report on a horse magazine's Facebook page
about the animal cruelty case; she had sold a beautiful mare to the
individual involved; was there any possibly that we had the horse ... a
sorrel thoroughbred mare with white markings? Umm, well, we have
several sorrel mares with white markings...could the caller please give
additional identification? Tentatively and tearfully she described a
hind sock, a star...and a tattoo that began with "H." We had her! All
that time we had referred to the horse as "H," and now she had a name:
"Sunny." We rejoiced with the former owner that her beloved horse had
been found, was safe, and was on the road to recovery. And a few weeks
after that, "Sunny" stepped aboard a horse transport that took her home
to Ohio! WE LOVE HAPPY ENDINGS!!!!!
Chance & Coco
we have discovered so often, if we can keep a horse long enough the
Right Person will come along to provide a forever home for a horse that
seems to have no hope of ever being adopted. Handsome "Chance" has a
slight limp from an old injury that prevents him from ever being used in
the show ring again; "Coco" is a healthy and strong 22-year-old
dependable trail horse who really needs light riding only to stay in
shape. Both horses had been at DCFHR for over a year, and it didn't seem
like either one would ever find forever homes because of their
And then along came Aimee and Michael. Their family has been through a
grinder of physical and emotional stress the past 18 months since Aimee
was diagnosed with cancer, so they came to DCFHR looking for two older,
gentle geldings that needed homes; these horses would be used to help
Aimee in her healing from several surgeries and would be an activity the
whole family could work together on, to refocus away from the cancer.
Aimee and Michael fell in love with Chance (now renamed "Chaim," the
Hebrew word for "life"), and Coco is now named "Cochav" (which means
Aimee writes, "I am doing well, recovering from another surgery.
Praying this is the last one! Being around horses has always been very
therapeutic for me, and Chaim, with his little gimp on the left front is
like me with my gimp in the left front. I talk to him about how both of
us were given a second chance and how we will be riding again soon. That
is when he gives me kisses. So far we have not ridden. Mike helped me
up to sit on Chaim once and that was the greatest moment I have had
since this fight with cancer began a year and a half ago. I felt like my
old self, like nothing had ever happened, and I don't want it to end."
THIS IS WHAT A STOLEN HORSE LOOKS LIKE. (This is one of at least
three stolen horses that have come to DCFHR.)
does a person steal a horse this big? Simple. Present yourself as a
legitimate business, schmooze the horse owner into thinking the horse is
going to a wonderful new life, give the owner false information, talk
the owner into letting you take the horse for a trial period, and
then…disappear from radar. Never return phone calls. Move from one
place to the next. Leave no forwarding address. Always have an excuse.
Lie. Deceive one person and then another.
When DCFHR volunteers first saw this horse we named “Lil Joe,” he was
abandoned in a wet cow pasture. He didn’t know it, but the landowner
was getting ready to lease the land and since he had no use for a horse,
had already contacted a slaughter buyer to come get the horse out of his
pasture. Lil’ Joe’s sad eyes haunted us; it was winter and he was
hungry, cold, wet, miserable. The landowner wanted money before he
would let DCFHR rescue the horse, the same amount he would have gotten
from the slaughter buyer plus money for the “care” and whatever rotten
hay the horse had been offered. A good friend of the horses at DCFHR
stepped in and paid the ransom for this horse.
“Lil Joe” loaded easily onto the biggest horse trailer we could find and
was brought to DCFHR for care. His hooves were in a mess, he had some
thrush because of the swampy land he had been surviving on, his mane and
tail were matted, he was dirty, and he looked down at us with skepticism
that life was ever going to get better.
had to find a farrier that worked on those big hooves. We had to stand
on boxes to be tall enough to groom the boy. Volunteer Lis spent hours
one day untangling the mats and knots in his mane, tail, and legs. His
teeth needed floating. Lil’ Joe’s head was so big it wouldn’t fit in a
feed bucket, and he was so hungry that he would dump the feed over in
order to get to it faster; we found an old bathtub and put it into use
as Lil’ Joe’s feed station. With a horse that big, one tube of dewormer
wouldn’t do the trick. And we were all very, VERY careful not to get
day visitors – Stuart and Joan – came to DCFHR; neither of them ride
horses - they were looking for a pony to have as a “pasture ornament,”
just something that would be a pet and add spark to their view from the
front porch as they enjoyed retirement. We showed them around, then
left them alone to look around in the pony pasture and went back
to work. About forty minutes later, Stuart walked up, grinning
sheepishly from ear to ear, and said, “I’ve found my pony--” and pointed
at Lil’ Joe. And one day a week later, Lil’ Joe boarded that big horse
trailer again and went to live at Stuart and Joan’s house. He has
become a beloved family member, not just a pasture ornament.
wait. The story doesn’t end there.
months after Lil’ Joe’s adoption, DCFHR received a call from someone
near Atlanta, asking for information on her Belgian
gelding “Luke” and all his equipment that had been stolen from her the
year before. She had been looking constantly since then, had made the
four-hour trip to our area twice to find her horse, its wagon, and the
equipment and trailer. She had filed theft reports with law
enforcement. She had been referred to us by a sheriff’s office who said
maybe we could help. We emailed her photos of Lil’ Joe, and she emailed
us all the ownership documents, including photos of the horse, copies of
receipts, and the State of Georgia vehicle registration paperwork for
the trailer that hauled Luke’s wagon, harness, and other equipment, all
“Lil’ Joe” was definitely her missing horse “Luke.”
described the special way she would call Luke, a combination of whistle
was a bittersweet moment in that we had solved part of a puzzle, but we
had to tell Stuart and Joan. After our phone call with the news, Stuart
walked out onto his front porch; Lil’ Joe was grazing contentedly in the
pasture below. Stuart whistled and called out, “LUKE!” and Lil’ Joe’s
head snapped up in recognition. Thinking they were going to lose Lil’
Joe, Stuart and Joan sat on their front porch and cried.
explained to Luke’s owner how her horse had been adopted by a wonderful
retired couple and now lived in a beautiful home and is considered a
member of their family. The owner was relieved and satisfied and
graciously released Luke to Stuart and Joan's care permanently.
Although the harness, wagon, and trailer have never been recovered, the
horse is safe. Stuart has his beloved “pony,” and we at Dancing Cloud
Farm Horse Rescue, Inc., are grateful for having had the opportunity to
save another wonderful horse. WE LOVE HAPPY ENDINGS!!
living in Tennessee with Taylor.
Daisy (left) and Rio, who came to us
in 2009. Rio is an OTTB and is a longterm resident here at DCFHR. Rio
was as starved as Daisy when he first arrived, and the toxins from drugs
given to him on the racetrack caused him to have to grow new hooves; he
had mysterious sores and strange things going on with his fur/skin,
also; it took him about a year to fully cleanse his body of the poisons
given him. Rio is a BIG thoroughbred gelding and Daisy a BIG AQHA mare,
and they seemed to sense they were similar. On several occasions we
found them looking as if they were deep in conversation.
Gem arrived at DCFHR after being
seized in an animal abuse case. Gem now lives near Gainesville,
Florida, adopted by Anastasia.
This wonderful gelding LOVED !!! his
stall, LOVED the blankets we put on him, spent all afternoon soaking up
warm winter sun. For the first months Tucker was at DCFHR, we kept him
double-blanketed at night since he had absolutely no fat reserves to
keep himself warm. In one picture, the barn cat decided to see what
type of high observation post she could have on Tucker’s back but was
disappointed because he was starved and his backbone jutted up. Not a
good, flat perch!! Tucker was adopted by Edna in Hahira, Georgia, and
is now a fat, sleek child’s horse.
Adopted by Angela in Greensboro, FL.
(Tigger is pictured on the left)
This beautiful mare was saved by
Triple R Horse Rescue in Tallahassee, Florida. She was too weak to make
the trip to her foster home and was brought to Dancing Cloud Farm Horse
Rescue, Inc., first for evaluation and to begin her refeeding. Mandy is
now a healthy and sleek black mare thanks to Triple R’s foster home
has been adopted by the Alford family
in Thomas County, Georgia
Nick came to DCFHR on November 10, a
skeleton of a horse who still had spirit but no hope to survive the
winter. He was found in an overgrown pasture after the owners died and
family members came to prepare the property for sale. Many, MANY thanks
to everyone who has contributed to Nick's special needs as we slowly
brought him back to life. And MANY thanks x 1,000 to DCFHR supporter and
friend Karen who has given Nick a forever home. Many thanks (and
recommendations for) Horse Carriage Transport of Lake City, Florida, for
giving Nick a comfortable and safe ride to his new home near Crossville,
pictures of Nick were taken 6 weeks apart.
Rudy came to DCFHR a starved,
neglected, and hopeless foal. Animal control officers and a local
sheriff’s office seized Rudy and got him out of a desperate situation.
Janet in Colquitt County, Georgia, took Rudy as a training project, and
look at Rudy now! We are deeply grateful to Janet for seeing the
potential in Rudy and giving this boy what he needed -- including a
forever home! We love happy endings!
Diego will be going to the trainer
and then to a foster home in Grady County, Georgia
Teenage mare mom "Cheyenne" came into
DCFHR's care in February 2012 during a law enforcement seizure.
Cheyenne was starved, barely a BCS 2, and five days later miraculously
gave birth to a handsome colt. Here is Cheyenne and proud new owner
Janet of Colquitt County, Georgia. Janet has taught Cheyenne using
Parelli techniques. Many thanks to Janet for restoring this mare to
beauty and for providing Cheyenne a loving forever home.
"Mariah" is undoubtedly the wildest
horse DCFHR ever handled! She was brought to us during an animal abuse
seizure operation. Mariah was hurt, totally distrustful of any human,
and had a quick left kick that would light you up. Then along came
volunteer Lis who spent hours and hours gaining Mariah's trust. The
photos tell the story from wild horse to sort-of-wild horse. Lis was
the ONLY human Mariah allowed in her space. Lis was able to get the
knots out of Mariah' mane and eventually brush out the club that was
Mariah's tail, and Mariah didn't kick Lis. When Lis worked with Mariah,
the rest of us stayed a hundred miles away and let the magic happen.
Trainer William Alford fell in love with Mariah and has been working
with her, but Mariah may never be tamed. For now, Mariah is safe and
enjoying life in a great pasture with other horses, wild and free as the
wind she was named after.
Talk about a CINDERELLA story!!
"Lily" was brought to DCFHR for emergency care after she was seized by
the court in an animal abuse case. Lily was only about 18 months old at
the time, confined to a squalid pen, no hay, filthy water. Her tail was
a matted club; she was loaded with worms and absolutely filthy; her eyes
showed total hopelessness. This was one of those horses that, although
she didn't have much training, knew help had arrived and knew she had to
move even through the noise and confusion and with totally unknown
humans. Lily stayed in our Green Bananas herd for almost two years.
Trainer William Alford turned Lily into a beautiful trail horse, and now
Lily has been adopted into a wonderful new home with Sandra near Stone
Mountain, Georgia. Many, MANY thanks to all who helped save Lily.
"Sister" with devoted new owner,
Charity (Thomas County, GA).
"Ella" is a former racehorse that at
one point sold for $47,000; she was in over 60 races, from what we could
find out. Ella is an excellent riding horse, but no one wanted her
because she's a cribber. Then along came Donna who fell in love with
Ella and has become Ella's best friend. Donna has provided for Ella's
total care. Many, many thanks to Donna and all our adoptive and foster
homes who open up their hearts to horses that don't quite fit the
"perfect horse" category.
Beautiful Appaloosa gelding "Dreamer"
has been adopted by a 4-H rider in Thomas County, Georgia, and has a
wonderful, loving home.
Buckles has found his forever home
with Sonya of Lee County, GA.
DCFHR was asked to pick up
6-month-old Scarlett from a piece of property that was going to be sold;
she had been there since her owner decided to wean her from her mother,
and then left the filly there. For months!! All Scarlett had to eat
was tree bark and weeds; the only available water was in a hole that had
been excavated for fill dirt -- a steep five-foot drop into muddy
water. Scarlett had never been handled, but she was so weak from
starvation and desperate for food that when she smelled feed on the
trailer, she soon stepped on board. Four years later, Annette of Stone
Mountain, Georgia, adopted Scarlett.
Sierra and proud new owner, Lis
(Grady County, Georgia)
Flave and Natalie (Lee County,
Brandy with happy new owner,
Jeannette (Grady County, Georgia).
Registered Shetland pony, adopted by
Norma of Star K Stables (Lee County, GA).
What a story this horse has
to tell! Five years ago Gus was a high-level competition show
horse in Los Angeles, California. The teenaged girl who leased him
outgrew Gus’ capabilities and returned him to his owners in Sacramento,
who didn’t want him because of his age. Gus was destined for the
slaughter house. One of the trainers at the Sacramento barn who
had ridden and shown Gus and worked with him for years was absolutely
horrified that this perfectly-trained, well-behaved, beautiful horse
with so much to offer was being cast off because he was in his teens and
no longer profitable for the owners, and she asked the owners if she
could have him. They said yes, but he had to be out of their barn.
This trainer had already accepted a job in South Carolina, had already
loaded her truck and horse trailer for the move; she went home, unloaded
furniture, gave away “stuff,” and made a small space in the back of her
horse trailer for Gus. He rode cross-country, crammed in the back
of that trailer, but it was his ride to life. When they arrived in
South Carolina, the trainer found a boarding facility for Gus, but her
job was much more demanding and required much more travel than she
anticipated. Because she couldn’t give Gus the care he needed, the
trainer called us and asked if we would take Gus. After work that
day, she drove eight hours to bring Gus to DCFHR. One of our
volunteers, Elizabeth, took Gus as her special project and not only
brought him back to health and restored his good looks but also
mentioned him to Kim, who works at Jeffers Vet Supply in Dothan,
Alabama. Kim came to see Gus, fell in love, and Gus has his
forever home in Alabama with Kim. He is the star of the show both
in Kim’s heart and the front cover model on this Jeffer’s catalog!
happy new owners Lis and Walton of Griffin, Georgia
Nevada had a
hard time finding a home because he was a 20-year-old mustang gelding
from...Nevada. He was a solid, competent trail horse who liked to
follow, definitely not lead or go out alone. Nevada may have been used
as a pack horse. Whatever his history, no one was really interested in
this calm, regal mustang, and then...along came Bruce who took one look
at Nevada and said, "I want him." Now, Nevada is part of Bruce's
now living near Tallahassee.
Look at him
nurse, was looking for her first horse, and Tony was the perfect match!
Caitlyn renamed him "Dakota," and he has been her faithful horse and
faithful friend. Thank you, Caitlyn, for giving Dakota a forever,
loving home in Sumter County, Georgia.
OTTB's (Off the Track Thoroughbreds) can be very hard to find homes for.
Many thoroughbreds, when their racing days are over, are picked up from
the racetracks and taken straight to the slaughterhouse. (Two Kentucky
Derby winners (!) have gone to slaughter!) Those OTTBs (like DCFHR's
longterm resident, Rio) who are fortunate enough to find a home, are not
always easy to retrain into riding or competition horses. "Hannah" was
one of those rare OTTBs whose former owner left the horse racing world
and moved to Georgia...but brought his horses with him. When the
nation's economy began its downturn, the owner lost his job. To keep
his horses fed, he sold his truck, then his horse trailer, then his cars
and drove "beaters," but he kept his horses fed. Eventually, the
eviction notice came. Broken, he called a horse rescue in Kentucky for
help. In the rescue's office at the very moment his call came in was
someone from Georgia, a person who privately rescues and finds homes for
OTTBs. She knew about Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue, and within
minutes, Hannah's owner was calling DCFHR, asking if we could help save
his pets. Hannah came to DCFHR but was very hard to place because of
her size, strength, and the rocket fuel that runs in her veins.
Then...along came Shane of Lowndes County, Georgia! Shane rode Hannah
one time and fell head over heels in love with this beautiful mare.
Hannah now has a forever home with Shane.
Many DCFHR supporters will
remember these shocking photos of "Gigi," a
registered quarter horse mare brought to Dancing Cloud Farm in November
2010. We want you to see what happens when you send your financial
support to Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue, Inc., because you are as
vital to the mission of Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue, Inc., as we
are. Thank you for saving Gigi's life. She is a resident now of Star K
Stables in Leesburg, Georgia. Norma Karst, owner of Star K Stables, and
her staff have done a wonderful job finishing out Gigi's
rehabilitation. Look at Gigi now!!
In September 2010, volunteers responded to a
report about a skinny horse that had been abandoned on property that was
up for sale. Witnesses told us that the week before we arrived to pick
up Dallas, someone had tried to load Dallas in a dirty cattle trailer to
take him to the slaughter auction. When the horse refused, he was
whipped in an attempt to scare him into loading (or because the humans
loading him lost their temper). Before the humans gave up their attempt
to force Dallas into the trailer, he had been beaten so harshly that he
was lying on the ground at the back of the trailer, covered in sweat and
foam, sides heaving, absolutely terrified and in pain. When DCFHR
volunteers arrived to bring Dallas to the farm, we had to work through
his fear of that previous experience. Two hours of coaxing, praying,
pulling, and after using every trick in the book we could think of,
Dallas FINALLY loaded onto the trailer. Over the next few months,
Dallas had to learn to load onto a trailer if he wanted his supper.
Dallas is now at Star K Stables in Leesburg, Georgia, and has turned
into a beautiful riding horse. Norma Karst describes Dallas as "the
sweetest hardhead she's ever known."
mare, Tinker Bell Money, foaled January 31, 2007 has also left DCFHR
for her forever home.
In September 2011, DCFHR was
contacted by a local animal shelter: nine donkeys had been abandoned;
could we help? Animal shelters are not set up for equines. For the
first two days of their stay at DCFHR, the herd would not let anyone get
near them, and then… We couldn’t go out in the pasture without having
donkeys in front of us, beside us, behind us, under us, on top of us…
And whereas horses are QUIET, donkeys are not! They watched the back
door keenly. Any movement brought a chorus of “Hee haw! Hee haw!” It
was great fun having the donkeys here at DCFHR, and we have been able to
adopt out all of them as companion animals and pasture protectors.
During the time the donkeys
were at the farm, DCFHR caretakers learned new lessons: (1) Donkeys
wrote the procedures manual on being stubborn. (2) We had to move the
water troughs farther away from the electric fence because when the
donkeys put their noses into the trough to drink, their long ears
touched the hot wire. (3) Dogs and coyotes best not venture into the
pasture. Our research into donkeys (and this is important for anyone
owning a donkey): Donkeys may look similar to horses, but don’t let
that fool anyone. Donkeys require good pasture and hay but should not
be given feed; they are tough animals and every one of the donkeys at
DCFHR had wonderful personalities. Donkeys founder easily. Two of the
donkeys DCFHR took in had been foundered; their hooves were long and
deformed. Corrective farrier work takes months, but the two donkeys
that needed this type of care were adopted by people who will make sure
they get good farrier care.
Donkey is sporting her new fly mask. Believe me, this looks
a whole lot different at 10:00 at night when we go out to check
everything one last time for the night and Freckles quietly tiptoes up
behind us and we turn around and see THIS.
love to take dirt baths, so
here they have dug out their own "wallow" next to a ditch bank.
March 1, 2009, in a rare South Georgia sleet and snowstorm, DCFHR
volunteers picked up a pitifully starved skeleton of a horse,
“Sundance.” At the time, he was a stallion, which is probably the main
reason he was able to survive the starvation and the conditions he lived
in. This little horse was so emaciated and dehydrated that he was
within hours of dying when DCFHR picked him up. We could almost lift
him up and put him on the trailer. Because of his fragile condition and
because of the bitterly cold winter weather we were experiencing at the
time, Sundance spent his first three days at DCFHR living in the
four-horse trailer. Sundance is a small horse, so when the trailer
stall dividers were completely opened up, he had plenty of space to
move. Being kept in the trailer protected Sundance from the icy winds;
he had absolutely no body fat to protect him, and we weren’t sure that
he was going to survive. Volunteers worked with him around the clock
for those three days, and poor Sundance showed very little spirit. He
was one of the worst cases of starvation and neglect that DCFHR has ever
handled, a Body Condition Score of less than “1”.
pictures below were taken the day Sundance arrived at DCFHR.
Click on each of the pictures below for a larger view
We have learned that when
horses arrive at DCFHR in this condition, the first three days are
critical. During that time, we pour love, attention, medical care, and
nutrition into the horse. On the third day, we always find
sparkle and life in the eyes and behavior of the horse; the head is held
higher, we see anticipation rather than defeat in its eyes. And this is
what happened with Sundance.
The pictures tell the rest of
the story. Many, many, MANY thanks to our supporters who contributed
towards the rehabilitation and care of this beautiful horse. Sundance
is now a much-loved, much-pampered, much-treasured pet, is taken to
horse shows, is ridden by children, and travels to family trail rides.
Without DCFHR, this horse’s
story would have had a tragic ending.
Paris came to us from Terrie in Miller County. Terrie had rescued
had taken this mare through the critical initial refeeding stages and
saved her life. Paris is now a healthy 6-year-old QH mare and has
found a forever home.
She is our Cinderella
story for 2010, going from absolute starvation and destined for the
slaughterhouse sale to being the princess at the ball. Many thanks to
Jennifer who adopted Paris and has given her a great new home.
Paris now lives in
Lee County, Georgia, where she has found a forever home with two young
girls who have made Paris their very best friend. Paris loves all the
We all work together for the good of the horses. Many thanks to Donna
in Terrell County who took in Scout on a moment’s notice and took care
of him until DCFHR volunteers could move him to more permanent
quarters. Scout’s next angels of mercy were Laureen and her family who
provided paddock space and a stall for Scout through the winter. DCFHR
volunteer Cheryl fed and cared for Scout, fell in love with him, and
eventually adopted him! Scout is now a beautiful gelding, has been
ridden on trail rides, and is a symbol of what our work is all about:
to rescue, rehabilitate, and relocate horses in dire need of a second
Scout and two pasture mates, a mare and a
donkey, were seized by sheriff’s deputies during an animal abuse
investigation. Sadly, because of a horrific injury and infection, the
mare had to be euthanized. Someone provided a new home for the donkey,
which was starved and covered with rain rot.
(Above: Phantom with his new
PHANTOM HAS A FOREVER HOME!! We
are so excited for this beautiful boy, who has been a long-term resident
at DCFHR. Phantom cannot be ridden safely and needed
a job as a pasture ornament, just a pet for someone to love. Along came
Janice who last year lost her husband to cancer. Janice, an animal
lover, needed Phantom to help fill a hole in her life.
We thank all of our supporters who have donated to keep Phantom
fed and cared for until a forever home could be found. We could not do
this work without you. Thank you from the bottom of our heart.
FANCY: One of the
first horses that came to Dancing Cloud Farm was "Fancy," a smooth
gaited walking horse mare. When she arrived at DCFHR, she was
underweight, covered in rain rot, and loaded with parasites. Fancy kept
to herself and was at the bottom of the pecking order in the pasture.
As she put on weight, we began to notice that Fancy was going to be a
mother. On March 17, 2009, after a night of thunderstorms, we found
Fancy in the pasture with a beautiful filly foal by her side. We named
the foal, "Stormy." Fancy was adopted by Lisa of Lake City, Florida,
and has her forever home there. Fancy was an excellent mother; her gentle, sweet
spirit captured our hearts. Thank you, DCFHR supporters, who took care
of Fancy’s needs while she was waiting for her forever home.
Fancy with her new owner, Lisa, in Florida.)
Taffy was adopted by someone who took
her to Canada, where she was sold
Miracle's hindquarters 8/14/08
Veterinarians use a body conditioning scoring standard from 1
- 9 based on areas on a horse's body where fat and muscle develop.
A horse with a BCS of 9 would be obese; a horse rated at 4, 5, or 6
would be considered healthy and at the correct weight and muscle tone.
Miracle's BCS was only a 1.
Click here to see more photos of Miracle
The little mare in these photos was named
"Miracle" by our volunteers because it is a miracle she survived.
Miracle arrived at Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Recue as an emaciated,
three-year old, covered with rain rot. She staggered, stumbled,
and kept her head down. She had a terrible respiratory infection
and was so weak that she had to lie down much of the time and could
hardly eat. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the doctors and
Clanton - Malphus - Hodges Veterinary Hospital for their
immediate care and expert advice in saving the lives of Miracle and the
other rescued horses.
We also thank our
volunteers who gave of their time and offered gentle hands,
encouragement, and kind words to Miracle and all the horses that came in
July, 2008. The volunteer's simple acts of kindness to these
animals gave hope and strengthened their will to survive.
Miracle has been adopted and has a forever home
in Albany, Georgia.
Click here to see more photos of Miracle
Patches, now at home in Tennessee, with Chanda. Patches
arrived at DCFHR a weak, hungry skeleton, with a baby by her side and
another on the way. She is allergic to bahia grass; our options were to
put her down or get her north -- we chose north.
Sunkissed Acres Horse Rescue in
Summerville, Georgia, found her a forever home in Tennessee. Here is
Patches, four months after her rescue, fat and happy and safe in
Tennessee. Thanks to Debora, Angela, Dan, Lori, and Chanda for saving
Pistol arrived at DCFHR with his mother, who was in desperate need of food, water, and
care; she was also allergic to the bahia grass of this area of the
South. Once Pistol was weaned, we were able to take his mother, Patches
(see her picture above), north, and from there she was adopted by Chanda
Pistol was full of spunk and
mischief, and that' how he earned his name: he was a pistol to deal
with. Angie (Lee County, Georgia) adopted Pistol, and he is her
Diamond, a two-year-old gaited
mare, came to Dancing Cloud Farm Horse Rescue with her mother and her
mother's new foal. She had never been properly weaned, and was a
wild cayuse with a quick left kick.
"family" had been removed from an area of pine woods with sand and no
source of water. When she arrived, she didn't drink water for a
whole day; we were all very concerned. The next day as the water
tanks were being refilled, the volunteers were talking and not watching
the water, and the tank filled up, ran over, and the water filled a
desperate with thirst, began drinking
the dirty water from the hoofprint, which showed that that was where she
had gotten her water before. She didn't know about water troughs.
Pictured above (left) is Diamond on
July 8, 2008
Pictured above (right) is Diamond on July 8, 2009
Over the next 2 1/2 months, Diamond filled out,
allowed humans to touch her, and was easily halter broken. She has
been adopted by Dee and has a forever home in Brooksville, Florida.
Diamond's Story -
In her own words. . .
Today I have learned to let the
halter be put on, mostly 'cuz I love to have my ears scratched. So
what if this gadget has to go on my nose? Just keep scratchin'. Now
this lead rope business is a little trickly! But if I stop pulling
back, it's not so bad and I seem to get a treat every time. (I
like having my ears scratched!) And I don't mind her pickin' up my front
feet so much, but aren't I supposed to kick with my back feet? I
don't think the two-legged likes that very much, but she kept on pickin'
'em up anyway so why not let her hold me up if she's all that fired up
about it. I like trying new stuff even when I'm scared, something
good always comes with it.
Thank you for