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Warhorse Updates July 2022

Since we started focusing on race track warriors nearly three years ago, we have managed to retire 15.  Most raced for 10 years, although some were retired at 12 and a couple a little younger.  They have a combined start rate of 1,005, meaning an average of 67 starts.  This is an amazing feat in itself since most modern racing horses leave the starting gate less than 10 times in their careers! The most starts one of our warriors had was 113 and we retired him at 10.

If you ask yourself how many careers have you had since you started working, many of us will come up with more than one.  That being said, why should a professional race horse that may live to 30 years retire at the age of 5 or 6 or even 10?  Many older and more seasoned horses are excellent candidates for second careers.  Just look at the Retired Racehorse Project.  Every year between 550 – 700 ex racers compete in 10 disciplines at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.  Neigh Savers has entered horses three different years.  The disciplines available are: barrel racing, competitive trail, dressage, eventing, field hunter, polo, ranch work, show jumper, show hunter and freestyle.

Here’s a recap of what some of our retired warriors are doing now:

Lifeline (Lyle) — is working on endurance trail riding in the Sierras and is being trained for Search & Rescue.

Lifeline (Lyle) saddled up for trail riding with his new person Ian.

Aotearoa (Artie) — is being trained as an Eventer.  Artie ran in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile…a Graded Stakes 1 race.

Aotearoa (Artie) in event training near Las Vegas and with his trainer Jennifer.

Artie loves the water and can’t wait to get into it. Jennifer allows him a bit of play during his eventing training.

Kylemore (Kyle) — after being in rehab for almost two years is now in training for the Stanislaus Mounted Sheriff’s Unit.

Kylemore (Kyle) hamming it up with his best friend Penny.

 

Kylemore’s (Kyle) new life in the Stanislaus Sheriff’s Mounted Unit.

Latitudefortytwo (Laddie) — is in training for show jumping.

 

Dreamcatcher (Dreamy) — is a bona fide trail horse.

Dreamcatcher (Dreamy) bonding with his new person Holly.

 

Dreamy is living the good life with his new owner.

Luckarack (Lucas) — returned to his breeder’s farm and is ridden around the property by the ranch manager.

Luckarack (Lucas) back at his breeder’s farm with farm manager Dan.

On the Key (Legend) — is an amateur show horse competing in the Bay Area and also enjoys getting out on trail.

On the Key (Legend) on trail (he’s the very tall, almost black gelding with a white blaze).

 

On the Key (Legend) at Franklin Canyon Stables with other TBs in training.

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Tonka at Baja Horses & Equine Assisted Therapy Program

Tonka was adopted out to Baja Horses for training and to be a lesson horse. Eventually he may become a therapy horse. This will be his permanent home and he will be one of Lynn Lazzarini’s horses! I will be happy to visit him regularly when I’m in Mexico!

Tonka arrived in Baja, Mexico about three weeks ago.  He’s been settling in really well and enjoying his new life.  He’s in a nice paddock that overlooks the arena so he can observe all the goings on.

Lynn has started to work with Tonka and feels he’s a very good student, cooperative and kind.  As with all the horses here, they go on a two month hiatus during the hottest part of the summer.  Lynn hopes to have ridden him before the summer break commences.  Eventually Tonka will be used for the many trail rides Lynn organizes around the area, as a lesson horse for private students and eventually as a therapy horse.  Tonka is a really good candidate for therapy as he’s gentle, not spooky and loves handling & attention.  He’s a very trusting guy and I’m certain he’ll love the kids and his very important job of taking care of them.  One of our friends & donors, Joe, loves hanging out with Tonka & feeding him carrots.  I personally think he’s a giant love bug!!  He’s such a beautiful chestnut and just shines like a copper penny.

The Equine Assisted Therapy Program at Baja Horses is a well run & professionally managed volunteer operation.  Yvonne is a volunteer Program Director and organizes the volunteers, lesson & safety equipment.  Adriana is the school psychologist and is always on-site.  Careful case notes are written off of a detailed lesson plan.  The Group Instructor is Lynn who also volunteers her time & horses.  She is currently in the last phase of getting full certification as a PATH instructor.  Yvonne comes from a professional background in therapy from Texas.  Thus this is a beautiful project to behold.

What’s even more important is that it’s changing the lives of kids.  Perceptions are changing in Mexico but for the most part disabled children are kept at home and out of school and mostly out of sight.  Programs like these are rarely available to them.  There is a little boy named Diego who is severely autistic and non verbal.  When he’s on a horse he generally lights up and even smiles.  It makes all of us so happy to see this.  He’s come very far after more than 2 years of classes.  It’s done him a lot of good but even more so to his family, particularly his mother, who carefully films all the sessions.  With regard to this program, Neigh Savers made a significant financial contribution to assist in buying panels so the arena will be a completely safe & secure environment.  We felt this was a really good investment.  Then, we sent Tonka there as well to be adopted by Lynn.  Enjoy these photos of the program.

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Summer 2021 Update

There have been many happenings going on at Neigh Savers.  Most of them are extremely positive and thanks to you, we have been able to forge ahead on our mission & many of our goals.
Currently we are trying to retire a 12 year old still racing in Oregon at Grant’s Pass.  He is #1 on my list at this point.  If you would like to make any donations to his retirement, please use the link at the bottom of this email.  Also, on the list is a horse I have been chasing all over the US trying to retire.  I do have a photo of this guy….please don’t hate me for trying to retire a gorgeous roan, almost white.  His name is Lifeline & he’s currently in Minnesota but I’m hoping he’ll return to Golden Gate Fields in the autumn.  I have no idea what the 12 year old looks like.  I usually don’t see a photo until I’m making an offer.
As stated in an earlier update, Kylemore was sent to us for some rehab and recently was shipped to Las Vegas where he will continue his rehab and then be trained by Fire & Ice Horses.  Sadly, Kyle was not in good shape when we retired him off track.  He has substantial body soreness, some arthritis and very bruised feet and thin soles in addition to being underweight.  We hope Jennifer can turn him around and hope to post some positive news at a later point.  She does wonders with horses so we are optimistic with good farrier work & nutrition we will soon see a turnaround.

Hallie – Stem Cell Treatment

As you know, we support Horses in Baja for their excellent therapy program for disabled children.  Recently one of the therapy horses named Halley suffered an injury to the superficial digital flexor tendon.  This now requires stem cell therapy treatments (photo shown of treatment #1) and she won’t be back to work for a year or so.  If you know anything about horses you know they are among the most fragile of creatures and usually any injury is from a year to 18 months of rehab.  This is one of the factors that makes rescue-rehab so expensive unlike a cat/dog rescue for instance.

 

Miz Paradis

 

We are also supporting a horse named Miz Paradis for life in Arizona as we rescued her many years ago when Neigh Savers was in its infancy and thus have stepped up for her as she has no sponsors.  This mare is always grumpy and Ruth reports is “a do not bother mare” and yet Miz Paradis is and has always been one of Ruth’s favorite horses.  It’s sometimes the challenging and difficult ones that somehow take our heart.  For some unknown reason you love them despite all their best efforts.  You can see in photo 1 Miz Paradis has adopted her most grumpy face and in photo 2 she looks the regal and beautiful liver chestnut mare she is.

Flicka and Lily

I have also had an update on A Flicker of Light in Oregon.  Flicka was content to be the sole horse with just her companion dog Lily and human caregiver Diane and sometimes her husband Mitchell.  However, recently a large gelding named Aris arrived and now the two are truly inseparable.  Aris doesn’t know quite what hit him over the head with the infatuated Flicka.  They make a very cute couple.

Legend with Addie

Lastly, we have three horses at Horse & Rider Connection in Martinez, CA .  One is the 13 year old warrior On the Key (Legend) and the other is the youngster Finally Got a Red (River).  Addie & Camryn have been working with both and these photos show them on their first trail ride together after months of very hard work and persistence.  I am always hopeful when I see young people face up to challenges, put in the time, are not afraid to overcome setbacks and learn to work together in a respectful manner.  These are the young people Kim Bredehoft is mentoring and training.  And all the many skills they are learning in her barn can be transferred to real life.  A huge shout out and neighs of deep appreciation to Kim, Laurel & Kris who are guiding these youngsters and to the students themselves.  You are all doing a magnificent job and I am very proud of you and our longtime association!!
Thank you again for your ongoing support!  Only your donations make any of this possible!!
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Update November 2020

On The Key

Dear Neigh Savers donors, friends & volunteers:

We wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving during a holiday season unlike any we’ve ever experienced.   It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it?  We pray we make what we can of what we have, share our gratitude & look forward to a new year with hopefully some resolutions on the horizon.

I wanted to update you on developments here at Neigh Savers.  If you have not given this year, please do consider a donation.  We are not actively participating in Giving Tuesday, this December 1st because all money from Facebook is gone after a few minutes midnight, eastern time.  However, you can contribute through our own link here on December 1st or before then for your holiday giving.

As you might know, it’s been a terrible year for donations and we’ve not been able to fund-raise through any events or functions.  It has curtailed what we can do but we still have expenses and plans for rescue & sponsorship.

http://neighsavers.org/get-involved/donate-2/

If you have not signed up for Amazon Smile, it’s another seamless way to get involved.  It costs you nothing but we get a tiny portion of any money you spend with Amazon.

Here’s how to sign up for AmazonSmile:

Visit smile.amazon.com.

Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials.

Search for Neigh Savers Foundation Inc and select

You should automatically be in the Smile area of Amazon afterwards.  If not, click on the Smile icon and located in the top left bar and then you’ll be there for sure.

We just accepted a new warrior, On the Key.  Key is a 10 year old and won this year at Golden Gate Fields.   He’s raced 74 times, with 18 firsts, 10 seconds & 14 thirds.  He’s earned $215,835 as a sold blue collar horse.  Key will be going for some R&R to Clements, CA.  His female jockey Anne Sanguinetti says he’s one of her favorite horses and she would have taken had she not already had 2 private show horses of her own.

Curiously enough, we were following Zakaroff, another warrior we were asked to help by Golden Gate Fields.  He ended up in Oregon at Grant’s Pass and when the season closed last week, his female jockey Aislinn Finn adopted & retired him!

Knight

We also started sponsoring a neglected donkey named Knight, who suffers from a neck fat roll from a bad diet and was found at auction.  That led to us paying for one of the new donkey shelters built to house an additional 34 donkeys that were saved a few months after Knight.  Donkeys are so sweet and easy to fall in love with.  The shelter is dedicated to Alma Equine, our friends in Los Gatos who have a very fine program for young people and a number of Neigh Savers adoptees in it.

Jules (Cruz)

Recently, I visited with Julian P (Jules now Cruz) at his new home that we arranged at Horse & Rider Connection in Martinez, CA.  His new handler Addie is a very talented and focused young teenager.  It was fun seeing how well he’s doing and meeting Cherokee, a sweet former therapy mini that I had fun brushing and hanging out with.

Fritz Grau

Then, we received news of one of Neigh Savers’ first placements, Fritz Grau.  At the age of 16 Fritz just entered his first show after 6 months of training. His adopter no longer had much time for him and leased him out.  He’s doing great and proves that it’s never too old to learn something new (at least not for a OTTB).

Cherokee and Karin

Lastly, we will start fully sponsoring Miz Paradis, actually one of our very first horses, who we placed in 2008 after rescuing her with Harmony & Hope Horse Haven in Arizona.  It’s sort of a full circle thing, if you ask me and a good way to kick off 2021.

Be safe, be well & enjoy!

Always in gratitude, Karin
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Six Month Recap

We’ve been mostly off social media but we felt we needed to post the A Flicker of Light story (Flicka) so it made me think about the last six months in general. Doesn’t it seem like a lifetime ago?

Even though Covid essentially took us out, and we are certainly not alone in this, we still managed some small victories.

We are actively sponsoring horses at Baja Horses in a small town south of Mexicali, Mexico. They provide therapy to a disabled children’s school in town and are mostly rescues from different at risk situations, particularly old rental string horses that are cast off and/or injured. You know, the pretty horses you see in all the ads, where equally attractive people are riding along a serene beach enjoying themselves….but there’s always a downside and then Baja Horses steps in. I live in Mexico part of the year so am personally familiar with the facility and it’s operator. All programs and donations dried up with Covid but the horses still have to eat. Baja Horses hopes to be back on schedule come October.

We started off in January fully sponsoring two racetrack warriors that had been found in a feedlot, bound for slaughter. Both were still racing at 9 and 10 years old and had combined starts of 117 between the two of them. Pointsettia Park & Thames Valley.

We then went on to assist Peyton’s Path who came from an ill fated barn where his bills were no longer paid.

On top of that we sponsored Twirling Irish, who through no fault of his own with no actual legal racing starts, was injured through illegal match racing as he was spirited off the track and then returned again. We are happy to report that he has recovered and is now in training.

We then retired Batti Man, who was still racing at the age of 12 and had 59 starts. We retired him directly off track from Turf Paradise in Phoenix, AZ and shipped him to California. Batti Man became the ninth Racetrack Warrior we have retired in the last 18 months. All of these horses were racing at 10 years or older. These nine horses have combined starts of 632!! That means on average each horse left the starting gate 70 times!!!!!

Then we finally found a permanent retirement home for Spinelessstarfish (Star) who was in program and kicking around for over three years! Star was one of the most problematic horses we ever had and we shared that burden with another one of our sister rescues. We also featured her on Facebook. Our only two posts in 6 months.

Lastly, we found an amazing permanent retirement home for another off track with a long time supporter of Neigh Savers that had injuries that rendered him to pasture puff status only, Indy’s Dynamo (Indy).

And, of course, on the heels of Indy’s placement, we sent A Flicker of Light, another horse that is only serviceably sound, to a beautiful retirement in Oregon with another of our very long time supporters.

So, we are still active, on a smaller scale but then, it’s a tough time and donations are few and far between. We understand that and will try to hang in there as long as we can. There is no getting round it. Without funding we couldn’t have done any of the above. So, we are once again taking a break as the above mentioned saves and maintenance are expensive. We took 90% from our reserves with only 10% coming back in. We’ll just sit tight. We hope things turn around for us, for our valued donors and for the nation as a whole. It’s a bit like living in the matrix these days. I hope we all come out of it being better people and reassessing our values and what is actually important in our lives.

With peace & love, Karin & the Team at Neigh Savers

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Helping Moose

I promised you a little information about Moose and here it is.  As many of you know, I am spending a lot of time in Baja now.  And as many of you that know me personally can well imagine I had to get involved in the rescue of a former Mexican rental string horse while there last month.  All the Pretty Horses is a rescue outfit based on Rosarito, Baja that helps horses that are being abused or need retirement mostly in rental string outfits.  My new friends Lynn and Patrick (Paco) live on the same ranch as our home is located on and take a lot of these horses directly from All the Pretty Horses.
One of their rescues, Moose, an Appendix, needed to go to the University vet hospital in Mexicali and suffered a severe episode of colic upon arrival and needed immediate surgery.  He ended up spending 5 weeks there.  The University students used him as a case study and ended up being bonded to this very personable horse.  I connected with Lynn and Paco and then after approval from our Board we decided to help Moose to offset some of his medical expenses.  I was lucky enough to travel the two hours to Mexicali and pick him up.  Moose has returned to his home on the El Dorado Ranch and will be working as a therapy horse for the children’s therapy program Lynn runs that benefit the local kids in San Felipe.  I am very proud to be connected to this program and hope to do more in the future.

Please enjoy these photos of Moose with his veterinary school students at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja.

In closing, on behalf of Neigh Savers, I wish all of you a very blessed holiday season and Happy New Year!

 

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9th Annual Holiday Turf Club Party & Fundraiser Wrap Up

 

We’d like to thank all the donors and supporters that made our 9th Annual Holiday Turf Club Party & Fundraiser held on December 1, 2018 another success.

This year we partnered with Hope for Horses and it was loads of fun! We had a full house at 130 guests.

Most joyously, a lot of younger volunteers came on the day of and helped with volunteering. A contingent of Neigh Savers’ volunteers even baked horse cookies and they sold out during the event! Junior volunteers from Hope for Horses manned the Raffle.

Pictures say it all so please enjoy these photos showing Board Director Maureen Sowell and Executive Director Karin Wagner, a small taste of our Silent Auction (we had 53 donated items), Maddie and Annie displaying their horse cookies proudly along with their sales proceeds, the table setting complete with a signed poster by Russell Baze and the late William Morey, designer horse cookies in either a lucky holiday horseshoe or a horse head, a beautiful rainbow from our perch in the Golden Gate Fields Turf Club and a whole lot of happy people from Neigh Savers and Hope for Horses standing together in the Winner’s Circle.

 

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Race for the Rescues 2018 Wrap Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Neigh Savers participated for the fourth year in a row in 13th Annual Race for the Rescues on October 13, 2018 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Despite the fact it decided to rain, the first time in months in Southern California, it did not dampen the enthusiasm of hundreds of people who turned up with their furry friends to race and raise money for animals in need. It was a wonderful day highlighted by the fact that all the shelter animals who were brought to the event for adoption found their “fur”ever homes by eight o’clock that same morning!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many vendors attended with a variety of products for dogs, cats, bunnies and horses and the L.A. Laker girls were cheering on the runners! Our mascot, Blaze, even got to pose with them for a photo!! We were also treated to Hawaiian dancing!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a team of only four people, Neigh Savers was able to raise over $7,000 of our $10,000 goal which will go to our program of rehabbing, retraining and rehoming our beloved Off-Track Thoroughbreds!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is still time to donate to help us reach our goal by visiting this link!

Thank you from Team Neigh Savers!!!

 

 

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RRP Wrap Up 2018

Sassy Ashley RRP

So RRP 2018 is a wrap and we couldn’t be prouder of Sassy Ashley and her performances in the polo and working ranch classes!  We had a great time attending this event again for the third year in a row to cheer on a Neigh Savers horse.  Like the other two before, Ashley came to us through the CARMA Placement Program.

Sassy Ashley RRP

Ashley competed in Polo and Ranch Work and gave Neigh Savers a thrill we haven’t had in three years competing.  She got a ribbon!  Ashley finished officially in 9th Place in Polo (though there was a 4 way tie for 7-10th)!  It was our first time in the top 10 at RRP, so it was exciting to see her in the ring Saturday during the finale to pick up her ribbon.

Sassy Ashley RRP

Ashley also placed excellently in the Ranch Work as well finishing 15th out of 55 horses.

We are so proud of her!  She handled herself pretty well despite being quite stressed out by a big, loud environment in the big covered arena for all of her rides.

Sassy Ashley RRP

 

 

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Ashley RRP Update – August 2018

Ashley has had all sorts of adventures in August gearing up for RRP here in just a little over a month!  She took another trip to the beach and encountered all kinds of weird things!

She’s practicing obstacles she’ll encounter during her Ranch Horse class at RRP.  “Take a second out of your busy day and watch Ashley work out traversing her first REAL bridge, just last week.  Small act for many horses, big deal for her. She’s super skeptical about putting her feet places (not a bad thing necessarily), but this will be one of the obstacles she will have to do confidently at the Thoroughbred Makeover in October. So we’ve been piecing it together little by little at home, and she didn’t let me down out in the real world.”

She’s continuing to develop her cow horse skills. “This cow thought it could ACTUALLY out run a racehorse… silly cow.  This was Ashley and I last night. We were actually just working on WALKING our cows around the perimeter of the arena, getting and keeping things nice and quiet… good for the cows, and great work for Ashley. But, this heifer had other ideas and made a break for it. I asked Ashley to accelerate for the first time since I’ve had her, and she handled it with composure; we ran over there and got a good clean, straight stop, that was mostly soft and got our cow shut down… really good girl Ashley!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley also just took her first overnight trip and handled it with class! They recently visited Preston, Nevada for one of Kalley’s BHT Fundamentals Clinics.

These pictures don’t really capture the rugged majesty of this land, but they’re a good try.  In Preston and the surrounding area, there is still nomadic herding that goes on, where the herders and their dogs trail 1000 head plus, of sheep through the BLM land at different times of the year… it certainly takes you back to a different time and place.  In any case, Ashley and I just finished our first BHT Fundamentals Clinic together, and we had a FANTASTIC time.  Ashley got introduced to a herd of Cashmere goats for the first time, she wasn’t quite sure what to do with them, but ended up settling right in.”

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Ashley RRP Update July

Ashley has moved up her training this month and declared for her categories at RRP.  She’ll be showing in Working Ranch and Polo!

Ashley Cow

Working Ranch used to require cow work, but no longer.  However Kalley has been working her on cows nonetheless! For the Working Ranch category she will be required to perform the AQHA Ranch Riding Pattern 1.  She will then immediately perform a Ranch Trail test of six to nine obstacles that are likely to include at minimum a gate, bridge, sidepassing, backing, and walking or trotting over logs or poles.  If she makes the finale, she will perform a different Ranch Riding Pattern that will include some trail obstacles in the finale.

Ashley has also started her polo work with a mallet and handled it with no problems!  For her Polo test she will be require to do a two and a half minute agility pattern to include figure eights with lead changes, roll backs, tight circles, a check and release and stops/step-backs.  She will also do a 2 and a half minute stick and ball work demonstration requiring the different ball strokes be shown.  If she makes the finale, they will be required another agility/stick and ball demonstration followed up by a 6 horse seven minute chukker (the five finalists plus another volunteer pair).  Exciting!  Polo is always one of the more fun events to watch at RRP and we cannot wait to watch her compete!

Check out the videos of her working a cow and having her first ride with the polo mallet on Ashley’s video stream here.

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Join Us for the Race for the Rescues 2018

It’s that time of year again to gear up for the Race for the Rescues!!

Team Neigh Savers will be participating for our 4th year in a row raising funds for our beloved horses and other animals in need. Our past three years have proved very successful and we are looking forward to another great race!

This event, hosted by The Rescue Train, is being held on Saturday, October 13th , 2018 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. We are one of many worthy animal charities that have been invited to participate.

The donations raised will be used to help save the lives of once forgotten dogs, cats and horses and help them become cherished family members. In addition, it provides important programs to the community such as veterinary care for the pets of low-income families, free spay and neuter clinics and a shelter intervention program.

Join Team Neigh Savers this year and race to save a life! Even if you can’t make it to Pasadena you can enter the Couch Potato Race!!

Registration is easy! Click on HERE and then click on “JOIN OUR TEAM” or if you would like to make a donation click on “SUPPORT US”.

Help us raise awareness to the plight of so many animals that are abused and neglected and have no voice! It’s up to us!!

    

 

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