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Friday, February 19, 2010

Dreamchaser Rescues 12 Severely Neglected Horses

More details from the Rescue's web site:

We were contacted by the City of El Mirage regarding twelve severely neglected horses to be removed from a property by court order. On February 2, Mike, Brandon, Alan, Chad, and Jim took three trailers (including our big stock trailer) and l headed to El Mirage. It took two trips and about 8 hours to remove all the horses. These horses were thin to emaciated, and were standing in two feet of muck and mud in 10 x 10 stalls. Their frogs are rotted out of their feet, their feet were malformed, some laminitic, and extremely long - almost flippers.

The horses had never received proper care, or handling, so it took lots of expertise and calmness to get them in the trailers. Once at the ranch, there were two stud pens waiting, and the rest of the horses, except for one desperately ill little mare, were set free in the upper turnout. These horses, though none could walk properly, were overjoyed with their new freedom. Within hours the horses were walking up to Brandon and Mike.

We are very thankful that the City of El Mirage pursued this case for over a year in order to get these horses to safety. It will take a minimum of six months to get them in adoptable condition. All will need inoculations and several hoof trims. Right now you cannot even think of touching a hind foot.

We figure supporting these horses physically and medically for six months will cost approximately $12,500 - castrations, tranquilizers, antibiotics, inoculations, hoof work, and hay and necessary grain and supplements.

We desperately need your support in this endeavor. Remember, we have 47 other horses and burros to support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart - these beautiful horses deserve a chance at the life they should have had!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Update On The New Rescues

An update on our herd of 11: About half of the horses have now had their first hoof trim. The horses are understandably wild, so trimming is difficult. The two stallions from the herd are going to be gelded very soon.

Hoof trimmings.

We are in desperate need of water and feed tubs, and money toward veterinary care. Please help by donating through our website.

New Rescues - Herd of Eleven

It has been a very eventful month and I have a lot to report! On February 2nd, twelve severely neglected horses arrived at the Rescue.

I took these pictures as the horses were being unloaded at the Rescue. It was really heartbreaking to see what poor condition these horses were in. They suffered years and years of neglect, confined to filthy stalls for so long. One of the horses, has a body score of 1, is a precious little mare who has severe laminitis in ther front foot, and is beyond our help. (see pic above) She cannot even put the foot to the ground, the coffin bone has rotated and sunk. There are several other horses whose body scores are between 2 and 5 (emaciated to thin).

All of the horses have hooves that are in terrible shape and will need repeated work over the course of six months to a year. The frogs, which pump blood up and down the foot are completely rotted away.

It was wonderful to watch them explore their new large, clean turnout...

...with the freedom to go where they please in the company of the rest of their herd.

This poor little mare from was put to rest on 2/3/10. She was unable to walk and in constant pain. We had hoped to save her but she was beyond our help.

This is one of the two stallions from the herd. They are scheduled to be gelded next week, and will soon join the rest of the herd.

Check back soon for updates!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Check Out My Interview as a Featured Artist on Etsy's Whoa Team Blog

Link to Interview:
Featured Artist: Steph Hanson

Our featured artist is Steph Hanson of StephHansonCreations. Steph lives in Arizona and donates a portion of all her sales to Dreamchaser Horse Rescue.

To read more about Steph, please visit her blog, Spirit Horse Art.

How did you find Etsy and how long have you been selling there?

I think I found Etsy while searching the internet for handmade jewelry. I was beyond excited to discover such an awesome online marketplace. I had dreamed of being able to shop for great handmade items for years! It was also a dream of mine to sell my art and use the money I made to help animals. I opened my shop in July, 2008. I began with acrylic paintings and ACEO's, then added clay pendants and clay art. Just recently I started beading Dreamchaser Horse Rescue's new pewter pendants, and realized that I really enjoy beading as well as painting and working with clay!

How long have you been creating jewelry?

I have always been really into art - especially drawing and painting, but when I became a new mom and was able to stay at home, I started dabbling in clay and other new mediums. I have been creating my clay pendants for about 2 years now. I am new at beading! I just recently tried my hand at it a few months ago, and I really enjoy it! I have become a gemstone and bead addict!

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I am incredibly inspired by the horses and other animal friends at Dreamchaser Horse Rescue. Words cannot describe how amazing these animals are, and what a privilege it is for me to call them my friends. I could be having the worst, most uninspiring day ever day ever - but a trip to the Rescue fixes that. Being around these beautiful, majestic creatures, as well as being surrounded by what I think is the most beautiful desert country in the U.S. is unbelievably inspiring.

Do you have any favorite artists?

Many! I love the Impressionists - especially Van Gogh. I love contemporary Southwestern Artists such as John Nieto, Pablo Milan, Aleta Pippin, Barbara Meikle, Earl Bliss, Nancy Cawdrey, Kevin Red Star, Ginny Hogan and many, many others.

Please tell us a little about your pets?

We have three kitties we adopted from Cat Rescues and two very LARGE dogs. Cody is a 90 lb mutt and was adopted from the County shelter. Daisy is half German Shepherd and half Australian Shepherd and she came from a German Shepherd Rescue here in Phoenix. I am very close to a horse at the Rescue named Sinatra. He is a "Pintaloosa" (Paint crossed with Appaloosa) and he is a five year old former Premarin foal.

Anything else you would like to include?

100% of sales from my new beaded necklaces goes to Dreamchaser Horse Rescue. They make great gifts for horse lovers! I enclose a Thank You card and brochures from the Rescue with each order.

Posted by Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor at 8:16 PM

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dreamchaser Open House Jan 16th, 2010

I had such a blast at Dreamchaser's Open House last Saturday. The turnout was great, the music was great, and I had a fabulous time giving tours, seeing old friends, and making new ones!

Visitors checking out some of our Adoptable's.

Listening to live music and shopping at our "Gift Shop."

Many thanks to the entertainment!

The animals got plenty of love :)

Here I am with my gemstone necklaces. We sold four of them!

What a great day!

Only one thing could have made it better... Susan is recovering from knee replacement surgery and was stuck in her room. She was missed but got lots of visitors! Get well soon Susan!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Its The Holiday Season

I cannot believe its already December! Time has just been flying by. Feels just like it was Halloween and now Christmas is right around the corner!

The Fall season was busy! In October I had record Etsy sales and was able to make some nice donations to the Horse Rescue! I worked like crazy the whole month through to keep merchandise in my shop. November sales have actually been super slow, and I have been focusing on painting rather than my clay creations. I attended the Thunderbird Artist's Art and Wine Festival in Carefree in November, and I was really inspired by all the bold Contemporary Southwest Art that was on display there. I hope to join in and exibit at this Festival soon - maybe even next year. So...I need to get busy completing some paintings!

I have also been making gemstone beaded necklaces for the Rescue. Susan has purchased some great pewter pendants and I have been beading them for her. You can find the necklaces in my Etsy shop: 100% of sales from these necklaces are going to the Rescue! They make great Xmas gifts.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Horse Lover's Park Event Continued...

Some more pics from the Event on Oct. 4th:

Four of Dreamchaser's Adoptable Horses

and Fancy