Monday, September 15, 2014

September 15 2014

It has been too quiet at the rescue and we are feeling the pinch more than just a little. There is always much attention to when we rescue and the threat of slaughter is imminent but our promise to each of these rescues is a new and a safe life. After recovery and until adoption they still require our time, care and attention all of which costs. We are barely keeping up and need to have help and reduce our horses or we will not be able to continue.

 I have always saved your donations for rescuing vs for help feeding and basic care. I feel responsible for each and every one of these horses but now I must ask for help. It is you, our supporters we are turning to to help us get through this very difficult time. The costs at this time to feed our current adoptable candidates and residents is $1500 a month.

We are starting a hay cube drive with our local feed store to help us through these next few months.

Please help feed the horses by donating through our 
PayPal link or 
or follow the link below
You can find us on both sites under Lone Oak Rescue                     

 Just $10 feeds 5 horses for a day!!!

Our adoption fees are now lowered to $250 on our remaining 8 horses for adoption. The remaining 11 will have a forever home at Lone Oak Rescue
Available for adoption

Seren- a 3 yr old un-broke grade quarter horse filly
 Chip- a green broke arabian gelding, in his early teens
 Chica, a halter broke two yr old filly quarter cross

Holly- a 7 yr old buckskin mare requires restarting
Misty- a 5 yr old grade mare,requires full training

Not pictured,    
Dante, a broke arabian gelding in his mid teens
  Rico- a broke TB gelding in his late teens
 Angel, a pasture pal mare who cannot be ridden

Monday, August 4, 2014

July 1,2014

Lone Oak Rescue is a small but successful rescue, we have been in operation since 2007 and been
a 501c3 non-profit since 2009. We have rescued and placed over 100 horses with just a small handful of volunteers and supporters. Our focus now is on maintaining the rescue and planning for the future to remain viable. The drought has had a huge impact on us, our pastures are spent and adoptions are down dramatically. Of our 19 current residents we will provide forever homes for the most senior horses, but we still need to place 5.
I have always spoke on behalf of the rescue and our volunteers and our group efforts for the horses overall benefit, but now I am speaking from a personal note. I am not good at asking for help, I have always seen the rescue as my responsibility and always will. I am currently providing the bulk of the care and costs for the rescues 19 horses but am at the point where I can no longer do it alone. No one receives any compensation for helping the rescue . No donations pay for power, rent, any items or ranch supplies, all donations go to help the horses. Our biggest issue today is feed. The current costs of the feed alone is $1100/month. I am asking for your support.
You can help with a monthly donation of $10-$25 or help sponsor a horse for $60 a month. Donations can be set up through Palpal, or through the mail or in person.
Watch for more information on our ongoing work with the horses and what your donations are helping us to accomplish. Our next volunteer day is September 13, We need your help, please contact me with any questions, to volunteer or to join our efforts behind the scenes.
                                          Pastures at Lone Oak .... bare.

Friday, May 30, 2014

New Directions

Many of you know Lone Oak Rescue and myself personally, we are a small private non-profit rescue. We have been in operation for the past 6 years helping horses. The rescue's success is a result of a handful of people who help me care for the numerous horses that have come through our gates. This is not only the home for the rescue but for myself and my son and grandchildren as well. I have been juggling obligations between my family and the rescue for 3 years now with the last year being a very difficult one. Current  drought conditions and very few donations coupled with the many horses in need has been difficult.
At this time we are discussing the rescues future and the direction we are heading to ensure we can continue to help horses in need. We have a great deal of interest from the community and the young people interested in both helping the horses in need and learning  and developing their skills to become knowledgeable and responsible horse owners. We have always planned on having a riding program bringing horses and children of all ages and abilities together and bringing the local riders together in various programs,  so that is the direction we are going to head. Once the programs are set up then we will bring in new rescues in smaller numbers.
The rescue has the room and ability to meet the needs of a therapeutic program, to develop programs to work with the local 4H children, and design and development for trail training and  challenge course for adult riders. All of this of course will take time and money and a great deal of work. 
As many of you know the ranch I moved the rescue to in 2012 was in great need of repair and cleanup. Though much has been accomplished there is still much to do before we can institute a new program here.  I look forward to us becoming more involved with the community and being able to focus on education of riders and horses vs projects and know that day will come, though not soon enough. Time and physical and financial constraints dictate the need to reduce our numbers and focus on restructuring to meet the future plans. We still have 18 horses here, of which we will keep 8-10 horses, those who are senior, special needs and suitable for therapy. We will place the remaining. In assisting those efforts and in consideration of the market and the cost of hay, our adoption fees are reduced to minimal and in some cases waived. Finding the right home for the horses is the most important thing to us. We have numerous riding horses as well as those who need training and light riding, pasture pals. All are sound and healthy. Foster arrangements and trial periods are encouraged to ensure the horse is a good match. We need to place these horses as quickly as possible so we can focus on development over the summer.  If you are interested in being a part of our efforts, can help with donations of funds, time, labor, materials or by providing a home for a horse in need please contact us.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Welcome Spring 2014

This year has already brought us a great start with adoption and horses out on trial, with signs towards permanent placement. We have had horses return to us due to situation changes with their previous adopters and are happy to say 3 of the 4 quickly found new homes. Along with Gypsy, Jesse and Tessa, Willow went to her potential new home. We are hopeful all have found their final homes.

We have had several new horses come in, and they will soon be available, watch our Facebook page for frequent updates on each of the horses.

Rico is a large quarter horse gelding in his teens, he will need to gain weight before he can go out to his home.

Nika is a Morgan quarter cross, she is well broke, she was used as a lesson horse before she was abandoned at the barn by her last owner, she needs to be caught up on routine care then will be up for adoption.

Scarolette is a sweet mare in her late teens, she is gentle and broke to ride, she is underweight and will need to gain weight before being up for adoption.

Chip is a young Arabian gelding who was abandoned in the Bay area, he was placed with us through the local animal control agency, he is very gentle and broke to ride, but needs a refresher, we expect it has been some time since he was last rode, or perhaps never introduced to a bit.

Several horses are not new to the rescue but are still waiting for their forever homes are

Dante, a bay Arabian gelding, he is broke to ride.
Gem, a bay quarter horse mare, she is broke to ride.
Chica, a small sorrel quarter/freisen filly,she is halter broke.
Angel, a bay quarter horse mare, she is broke to ride.
Misty, a dappled grey grade mare, she needs further training.
Holly, a buckskin quarter horse mare, she needs to be restarted.
Seren, a large 3 yr old bay filly, she needs further training.

All of these horses are different in their abilities, training, size, personalities and temperaments. They are all in need of permanent homes, We invite you to contact us and come visit us to see if one of these are the right fit for your next horse.

Our volunteer days are starting back up on a regular basis you can come out and help. if you need community service horses taken care of we can do that too!. we always have a variety of tasks from projects to mucking stalls, grooming and exercising horses. In addition to the horses above we have 7 permanent residents who love attention. Watch our Facebook page for frequent updates on upcoming days and events.

Thank you to our supporters for sponsoring new rescues, fostering horses, and volunteering your time and energy to the rescue, our continued success  is thanks to you.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Happy Holidays to all !!!


Happy Holidays!!!


Lone Oak Rescue

This past year has been a busy one for the rescue, full of success and challenges and 2014 looks to bring more of the same. We have been busy working with new and old project horses, most of which have found new homes with wonderful owners.

We will be focused on the continued efforts at our permanent location to improve our facilities and general grounds. We still have many projects to go, but there has been a lot accomplished.

One of our new goals for 2014 will be the development of a training course in which we can introduce our horses to every day obsticles, desensitizing to common barn and trail obsticles and creating the bond of trust between horse and rider. It is our hope that once completed we can work in partnership with local horse owners, and trainers,
 opening the trail course both for fun and education in efforts to raise funds for the continued operation of the rescue.

We do still have horses in need of homes. we will remain focused on their training and placement before taking on new projects. It is our hope that with more intense focus and training with these individual horses that they will find their new homes in the uncoming months.

We have Misty, a dappled grey mare rescued from the Nevada feedlots. She came to us wild, untouched and afraid of people. Since then she has learned basic ground manners, standing for the farrier and loading in a trailer, and most recently accepting a saddle. This mare still has trust to be earned and is a project for a trainer, but she is making progress.

Holly is a buckskin mare who came back to us after not able to bond with her male adopter. Her trust issues are being worked through and she too is back accepting a saddle. Holly needs to continue her training with a professional trainer.

Dante returned to us at our request, he was surrendered after it was discovered he was not recieving adequate care. He has since regained his weight and ready to begin a new life with an approved adopter.

Chica is a quarter cross sorrel filly coming 2 in the spring of 2014. She is a fast one with a floaty gait and would be a great project for someone looking for a barrel horse. She has had basic ground work and desensitizing started but still needs full training.

Angel was rescued from the local SPCA. due to lack of mobility and farrier care she has a curve in both cannon bones and we do not feel she will stay sound if used for riding. Angel is available as a pasture pal and her adoption fee is waived to an approved home.

below are a few of our available horses

We are looking forward to another successful year of helping horses but cannot do it without your support. If you would like to be a part of our efforts please contact us.

 We are so happy to be a part of our local community and have met so many wonderful horse people, we look forward to involving more community members and developing programs teaching horsemanship to our young supporters through our local 4H leaders.

We thank our supporters near and far and hope to see you in the New Year!!

Wishing a
 Merry Christmas
 and a
Happy New Year
 to all!!!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Summer days- August 22, 2013

It has been a while since my last update, as it has been a busy summer for us here at Lone Oak Rescue.
In the past three plus months we have placed numerous horses, though only taken in three rescues. This is due to myself being involved in a serious auto accident, thus limiting me physically and financially.We did have 3 abandoned donkeys come into our care, and of them two are in great foster homes.We fully expect Harriet to be adopted by Julie as a companion to their other donkey Gordo. Riz is being fostered by one of our board members Mary. The eldest, who we believed to be their mother, was loved on and spoiled in her final weeks here, then Sadie passed into Heavens pastures. In her short time here she won our hearts.

In our spring posting we had 18 horses still looking for homes, of those we are very happy to say, only four remain.
Mi Carina, Tessa, Asia, and Jessie all had their ground lessons and introduced to saddles before leaving the rescue, and all are now under saddle, We are especially proud of Asia, Mi Carina and Tessa as they were all young untouched horses rescued from the Fallon feedlot.

Jessie was an auction rescue, as a fresh 2 year old stud he was not wanted so for $35 we rescued him. He was gelded and brought to a health weight and flourished under training.

Dante was a neglected and underweight stud at the sale yard where he was even hidden from public view. No one bid on him except us, and then he too came to a safe place. Dante was brought back to a beautiful state of health by his foster mom Linda, and he has since found a local forever home.

Gypsy and Robin were placed together adopted by a local mom and daughter, Lisa and Bre.

Lightening too now has her own person. Sarah has made great strides with her training and expects her to be under saddle soon.

Ginger too found her new home and was adopted to a local home.

Mia and Macy found their permanent home together along with Sophia. All were fostered here by Allison while she and her family searched for and purchased their new home. They finally all relocated together from southern California to Washington state, with a pick up here of their three new family members. We know they are all loved and will be spoiled by Allison and her family.

Choctaw found a new home were he joined a pretty mare as a pasture mate, he is very loved on and spoiled by his new mom Kristen and her family.

Lady and Seren  are being fostered by Kelly and her family who also adopted Jessie and Tessa.

Holly has come back to us as she and Chris did not bond even after several months of trying. She was well cared for and expect she may have suffered abuse by a man prior to coming to us as she is much more relaxed with female handlers. We are hopeful Lady is a good match for Chris and know both she and Seren will have a great start under his hand if they continue to foster. Updates to follow.

Of our remaining horses for adoption we have four, they all are at different stages of training, and are being worked with to continue their progress.

Gem is a small quarter horse mare, very friendly and loves children, she is broke to ride.

Willow has had a great start and expect her to be back in training with Patricia and started under saddle. She is a small mare, and would be a great youth prospect.

Holly has been back only a short time and we are starting again with basics to build trust so she is able to get past general fears and giving her as much time as she needs, she is best suited for a female adopter.

Misty is no longer the frightened wild mare she came to us as. She is under halter, learning the basics to ground training and desensitizing. Misty at this point need an experienced owner and trainer.

On a personal note I have to give great thanks to Patricia and Mary for their work over these past months to get these horses ready for adoption, and enabled them to find new homes. I could not do this without you. To my son Christian who has had to take over the physical feeding and cleaning since my injury and surgery, your daily efforts literally keep this rescue alive. To our supporters, volunteers and donors, thank you because without you too this rescue could not exists.
As owners we have a responsibility to care for the animals we bring into our lives. Our horses depend on us and we owe it to them to give them the best quality of life possible. This does not mean fancy barns and such, it means a safe loving, home that provides adequate shelter, food, veterinary and farrier care to maintain their best state of health possible. The trust and faith they put in us their owners should not be broken, yet too often it is. It is a hard thing to see an animal suffer and it is by choice that we as members of this rescue come into their lives to better it, and often to literally save it.
If you as an owner, know that you for whatever reason are unable or unwilling to do right by your animals, please contact an agency, a rescue and ask for help. Ensure they can and will provide that safe, healthy, loving environment  that your animal deserves. Ask questions, check their history, visit your animal and ensure they remain safe, if you have doubts, or are refused information go elsewhere.

Our rescue has an open door policy, you are welcome to come visit, volunteer and encourage you to do so with any rescue asking for your support.
Our remaining summer and early fall months are expected to be quiet as I have still to recover from my injuries, but we will be back at the sale yards and bringing in horses in need as soon as we are able.
As always, my deepest thanks, appreciation and gratitude for your support of  Lone Oak Rescue.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Spring 2013

These past few months have flown by and here we are about to be in May. There has been much progress on cleaning up the property and plans are in the works for additional round pens and arenas. Time and money are always in short supply so progress is slow, but it is there. This progress with the ranch is largely due to the hours of work dedicated to the rescue by my children Christian and Elisa, and progress with the horses in training is thanks to Patricia and Mary. I am so glad they have come on board and joined our rescue as board members.

None of our work could be accomplished without the support of volunteers and donations. Thank you to our local volunteers and students from the FFA, 4H and Fresno State who continue to work with Patricia and Mary with the horses.

I especially want to thank our financial supporters, who's support is greatly needed and appreciated, in particular Marsha G and Shawn E for your very generous support. Thanks to Marsha we have had numerous horses rescued from auction and thanks to Shawn whos donation has covered all spring vaccinations, worming and farrier care.

There have been numerous horses come and go since we relocated, since January we have rescued  more horses, and adopted out as well.
The latest new horses to the rescue are Gem and Sophia, both have recovered and are available for adoption. Robyn was a local surrender who has an adoption pending on her.

Of our previous rescues we are happy to report many have found new homes.
Spirit has been adopted to a local home and is undergoing training, as has Ginger.
Chance came in with his mother Promise, who has passed into greener pastures. Chance was adopted to a local home where he is loved and spoiled.
Sarge was quickly adopted as well and Adonis will have a permenant home here at the rescue.
Jake and Rita have found their new home in a wonderful santuary here in California.
Jackson and Colton have been donated to a non-profit youth program which will be introducing inner city youth to the wonderful world of horses where they will focus on western riding.
Pending adoptions include Choctaw,and Robyn.
Lightening and Holly adoption did not go through and they have returned to the rescue

We still have much work to be done before we find ourselves back in the wet fall/winter rains. The winter months are the hardest on those horses at risk and we need to work now towards preparing for the infux of horses in need. That means needing to place as many horses as possible and make overdue repairs and improvements to the pastures, pens and shelters in preperation. If you have time and experience in these type of projects please contact us, we need your help.

We currently have 18 horses who are in need of new homes, 2 whom have adoptions pending.
If you think you may be interested in adopting any of our horses they can be viewed under our available horses on the website or through contacting us to set up a viewing.
available horses at this time include
Mia,- a 6y/o TB mare -under saddle
Macy, -a 3 yr old TB mare -under halter
Jessie, - a 3 yr old paint gelding -under saddle
Tessa, - a appaloosa pony mare -under ground/pack training
Gypsy, - a paint/appaloosa mare, broke to ride- needs a refresher
Willow,- a 3 year old paint,smaller mare, -being ground driven
Sophie- a tall TB mare OTT,- broke to ride western
Dante- a newly gelded arabian, broke to ride, -needs refresher
Gem- a small QH mare, broke to ride, -needs fresher
Mi Carina- a steel grey pony mare,under halter- needs full training
Lady- a grade mare, broke to ride, -needs a refresher
Seren- a 2 yr old grade filly, -needs full training including halter
Asia- a 3 yr old mare, fallon feedlot rescue, -needs full training
Lightening- a 3 yr old red roan QH type mare, -needs full training
Holly - a young buckskin QH type mare, -needs full training
Misty -a fallon feedlot rescue mare, dappled grey, needs full training
If you are interested in any of our available horses please contact us for more information. For adoption, sponsorship or if interested in providing off site housing or training to a horse in need please contact us and don't forget to follow us on facebook.