Friday, February 27, 2015

New hapenings in 2015





New happenings in 2015
 
With the New Year well underway our plans for the new location have been firmed and are underway. with trial and error in our physical set up, we have discovered the need to relocate key elements of the rescue. This means we are relocating both of our barns to permanent locations and making room for a new arena and two round pens, utilizing our rustic barns for tack rooms and refurbishing our pole barn. As well there will be a volunteers area where we can have refreshments and other formal viewing areas to watch events and horses under training.
 
To make time and moneys available we have had to halt any incoming horses and all public activities both to ensure public safety and to focus on improvements. If you would like to donate to these vital improvements we would appreciate your support, and remember all donations are tax deductible, donations can be made through our PayPal under the name of Lone Oak Rescue. If you have a skill you would like to share, we are in need of labor help and electrical and pluming work on the new buildings. To date we have relocated the largest of our round pens, and have started the ground work for the largest barns location, falling trees and removing boulders. The pens have found permanent locations, water has been rerouted and permanent single waters are being installed.
We are hoping all will be completed by summer to open back to regular activities and by fall include some public events such as trail challenges and demonstrations.
 
As always we welcome suggestions, comments and would love to hear from those interested in being a part of our work. If you are interested in office work, helping with adoptions, intakes and placements exercising, evaluating and assisting with training please contact us at info@loneoakrescue.org. We may be a small rescue but we are very proud of our success!
 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

November news

November has come in a hurry and here we are almost at Thanksgiving!
We are happy to say we have had 3 more horses find their forever homes, Misty, Robyn and Chip have gone as a family to a family, Grandma, mom and daughter have all gotten back into personal horses and have chosen these great horses to be a part of their family. We were very happy to have come to know this family and will be watching the progress of the continued progress of these horses.

The rescue has calmed down, and we are taking a much needed deep breath. We are trying to regroup from a physical and financial trying year, and getting ready to move to the next stage of development. Lone Oak will focus on rehabilitation and rescue on a smaller scale and give our most senior horses companionship and love they deserve through our volunteer base and therapeutic riding.The program is still in development and will take time and funds, we are anxious to get our property ready for this exciting future.

Meanwhile we have 4 horses looking for homes and sponsorship for the 12 who will remain here at Lone Oak Rescue. Sponsorship can be as little as $5, every small bit helps be it for a worming medication, a farrier visit, a vaccination or a bag of feed. Donations are easy through our PayPal link for either single or recurring donations. Remember all donations are tax deductible. If you think you would like to be a part of our volunteer team, or are able to sponsor one of our permanent residents be sure to contact us at info@loneoakrescue.org

Friday, October 24, 2014

October 24 2014

October has come quickly and with it some changes besides the weather!
We are very happy to say that we have had several of our mares go to their new homes.

Seren has been waiting for her forever home, having grown up here at the rescue. She has grown into a beautiful mare and we are happy that she has won Tj's heart even before Tj met her.
Crystal came along with Tj to pick up Seren and looked at our available homrses as well, Crystal chose to give Holly a new home, we are happy to say that Seren and Holly are  going to the same facility, this is great for them since they have spent  numerous years together. Seren and Holly were rescued together and now are placed together.

Gem as well went to her new home where she is being pampered by Stephanie. She is back on the property that originally housed Lone Oak Rescue, though it is her first time there.

Jenny came out to visit us and found her new family horse in Scarlett. Scarlett will join another mare down the road from Jenny and be loved on by many family members. We are happy to say her new mom is spoiling her and already sending in updates!

We love to hear about our past horses and how they are doing, please send picture s or drop a note when you can, we so love to know they are loved and happy!

We still have several horse looking for their new homes, 
They are Chica, Rico, Robyn, Dante, Misty and Angel.

Chica is coming 3 nd is a sweet filly, she has had much ground work started and loves the attention.

Rico continues to rebuild trust and we are happy to say he is finally holding his weight.He is back under saddle, taking baby steps gaining his trust.

Dante has dropped weight with the change in weather so is back on additional supplements to get back those few pounds before the cold sets in. Dante is well broke and needs a small rider experienced with Arabians.

Robyn is our well broke quarter mare who still has more go that Whoa. She is an easy keeper and looking for that energetic rider who can match her energy!.

Misty continues her training, now being ground driven in anticipation of being under saddle. Patricia has made great strides in building trust with this once un handled mare.Misty is an easy keeper and a looker to boot!. Misty needs a person experienced with training to continue her progress.

Angel is still needing lots of attention to build trust and when worried she paces and weaves which makes it very hard to maintain her weight. It is a balance between keeping her moving, yet restricted to keep her weight on. She worries easily and fusses when her pasture mates are changed. Still she is a sweet mare and we are hoping to get her to the point of relaxing so we can easily maintain her feet and weight without the constant battle it is now.

In addition to the horses looking for their new homes we have numerous who will stay with the rescue.
We are always in need of extra hands to help with daily care, grooming exercise and general help. Give us a call or drop a line if you can join our efforts!

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 gofundme.com 
or follow the link below
http://www.gofundme.com/ekau0s?pc=fb_cr
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.