_Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in what isn't done yet, and you forget to stop and appreciate what has been accomplished. Life at Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang is very good!!!!!!
We got the perfect amount of snow. Just enough to demonstrate how quickly we could become snowbound and enough to show me that the car isn't going to cut it (haha). I got stuck in the driveway for about an hour. Of course I pretented to be getting the mail until my son helped me dig out. That just makes it clear that getting my truck fixed is the next priority.
We have hay and grain for the horses, so if we do get snowbound, there are no worries about that. We are far from finished, but that is okay. Most people have things that are not done. Our permanent foal "nursery" is not even started, but that is also ok, because we ARE READY RIGHT NOW FOR THE NEXT FOAL! We have a temporary nursery ready to go RIGHT NOW!! YEAH!!!
The horses are thriving and actually seem to enjoy the snow. I have to admit that I would much rather have snow than freezing rain. :) We just have to be smart and get things done in the correct order. Also, we found out that there are areas where the trees block major amounts of snow, just make sure you are not standing under that tree when it dumps it's load :)
So all in all, everything is looking great. So we just want to say thank you for sharing this with us. Honey Bandit went through so much and he is a very happy boy
HONEY BANDIT attended an awards presentation for the two local winners of our writing contest. The winners wrote about "Why Wild Horses Should Be Free". Xander, a wonderful young second grader from North Cow Creek, along with his parents, was honored by a visit from Honey Bandit. He was presented with his prize, a Honey Bandit T-shirt, HB's dvd, and a signed book by author Terri Farley. Xander also drew a picture of one of our wild horses. We are extremely proud of him and hope that he will continue to write and try to help save the wild horses. It was a wonderful morning and we are so happy to share times like these with our young children.
Yesterday, Honey Bandit visited Junction School in Palo Cedro. The talented winner of the writing contest was Ashley, a 4th grade student. She also won asigned book by Terri Farley, t-shirt and Honey Bandit video. She wrote a wonderful essay about the horses, and I love the fact that even so young, she understands that wild horses are free at heart and need to stay free. We had an awesome morning with Ashley and were able to spend some time in a q & a session where the kids got to ask questions and many of them got to pet Honey Bandit.
I was honored to give a presentation on Honey Bandit last year at Junction, and as many of the kids had seen Honey Bandit's video the prior year, they were really excited to see how happy and healthy HB is after his ordeal. Many of them were surprised at how good he looks now. It was a great day for wild horse awareness.
Honey Bandit enjoyed his "star status" as usual, and after both school visits he was not ready to get right back in the trailer. I think maybe a little bit of this stardom is going to his head. (just kidding). He sure seems to love the attention though. I think he just knows he is a miracle and has a job to do.
We were also very fortunate to have some wonderful visitors this last weekend. It is truly a pleasure to share out little rescue when people come to visit. We just seem to make more and more friends through this venture and truly count our blessings for that.
Remember, ya'll are always welcome to come and visit and bring the kids and grandkids. If it's cold we will just bring out the hot chocolate and marshmallows and sit around the fire pit. Visitors and interaction with our local schools is one of our priorities. Without you, there would be no Honey Bandit, Chilly Pepper etc., and we thank you every day for allowing us to continue our work and expand the rescue.
God bless and don't forget it is not too late to buy a raffle ticket for the BAILEY CREEK LODGE getaway (WWW.BAILEYCREEKLODGE.COM. That place is so gorgeous and truly peaceful. No matter who you are, it is the perfect place to unwind and decompress. Tickets are $5 each or 3/$10 and we have extended the drawing until March 1st, so we can hopefully move one more step in our "Winter, Warm and Dry" project. Go toWWW.CHILLYPEPPER.WEEBLY.COM or you can mail us at CHILLY PEPPER - MIRACLE MUSTANG, 34694 SIDEBOTTOM RD., SHINGLETOWN, CA 96088. Call 530 474 5197 or 530 339 1458 with questions or to come and visit.
It looks like winter is upon us, and we still need to finish setting up the foal nursery, hay storage, stalls etc. You pulled us through 2011 and we are counting on you to keep us going through 2012. Thank you again for being part of this experience. Y'all rock!
Palomino and the Gang!
_Almost all the horses have been rehomed, there are only a couple senior horses left from what I am hearing, the horse community arose to the occasion and helped Liz! I have known Liz for probably going on 10 years now, and she has done so much to rescue and rehome so many horses!
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Wow, I can't believe what I am seeing. Honey Bandit is running and playing. His beautiful neck is arched and his head is high. His tail flies proudly, as he copies Pete's fancy steps. He runs and plays and then stops and checks in for some serious loving. Wow, there is nothing like burying your face into a horse's neck and taking a deep breath. They smell so good. Usually he hangs around like he is an old man, a very happy old man, but very quiet none the less. But today he is running and bucking like a normal youngster. Is it the warm sunshine (in January of all things) that is filtered down through the trees? Is it because the whole family is out here working on the round pen, and he has been missing us dearly? Or is it a little sugar boost from the couple of treats he had this morning? Whatever it is, it brings tears to my eyes. We often look outside and see the others running and playing, with HB tagging along half heartedly, and usually only because he is being "encouraged" by Pete or the minis. But today, (Sunday), Honey Bandit is kicking up his heals and frolicking about as though he had not a care in the world.
As we move trees, rocks and debris, and work to make the most "round" pen we can between the huge pines, we have more help than you can imagine. All of the horses want to be part of this, and they stick curious noses down when they hear the chain saw. (Of course we make sure their precious noses are way far away, but they seem to have no fear of the noisy machines.) They are more than happy to adjust panels for us, or try and answer the phone when it rings. I have to say it is a truly happy day. I am still pretty useless, although buzzing along like I have a million little bees in my leg. It is only if I sneeze, laugh, cough etc. that the "buzzing" turns into shock. (I am the (mostly) haha happy recipient of a spinal cord stimulator,) and as the electrodes have not quite "scarred" completely into my spine, sudden movement causes the electrical current to increase quite dramatically. Hmmmmmm horses are so sensitive to any energy. I wonder if mine will always want to go left if my right leg is buzzing. Will be interesting. (Hopefully not too interesting :)
Patches and DaBubbles run up and come inside the pen. They are cute as can be with their long manes and forelocks pretty much covering their faces. Their manes and tails are long and flowing and they look like cuddly little teddy bears. They are missing us quite a bit, as post surgery I was not really able to "hang out" with the guys. So if anyone needs a cute fix, you know where to bring the kids and grandkids. The goat even broke out of his pen and had to join in. Between the dogs, the horses and the goat and cats, it was quite a little party. These are the days that make everything worth while. Especially when the critters have to actually be part of the activity. Standing around watching just doesn't cut it. Honey Bandit has come so far, and I thank God everyday for this little miracle, and all the wonderful people who are part of it.
Pete is settling in nicely and is now "the boss" of Honey Bandit and the minis. He is very sweet and I am looking forward to spending more time with our beautiful boy. He has some trust issues, but will hopefully know with time that he is safe here forever.
We are down to the wire for our "Honey Bandit - Winter Warm and Dry" raffle. You still have a little time to buy your raffle tickets. Check out the website atwww.chillypepper.weebly.com to purchase your ticket, or send your check to Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang, 34694 Sidebottom Rd., Shingletown, CA 96088. In case you didn't know, the wonderful folks at Bailey Creek Lodge, the fly fishing paradise hidden away in Manton, CA, donated a two night stay for one at their beautiful lodge. Doesn't matter if you fish or not, there is no better place than the Bailey Creek Lodge to get that relaxing, just had the best vacation ever feel. Tickets are $5 each or 3/$10 and the drawing has been changed to 3-1-12. Ladies, there is no more beautiful and relaxing place to have some "me" time, as you sit by the pool and sip on a refreshing beverage, enjoying the peace and quiet. www.baileycreeklodge.com is their website. Check it out and prepare to be wowed!
We are looking forward to a wonderful, happy and safe New Year - especially for the wild horses. As the roundups are continuing, we are ready to travel and pick up any foals that need us. We have a "temporary" set up for any emergent foals, but are still hoping to find that "rolling foal hospital", or maybe a camper for the trucks in case we need to stay over before we bring them home. We are also still working to set up the "nursery" and everything else we need to be the best that we can be for these precious babies.
God bless ya'll for helping, and please remember Honey Bandit and the rest of the critters still need you.
Palomino & the Gang!
(For those of you whom I have confused with the whole phone number fiasco, the correct phone numbers are still 530 474-5197 and my cell 530 339 1458.)
_It is with deep sorrow and pain that I write to my Facebook rescue community and ask for your urgent help. Within this last week I have been both diagnosed with late-stage cancer and my employer has just closed their doors. Those of you who know me personally or through these pages know that these last many years I have rescued hundreds of horses that I’ve nursed back to health and re-homed over the years here at my ranch. I now need your help desperately. I must find resources and homes for about 80 head that I currently have at the ranch, various breeds, ages and abilities. I currently have a decent stock of hay, but it will dwindle quickly with this many horses. My funds will drain quickly with their healthcare costs and support. I need large-scale rescue help to place these horses, as well as funds to see them through until they’re all homed. I am pretty overwhelmed with their care and feeding, as I’ve had to let my ranch help go. My ranch manager has agreed to stay to help with their care and dispersal, as well as to help manage the re-homing process. I need your fund-raising help to keep covering their costs. All funds will go directly to their care and feeding and all help to home the horses is welcomed. My PayPal address is: email@example.com I know the rescue community is working overtime right now, but I desperately need assistance. I also currently have many dogs that have been rescued from various shelters that will desperately need homes. Please help anyway you can.
Horses are located at Liz's ranch in Aguanga,CA (just east of Temecula).
Horse showing in Aguanga is being coordinated by the incomparably valuableLucy Gonzalez: 951-551-2124. Texting works best because cell reception is spotty, but any way you contact her, she will get back to you as pronto as possible!
Just wanted to send out a little "Suri" update. Her new mommy "Denise Brown" is one of the best out there. She loves Suri with all her heart and will always provide whatever she needs. We are so lucky and so happy.
Suri had been having a little teeny tiny bit of an "attitude" problem at times, but Denise found the "secret answer". She got her a "princess ball" for Christmas and all that extra energy (which sometimes manifested into snotty behavior) is spent playing with her ball. She is minding her manners and enjoying her daily walks etc.
She also saw her "new farrier". Denise was having PepperAnn's feet trimmed and the farrier took the time to get to know Suri and make her comfy and all went off without a hitch. Matt and I have trimmed her several times before, and got to go visit her and do a trim the last time. But we are ecstatic that she has such a good trimmer. I am so proud of Denise for making sure that the appropriate time was taken and for providing such good care for our little Princess.
So THANK YOU DENISE - for taking such awesome care of Suri and for being such a great mommy. I can't wait til she comes back for a play date with Honey Bandit and the rest of her old gang.
Just wanted to share the happy update with all those who helped save her.
God Bless! p