Again, it has been awhile since I have been able to update everybody. Honey Bandit is doing well, but he is a bit behind in growing his winter coat. The other mustangs are already growing their coats, and the minis also. It has been down to the 30's already, so we are expecting to have a pretty cool winter???? From what the locals who have lived through many a winter up here say, "it is coming early and coming hard".
It was suggested that we add water buckets with warmers to our wish list, and since the person who suggested that has spent many a winter with no water and everything frozen, I am more than happy to add it to our wish list.
Raffle tickets are ready for the BAILEY CREEK LODGE fishing trip. Just go to www.chillypepper.weebly.com and go to the donation page. Please make sure that you put in your notes that you want raffle tickets, include your full mailing address and we will send you your tickets. Or you can simply send a check to Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang, Equine Rescue & More, 34694 SideBottom Road, Shingletown, CA 96088 and we will send you your tickets. The donation is for a great cause, so we can keep our rescued critters (horses, dogs, cats etc.) healthy and happy, keep up the education of our youth, use Honey Bandit's story to educate people about what is happening to our beloved wild horses, and most importantly of all, allow us to keep our focus on the orphaned and/or critically injured foals. (Of course we do all animals, and so far there have been a couple really cute ones returned to their natural habitat!) We received an update on the chipmunk and she is surrounded by her kind and living in chipmunk paradise in Manton.
We are waiting to make arrangements for the kittens to travel to their new home in Washington State, and are also awaiting the arrival of our latest "special needs" big boy, the 4 year old gelding that was roped, tied to a fence until he choked out, came to and ended up with the fence on top of him when he was just a little guy.
We are excitedly awaiting one of our "aunties" from the East Coast, who is finally going to meet the gang in person. Should be a really nice visit. We have enjoyed lots of visitors lately, including a beautiful little "grand daughter" of one of the locals. She was so amazed and thrilled by the horses, big and small alike, and it reminds us of why we do this. So stop by and visit, and enjoy the fresh mountain air. Our address has changed, but not the phone number. 530 474 5197
We appreciate your continued support and are anxiously on standby for the ongoing roundups in Oregon. (and any other babies that need us). We are getting a few supplies for our "rolling foal hospital" trickling in, and so appreciate it. We can't do it without ya'll. We are also still hopeful that somewhere someone has some metal roofing, wood, etc. lying around in their back yards that we could use to get our shelters done before winter actually bites us hard. Honey Bandit still needs "special tlc" and we need to make sure he stays warm and dry, and also has a place he can stretch out. Thank you so much for all you do, and don't forget, it is all tax deductible.) We are pretty excited about the plans for the rolling foal hospital. Although we had much of the stuff we needed when we went to get Suri, we were very fortunate to be able to have a place to stay for the 4 days she needed to rest before travelling.
There are so many people out there "saving the horses and the animals", and ya'll are awesome. Even when people can't do the "hands on", that story that they tell someone, that raffle ticket they buy, that donation they make to the rescues, it all is a part of the big picture, and may God bless you all for what you do.
p & the critters
Well I am happy to say, (with a tiny tear in my eye) that Suri has found her forever “mommy”. She will be going “home” this afternoon. I am very happy to say that her new home is “local” and within visiting distance. She is doing well and it is so awesome that she will have such a good mommy. She will also be down the hill, and not subject to as much snow or cold weather.
And it is that time of year again, time for thunder and lightning and the end of summer “fire” storms. We are in an area that is under high fire danger as this area is much “overdue” for a fire according to the local fire fighters. According to the firemen that came to our old place to check it for “fire safety”, it is not if, but when, as Shingletown has not had a fire for so long. We are looking for a water storage tank to keep on the property. This would go along way to keeping the critters safer if we do have a fire. At the same time we are on fire alert, we need to get ready for winter. As we are trying to build “popsicle weather” appropriate shelters, and prepare adequately for whatever weather may come, it is time for another fundraiser. We need to buy wood, metal for roofs that won’t collapse on the horses’ heads, and all the other goodies that go with it. (We brought what was donated for HoneyBandit last fall to the new house, and that is a great start, but only a start). We also need to stock up on hay, especially with a new "larger" (4 year old gelding) arriving soon.
SEVERAL DAYS LATER........
It was time. We haltered Suri, then proceeded to soak her thoroughly with the hose. It was a 109 degrees where we were headed, and I knew she would enjoy a cool start. She loaded easily and we were on our way. I had a huge lump in my throat, even though I knew that she was going to a fabulous home……
When we got to Suri's new home, we backed the trailer into the yard and were met by her beautiful new mommy and her sister. Denise had a smile that would light up Texas as her baby finally was home. Suri took a little while before she wanted to unload. we didn't rush her, allowing her plenty of time to check our her new surroundings. Of course during that time she was given many hugs and kisses, both by her new mommy and by Matt and myself. The lump in my throat felt about as big as Mt. Lassen, but deep down inside I knew this was a great thing. Suri now had a mommy that could devote nearly all of her time to her, sharing her with one other horse. So she would have the attention she deserved as well as horsey companionship.
After we unloaded her and walked her back to the pen next to "PepperAnne", her new horse mate, we spent some time letting her get adjusted to the new sights and sounds. finally it was time to leave. I knew I couldn't stop the tears, but this is what it was all about. Getting them healthy and finding them a great home. I had purposely brought Suri by herself so she wouldn't be whinnying at the trailer as we left, and more able to focus on her new "horsey friend". However, Suri came to the gate and cried and whinnied and wanted to come with us. I think we were all just about crying. I know I was, and Matt even had tears in his eyes. It was so heartbreaking because Suri was "left" by two different bands that she tried to hang with in the Virginia Range, then we took her, she had her new family and then we "left her too". I know she will be loved more than any horse anywhere, (except maybe Honey Bandit haha), but it broke my heart because she didn't understand that I still love her and wasn't deserting her.
I have received updates everyday and Denise stayed outside with her the first night so she wouldn't be scared. She is doing well and we will go visit her soon. But wow was that hard to do. But that is what we have to do to have more room for the next critically ill or orphaned foal.
So now we are ready for the next one. Honey Bandit and the boys are hanging out a little closer, I think they miss her, but they have each other and have been together for a long time. So there is one more little mustang saved, and only 39,000 plus left.
Ya'll keep up the good work and say a prayer that we get ready in time for winter.
Take Care & God Bless
we will be having more information on the fundraiser on our website very soon. If you know you want to help us keep doing what we do and taking care of the critters in our rescue, you can buy tickets by DONATING OR SENDING A CHECK to CHILLY PEPPER - MIRACLE MUSTANG, 34694 SIDEBOTTOM ROAD, SHINGLETOWN, CA 96088 OR GO TO WWW.CHILLYPEPPER.WEEBLY.COM. If you are purchasing raffle tickets, please make sure that you indicate that with your donation. ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE AND MUCH APPRECIATED.
Honey Bandit is asking for your help to get ready for winter. The rescue has moved to higher ground, (around 4000 elevation) and we are struggling to be ready for winter. We struggled with leaky structures last winter, and simply have to be much better prepared this winter. We found a home for Suri, but are expecting another special needs gelding (4 year old) to be arriving soon. Hmmmm We placed a baby, but are bringing in a bigger appetite. Oh well, so goes the rescue. They can't all be babies. :) The kittens have found a home in Washington, and will be leaving in the next few weeks. So the chipmunk, the kittens and Suri will all have been placed in great homes. yeahhhh!!!
Soooooooooooo, we are having a raffle to procure supplies for winter, and thankfully, BAILEY CREEK LODGE, which is for sure Manton, California’s best kept secret, has donated two nights for one person at their fly fishing lodge!!!! (Thank you and God Bless you, Bailey Creek Lodge!!!!!)
So we will be having the “GITTIN THROUGH WINTER” raffle for this wonderful package. You will be able to buy raffle tickets for $5 each, or 3 tickets for $10. (This is an approx. $700 value!!!). Now let me tell you about Honey Bandit’s “vacation raffle”!!!!
Driving through Shingletown and down into Manton, the landscape is beautiful, although pretty rough. As we get closer to our destination, I am wondering what we will find. It is NOT looking like the greatest vacation area. Boy was I in for a shock. J Buried back in the middle of nowhere, across the little bridge, is a piece of paradise. An oasis of beauty and tranquility, nestled in a spot so secret that many of the locals don’t even know it exists. After crossing “the bridge”, you come around a corner and the world opens up to beautiful, rolling green lawns. Suddenly you are in a world far away from the cities, noise and crowds. The only sounds you hear are the birds singing and the creek dancing its way along, cascading over the boulders. The sky is a perfect blue, crystal clear without a trace of smog. The sun streams down, its reflection dancing like diamonds on the pool umbrellas. Oh yes, let’s not forget the sparkling, perfectly clear pool. It’s a little bit of heaven, hidden away in Manton. The rooms are luxurious, and you can walk to Bailey Creek in a matter of minutes, or visit the lake.
Bailey Creek Lodge is famous for its catch and release fly fishing. People travel from all over the world to visit the fabulous Bailey Creek Lodge. Ladies, get out there and throw your lines, or if you just want to relax and sit by the pool while your hubby fishes, well this is the place for you. While you lounge around the pool and stay cool, visiting with your girl friends or your favorite long awaited book, the “boys” can walk to the easily accessible creek and fish away. Enjoy the Lodge’s own “local” doe and her twins as they visit, grazing on the beautiful lawn. Then enjoy a fabulous dinner by Chef Kristy and get lulled to sleep by the sounds of the creek.
More and more people are realizing the value, financially as well as mentally, of finding that perfect getaway in their own back yard. You can save hundreds of dollars in fuel, by not driving all day, not to mention avoid the stress and wasted travel days, and enjoy the perfect vacation less than an hour from Redding. SO SIGN UP FOR OUR RAFFLE AND BUY THE WINNING TICKET. You can help our rescue survive winter and give your hubby or loved one the perfect gift, (or keep it for yourself and bring a friend). (If Matt and I ever get our honeymoon, I am thinking that the Bailey Creek Lodge would be the perfect place!).
Call 530 474-5197 for more information and ask for Palomino regarding the fundraiser. Help HoneyBandit and the rescue and win paradise.
Thank you for your support and Good Luck! (The winning ticket will be for a stay during the 2012 Season. More information to follow.
Visit their website for a quick view of what you can win at http://www.baileycreeklodge.com/setting
and you can visit Chilly Pepper's website for more info on the upcoming raffle at www.chillypepper.weebly.com
Bailey Creek Lodge
P.O. Box 405
Manton, CA 96059
Lodge: (530) 474-4600
Mobile: (916) 719-0526