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Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue News Letter

posted August 13th, 2015 by
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Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

17667 Markita Dr.  Jones, OK  73049

(405) 399-3084 or (405) 615-5267

[email protected] www.blazesequinerescue.com

Federal I.D. 43-2024364

 

August 10, 2015

 

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc. located in Jones, Oklahoma, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that strives to improve the lives of neglected, starved, and abused horses.  We provide equine rescue regardless of age or disability.  We promote and teach horse care and humane, natural methods of training horses.  Our primary focus is Animal Cruelty Cases.  We work closely with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division and the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office with their Equine related Animal Cruelty Cases.  We also assist any other local/rural county sheriff’s office who request our assistance.

 

Rescues:

 

It is hard to believe it is already August.  This year has been extremely busy and we have certainly seen our share of emergency cases.  Rescued horses can be expensive to bring back to health, but this year we have tackled more special cases than our 15 years in operation combined.  To see the transformation of these horses and know that our hard work and determination saved them, is priceless.  However, the expenses alone have been overwhelming.  We are making an emergency request for donations to assist with the medical care and rehabilitation of the horses currently in our rescue program.  Below you will see some of our more urgent cases.  Of course, these rescues can range from the normal rehabilitation process, such as deworming, dental care, farrier care and a proper diet, to more advanced cases needing surgery, treating eye injuries, corrective shoeing, and much more, plus the normal care.  We couldn’t save as many lives without you, our supporters.  Your generosity has helped us save over 1250 horses.  We can’t thank you enough! 

 

Remington came into our rescue program on July 20, 2015.  Remington came from the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division along with 1 other horse.  Remington is a Beautiful, Bay, Quarter Horse, Gelding.  Remington is estimated to be 8 years of age.  Remington is very thin, body score of a 2, infested with internal/external parasites.  Remington’s feet were in a horrible condition and wearing shoes too small for his hooves.  Remington stands for the farrier and loads in a trailer.  He is super sweet boy and loves attention.  Remington has a long road of recovery ahead of him.  We will update as Remington improves.  Please consider making a donation towards Remington’s Rehabilitation.

 

 

 Shemar came into our rescue program on April 27, 2015.  Shemar came from the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office along with 1 other horse as an abandonment/cruelty case. Shemar is a Beautiful, Black, Quarter Horse, Stud.  Shemar is estimated to be 7 years of age.  Shemar is very thin, body score of a 3, infested with internal/external parasites.  Shemar appears to be a double crypt-orchid or was possibly a crypt-orchid and someone only removed the dropped testicle.  We have run several testosterone tests to confirm that he is a stud.  Now, we have to schedule surgery, to basically go in and find the testicular tissue and remove to make him a true gelding.  Shemar still has the capability to breed and we certainly don’t want to ignore this.  In the meantime, Shemar is battling some liver issues.  We are not sure why he appears to be in liver failure.  In order to determine what is going on and to properly treat him, he will need to go to OSU for a liver biopsy.  The expenses for the biopsy, treatment and the surgery will range around $3000.00.  Shemar is a sweet boy and deserves a second chance to be a wonderful horse and enjoy pasture time and a family.  We need your help so that we can help Shemar.  Shemar is super sweet and loves attention.  He can be distracted by other horses, which is typical for a stud.  Shemar has a long road of recovery ahead of him and we are desperately asking for your assistance.  We will update as Shemar improves.  Please consider making a donation towards Shemar’ Rehabilitation.

 

 

   Billy Bob came into our rescue program on August 7, 2015.  Billy Bob came to us as an owner surrender along with one other Donkey after their “caretakers” died.  Billy Bob is a Beautiful, Brown/White, Paint, Jack.  He is estimated to be 10 years old.  Billy Bob is super sweet and loves attention.  He is in healthy body weight, however, his hooves are in extremely poor condition.  Billy Bob is basically walking on Skis, it is painful, and he moves slowly.  Hoof growth like this does not happen overnight, this process can take up to a year or more.  Can you imagine how difficult it is for this sweet boy to get around?  Billy Bob will require being gelded, and he will need extensive corrective work on his feet, in order to get him back normal.   This beautiful boy has a long road of recovery ahead of him.  We will update as he progresses. Please consider making a donation towards Billy Bob’s rehabilitation.   

 

   Charles Ray came into our rescue program on August 7, 2015.  Charles Ray came to us as an owner surrender along with one other Donkey after their “caretakers” died.  Charles Ray is a Beautiful, Brown/White, Paint, Jack.  He is estimated to be 20 years old.  Charles Ray is super sweet and loves attention.  He is in healthy body weight, however, his hooves are in extremely poor condition.  Charles Ray has gone a long time without proper care, and due to that fact, his front foot has remodeled itself and he is now standing on the front side of his hoof, curling it under.  Can you imagine how difficult it is for this sweet boy to get around?  Charles Ray will require being gelded and he will need surgery on his tendon to correct his hoof and bring it back to a normal position.  We would like this sweet boy to receive both surgeries at once.  This guy is truly a love bug and it would be so wonderful to see him run and play like he was meant to do.   This beautiful boy has a long road of recovery ahead of him.  We will update as he progresses. Please consider making a donation towards Charles Ray’s rehabilitation.   

 

 

 

We also ask that you please consider adopting a horse.  When you adopt a horse, you save 2 lives.  You save the one you are adopting and the one that is now able to come into our rescue.  We need to make room to assist other horses.  If you or someone you know is considering adding a horse to their family, please check out our available horses.  You can call or email and schedule an appointment today.  We have a lot of wonderful horses seeking their permanent, loving homes. 

 

We have so many wonderful horses in our program, and so many with needs that ask for your assistance.  From horses with lameness issues that need treatment, to horses with severe fungus issues, eye injuries, emaciation, wounds, hernia surgeries, castrations, EPM treatment, teeth floating, vaccinations, deworming, etc., our horses are our top priority and it takes a lot to properly care for so many rescued horses.  Whether you make a monetary donation, adopt a horse, or simply say a prayer for Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, we truly appreciate your support.

 

 

 

Because of YOU and your heartfelt generosity, we are able to save these horses and many others from an uncertain death.  We ask for your assistance as we have so many more horses in our program that need your help.  Our average monthly expenses now total $8500.00.  If you can please help us, continue to save rescued horses, please make a donation to:

 

 

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

17667 Markita Drive

Jones, Oklahoma  73049

 

or you can donate on-line through paypal @

www.blazesequinerescue.com

 

Or you can contact our Veterinarian directly and apply a payment to our account

Exclusively Equine Veterinary Services at 405-973-5740

 

We are currently caring for 140 horses in our rescue program.  We have many wonderful horses that are seeking their forever, loving homes.  I hope that you will consider adopting a rescued horse.  Whether you are able to make a donation or adopt a rescued horse, both help us tremendously. 

 

 

Blaze’s Haunt for the Horses Benefit Trail Ride

 

You are invited to join us October 24th, 2015 for our 6th Annual Blaze’s Haunt for the Horses Benefit Trail Ride at Bell Cow Lake, Chandler, Oklahoma.  Check in begins @ 9:00 am. Guided and Self-Paced rides will begin to leave at 10:00 am.  Lunch will be served at the pavilion at 12:30 and the costume contest starts at 2:00 pm.  Come join us for treats on the trail, door prizes, drawing, and good times with friends.  All proceeds benefit the horses in our rescue program.  Pre-Registration will be available on September 1st.  Registration covers T-Shirt, Lunch, and Trail Fee’s.  For more information please call Trail Coordinator Leslie Brown @ 405-245-7309.

 

 

Experiences with Saddle Up Horsemanship

 

We had a wonderful opportunity to work with Saddle Up Horsemanship the first week of August.  Kelci Goad offered a Training Camp for those that wanted to learn the basics of training horses with a solid foundation.  Kelci Goad wanted to use some rescue horses in our program that was ready for adoption and that could enhance their adoptability by providing them a solid foundation on the ground that transfers to the saddle.  We were thrilled to watch the progress of 6 Students and 6 Rescued horses.  Everyone did such an amazing job, despite the heat, worked all day and made a positive difference in our rescued horse’s lives.  Each student had a unique take on their experience, but one that spoke volumes was Kathy Dupois, who was paired up with Quigley.  Kathy and her daughter Lilly both participated in this camp.  Lilly was paired up with Sprite, who proved to be a bit more of challenge. 

 

Kathy made a wonderful statement about her experience that touched me:  Kathy stated:  “Some days you get to do the coolest things…beyond what you ever dared to dream!  Those days are treasures.  Some days you get to watch your child do really hard things with such grace and determination it takes your breath away when you remember she’s just a child.  Those days are pure joy.  Thank you Kelci Goad, Samantha Matthews and Natalee Cross.  We notice and appreciate all the hard work that allows us this amazing opportunity”. 

 

Kathy, Lilly, Halle, Emily, Kaidyn, and Cordelia did an amazing job with their horses.  We simply cannot thank Kelci Goad and her wonderful students enough for all they do to assist our rescued horses.  We are always inspired and touched by everything you put forward to help the horse.  A big Congratulations goes out to Kathy for adopting her camp partner Quigley.  We are thrilled to see these two continue to work together.  Truly a happy ending!  Thank you Kathy!        

 

Documentary

 

We are excited to announce that our documentary is now live and online.  Please take a moment to check out this beautiful video.  This really speaks volumes on who we are and what we do.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.  You can view the video here:  https://vimeo.com/127084123 or you can go to our website at www.blazesequinerescue.com and click on the video on our homepage.

  

 

Attention Adopters:

 

It has come to our attention that we need to remind everyone that an adoption contract is a legal binding agreement between Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue and the Adopter.  We have an adoption contract for a reason. It is to protect our horses that is the same reason we freeze brand them. If you have adopted a horse from us, and did not abide to the adoption contract, you will be held accountable. For example, if you decided you no longer wanted your horse, and you did not notify us that you wished to re-home your adopted horse, and choose to do so anyway, YOU ARE STILL RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT HORSE. YOU, are the one that signed the contract. Our contract states that the horse needs to be returned or placed into an approved home. If we weren’t notified and you placed our horse into a home you know nothing about, and did not allow us to approve said home or get a signed contract with new adopters, then when I find that horse in a sale barn, being neglected, etc., then I will seek legal counsel against the adopter of which we have a signed contract with. Just because you decided you know longer want the horse does not mean you are released from the contract.

 

This is just a reminder that we want our horses to go to a FOREVER, LOVING HOME. If you don’t want to provide that home, then PLEASE, return our adopted horse and allow us to find them the home and family they deserve. I am not going to put the names out there right now. But, stay tuned, as I am completely aware when our horse winds up in a bad situation. That brand tells me everything I need to know and it also alerts many people that is a Blaze’s horse. So, when I receive a phone call that one of my horses have been checked into the Jones Sale Barn, you better believe I am going to go up there and get my horse back. You see, that person you sold my horse to, wasn’t under contract, so when that person checked my horse into the sale barn to sell, I am not going after him, I am going after YOU, THE ADOPTER, WHO SIGNED THE CONTRACT. My horse is now safe and returned back to our facility and our awesome attorney is filing the paperwork to sue the former adopter for damages to the horse, as well as, the costs incurred to us, to purchase the horse back and bring him back to the health he was when he was adopted out.

 

Also, remember, social media does a lot of things and it’s amazing how quickly someone becomes interested in learning about that freeze brand on their newly purchased horse. Just because you withheld information about that horse when you went against the contract and sold the horse, does not mean, the truth won’t come out. We always find out and it is time to for those that are breach of contract to be held accountable.

 

Adoption is supposed to be taken seriously and is something that one should take pride in. 99% of our Adopters are wonderful, but for the few of you that don’t believe that contract is a serious legal binding contract, please think again.  We did not invest thousands of dollars, unlimited amount of time, shed tears, and beg for them to hang on and pull through, to put them into harm’s way.  That is why we take certain measures to protect them for the rest of their lives and why there is an adoption contract in place in order to adopt.   

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support!!  We wouldn’t be here today, without each and every one of you!!  Thank you on behalf of the entire Blaze’s Family!  So many horses would be lost without you! 

 

Over 1250 horses saved in the last 15 years!!

Blaze’s Volunteer Work Weekend

posted August 19th, 2014 by
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Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue is having a volunteer work weekend this Saturday, August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th. We are hoping to do some much needed repairs, such as repair/replace fencing, repair shelters, dirt work, brush clean up, pasture clean up, and we need a fence line cleared out in order to replace.  If you would like to attend, please contact Volunteer Director Tina Hummell at [email protected]We would appreciate your support so much as we tackle many projects at once. 

If you plan to attend here are a list of items that you may consider bringing with you, if you can or have access to the following:

Gloves

Shovels

Rakes

Fence Tools

Power Drills

Chain Saws

Welder

—If anyone has any heavy equipment such as a bull dozer that could assist with taking out some trees that would be excellent.

—If anyone has any heavy equipment such as a skid-steer to move manure that would be excellent.

 

We have 13 years and over 1200 rescued horses saved of wear and tear on our facility. Upgrades and repairs are vital for us, however, using the daily operating funds to make these repairs means taking away from the horses and we just don’t want to do that. So, we are asking everyone to please chip in to our fence and facility repair youcaring.com fundraiser. Every little bit helps tremendously in reaching our Improvements and upgrade goals. Please share with everyone and help us make this a much safer environment for our rescued horses. 
http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/fence-and-facility-repair-/214915

We look forward to seeing everyone that is able to attend this weekend.  We will have a hotdog lunch, snacks and a cold beverage will be available.  Come meet the Blaze’s crew, the horses and get a little dirty.  

 

Thank you,
Natalee & Shawn Cross
Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc.,
Jones, Oklahoma 73049
405-399-3084www.blazesequinerescue.com
[email protected]

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

posted July 17th, 2014 by
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Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

17667 Markita Dr.  Jones, OK  73049

(405) 399-3084 or (405) 615-5267

[email protected] www.blazesequinerescue.com

July 16, 2014

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc. located in Jones, Oklahoma, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that strives to improve the lives of neglected, starved, and abused horses.  We provide equine rescue regardless of age or disability.  We promote and teach horse care and humane, natural methods of training horses.  Our primary focus is Animal Cruelty Cases.  We work closely with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division and the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office with their Equine related Animal Cruelty Cases.  We also assist any other local/rural county sheriff’s office who request our assistance.

Rescues:

I apologize that we are so far behind on our quarterly newsletters.  As I am sure you can imagine, we have been extremely busy.  I want to start this newsletter off a bit differently and go over what Blaze’s Equine Rescue has done for the last 13 years.  We have built this organization with an open door policy, so to speak.  Our family has dedicated everything to rescuing neglected horses and caring for them.  We made huge sacrifices to follow my passion.  To follow the path that God has lead me to.  We have saved nearly 1200 horses in the last 13 years.  Many have come to us from deplorable conditions.  Many have scars that can’t be undone.  But, all of them deserve love and deserve the highest standard of care.  We do our best to meet that highest standard of care.  Sadly, we are only limited to 20 acres of land, plus foster homes.  We are the only rescue in the State of Oklahoma and most of the surrounding states that care for 100 to 200 head of rescued horses at any given time. 

 

We have to feed hay year around.  Can you imagine the expense involved for caring for so many horses?  We feed 24 Round Bales of Sprayed/Fertilized Bermuda Hay every 7 days.  That is $60.00 a bale with delivery.  We feed roughly 96 bales a month costing us $5,760.00 just for hay a month.  We do occasionally receive the rare donation of round bales, but sadly, one of our largest expenses is Hay.  We also have to have square bales of hay for the horses in the barn.  We just purchased 100 square bales of hay at $5.50 a bale.

 

Of course, the expenses don’t stop there.  We have Veterinary care, vaccinations, wormers, farrier care, grain, supplements, shavings, mineral blocks, medical supplies, wound care supplies, and freeze branding expenses that go into the actual horse.  Now, let’s consider all the other needs in order to just run the rescue.  For instance, the office supplies that go into keeping everything accounted for, sending donation receipts, newsletters, records for each horse, etc., What about travel and wear and tear on our vehicles and trailers?  Every day, I have to run and pick up supplies, such as a grain, shavings, etc.   I pick up horses weekly, as well as, occasionally deliver a horse to an adopted home.  The expense involved for fuel, etc., is also very taxing.  We also have maintenance on our facility, from fencing, to repairs, to land payments, etc., the day to day cost is unbelievable to keep this organization running.  We work from sun up to sun down caring for these horses and seeing to it that every need is always met.  They never go without.  My family built this organization from the ground up and it is something that I am very proud of.  My husband, Shawn Cross, works for the City of Edmond.  He works so hard to care for the Cross family and then come home and care for the horses in our program.  It is an endeavor that usually goes without recognition.  We don’t do it for glory, recognition or rewards.  We do it because we love horses and feel that someone has to be their voice.

 

Now, we would like to show you how much Blaze’s Equine Rescue has grown throughout the years and how much State/City officials have come to rely on us to assist them with their animal cruelty cases.  We are never paid by the State or City for assisting them with their equine neglect cases.  All funding we receive is from private donations, private grants, adoption fees and fundraiser’s.  Please see below our numbers for the last 13 years we have operated.

 

We have rescued 1,167 horses since 2001.  We have successfully adopted out 959 horses into forever, loving homes.  We are currently caring for 108 rescued horses at this time.  Blaze’s has an 82% adoption rate.  We have sadly lost 8.8% of the rescued horses.  We either had to make the heart wrenching decision to end their suffering or they were not able to survive rehabilitation due to the extreme neglect they suffered.  When we first started, our first Veterinarian informed us that we would lose 20% of all rescues.  I am proud to say, we haven’t lost 20% in 13 years.  We have 28 lifers currently in our program.  What constitutes a lifer?  A lifer is a horse that is deemed unadoptable due to their medical disabilities or a horse that has been adopted out and returned 3 or more times.  These horses still maintain a good quality of life and will most likely live out the remainder of their life here at Blaze’s. 

 

We have many positive changes to Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue.  We would like to welcome our two newest board members Jennifer Bates and Vicki Ingram.  Jennifer & Vicki have been working hard on the upcoming playday, they hope to bring this event back each year.  The playday is a great way to have a fun family day with your horses.  We would love to see our adopted horses participate in the event.  We have a great group of board members, each actively involved in our day to day activities.  We can’t thank them all enough for all they have done to help make Blaze’s Equine Rescue the success it is.  Thank you Desiree Walling, Brian Walling, Leslie Brown, A’Lissa Devorss, Jennifer McCannon, Larry Bishop, Tina Hummell, Jennifer Bates, and Vicki Ingram.

 

We have many wonderful horses seeking their forever, loving home.  We have horses from yearlings to 30 years of age.  We have horses that are broke to ride and horses ready to go into training.  We have a select few horses that are just companion animals only.  Adoptions are very important to us, as for every horse adopted, that opens a spot for another horse to come in.  Adoptions save two lives.  Our adoption fee’s range from $300.00 to $800.00.  All adoption fees go back into our program for the next horse that comes in.  Sadly, we will never be able to recoup the expenses that we have put into each horse.  We ask that you please spread the word of our adoptable horses here at the rescue.  You won’t regret opening your heart and your home to a rescued horse.  The experience and the relationship you will form will be like no other.  Just ask any of our adopters, they will tell you how much their adopted horse means to them and what an impact that horse has brought to their lives, in a positive way.

 

Here are just a few of our current rescues that need your support.  The cost to rehabilitate a horse can be overwhelming.  We currently have 4 horses waiting for surgery.  3 horses need hernia surgery and 1 other horse is a crypt-orchard and needs surgery to be properly gelded.  All other horses receive full veterinary care and the proper diet to rehabilitate.  Please consider making a donation to help the horses currently in our rescue program. 

Cloud 20140717 Cloud came into our rescue program on May 30, 2014.  Cloud came into our rescue program as an owner surrender.  Cloud is a Beautiful, Gray, Quarter Horse, Gelding.  Cloud is estimated to be 25 to 30 years of age.  Cloud is a body score of a 1.  He is infested with internal/external parasites.  He is an extremely sweet boy and loves attention.  It is clear this sweet boy has done something in his life.  He has a great personality, although a bit of a pig pen, he is doing well.  He stands for the farrier and loads in a trailer.  This beautiful boy has a long road to recovery ahead of him.  Please consider making a donation towards Cloud’s rehabilitation. 

 

Amanda 20140717Amanda came into our rescue program on June 25, 2014.  Amanda came into our rescue program from the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division as a cruelty case.  Amanda is a Beautiful, Bay, Standardbred X, Mare.  Amanda is estimated to be 18 years of age.  Amanda was a body score of a 1 when she entered OKC-AWD.  She was infested with internal/external parasites and covered in rain rot.  She is a sweet girl and loves attention.  She stands for the farrier and loads in a trailer.  This beautiful girl still has a bit of recovery ahead of her.  Please consider making a donation towards Amanda’s Rehabilitation. 

 

Oakley 20140717Oakley came into our rescue program on June 29, 2014.  Oakley came into our rescue program from the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division.  Oakley is a Beautiful, Sorrel, Quarter Horse, Gelding.  Oakley is estimated to be 8 years of age.  Oakley is a body score of a 1.  He is infested with internal/external parasites and covered in rain rot.  He is a sweet boy and loves attention.  He stands for the farrier and loads in a trailer.  This beautiful boy has a long road of recovery ahead of him.  Please consider making a donation towards Oakley’s Rehabilitation.


Griffin 20140717Griffin came into our rescue program on July 11, 2014. Griffin came from the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division.  Griffin is a Beautiful, Bay, Miniature, Stud.  Griffin is estimated to be 20 years of age. Griffin is a body score of a 2.  His feet are in horrible condition.  This is a super sweet boy that loves attention.  He has a long road of recovery ahead of him.  Once he puts on a suitable amount of weight, he will be gelded.  Please consider making a donation towards Griffin’s Rehabilitation.

 

Victor E. 20140717Victor E. came into our rescue program on June 03, 2014. Victor E. came from the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division.  Victor E. is a Beautiful, Sorrel, Quarter Horse, Gelding.  Victor E.  is estimated to be 25 years of age. Victor E. is a body score of a 1.  He is infested with internal/external parasites.  This is a super sweet boy that loves attention.  He has a long road of recovery ahead of him.  Please consider making a donation towards Victor E’s Rehabilitation.

 

We have so many wonderful horses in our program, and so many with needs that ask for your assistance.  From horses with lameness issues that need treated, to horses with severe fungus issues, emaciation, wounds, hernia surgeries, castrations, EPM Treatment, teeth floating, vaccinations, deworming, etc.,  Our horses are our top priority and it takes a lot to properly care for so many rescued horses.  Whether you make a monetary donation, adopt a horse, or simply say a prayer for Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, we truly appreciate your support.

 

Because of YOU and your heartfelt generosity, we are able to save these horses and many others from an uncertain death.  We ask for your assistance as we have so many more horses in our program that need your help.  Our average monthly expenses now total $8500.00.  If you can please help us, continue to save rescued horses, please make a donation to:

 

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

17667 Markita Drive

Jones, Oklahoma  73049 

or you can donate on-line through paypal @

www.blazesequinerescue.com

 

We are currently caring for 108 horses in our rescue program.  We have many wonderful horses that are seeking their forever, loving homes.  I hope that you will consider adopting a rescued horse.  Whether you are able to make a donation or adopt a rescued horse, both help us tremendously. 

 

Blaze’s 1st Annual Play Day

 

Come join us for a fun family day of horsing around on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Schrock Park Arena, West Main St, Tuttle, Oklahoma  73089.  We will have Barrels, Poles, Flags, and Bow Tie Events.  Cost is $10.00 per event, per rider on the day of the event without pre-registration.  Gates open at 4:00 pm, Books open at 5:00 pm and Events start at 7:00 pm.  We have ages from lead line to over 40!  All proceeds to benefit Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue. 

 

 

 

Blaze’s Haunt for the Horses Benefit Trail Ride

 

You are invited to join us October 25, 2014 for our 5th Annual Blaze’s Haunt for the Horses Benefit Trail Ride at Bell Cow Lake, Chandler, Oklahoma.  Check in begins @ 9:00 am. Guided and Self Paced rides will begin to leave at 10:00 am.  Lunch will be served at the pavilion at 12:30 and the costume contest starts at 2:00 pm.  Come join us for treats on the trail, door prizes, drawing, and good times with friends.  All proceeds benefit Blaze’s Equine Rescue.  Watch the website for early registration.  Registration covers T-Shirt, Lunch, and Trail Fee’s.  Paid pre-registration guarantees ride T-Shirt in your size.  For more information please call Leslie Brown @ 405-245-7309 or Natalee Cross @ 405-399-3084. 

 

 

 

4th Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainers Challenge

 

They say they can gentle an untrained horse.  “The Challenge is an event designed to showcase the skills of local equine trainers, while increasing the adoptability of previously untrained rescued horses”. 

 

Mark your calendars and plan to join us May 2nd, 2015 at the Lazy E Arena, Guthrie, Oklahoma for our 4th Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainers Challenge.  We will be accepting applications soon for local trainers.  If you are a Horse Trainer and interested in competing in our 4th Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainers Challenge, please email [email protected] and request the application.  We have made many changes to the Trainers Challenge, with a completely different competition format.  We can’t wait for you to see the new and improved Trainers Challenge.  

 

 

 

 

 

Success Stories

 

This is why we do what we do!  Success stories like this, is the reward for our countless hours of dedication, every last penny spent to save a life, the countless time we have fallen in love and the numerous times we have cried over a life lost.  This is why we sacrifice our needs daily, to see the wonderful success of a rescued horse and their adopter.  Every horse is different and every horse responds and works differently with different people.  We try our hardest to match the right horse with the right person.  It breaks our hearts, when it doesn’t work.  But, the pure joy and pride you feel, when you see the successful relationship, is indescribable.  See below for just a few of our success stories.

 

“I adopted little Miss Sno-Pea from you guys last August!  When she first arrived she was scared and very shy.  Since then she has really opened up, she comes when she’s called and behaves so well with children.  Her two favorite things to do (other than eating and more eating) is giving out rides to kids and tagging along on the trail rides.”

Chumley 20140717

“This is Chumley.  He was part of the 60 something horses rescued in April 2013.  I don’t know what he’s been thru in his 20 years but I do know he will NEVER know hunger, neglect, or abuse again!  He is such a joy to be around, loves to hang out with Doc, my only other male horse but his favorite buddy is June, my 30 something mare.  He always brings a smile to my face and warms my heart.  I’m blessed to have him J Thank you Blaze’s!”

 Chumley2 20140717

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support!!  We wouldn’t be here today, without each and every one of you!!  Thank you on behalf of the entire Blaze’s Family!  So many horses would be lost without you! 

 

Over 1168 horses saved in the last 13 years!

Hope for Horses Oklahoma

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By Pat Penn, Founder

As I sat down to start writing this piece, the news came on and reported that 105 horses were found starving and abandoned in Logan County, OK.  Horse skeletons were found scattered throughout the pasture with the starving horses.  One of the horses didn’t make it through the night.  15 were rated as a “1” – the worst condition that can be rated before death.  This is exactly why I’m writing this story.

 

There is a disaster unfolding here in the Heartland that many people aren’t aware of.  Thousands of families are being affected and no one is reporting on this.

 

Due to the blizzards and then the record-breaking drought of 2011, there is no local hay to feed our animals.  Thousands of horses are dying due to starvation.  Hay has to be shipped in from out of state and prices have more than tripled.  Grain prices are up 50-70% since May.  Horse owners cannot afford to feed their horses.  People are going bankrupt trying to keep their horses alive.  You can sell your cows, sheep, etc., if you can’t afford to feed them.  But there is no horse market – you can’t give a horse away.  The equine rescues are past capacity and several have had to be rescued themselves due to bankruptcy.

 

Sale barns are charging up to $300 to put a horse into the sale due to the thousands of horses that have been abandoned there.  Many of these abandoned horses are being shot and put into mass graves.  95% of horses going to the sale are either being destroyed or sent to slaughter.  Most horses aren’t bid on and the average sale price is $3 – $50.  After you pay $20 to $30 for the state required Coggins test, the commission to the sale barn, and the fuel to the sale barn, you are in the red.

 

Most people can’t afford to have a vet euthanize their horse.  It costs $250 just to have your horse’s body removed for rendering if you don’t bury it.

 

The Tulsa World ran a story on Christmas Day 2011 on our charity and my phone has not stopped ringing with horse owners begging for help.  One lady, aged 74 and recently widowed, is feeding her horses loaves of bread trying to keep them alive.  A cowboy called, devastated, telling me how he has already had to shoot six horses due to starvation – they were too weak to stand.  These horses are people’s pets, their companions, members of their families.

 

This is why I started Hope for Horses Oklahoma.  Our goals are:   to help horse owners feed and keep their horses, and to purchase hay and have it shipped into the state.  Even if we have hay this year, it will be July or August before people can start buying decent quality local hay.

 

We are working with feed stores so that horse owners can pick up hay and grain.  No cash is given to individuals, except the hay owners and hay haulers.   Donors can thus rest assured that their donations are being used appropriately.  We are in the process of obtaining a 501(c)(3) non-profit status, therefore all donations are tax deductible.

 

We are in need of monetary donations — $10 – $12 will buy a bale of hay or a sack of feed.  One bale of hay will feed 3-4 horses their hay for the day.  50 pounds of feed will feed 6-8 horses their grain for a day.

 

Please help if you can.  Donations can be made at any branch of Bank of Oklahoma or mailed to Hope for Horses Oklahoma, c/o Pat Penn, HC-60, Box 91-A, Castle, OK  74833.  Please call 1-918-623-0064 for more information. Thank you for your support.  Our Oklahoma horses and their owners are deeply grateful for any help you can give.

 

Pat Penn

Hope for Horses Oklahoma