EQUUS Foundation Announces 2019 Platinum Performance Horse Welfare Award Recipients - DHOH's "Dunny" Announced Winner!
The EQUUS Foundation announced the recipients of the 2019 Platinum Performance Horse Welfare Awards. Five EQUUS Foundation Guardian charities received a $500 cash award and a $500 gift card for Platinum Performance products to be used by the charity for the care of one of their horses. In addition, another five horses received $250 gift cards for Platinum Performance Equine, and 10 horses received gift cards for a bucket Platinum Performance Equine. Note that only those charities that undergo the EQUUS Foundation comprehensive and unique verification process and receive the EQUUS Foundation Guardian designation are eligible to receive financial support from the EQUUS Foundation, and our submission of "Dunny" was a top winner! Here's a little more on "Dunny"...
Birth Year: 1987. Gender: Gelding. Breed: Grade.
Affiliated with Drifter's Hearts of Hope
"Dunny came to us from a partner dude ranch where he spent his life teaching kids how to ride. A tried and true partner on the trail, he was beloved by the ranch's guests. He is as kind as can be, and always a fan of being brushed and pet. He did not winter well at the ranch and was retired to our care. They knew that he needed the kind of dedicated rehabilitation that we can provide, and we greatly appreciate their decision to trust us with his care.
Our team has spent a lot of money and time refeeding him, but he still has quite a journey to becoming a rideable weight again. Thus, he would greatly benefit from Platinum Performance products, especially from ones like the Healthy Weight Oil and Platinum Performance Equine. These products would assist us in getting him to and then maintaining a healthy weight, so that he will be able to be evaluated and hopefully listed for adoption. He is such a good spirited horse that spent years helping children learn to ride, and we believe he is very deserving of the best kind of care. We are confident in saying that to know Dunny is to love him, and we know that your products will help us facilitate his return to our high standard of health. We appreciate your consideration of our beloved Dunny!"
Relationship of Nominator to Nominee
Drifter's Hearts of Hope is currently rehabilitating and caring for Dunny, who we received from a partner dude ranch as part of our Annie Project. -- Jacqueline Michelle Avis
"Some people say that horses walk into your life for a reason. But Miss Moppet doesn’t walk, she struts. A sashay perhaps. She came strutting, sashaying, and quite literally, waddling, into the lives of the Drifter’s Hearts of Hope (DHOH) volunteers in late 2018.
She came from a kill pen, and was rescued hours before she was going to ship to slaughter. When she arrived at the rescue facility, she had a USDA sticker in her mane when she arrived at our facility. In late 2018, DHOH became partners with the Right Horse Initiative and no longer rescues horses from kill pens, and Miss Moppet was one of the last pulled.
Waddling isn’t her most common gait, but nonetheless she waddled around our facility, heavily pregnant with a baby that came to be known as Timmy Tiptoes. At just two years old herself, she gave birth to a colt just days after being rescued from a terrible fate.
Miss Moppet proved to be a kind mother, and a big fan of attention. When people would come by to pet baby Timmy Miss Moppet liked to remind the folks that she too is quite beautiful and worthy of numerous pats. After weaning her baby (and causing nearly every volunteer, potential adopter, vet, farrier, and various other guests to succumb to her charms) we sent her off to 60 days of professional training with Ruben Mendiola. He started her under saddle and she began to show off her fancy footwork.
I went over to visit Moppet at Ruben’s facility and saw her under saddle for the first time. A 15 hand, 3-year-old liver chestnut with flashy chrome and one blue eye, she is objectively stunning. When she moves, it looks like she’s putting on a show. She dances around the arena with the grace and elegance of a horse five times her age and a hundred times further in training.
Upon seeing her talent, Jacqui Avis, the President of Drifter’s Hearts of Hope, decided to enter her in the Battle on the Rockies, a rescue-only horse show in Colorado. I was asked if I would ride the talented young horse, and quickly agreed. We spent weeks training for the trail and ranch riding portions of the show, while also dabbling in English riding, which we both knew was our true passion. She excelled at both English and Western due to her confidence and bravery. She drags tires, walks over bridges, is nearly unflappable on the trail, and will jump anything. Over the course of our several month-long tenure together, I’ve never seen her spook.
Though we knew it from the beginning, Miss Moppet continued to show just how special she is. She walked into the show ring a 3-year-old with 60 days of training and walked out showing that while she might be a bit of a spitfire, she has nothing but potential for success in just about any arena. Since then, we have really spent a lot of time working with Miss Moppet to help refine her into the fantastic horse she was always meant to be. She will now happily pony other horses, ride out alone, go English or Western, jump logs, canter through open fields and genuinely wants to please in all of her work. We have numerous wonderful horses that range from semi-retired kid horses through performance horses, but Miss Moppet walked right out of her past as an un-started pregnant filly and directly into the entire rescue organization’s hearts.
Over 400 horses have passed through our doors, and each one has been a wonderful horse in his or her own way. Numerous have gone on to very successful second careers ranging from winning in the show ring to safely piloting the grandkids around the backyard. Miss Moppet, and the hundreds like her, are testaments to just how fantastic rescue horses can be!
Miss Moppet is now available for adoption through Drifter’s Hearts of Hope, a 501(c)(3) horse rescue located in Franktown, Colorado. She is looking for an experienced rider to help develop her into the champion we all see in her. If you are looking for a horse more akin to the semi-retired kid horse, we also have several that would love to teach your kids the ropes! Our adoption application can be found at: www.driftersheartsofhope.org. Please feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Article published in The Plaid Horse
Do you love your DHOH horse and want others to get that same kind of unconditional love? Participate in our new referral program! If you do the following, you'll receive a very, very soft DHOH t-shirt (limit one per referral)!
Refer one potential new adopter and have them mention your name on the "Why would you like to adopt a horse?" section of our adoption application
New Partnership with CSU Temple Grandin Equine Center as First Regional Training Center Through The Right Horse Initiative
We recently took these 2 pretty girls up to Colorado State University to participate in The Right Horse training program. DHOH “Laverne” and “Confetti” will be at the school for 3 months and will be handled, ridden and trained by the students up there. They will be available for adoption following the semester.
The Right Horse Initiative recently granted $508,000 to the Colorado State University (CSU) Temple Grandin Equine Center to fund its first Regional Training Center for at-risk horses. The grant is funded by the WaterShed Animal Fund, a division of the Arnall Family Foundation.
As a Regional Training Center for The Right Horse Initiative, CSU will provide practical hands-on horse evaluating, handling, care and training opportunities for CSU students while concurrently working with horses in transition and preparing them for adoption into the Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) industry, into Certified Horsemanship Association programs and other appropriate adoptive homes.
Jacqui Avis is not only DHOH’s hero everyday, but also 400+ horses’ hero, and recently she was recognized as Denver7’s Everyday Hero! From medical care to nutrition plans to coordinating adoptions to fundraising to event planning to managing the barn, she does it all with a smile. Every horse who has found their way to us whether it be through auctions, owner surrenders or the Annie Project, has experienced her kindness, compassion and unparalleled knowledge. We are so blessed to get to work with such a change maker and life changer!!
Do you want to be an everyday hero just like Jacqui? Help our hero help more horses through donating to fill our hay barn. It costs $4,500 a month just in hay to support our horses! Celebrate the amazing work that DHOH and Jacqui Avis does by lightening our fundraising load for the month. Our horses will appreciate your heroic efforts!
C Lazy U Ranch Chooses DHOH to Help Find Second Homes for Their Retired Riding Program Horses Through The Annie Project
C Lazy U Ranch, in an effort to find second homes for their riding program horses, has partnered with DHOH. To date DHOH has welcomed in five of the C Lazy U riding program horses. We are so happy that we can help C Lazy U Ranch provide a better retirement for their lovely horses.
What is the Annie Project?
The Annie Project was created to offer Dude and Guest Ranches a new option for retiring horses. The Annie Project was born in June, 2017, through the relationship between Drifter’s Hearts of Hope, C Lazy U Ranch and The Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association. You can learn more about The Annie Project here.
What ranches are Annie Project Partners?
C Lazy U Ranch, Vista Verde Ranch, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, Wind River Ranch, Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch, Badger Creek Ranch, Rawah Guest Ranch, Terryall River Ranch and Cherokee Park Ranch are Annie Project partners. We recommend staying with them for any dude/guest ranch adventures as they are committed to their horses’ futures! View all Annie Project Partners.
Who is the Annie Project’s namesake?
The Annie Project was named after a horse named Annie, who DHOH purchased from an auction in upstate Colorado. She bore the brand of a local guest ranch which began the partnership between the ranch and DHOH. That partnership is the foundation of the Annie Project, which has expanded to include nine ranches to date. You can learn more about Annie's story here.
I work at, manage, or own a guest ranch. Why should I become an Annie Project partner?
Annie Project partners get to know that their horses are going on to forever, loving homes. They receive free promotion on our Facebook and website, and are able to see who adopts the horse on the Facebook page as well. Additionally, as with all of the horses we adopt out, there is the security of knowing that the horse bears the DHOH brand, and DHOH holds the brand inspection for at least 6 months, if not indefinitely. So far, this program has helped over 40 retiring dude ranch horses find fantastic homes.
I am looking for a new horse. Why should I consider an Annie Project horse?
Annie Project horses are retiring from dude ranches, and the majority have experienced the hustle and bustle of ranch life. To date, the horses we’ve received have all been started under saddle, and the vast majority are well-trained. To work well in a guest ranch program, they have to be seasoned trail horses, which the vast majority are. We highly recommend considering an Annie Project horse if you’re looking for a proven trail horse, as we’ve found many of them to be just that!
If you follow us on social media, you’ve probably seen our posts about our current horses available for adoption. These posts include the horses’ age, height, training, and many key details to help potential adopters to find their right horse.
However, these posts don’t talk about the horses' state on the day they arrive at Drifter’s Hearts of Hope (DHOH). A majority come in need of good food, vet care, training, and much more. Even if the horses arrive in decent condition, they always need a few good meals and rides at the very least.
Every horse that comes through DHOH will have their feet and teeth done, receive quality hay and grain, and participate in our evaluation and/or training program. And like most things, all of these items require funding. Since DHOH is a 501(c)3 organization, that funding mainly comes from fundraisers, grants, sponsorship, and donations from our fantastic supporters.
Funding makes it possible for us to re-feed underweight or neglected animals, train young or unstarted horses, and altogether provide top-notch care that helps these horses become potential adopters’ right horse. Our fundraising efforts are varied, but a few of our key fundraisers include: annual tack sale, Art to the Rescue (an art show), and Deck the Stalls (a live auction in December). The newest addition to this list is our Hoedown, coming up on July 13th.
Our Hoedown event seeks to celebrate our 5th anniversary of rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing at-risk horses here in Colorado. We will be hosting a party at the ranch complete with a live local band "Blinker Fluid", food truck, a horse trailer photo-booth "Whoa Pony", a bounce house and more to bring the community together. It will be the event of the summer!
For events like these, we greatly appreciate sponsorship and donations of any kind, whether it be your time, horse food donations or funds. Your generosity helps us match more good horses with good people!
In the world of horse rescue, I often hear of people looking for young, sound, well-broke horses for very low budgets. I totally understand – I’d love to get an all-star horse from a rescue. I’d also love to help some of the horses that may not fit the former description, but they fit the latter: they are all-stars.
Think if you were a horse, how would your description read? In my case, I’d probably never get adopted. My back bothers me when I wake up in the morning. I have nervous tendencies (bite my nails like it’s my career). I definitely wouldn’t tie well as I can’t sit still. And I have my fair share of bruises and scars. Would you be top on the adoption list?
I’d have to guess most people, like most horses, have a scar or two. Yet they still deserve to live wonderful, happy lives.
So, I ask you to consider a “wise”, senior rescue horse. Consider a horse that might be a bit older. Might have a bump on his knee. Might need a Previcox pill with his morning feed. Might be the wrong color. Might be a little bit shorter or taller than you’d first thought. Might need a bit of extra grain to maintain weight in the winter. Might need an extra blanket. Might have a heart of gold.
Some of the best advice I ever received in the horse world was to look for horses that were good and kind. Good and kind will save you in a bind, beautiful and unblemished will not. Horse rescues are filled to the brim with good, kind, older horses that are just waiting for someone to do right by them.
Senior horses can be more life-changing than younger ones. And yet older horses, like many senior pets in shelters, are overlooked. Most people overlook older horses because they’re afraid they can’t keep up, or they’re past their prime, or they have nothing to give. The reality is that these older guys have so much to teach. They’ve been there, done that. So don’t be afraid to take the reins of an older horse and give them the chance to change your life.
We're celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign (UHVRC) - A partnership between Merck Animal Health & AAEP
Drifter's Hearts of Hope is extremely excited to be featured in the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign's (UHVRC) latest video celebrating 10 years of making a difference for horses in need. 28,000 horses vaccinated, $1 million in Merck vaccine donations, 300 equine rescue and retirement facilities in 42 U.S. states helped. Thank you to the more than 900 AAEP-member veterinarians dedicating their time and resources to help.
UHVRC is a nonprofit partnership between Merck Animal Health and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). The UHVRC provides qualifying equine rescue and retirement facilities with vaccines for horses in their care, to help protect against West Nile Virus, Eastern/Western encephalomyelitis, Tetanus, Rabies, Influenza, and Herpesvirus.
DHOH does receive vaccines through the UHVRC and we couldn't be more grateful. The vaccines that we receive from Merck Animal Health help us ensure the horses we adopt out are up-to-date on shots. It also gives credibility to our rescue that our horses are treated just like the top-quality horses you see at a show barn.
Here's to 10 more years of helping horses in need!
Learn more about UHVRC here: https://www.uhvrc.org/
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