We are happy to welcome 2017, and look forward to a year of good things!. A lot has happened in 2016, and is time to catch everyone up! The construction and clean up of the new property has taken much more time and money then planned, and we've had many delays from personal injuries and recovery, but are now back on track and moving forward. We might not be cosmetically and functionally complete but we've made good progress.
We have the arena and round pens in place. We have a separate quarantine area for new intakes, two at a time, and we have a mustang barn and custom pens for the mustang program.
The red barn has been upgraded to the mustang facility, complete with custom 7 ft corrals.
It is a key component to the mustang program we started participating in last June. We are taking in unhanded mustangs from the BLM (Bureau of land management ) and through the Mustang Heritage Foundation are TIP training these mustangs so they are ready for adoption. They come to us unhandled and are gentled and trained to lead, groom, tied, load and pickup their feet. They are then available through the Mustang Heritage Foundation to adopt for a fee of $125. The fee received from the TIP training, is donated to the rescue for the care of these and all the horses at Lone Oak.
Nevada and Levi were the first two horses to come through the TIP program here at Lone Oak. They have both been adopted and have gone to their new homes. Emmett was next, he has been adopted and will go out following his farrier visit. Cassanova and Spirit were the last two, both are still at the rescue but have pending adopters, Cass is almost finished his training, and Spirit is still early in the gentling process. If you are interested in adoption a mustang and having us do the TIP training please contact me. we will have openings in February.
We have yet to rebuild our 8 stall barn which was relocated to make room for the arena, unfortunately our helpers had a personal crisis so it was delayed and now we are delayed further due to weather. It and our hay barn repairs are the two major projects for this spring.
We are also constructing a solid round pen to aid in gentling the mustangs and for first rides on the horses in training.
We currently have numerous senior horses who will live out their lives here as well as a slow but steady influx of rescues and mustangs. We always in need extra hands for care and maintenance of horses and of course the fun office work behind the scenes. We really need another hand to help with the computer blog and Facebook updates, computer knowledge is essential. We ask for your support in any way you are able, financially we are always in need, and are looking for sponsors for our new intakes, their initial rescue and recovery and follow up care. Please contact us for helping at the rescue and donations may be made through our Paypal account.
As always we thank you for your support, and looking forward great success stories in 2017.
Mystic and Dixie kicking up the dust in the arena
Our new solid round pen under construction, will be adjacent to the mustang barn for training purposes
Nevada and Levi at the BLM holding facility.
Nevada with his new mom post adoption
Levi with his new mom and dad
Cassanova and Emmett with their new mom Abby
Spirit is in the process of his TIP training, he is much more untrusting and is needing more time to build that trust. progress comes in tiny steps with this boy, he has a pending home.
Spirit in the mustang barn, Teddy is our permanent resident providing some companionship and security to Spirit
Some updates on current horses.
Lacey is one of the adopted mustangs who may be reassigned, she is out for training and on trial with Clayton. J
ack is back under saddle and available for adoption.
Lacey with Clayton
Jack is back under saddle and available for adoption
Jack waiting to be saddled
Our first rescue of 2017 is a sweet Appaloosa we've named Dustin. He needs groceries, and then will be evaluated for training and available for adoption. His winter coat and color hides the fact that he is underweight, but hands on tell a different story, no worries Dustin, you'll get fat and happy this year!
Dustin on arrival
Dustin getting some grazing time in
Dustin having a rest
Two new permanent additions to the rescue, just here for love and attention, ok we can do that!
These are two senior geldings, Puck and Opie
Katie giving Puck some good grooming
Opie is a handsome fella under all that mane