Thursday, July 30, 2009


We moved a lot of the horses around today. It's always an ongoing balancing act to keep everyone in the right groupings where they get what they need. Some of the Rat Pack horses- Lovely, Sweetie, Woody, Blahnik, were moved into other pastures. They are all fat now and just don't need all of the extra formulated feed that that pasture gets daily. We moved Austin from Big Pasture to Rat Pack to gain some more weight and Sundance was moved into Assisted Living. It's like musical horses!

One of Shiloh's signs...

Another one.

Laramie in Little Vacation Village. He is looking great and keeping his weight up.

Jackson in Little Vacation Village. Jackson is an older Sanctuary horse who has Shivers.

Seemore in the Mare motel where he is being treated for his hoof abscess. He was feeling much better today.

The shade of City Center was very busy.

Tanya and TC. Tanya is riding and caring for TC now. He remains a Shiloh horse- his JC registered name is Tony Curtis, and Tony won't let me adopt him out! :o) Tanya and TC make a great pair and TC enjoys having a person of his own.

Emily rode Priceless today. They were a great team and explored all over the ranch. Abbey rode Moses again, they are also a perfect pair.

Daisy spent some time on the Cherry Pie's grass area.

Traveler explores the Springs Preserve

Well, normally, I travel far and wide- but today I stayed closer to home and visited the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. I have never been here and I was so surprised about just how cool it was! If you live in the Vegas area, you have got to check this place out!

Did you know that Las Vegas means "The Meadows"? It got it's name from this very area!

In fact, the Springs that were once here were the beginning of the entire Vegas area. Travelers and Pioneers would stop here for water as they head further west. It was an oasis in the harsh desert and the perfect place to settle. Huge herds of cattle were even able to be grazed on the lush grass surrounding the Springs. Of course, Native Americans were here first and they used the water to cultivate gardens to grown food.

There are really cool trails all over this place!

They have a really neat interactive museum. It tells all about the area's history...

You can even experience a flash flood first hand! Now that was a bit scary!

They have a very good short film to watch as well. I learned all about what I can do to help conserve water in the desert.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


I have to say, today was the hottest day so far- like an oven out there! But, that's what we get for starting a horse rescue in the desert! :o)

ROY UPDATE: Roy is staying in the clinic another few days, his catheter site is still really inflamed and swollen. We are playing it better safe than sorry, especially when there is a Jugular vein involved. Otherwise he is ready to come home...

Sanctuary Horse, Seemore is now in the Mare Motel being treated for a hoof abscess. Poor guy, but another thing we deal with out in the dry desert. He should be feeling better in a few days.

We welcome one of our new Shiloh Riders, Kelly. Kelly was riding with Elisa and is now an official Shiloh rider. She worked with Bombay, Broadway and Woody today.

We are still looking for some more riders, especially someone who likes to work with young horses, weanlings, yearlings, etc. They all need consistent handling to help them find homes. We are also looking for some riders who can help evaluate and exercise the adoptable horses. We pay $10.00 per ride. Back in the "old days", I rode and worked with all the horses personally. But with 140 in the rescue, I just don't have the time. We are hoping to go to another slaughter auction in a few weeks to save more horses, so we need the help. If you are interested in helping us out, please email Jill at

Here is Cortez guarding Salsa. Actually, we think Salsa is playing dead!

Area 51 this morning.

Kelly working with Bombay.

Sanctuary horse, Poker, had some fun in the turn out. He is currently in the Mare Motel for wound care.
The Rat Pack pasture.

Kelly working Woody in the round pen. We had given Woody some time off in the pastures for the last few months and we are starting his adoption evaluation now. He is going sound and just loves attention.

Abbey, Emily and Ashley (a new volunteer) washed Tanis.

Tanis loves being spoiled by girls!

Then Emily took him for a walk around the ranch. Tanis is Jill's 5 year old Friesian gelding.

Then it was Abbey's turn. It's hard to tell who enjoyed it more- the girls or Tanis!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Shiloh's Newest Music Video!

The animals have been busy in the studio. Enjoy!

Galaxy and Saturday's Happenings

Some sad news to report as Sanctuary horse, Galaxy died last night. He was found this morning, laying in his favorite spot in the Gummie Pen. It looks like he passed peacefully with no sign of struggle. Galaxy, who was rescued off of the Fallon Feedlot two years ago, had a wonderful life at Shiloh. He enjoyed regular grooming and bathing from volunteers and was happy right up to the end. In fact, the afternoon before, he was spoiled and groomed by some new volunteers. He was always the first to be groomed as he would follow everyone around.

I am so thankful that he had a safe place to pass on. He was very loved and will be greatly missed. Galaxy is buried at Shiloh.
Here he is in last Saturday's Basic Horsemanship class. He was such a gentle soul.

The Big Pasture yesterday...

Emily learns to drive!

No, this is not a skunk, it is actually Jimmy Dean! Can you believe it!
The mud was perfectly symmetrical! So weird!

Wasabi out in Big Pasture.

Exceller, the goat, takes a nap in a pile of hay in Assisted Living...

Ice, who is now living in Assisted living, will be re-evaluated for possible adoption to a new home.
The Big Pasture from back in the trees.

Little Vacation Village.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


A great day. Abbey and Emily, Jill's nieces and Sally's Granddaughters, are visiting from Alaska. They both love animals and are natural riders. I guess horses are in the genes...

Abbey on Moses.

The girls headed off on a walk around the property...

Emily on Little Dude.

Heavenly got a bath by some new hard working volunteers...

Our Farrier was out, working hard...

The vet testing horses left for this month's test. Waco, Shadow, Pablo and Dodge will be back next week. Here is Dodge getting into the trailer... Elisa worked with City Slicker... Abbey helped Sally give some meds to Flower.

Abbey with Tanis.
The girls are here for a few weeks and will be pitching in at the rescue!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


ROY UPDATE: Roy is doing well in the clinic and appears to be over his impaction which luckily turned out not to be a stone. We were all concerned that that might be the case. Unfortunately, during the night a few days ago, he pulled out his catheter (from his IV fluids) and the site became very inflamed. The vet wanted to keep him another day or so to watch it before he came home.

Tuesday was a busy day, as all the days are. Another very hot one, but much more humid than it normally is. We had some rain and thunderstorms as well as gusts of incredibly strong wind for a few nights.

The high winds caused some damage at the ranch, an isolation area shelter blew over, as did some roofing on City Center and one of the Wanderers' wooden sheds. It's so strange out in the Valley, huge gusts will blow through, almost like little tornadoes. A few years ago one blew in and completely destroyed our old Bungalow area. Luckily, no one has been hurt in any of this damage...
One of the Wanderer's old wooden shelters flew right up and over the fence! These wooden sheds are super duper heavy!

The City Center Roof.

Super Gummie pen members, Mendoza, Vista and Heavenly shared their food with Sausage Patti on Tuesday morning.

Cedar out in Big Vacation Village. We have moved most of the horses out of the Hospice and Mare Motel areas- in fact the Hospice area is currently empty. With the intense heat we are having, we just don't like to have the horses standing around in smaller pens. Almost everyone is now out in one of our bigger pastures or in a double pen type of situation. The Mare Motel has a few occupants, mainly horses who are in for daily wound care or closer observation.

Back in the trees in Big Vacation Village, it is much cooler back here...
Here is Sidewinder, our newest arrival. He was donated by his family in AZ for financial reasons. He is a very friendly 14 year old OTTB who seems very happy in his new environment. He hasn't been ridden in a few years, but we are hoping that with some time and a slow return to work, he will be able to find a new home.

Tanya feeds him an apple to welcome him. It's hard to get any good photos of him because he just wants to be right next to you when you go into his corral...

Wanderer Latigo gets a drink.

The Blind Girls eating breakfast together.

In Assisted Living, Jimmy Dean shared Derby's food.

Sanctuary member, Cleveland, in Assisted Living.

Daisy has her hooves trimmed...

Poker's fly mask contraption which protects his sore under his jowl from the flies. We always seem to be coming up with new inventions using stuff we already have. This is just an upside fly mask over his normal one. It works perfectly.

Little Vacation Village's water float ran over during the night, creating yet another Shiloh Lake. Luckily everything dries quickly here in the desert.