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Stephanie Pierce

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Our dear old friend, General

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you at 1130 am today, our sweet old gentleman General received his wings.

For those who did not know, General he had been with us for 8.5 years. He was blind due to the fact that he had been been beaten in the head with a 2 x 4. He was an OTTB and came to us at the age of 19 yrs old. He had many homes prior to MHR&S and had been claimed in a stakes race. He had two roommates during his life with us, Shiloh and Sophie, who have preceded him.

Our vet was called out and a complete exam given. General's system was slowly shutting down, so the decision was based on the fact we would not allow him to suffer.

He will always be remembered for being the horse that could hear a carrit snap a mile away.

As Debbie, one of our ABR posters put it, ..."He is now taking in all the beauty of heaven with his healed eyes. RIP General."

Stephanie and Rob

Sunday, December 25, 2011

The 12 Days of Christmas at MHR&S

A unique and festive Hay Challenge has been made by MHR’s resident writer of horse tales, Samm. He has generously offered to purchase a bale of hay on Dec. 25th, if someone else purchases a bale. The 2nd day he’ll buy 2 bales if someone also purchases 2 bales, and so it will go till the 12th day – Jan. 6, 2012 when we hope someone will be able to purchase 12 bales. Hay can be purchased by individuals or friends can partner up together to purchase full or half bales. The cost of hay has risen again, the current price at Shadow Mountain Feed is $22.00 a bale, $11.00 for a half bale.

All the animals are preparing for this Hay Challenge! The draft horses, Justice, Apple, Jerri, and Charity are already equipped with large hooves perfect for the drummers drumming. Playing the pipers piping will be a musical ensemble led by Emmett and General. The lords a-leaping will be commanded by Trooper and Dublin. The ladies dancing will include beauties such as Electra, Bright Eyes, and Blondie. Daily warm up classes are being held by the diva herself, Baby B. Rescued mares who have volunteered for maids a- milking will be overseen by Queen Misty. Five “golden” horse shoes will be provided by Rob, the MHR farrier. The resident MHR chickens and geese will portray the swans a- swimming, calling birds, French hens, turtle doves and the partridge in a pear tree. Appropriate costumes are being assembled in the Coopacabana – Orville has the final say as wardrobe master.

Please join us in this festive Holiday Hay Challenge from Samm!

Christmas morning, 2011

We would like to wish each and every one of you on the ABR Forum the Merriest of Christmases! Our appreciation and gratitude for what each of you has done for the horses at our facility comes down to two very simple words..but these two words are from the heart.


May you and yours enjoy family & Friends.

May Peace surround each of you and may it be passed on around the world.

May you receive inner peace and may each of us be given the strength to continue the daily work we work so hard for and that is helping horses in need.


Stephanie & Rob

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve 2011

Twas The Day Before XMAS

And All in the Barn

Were Nibbling Their Hay

As they tried to keep warm

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Hope clacked her hooves

Creating a clatter

The horses looked up

And asked “what’s the matter”

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AJ just smiled

“We have quite the story

Of a place called Miracle

Horses live there in glory”

-- --

“Where equines are rescued

From places so sad…

To find love and salvation,

A safe place from the bad….:

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They talked of their Gwammie

Of Aunties galore

Who help unloved horses

Find love and much more….

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The horses bowed low

First in shock and dismay

Then in thanks to you all

For all that you gave

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Then they whinnied with joy,

"Goodness makes the world bright!!!

Merry XMAS, dear frens

Much Lub this Great Night!!!”

Lisa, Hope and AJ, and their 4 legged canine and equine frens....

December 24, 2011

A Horse's Tale from last year, Happy Holidays, and best wishes to all.

A Horse's Tale, Chapter 20, Twas the Night Before

As Steph and Rob drive up to the house, they check the horses in the Ladys Parlour and the Football Field, all is quiet, Steph turns off the engine, and turns to Rob, "I really enjoyed visiting the grandkids, they were both so excited.", Rob nods, "Yes, I think they will be up many hours before dawn just waiting." They both get out of the Expedition, and slowly walk to the front door, Steph looks around, "Well some of the water is drying up, well at in some places." Rob steps over a rather large puddle, "Yes, in a couple more days we will just have mud."

As they open the door, most of the dogs look up, Bruno jumps up, as does Truffles, and Moo. Steph says "Were home did you miss us?" Bruno is jumping around to excited to talk and Truffles and Moo, start racing around Stephs feet. "Ok gang time to go to bed." Bruno hearing this lowers his head, and walks over to his bed, mumbling "No Treats", Truffles and Moo, are still running around in circles, "Ok, Everyone to bed." Rob and Steph head to the bedroom. Steph looks out the window, the lights from the tree sends a glow around the area, Justice is eating, Steph opens the window a little bit, and listens, ahhh, nothing, "The sound of peace and quiet."

Just as Steph reaches to turn out the light, Bruno rushes in the bedroom, "You need to come quick, all the horses are at the front door." Both Steph and Rob say "What do you mean all the horses .." just at that moment, there is a knock on the front door. Bruno is wagging his tail so hard, he falls over, "See I told you." Rob grabs his robe and heads to the door, Steph puts on her robe and is looking around for her bunny slippers. Rob opens the door and yells back to Steph, "Its for you." Steph finally finds her bunny slips and heads up front. "What do you mean its for me?" Rob steps to the side revealing, Dublin standing at the door. Steph followed by Bruno, gets to the door and looks out. For the first time in Bruno's life he was right about something, Standing outside were 36 horses, some holding Wal-Mart bags, Spirit was holding the rope attached to the row boat, in which was 'B', Justice had his Red blanket with white trim, his red Santa hat, and a large white beard. Steph turns to Dublin, "If I may ask, what is going on." Dublin leans forward, and hands a Wal-Mart bag to Steph, He stands up, head high, "We have heard a tale about peoples this time of year, and families, and gifts and trees with lights. Then Violette told us about her hold home and what they did on this day." Violette looks around from behind Dublin, she has a small box in her mouth. She walks up to Steph and hands her the box.

Violette begins, "At my old home, on this very night each year, the people family and the horses, and dogs, and cats would gather together and our people mom would read to us. She gave this so I would remember them." Steph looks at the box, rather plain, only a few teeth marks, she slowing opens it and inside is a small framed card, she looks close holding it up to the light. Violette asks "Well you read it to us." Dublin nods.

Rob turns "What is it?" Steph hands it to him, and wipes tears from her eyes. Rob says, "Yes, I think you should read it to them, are entire family is here or close at heart." He hands the small frame card back to Steph. Steph looks over her shoulder, the dogs are sitting down, and looking at her, she looks out around the patio, and each and every horse, and two mules are looking at her. She looks past the horses, toward the chicken coop, the chickens are lined up looking at the house, along with Tootsie from the edge of the coop.

Steph held the small framed card in the light, "Yes, I think our entire family is here." Steph begins to read from the small card.

"Twas the Night before Christmas
by Clement Clarke Moore

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

As Steph finishes, tears rolling down her cheeks, Rob reaches over and puts his arm around her. Rob looks at Dublin, "Happy Christmas to you Dublin and to all of you." Steph looks up, "Oh yes, Happy Christmas to all of you and thank you so much." Steph very carefully places the small frame back in the box and hands it back to Violette, She rubs Violette's forehead, "and thank you." Steph looks around, "People have traditions that mark occasions through out the year, just as horses do. What I read was written many years ago to show the happiness of the season. This time of year is for family and friends, and you all are our family here. The family changes, we have lost some dear friends, and gained a few. But you are all family." She looks around most of the horses are noding their heads, some with smiles on their faces, except of Justice seems a bit confused. Several of the horse step forward and hand their Wal-Mart bags to Steph.

The horses turn and return to their pens, Spirit pulling the rowboad with 'B' still inside, probably will take longer then normal. Steph turns and steps over the dogs, "and you are our family also and we lub you all." with that the dogs jump up and return to there beds. Before she closes the door, Steph looks over to the coop, and sitting on the ground next to it is Tootsie. "Rob I have one more thing I need to do." Steph places the Wal-Mart bags on the table and goes into the kitchen. She reaches in to a cabinet and pulls out a can of cat food and a small package she bought awhile ago, Steph heads out the door, and walk directly to the coop, with a few sidesteps around puddles. Steph walks up to Tootsie, who does not run away, Steph say, "I don't know if you understood what was going on, but you are family also, and we love you too." She places the cat food next to Tootsie, "And a Special Gift for you." Steph places the small package next to the cat food, as she does, she gives it a small squeze, and it sqeeks. Steph smiles turns back to the house.

As she gets to the door she turns and in a very quiet voice "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night." As Steph closes the door and turns the lights off, she hears a squeeking coming from the chicken coop.

Author Samm

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December 1, 2011

Good Morning and Afternoon to All,

Due to high winds we have been without internet service for a day and a half. Winds have been high and blowing to beat the band. We appreciate your continued support through our issues.

I am bumping for Holiday Hay, if you can donate please do. Please join us in our chat room. We have many long time FOBs there, and we chat not only about the horses but everything. It is nice and can be very supportive for one another and it is the first place you will see/hear about things going on at the ranch. Right now we have wind and lots more wind.

The wind is cold at least no rain. LindaNV informs us that they have had some snow in Vegas but not sticking. The foothills surrounding Pahrump has some snow on them, it can stay there.

On a special note, we are anxiously awaiting the day when LisainCo and our beautiful AJ (born at MHR&S to Apple rescued PMU mare from Canada and was slated for slaughter) attend their local Christmas Day Parade and he pulls her sleigh. God Bless you all for rescuing her and caring for her during the final stages of her pregnancy, thank you for the support in helping this Big Fella, and Lisa Thank you for taking on the challenge of Hope and AJ both and providing them with everything they need plus more.

Let us all start the month of December with Joy and Happiness.

Stephanie & Rob

Early Christmas for Emma

We surprised our granddaughter, Emma, with an early Christmas Gift and it was videoed. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed giving it to her.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Wishing you and yours a wonderful day!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Giving thanks

This going to be a busy week with family and friends coming for Thanksgiving along with the typical daily work. But enough about work, we all do enough of that.

We wanted to put our THANKS out to all of you before the day great Turkey Day arrives and we are all falling asleep from the wonderful meals we have been blessed with.

We are Thankful to everyone, for everything, even the smallest of things which are huge to us. We have a team of individuals who are constantly working behind the scenes in every aspect, from Fundraising to remembering Birthdays, Anniversaries etc., from taking the time to find that beautiful cake to celebrate that special occasion. It is the little things that matter.

We appreciate everything and we mean everything that comes the horses way. You Make the Difference. We are thankful to Jeri Young, who is an Avon Representative who contacted MHR and is conducting a fundraiser on our behalf (November 22 - December 5). Information regarding this can be found on Jeri's web page. *Important*** Don't forget to put MHR in the promotional code box on the check out page in order for MIRACLE HORSE RESCUE to get the credit.This info can be found via our blog and face book. With everyone working together we have many, many things to be thankful for.

So with this said, we wish you all a very special Thanksgiving, give thanks and know as you sit across from family and friends this special day that you are truly blessed in so many ways. Remember those that have left us too soon, and be thankful for the special place you hold in your heart for them and know that they are always with you.

Stephanie & Rob

Baby and Gus

I would not believe it unless I had seen it, and I captured the picture. As most of you know Baby is a horse who never ever was socialized with anyone but her mom. She arrived at MHR&S at the age of 22yrs old with her mom. She is now approximately 28 yrs old. You could barely walk her on a lead and doing her feet was next to impossible. Now those couple of things have been overcome, but she was not happy with other horses. Well, we do have something to be thankful for: she has found Gus. She is on the left and you just see her backside, but she is next to him which she has NEVER done with any other horse. I took this from the front porch as I did not want to disturb this peaceful moment in time.

Stephanie and Rob

Sunday, November 13, 2011


The economy continues to deal painful blows here in Nevada. I'm sorry to say that it has now hit the family of Justice's adoptive parents and he will be returning to MHR this afternoon, Sunday, November 13, 2011.

Ro and Justice in March 2011

Truth be told, it will be nice to see his face every day again.

If you can help with feeding costs for all the equines at MHR, please visit the MHR donation page. Your contributions may be tax deductible. Thank you!

Stephanie and Rob

Friday, November 11, 2011

Gus and Shania

From the very beginning of the establishment of MHR&S, our contract states that if an adopter can no longer care for our horse it must be returned.

On November 8, 2011, Shania and Gus were returned due to financial reasons. Gus was adopted long before any of us ever met and never made it on our website. Both were adopted by the same individual. They are healthy, cared for and loved. This change in their dad's life is a tough one, but he knows the importance of their welfare.

So with this said, we are going to have to add a few more bales of hay. We are not panicking, we are being ProActive not ReActive. This is all part of our rescues policy. We hope that you will join us in welcoming them home.

Gus is approximately 23 yrs old, he is a Quarter Horse. Gus came to us from a trail riding company. They felt he was all used up and had to go. Well, Gus was not all used up, he just needed his own person. After being adopted, Gus received six months off from any riding, but had daily positve contact. This was so good for him, he got to be a horse on his own terms. He then went on to spend many hours with his dad wandering the desert exploring trails. Gus is not for the weak at heart per his dad, do not let his age fool you. Gus requires a VERY EXPERIENCED rider.

Shania is 23 yrs old now as well. She was formerly owned by a San Bernadino County Deputy Sheriff and a member of a Search and Rescue Team. She has undergone some extensive training, we actually saw a photo of a helicopter hovering above Shania and three other horses while the riders were touching the skids. Simply amazing. Shania was retired from her duties as she began stumbling on the trails. With some foot work and hours of trying to figure out what was going on with her, it all came together. When Shania's mind wanders she will stumble, but if you keep her attention on what you are doing she does not have any issues. Her dad proved this, by the hours spent riding her and learning what he could from her and what she was telling him. Shania requires an EXPERIENCED RIDER who must be able to handle her on the ground as well. She likes to get ahead of you when walking, but you can get her to quit if you tell her so.

Welcome home Gus and Shania!

Monday, November 7, 2011


Today we said good-bye to our beloved Ewtie, who has been an intregal part of our lives and part of the whole MHR&S experience. She was my dream pup and we had her since she was five weeks old, that was 12 yrs ago. I taught her how to herd chickens, and she used to ensure they remained off the patio and would look back at you so she would receive her praise for a job well done. She loved going out to feed the horses, but knew her bounds. She would meet us at the gate no matter how long we were gone, whether it be five minutes or five hours she was always there. She will always be with us, as she has given us wonderful memories....See you at the gate Ewtie.

Stephanie and Rob

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Several pictures of the new pole hay barn as it was being constructed:

Ladies Parlour across the way

Round pen light

Top of the round pen light

Shelter for the web cam

Friday evening, September 16, 2011

Evening All,


Mom is home from the hospital but is still feeling puny. I sure wish she would get well soon, I miss MY mom, the woman I look up to, who gives me strength daily. I want her well for my father who I know is worried but is holding steadfast. I want her well for her grandchildren and great grandchildren who all love going to GGma's house. Mom just get well soon. We spent the evening there, took her some homemade chicken soup she ate some and she said she is eating little meals throughout the day. I asked her if she wanted jello, but she told me the hospital jello has ruined it for her. Get well mom. Prayers from many are there for you.

Today, Rob and I erected the Pole Hay Barn and set the posts in concrete. Tomorrow if there is no wind we will be able to put the roofing on. All this wonderful hay donated by each of you will have a nice cozy home until it is fed to the beautiful majestic horses at our facility. Though at this time we are unable to take on any new horses at our facility due to the economy, the horses at Miracle Horse Rescue & Sanctuary will be eating well. Thank you ever so much.

Hay is very high here..they are selling hay @ 16 bales per ton x $17.00 per bale = 272.00 per ton. So your generosity is overwhelming and so appreciated, we will never be able to express our gratitude, but what we can do is continue to give the care and love each horse needs daily.

It has been a very long day, and for now I wish all a good night. I will be answering emails in the morning. Thank you so much. Additionally, we would like to welcome you to watch our live cam stream on Please make a request after you sign up on Justin as we would love to have you join all of us in chat. I generally am able to get on early in the mornings and sometimes in the evenings, but all on chat are friendly and we have fun conversations. Welcome to all newcomers. We are happy you have joined us.

Stephanie, Rob and our entire MHR&S Famblee

Monday, September 12, 2011

Hay Challenge for the week of September 11

Our weekly Hay Challenge is being presented by Lisa in Colorado (AJ & Hope's Mom) along with their mothers, Apple and Jerri, who reside at MHR & Sanctuary. Lisa offered to purchase 8 bales of hay from Animal House in Pahrump (775-751-1777) if 8 additional bales of hay are purchased by individual/s who can call Animal House directly or donate by using the link on the MHR website. More than one person can purchase a bale of hay or a bale can be shared by two people. The price of hay is currently $17.00 a bale.

This challenge was posted yesterday, Sunday, September 11, and much to our delight, it was met on the same day! Thank so much everyone.

So...our good friend Lisa has sweetened the pot with the following post:

Hope says: HAY GLORIOUS HAY!!!

She also says, There is nothing more important than HAY: LET'S CONTINUE THE CHALLENGE.

As some of you may know, I am from New Orleans, where we have this wonderful concept of "Lagniappe": It means "a little something extra". (As a kid, it was the extra donut that Long's Bakery gave you when you bought a dozen!!!) Well, here is the lagniappe for this weeks hay challenge.

I filled up my hay shed for the winter this week. My neighbor cuts nearby and makes sure I am taken care of. I expected to pay several dollars more per bale, but John (my neighbor) doesn't care about droughts in Texas or in Colorado or rising hay prices. He cares that my horses have hay and I never have to worry - I got hay at the same price I get it every year. I am embarrassed at what i paid and I want to pay it forward to MHR and share in my good fortune.

Lagniappe: for every half bale paid for this week from the time of this post through 11:59 pm next Saturday, September 17 (Do i sound like a lawyer or what!!!) , i will match it with a full bale of hay.

BRING ON THE HAY!!! Please help fill MHR's shed!!! Let's give MHR some hay lagniappe!!!


In honor of Jerri, Apple, and Nellie, and in thanks for every day of joy the kids give to me.

Please help us take advantage of this extremely generous offer. Purchase a half bale directly from Animal House in Pahrump (775-751-1777) or donate via paypal on the MHR website. If you purchase directly at Animal House, please be sure to let me know by sending me email ( so that you get credit (and Lisa gets the bill!).

Thank you all, and most especially thank you, Lisa in Colorado, for this wonderful offer.

Stephanie and Rob

Monday, September 12, 2011

We visited Justice Saturday and he is doing GREAT! Looks wonderful and all is well with him and his new family.

Justice with his new mom

Skodes time

Lola on the left and Justice

Lola and Justice

Now why is my dad on the roof with a dog and my bird Cosmo? Oh that's right - the wind blew shingles off...sigh

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

September 7, 2011 - pics from yesterday

Hi Everyone,

We have been busy around here as usual but managed to get some pics taken of the horses. Diane and Shannon have been here since last Friday, so we have had a nice visit. Electra is doing well. In fact all are well.

Annie's rear is facing us, Bright in the background and General to the right.

Honey in the background and to the right is LB sticking his head into her stall.

JD and Grace standing in the forefront, and Rosie in the far back in the football field

Morning Glory Manor: Charity in forefront and CB in background.

Ladies Parlour should be called Mens Parlour as Jerri is only mare in there, rest are geldings.

We hope that everyone had a great weekend and we wish you all a wonderful week. If you are able, we hope you can participate in the MHR&S Back to School Event.

Stephanie and Rob

Monday, September 5, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day!

One of our supporters, LindaS, is running a hay challenge...she will buy 5 bales of hay if our supporters will match that. Only two more bales are needed! More than one person can split the cost of a bale. Teamwork is good for the horses.

PRICE REDUCTION on hay. The cost has gone down to $17/bale at Animal House in Pahrump ($8.50 for half a bale). Purchases can be made by calling Animal House at 775-751-1777 or, for one click shopping, use this link to the MHR&S website .

As always, thank you for your support.

Stephanie and Rob

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The geese are growing up and we have a new turkey!

The turkey needs a name. If you can think of one, please send email to .

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The MHR&S Back to School Event

Click here for more details.

A Horse's Tale, Chapter 52

A Horse's Tale, Chapter 52, You fold it this way then that way

Baby B looks over to Casper and nods, then heads for the gate. As they leave the turnout, Casper very carefully turns and locks the gate. As they walk toward the house, Baby B says, "You go get Spirit, Jonah, Trooper and I will get Jocori, Levi, Grace and we will meet up at the front gate. Casper nods and heads off.

As Baby B and her group get close to the main gate, she can see that Casper has his group there, plus one other, 'someone must have volunteered to help' Baby B walks up and notices that the extra member of Casper's group is Dublin, she says, "Dublin you did not need to come." Dublin says, "When you get this many horses involved, someone has to supervise. Because I am pretty sure you don't know what you are doing." Baby B nods, then shakes her head, "Oh no, I have a plan." Dublin looks around at the other horses, then looks at Baby B, "So why do you need a plan?" Baby B looks around at the horses, "The Aunties, and supporters plan to get us treats." At which point all the horses standing around nod their heads. Dublin says, "So why do you need a plan, just stand around and do horse things, and the Hay Lady or the Emma people will bring you some treats." Baby B nods, "That is the way we used to do it, but I heard that the Aunties were talking about lunch boxes because everyone is going to school, but we aren't going to schools so we don't have lunch boxes, I figured we needed lunch boxes." Dublin nods "Please continue this is getting interesting or more confusing at each step." Baby B nods, "Well I didn't know what a lunch box was, so last night I went and talked to General and asked him if he had a book on lunch boxes, he looked around and gave me a big book. I couldn't read it, but it had pictures but I didn't know what they were, sooo, I took the book to Sampson, so he could read it to me." Dublin nods, "You managed to get Sampson to read it for you?" Baby B nods, "After I mentioned treats he read me the entire book. Sooo, on my way back from Starbucks this morning with my Frappuccino, I ran into Fred and she said she could help, so that is why we are waiting for Fred." Dublin nods, and looks up and down the road.

Fred pulls up to the gate in the white bus from the retirement home, Baby B smiles as Fred brings the bus to the gate, Fred opens the door she see's could be considered a good size herd, and smiles, and starts throwing out bundles of something, then throws out a coil of rope. Fred yells out, "I couldn't find enough lunch boxes, so I went by the UHaul store and got some moving boxes." Baby B says "How do we make lunch boxes from those?" Fred steps off the bus, 'horses', "Well like this," Fred grabs his box cutter, and cuts the strap off one of the packages, and lifts out one folded up box, "You fold it like this," using her nose, three hoofs, she deftly opens folds, and makes a box, she carefully folds the top of the box inside, so the top is open, she then grabs the box cutter again and cuts two holes near the top of the box, she then cuts a two foot long piece of rope and threads it through the holes and ties a knot on each end. Fred looks at the horses, "See a lunch box with a handle. Just what you need." Fred turns and gets back on the bus, closes the door and drives off.

Dublin turns to Baby B, "Well so what is your plan?" Baby B says, "Ahh, well, we need to get the boxes inside, I think we can use the Football field to make them, it is the biggest place we got, we can hide them there until we are finished." Casper opens the gate and each of the horses go out to grab a stack of boxes, then heads off to the Football Field. As Dublin and Baby B Dublin asks, "Casper has a box cutter, and Trooper has five rolls of ducks tape, in case there are problems." As they get to the Football Field, each heads to the center of the pen, Baby B walks to the center of the group, she grabs one of the fold boxes, "Everyone watch, if I remember what Fred did, You fold it this way then that way, then this way, then hold it here, then push here, then ahhh, fold here, the hold it like this and push here, and ahhh, that doesn't look right, lets all try it, we are bound to figure it out." Dublin butts in, "Baby B, how many boxes did you ask for?" Baby B, replies, "I didn't know how many horses we have so I asked for 137 boxes just in case." Dublin nods, "that might be enough, we will have to see."

Well, as dawn approaches, they have managed to figure it out, while Fred as able to do it in seven steps, it has managed to take 22 horses, most of the herd to do it. After a few hours they managed to form an assembly line, each horse to do one step, with the final inspection and stacking completed by Jerri. Baby B looks at the stack of now completed lunch boxes, stacked seven high and 11 stacks long. Baby B looks at Dublin, "Do you think we have enough?" Dublin surveys the stack of boxes, Dublin says, "I think you have just enough, I hate to say it, but you had a good plan." Baby smiles, looks back at the stack of boxes, as the horses leave the pen, Jerri walks up to Baby B and says, "Baby B, you are going to have hide that stack of boxes otherwise the Hay Lady will find it." Baby B looks around, "Ahh, right I will think of something."

As feeding time gets into full swing, Steph pulls the mango up to the Football Field, she climbs off, and turns back to the trailer, grabs a flake of hay, she turns back to the pen, drops the flake over the railing, looks over to the other side, and sees a ahhh, ahhh, she rubs her eyes and looks again, she sees a stack of UHaul moving boxes, 'What the heck' she looks back and forth, 'why are they collecting moving boxes, and what the heck, it has a few bits of hay on it.' she shakes her head, horses.'

To Be Continued

Author Samm

Help the horses fill up their lunch boxes with Skode's Apple Pie Cookies they are available to purchase, the cost is $18.00 for 3 of the delicious but nutritious treats. Help by going to by going to the MHR&S Donate page

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

August 24, 2011 - Electra update

Good morning all,

I am starting this post with a request for your help with feeding our equines their yummy hay and also for Oat Pellets and Rice Bran for Old Man and Little Bear, who both have verified Cushings Disease through tests conducted by our veterinarian. They are both presently under his care. They are free fed their hay 24/7 and they receive their pellets and rice bran, red cell and chasteberry. (red cell and chasteberry morning feedings) and oat pellets and rice bran at night feeding.

We can use assistance in these areas, and it is so appreciated if you're inclined to do so. Your donation may be tax deductible. Please visit our website and donate via HAYPAL (aka PAYPAL).

Thank you


The Electra update is a good one, she is doing wonderfully since her hernia surgery. Desert Pines Equine Center located in Las Vegas performed the surgery. They (Desert Pine) will be here at our facility on the 31st of August for her Post Op exam. She has done so well. Once seen and given a clean bill of health she will be able to be placed in the round pen. She has been confined to her stall per their instructions and we can feel her pent up energy when handling her, but she has remained well mannered through it all.

Thank you to everyone who has stood by her and helped her when she needed the surgery.

Stephanie and Rob

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Horse's Tale, Chapter 51

A Horse's Tale, Chapter 51, The herd running through

Its late at night, Steph and Rob spent a long time on their late night checks, stopping and watching each horse, and thinking about all of them, but both have gone into the house and all is quiet, Electra very quietly opens the gate to her pen and walking very softly heads to the Lady's Parlour, to talk to Dublin and Jerri. when she gets to the railing she stands very quietly, not sure what to do, she had been summoned once before to complete her first mission, but this time she doesn't know why. Dublin looks over at her and slowly comes toward her, Jerri is close behind him. As they get to the railing both place their heads over the railing and look directly at Electra. Dublin begins, "Electra Glide do you know what happened today?" Electra cocks her head to one side and thinks, then she shakes her head. Dublin continues, "One of the horses left today around noon time." Electra looks around then back at the pair "Who got dopted?" Jerri looks at Electra, "It was Brassy, and she wasn't Adpoted, she died." Electra looks back and forth between the two, "I don't understand." Jerri looks at Dublin and he nods, she says, "Electra, that is why we wanted to talk to you. You are of age now and have to learn a lot of things. The death of a horse is one of those things." Electra is really confused, but Jerri continues, "Electra when a horse gets old or is injured and they decide it is time to leave, they die, and .." Electra starts to butt in, but decides to just listen. Jerri continues "Electra, when a horse dies, their being, what people call soul leaves their body and returns to the Heavenly Herd." Electra looks at both of them her eyes open wide, not sure what to say. Jerri says "let me tell you a tale."

"Electra there is a place where all horses go to live, a place where they can run, eat grass, and are no longer in pain or infirm. Its called the Heavenly Herd, a place of forever." Electra nods, "But how do you know about this place?" Dublin says, "It is a tale passed among the elder horses and taught to young horses, like you." Jerri continues, "Electra, the tale is told so if you need, you know there is a place you can go that is safe and be with all the horses forever. The time is of your choosing, but when you decide its time, you can leave." Electra says "But why would you leave this herd," she looks around, "all your friends, the peoples, and dogs and stuff?" Jerri looks at her "Well I am not sure about the dogs, but the Heavenly Herd is just for horses, all horses. There all your pains are gone, you can run, or eat, or visit with friends."

Dublin continues, "Do you remember today a little after noon, the wind picked up." Electra nods, Dublin nods his head, "That was the herd running through to take Brassy to the Heavenly Herd." Electra nods, "Well she be alright there?" dublin says "She will be fine, she will be healed and made whole again, and will be with her friends from here, and old friends from other places."

Jerri says, "Electra one of things about the Heavenly Herd, is for you not to morn when a horse decides its time, but to rejoice and remember them and all the goods things. Fore when they join the heavenly herd they are made whole and healthy." Electra nods, "I never met Brassy up close, I saw her with the other horses, I am glad she will be healthy again." Dublin says, "We are all thankful for that. Now speak to no people of this, or the dogs, they will not understand." Electra nods, respectful of all the horse lore that she learns. Dublin looks to the east, the sun is about to rise, "Electra its time for you to return to your pen before the sun comes up, but remember that in the future, you will lose some horse friends, when a horse decides its time, if they are young or very very old, its they who decide when its time. You will meet many many horses during your lifetime, enjoy each meeting, make friends when you can, and learn from all you meet."

Electra nods as both Dublin and Jerri return to their spots in the Lady's Parlour, Electra turns and says out loud, "I wonder if people have a Heavenly Herd?" Dublin stops and looks back, "No, people probably have something like a Super Wal-Mart during people holiday season." Electra smiles, as she gets back to her pen she carefully opens the gate, and closes it and locks it, again she smiles, 'I have never been to Super Wal-Mart, I will have to go there one day."

To Be Continued.

Author Samm

This is the 51st The Horses Tale, while on a sad note, it is a reminder why MHR&S exists, to offer a home for those horses that need it, until they decide it is time. Take Care Brassy, run free.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


We have had a rough start to our day here at MHR&S.

Brassy has crossed over to the Heavenly Herd. We tried for over an hour to get her up while awaiting the arrival of the vet. Brassy was giving up and letting us know. She never even raised her head. She ate an excellent dinner last night and never showed any signs of distress. Thank you to Diane, Shannon, Lynn and Chuck for being here.

She has her wings and is running pain free.

Stephanie and Rob

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hello All,

Electra is doing great. On the 27th of August it will be 30 days that her hernia surgery was performed and successfully repaired.

A bit of information for those who may be interested. We go through 224 bales plus of Orchard/Alfalfa mix each month to feed 29 rescue/sanctuary horses. Robert and I have four personal horses that we pay for ourselves. There are three other horses that are privately owned and their owners pay for their horses feed. So the 224 bales of hay are just the feed for the rescue/sanctuary group. This does not include the supplements that are being fed to two Cushing horses as they are free fed the hay 24/7 plus are on rice bran daily (as prescribed by our veterinarian as both these boys are presently under his care).

Hay costs are $18.00 per bale and that is the going price in our area. We are however researching other sources to see if we can get good quality hay at a lower rate. We do not feed poor quality hay as it is not beneficial to the horses or our budget. We feed hay that the horses will eat, enjoy and not waste.

We hope that you will consider even the donation of one bale of hay, we are in need of hay and it is all about the horses. You can donate via "Haypal" aka Paypal through our website.

Thank you so very much.

Stephanie and Rob

Monday, August 15, 2011


Sunday morning was feet time down at Mom and Dads. This is Rocky and OTTB that my parents have been fostering for the last 5 years for MHR. He was 36 when he arrived at MHR. He was no longer wanted. I took his pics while he was still eating breakfast. So Rob went ahead and worked on Jingles, Chase and Ceasar.

The purple bush by their house is so pretty, it is called a Texas Ranger. Then last but not least, just wanted to show you a couple of their hens, with their fuzzy feet. I have held one and they are heavy. Not overly fond of being cuddled.

Stephanie and Rob

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Justice and Glory

I always thought I would be able to have Justice for my own, but there comes a time when one must realize their limitations, we are stretched pretty thin. I see it like this, I was blessed with two wonderful years with him, having him started with very good ground manners, gelding him and giving him the opportunity to be a horse with no worries. I always have said privately to friends and family members that if the perfect family came along, I would surely give him the chance of his lifetime. Well, that situation came to fruition and Justice now has his very own family with only one Equine Sister. Justice was delivered this morning to his new family. They have the means and the time for him. It is the PERFECT home.

Justice (R) and Lola (L) meeting for the first time. It was meant to be.
Hay Lola where did you go!?
Peek-a-boo Justice(r), Lola (l)

Justice and his new dad
Justice checking everything out

Today Glory also went to her own new home (she shared the cab with Justice), She will be joining Candy, Dancer, and Shy. Once again, another PERFECT home, which has the means and the time. Glory was rescued by the FOBs in 2006 as a weanling. She was named Glory Hallejuah, by long time FOB Gloria Nussebaum.

Have wonderful new lives, our beloved friends.

Stephanie and Rob

A Horse's Tale, Chapter 50

A Horse's Tale, Chapter 50, I Lost My Shoes

Glory looks over at Justice, "What ya doing?" Justice looks up, "I am packing. The Hay Lady gave me a really big Wal-Mart bag to pack my stuff in. I am being dopted, so I have to pack up." Glory nods, "I am being adopted also." Justice nods, where is your Wal-Mart bag?" Glory looks over to the edge of the Round Pen, "Its over there." Justice looks over, "Its not very big." Glory says, "I have learned to travel light."

Glory walks over, "What is all this stuff?" Justice looks around in front of him, "They are some of my favorite things and a couple of keep sakes." Glory nods, "What are those wooden things?" Justice smiles, "They are my ski's, but I don't think they will fit in the bag, hmmmm, So I guess I need to give them away. I know I will give them to Spirit. Be back in a few." He carefully bends down and picks up the two pair of skis in his mouth, carrying them sideways, is easier he has learn." Justice walks over to the gate and pushes on it and it swings open, and the proceeds to leave the pen, come to a quick halt, as the ski's slam in to either side of the gate. "hmmm, that didn't work to well." He thinks a bit, turns his head to the side and slowly wedges the ski's through the gate, and trots off towards the Lady's Parlour, as he gets to the rail, he drops the ski's on the otherside, "Spirit you can have these." Spirit walks over, Spirit smiles, "Thanks, I guess." Justice walks back to the Round Pen.

Justice returns to his pile of things, "My Flashlight, yes, chips from the Pahrump Nugget Hotel and Casino, a hotel key, yes that is a keeper, a signed photo of a thoroughbred mare, oh yes a keeper for sure, several half eaten treats, sure, might need them on the trip." Glory still watching, asks "What are you going to do with all the tools?" Justice looks down at several screwdrivers, a pair of pliers, a rasp, and a four pound hammer. "hmmm, not sure they aren't really mine, they belong to the Rob People. I guess, I will leave them." Justice bends down and opens up another small Wal-Mart bag, "Lets see, ahhh, " He reaches in the bag and pulls out a small box and carefully places on the ground, and looks back in the bag, he pulls out a bowtie, and a pair of sun glasses, and he smiles. Reaches in the Wal-Mart bag again and pulls out his unused bus ticket to Lexington Massachusetts, "Ahh, an adventure missed." "Well that may be it," Justice looks around trying to think if he has forgotten anything. "OH My, My shoes, I lost my shoes." Justice bolts for the gate and starts running around he runs up front, then back by the Maternity Ward, the new Turn Out. Nothing, Justice lowers his head and walks back into the Round Pen, and over to his pile of keep sakes, he looks over to Glory "Ahh, I don't have any shoes, the Rob People said I wasn't going to get shoes till I stop growing." Glory nods, Justice says, maybe not to Glory but more to himself, "Dublin says that horses change herds alot and they meet new friends and people, and that everything will be fine, he says that the Hay Lady will visit and the Rob People will come and take care of my hoofs." Glory nods.

Justice looks down and slowly and carefully starts putting his things in the Large Wal-Mart bag. Glory watches him, "You have had a lot of adventures for only being a two year old." Justice nods, "I have mellowed out as I have gotten older." Glory smiles, as Justice finishes up his packing by placing the small box in the bag. Glory asks, "Whats in the box?"

Justice sets it down and very carefully removes the top of the box, and removes the tissue paper just inside, "Its a picture of my Mother, the Hay Lady told me all about her." Glory looks closely at the picture under the full moon, its a picture of Faith. Justice very carefully replaces the tissue paper and closes the box. Glory says, "I think its a good sign that our last night here has a full moon." Justice looks up into the sky, "Yes, a very good sign." Glory walks back of to her side of the Round Pen, just to check her Wal-Mart bag, and Justice looks around to see if anyone is watching, and picks up the rasp, a screwdriver and the hammer and places them in his bag.

Justice looks around and smiles, "A new adventure begins." he leans down and opens one last bag, he looks inside, a cell phone, an address book, two tickets to the Calgary Stampede, and lets see $115 people dollars, a Wal-Mart gift card, and an ATT prepaid phone card. "Yes, I think I am ready for new adventures."

To Be Continued

Author Samm

(Remember that each of you can help the horses at MHR with their Weekly drive to get 10 bales of hay. Check the BLOG for more information on donations to MHR. The current goal is 10 bales of hay per week.)

Electra's post-surgery recovery

Electra was operated on again for her hernia. The first surgery failed because of rejection of materials used. She's been home for Desert Pines Equine Center for a couple of weeks now and is doing very well.

A Horse's Tale, Chapter 49

A Horse's Tale, Chapter 49, A Loud Ants

Justice is kicking the ground, Casper looks over, "Whats wrong?", Justice, shuffles around a bit, "I need to find some ants, special ones I think." Casper turns his head, "Well you aren't going to find any Ants now." Justice shakes his head, "What ya mean?" Casper looks at him, "Well Ants don't come out at night. And why do you need to find Ants anyways?"
Justice says, "Well remember when you took my fly mask off, and we were playing with it. Well someone said that I would have to use my 'A Loud Ants' to buy a replacement. So I have been working for a week to find some loud ants." Casper turns to look around the turn out, everyone else is a sleep, "Well, hmmm, I figures you have a problem then, but I don't think they meant, 'Ants' I think they meant something else." Justice looks around hopeing to get some support from the herd, but four sleeping horses, aren't much help, "Maybe I need to talk to Dublin." Casper nods, then shakes his head, "Well be prepared to get your ear or nose bitten, Dublin does not like dumb questions, from what I have heard." Justice nods, but determined to follow through with this he heads of to the Lady's Parlour. As he leaves the turnout and heads towards the house and the maternity ward, he looks over to Electra in her wrap, "Dang, she always gets the good stuff, cloth and duck tape, don't understand it." as he passes her he nods in her direction, she raises her head and nods back.

As he gets close to the Lady's Parlour, he is thinking what to say, what to ask, and planning a good retreat path in case Dublin is not to keen on the question. He approaches the rail, all the horses are quiet each in their own areas, "Psst, Dublin, Hey Dublin, Psst, Psst, Dublin." Dublin looks up, and over to Justice, he slowly walks over to the rail, "Justice this better be good, its late at night and you are making enough noise to wake a mule." Justice lowers his head, "Sorry, but I have a question that only you, a very wise and elder horse, leader of all the herds can answer, its very important." Dublin's ears move forward, his eyes fixed on Justice, "Never, Never say that, Jerri will come over and bite both of us." Justice looks at him, "Why would she do that?" Dublin looks at him, "She is the Leader of all the herds, and she will tell you that." Justice not sure what to say, "But you are the elder and strongest Stallion, ahh Gelding, in the herd." Dublin nods, "Yes, but with horses that means very little its the mare that run the herd, lead them around 'We just follow them around and keep other Stallions and Gelding from stealing mares from the herd." Justice nods, "Well I still have a question, and I figure you would know the answer."

Dublin says, "Ok, what is the question and be quick it will daylight soon." Justice looks down then back up, "Well Casper and I were playing last week, and he took my fly mask off, and we were playing with it and we were caught doing it." Dublin says, "Well you should know not to play with or try to take off someones fly mask, they are for are own good." Justice lowers his head, "I know, but we were having fun. Then someone said I would have to buy a new one with my 'A Loud Ants. And And I have been looking for a week for Loud Ants and I don't know how many I would need if I ever find any, I am really confused." Dublin shakes his head, "Justice you are always confused. I don't think they meant ants, I really think someone said that it, the mask, should come out of your 'Allowance'." Justice nods, having no idea that Dublin just said, "What is 'Allowance?" Dublin not having to think about it, since he has been asked many times about it, continues, "Well its your part of money, feed, grain, or other things that is aloted to you. You know like for doing things." Justice nods, again having no idea what Dublin is talking about. Dublin says, "I see you don't understand, as is the norm, let me explain in simple terms, you know that the aunties and uncles of MHR buy us hay, they are trying to buy 10 bales of hay a week for us, they are using their allowance to buy us hay. Its like when we get treats, its the Aunties and Uncles that buy those for us to have." Justice is starting to understand, "So they use their allowance to buy us hay," Dublin nods, Justice continues, "And I should use my allowance, which is hay and treats to pay for the mask." Dublin says, "Yes young one you are learning quickly (He heard that in a movie, he can't remember which one.)"

Justice nods, and turns to return to his turnout, "hmmm, if I fore go some hay or treats, god forbid, I could use my allowance to pay for the mask, hmmm, ahhh, well, ahhh, well I just think I will us my credit card, that would work." Justice smiles to himself, "I think I understand all this, just can't figure out where the 'Ants' come into play with this."

To Be Continued.

Author Samm.

(Remember that each of you can help the horses at MHR with their Weekly drive to get 10 bales of hay. Check the BLOG for more information on donations to MHR. The current goal is 10 bales of hay per week.)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A bittersweet bit of news

Due to unforeseen circumstances in one of our adopters lives, APPLE is returning home. We would like to thank them for the kindness, care and love they gave her. In 2001 when we established the organization we placed in our contract right from the start, that if a person(s) could no longer care for the horse that it MUST be returned home. She will be here on 8/5. They are delivering her.

For those who may not know, Apple is the Belgian mare that was rescued along with Nellie and Jerri and their unborn foals from Canada. They were slaughter-bound.

Apple is also the Dam of AJ, who was adopted along with Hope by LisainCo and are living a wonderful life in a wonderful place.

Thank you all for your support!

Stephanie & Rob


Apple is not even home yet and she has three sponsors waiting in the wings for her arrival.

Bev, Sheila and Belmina. If anyone remembers, Belmina picked Apple to be rescued and she herself was just a little one when the selection process was being done. Everyone agreed on her selection.

Thank you for your sponsorship and WELCOME HOME APPLE, you big beautiful girl!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


As mentioned in Charity's video, Electra had to return to Desert Pines Equine Center because of a rejection of materials used in her first hernia surgery. She had her surgery on July 27. Electra is home, and is doing well this evening (August 1). She will be returning to Desert Pines in 30 days for her follow up. We have all of her Post-op instructions, and they will be followed as they were before. All are hoping that her body does not reject the materials utilized in this surgery. The veterinarians and staff of Desert Pines Equine Center are wonderful and are to be commended for their dedication & compassion for all the good work they do for all the horses they encounter on a daily basis.

Veronica came out with me today to say goodbye to Electra as she has made quite the impression on them. Electra is a love bug, Electra will be seeking her forever home but we feel it necessary to ensure she is healed and receives a clean bill of health before she can be adopted. This very important to all of us at MHR&S.

Thank you so much to our supporters for everything. Thank you is a small word compared to what each of you does behind the scenes. I am not talking just about the support you provide to our facility, but the support that you provide to others and that you have shared with me. Thank you for sharing and entrusting me as your friend with your accomplishments in helping save horses, dogs and cats, It is an honor to know each of you.

We will keep you updated on Electra.

Stephanie and Rob


It takes love, time and patience: