Saturday, November 17, 2012

doantions for precious miniature horses

You know Galloping Angels has a goal to raise by Dec. 5th to rescue the miniature horses in Oregon.  Please help out!  Even $5 that you would spend on Black Friday can help save some of the miniature horses.  There are several older and sick ones that need to be cared for and made fit to find forever loving homes.  These poor horses have led horrid lives.  It wasn't their fault that they had to live in like they did.  It is a season to be thankful for.

It's going to cost $260 for gas up and back to bring 6 to 8 horses at a time to our facility.  It will cost $75 a month for each horse for hay until about June.  It will cost $150 for the coggins and health certificate to take them across the state border plus we will need funds to bid on the them.

We do take donations through paypal:

Please be kind to the horses by donating some money towards their care.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dec. 8th auction minis

We still need donations for the aution minis that is being held on Dec. 8th in Oregon.  We would greatly appreciate donations to help with these animals.  You can donate through paypal:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Funding request

We need funding to bring home miniature horses from an auction that will be held in December.

Earlier this year, over 140 miniature horses were seized by animal control from a person that hoarded these animals and  had severely neglected them.  Many of these animals are feral and a few are semi-feral.  Please help us bring as many of these little ones to our facilities were they can be tamed and then adopted out to forever loving homes.

Our paypal email address is:

All donations are tax deductable.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Lil Dreamer

The other morning, I went out to feed the horses and to my surprise, there was a miscarried foal on the ground.  I was surprised Lil was pregnant since the stallion had been in his pen and never was out around her.   I had been told numerous times that my yearling who has never dropped could not get a mare pregnant and so I didn't think twice about letting him out with all the other horses.  Well.  The comments were wrong.  My yearling had impregnated Lil. 

The vet said she was in her second trimester when she miscarried.  The vet told me Lil would be fine.

Friday, October 19, 2012

What to write about

I asked one of the other officers what to write about since most of what is going on right now is sitting and waiting for paperwork to be completed.  And everything seems to be the same, clean up after the horses, feed the horses, and so on.  She suggested I write about Lalique because I have made some progress with her.

It took about two days after Lalique's feet were trimmed to see any attitude changes in her.  Her attitude change came along with the realization that she didn't want to be caught because she didn't want to be shifted to a new home.  I don't think she had many homes in the past, but again, maybe she had.  She appears to want a home that she had put anchors down and have other horsey family members that she knows and a human leader that she understands what they want and expect of her.  Since she was a problem child (horse) and she is an older horse, we had made the decision to keep her in the sanctuary.   She now lets me come up and pet her except for the good night pet.  This still puzzles me as to why she doesn't want for me to pet her when I go out to say good night to all of them.

If all works out well.  We should have some horses that will come in and go up for adoption shortly.  But as I mentioned earlier, things are slow because we are waiting for the paperwork to be completed.

Friday, October 12, 2012

October 12, 2012

Been doing some cleaning around the pasture.

Posted on Facebook, horse body hair for sale for those that like to spin hair/wool, etc. for $5.00 per pound plus shipping and handling.

One of the cleaning tools fell apart while Veneta was using it and so she is going to go tomorrow to get another one.

If anyone has any extra material that we can build shelters out of that they want to get rid of, we would greatly appreciate having it.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

October 9, 3012

Three of the minis had feet trimmed this past week.

Trixter colicked and is now doing ok.

The mother hen, we think, was picked up by a chicken hawk because she is no where to be found.  We have her two surviving chicks on craigslist.  It was originally 4, but we lost two of them last night.  Went out this morning and the cage the chicks were in was rolled over.

Friday, September 28, 2012

September 28, 202

Veneta has been busily trying to catch up on her chores around the sanctuary after her bout with 2 1/2 weeks worth of shingles on the back of the head.  Things are slowly getting to look normal again.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September 12, 2012

This morning when Veneta went out to feed the horses, they had all in the quarter acre pasture.  She thinks Thunder had managed to open the gate by pushing against it and the little ones all decided to have a field day.  She was going to do her normal routine to bring the horses in, but then she had noticed the neighbors horses were also out and so she thought better of it since she didn't feel it would be a good thing for the neighbors horses to be running through and destroying a 5 acres commercial vegetable garden.  So she went to plan B to bring the horses in which she doesn't like to do because it rewards the horses for doing the wrong thing.

All the horses (including the neighbor"s horses) were quickly brought back onto the ranch and secured in once again.  The little horses thought they would get a lot more grain.  Instead, they got their normal ration of hay.

Once all the horses were fed, Veneta did her regular routine and then went out and picked up some psyllium for the horses. 

The rest of the day went as usual.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Lalique today

Lalique came to us because she was an antisocial little horse.  When she first arrived, she did not want anything to do with anyone.  She did not want to be touched. 
     She has came along way since then.  She now doesn't mind being petted though sometimes she gets into a mood and doesn't want any touches for the evening.  Her latest little game is; she will go up to one of the other horses for no reason at all and pull out some of their hair.   If she continues to do this, we will have to devise a plan to break her of the hair pulling before it becomes a habit.
     Yesterday, we went to capture Lalique for the first time since she has been here to give her a west nile virus vaccine and she saw the lead rope and decided she didn't want anything to do with it.  She ran all over  the yard.  We finally set up a catch pen in order to catch her.  When we went to give her west nile vaccination, she decided she didn't want any part of that either.  Veneta ended up asking for help to get her vaccinated. 
     She is now vaccinated!
     It is very apparent that Lalique will need to be worked with to get her to understand halters and leadropes are not necessarily a bad thing. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012


Veneta had been going out daily collecting recycle containers and turning them in and utilizing the moneys for the animals. 

Veneta was told about the Cherry Island Soccer Complex and was told it would be well worth her time to go and collect the recycles there since they were throwing the recycle containers in the trash.  She went over after the games and collected some of the recycle containers.   Many of the people she ran across were very happy to put the containers directly into her cart instead of the garbage can.

After she had gotten to the outer perimeters to check the cans, a man in a golf cart came up to her and told her she could not collect the recycles on the complex.  She went back and told the people that had told her about the complex and what the man had told her.

The first person she notified, she had to leave a message on their phone.  This person was so irrate, she couldn't speak.  The other person told Veneta to contact the park office and lodge a complaint because the man did not have exclusive rights to the park.  People are paying taxes for that park.

There were at least two hundred dollars ($200) worth of recycles that Veneta left behind at that park (because of this man) which are going to be dumped into the landfill.  There was absolutely NO recycle containers for people to put the recycle containers in.  The government put a charge on the recycles because they want people  to recycle the containers.  They don't want them in the landfill.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Bucky again

We let Bucky loose so he could be with the other horses and what did he do?  He got into the hay and caused himself to colic again.  We now have him in a pen so he cannot get to the hay and he will stay on his specialized diet of full feed grain.

He is now doing okay once again.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Bucky today

Today, Bucky colicked again.  It had been since May of this year since he colicked last.  We first tried to walk the colic out but since that didn't work, we resorted to giving him medication.  This evening, he is doing fine.  He is back to his old self.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

West Nile Virus

Veneta has found two dead crows which went into Sacramento/Yolo County Vector Control for testing.  Both birds came back positive for West Nile Virus. 

A number of people have reported to have thrown dead birds into trash.  The dead birds (and squirrels) found, need to be double plastic bagged and the local County Vector Control needs to be notified so they can pick the birds up and test them for West Nile.  This is one way they have to control the spread of the virus.

Friday, August 10, 2012

blame it on the horses

The horses keep moving things.  We have to keep asking them where they moved it to this time.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

horse and the tv stand

One of the horses started scratching on the tv stand and I told her to stop.  She looked at me as if she was thinking "What did I do."  And then she turned away and put her head down and started pouting like a little child.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


Trixter was born March 23, 2011.  He is a very sweet little boy.  He appears to be a cryptorchid at this time.  We understand that it may take up to three years for him to drop.  If we can get him gelded, we will put him up for adoption.

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Bucky is a mini-cross that came to us a couple of years ago from some people that used horses for riding.  They only had Bucky for 6 months.  They were told when they bought him that he was ridable.  Bucky had never been broke to ride or drive.  He appeared to never have had a saddle on his back either.

Within the first couple months after Bucky came to us he began to colic.  We took him to UC Davis and they didn't find any stones and so he was treated medically and released.  This was the beginning of his long line of colics.  He began to colic on a monthly basis.  We spoke to vets on a monthly basis about his colics.  We tried him on various types of hays and he continued to colic.  We finally resorted to putting him on a full feed grain which he has been on for the past year and he has been colic free.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Mardi today

When Mardi first came to us, she would not let anyone close to her.  Over the course of this past week, Mardi had appeared to be wanting to get some of the attention that the other horses were getting and yet she couldn't bring herself to come up to Veneta to get the pets.  Today, Veneta worked with her and she is now eating out of the dish next to Veneta.  She still has issues about being close to people, but she is trying.  Today's eating out of a bowl so close to Veneta was a SERIOUS undertaking for Mardi.  Tomorrow, she may not want to be so close and may revert back to her ways of staying far away and this attitude may go on for quite some time.  This is okay and it is also something we would expect because of her previous emotional trauma.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Japanese encephalitis

The Bluegrass Digest reported that Japanese encephalitis is a mosquito borne virus and is spreading across the southern hemisphere.  It is spreading from temperate and tropical Asia to Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea, and Pakistan.  The digest stated that it affects humans, horses, and birds and it is spreading rapidly.  Cross your fingers and hope it doesn't make it to the Northern Hemisphere.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Don Juan (Donny for short)

Donny is an alpaca that came to us at the end of last summer.  The person that donated him had went into foreclosure and then lost his lease on the land that he had rented for him.  He is a very sweet alpaca.  He is approachable if a person walks up to him gently.  Donny is up for adoption.  His age was never given.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Take on minis question answer

Someone asked whether we are taking on minis.

Yes, we do and/are taking in minis.  We like to know a little more about the minis before we take them in to best suit them, such as whether they are older minis, special needs minis (emotional problems, blind, special diets, dwarfs, etc).

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

elk grove milling stable mix

Elk Grove Milling Stable Mix is suppose to be a complete grain horse feed.  We buy it because we have a horse, Bucky, who cannot eat hay without collicking.  We'll introduce him (Bucky) more on another blog.  Veneta put a couple handfuls in all the dishes tonight as an extra treat for the horses and the alpaca and llamas decided to have a bite too.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

July 22, 2012

Today was a hot one!  The news said it got up to 104 degrees F.  The animals spent most of their day under the trees.  Lil, my personal service horse, spent a great deal of the day in front of the portable air conditioner.

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Thunder came to us back in October of 2011 from a family that didn't have much knowledge of horses.  They were getting rid of him because they thought he was too much for their daughter.  Thunder is not a mini, he is an Icelandic Horse.  When we picked him up, he had about a 4 inch long shaggy coat.  They told us that they had just had a farriar out within the week to have his feet done and were told he had thrush.
      When we got him off the trailer, he had a hard time walking.  He was walking on the heels of his hooves.  We called our farriar out and he examined his feet.  Our farriar told us that he did not have thrush and his feet were trimmed wrong.  He had too much heel and his toe was too long.  He had laminitis.  After a brief discussion, we had decided to put shoes on his front hooves for a short period because the soles were very thin.
      Once we had shoes on Thunder, we took him to the vet.  The vet said he had cushings and put him on cushings meds.  The vet took xrays of his feet and it was determined that he had a 15 degree rotation.  The xrays had also revealed that he had been worked hard while his coffin bones were pointed towards the ground because the tips of them were like gravel.
      Thunder is now bare foot once again and he is walking around fine.  It took most of the winter to loose his long shaggy coat but it is now gone.  Thunder is quite a pretty horse to look at.  Yes, Thunder can be ridden and has been on a couple of occassions but for the most part, he is a pasture pal.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

twitter and facebook

GARS set up a twitter account today.  The user name is gallopingangel.  We made our first post as well.

If you are interested in following us through facebook, we are on facebook twice.  The current facebook is: Galloping Angels Rescue and Sanctuary.  There hasn't been too much done with it at the moment accept building friendships.  We will be putting pictures of the animals on it soon.

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Rosie is a small shetland pony that came to us from Butte Animal Control in December.  The brief history they gave us was Rosie was with five other horses when they were picked up.  The other four horses were standard sized horses which two had to be euthanized because the front legs were twisted and broken beyond repair.  They said the horses were going over the fences because they were not being fed enough.  When Butte Animal Control attempted to catch Rosie, she gave them a run for their money.  She was not about to let them catch her.

When Rosie first came to us, she tried to go over a fence once and has never tried to do it again.  She did not want anything to do with us when she first arrived.  It has only been within the last couple weeks she has trusted us enough to allow us to touch her on a regular basis and put a halter on her.  We still don't know what level (if any) that she has had.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Mardi Gras and Lalique

As of this morning, the sanctuary got two new additions:  Mardi Gras and Lalique (pic not shown since there was too much computer memory used).    During treat time, Mardi didn't seem to understand what the treats were but it was quite different with Lalique.  Lalique worked hard to get Mardi's treat and finally succeeded when Veneta tossed the treat to Mardi and it landed just in front of her feet and when Mardi walked away.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summer Heat

On Monday, July 9th, we made sure everything was in order for our heatwave. 

On Tuesday, July 10th, we had decided to let the horses that were in minimal shade shelter pens out during the heat of the day by separating the mares and the geldings/stallions.  We closed off the front from the mid-yard.  The mares hung out under the shade trees in the front and the geldings and stallions hung out under the shade trees in the mid-yard.

We did the same thing on Wednesday, but the older stallion decided he was going to torment all the geldings by chasing them around the yard and so he had to go back to his pen early and use his lean-to instead of standing under the trees.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Week end of July 7th and 8th, 2012

This week end had been a pretty busy one.  Veneta went out got hay for the horses and other farm animals, unloaded it and put it away.  Then she went to the store to get some baby carrot treats that she had run out of.  Then after that, Veneta cleaned up some of the road apples that were left by the horses.  She didn't get it all cleaned up because it got dark.

Dorothy had been working with Galloping Angels Rescue and Sanctuary facebook page and because she invited too many friends to quickly, there has been a hold put on to add on new friends and she has been waiting for facebook to release the page so she can continue to add some more

Today, Veneta went out and bought some worming meds and wormed all the horses.  She cleaned out some of the water containers and filled the water containers with fresh clean water.

Veneta had heard that the Grace Foundation was having problems getting rid of most of their horses and so she emailed them to check to see if they had any small or miniature equine.  She got an email back from the Grace Foundation letting her know that all the horses they have are full sized horses.

Friday, July 6, 2012

two mini horses with social issues

Veneta went out yesterday to meet a couple of miniature horses that have social issues.  Her first encounter with them was they stayed way off in the distance wondering who she was.  She stood in the pasture with Michelle (the wonderful lady that got them out of a bad situation) for awhile which allowed the two horses a chance to get aquainted with her at a safe distance.  She eventually walked over by each of the horses and stood by them.  As leary as both were, they seemed to have accepted her presence and viewed her as non-threatening.  Michelle told Veneta that one of the horses is sooo fearful of people that she shakes when she is on a lead line.  Michelle does not know what the previous owners had done to her but whatever it was, was not pleasant.  The other horse is an older horse that Michelle got  that hadn't been people socialized and therefore stays clear of them.

Today, Veneta spoke to others about the two horses.  She told them about the fear the one horse has.  Veneta was told that the horses would benefit being with her because of all the interaction she has with them and it would show the two horses that there is nothing to fear.
     She believes the older horse would come around rather quickly.  The other horse will take some time.  Veneta says that it may take years or she even may never learn to trust again.  She says only time will tell.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Horses of the 4th of July 2012

The day went as usual for the horses.  The evening hours were a different story.  They didn't like the fireworks this year.  Especially the illegal ones.  They didn't appear to understand what was causing the loud noises and they didn't understand why there were bright lights shooting up into the sky and only lasting for a few seconds.  Last year, they stood at the back fence and watched the fireworks set off by McClellan Air Park, this year they stayed huddled in the center of the dry paddock in a group and did not move.

The alpaca, lamb, and llamas didn't seem to be bothered.  They layed down under the trees and went to sleep.

Monday, July 2, 2012


Whiskey came to us a couple of years ago from South San Jose in California after nearly losing his life after what was a preventable accident.  At t he time, he was a stallion and these rodeo people put him in with two large stallions and a mare next to the pen came in season.  The natural reactions of stallions is to eliminate the competition and because Whiskey is a miniature horse, he got the brunt end of the elimination process which nearly cost him his life.  The larger stallions had ripped open his back from one hip to the other all the way to the bone.  The owners at the time did not consult a vet.  They took it upon themselves to doctor his wounds.  They doctored his wounds by taking unsterile table scissors and cut the loose flesh off with no anesthesia.  There was a Animal Control report made at the time.  The lady that originally sold Whiskey to these people heard about it and bought him back from them.  She was so devastated over the fact that she had sold him to these people and they were sooo cruel to him that she was emotionally all over the place.  When she turned him over to us, she asked that he remain in the sanctuary the rest of his life were he would be safe.  It took Whiskey's back five months to heal.  He's got a nasty scar on his back that grows hair lightly in the winter and he looses it in the summer.  He does show some signs of nerve damage as a result.  From time to time, he drags his hind leg (sometimes both) like his hips/legs go to sleep on him.  We have watched for signs of pain but we have not seen any.  Whiskey was gelded shortly after we got him.  The vet at UC Davis told us that it was a good thing we were gelding him because it would save his life.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Who we are

We would like to start by introducing ourselves.  We are Galloping Angels Rescue and Sanctuary, a non-profit corporation located in Antelope, California.  We bring in small farm animals with major emphasis on miniature and small equine that have been tortured, abused, neglected, older, medical issues, or just unwanted.  We have been setting up a facebook page if you would like to join us there.  At the moment, we do not have pics of our critters on there, but hopefully soon along with how they came about to be with us.  Our Facebook page is:  Galloping Angels Rescue and Sanctuary.   We do accept donations through paypal under the email address:  If you need a receipt, you need to contact us directly and we will mail one to you.