Help Create the ResqRanch!
A portion of all proceeds from Aspen Park Vet Hospital in Conifer, goes towards helping make our dream a reality. We have been providing FREE classes to our local community for children and adults, on all things related to animal care, training, safety and behavior for over 3 years. We are a Colorado Registered Charity listed as the Prince of Flame Fund. If you are interested in having our very own Dr. Jena Questen veterinarian and professional speaker, host a presentation at YOUR next event, please contact us at help@DrQandU.com.
This is a photo of one of the many beautiful horses from the racetrack that is at high risk for ending up shipped to a slaughter house across our US borders. The USDA estimates that nearly 2,000 horses a WEEK are shipped for slaughter, every year!
Won't you help us please do everything we can to help make sure gorgeous animals like this one, don't end up shipped to a painful death in a slaughter facility, and instead enjoy retirement in a loving home?
This is what YOU can do;
1) Donate cash, or better yet sponsor an animal monthly, even a small amount goes a long way!
2) Donate services, or gifts to assist with care of the animals, or to use as prizes at events (with full recognition of your contribution, of course)
3) Help us spread our message through social media:
- like us on Facebook, the Resqranch
- subscribing to our YouTube channel, The1DrQ
- sign up for our newsletter at www.DrQandU.com
-like and share DrQ's social media posts across outlets (Twitter, Instagram, Pintrest, Linkedin, etc.)
4) Help connect us with equine facilities in the area who might benefit from having a qualified professional willing to offer clinics and seminars, on either health, behavior, and/or training, for either FREE or greatly reduced cost.
5) Help us connect with other like-minded animal rescue's and organizations.
6) Help us connect with generous sponsors, donor's, and grants which might help us further our cause.
7) Attend our events, and spread the word!
Please help us build our vision to have a world class facility, multi-million dollar facility with the very first Children's Museum for Pets, an adoption center, an indoor arena for dog shows, horse shows, and training clinics, a lodge, a veterinary hospital, and an aquaculture learning lab and fish hospital. Through this sanctuary, we can continue to give classes, rescue and rehome animals, as well as provide education, so that inevitably there is no more need for animal shelters, or rescue's, in the first place!
From the bottom of our hearts, we give thanks for any help for the day- to- day needs of the animals! *HUGS!*
For those of you who are not on our regular email list and missed the updates, I will give a brief synopsis of the last year.
Unfortunately, last year we were devastated with the unexpected loss of our most steady Thoroughbred , Jian Zehn. It seems he suffered a severe colic, which came on very quickly and he passed away during the night. His loss is a devastating blow to our future programs, as he was an off-track, rescued Thoroughbred with a kind heart and gentle nature, and the most trustworthy with small children. He is deeply missed. He was the embodiment of everything to love about the Thoroughbred, kind, willing, gentle, and with unusually good hooves! He was a very special horse, and individuals like him, who bring so much joy to children and adults, deserve to be given the chance to live a full life and not be discarded. You will live forever in our hearts, our Jian Zehn, which means steady shoulder in Chinese, and he certainly lived up to his name.
The remaining large animals of the Resqranch, were moved this year to a local boarding stable. Although they enjoyed roaming the hundreds of acres, with winter coming on the decision was made to bring them in out of the severe weather, and house them nearer to where there is an indoor arena and where they can be more readily available for classes and clinics. Fortunately, we found and absolutely wonderful facility where they are most lovingly cared for, and are quite enjoying all daily individual attention. During the winter time is a great opportunity to think about and develop programs around the animals we have, taking into consideration where they are each individually emotionally. I am always eager to entertain suggestions for what would be helpful to YOU, and what kind of programs you would like to see.
The good news is that it seems that things are smoothing out here enough that I will again be able to commit time and resources to resume developing our programs.
As always, the long term goal is still to secure a facility of sufficient size to accommodate the first Children's Museum for pets, be able to quickly accommodate a large number of horses in emergency situations, to offer lodging for students attending seminars, an aquaculture facility, etc., as has been in our plans from the beginning.
What can you do to help besides donate money? Help us spread the word of our mission and vision, on a local level, so that we can connect with people who might already have a property which can sustain our vision. We are open to either owning a large property, or at least have access to a sufficient sized property that we can then utilize and preserve from development for many years into the future.
Thank you for reading, and your interest in our unique project to help animals, and people. Feel free to contact me directly for more details, the business plan, or to discuss ideas for how you can help.
Wishing you all a wonderful, prosperous, peaceful, and healthy 2019!
Wow I can't believe how long it's been since I posted an update!
I must admit, it's been reluctance on my part, because we had to stop training with Oliver and turn him out to pasture. He suffered an accident and was injured. He is recovering nicely out on 800 acres, however, he will not be returning to training soon.
Since then, we started training another one of our rescue horses, Rhoen. However, since then I purchased, and moved an entire veterinary practice, so posting training updates has had to wait. Fortunately, the good news is that now that veterinary practice is a means to even further help spread the word about the Resqranch and help it become that much more of a reality! Stay tuned, the racing season is starting and the potential for rescuing more horses is upon us, as well as now we have a platform and a venue for seminars and events! 2018 should be an exciting year of change! Stick with us and help make the ResqRanch a reality that much sooner! Best to you all! DrQ
Wow I can't believe it's already been a month since we started this training program! And even more importantly, I am so excited we have folks signing up for our FREE classes to learn more about what we are doing and how to do it for themselves!
Two days ago Oliver had an appointment with the farrier to get his shoes reset. We discovered that he has a hoof abscess in his left front foot at the worst site of his hoof injury. This could definitely account for why he has been sore on his left front hoof. I am actually relieved we have found this, as it means we have hope that once the abscess grows out, it could be that he returns to 100% soundness.
We had to give him a couple of days off so that he could rest and recover from getting his shoes reset.
We will resume training with him again in a few days.
Thanks in advance to all of you out there who are enjoying following along with us on this training and learning adventure. Please post your comments and questions on our Facebook page @ResqRanch. And if our mission and vision touch your heart, please consider donating to our cause, and share these posts.
Thank you to you all, god bless!
DrQ here again with another installment in the training of Oliver.
Last week we had helpers to assist with working with him, so it was a new, good experience for him to have the support of two people, even if one of them is a very small, inexperienced young person.
That is the beauty of the program we follow here at the Resqranch. It doesn't matter if the trainer is young, old, feeble, or strong, if you follow the program as it is outlined, you will stay safe, and get the job done without force, fear, and nearly zero chance of injury. Now what other horse trainer claims that from their program? NONE that I have ever heard of!
So now that he is lunging quietly in both directions at all gaits, we now introduce a rider, WITHOUT A BRIDLE, just seat, and legs. We like to teach the seat and legs cue's as a completely separate set of instructions, before beginning to add the use of reins of a bridle.
How do you know if your rider is ready to pick up the reins? The answer is simple. Can the rider balance themselves in the saddle, heels down, rear end up and out of the saddle (the classic 2-point position), without falling forward or back with the horse moving at the trot? If so, then voila, the proof is there, the rider is stable enough in their core to hold themselves up and not inadvertently give the horse incorrect rein signals. If not, as is the case in the photos with our young rider who is still struggling to keep her heels down in the stirrups, it's no problem at all, just keep her riding on the lunge until she builds the strength and coordination. It is good practice for the horse, nice because the rider's weight is very light and easy on the animal (especially one recovering from an injury like Oliver).
Additionally, how do you know if the horse understands the signals from the reins? Well, that is the reason we teach that lesson completely separately, through the use of the long lines. In this way, we can introduce the horse to what the signals from the reins mean, without the additional stress of being on them.
Once horses learn the two lessons, the rein signals and the leg/seat signals, that is when we put those two lessons together to complete the process of learning how to respond to being ridden.
In conclusion, this week with Oliver he had the opportunity to practice just carrying a light person without the added burden of being pulled on by reins. Today we worked him in the long reins around cones perfecting his responsiveness to the rein aids, as well as mixed it up a little by introducing clicker training to teach the Spanish walk (a good one to look up videos on youtube if you have never seen that before). All in all, lessons are progressing smoothly and slowly, even a little boring. With horses, boring is good, because then everyone stays safe around this potentially dangerous thousand pound easily frightened animal.
On that note, it's time to head off to the feed store to buy more bedding for his stall and refill our supply of grain. Please forward this blog on to anyone interested in training animals, especially horses. And if our mission touches your heart, please donate to our worthy cause so we can continue to expand the program. In fact, if you live in the Conifer area and would like to have FREE private training lessons, please contact me as we currently have openings for children and adults at the Resqranch.
May your holiday preparations by peaceful and full of joy! God bless!
Please donations are needed to rescue these gorgeous horses. To rescue,and rehabilitate them. Cause remember they are rounded up for slaughter. Many are in bad shape. Many are not. A couple a thousand dollars each remember they have to pay for them. Then travel and feed these beauties. Please help we have a rescue horse. Surprised to find out he is a thorough bred and great great grandson of Secretariat. Amazing horse
Hi, could you please post pictures of how things are going and of the animals. Thank you
Thank you to all our supporters! :)