Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue – April 2018 Newsletter

First Newsletter

Welcome to the first issue of the Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue (ARR) monthly newsletter! We’re excited to have this forum to communicate what’s going on at the ranch and the ways we’ll be helping horses and supporting veterans. We would love to hear from you with feedback and suggestions for future content.

Joe Nieusma of Twin Oxide Colorado, an ARR Sponsor, representing us at the RM Horse Expo 2018


ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSE EXPO 2018: ARR was happy to participate in the 2018 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo at the National Western Complex in Denver. It was a great three days of meeting new friends and spreading the word about our mission at Allegiance Ranch. Thanks to all of you who stopped by to say hello, signed up for the newsletter and shared your connections with horses and heroes. We were honored to meet so many veterans, too. Big thanks to those who have begun volunteering with us as a result of meeting us at the Expo. So exciting! And last but not least, we connected with an adopter for our beautiful rescue Stella while at the Expo. These two seemed to be meant for each other and are happily getting to know one another.


Amy holding the photo of Stella at the RM Horse Expo

Amy and Sue preparing to take Stella to her new home

Congratulations to Amy McClelland and Stella!


SAVE THE DATE! We will be hosting our first annual Open House at Allegiance Ranch on June 10, 2018. We hope to see you there! There will be food, live music, games, pony rides, goat petting zoo, and a silent auction. More details to come soon! This open house and fundraiser will help us more widely share our mission at Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue and serve as our primary fundraiser for 2018. All proceeds will be used for the direct care of horses and development of veteran programs and services. This includes our hay purchases for the year. The cost of hay to keep all of the horses fed each year is almost $9000! This is hay cost only, and does not take into account the volunteer time and labor to bring the hay down from the mountains. If you, someone you know or your employer would like to serve as a sponsor of the event or are able to donate a silent auction item, please contact Gloria at 720-301-2533 or by email to .

 


NEWEST RESCUE: We are happy to introduce Livy, a little Dun filly who’s approximately 4-5 months old. We were contacted about Livy when her original rescue home fell through. One look at that sweet face, and how could we say no?


Our newest rescue, Livy, a six month old Dun filly

Livy has been in quarantine/foster care nearby and will be coming to meet her friends at Allegiance Ranch soon. We believe Livy was living in a pasture with other horses but without much human contact. She’s learning to trust and seems very mellow so far. Look for more information about this sweet girl in future newsletters!



Veteran Gary and wife Jenn grooming Kaine


VOLUNTEER INFORMATION: Our next Volunteer Orientation Session is scheduled for April 21, 2018 from 9:30-12. We are always happy to welcome new volunteers to join our already wonderful crew! Orientation Sessions are held the third Saturday of each month, but we can also provide orientation by appointment so don’t hesitate to reach out if there is another date/time that works better for you. We have also implemented regular volunteer hours each week (see time frames below). You’re welcome to drop in during any of the volunteer hours posted.


Volunteer Trainer Lindsay after a training session with Victory

And, if another day/time works better for you, with a little heads up you’re welcome to come anytime. Please text Gloria at 720-301-2533 to let her know when you’d like to come by.


Drop In Hours for Volunteers

Mondays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Wednesdays 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Thursdays 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please note: Drop In Volunteer Hours may change or be canceled due to weather or other demands. We will do our best to notify volunteers by email or text in advance if hours must be canceled.



Gizmo and Gaby ready to meet new friends at Tractor Supply Lafayette

NEW TRACTOR SUPPLY CO: We were pleased to be invited to participate in the Grand Opening celebration at the new Tractor Supply Co. in Lafayette last weekend. Our miniature donkey Gizmo served as a wonderful ambassador for the ranch, looking cute and accepting lots of attention and ear rubs. He made lots of new friends and helped us introduce Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue to the Lafayette community!


Gizmo and two of his newest fans at Tractor Supply Lafayette


HORSE UPDATES: All of the rescues at ARR are doing well, enjoying the warmer temperatures and budding grass. Kaine, our senior rescue with Cushings Disease, continues to do well although keeping weight on him is a constant concern. He receives lots of love and attention from our volunteers and enjoys his grain daily.


Kaine getting some love from volunteer Heather

Kaine is still in need of a sponsor. $50 a month helps pay for his feed, farrier and veterinary needs. As his sponsor, you’ll receive personal updates and photos of Kaine each month and opportunities to visit and groom him. Tasha, the rescued mare who arrived at ARR with her filly (Tilly) last Fall has been among the most challenging to earn trust.


Tasha getting her feet trimmed by Farrier Alex McKinley with help from ARR Board Member Grady Eastman

She has come so far this Spring! She can be haltered, finally had her feet trimmed and even wore a soft saddle this week! We’re thrilled at the progress she’s making and look forward to seeing what she can achieve next.

Valor recently had his first birthday! He’s a curious guy, easily finds trouble and is growing into one gorgeous horse. While he’s been a challenge to halter train, he’s slowly coming along. We’re pleased to announce that Valor has a sponsor! Thank you to Alex and Bridget for sponsoring our little man!


Valor giving his goat buddy a back rub


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