Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue – October 2018 Newsletter

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM ALLEGIANCE RANCH! We can’t believe that winter is almost upon us but the snowstorm from earlier this month was a good practice run. We had blankets ready for the horses that needed them and everyone’s natural winter coats are coming in nicely. We’ve got some fuzzy horses!

BUILD A FENCE FUNDRAISER
We need your help to protect the horses! A new housing development is being built along the east side of the property, and now a pedestrian walkway has been set right alongside the ranch property line. This has created an urgent need to build a more secure perimeter fence! We must secure the perimeter from trespassers and ensure the safety of the horses and pedestrians alike. You can help by buying a post, buying a panel, or buying a section! Details are available on the Allegiance Ranch Fundraiser page. Please also share with your friends, employers, and anyone you know who may be interested in sponsorship or advertising opportunities. Thank you for your support!

HERO HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC WAS A SUCCESS
Our first horsemanship clinic for veterans and first responders was a success! Although we had a small group, the weather cooperated and the horses did a great job. Our participants spent time grooming, tacking, practicing groundwork, leading the horses through obstacles, and even did some riding. It was so rewarding to see rescue horses that couldn’t be handled at all when they arrived at the ranch working alongside our heroes, being led and groomed and loved on. We’re particularly grateful to our wonderful volunteer team for spending many hours in the weeks leading up to the event to make sure all of the horses were ready. We’ll be offering another Hero Horsemanship Clinic again soon.

WOMEN’S HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC
We’re offering a women’s horsemanship clinic on Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Female veterans, moms and wives of veterans and active duty members, female first responders, and female family members of veterans or active duty members are welcome! Participants in this free clinic will rotate through stations where they’ll learn or practice grooming, leading, groundwork, and riding (optional). No experience is necessary. Register at https://allegianceranch.org/womens-horsemanship/(Limited to 8 participants.)

5% AMAZONSMILE DONATION 0CT. 29 – NOV. 2
For a limited time, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times their usual rate) on all eligible smile.amazon.com purchases. For any purchases you make through AmazonSmile through November 2nd they will donate 5% (ten times the usual amount) to Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue Inc. Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/82-1319164.

OPERATION GRATITUDE COLLECTION DRIVE
It’s time for our annual collection drive! Operation Gratitude annually sends 250,000+ Care Packages to Deployed Troops, New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, and Wounded Heroes & their Care Givers. We need your donations to show our Heroes they are not alone. They also love personalized notes of appreciation!
Items needed include black crew length socks, lip balm, playing cards, mechanical pencils, batteries (AA and AAA), gum, hand warmers, individual sized bags of jerky, single packs of all purpose wipes, sewing kits, puzzle books (7×10), drink mix packets, and travel sized (non-aerosol) toiletries such as powder, deodorant, and sunscreen.
Please drop off your donations at the following locations:
Nov. 3 & 4 11 am-3 pm King Soopers Erie-Hwy 7
Nov. 10 11 am-3 pm Tractor Supply Lafayette-Hwy 287
Nov. 11 11 am-3 pm Allegiance Ranch 3448 CR 4 Erie
Nov. 12 9:30-11:30 am Allegiance Ranch 3448 CR 4 Erie

THE ORIGINAL ALLEGIANCE RANCH HOODIES AND LONG SLEEVED T’S
They’re back! Order yours now! Hoodies are $35 and long-sleeved t-shirts are $25. You can order your shirt(s) at allegianceranch.org. Proceeds are used for the ongoing care of the horses and for veteran programming. A new design is coming soon and will be available in shirt/hoodie and hats! Thank you for supporting Allegiance Ranch!

THANK YOU’S
We are fortunate to have an amazing team of dedicated individuals who give their time and resources to support the mission of Allegiance Ranch.
We would like to thank the following individuals for their time and energy caring for and preparing the rescue horses for our horsemanship clinic, for their help running the clinic, and for donating drinks/snacks for the participants: Lindsay Neitenbach, Tammy Wilson, Brianna Dropinski, Rodney Yarbrough, Sarah Lacour, David Usher, Carol Poynter, Olivia Petrillo, Peggy Taylor, Gaby Timmons, Bridget Bray, and Michelle Mrsan.

Sincere thanks to Brianna Dropinski and her employer, Workday! Workday provided a $500 grant to Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue in recognition of Bri achieving over 50 volunteer hours at the ranch. Bri began volunteering at the ranch in February 2018.

We had a great time at the Town of Erie’s Boo on Briggs -Trunk or Treat event last Saturday. In addition to handing out loads of candy and trinkets to adorably costumed children, we handed out flyers and told people about our mission at Allegiance Ranch. Big thanks to Gaby Timmons, Rodney Yarbrough, Sarah Lacour, Tammy Wilson and Cody Wilson for helping at the event and additional thanks to the following individuals for donating candy and trinkets: Bridget Bray, Karen Methfessel, David Usher, and Bri Dropinski. Special thanks to Bri for the non-food treats to ensure we had options for children with allergies.

HORSE UPDATES:
Tilly and Harley have made great training progress over the last couple of months! Our newest veteran volunteer, Rodney, has a soft spot for the yearlings and has been spending extra time with them. Both Tilly and Harley have gotten extra practice with groundwork including being led through the obstacle course.

We hope you enjoy the upcoming holiday season! Look for our next newsletter in early December. In the meantime,  keep up with happenings at the ranch by visiting allegianceranch.org, following us on Facebook @allegianchranchandrescue, and following us on Instagram @allegianceranch

 

Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue – September 2018 Newletter

It’s been a great summer at Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue! All of the rescue horses have been making progress in their training and we have a new addition to the herd as well. Read on for the latest news from Allegiance Ranch.

HERO HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC
We’re hosting a horsemanship clinic for veterans and first responders on Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Participants in this free clinic will rotate through stations where they’ll learn or practice grooming, leading, groundwork, and riding. No experience is necessary. Space is still available, so if you know a veteran or first responder who would like to spend time with horses and other veterans and first responders, please send them to allegianceranch.org to register. (Limited to 12 participants.)


WELCOME SHOSHONE
Shoshone is a beautiful paint whose owner was looking for a place where she would be loved and have a purpose, since he was moving out of state and wouldn’t be able to take her. We were happy to help! Shoshone has lots of experience riding trails and made an easy transition to Allegiance Ranch. She’s already working with our veterans and volunteers, and is a wonderful addition to the herd.


FALL VOLUNTEER HOURS: Our next Volunteer Orientation is scheduled for October 20, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. We love welcoming new volunteers to join our amazing team! New volunteer orientation is also available by appointment. Fall Volunteer Hours begin October 1st. Drop in during any of the volunteer hours posted and stay for 30 minutes or the whole time, whatever fits your schedule. Daytime hours are by appointment; just text Gloria at 720-301-2533 to let her know when you’d like to come

Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Saturdays
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Please note: Regular 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.


ALLEGIANCE RANCH T-SHIRTS
Get your Allegiance Ranch t-shirt and help spread the word! Proceeds from the sales of shirts are used for direct care of the horses including feed, hoof trims, supplements, and more. Shirts are $18 each and can be ordered at allegianceranch.org or by stopping by the ranch. Fall long-sleeved T’s and hoodies will be available starting in late October.


HORSE UPDATES:
Tasha has made so much progress this summer! She’s been exposed to a variety of things (like a tarp), was seen by the equine chiropractor, and has about three rides under her belt. She’s doing amazing, thanks to our wonderful trainer Lindsay! Yearling Tilly was one of our tough customers when it came to the halter. Volunteer Bonnie successfully got her haltered and since then Tilly’s made great progress with leading and picking up her feet. Victory has been dealing with an injury most of the summer. While evaluating the injury, it was discovered she has osteoarthritis in her hock. With medication and supplements she’s doing much better and we expect she’ll be able to continue her training in earnest, soon. Our youngest rescue, Livy, is still working through her trust issues but making progress slowly, but surely. Veteran volunteer, Dave, has taken a special interest in her and his patient work with her is paying off.


Stay tuned for more Allegiance Ranch news, soon! For more frequent updates on happenings at the ranch, visit allegianceranch.org, follow us on Facebook @allegianchranchandrescue, and follow us on Instagram @allegianceranch!!

Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue – May 2018 Newsletter

May is almost over, which means we’re on the final countdown to our first annual Open House and Family Fun Day fundraiser! We’re looking forward to a great day and the opportunity to meet many new friends. We hope you will join us and bring your friends and families!

OPEN HOUSE AND FAMILY FUN DAY – LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY!

Please join us on June 10, 2018 from 12-4. Tickets are FREE through EventBrite.com or our Facebook page. We’d love you to get tickets so that we have a rough idea of how many people to expect. There will be food for purchase including the Kona Ice truck from 1-3. We’ll have a DJ spinning tunes all afternoon and LIVE MUSIC with members of The Sweet Lillies from 1-3. There will be tours of the ranch to introduce our rescue horses plus family-friendly activities including pony rides, goat petting zoo, a bouncy house (for 8 and under), games, and a silent auction. We’ll have special guest, Cory Hixson and his family, with introductions and public remarks at 2:00 p.m. The open house and fundraiser will help us more widely share our mission at Allegiance Ranch and serve as our primary fundraiser for 2018.


GOODBYE SWEET KAINE: Our sweet and funny senior horse, Kaine, who came to Allegiance Ranch last September after he had been rescued but had no where to go, passed over the rainbow bridge to pain-free pastures on Monday, April 30th. He enjoyed lush green grass and treats before being humanely euthanized with many loving arms wrapped around him. His health had rapidly deteriorated over the last couple of months as a result of Cushing’s disease. Big thanks to all who came to help and send him out with love: Tammy and Mike Wilson, Gary Block, Michelle Mrsan, Jeff Nieusma, and Marissa and Gaby Timmons.


Gloria saying bittersweet good-bye to Kaine

Gary and Kaine


Dan and Cory meet for first time

ALLEGIANCE RANCH IN THE NEWS: Many of you have heard our story about veteran Cory Hixson, who sought refuge in our barn after being overmedicated by the VA. While hiding in a dirty hog pen, he overheard us talking about our dreams for Allegiance Ranch (to help horses and heroes) before we had even moved in! Meeting Cory and his sweet family in person, and hearing their struggle, solidified our plans to do everything we can to support our country’s veterans. Reporter Anusha Roy, 9News, recently visited the ranch to do a story about Cory’s impact and highlighted our plans for Allegiance Ranch. https://www.9news.com/video/entertainment/television/programs/next-with-kyle-clark/the-help-that-cory-hixsons-history-has-done/73-8135838

 


AMAZON SMILE: Did you know you can support Allegiance Ranch every time you shop on Amazon? Simply visit http://smile.amazon.com and search for Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue to select us as the charity you would like to support. A portion of the proceeds from your purchases will be donated to Allegiance Ranch.


VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PICNIC: We were happy to celebrate our wonderful volunteers by hosting an informal barbecue at the ranch on April 28th. It was a great turnout and we loved meeting family members. We couldn’t do what we do without our amazing volunteers!

 

Bridget and Alex – Grilling at the volunteer appreciation bbq

Geralyn and Gaby spending time with Kaine

Volunteer Janet and her family

Grant Eastman, Jeff Nieusma, Michelle Mrsan, Nick Nieusma

 

Bri working with Victory

 

At the Path Regional Conference


SUMMER VOLUNTEER HOURS: Our next Volunteer Orientation Session is scheduled for June 16, 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’ve updated our open volunteer hours for the summer! You’re welcome to drop in during any of the volunteer hours posted and stay for 30 minutes or the whole time, whatever fits your schedule.

Mondays 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Tuesdays 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesdays 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Thursdays 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Please note: Regular 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.

NEW BOARD MEMBERS: Please join us in welcoming two new members to the Allegiance Ranch Board of Directors: Tammy Wilson, DVM and Lindsay Neitenbach. Tammy, a veterinarian, has been donating her time and energy to helping us keep our horses healthy and cared for from the inside out! Not only does she help with routine vaccinations, she’s “on call” to help with emergencies…which come up quite often with horses. We are so grateful for her expertise, her patient support, and her genuine love of horses. Lindsay was one of our first volunteers at Allegiance Ranch and what a godsend she has been! Lindsay has been around horses her whole life and studied Equine Science at CSU. She is our resident expert on horse training and handling, and has been a consistent presence at the ranch. We are so grateful for her time, her positive energy, and the loving way she works with the horses. Thank you both!

Mike Wilson, Michelle Mrsan, Tammy Wilson, Cody Wilson, Geralyn Eastman

 

Lindsay working with Victory


HORSE UPDATES: Gizmo, one of our miniature donkeys, had surgery at the CSU Veterinary Hospital last week. Castration, which is typically an onsite, routine medical procedure, required surgery under anesthesia for the little guy because he was chryptorchid (a testes failed to distend). He made it through like a champ and is recovering nicely. Valor, who celebrated his one-year birthday in March, also underwent a medical procedure for castration. The wonderful vets from the Animal Clinic in Fort Lupton were able to conduct the procedure onsite and Valor did great. Victory, Valor’s momma, has been in training with Lindsay over the last several months and is doing amazing. Lindsay has Victory getting used to a saddle and anticipates a first ride in the very near future! Lindsay has also been working with Tasha and she’s doing great, learning her ground manners and that people can be trusted. Livy, our youngest and newest rescue, is slowly coming around. Where we couldn’t touch her at all when she first arrived, she’s becoming more comfortable and will allow us to rub her forehead, and just this week allowed a rub on her neck while being hand fed. Progress!

Gizmo checking in with Georgie after returning from CSU Veterinary Hospital.

Mike Wilson grooming Valor

Victory getting used to a saddle

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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