• The above photo is of Carson, the day he was born, and one of the mares from his herd. He was struggling to find any of them that he could bond and nurse from.
  • Fertility study horses are wild horses (aka mustangs, estrays, Comstock) gathered from the Virginia range in Nevada and were used by the vet school in Nevada/Reno through the Dept of Ag to study various pregnancy prevention products looking for a use to help control wild horses. The grant money ran out, and through a series of events the horses ended up at our ranch - 33 of them. From this group there were 2 aborted foals, 1 stillborn colt, 1 filly (aka Hope) died after 1 week, 2 more fillies that are healthy, and Carson. The stallions have been gelded and are at various locations in Nevada. This is Carson's story...

The Faces of Rescue

  • Meet some of Carson’s other friends — friends that, without their rescuers, wouldn’t have a chance.
  • Butch


  • Auntie Shirley & Heidi Ho
    Auntie Shirley & Heidi Ho

August 2009  


Meet Rio —  He is a wild horse rescue baby that Washoe Animal Services (Nevada) took in and rehabbed.   They did terrific job with him and he’s wonderful and healthy.   He had a neck and shoulder injury and will still need to be monitored, but he is well on his way to being totally healed.   While Washoe did a great job with him, it was time that he needed to move on so they could devote their time to other critters.   He is a welcomed addition to LRTC family, living with Auntie Shirley.  Baby Shelbie was in great need of a buddy to keep her active and socialized so it was perfect timing. 





Chilly Pepper
Chilly Pepper

(From Palomino, pictured – Chilly’s mom)

I found Chilly Pepper on March 22.  She was approximately 3 days old and her mom had been deceased for about 2 days at least.  She was in the snow and it was 28 degrees the night before.  (She was on the Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown and I was out with another volunteer and we spotted her mom in the distance.  You could barely see movement which was the baby.)

She was frozen, completely dehydrated and probably had a couple hours left to live.  Her mom died from not being able to pass her afterbirth.   Chilly Pepper had been trying to stay warm cuddled up to her dead mom.  She smelled like death and was covered in bugs.  My husband gave her two bottles of water on the way down the mountain, which I believe ultimately saved her life.
We used heating pads to warm her up, gave her some pedialyte and obtained some mare’s milk replacement and gave her that.   I slept (or rather spent the night) cuddled up with her because she was still so cold.  I kept picking bugs off me wondering if I was going to get sick from this little girl.   We had heaters on and the room was warm, but she was so cold inside that her gums were white.   She was breathing steam and the warmer she got, the more she stunk.  We used  a syringe and gave her fluids every 10 minutes or so to try and keep her alive. 
She couldn’t lift her head or lie down or stand up or do anything on her own for two weeks.  I stood her beside a big black water tub so she could have a drink in the sun.  She was so weak her legs gave out and she started to drown.  If I had left even for a minute, we would have lost her from that also. 
She lived inside for a month, and even though she was under LITERALLY 24/7 care, had antibiotics and probiotics and everything else the vet recommended, we almost lost her many times in the first 3 weeks.
She is a beautiful and healthy (almost) 5 month old filly and is using her publicity to help save others like her.  Please contact me at 530 474 5197 if you have any questions or would like to come see her.



2 Responses

  1. Sometimes I wish they stayed that small. Then we could keep them all.

  2. God bless you and your babies many times over!!!!!

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