Gypsy Goes Home

November 21, 2009

Sometimes one person (and each of us as individuals) can make a big difference and I think it’s helpful when we share reminders of that at every opportunity. Here’s a story I’d like to share with the hopes that it inspires and motivates…

Photos from the morning fellow photographer and horse lover Barb Young came over the mountain to pick up a very lucky little Mustang mare.

Gypsy had been part of a local seizure (which I wrote about earlier). Being an older mare with no training or much trust for people, she had few options. (She’s 13 and comes from the Piceance Creek-East Douglas HMA right here in Colorado). Despite the fact that she’s a pretty, sweet mare, (my favorite of the 17 seized) no one came forward to adopt her. As a last ditch effort, I posted Gypsy’s information on my Facebook page and Barb responded almost immediately that she’d take her. The process was started with Animal Control and the photos below tell the rest of the story. Gypsy has a wonderful new home and life.

First meeting - Barb with Gypsy on the right and Sampson on the left

Starting to get the panels set up

Gypsy appears a little concerned about seeing a trailer

Getting the trailer situated

Gypsy watches the preparations

Chana tries to calm and distract Gypsy by offering her a treat

We're about ready to start moving Gypsy towards the trailer

No one pushes her - she starts towards the hay in the trailer as we guide her a bit with our bodies

She steps right in!

Piece of cake and such a relief to have it go so smoothly!

Barb and Chris check her out. She's standing quietly munching away

Time for celebrating!

The awesome all girl team of Stacy, Chris, Barb and Chana

Heading home...

Barb and Gypsy arrived safely at Rainbow Farm later that day. Barb even sent me some photos to share.

It looks so peaceful and Gypsy has quite a view of the Grand Mesa too

And even a couple of photos from her first morning on the farm.

She has some new buddies!

Enjoy your new life girl...

***Check out another way this seizure inspired a talented young lady to get involved:

Local 14-Year Old Artist Donates Artwork to Help Benefit Table Mountain Animal Center’s 16 Horses and Donkey

Kudos also to the folks at Jefferson County Animal Control for working so hard to find good homes for all of the horses (and Sonar the donkey) involved in the seizure.

Related story:

For Immediate Release – Aug 6, 2009

Jeffco Sheriff’s Office seeks homes for horses:

Jefferson County, CO. – Sixteen horses and one donkey seized by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office during an animal neglect investigation are now available for adoption.

The Sheriff’s Office recently received a court order granting it ownership of the animals, although the court case is still pending. The animals’ former owner — John McCulley — is charged with 38 counts of animal neglect and one count of felony animal cruelty.

In May of this year deputies responded to the residence at 12601 W. 82nd Ave. after receiving reports that a live horse was being dragged by its head and neck behind a truck. Deputies found the injured and emaciated horse behind an outbuilding on the property. The horse had to be put down. While investigating the incident, deputies noticed that other horses on the property appeared to be malnourished and in poor condition, and they took custody of the animals. This was the second time in two years that horses had to be removed from this address due to grave concerns about their health.

The horses have responded well to the care they have received from Animal Control officers, as well as veterinarians, farriers and others in the local equestrian community. “It is my hope that people in the horse community will step forward to provide loving homes for all of the animals,” said Animal Control Manager Carla Zinanti. “Many of these horses have trust issues and will need patient and consistent training. Some apparently have never been haltered or ridden. Others have special needs and may require additional care.”

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest to Jefferson County Animal Control by August 28, 2009 via email at or ATTN: Horse Adoption, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, #160, Golden, CO, 80401. Animal control officers will conduct site visits and interviews with potential adopters to determine a good placement. If more than one person is interested in a particular horse, names will be drawn from a hat. An $18 Brand Inspection fee is required to take ownership of the animal, along with a donation to the Table Mountain Animal Center to help offset the cost associated with bringing these animals back to health.

Please visit our Web site at to view photos and details about each horse.

I got to “know” these horses (and Sonar, the donkey) just a bit when I volunteered to provide the adoption photos – I’d love to see them all placed into good situations. Please forward this information to anyone you think might be interested in giving one (or more) of these horses a caring, safe home. Thank you!

Buddy is one of the horses available for adoption - he's a grulla colored Mustang gelding.

Buddy is one of the horses available for adoption - he's a grulla colored Mustang gelding.

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