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Thank you,
Natalee & Shawn Cross
Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc.,
Jones, Oklahoma 73049
405-399-3084 www.blazesequinerescue.com
[email protected]

Please watch our short video about who we are and the work we do on a daily basis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SkqZy8lQm4

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Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

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Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

17667 Markita Dr.  Jones, OK  73049

(405) 399-3084 or (405) 615-5267

[email protected] www.blazesequinerescue.com

Federal I.D. 43-2024364

 

June 28, 2016

 

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc. located in Jones, Oklahoma, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that strives to improve the lives of neglected, starved, and abused horses.  We provide equine rescue regardless of age or disability.  We promote and teach horse care and humane, natural methods of training horses.  Our primary focus is Animal Cruelty Cases.  We work closely with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division and the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office with their Equine related Animal Cruelty Cases.  We also assist any other local/rural county sheriff’s office who request our assistance.

 

Rescues:

 

It’s been a busy year with assisting several rural county sheriff’s office this year.  We assisted with 2 extreme cruelty cases in March and April.  In March we assisted Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office with a seizure of 9 horses.  We arrived to find horses in extremely emaciated condition and 3 dead horses on the property.  We removed the 9 horses but knew several were in critical condition.  Unfortunately, we lost one just a few days after the seizure.  She was just too tired and weak and she seemed to have already given up when we arrived.  We prayed she would pull through once she saw she was safe and had fresh water and food.  The remaining 8 horses have been doing well and thriving. 

 

We also assisted Blaine County Sheriff’s Office with a seizure involving 8 horses and 26 cattle.  This was a devastating scene as we found so many dead animals, that it came to a point that we had trouble keeping count.  The amount of bones and full carcasses we found was completely devastating.  We counted roughly 46 dead cows, and the remains of horses were hard to determine, but we believe we found at least 6.  We don’t typically do cattle rescue, but we wanted to help and decided that we could stretch our means and help out, so that we could get all those animals to safety.  Everyone is still on the road to recovery, but doing well. 

 

So far for this year, we have rescued 32 horses and 26 cattle.  Adoptions are down and we are desperately asking for anyone interested in adding a horse to your family, to please come visit the horses in our program.  We are currently caring for 123 horses and have many nice horses that desperately need their forever, loving home.  We are also asking for donations to assist with training of a few of the green broke horses that have been here for over a year.  If we can get these guys off to training that would enhance their adoptability.  Sadly, our needs don’t stop there, we also need donations to care for the horses in our program.  We have experienced several medical needs this year, several foundered horses, a crypt-orchid that required surgery at OSU, several eye injuries, which one resulted in having surgery to remove the eye and so much more.  The daily cost to care for these beautiful creatures can become quite taxing.  Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.  Every little bit helps tremendously!  We currently have 123 horses in our program.  Your generosity has helped us save over 1326 horses and 26 cattle.  We can’t thank you enough!  Here are just a few of our current rescues that need your support. 

 

Apricot came into our rescue program on April 04, 2016.  Apricot came from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office along with 7 other horses and 26 cattle as a cruelty case.  Sadly, help came too late for so many other cows and horses.  These beautiful animals have been ignored for far too long.   Apricot is a Beautiful, Palomino, Quarter Horse, Mare.  Apricot is estimated to be 20 years of age.  Apricot is extremely emaciated, body score of a 1, infested with internal and external parasites.  Apricot is a sweet girl, but takes her a minute to warm up to attention.  She hasn’t received much hands on attention in her life and it is clear that everything we do for our horses, she isn’t used too. This sweet girl has a long road of recovery ahead of her.  She is slowly gaining weight.  Please consider making a donation towards Apricot’s Rehabilitation.

 

Felicity came into our rescue program on March 18, 2016.  Felicity came from the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office along with 8 other horses.  Sadly, help came too late for 3 horses that suffered and died a slow death of starvation and neglect.  The sadness each horse exhibited during the seizure was truly heartbreaking.  Many of them seemed to believe that they would die on that property just like their pasture mates.  Felicity is a Beautiful, Sorrel, Quarter Horse, Mare.  Felicity is estimated to be 4 years of age.  Felicity is extremely emaciated, body score of a 1, and infested with internal/external parasites.  Felicity is such a sweet girl and slowly gaining weight.  This sweet girl has a long road of recovery ahead of her.  Please consider making a donation towards Felicity’s Rehabilitation.

 

Adoptable Horse of the Month:

 

 Ridley is a beautiful, Sorrel/White, Paint, Mare.  She is estimated to be 9 years of age.  She has received an extensive amount of training with Kelci Goad of Saddle Up Horsemanship.  She is an excellent trail horse and really enjoys trail riding.  She seems to be in her element when hitting the trails.  Ridley loves attention, she is always quick to come up and visit with you.  She would make someone an excellent addition to their family.  If you are looking for an awesome trail riding partner, please schedule an appointment to come visit this sweet girl.  She has a current negative coggins, up to date on vaccinations, deworming, teeth floating, and hoof maintenance.  Her adoption fee is $800.00.  Remember, our adoption fee’s go back into our program to help the next horse that comes to our rescue.  When you adopt a horse, you save 2 lives.  The one you adopted and the one you opened space up for a rescue to come in. 

 

  Hi Hopes is a beautiful, Bay/White, Paint, Pony, mare.  She is estimated to be 13 years of age.  Hi Hopes is 13 hands tall.  Hi Hopes recently went through Saddle Up Horsemanship’s training camp, where Kelci has 4 young students that aspire to be horse trainers.  Hi Hopes was paired up with Halle Barker.  Halle spent a solid week from 8:00 am till 5:00 pm working with Hi Hopes and preparing her for her forever, loving home.  Halle and Hi Hopes bonded quickly and she helped Hi Hopes come out of her shell.  Halle has done a lot with this sweet girl.  Hi Hopes would be a great lead line pony, pony party pony, or for any direction you want to take her.  She just needs a family of her own where she can bond and continue to excel.  Schedule an appointment to check this sweet girl out.  She would make someone an excellent addition to their family.  Hi Hopes has a current negative coggins, up to date on vaccinations, deworming, teeth floating and hoof maintenance.  Her adoption fee is $600.00.  Remember, our adoption fee’s go back into our program to help the next horse that comes to our rescue.  When you adopt a horse, you save 2 lives.  The one you adopted and the one you opened space up for a rescue to come in.    

 

We have so many wonderful horses in our program, and so many with needs that ask for your assistance.  From horses with lameness issues that need treatment, to horses with severe fungus issues, eye injuries, emaciation, wounds, hernia surgeries, castrations, EPM treatment, squamous cell carcinoma, teeth floating, vaccinations, deworming, etc., our horses are our top priority and it takes a lot to properly care for so many rescued horses.  Whether you make a monetary donation, adopt a horse, or simply say a prayer for Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, we truly appreciate your support.

 

Because of YOU and your heartfelt generosity, we are able to save these horses and many others from an uncertain death.  We ask for your assistance as we have so many more horses in our program that need your help.  Our average monthly expenses now total $8500.00.  If you can please help us, continue to save rescued horses, please make a donation to:

 

 

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

17667 Markita Drive

Jones, Oklahoma  73049

 

or you can donate on-line through paypal @

www.blazesequinerescue.com

 

Or you can contact our Veterinarian directly and apply a payment to our account

Exclusively Equine Veterinary Services at 405-973-5740

 

We are currently caring for 123 horses in our rescue program.  We have many wonderful horses that are seeking their forever, loving homes.  I hope that you will consider adopting a rescued horse.  Whether you are able to make a donation or adopt a rescued horse, both help us tremendously. 

 

Blaze’s Annual Benefit Play Day

 

We will be having our Annual Benefit Play Day on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 at the Schrock Park Arena in Tuttle, Oklahoma.  Come join us for a day of family fun.  Gates open at 4:00 pm, books open at 5:00 pm and events start at 7:00 pm.  Barrels, Flags, Poles and an obstacle course.  All age groups from lead line to over 40.  NO CASH PAYOUTS!!  Participants that pre-register online will receive a play day t-shirt in their size.  Events are $10.00 each run!  Mark your calendars and plan to come out for a relaxed evening enjoying your horse.  Adopted rescued horses are encouraged to come!  All proceeds benefit Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc., Location:  Schrock Park Arena, 900 W. Main, Tuttle, Oklahoma 73089.  You can pre-register online here: http://blazes.fatcatphotos.com/blazes/playday.

 

 

Blaze’s Haunt for the Horses Benefit Trail Ride

You are invited to join us October 22nd, 2016 for our 7th Annual Blaze’s Haunt for the Horses Benefit Trail Ride at Honey Lee Ranch in Jones, Oklahoma.  You can learn more about Honey Lee Ranch at www.honeyleeranch.comCheck in begins @ 9:00 am. Guided and Self-Paced rides will begin to leave at 10:00 am.  Lunch will be served at the pavilion at 12:30 and the costume contest starts at 2:00 pm.  Come join us for treats on the trail, door prizes, drawing, and good times with friends.  All proceeds benefit the horses in our rescue program.  Pre-Registration will be available on September 1st.  Registration covers T-Shirt, Lunch, and Trail Fee’s. 

 

5th Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainer’s Challenge

They say they can gentle an untrained horse.  Now, Seventeen Oklahoma Horse “Whispering” Trainers are competing to prove that point – this time with rescued horses at the 5th Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainer’s Challenge on May 21, 2016.  The horses, some just 3 years old, have already struggled through the hardships of extreme neglect and abuse and will now have an opportunity to demonstrate their inspiring spirit.  The Challenge is an event designed to showcase the skills of local equine trainers, while increasing the adoptability of previously untrained rescue horses.

 

On January 9, 2016, area trainers were given an hour to observe and evaluate their potential equine partners for the competition.  We had 17 Trainer’s to kick off the event and we had 25 horses for the Trainer’s to choose from.  We don’t ever want the last trainer to pick, to feel like they were stuck with a particular horse, so there is always plenty to pick from, even if you are the last trainer to draw.  The trainer’s names were then drawn from a hat to determine selection order.  The draw went in this order:

 

  1. Christa Caho picked Rossi
  2. Jordan Connelly picked Mazie Mae
  3. Kai Fontenot picked Misty
  4. Angie Sack picked Firebug
  5. Davina Sisson picked Patch of Color
  6. Ken Hallam picked Cooter Brown
  7. Kelci Goad picked Timmy
  8. Kaidyn Lopez picked Morton
  9. Adam Miller picked Boardwalk
  10. Jules Curry picked Lasso
  11. Zeke Zacharias picked Zanetta
  12. Robert Hayes picked Valor
  13. Kami Woodard picked Fallon
  14. Scott Williams picked Lariat
  15. Greg Morris picked Halogen
  16. Christina Butler picked Nitro
  17. Abby Ocker picked Prancer

 

After the draw, the trainers are able to halter their horse and load up to start their 120 day training.  For me, it’s like watching your kids go off to college.  You get to watch these horses excel and turn into the wonderful riding partners that we knew they could be.  Of course, the challenge is just that, a challenge and sometimes these horses can really put us to the test.  But, I think that it takes great courage to know when you and a horse you are training recognize your limits.  Not all horses and trainers will get along!  Sometimes the horse and the trainer are quick to recognize the holes in each other.  So, as we approach competition, things start to change.  Sadly, we had one trainer that dropped out.  The challenge presented, Davina approached us with her concerns regarding Patch of Color. We wanted to make the situation with Patch and Davina the best we could.  Davina had accomplished so much with Patch during the 90 days she had him.  His ground manners were excellent, he loaded in a trailer and he gained the foundation he needed to become a great riding partner.  The only set back, Patch had some fear issues that resulted in bucking.  So, we wanted to take that opportunity to help Patch succeed and help Davina move forward.  We had Patch of Color evaluated and determined that he needed a strong leader to help him free up his legs, gain control of his power source and work on getting his hind end disengaged and loosen him up where he wasn’t so stiff, so that he is able to move more freely and without concern of bucking.  With the wonderful help of Greg Morris, Greg took the last 30 days and worked Patch through his rough spots.  Although this is a challenge, sometimes unique situations arise.  We always try to do what is in the best interest of our rescued horses.  Davina and Greg worked together to help Patch of Color transition into the amazing horse he is today. 

 

After the 120 days of training with these wonderful rescue horses, we all came together for competition on May 21st at the Lazy E Arena.  The energy is unlike anything else you have experienced.  The horses, The Trainer’s, our Board Members and Volunteers, and the Crowd are all excited and eager to see what each horse and trainer have prepared.  We have a full day of competition.  We kick off the event with the Choctaw Drill Team, followed by a flag ceremony with America, Why I love her, then the National Anthem sung by Jerri Hargis and a brief introduction of each Trainer and team.  Each trainer was selected in a draw for order of performance. 

 

  1. Kami Woodard with Fallon
  2. 2.  Ken Hallam with Cooter Brown
  3. Christina Butler with Nitro
  4. 4.  Adam Miller with Boardwalk
  5. Zeke Zacharias with Zanetta
  6. Jules Curry with Lasso
  7. Angie Sack with Firebug
  8. Kaidyn Lopez with Morton
  9. Greg Morris with Patch of Color
  10. 10. Greg Morris with Halogen
  11. Kelci Goad with Timmy
  12. Jordan Connelly with Mazie Mae
  13. Robert Hayes with Valor
  14. Kai Fontenot with Misty
  15. Abby Ocker with Prancer
  16. Christa Caho with Rossi
  17. Davina Sisson with Bindy

 

 

After a long day of amazing performances, it was time to announce the winners.  I certainly couldn’t do the judging.  Everyone done such an amazing job!  We had a panel of 5 judges.  After each performance, the judges turned in their score cards and we inputted the information into a computerized program that collected and calculated the scores.  And the winners are:

 

Youth Division:

  1. Abby Ocker – Team Prancer ADOPTED
  2. Jordan Connelly – Team Mazie Mae ADOPTED
  3. Adam Miller – Team Boardwalk ADOPTED
  4. Jules Curry – Team Lasso ADOPTED
  5. Kami Woodard – Team Fallon ADOPTED
  6. Kai Fontenot – Team Misty ADOPTED
  7. Kaidyn Lopez – Team Morton

 

Adult Division:

  1. Zeke Zacharias – Team Zanetta ADOPTED
  2. Christa Caho – Team Rossi ADOPTED
  3. Kelci Goad – Team Timmy ADOPTED
  4. Angie Sack – Team Firebug
  5. Christina Butler – Team Nitro ADOPTED
  6. Robert Hayes – Team Valor
  7. Greg Morris – Team Halogen ADOPTED
  8. Ken Hallam – Team Cooter Brown ADOPTED

 

Our Trainer’s Challenge is a great event.  It helps horses that wouldn’t otherwise get adopted, as typically people are looking for broke to ride horses.  If you didn’t get a chance to make it out this year, please watch for next year’s event.  We are so proud of the amazing trainer’s that help us out with our wonderful horses.  A huge thank you to our sponsors that help make this event possible.  

 

Do you want to learn more about our rescue efforts and how we operate?  We are thrilled to announce that our full documentary is now online to view.  Our documentary is 44 minutes long, there are moments of laughter, tears, and joy.  This documentary details our lives and how our rescue operates, from the seizures to the entrance of each horse to our rescue, all the way up to our fundraisers.  If you have a few moments to spare, please watch and share.  You can view our documentary here: https://vimeo.com/149973004?ref=fb-share&1

 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support!!  We wouldn’t be here today, without each and every one of you!!  Thank you on behalf of the entire Blaze’s Family!  So many horses would be lost without you! 

 

Over 1326 horses saved in the last 16 years!!

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

posted September 11th, 2012 by
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Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue
17667 Markita Dr. Jones, OK 73049
(405) 399-3084 or (405) 615-5267
[email protected] www.blazesequinerescue.com
Federal I.D. 43-2024364

September 4, 2012

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc. located in Jones, Oklahoma, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that strives to improve the lives of neglected, starved, and abused horses. We provide equine rescue regardless of age or disability. We promote and teach horse care and humane, natural methods of training horses. Our primary focus is Animal Cruelty Cases. We work closely with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division and the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office with their Equine related Animal Cruelty Cases. We also assist any other local/rural county sheriff’s office who request our assistance.
Rescues:

 

It looks like we are gearing up for another difficult year. Once again, Hay prices are up and calls daily for horses in need. We have already taken in 93 horses this year, and this is only the beginning of September. We have been forced to turn away many in need, and it breaks our heart. We just don’t have the space or the funds available to assist them all. Adoptions are low and we really need to place many of these wonderful horses so that space becomes available for those in need. We have secured 600 round bales of Hay for $75.00 each, however, I don’t believe that will be enough to get us through to the first cutting, so we will be searching for additional hay. We are currently feeding 24 round bales every 10 days. We had prayed that this year would return to normal fee’s etc., but unfortunately, that isn’t the case. We understand that times are tough for everyone and it pains me to request your assistance once again. Oklahoma’s horses are suffering due to the drought and poor economy. While we try to assist all that we can, it is becoming increasingly difficult to save as many lives as we have in the past. If you are able, please consider making a donation to support our rescued horses. Any amount is very much appreciated. If a monetary donation to assist with our veterinary expenses and/or farrier expenses is not currently an option, please see below for our wish list, as those are items we use on a daily basis. Also, see below for our upcoming fundraiser’s. Maybe you see an event that you would love to participate in and assist us as well.

 

Please take a look at some of our recent rescues that request your assistance.

Bones came into our rescue program on July 11, 2012. Bones came from Logan County Sheriff’s Office as a cruelty case along with 2 other horses. Bones is a Beautiful, Bay, Thoroughbred, Gelding. He is a body score of a 1, infested with internal/external parasites. He has a stage 5 heart murmur. Bones is estimated to be 10 years of age. Bones is a super sweet and very smart. He stands for the farrier and loads in the trailer. He has such a sweet disposition and loves attention. We will update as he progresses. Please consider making a donation towards Bones rehabilitation.

Zain came into our rescue program on June 1, 2012. Zain came from the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division. Zain is a Beautiful, Bay, Thoroughbred, Gelding. Zain is estimated to be 22 years of age. Zain is super sweet, very smart, stands for the farrier, loads in a trailer and has such a sweet disposition. He is emaciated and has a long road of recovery ahead of him. He is such a sweet boy and just loves attention. Please consider donating towards Zain’s rehabilitation.

Katniss came into our rescue program on August 10, 2012. Katniss came from McClain County Sheriff’s Office as a Stray. No owners have been located. Katniss is a Beautiful, Sorrel, Quarter Horse, Mare. She is a body score of a 2, infested with internal/external parasites. Her teeth were in horrible condition, resulting in a large ramp in her mouth. We have started the first series of her dental work, but due to the extreme nature of her teeth, it will take several dental floats, before she is finally sitting at the level she should be. Katniss also has a blown knee and her feet were in extremely poor condition. Katniss is estimated to be 24 years of age. Katniss is a super sweet and very smart. She stands at 15 hands tall. She stands for the farrier and loads in the trailer. She has such a sweet disposition and loves attention. We will update as she progresses. Please consider making a donation towards Katniss’s rehabilitation.


Peeta came into our rescue program on August 9, 2012. Peeta came from Midwest City Animal Welfare Division as a cruelty case along with 1 other horse. Peeta is a Beautiful, Black, Arabian, Gelding. He is a body score of a 2, infested with internal/external parasites. Peeta has been stalled for a very long time, resulting in him cribbing to the point, that he has no upper teeth. Peeta is estimated to be 24 years of age. Peeta is a super sweet and very smart. He stands at 14.1 hands tall. He stands for the farrier and loads in the trailer. He has such a sweet disposition and loves attention. We will update as he progresses. Please consider making a donation towards Peeta’s rehabilitation.

 

 

We have so many wonderful horses in our program, and so many with needs that ask for your assistance. From horses with lameness issues that need treated, to horses with severe fungus issues, emaciation, wounds, hernia surgeries, castrations, teeth floating, etc., Our horses are our top priority and it takes a lot to properly care for so many rescued horses. Whether you make a monetary donation, adopt a horse, or simply say a prayer for Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, we truly appreciate your support.
Because of YOU and your heartfelt generosity, we are able to save these horses and many others from an uncertain death. We ask for your assistance as we have so many more horses in our program that need your help. Our average monthly expenses now total $5500.00. If you can please help us, continue to save rescued horses, please make a donation to:

 

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue
17667 Markita Drive
Jones, Oklahoma 73049

or you can donate on-line through paypal @
www.blazesequinerescue.com

We are currently caring for 102 horses in our rescue program. We have many wonderful horses that are seeking their forever, loving homes. I hope that you will consider adopting a rescued horse. Whether you are able to make a donation or adopt a rescued horse, both help us tremendously.
Blaze’s Wish List

 

Please see the list below of items that we use on a daily basis and would be extremely appreciative. If you are not able to make a monetary donation to assist us with our daily medical and farrier needs, please see below of other ways you can assist us.

 

Small Square & Large Round Bales of Bermuda, Alfalfa or Prairie Hay
Nutrena Life Design Senior Feed
Triple Crown Complete Grain
Nutrena High Fat 12/8 Pellets
Envision Fat Supplement
Mineral Blocks
Ivermectin, Equimax or Safe Guard Dewormer
Fly Spray
Vaccinations — West Nile, Eastern/Western, Tetanus, Rhino, Influenza and Rabies
Flake Shavings

Volunteer with Welder who can weld pipe fencing and make repairs

 

5k/1 Mile Pajama Fun Run

 

Blaze’s Hot to Trot has been organized to debut a new USATF certified 5K road race in Harrah for the runners of Oklahoma and to raise money and awareness for the rescued horses of Blaze’s. The race is organized by Blaze’s board members and volunteers and is professionally timed by DG Productions; one of Oklahoma’s very own premier race organizers.

 

Blaze’s Hot to Trot 1 mile Pajama Run is a fun, casual, family-friendly event and is meant to encourage adults and children to get out and have fun while exercising. Heritage Park features a playground, walking trails, one of the largest splash pads in Oklahoma, and concession stand that serves delicious onion burgers.

 

Race day entry fee for adults and children is $30 for the 5k and $25 for the Pajama Fun Run. Early registration is available online or by check and is offered at a $5 discount of $25 for the 5k and $20 for the fun run. All proceeds benefit Blaze’s mission to provide basic needs, medical care, and rescue of equines regardless of age or disability. Flyer Attached!
Blaze’s Haunt for the Horses Benefit Trail Ride

 

Blaze’s Annual Fall Haunt for the Horses Benefit Trail Ride is scheduled for October 27th, 2012 at Bell Cow Lake in Chandler, Oklahoma. Another fun and exciting year of great friends and horses, who all come together to help the horses currently waiting for their forever, loving home. This is a great way to assist the rescued horses while getting out and having a good time. Paid registration provides a T-Shirt, Lunch, Trail Fee, and the opportunity to win lots of great prizes. Registration and check-in starts at 9:00 am.


Guided Long Trail Ride starts at 10:00 am, Guided Short Trail Ride starts at 10:30 am. We have lots of great things scheduled for the day such as, Treats Along The Trail, Lunch at 12:30, Halloween Costume contest starts at 2:00 pm, Raffle, Bobbing for Apples Livestock Tank and Additional Blaze’s merchandise available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the rescued horses of Blaze’s. Camp Sites are available for overnight stay! Please contact Leslie at 405-245-7309 for additional information or call City of Chandler 405-258-3210 to make camping reservations. We look forward to seeing you on October 27th.

Blaze’s Merchant Card

 

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue is now selling Discount Merchant Cards. You can purchase one of these cards for $10.00 and receive savings from many locations, such as Rib Crib, Mazzios, Red Earth Feed & Tack, P.J’s Flowers & Gifts, Rollerland and many others. This is a great opportunity to help the horses currently in our rescue program, as well as, save money on some of your favorite locations. It is a win – win situation. If you are interested in purchasing one of these cards, you can contact Moriah Owens at [email protected]. Please contact us if you have additional questions regarding the merchant card.
Our Family has Grown

 

We want to take this opportunity to introduce everyone to our son Jay. We met this wonderful young man early this year. We decided to open our hearts and our home to child in need. Jay is, now 13, and enjoying life with the horses and other animals. He has already built a relationship with our mascot Devon. Those two are inseparable. We know as he continues to build his confidence around the horses, he will be ready to pick his own soon. Our family keeps growing and I am extremely proud of all my children and their accomplishments.

In Loving Memory

 

In Loving Memory of Christian Brooke Majors of Tulsa, Oklahoma died unexpectedly on May 12th. Christie is survived by her parents Kathy and Jake Henry Jr., of Tulsa. Christie was an extremely bright woman who was dedicated to serving others through her professional nursing career. She had a deep love of animals, particularly horses and dogs, riding from the time she was three and doing so competitively into her early 30’s. Christie had a beautiful smile and an infectious laugh. We would like to Take to this opportunity to remember Christian Brooke Majors and Thank William K. Warren for his very generous donation towards our rescued horses in loving memory of Christian Brooke Majors.
Saying Goodbye

 

Bandit was our second rescue, long before the rescue ever started. I saw Bandit and fell in love with him, but little did I know the abuse that he was suffering. We went to where Bandit lived and the conditions were horrible. He was on about one acre of nothing but debris to get cut on. We purchased Bandit and took him to the vet to be checked over. We quickly learned that Bandit had a partial paralysis of his tongue. The vet said that he had suffered severe damage from the bit. The previous owner was a teenager who was heavily into roping and apparently was extremely rough. He is such a wonderful boy and has really taught me a lot. He was MY first horse and always took care of me.

 

My heart has broken as I lost my sweet Bandit, December of 2011. He was 26 years old when he passed and had developed Cancer. My life hasn’t been the same without him. I find it hard to connect to another horse at the same level. I know in my heart, no horse can ever replace Bandit, but I struggle to find that relationship with another. I love all horses, but Bandit was my once in a lifetime horse. Of course, my heart and my life will never be empty of a horse and I know one day, I will find another that I connect with. In the meantime, my heart breaks as I mourn the loss of my bestfriend! R.I.P My Sweet Boy!

 

I Remember

I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying. You found it hard to sleep.
I whinnied to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
“It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.”
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the barn today. Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your burdens, I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I’m not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my nose on you, I smiled and said “It’s me.”
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It’s possible for me to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, “I never went away.”
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew…
in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over… I smile and watch you yawning
and say “Good-night, God bless, I’ll see you in the morning.”
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I’ll rush across to greet you and we’ll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out… then come home to be with me.
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Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support!! We wouldn’t be here today, without each and every one of you!! Thank you on behalf of the entire Blaze’s Family! So many horses would be lost without you!

Over 888 horses saved in the last 10 years!!

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

posted September 7th, 2011 by
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September 1, 2011

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc. located in Jones, Oklahoma, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that strives to improve the lives of neglected, starved, and abused horses. We provide equine rescue regardless of age or disability. We promote and teach horse care and humane, natural methods of training horses. Our primary focus is Animal Cruelty Cases. We work closely with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division and the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office with their Equine related Animal Cruelty Cases. We also assist any other local/rural county sheriff’s office who request our assistance.

Rescues:

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue is seeing a increased amount of neglected horses. We are currently setting at an all time high of 122 horses in our rescue program. I am scared to see what the winter months will hold. With the extreme drought we are facing, the Hay shortage is affecting us all. We are currently paying more than we would have ever dreamed for hay, but our rescued horses have to have it. We have reserved 400 round bales of hay out of Topeka, Kansas. It is costing us $90.00 a bale with shipping. Double the price of hay, means double the monthly expenses.

We are asking you to please consider making a donation, as our continued rescue efforts greatly depend on your help! Just in the last 30 days, we have taken 14 severely neglected horses from Stephens County and just 1 week later, 12 severely neglected horses from Piedmont. We receive phone calls daily for assistance, and it breaks my heart to have to turn horses away. We are desperately asking for your assistance to purchase hay, grain, veterinary expenses, farrier expenses, etc.,

If you are seeking to add a horse to your family, please come visit our rescued horses. So many of the wonderful horses are seeking their forever, loving home. They want nothing more than to be loved and cared for. They will provide you with so much more in return, than you could ask for. Please consider adopting a rescued horse today.


Meet Collier. Collier came into our rescue program with 13 other horses from Stephens County Sheriff‘s Office. 14 horses were severely neglected and malnourished in Marlow, Oklahoma. He is a beautiful, Sorrel/White, Paint Stud. This sweet boy is estimated to be 7 years of age. He is emaciated, a body score of a 1, infested with internal/external parasites and has a fractured elbow. This sweet boy, truly needs surgery for his fracture, but due to his emaciated state, he isn’t able to undergo surgery. We are keeping him comfortable and limiting the amount of movement he can have, and praying that the fracture will heal without further damage. He is such a sweet boy and has a long road of recovery ahead of him. Please consider making a donation towards Collier’s Rehabilitation.

Meet Hank. Hank came into our rescue program from Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division, He is a beautiful, Chestnut, Thoroughbred, Gelding. This sweet boy is estimated to be 4 years of age. He is emaciated, a body score of a 1, infested with internal/external parasites and has a major infected wound on his withers. It appears that someone was riding this horse, and continued to do so while his withers were being rubbed raw and opened up and became infected. Our Veterinarian drained several liters of puss from this wound. This poor boy, despite all the poking, cleaning and prodding he has been through, he remains such a sweet and polite boy. Hank has a long road of recovery ahead of him. Please consider making a donation towards Hank’s Rehabilitation.

Collier and Hank are only 2 of the horses in our rescue program that need your support. We have so many wonderful horses in our program, and so many with needs that ask for your assistance. Whether you make a monetary donation, adopt a horse, or simply say a prayer for Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, we truly appreciate your support.


Because of YOU and your heartfelt generosity, we are able to save these horses and many others from an uncertain death. We ask for your assistance as we have so many more horses in our program that need your help. Our average monthly expenses total $7000.00. If you can please help us, continue to save rescued horses, please make a donation to:

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue
17667 Markita Drive
Jones, Oklahoma 73049

or you can donate on-line through paypal @
www.blazesequinerescue.com
We are currently caring for 122 horses in our rescue program. We have many wonderful horses that are seeking their forever, loving homes. I hope that you will consider adopting a rescued horse. Whether you are able to make a donation or adopt a rescued horse, both help us tremendously.
The Elvis Fund

I know many of you follow us on face book, but for those that don’t, I want to take a moment to introduce you to The Elvis Fund. On May 24th, 2011, The day that forever changed our lives. On this horrible day a EF5 Tornado tore through much of Canadian County. This devastating Tornado directly hit one of our own. Our Value Board Members Desiree & Brian Walling took a direct hit in Calumet, Oklahoma loosing everything. This family had cared for many of Blaze’s horses. They had 21 horses in their care, 11 of them being Blaze’s horses that they fostered and the remaining 10 were the Wallings personal horses that they had adopted from Blaze’s over the last several years. I will never forget the moment that I heard from the Walling family and knew that they were safe. My biggest fear was for Brian and Desiree Walling, along with their 2 foster children. I knew moments before the Tornado hit that they were in their storm cellar, but waiting to hear that they were safe, felt like an eternity, in reality, it was only minutes. Brian Walling called to let us know that they were safe, trapped in the storm cellar and that they had lost everything. I immediately Thanked God for their safety, but my heart was broken for their loss. I told them that I would head their way immediately and do whatever I could to help. I felt so much pain and heart ache that day. I didn’t ask about the horses initially because I knew deep down, that they probably couldn’t have survived an EF5. We prepared to head to Calumet, we hooked up the 4 horse trailer and all I could hope for, was that we would be able to put horses in it. I couldn’t prepare myself for what we would see arriving in Calumet. The destruction was unbelievable. We found 3 surviving horses this dreadful evening! Thank God The Walling Family survived!!

On May 25th, 2011 We received a miracle in Calumet. We originally reported that we had 3 surviving horses out of 21. As we ended that devastating night, we had 3 horses that were unaccounted for, we had to humanely euthanize 3 of the horses that sustained serious injuries, we had 3 survivors that went to the veterinary clinic, and found 12 of the horses confirmed deceased.

The next morning, Brian was approached by the Search and Rescue team about an injured horse that needed to be euthanized. Our initial thought was that it was one of the 3 missing horses. Brian immediately went to attend to the horse, and much to his and our surprise, it was Elvis, who was euthanized the night before. Elvis had sustained multiple severe injuries throughout his body, including a major head injury, leaving his skull exposed and his right ear severed from the ear canal and currently hanging by the skin of his neck. Completely amazed and stunned, Brian finds Elvis walking around and grazing on the pasture. It was truly a miracle and we feel that Elvis is not ready to “leave the building”. Elvis has experienced so much trauma in his life time, coming to us as an animal cruelty case, extremely emaciated, with a dislocated pelvis and injury to his withers. Once rehabilitated, he had experienced a loving home with his foster family in Calumet, Oklahoma. Elvis has been enjoying a comfortable, relaxing life with the Wallings for the past 3 years. Now, for Elvis to survive a horrific Tornado and euthanasia, we feel that we have to do everything humanely possible to save Elvis’ life. I know many of you are thinking, how in the world did Elvis survive being euthanized? Elvis was pronounced dead, had no vital signs and had taken his last breath. On an extremely rare occasion, horses that have experienced extreme trauma and are in shock, produce so much adrenaline that their body does not accept the euthanasia. Basically, it slows the heart rate so much that it is undetectable. Elvis is in extremely good spirits considering his injuries. He is eating and drinking! We ask for your prayers and support to help pull Elvis through this extremely difficult time. He is not out of the woods yet, and is still in critical condition. We strongly believe in the power of prayer and ask everyone to please pray for Elvis’ survival.

We were blessed with another miracle that morning after finding Elvis alive. We still had the 3 missing to find. Brian was walking around the property looking for the missing horses, when he approached what used to be the barn, he saw something white and moving. He went in for further investigation and found Fiona standing in the middle of rubble and debris, with the steel rafters and tin from the barn draped over her and protecting her. She barely had enough space to move forward or sideways, and did sustain a few injuries, but thankfully, she was alive and once she heard Brian, she nickered. Brian had to get help removing and cutting away debris to get her out. Brian had to use cutting torches and a bulldozer to get her out. Fiona was great and remained extremely calm and comfortable. Fiona and Elvis are together at the Veterinarians. Fiona is doing amazing!! Elvis is doing great despite everything and we pray that he will survive. Sadly, Jackie, which was one of the 3 survivors initially found, has passed away. We now have 4 survivors.

Of the surviving horses, Catori and Moonstruck, whom have also suffered a great deal in their life are true survivors and have survived this horrific tornado with barely a scratch! We are so thankful to have Catori, Moonstruck, Fiona and Elvis still with us. As the Wallings have lost everything, they are truly holding on to these horses and praying for their speedy recovery and looking forward to bringing them home soon.

On May 27th, 2011 I write this update with a heavy heart! Sadly, Elvis lost his fight this afternoon. We had such an amazing evening and morning with Elvis and we all just knew that he was going to pull through. Within an hour, everything had changed. Elvis started showing signs of going Toxic, his Total Protein level had dropped to 4. Our wonderful Veterinarian started additional anti toxins to help him, plus calcium and protein. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough and he went very quickly and peacefully. I find myself asking, Why? Why, did we receive these 2 additional days with Elvis, only to loose him? Our hearts are truly broken and the loss of Elvis is devastating, not only for myself, but for every single person that rallied to save his life.

I want to take this moment to Thank everyone that had a hand in Elvis’ survival! Our Wonderful Veterinarian Dr. Charlotte Kin ran to Calumet to tend to Elvis’ after hearing our call for help, finding him up from being euthanized the night before. Dr. Kin wasn’t able to respond the initial night of the Tornado, as she was helping so many other Tornado victims in Piedmont. Dr. Kin didn’t hesitate and arrived immediately on scene the next morning to assist Elvis and Fiona. Dr. Kin and her wonderful vet tech Ginger Williamson tended to them both with such love and dedication. Dr. Kin not only gave Elvis and Fiona her all as a dedicated Veterinarian, but she took care of them as they were her own, she had so much love and compassion and wanted to see Elvis survive as much as we did. She was truly amazing and did more for Elvis than I could have ever asked for. If he needed it, she gave it to him. She spent time with him and till the end she loved him as much as we did! It’s not everyday that your Veterinarian will put aside everything else and grieve right beside you. She is truly my hero and I will forever be grateful to Dr. Kin and her amazing staff Ginger Williamson, Megan Vanderslice and Ellen Orthwein for all the love, support, care, dedication, compassion and around the clock care they provided this special boy! We all had so much hope and sadly it was taken way from us in a blink of an eye. Elvis had a heart of gold and fought like a true champion to survive. He received a beautiful burial this afternoon, where he has so much beautiful land to see and enjoy. He was buried with a Champion Ribbon, as he certainly didn’t deserve anything less. We all love you so much Elvis! May you rest in peace our sweet boy! You will forever be in our heart and never forgotten! Run free in greener pastures and we will meet you someday at the rainbow bridge!

You can view Elvis’ Story and the Fund on our website, complete with pictures and detailed information at http://blazesequinerescue.com/THE%20ELVIS%20FUND%20–%20SECOND%20CHANCES.html. The Elvis Fund was started shortly after the Tornado and all the efforts that was made to save Elvis’ life. After fighting the battle of survival with Elvis and watching his remarkable courage and strength. I knew we needed to honor his life. We created the Elvis’ Fund to assist horses that may not have an opportunity for a second chance.
Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainer’s Challenge

We had a great time during our First Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainer’s Challenge. It was a fun, but very hot, filled day. All the Trainers did an amazing job and the amount of support and public appearance we received was wonderful. Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol did a wonderful job opening up our event. Many didn’t know that 2 of the horses that performed in the Mounted Patrol, are former Rescued Horses. I think that is a wonderful testament to the rescued horse. The Vanderveer Girls did an amazing job with singing the National Anthem! We simply can’t thank everyone enough for all their amazing help for this event. It was a huge success and we look forward to next years event. I believe we are aiming for the Spring next year. Most of the horses that were in the Trainers Challenge, did receive their wonderful forever homes. We are thrilled that these horses, some which have been with us for 2 years, are now with their forever, loving families and doing great. The Training these horses received, secured them the forever, loving home that they have been eagerly waiting for. Congratulations to our Champion Trainer Robert Hayes/Team Darcy. Coming in Second Place Jared Seely/Team Solid Gold and Third Place Terri Lindley/Team Nikki! Thank you to all the wonderful Trainers that gave us 100 days of your time, training, and dedication!
Volunteers needed for the Oklahoma State Fair

Its that time of the year again! We are seeking Volunteers to work concession at the Oklahoma State Fair. If you are interested in volunteering your time and having some fun! Please contact Desiree Walling at [email protected]. If you are one of our Volunteers, please send Desiree an email with your information, as she lost everyone’s information previously due to the Tornado.
Haunt for the Horses Benefit Trail Ride

I think it is safe to say, we are all ready for the fall weather and cooler temperatures. I hope that you will join us on October 29, 2011 at Bell Cow Lake in Chandler, Oklahoma for our Fall Haunt of the Horses Benefit Trail Ride. Registration will begin on September 3rd. Watch our website for additional information and details. In the meantime, mark your calendar for October 29th and plan to join us for a great day of friends, fun, and riding.
Foster Homes

Are you interested in being a foster home for a rescued horse. If so, please send me an email and we will get you an foster application. Due to the lack of adoptions and rising neglect, we will need to utilize more foster homes this year. We ask that you please be within a 60 mile radius of Jones, Oklahoma. If you are interested in applying to be a foster home, please email me at [email protected].

T-Shirts

We have new T-Shirts for sale. You can visit our website and order some of the Blaze’s merchandise available. http://blazesequinerescue.com/merchandise.html.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support!! We wouldn’t be here today, without each and every one of you!! Thank you on behalf of the entire Blaze’s Family! So many horses would be lost without you!

Over 740 horses saved in the last 10 years!!

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue
17667 Markita Dr. Jones, OK 73049
(405) 399-3084 or (405) 615-5267
[email protected] www.blazesequinerescue.com