Archive for May, 2013

Below is the small clips of the article that Maryann Tobin posted in the Examiner on May 17, 2013, the day we put Leah to rest. I will NO LONGER share Maryann Tobin’s links on my FB page or blog page because she gets paid for every visitor that comes to her page. In essence, she is profiting with her efforts to destroy the DERR with her misinformation to the public in the form of insinuating malpractice on our part.

Below is the first part of Maryann Tobin’s article copied from her online post.

    Maryann Tobin States:

“On Friday morning, Robert and Dinelle Ashcraft of Domino Effect ranch in Weeki Wachee, Fla., waited for a backhoe to arrive so they could bury “Leah,” the third horse that has died in their care during the past 6 weeks.

On the Domino Effect ranch Facebook page, the Ashcraft’s said, “There is nothing fishy going on. We did lose 3 horses in the past 6 weeks and have vet reports documenting each one. All died from unpreventable causes. Each one was seen extensively by a vet and ALL were treated by the vet and us to the fullest extent. We have vet records documenting this.”

Leah’s sudden and rapid death was attributed by Ashcraft to “knotted up intestines,” more commonly known as colic.”

    Domino Effect shares EDUCATIONAL information:

Colic in horses is defined as abdominal pain, but it is a clinical sign rather than a diagnosis. The term colic can encompass all forms of gastrointestinal conditions which cause pain as well as other causes of abdominal pain not involving the gastrointestinal tract. The most common forms of colic are gastrointestinal in nature and are most often related to colonic disturbance. There are a variety of different causes of colic, some of which can prove fatal without surgical intervention. Colic surgery is usually an expensive procedure as it is major abdominal surgery, often with intensive aftercare. Among domesticated horses, colic is the leading cause of premature death. The incidence of colic in the general horse population has been estimated between 10 and 11 percent on an annual basis. It is important that any person who owns or works with horses be able to recognize the signs of colic and determine whether or not a veterinarian should be called.

    Domino Effect States:

In the morning on May 16, 2013, Bob awoke to Leah being down. Bob immediately called Brian, who was delivering a foal, and then Sarah. He was on the phone with both Sarah and Brian the whole morning and they were instructing us on how to treat her before they could get to us. Brian was delivering a foal, so he could not come right away. Leah had reflux with fluids coming out of her nose. Sarah thought at first it was choke.

Leah, May 3, 2013, just 2 weeks before she passed.


We were able to get her on her feet and give her fluids just as we were told. We had her up and she was walking around on her own will with me leading her. Brian said he was on his way and that it was okay to let her lie down. We stopped walking and let her relax and within a few minutes she lied down. She started thrashing violently and then got a bad spasm throughout her whole body and then she died.

Brian arrived and we asked him to do a report for our records. He did a necropsy and found the small intestines to be twisted. Bob took pictures and you can see where there is healthy, white intestine, leading to red and then dark, purplish black where the intestines had knotted and died. There was no impaction and no way to prevent what happened to her yesterday.

After Leah died, Dr. Dillard did a necropsy and diagnosed her to have a strangulated lesion.

Leah's vet report-page-001


    Definition for the diagnosis of a strangulating obstruction [edit]

Strangulating obstructions have all the same pathological features as a simple obstruction, but the blood supply is immediately affected. Both arteries and veins may be affected immediately, or progressively as in simple obstruction. Common causes of strangulating obstruction are intussusceptions, volvulus and displacement of intestine through a hole, such as a hernia, a mesenteric rent, or the epiploic foramen.

Maryann Tobin States: “The other 2 horses that died at Domino Effect ranch, the most recent about two weeks ago, also suffered from similar colic-like symptoms.”

Domino Effect States: Maryann Tobin is very wrong with her above statement. The 2 horses that died previously here at the DERR did not die from the same “colic-like symptoms.”

Please refer to the following link:


    Justice’s symptoms were in no way related to colic.

Justice came to us just 10 days prior before we laid him to rest.


Each day that Justice was in our care his symptoms progressed. He arrived very lethargic and depressed.


His stools were loose with diarrhea. Within the first 2 days we noticed that he had no appetite. We also noticed that he was pinching the top layer of feed with his lips. Bob checked under his lips and found ulcers in his mouth.


At the same time, he was noticed to have a bulge at the anus opening.


“Diarrhea or constipation may be seen in animals with hepatic disease. Diarrhea is more commonly seen in cattle than in horses with chronic liver disease or in animals with chronic fascioliasis and hepatotoxic plant poisonings.”

Bob immediately called the vet and scheduled him to come out first thing in the morning. Dr. Brian arrived to find Justice to have a protruding rectum. Dr. Brian had thought at the time that this was due to the excessive diarrhea. He was thought to have stomach ulcers, as well as the mouth ulcers. Dr. Brian floated Justice’s teeth and put him on ranitidine for the ulcers.



“Tenesmus followed by rectal prolapse is seen in some ruminants with liver disease. It may be associated with diarrhea, hepatic encephalopathy, or edema of the bowel from portal hypertension.”

The following day, the walls of Justice’s anus ruptured causing him to hemorrhage out his anal opening.


Bob called Dr. Brian out on a 911 call to check Justice. Dr. Brian gave him medications to stop the diarrhea and other medications to help restore the nutrients, electrolytes, and absorb any toxins that may be in his system. Dr. Brian also did blood work on Justice to check for any organ damage.

Brian administering medications


“Clinical signs of severe or terminal hepatic failure include coagulopathies and hemorrhage due to decreased production of clotting factors by the liver and possibly increased utilization in septic or inflammatory processes.”

Justice’s condition was quickly progressing. He was aimlessly walking, circling, head-pressing, and resting his head in our laps or on the steps. Justice’s condition accelerated to the point where he was suffering from HE (hepatic encephalopathy) with severe cerebral dysfunction causing him to be a great danger to himself and especially to others. First his front knees kept buckling underneath him and he would fall forward into the ground. This behavior became more violent, as he continuously lost control of his body, falling into anything or anyone that surrounded him. By the time we received the phone call with the test results, Justice’s condition was in the advanced stage of liver failure and within 24 hours we had to put Justice to rest.







“Horses with hepatic encephalopathy may be aggressive or demonstrate repetitive behaviors that make restraint difficult.”

“Signs of hepatic encephalopathy range from nonspecific depression and lethargy to head pressing, circling, aimless walking, dysphagia, ataxia, dysmetria, persistent yawning, pica, increased friendliness, aggressiveness, stupor, seizures, or coma.”


“In advanced cases, somnolence develops and obtunded behavior ensues. At this stage horses often show aggressive or violent behavior interspersed with the periods of stupor.”

After Justice’s diagnosis, we did some research concerning his condition. We learned that there were 8 horses that were seized from FER who suffered and died from liver failure due to eating poisonous plants out at FER. At the time the horses were seized from FER, a vet came out to update a coggins on each one of the horses. Justice had been seen to have “blood” in his urine prior to this, so his condition was described to the vet and the vet, therefore, prescribed an antibiotic for Justice without actually testing the urine.

After doing some research, I can’t help to wonder if this too was a sign. One of the symptoms of liver disease is high volumes of bilirubin being excreted through the urine causing it to be dark in color.

“In normal horses, the total bilirubin concentration is in the range of 0.2 to 5.0 mg/dL, with conjugated bilirubin in the range of 0 to 0.4 mg/dL. Conjugated bilirubin is water-soluble and detectable in the urine of horses only if blood concentrations become sufficiently increased to surpass the renal threshold (Photo 3); thus when urine tests positive for the presence of bilirubin, cholestatic disease should be suspected.”

We also learned that horses suffering from liver disease and/or liver failure should NOT have a diet high in protein, i.e. alfalfa pellets, cubes, or hay including other feeds that are high in protein, as this accelerates their condition.

“Affected animals should be fed carefully because dysphagia may be a problem. Relatively small amounts should be fed frequently. The diet should meet energy needs with readily digestible carbohydrates, provide adequate but not excessive protein, have a high ratio of branched-chain amino acids to aromatic amino acids, and be moderate to high in starch to decrease need for hepatic glucose synthesis.”

One very important factor that we learned through our research is that when a horse is suffering from liver disease, there may be no clinical signs of the liver disease until the liver has exceeded 60% to 80% damage. This is why it is so vital to draw blood on an equine when in question of poisonous plants or if the equine is suffering from emaciation to check for organ damage of any kind.

“Clinical signs of hepatic disease may not be evident until >60–80% of the liver parenchyma is nonfunctional or when hepatic dysfunction is secondary to disease in another organ system. “

“Liver disease should always be considered when nonspecific clinical signs, such as depression, weight loss, intermittent fever, and recurrent colic, are present without an apparent cause. Differentiation between acute and chronic hepatitis or failure based on the duration of clinical signs before presentation may be misleading, because the disease process is often advanced before clinical signs are evident. Early vague signs of depression and decreased appetite may be overlooked. Liver biopsy to determine the type of pathology, degree of hepatic fibrosis present, and the regenerative capabilities of the liver parenchyma is necessary for developing a treatment plan and giving an accurate prognosis.”

I can only wish that we could turn back time and had rescued Justice sooner. If only the blood work had been done a few months back, he could have been treated for the liver disease, and the liver, therefore, may have had a chance to repair itself.

But as we cannot turn back time, we DO NOT wish for Justice’s life to go in vain. We hope that Justice’s death will be a learning lesson for all to research on such poisonous plants that may be in your pastures and to treat every emaciated horse, as if there may be possible organ damage due to the starvation, and PLEASE have blood drawn to insure the best care for your equine’s future.

Please check out the links below, as there is very important, vital information regarding poisonous plants, liver failure, and hepatic encephalopathy.



Please go to the following link and check your pastures for these weeds that are VERY toxic to our equine. The results are “liver failure”. Please understand that the liver WILL NOT SHOW clinical signs of damage until it is 75% damaged. At that point in time, the chances of the liver healing itself are very slim to none. That is why receipt of an emaciated horse, should be followed with BLOODWORK IMMEDIATELY!

Failure to do so could result in an acceleration of damage to the liver by feeding TOO much protein before its time.

Abel, R.I.P.

On Friday, March 31, 2013, around 1:30: Robert Delaney Ashcraft States: I’m hurt and sorrowed immensely to say that we lost Abel at 12:30pm. Dr. Sara did all that she could. His issue was reflux and we were starting him on IV fluids. All of a sudden Abel started a severe limp on his right rear leg. Dr. Sara said it appeared to be his stifle had locked up or severe cramps. Afterwards it was deemed that an extreme pain attacked Abel and he was kicking out on the rear leg due his colon had flipped and shut down blood flow. He collapsed spattered and we were able to flip him. He was already brain dead at that point. Abel went fast and did not suffer. 10 Minutes after I yelled for Sara asking why he was limping. Abel was pronounced dead. I am heart broken. After I return from Ocala this afternoon, I will dig Abel’s grave by hand. If anyone is willing to assist me, since I am running on very little sleep. Message Dinelle on FB. Any assistance is GREATLY APPRECIATED. GOD BLESSED ME WITH MY TIME WITH ABEL FROM 2-4am and our 2 hour walk.



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This morning I woke up to start my day. As I do often, I renew adoption ads on Craigslist. We have had many people post nasty CL ads against the rescue, but this morning I found this.

cl ad lady 1

cl ad lady

Here are the 2 pictures featured individually that were posted on Craigslist.



The Craigslist poster is trying to insinuate that we are starving horses here at the Domino Effect with the caption posted in the article

“For those of you who don’t understand what is going on, for thise of you who feel Domino are being victimised, here it is in really simple from.
Picture A) a healthy 5 year TB gelding, given to Domino in January this year for rehoming
Picture B) the SAME horse, at domino 90 days later (now)

Aske yourself, is this horse the next one to die? why would that be?”

For those of you Craigslist Posters and for those of you snooping around our house taking pictures of the horses, KNOW THE FACTS before you show pictures and insinuate that we are starving horses.

Let me tell you the story about Lady. Lady came to us in January 2013. She is a 5-year-old OTTB Thoroughbred mare who we rescued from Calder Race Track in Miami Gardens. She Is Are Lady had a bone chip injury on the track and was scheduled to be euthanized by her previous owner. Her vet contacted us about Nick Rules and She Is Are Lady, asking us to please pick these horses up before they were put to sleep. The previous owner did not want to pay for these 2 horses to stand in a stall and rest and heal for 90 days. Therefore, he opted to have them euthanized, so that he could bring in other, healthy horses in their place.

Bob and I picked up Nick Rules and found a foster to keep him on stall rest. She Is Are Lady was transported up here to Ocala, where we then picked her up and brought her back here to rest. She was limping quite a bit when she first came in and continued to do so. Our vet advised us that we should drop her weight gradually, so that she could have comfort on her leg while the bone chip injury was healing. We did exactly that and after a month’s time she had significant healing and she was no longer limping. It has now been 4 months and she is getting around great. We are putting her weight back on and she is looking and feeling great. She will be up to her full weight here in another month and she will be ready to evaluate and ready to place her in her new home.




Once again, you can see, Domino Effect is NOT starving horses. She has recovered from her track injury and she is gaining her weight back nicely. The above poster and the hate group that is attacking us and stalking our property day and night are trying to lead the public to believe that we are starving, abusing, and neglecting our animals by pictures with no facts, but only their assumptions.

Dinelle Ashcraft

Domino Effect Rescue Ranch
“People Helping Animals Helping People”

Robert & Dinelle Ashcraft
10370 Snowbird Avenue
Weeki Wachee, Florida 34614
(352) 596-3104

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Below is the post that Maryann Tobin with the Examiner wrote on May 21, 2013. I will NO longer post her articles on my page for people to see her disgust, but rather will copy and paste them here on my blog. For every time that someone visits her posts, she makes money off her lies and hatred towards us.

*NOTE* Maryann Tobin and her daughter, Nikki Tobin have been to our rescue 2 consecutive weekends in a row back in the fall of 2011. This hatred spiraled out of control shortly after we refused to adopt a horse to Nikki Tobin and she then threatened that her mother would have us shut down. Again, all of this is documented here on this blog under the heading “The Tobins ~ Call A Spade A Spade”

Hernando County Animal Services responded to Domino Effect ranch in Weeki Wachee on Monday, after complaints of visibly malnourished horses came from the Humane Society of the United States and dozens of concerned citizens.

An inspection of the horses in the care of ranch owners Robert and Denel Ashcraft was performed by Deputy Adkins, which did note a malnourished horse, according to a county official familiar with the preliminary report.

However, Domino Effect ranch still passed the inspection with no actionable violations under current Florida law.

A score based on the Henneke body condition index is used by Hernando County Animal Services (HCAS) officers to assess the health of horses during an inspection. A score of 1 indicates a horse so malnourished it is near death. The highest score is 9, which is given to an obese horse.

Preliminary inspection findings revealed that a Domino Effect ranch horse was given a Henneke body condition score of 2 on Monday, indicating severe emaciation. But that is not considered an animal abuse violation in Hernando County.

Unlike California, Ohio, Texas, and other states, Florida does not have a legal minimum standard for the mandatory seizure of emaciated horses based on a Henneke body score, even if the horse is so malnourished it actually dies from starvation or related complications.

Domino Effect ranch, or any other Hernando County, Florida, horse owner subjected to an inspection, is only required by law to show Animal Services inspectors that they have water, cover, and feed “available” for their horses. There are no fixed or specific legal requirements regarding how, or if, the animals are actually fed.

Legal terms in Florida animal abuse laws such as, “adequate” and “reasonable” are ambiguous and open to subjective interpretation by Animal Services officers. Therefore, Floridians may keep emaciated and/or grossly malnourished horses in their care, and not necessarily face criminal animal abuse charges.

Animal rights advocates who have filed numerous complaints, claim that the Ashcraft’s have been “starving” the horses at Domino Effect ranch – and those assertions may be completely true. But it is not a legally actionable offense in Hernando County to “starve” horses, as long as food, water and shelter are visible at the time of the inspection.

Every horse at Domino Effect ranch could have a Henneke score of 1, and still conceivably pass an Animal Services inspection.

Deputy Atkins and Lt. Cameron of the Hernando County Sheriff’s office were contacted for official comments regarding the Domino Effect ranch on Tuesday afternoon. At this time, no reply has been received.

First of all, I want my readers to know that Maryann Tobin is responsible for 99% of the negative posts about us across the Internet. She has been working hand and hand with Ohana for almost 2 years now trying to shut us down. Please refer to the category in our blog called “The Tobins ~ Call a Spade a Spade”, also other categories that refer to the witch hunt are “I Don’t Have to Prove that I am Telling the Truth ~ You Have to Prove that I am Lying” “Birds of a Feather Flock Together” “Ted Koran’s Tall Tails” and the latest “Don’t be Fooled by the Inexperienced”.

I REALLY wish that all of our supporters could just jump in their cars and come see us and see the truth for themselves, but unfortunately most people who see this slander live much too far away to come see us, thus, they either believe what they hear or they do their research and look for the truth.

Of course, I would hope that those who are skeptical would research and find the truth. If you found this post, you may just be one of those people doing your research and I thank you for taking the time to read the truth.

Below are pictures of ALL the outdoor animals here at the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch that I took on May 21, 2013, 1 day after the Hernando County Ag Officer arrived at our gates to do an inspection due to the high-volume calls they were receiving from this hate group.

Horse (mini) #1 Meet Rerun: Rerun came in named Sandy. He is a miniature replica of his daddy Rocket, so Bob renamed him Rerun. Rerun came in with his family last July. He was just recently gelded. He is a 3-year-old, paint miniature horse gelding. He is great around kids and very layed back. He is the smallest of our mini family and as cute as a button. His would be a great therapy mini for either the elderly, handicapped, etc. He is great around the other horses and would make a great companion horse for herd of horses or the people herd

His adoption fee is $500. Please contact us for more information. 352-596-3104.



Horse (mini) #2 Meet Rocket: Rocket is a 10-year-old, sorrel, paint miniature horse gelding. He too came in with Goldie and his 2 kids, Rerun and Ginger last summer. Rocket has been trained to pull a cart, but is green and needs someone to put time in working with him further. He does very well with the other minis and horses. Rocket will make a great companion horse for his new four-legged and 2-legged family. He is a very beautiful boy with very distinct personality. Please REPOST AND SHARE and help us find this beautiful boy a new family to call his own. His adoption fee is $500.

Contact us for more information at 352-596-3104.


Horse (mini) #3 Meet Diamond: Diamond is a 10-year-old miniature horse stallion. Diamond came in at the end of last year, December, 2012. Diamond came in with Gypsy. Diamond had not been handled too much, but will now let you approach him and love all over him. Diamond was scheduled a few months back to be gelded when Dr. Sarah Quatman discovered that Diamond is a cryptorchid. A cryptorchid means that only one of his testicles have dropped and he must have surgery done at an equine medical facility to remove the other testicle that has not dropped. We started a fundraiser for this expensive procedure, but have only raised $200 so far. If anyone is interested in helping us fundraise to raise the remaining amount of funds, please contact us for more information at 352-596-3104.



Horse #4 Meet Southern Seventh Heaven (Seven) Seven came to us about 5 weeks ago. Initially, he was rescued by Cheyenne Mcbryan from a farm in Dade City. There were a few stallions on the property that were continually breeding with the mares and all of the horses were running feral on 75 acres. Cheyenne rescued Seven’s mother when Seven was just 1 week old. She brought this pair of horses to Elizabeth Maddox in Shady Hills, Florida and was refused to ever have this colt returned to her. Just a few weeks back we rescued Seven and 4 other horses from this farm in Shady Hills. Seven will reside here while he grows up, gets gelded, and then later trained to ride. Seven is a big boy already standing at 15hh at just 15 months of age. He is a Standardbred/Thoroughbred cross.



Horse #5 Meet Wildfire: Wildfire is an 11-month-old Mustang/QH cross. He came to us just a few weeks ago after our friends, Janice, referred us to someone who would come rescue this beautiful boy. He was never touched before coming here and Bob was able to get him loaded within 5 minutes after arrival. Wildfire had his first halter put on him just moments after Bob got him loaded in the trailer. Wildfire instantly bonded with Seven and the two of them are glued together at the hips, where one goes, the other is sure to follow. They are the cutest pair. Wildfire will let us pet him now and hopefully by next month he will let us groom him, but for now we will take baby steps with him.



Southern Seven & Wildfire




Horse #6 Meet Ginger. Ginger is the daughter of Rocket & Goldie. She is a 5-year-old sorrel miniature horse mare with flaxen mane and tail. Ginger is sporting her beautiful fly mask to keep her face protected from the buggers. She has lots of spunk and loves to get all of the horses running and playing. She is so much fun to watch. She gets along great with the big horses, mares or geldings. She is great with the kids and will stand very nicely for them while she is being bathed and groomed. She will be a great addition to her new family, as she can fit into any sequence, GREAT with the horses, kids, and the elderly. Ginger is in search for her new family now for almost a year. Her adoption fee is $300. If you are interested in Ginger, please contact us for more information at 352-596-3104. PLEASE REPOST & SHARE!!!



Horse #7 Meet Gracie. Grace came in with her brother Abel in December 2012, at a level 2 emaciation on the Henneke scale. Grace & Abel came to us from a farm in Dade City where there were many other horses in need, but the owner would only relinquish Grace & Abel, as they were both in the worst condition. Both horses had never been touched, haltered, or had their feet done before arriving to the DERR. After their arrival, they stayed in the front area where we started their reefed, handling them, and grooming them daily. Very quickly Grace and Abel grew to love the attention. Gracie has grown into a very adorable “pocket pet” who will join up with you immediately when you enter the paddock to seek affection. She will even back up her beautiful apple butt right in front of you, so that you will rub her hind end for her. She has quite the personality and is just the sweetest horse you could ever meet. She is waiting in line to be trained by Dyan Rehg. After she is trained, she will be ready for her new family.



Horse #8 Meet Beauty. Beauty is an 11-year-old Thoroughbred mare. Beauty came to us about 2 months ago from Shady Hills, Florida. Beauty came in with a thick, winter coat that has finally shed itself off. After worming Beauty, she has now put on a significant amount of weight since her arrival and should be ready to be evaluated next month. She has split poor Paulie & Gracie apart because she too loves Gracie and wanted her all to herself.



Horse #9 Meet Velvet. Velvet is a 21-year-old Tennessee Walker. Velvet has been here since the fall of 2011. She has been Bob’s personal horse for quite some time and most recently has been out to the trails with many others who have come to visit. She has been adopted out to a very good home and will be going to her new family soon. We will always remember and miss her very much after she leaves, but happy that she will have her own family instead of living here at the rescue.




Horse #10 Meet Goldie: Goldie is an absolutely, beautiful, 13-year-old, sorrel miniature horse with a gorgeous flaxen mane and tail. Goldie has been here at the rescue since July 2012. She came in with her family, Rocket and her daughter Ginger and son Rerun. Goldie was trained to pull a cart at age 2. Goldie has joined us at all of our outside events since she arrived and pulls a cart for the kids. Goldie is very well mannered and gets along very well with the kids. She stands still while the kids bathe and groom her. She is a perfect little angel and an absolute joy to have here with us.



Horse #11 Meet Paulie: Paulie is a 27-month-old, paint Quarter Horse gelding. Paulie came in to the rescue in February 2012. He was part of the herd of 6 horses that we brought in from Plant City. He came in nursing on his mom, Sadie, and his daddy, Spirit. Paulie and his sister, Pinkie, had never been touched before their arrival to the rescue. Bob and his brother-in-law spent 3 hours to load both Pinkie and Paulie to bring them back here to the rescue. At that point (1-year of age) they had never been touched, halter broke, hooves trimmed, etc. After handling them both consistently, they very quickly were tamed to human touch. He was adopted out for a very short time consisting of just 2-3 months. After a breakup with his family, we were called to go get him. He arrived back here with a huge bite mark on his side from the Arabian mare that he was with. Since Paulie arrived back here at the rescue at the end of the summer 2012, he has been gelded and trained to be green broke by Dyan Rehg. Paulie is one of the best, well-mannered horses that we have here at the rescue. After Dyan trained him from the ground up, Bob and I were the first ones to be in the saddle with Paulie and he carried us around like he had been doing this for a lifetime, displaying NO buck, kick, bite, or rear. With Dyan’s assistance, we are working with Paulie and he is making GREAT progress.



Horse #12 Meet Robyn: Robyn first came here at the end of spring in 2012. By Labor Day 2012, Robyn was up to her full weight and looking absolutely beautiful. We got a phone call and email from Stephanie Lynn who owner Eternal Freedom in the Panhandle of Florida. She explained to us that she was sending a transport down to Tampa Bay Downs to pick up a horse and that the transport was going to cost her $500 if she picked up 1 horse or 4 horses. She asked us if she could help relieve some overcrowding and take a few Thoroughbreds off our hands to help rehome them. We agreed and sent Stephanie Lynn 3 horses, Jack, Jill, and Robyn. By the beginning of January 2013, we found out that Stephanie Lynn was starving these horses and we set out to rescue them. On arrival at Eternal Freedom in February 2013, Robyn was found to be a level 1-2 emaciated state documented by our vet with severe rain rot jacketed over the complete covering of her body, including her ears with bright red and pink, fleshy sores across her body. This is Robyn today, just 3 months later with a significant amount of weight gain and new hair growth where sores previously blanketed her body. Stephanie Lynn has since been charged with 3 counts of animal abuse/neglect charges for Jack, Jill, and Robyn.




Horse #13 Meet Nugget: Nugget came here on January 20, 2013, with Bingo. The first time Dr. Dillard looked at him, he stated that he appeared to be 28-32. This was questioned, so I asked Dr. Dillard to check him again and he said that maybe he was 25+. Nugget came in with a very thick, winter coat and I and many other volunteers have taken it upon themselves to help groom Nugget when they have come to visit. He appeared to possibly have a bit more weight with the winter coat, but nothing hid the grooves of his ribs or the pelvic bones protruding. We have been trying for 4 months to put a visible amount of weight on Nugget and have just seen a noticeable difference here in the past 3 weeks. Nugget has finally shed out his winter coat into a beautiful, shiny coat. His ribs are just barely visible and he is showing veins and muscle tone in his chest, belly, and legs, which resembles positive weight gain. We have had a difficult time with Nugget’s weight gain, probably due to his breed and older age. We were told by a previous owner that they tried for a very long period of time to put weight on Nugget, but were unsuccessful. We are so thankful to see this major breakthrough with his weight gain. Nugget is a great big sweetheart and loved by everyone who comes to see him.



Horse #14 Meet Lady: She Is Are Lady is a 5-year-old OTTB. Lady came in to our rescue in January 2013. She was transported to us from Calder Race Track in Miami, Florida. Lady was scheduled to be euthanized because of a bone chip from a race track injury. Her owner did not want to give her the 90-day stall rest that she needed to recover. The owner’s vet contacted us just in time to save Lady from being euthanized. Lady has recovered from her injury and we are now toping off her weight. In a few more weeks Lady will be evaluated and started slowly on some short trail rides.



Horse #15 Meet Chatterbox: Chatterbox came to us from a farm up in Ocklawaha 2 months ago. We were heading that direction to pick up Chatterbox another mare and foal when the truck broke down less than 2 blocks away. The horses were in a large 5 acre paddock running free, as the owner had not contained them for pickup. After the truck broke down, we were offered a ride home with the horse trailer. We loaded Chatterbox, but left the mare and foal behind because the baby was running free and too scared to come close enough to load.

Chatterbox is approximately 10 years old. She came in emaciated and is now nearing a full recovery after just a few months. She still has some weight to fill in on her top line and rounding out to do on her buttocks, but she is filling in quite nicely. This mare came in without a name, but every time we would walk outside, she would whinny for us, so Bob named her Chatterbox. She too is like a pocket pet and will follow you to the ends of the earth if you’d let her. She is as sweet as can be.



Horse #16 Meet Starlyte: Bob got a call to pick up Starlyte. She was dropped off in someone’s pasture in the middle of the night, therefore, had no name or background history. Bob named her Starlyte since she was dropped off at twilight. Starlyte is estimated to be around 10-years old. She came in with an extremely thick, winter coat. She is still shedding, but her coat is thinning down and shinning up. She has been evaluated and even though she took the saddle well, she is not broke to ride. She too is waiting in line to see Dyan Rehg to be trained. Logan has picked her to be his special girl and the 2 of them spend every waking moment together.



Horse #17 Meet Logan: Logan is a 13-year-old OTTB gelding. Logan is In Search Of his new home. Logan is very well trained with no buck, bite, kick, or rear. He stands nice for the farrier, clips, bathes, and ties. He is very gentle and a ladie’s man around the other horses. He is very nice under saddle and would be great for an intermediate rider. We have taken him out to the trails and we have walked him carrying children. He is as sweet as the day is long. He will make someone a GREAT horse!!! Please contact us for more information at 352-596-3104.



Horse #18 Meet Miss Annie: Miss Annie is a BLM Mustang mare. Miss Annie was our first horse rescue back in February 2010. She had been abused, neglected, and starved by her previous owner. Annie was fearful of a lot of things upon arrival and her first year with us. She came in wit a deep gash across the bridge of her nose and was terrified of the water hose. Now we can bathe her, groom her, load her in a trailer, etc. She has absolutely perfect ground manners, except with the farrier, LOL, we are still working on that. She is an absolutely beautiful girl and would make a great companion horse to the right person.



Horse #19 (Last, but NOT Least) My Josie: My Josie is a 13-year-old Tennessee Walker mare. She came to the rescue back in October 2011. She has been a GREAT confidence builder for me and a great horse to walk children with and put beginners on to teach. Just recently we loaned her out for the week to go on the Cracker Ride and learned a very valuable lesson. My Josie suffered at the hands of her rider, literally, as she pulled heavy at the reins and cutting a groove in her tongue. Josie was shaking her head from discomfort and disciplined by her rider smacking her on top of the head. My Josie came home with a significant amount of weight loss after that ride showing her ribs, back bone, and pelvic bones. She also had a huge, open saddle sore on her left side that was bare with no hair and more sores on her buttocks and other side from where the saddle was rubbed into her skin. The first few times I rode her, she spooked on me continuously and bolted several times. When I questioned Sharyl Ranchhand about what had happened to my horse, she told me that she probably just needed to be desensitized. This floored me, as I have been taking My Josie on group rides and trail rides consisting of riding her along busy highways, trails through the woods, up and down inclines, past dogs, blazing trails, around deer, alligator, snakes, and bear, and My Josie NEVER spooked with me riding her. I just couldn’t figure out why suddenly I would now have to “desensitize her”

Anyway, My Josie has been on a long road of recovery and she is now more beautiful than ever. My Josie is absolutely amazing and gave my daughter her very first horse ride the other day. I am so proud of her, she is the best!!!





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Thank you all for your support,

Dinelle Ashcraft

Domino Effect Rescue Ranch
“People Helping Animals Helping People”

Robert & Dinelle Ashcraft
10370 Snowbird Avenue
Weeki Wachee, Florida 34614
(352) 596-3104

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Shortly after Deana Richardson-Rogowski sabotaged Justice’s fundraiser and tried to shut our fundraiser down, she started posting negative news media written by Maryann Tobin. These were articles compiled with false allegations and misinformation that Maryann Tobin took advantage of her journalist position with the Examiner to paint a horrific picture to the public, as if we were abusing, starving, neglecting, stealing, repossessing, and running an illegal operation.

When Deana Richardson-Rogowski started running out of fuel, she began back peddling. She became very defensive and offended with an accusing nature towards us for JUstice’s death.

Our only statement that we posted then and I will continue to post here is this: Deana Richardson-Rogowski relinquished Justice (Bello Capote) into our care just 10 days before we lost his fight for life. Within the 10 days he was with us, his health rapidly went downhill with signs and symptoms suggesting liver failure. He had 3 emergency vet visits in 10 days and medications and medical care given to try to treat his condition before it was too late. A blood test was done to check for damage of his internal organs. The test results came back positive for liver failure. Very soon after these results, his condition was so severe, we had to make a healthy decision to end his suffering and humanely have him euthanized. Justice was in the last stages of liver failure when he arrived to us. Eight other horses that had been rescued from FER also died from liver damage from eating poisonous plants. If only someone would’ve followed the proper protocol in having him tested earlier, he could’ve had a fighting chance, but by the time he arrived in our care and we had him tested, it was too late. As a learning experience to Gallops and others in the community who are affiliated with rescuing emaciated horses, we sent out an educational post to all, the warning signs and symptoms and the importance to have these horses in question tested before it is too late. My thoughts were this, let’s not let Justice’s death be in vain, but rather educate the public to save lives in the future.

Deana Richardson-Rogowski did not take well to this information. Instead she spiraled out of control weaving a web of hateful deceit. She started out back peddling, to being defensive, to lashing out with threats and vengeance. She lashed out at the Domino Effect violently with her scornful tongue. Over the course of the next 3-4 weeks, she made her every thought public to the eyes of the social media.

Below was the initial opposing post and after this Deanna Richardson Rogowski spiraled out of control.





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The original article posted in the link below:


by RMHP Staff

The operator of Eternal Freedom Horse Rescue appeared in a Florida court Monday on animal abuse charges.

Stephanie Austine Lynn was arrested Friday and charged with 4 felony counts of animal cruelty and 2 counts of altering a veterinarian certificate. Additional charges are possible, according to investigators.


The criminal complaint states in February 2013, a horse named Robin was “covered with severe rain rot, bare patches of hair, and bright, pink, fleshy wounds all over her body.”

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A vet from Blue Skies Equine Services treated the horse and stated he “suspected the condition was almost completely due to inadequate nutrition.”


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It is unclear why the mare deteriorated, since the court record states the mare arrived to Eternal Freedom in September 2012 in good health (below.)


Two additional horses have similar stories, which led to another complaint. They were adopted out by the rescue in January. The adopter says “they were emaciated, had abscesses in their hooves, and had rain rot.” Lynn allegedly modified the horses’ Coggins as well.

Jack & Jill (Horses that Stephanie Lynn solicited from Domino Effect) This was their condition after leaving Eternal Freedom Horse Rescue.

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The rescue founder also offers horse boarding and training services. Allegations regarding her boarding practices led to the third animal cruelty charge.

Lynn has adopted 5 mustangs through the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse Adoption Program, but her ability to do so may be coming to an end. BLM’s Public Affairs Specialist, Shayne Banks says she currently has one mustang in her possession.

Adopters under-go compliance checks after adopting through the BLM. Officials were last on the Eternal Freedom property February 28, and no issues were found. When asked specifically, Banks said their compliance officers are “only required to monitor the condition our animals are in.”

Adopters are eligible to apply for their mustang’s title only after successfully keeping the animal past the one-year mark. Lynn adopted the mustang at a January event, according to Banks, so the government still owns it. “We will be asking her to relinquish the horse.”

Lynn is also currently a TIP (Trainer Incentive Program) approved trainer with the Mustang Heritage Foundation. She has gentled two mustangs through the program. Director of Operations, Kali Sublett, says the organization can remove her as an approved trainer at anytime.

Lynn also advertises Freedom Riders 4H on her website. 4-H County Extension Director for Washington County, Julie Dillard says Lynn contacted her last September about becoming a club leader. “She never fulfilled the requirements to be a club leader and the information on her website is not approved by 4-H.”

Lynn is free on bond. We tried reaching her by phone, but were unsuccessful.

*This is Robyn today, on May 14, 2012, just 3 months later*

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Credits for title above, given to Deana Richardson-Rogowski, owner of Gallops Stables.


For 3 consecutive weeks, Deana Richardson-Rogowski has been posting false allegations against us from articles written from a previous witch hunt against us. It’s a quite familiar cycle, I like to refer to it as the Ted Koran Syndrome. People get upset or don’t get their demands met and they all follow the same endless cycle until their hatred runs them into the ground. I believe it is a “control” issue when people are unable to make you do as they wish. They don’t seem to understand that rescues are individual entities that genuinely have the best interest at heart for the animals. They are not governed by the public and do have to make important decisions regarding each animal’s situation daily, regardless of outside opinions. Each rescue is set up differently and runs their rescue in a manner that best fits the animals individual needs and the needs of the rescue. When people disagree with the everyday functions of the rescue, they tend to get mad and seek vengeance.

The cycle is as follows: They harass us through personal messages, they block us from FB, they bash us publically on FB, they attack our Christianity and/or our past record, they call AC, DOA, Sheriff’s Department, and any other government agency that they can give false complaints too, they bash us on Craigslist and other public Internet sites.

Deana Richardson-Rogowski came to my personal messages and rudely attacked us for posting an informative update on our FB page that Justice had diarrhea, ulcers, and what we thought was hemorrhoids. She made claims that we shouldn’t have posted such a diagnosis without a vet report. Although, the vet was due to arrive the next morning, we didn’t realize that we needed to have a vet report to note the following clinical signs such as diarrhea, ulcers, and hemorrhoids that were obvious to the naked eye.


Our response to Deana Richardson-Rogowski did not measure up to her approval, thus, the viscous attacks of harassment and slander began.

Her first attempt was to put the brakes on our fundraiser for Justice that we were seeking monetary funds to help cover the very extensive bill that was incurred for Justice’s medical care in his last days.

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AN ANONYMOUS person then filed a complaint with FB Fundraiser that put a hold on our fundraiser for Justice until we were able to comply with our documentation with DOA and Consumer Services proving that we do indeed have our charitable license with DOA and Consumer Services and we are indeed eligible to seek donations.

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I sent them the proof of our DOA Consumer Services Charitable license.

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I was then sent a letter of approval and able to continue operating our fundraisers online.

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After the initial story, I posted an updated story on our fundraiser to raise money for further care regarding Justice’s condition, which was progressing very quickly.

Domino Effect States: Justice came to us after a 911 call from one of our adopters Beth Tynes Goldberg. Justice was being held at Gallops Stables in Ft. Myers Florida in the care of Deanna Richardson. Justice was seized by the Hendry County Sheriffs Department during the investigation of animal cruelty charges against the proprietors of FERR. He was then taken to Gallops till the case was prosecuted against the individuals.


Beth called us stating that Deanna no longer could afford Justice due to a mini coming in with EPM. Deanna had contacted all other local rescues and was refused. Could we please stand in line for this wonderful horse.

This is really a description of how people wish to help emaciated horses with little or no experience of how to do so. Justice had 3/4 of a scoop of feed in his bucket from his meal when I arrived. I called ahead to let Deanna know we were on our way, yet she left on a trail ride and there was no-one to answer questions or to give us feed to transition Justice. The volunteer that was asked to meet us stated that there was probably feed left in his bucket if we wanted it. My horses clean their buckets, why would Justice leave some behind. Seemed to be common practice. Something didn’t seem right.


After arriving to the ranch last Thursday evening we fed. Justice seemed to play with his feed and threw it every where. He had diarrhea and it was very watery. I went out to the trailer and noticed all of the stool was diarrhea. We contacted Deanna and was given answers totally contrary to what we were seeing and experiencing.

I contacted Brian Dillard DVM and scheduled for him to come examine Justice the following morning. We posted about Justice and his situation and received a very hateful message from Deanna and we were immediately blocked on FB.


This lady had no idea of how to re-feed an emaciated horse. Even though she meant well, she didn’t know the signs to watch for nor the proper diet to start Justice on. The vet was never called out to do an examination and to check for organ damage. Hannah Farrell had Justice’s coggins pulled and took care of Justice till he was temporarily placed with Gallops.

Now justice has seen the vet two days in a row and this is caused by the damage that was done at Gallops by untrained people.


Yesterdays vet bill was $150.00 and todays bill $250.00 so far. 160cc’s of Activated Charcoal Paste, 34 grams of Electrolyte Oral Gel, 60 ml’s of Sorb-A-Tox Suspension, and 10 ml’s of Bantamine IV. The first visit he was given 4 ml’s of Xylazine IV and had his teeth power floated.(he has upper and lower gum ulcers from the hooks being so bad) We also pulled blood today to check the condition of his organs.

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Please Keep Justice In Your Prayers!!!

FOLLOWING THE FUNDRAISER POST: Deana Richardson-Rogowski became very defensive and wrote numerous comments below this fundraiser trying to sabotage Justice’s fundraiser and slander and defame our rescue and our name.

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