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WE WILL BE FILING LAWSUITS STARTING IN JULY, 2014. THE FIRST LAWSUITS WILL BE FILED STARTING WITH THOSE WHO HAVE BROKEN OUR ADOPTION CONTRACTS.

ANYONE WHO HAS SOLD OR MOVED THEIR HORSES WITHOUT CONTACTING US WITHIN THE 2 YEAR CONTRACT WILL RANDOMLY RECEIVE A NOTICE FOR LAWSUIT STARTING AFTER JULY 2014.

ANYONE WHO HAS STARVED OR NEGLECTED ONE OF OUR HORSES WHILE UNDER CONTRACT WILL BE CONTACTED FOR APPOINTMENT TO VIEW THE HORSE. IF A HORSE HAS BEEN MOVED WITHOUT CONTACTING US, WE WILL BE SENDING YOU A NOTICE FOR LAWSUIT.

WE WILL NOT TOLERATE ANYONE BREAKING THE ADOPTION CONTRACTS AND WILL ENFORCE ALL VIOLATIONS!!!

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PLEASE READ & SHARE ROBYN’S STORY

Robyn came to the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch, along with Duckie, Jack, and Jill back on June 5 & 6, 2012.  All 4 Thoroughbreds came in at a level 3-5 emaciation.  Over a period of a few months, Bob was able to clean them up and build a significant amount of weight back on these 4 beauties.  Their rehabilitation was soon to be complete, when we received a text from Stephanie Lynn at Eternal Freedom Horse Rescue asking us if she could relieve us of overcrowding by taking a few Thoroughbreds off our hands.

Transitions of Robyn, Jack & Jill documenting their time of arrival to DERR.

Jack & Jill arrived on June 6, 2012 to the DERR.

Robyn on arrival to the DERR on June 6, 2012:

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Letter from Cindy Fallness, DVM, dated June 25, 2012, documenting the condition and body score of Jack, Jill, and Robyn upon arrival to the DERR in early June, 2012.

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On August 30, 2012, 5 days before going to Eternal Freedom Horse Rescue, these were pictures I took documenting their state of health.

Jack on August 30, 2012, 5 days before going to Eternal Freedom Horse Rescue

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Jill on August 30, 2012, 5 days before going to Eternal Freedom Horse Rescue.

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Robyn on August 30, 2012, just 5 days before going to Eternal Freedom Horse Rescue

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Stephanie Lynn’s e-mail request to take horses off our hands to help relieve our overcrowding back in September, 2012.

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After we received this e-mail, Bob received a phone call from Stephanie Lynn.  She stated that she was paying $500 for a transport to come down and pick up a horse from TROT and she had 3 open spots.  She explained that the transport would cost her $500 whether she had 1 spot filled or all 4 spots filled.  She told us that she was a Thoroughbred Rescue and asked if we had any Thoroughbreds that she could help us rehabilitate and rehome.

Bob probably had 8-9 Thoroughbreds at the time and told her that he could indeed send some her way to ease some of the overcrowding here at the rescue.  We checked her out to find that she indeed was listed as a “nonprofit” and scheduled with her for the horses to be picked up on Labor Day.

Over the course of 5 months, I frequently went to her page and website to see updated pictures, but did not see anything new after the month of September.

In December I saw a Christmas advertisement from Eternal Freedom going through my news feed on Facebook.  All 3 horses, Jack, Jill, and Robyn were listed at rock-bottom prices as a Christmas Adoption Special.  I wondered why she was adopting these horses out as such a low fee, so my concerns took me back to her page and website once again to see if I could find an updated picture of them, but still nothing past September 2012.

In January, Clairese Austin shared an “SOS” that Stephanie Lynn had posted threatening to euthenize the horses if people did not come get them or send donations.

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This was horrifying to me.  She posted in black & white that the 3 horses we sent to her she was threatening to euthenize.

I had nightmares that whole night after reading this.  When I awoke the next morning, I told Bob about Stephanie Lynn’s intentions.  That morning Bob called her and they spoke on the phone for quite some time.  She reassured Bob that someone gave her this advise to make these threats in hopes that the public would send her donations.  She said that she had to move horses quickly because she had a shipment of BLM horses that were to arrive within a few days.  Bob explained to Stephanie Lynn that her public post was very damaging to her reputation as a rescue.  She is a community service in which the public holds her accountable to care for and rehabilitate these horses and place them in good homes, not to dispose of them at her convenience.

When I asked Stephanie Lynn about the well being of the 3 horses we sent to her, she replied that these 3 horses no longer belonged to us and they were none of our concern.  I told her that she would be accountable for these horses and that as a “nonprofit” the public has a right to all information of her facility if asked.  She blocked me on Facebook shortly thereafter.

Another week passed and Bob received a phone call from a gentleman warning him that these horses were in danger of their livelihood.

We were sent pictures of people at Eternal Freedom Horse Rescue who were riding Jack & Jill while they were in their emaciated state:

By the end of January, we received a phone call from a woman who had adopted Jack and Jill.  She found us through our vet.  She received a black and white coggins from Stephanie Lynn for these 2 horses with our information blacked out and the 2 horses ages changed.  She had been told by a government agency that she had to track down the original coggins or have another one pulled because after Stephanie Lynn altered this coggins, it was no longer valid.

As we spoke to this lady, she started to uncover truths about Eternal Freedom.  She said that Jack & Jill were in very poor condition, unlike the way we last had seen them.  She sent me pictures of Jack and Jill from just 4 days after she adopted them and they had left Stephanie Lynn’s place at Eternal Freedom.

Here are pictures of Jack & Jill just 4 days after leaving Eternal Freedom Horse Rescue:

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She sent me these pictures via e-mail, both Jack & Jill were level 1-2 emaciation.  As horrifying as this was, we trusted that Jack & Jill had found their forever home and would be well taken care of, so we put this to rest.

As more information started drizzling in, we became desperate to find information on Robyn, the last of the Thoroughbreds we had sent to Stephanie Lynn at Eternal Freedom.  Once we got word that Robyn was indeed still at Stephanie Lynn’s place at Eternal Freedom, we called Stephanie insisting that we would be up there to retrieve Robyn.

Within 2 hours-time we raised the fuel cost to make the trip to Chipley, Florida, up in the Panhandle.  We arrived last Thursday, February 21, 2013, unannounced.  Chancey stepped to Bob asking what his business was to being on the property.  Bob told him that he was there to pick up Robyn.  He did not appreciate what Stephanie Lynn had done to his horses and he was there to remove Robyn.  Chancey threatened to throw Bob off the property, but of course, Bob was not easily persuaded.  Chancey went in to contact Stephanie Lynn to find out what was going on.  He came back out and agreed that Bob did indeed have the permission to remove Robyn.

While Chancey was inside trying to contact Stephanie Lynn, Bob sent a text message to Stephanie Lynn requesting to take 3 more of her most emaciated horses with us back to the rescue to get them the help that they needed.

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Chancey went into the paddock where Robyn was and brought her toward us.  As she neared our presence, the bare patches of hair and bright, pink, fleshy wounds became apparent all over her body, even on her ears.  She was covered with SEVERE rain rot.

Robyn wasted no time whatsoever loading on the trailer.  She leaped in and off we went.

Within the hour, Bob documented Robyn’s condition with a short video.

PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE VIDEO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpw4lprgY7c

We traveled a short way home through Tallahassee and pulled off into a truck stop where we slept for 6 hours in the truck.  After a nap, we ate some breakfast, stopped for some coffee, and we were back on the road.

When we arrived back here at the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch, we called Dr. Brian Dillard with Blue Skies.  Within 1-hour’s time, he was out to the ranch and did a complete check up on Robyn and a followup on Indy.

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Due to the urgency of this visit and the lack of funds, this bill is still unpaid with the expectancy to be covered within a timely manner.

Just upon arrival, Robyn’s expenses have risen well over $600 just in transport and vet visit.  She will need to be scheduled for a farrier visit and will need extensive treatment with rain-rot products to treat the SEVERE skin disease, which covers her entire body from the untreated rain rot.

Robyn has a blown knee from a previous Racetrack injury back in her racing career.  She should be treated daily with a Joint and Muscle supplement to control the swelling and inflammation of her knee and other joints.  Robyn appears to have been ridden in the recent past due to the great amount of swelling that was seen to her knee when we picked her up.

Robyn has been classified as being a level 2 emaciation by Dr. Brian Dillard.  This is the second time in 1-year’s time that Robyn has been starved to emaciation and may suffer damage to her internal organs as a result.

Robyn’s blood work results are as follows: 

Robyn's blood work

Robyn is going to need a very fine-tuned diet to build her weight and health back up to where she needs to be.

As you can see, Robyn who is just 12-years old, is going to need some extensive TLC to rehabilitate her from the severe neglect that she has suffered.

Will you sponsor Robyn and provide for her road to recovery?  Any amount towards the cost of her care would be an absolute blessing.  We encourage those who are able to help in the animal’s support, as there is so many more waiting in line for a second chance, but so little funds to cover everyone’s needs.

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/dRhm6?psid=6d995ab3d00b4e2280b2920c3a7cdf70

Thank you all for your support and may God bless you for your giving!!!

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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This is just a handful of pictures out of over 1200 that Keith Luke took of the Ride for Hospice 2012.  When viewing the pictures, I almost felt like we had a personal escort, as he took a lot of pictures of Bob, Dawn, and I with the horses.  My Josie became a superstar that day, as she posed for some really great pictures next to the waterhole.   Our girls know when there is a camera around, as you will see in most mine and this gentleman’s pictures, they are always looking at the camera.  “That’s mama’s girls, she taught them right” 

In most of the horse back riding pictures you can spot Bob with his tan shirt and cowboy hat on Velvet, me with white T-shirt and long hair on My Josie, and Dawn with a red hat on Faith.  There are also some assorted pictures mixed in of Kristina Rainer & Christine LaMere and Peggy Sue Weiten at the Giddy Up Saddle Shop stand. 

I tip my hat to the photographer, Keith Luke, from SoundLight Smug Mug for such an outstanding coverage and great photographic moments. 

To see more pictures, please follow the link below

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.404549046222769.102600.100000030326601&type=1&l=7c57803f2f

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Yesterday is a day to be remembered.  I can’t remember such a time that I shared so many emotions unveiling themselves, unable to be contained.

First, I want to thank Amber Ray from the bottom of my heart for her support and her desire to reach out and help the animals in need here at the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.

Amber spent the last 2 months planning and networking a benefit trail ride for the Domino Effect in Umatilla, Florida.  Amber drew in supporters through a local feed store and other places of business that donated items towards the raffle for the benefit.  Amber also made all different kinds of horse cookies for the horses for the day of the trail ride and also set up a table on the side of SR 42 to gain support.  This day was a day like none other, but an eye-opener to how quickly the course of life can change due to a series of events that regretfully, I must say, set the wheels in motion causing a Domino Effect.

We started the day at 7:00 a.m. getting the horses fed and ready for our trip.  As we were getting ready, Dave and Crystal, family from Solid Rock Christian Ministries, arrived at the ranch to babysit the animals for the day.  They brought with them a truckload of bread for the pigs and spent the day teaching the attack rooster some manners, while Silver taught Dave the ropes.

Bob loaded Velvet on the trailer and then moved on to City Boy.  City Boy did not want anything to do with loading on the trailer yesterday morning.  For some unforeseen reason, it was not his turn to go yesterday.  Bob and Dave loaded Velvet, My Josie, Smokey, and then Louie in City Boy’s place.

By this time, it was 11:00 a.m. and the trail ride was to start at 10:00 a.m.  I had called early on to let them know we were running late, but called shortly after we left to no avail.

We traveled 80 miles to Umatilla, Florida, arriving right at 1:00 in the afternoon.  We quickly unloaded horses, brushed, and got them saddled.  I apologized to Amber for running so far behind that morning, as we had unexpected episodes that took place with City Boy’s unruly behavior.

We brought 2 extra horses that morning to accommodate 2 of Amber’s family members who wanted to join us for the ride.  I explained to the girls the quarks that the 2 horses had, so that I could better place each girl on the right horse for their comfort.  Mackenzie chose Smokey, leaving Louie for Natalie.  The saddle did not sit right for Louie and made Natalie feel very uncomfortable, so Natalie chose to sit out for the ride and Amber’s step dad stepped in her place to take Louie out on the trails.

Amber rode Tyee, her boyfriend, James, on Chester, DJ on Misty, Amber’s little brother, Brandon, on April, Amber’s step dad on Louie, Mackenzie on Spirit, Bob on Velvet, and me on My Josie. 

DJ on Misty, Dinelle (me) on My Josie, Mackenzie on Smokey.

Amber’s mother to the left, Shiryl, Brandon on April, Amber on Tyee, and James on Chester.

Me & My Josie.

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Amber with Tyee and James on Chester.

Amber’s little brother, Brandon, and his horse April.

We had an absolutely great time riding the horses through the trails along the Ocklawaha River.  I felt like a Queen on My Josie, as Josie was running in great strides with the other horses in the green pastures.  It was absolutely beautiful, as the atmosphere was breathtaking. 

Amber was riding Tyee and her step dad was riding Louie.  Louie was a little nervous at the beginning, until he warmed up to his surroundings.  They kind of trailed behind the rest of us, as the rest of the horses frolicked and played in front.  Amber’s brother, Brandon, just 10-years old, kept up with the rest of us with the older mare April.  I was thoroughly impressed how well he handled her, as if he had miles of riding experience under his belt.  Mackenzie also rode like the breeze with Smokey.

We looked down to water on both sides of the trail.  At one point, the guys came to a halt, just in time to see an alligator before it disappeared underneath the blanketed waters.  A few yards down, we turned to the straightway towards the trails end.  Right at the edge of the path sat a water moccasin curled up waiting to strike.  We quickly got out of harm’s way to then hear crackling off in the distance.  As we looked across the water and into the woods, there stood a black bear parting the bamboo as he was making his trail.  Velvet says “Bear, BEAR, I saw a BEAR…..Time to go!!!  She and the other horses high-tailed it down the trail and through the woods.  It was a beautiful sight to see 8 horses running through the woods to the great big open pastures.  We rounded the trails back to the starting point.  I think the horses were just getting started, as they continued to run and play enjoying each other and the beautiful day. 

We removed their tack and loaded our horses back in the trailer to head home.  We joined Amber across the way, where they had their benefit table set up and their horses parked off to the side.  Amber walked with me over to the little country store and café to grab Bob and I something cold to drink for the ride.  There we met up with Natalie and more of Amber’s friends and family who were waiting for her arrival.

We were so very blessed to meet Amber and her family.  After spending some time with them after the ride, it was time to say our good-byes, as dusk was coming quickly and they still had 4 horses to ride back to their home a few miles away.

Amber teased her little brother about someone else jumping at the opportunity to ride his horse, April, so he raced to jump in the saddle.  DJ rode Misty and Amber’s boyfriend, James, rode Chester.  Natalie chose to ride Tyee, leaving Amber to ride with her mom home in the car.  Amber’s mom Sheryl walked with the horses across the busy, 2-lane highway to be sure they got across safely.  We waved goodbye and turned to watch them leave with the horses until they were completely out of sight. 

We went on about our way arriving safely back at the ranch.  It wasn’t until after I got on Facebook that a FB friend sent me a message apologizing for not being able to join us that day because of her own horsey escapades that slowed her morning down as well. 

She did take her girls out there riding that day anyway and may have been out there at the same time as us.  She asked me if anyone had left on horseback that day and I told her about Brandon, Natalie, DJ, and James leaving together on horseback.

She told me there had been an incident that a young lady had been hit by a truck while on horseback, leaving the horse dead and the young lady being rushed to the hospital.  Later she sent me a link confirming this accident. 

http://www.ocala.com/article/20121110/ARTICLES/121119980/1455?Title=Horse-and-rider-struck-by-car&tc=ar

As I found out some details beforehand through networking, we knew indeed this was Amber’s niece who was riding horseback on Tyee. 

I spoke to Sheryl, Amber’s mom, today to find out what happened and to see how Natalie was doing.  Sheryl told me the story of the events that had taken place and to the best of my memory, here it goes:

She told me that all 4 left on horseback to bring the horses back to their home, just as we had left them.  The horses had gotten some distance ahead of Amber’s little brother, Brandon, and his horse April, as April is an older gal and she was tired from the ride.  DJ and his horse, Misty, went back to catch up with Brandon and his horse April while James and Natalie stayed behind to wait.  The 2 horses, Chester and Tyee, that James and Natalie were on, were getting impatient and were ready to cross over the road.  James and Chester went on to the other side and Tyee stopped in the middle of the road, as if he did not want to cross and wanted to wait for Misty.  They saw a truck coming off in the distance about a mile off.  Natalie could not get Tyee to move.  James went to Natalie’s rescue.  He realized the truck was approaching so fast, never slowing an inch.  It happened so fast, suddenly were out of time, when the truck struck Tyee sending both Tyee and Natalie airborne, Natalie taking a nosedive into the dirt across the road and sending Tyee into the traffic oncoming traffic.  After 2 blows, Tyee died almost immediately after impact.  Natalie was rushed to the Orlando Regional where she received immediate care. 

The distance was measured today, guessing that the truck was seen 1-mile off in the distance before striking Natalie and Tyee.  It seems the driver should have had plenty of time to stop, but claims to have never seen the horse in the middle of the highway.  It is thought that there may have been a substance that impaired his judgement, but this is to be investigated.

I was speechless to hear the news with no other response, but to send out a prayer chain.  Facebook lit up, as they joined us last night in prayer for Natalie.

I spoke with Amber’s mom, Sheryl, this afternoon to find out how Natalie is doing this evening.  She underwent surgery for her collarbone to receive plates and screws to repair the damage, this being her most serious injury.  She endured bumps and bruises, broke her nose, cut her lip, and suffered a concussion.  They thought the concussion to be serious and as the night progressed the swelling dissipated.  They did x-rays and lots of testing.  She will be seeing a neurosurgeon in the morning to check on some possible bone fragments to be sure it is of no danger to her. 

Her grandmother said that family members joined her at her bedside to give their support last night.  She said that Natalie was making jokes and cutting up with the doctors and nurses.  She seemed to be in good spirits and progressing in a positive direction through this tragic incident. 

When she asked about Tyee, she was told that Tyee did not make it, and she became very upset.  The nurse assured Natalie that had it not been for Tyee taking the brunt of the impact, Natalie may not have made it out alive.  Tyee was a sacrifice that saved Natalie’s life.  Surely if the driver did not see a horse in the middle of the road, he certainly wouldn’t have seen Natalie standing alone. 

*NOTE* The picture below is Amber (the owner of the horse) and Tyee right before we went out on the trails.  It wasn’t until they went home that Natalie rode Tyee.

*NOTE* The picture above is Amber (the owner of the horse) and Tyee right before we went out on the trails.  It wasn’t until they went home that Natalie rode Tyee.

As I scanned the article of Natalie’s accident, I saw a negative spirit that my heart could not comprehend.  Comment after comment about whose fault it was, everyone playing the blame game.

This brings me back to a familiar metaphor.  In the movie “Patch Adams” there is a gentleman who admitted himself to the mental hospital after he had learned more than his mind could conceive.  He said “How many fingers do you see”  Patch Adams replied “I see 4 fingers”  The scientist exclaimed, “no, don’t you see, you must look beyond the fingers”  Patch Adams gazed beyond the fingers, as 4 fingers then became 8. 

I bring this metaphor to light for a reason.  As we all tend to focus in on the “4 fingers” the problem at hand, whose to blame, who did what, how and why did it happen, we must look beyond the four fingers (look beyond the problem) to the unseen miracle right before our very eyes.  This was a very unfortunate, horrific accident that took the life of a very beautiful, innocent horse and injured a 17-year-old young lady.  Even as horrifying, as this may seem, this very special horse, Tyee, spared the life of this young lady.  God took one of his angel’s home and spared this young lady from what could’ve been a fatal accident.  It’s by God’s hands that Natalie is here tonight.  I truly believe her life was spared for a purpose, His purpose and His glory.  I do not believe in a coincidence and I believe that nothing happens without a purpose.  I don’t always like what I see, but sometimes I must look beyond to the unseen.  Some of us refer to this as a higher power or angels from above.  I simply like to refer to this as the Almighty God who controls the whole world in the palm of His loving hands. 

I want to thank everyone for keeping Natalie in your prayers.  I want to thank you, Natalie, for joining my FB today.  You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and I pray that God heals you 110% both physically and mentally without blemish.

Romans 8:28  “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them”

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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First off, I want to thank God for the window of opportunity that He granted us with and the ABSOLUTELY BLESSED DAY!!!

I want to thank the owners of High Octane for holding the benefit in our honor to recognize the horses in need here at the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.  I also want to thank the Blackwater Jack for their excellent performance and for blessing us on this special day.  Thank you Roneka for the time you spent with organizing, advertising, putting the flyers together, and for making us feel welcome.

I want to thank Kim Dame for the ABSOLUTELY, AWESOME ARTICLE she wrote in the Hernando Today on behalf of the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.  Once again, Kim presented a complete coverage from the vision that started the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch to introducing our future with Solid Rock Christian Ministries.  Kim gave us a plug in the article for the upcoming event at the High Octane for the following day.  Thank you Kim for taking the time to present the ranch in a positive light and for giving your support to us throughout the year.

http://www2.hernandotoday.com/news/hernando-news/2012/oct/20/hanewso1-ranch-reaches-out-ar-538857/

I want to thank Kimberly Young for her hard work and dedication to the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch to make this event such a success.  She and her sister Dawn found over 20 sponsors in the community to donate gift certificates for the raffle for family nights of bowling, the movies, restaurant certificates, and much more.  Kimberly and Dawn volunteered their time and put great effort in organizing the 50/50 and raffle table.  Thank you both!!!  Kimberly has been such a great asset to the Domino Effect through her dedication to the horses and the time she takes to come work with them by helping to evaluate and take them out to exercise. 

I want to thank Francine Riale, her daughter Serenity, and Ashley Peterson for their GREAT participation in helping Kimberly sell raffle and 50/50 tickets.  They too joined Kimberly on stage to pick the winning tickets.  We are so happy to have Ashley back to volunteer, as we have missed her over the past few months.  And I believe Miss Serenity is working her way up from the Domino Effect Poster Child to the Domino Effect Raffle Gyrl.  Both Serenity and Ashley have been volunteering with us for 2 years.

I want to thank Lisa Price for printing out 500 flyers and all of the 8 X 11 pictures for the displays.  She jumped on board, as a last minute request on Sunday, to help sign in the children for the horse rides.  Thank you so much Lisa for the great help you have extended to the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch in fostering 4 horses and much, much more that she provides to help in their care.

I want to thank Pastor Glenn & Rita for helping us organize our day, providing transportation, hay for the horses, drinks for the kids, ink for the printers, and sending in volunteers from Solid Rock to participate in the day. 

I want to thank John Killet for joining us at 8:00 in the morning to help Bob load the trucks and help him get set up at High Octane.  John is one of our board members and has been a good friend for 7 years.  We appreciate his dedication and his participation in every event we have held since we have opened the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch back in December 2009.

I want to thank Crystal and Dave who joined us to volunteer for the entire day from 8:00 in the morning until 10:00 at night to load, set up, give the kids rides all day long, and then help us pack up.  Crystal and Dave are from Solid Rock and will be coming along side of Bob and I to be a part of our ministry with the ranch.  We are very excited to be blessed with this couple and are excited about the future we will have with them working hand and hand for God’s glory.  Both Crystal and Dave have previous experience in working with horses and are excited to have the opportunity to work with us.

I want to thank Robyn and Daniel from Solid Rock for joining us for the day to help out in setting up, helping with the horses, and loading up at the end of the day.  Robyn and Daniel made about 200 sandwiches to hand out that day to the families that came to see the horses.  Robyn rode My Josie for the first time riding since her childhood.  She absolutely loved My Josie and we hope to take her out soon trail riding. 

I also want to add lastly, but absolutely NOT least, thank you Sharyl Ranchhand for your assistance in teaching us how to harness and drive Miss Goldie. She was absolutely stunning, as the pictures tell it how. Thank you so much for blessing us with your intruction and the use of your harness, so that we could share it with families in the community. She was amazing!!!

Pastor Bob and Maggie came out to join the fun and went for rides with Miss Goldie pulling the cart.  Leslie and Trevor came out with Moses to support us, along with Lisa Price and her family (HAPPY BIRTHDAY GABBY).  I finally met Karen Palmer after 2+ years of her supporting us on FB.  I also met Gloria Parker and Janet Holm.  We made many new friends and filled the house with supporters.  It was a GREAT fundraiser for the DERR and a very, fun-filled day with many great memories.  We look forward to many more events here in the near future.

AWESOME DAY, GREAT PICTURES, GREAT CAUSE

REWARDING FOR ALL………..THANK YOU JESUS!!!

 

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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IN MEMORY OF STRYDER ~ HOOFBEATS IN HEAVEN

by Domino Effect on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 9:36pm

In all walks of life, we must face the most natural, but heart-wrenching reality of losing a loved one, as God giveth and he taketh away, leaving us with beautiful memories to carry us through our loss.

Stryder was rescued initially by the Magic Beans Village Foundation who is a nonprofit organization in Safety Harbor who are dedicated to providing programs and services for able-bodied and developmentally disabled children and adults.

Due to his arthritis, he could not be used as a special needs horse, therefore, he was moved on to our rescue in hopes to place him in a forever home to live out his days. Stryder came to this rescue underweight after putting a lot of weight on him before his arrival to us.

As Stryder was at the Magic Beans Village for a spell, he won the hearts of many, leaving behind a special young lady, Kacey Prescott, who had a deep love for Stryder and checked up on him weekly, as he was in her thoughts daily.

We had many visitors out to the ranch who met Stryder and got acquainted with him for 8 wonderful weeks. He made many friends and played a special part here at the ranch. He was the largest horse here at the ranch, as he was 17hh. However, due to his gentle disposition and calm demeanor, he was a target for the minis’ mischievous ways, as they thought they were 10-feet tall.

Several weeks back we noticed Stryder’s leg to be quite large in size with intense swelling. We called the vet and was told to ice his leg frequently to see if we could control the swelling.

After the weekend had passed, Stryder’s leg would decrease in size after being soaked, but shortly later increase in size. Bob felt an emergency vet call was necessary to shed light on his condition.

The first young lady came to visit who was fresh out of school. She brought an assistant with her to walk him through the steps of her examination. She was quite alarmed by Stryder’s leg swelling and scheduled a followup visit a few days later to come out anticipating x-rays and possibly an ultrasound to be done on his leg. In the meantime, she set us up with antibiotics and more Bute to control his pain level. We confined him to the stall to give him limited movement on his legs. Bob continued to soak his leg and redress his leg daily until she came back to visit.

On Friday she came out for her scheduled appointment, this time bringing with her another veterinarian with more experience to take a look at Stryder’s leg. At this time, they no longer thought x-rays were necessary and felt that the swelling was due to an abscess in Stryder’s other hoof, causing the leg that he beared the majority of his weight on to swell. They wrapped the hoof with drawing salve to draw out the abscess and wrapped both legs for support. Bob was given instructions on how to care for Stryder while he recovered from this abscess. Stryder was doing quite well and seemed to be improving.

Thursday morning, this past week, we awoke to Stryder lying in his stable refusing to get up. Bob called the vet out for another emergency visit and spent a half-hour getting Stryder back to his feet.

When the veterinarian showed up this time, they walked Stryder around the back yard, to the front, and outside the gates where they did several tests on him to get a more accurate prognosis to his condition.

Stryder’s blood pressure had sky-rocketed to 96 beats, as he was in extreme pain. The vet opted to give Stryder a sedative. She checked Stryder’s pulse and Stryder was still at 74 beats. They did a rectal test and decided that they needed to look further. They checked Stryder’s heart and he was at 63 beats. More pain medicine was given. Then they checked Stryder for acid reflux and still nothing. She checked Stryder’s beat and he was still over 60. At this point, she opened Stryder’s mouth and noticed his gum line was white with a heavy purple line following his teeth. She looked at Bob at this point and said “this horse is toxin.” She stated that his kidneys or something had started shutting down and that was why his legs were swelling due to the toxins going to his legs. At that point, Bob said “what can I do.” The vet said we could take him to the hospital and try surgery costing between 6,000 to 8,000 dollars, but she did not feel as if Stryder would make it to the hospital. Bob stated that Stryder had been living with a certain amount of pain and discomfort due to his arthritis when he came here. Knowing what he had went through these past few weeks and seeing how elevated his pain was now and the pain medicine not touching it, Bob said I have to do what is more humane than anything else for Stryder. Bob chose to let Stryder go and put him out of his suffering. It was an extremely hard decision to make, but one that Bob will stand behind.

Stryder’s passing left us with heartache, as we pushed through the next few days trying to move on. Stryder will not be forgotten, as his gentle spirit will reside here at the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.

Stryder left behind many who loved and shared many memories with him.

Kacey Prescott shared:  “I’m sorry about styder. I cried for hours last night when my mom told me until I finally fell asleep. I know you tried. Thank you so much. He was loved until god wanted him to be in heaven. I know he’s in a good place.”

Kacey’s last words to Stryder: “The times we had together were unforgettable and I will always remember them. Helping you get from barn to barn and hearing your sweet nicker as I walked down the barn aisle. I won’t ever forget you and that’s a promise I wont ever break”

Jennifer Tresh shared: “I know God sent Stryder for a number of reasons, but the endurance that boy had was amazing….He taught us a lot about never giving up. I know how hard it is. When Stryder colicked, I cried for days….since they thought he would go down then. Seems like he lived long enough to have us all meet, and bring some joy to your place for awhile.

It is obvious that everyone there is surrounded by love. It’s amazing that all the evil in the world couldn’t break down that love….I’m so thankful that Stryder and Trinity found a home there. It is truly God’s work.”

Kimberly Young shared:The first time I came out to volunteer on the ranch, I spent some time walking around with Ashley and kind of introducing myself to the animals, some of them through chain-linked fencing, some of them through chicken wire, and some of them by just simply walking up to them and reaching over the wood fence post and touching their nose. That’s how I met Stryder, the instant I touched him I knew that I was gonna be attached to him heart and soul.

He had such a gentle, calm, spirit, I couldn’t help myself to be so drawn to him. He was so beautiful. I knew I wanted to spend a lot of time with Stryder, I wanted to brush him and bathe him and take him out of the corral & walk with him. I just wanted to love him with an over-abundance of attention.

Unfortunately, I had a family emergency and I had to leave early that day. So I was not able to spend the time with him that I had wanted to.”

The next Saturday I came back for another adoption day/open house and I immediately went to Stryder … He was so shiny, Bob had given him a bath and he had a glow to him that just gave him such a lift on life. His coat was soft and smooth. I was excited. I was telling Stryder how beautiful he was, rubbing his silky coat, and scratching behind his ears.. He was loving the attention. I gave him lots of kisses on his forehead and said to him “My Stryder, I can’t wait to walk with you.” He lifted his head as if he were responding “I know” I gave him a pat on his chest and told him I’d be back later. If I had only known….

In the short time that I got to spend with this magnificent horse, I can honestly say that He left a lasting impression and shares a very special place in my heart. Just like my mom (who passed away from Kidney Failure) I know that he is in a better place, where there is no pain & they are not suffering.

SHE IS HIS ANGEL~ HE IS HER WINGS, together they are running wild and free watching over you and me… RIP Stryder.”

Stryder has left a lasting impression here at the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch and his memory will carry on. As we cherish each animal who comes to the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch to share their lives with us, we sometimes have to say our good byes not as we had planned, but as life’s direction would take us.

We say good bye for now as his memory we will cherish in our heart forever.

“The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away.” Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Author: 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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Cool Beans has been in our “witness protection program” in disguise for the past 2 weeks to protect his identity.  As we have gathered our evidence and nearing our upcoming appointment with the State’s Attorney, we feel the need to share Cool Bean’s complete story.

City Boy, AKA Cool Beans, came here to the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch in the Fall of 2011.   City Boy was fostered out to Larry and Katie on November 4, 2011, to help us rehabilitate City Boy.  Katie was looking for a pasture mate for her horse Stormy and had 5 acres of land in Masaryktown for the 2 horses to graze on.

Larry and Katie attended our Domino Effect Christmas Party back in December 2011.   At the dinner table, Larry & Katie announced their desire to adopt City Boy.  Bob did a drive by in January 2012, where he saw City Boy and Stormy grazing in the pasture and both horses were looking good.

On February 26, 2012, Larry adopted City Boy and signed City Boy’s adoption contract.  He was very happy with City Boy and his progress.

Shortly thereafter, he called Bob in March 2012, and told him that him and Katie were having problems and it seemed that they might separate.  He didn’t want to lose City Boy, but wasn’t sure where he would move him.  Bob told Larry at this time that he would come get City Boy until he got his affairs straightened out.  Larry assured Bob that everything was okay and he would keep him updated.

Within a few weeks thereafter, Larry called Bob again to get permission to move City Boy and to give him the new address.  Bob was having minor problems with the truck at the time, so he could not personally move City Boy to his new home, but gave Larry permission to do so.

In April after delivering a horse to Zephryhills to its adoptive home, Bob drove past City Boy’s new location to do his first quarterly progress check and to check out the property in which he was residing at.  Bob was unable to do a checkup due to the 12-foot, wrought iron gate and a fence that surrounded the property where City Boy was not in view.  Bob attempted to call Larry at that time to no avail.

Shortly thereafter, Larry asked Bob for a contact number for Cindy Fallness, our veterinarian, to have her come out and do a vet check, renew his coggins, and get his shots.  Bob called Cindy and asked her to do a progress report for us while she was out there.  Cindy called Bob after her visit and reported that City Boy was looking good and that she would forward a copy of his coggins and shot record to us and she did.  Cindy Fallness gave shots to and pulled a coggins on City Boy on May 25, 2012.

On July 29, 2012, Larry called Bob to tell him that he needed Bob to come pick up City Boy until he could find another location for him to reside.  At first, he just made claims that the sheriff contacted the owner of the property and that the officer told her that Larry had to remove City Boy.  Upon further questioning, Larry said that City Boy was down about 150 pounds or so, but because the lady did not own City Boy, Larry had to remove him off the property.  He explained that since he is a truck driver, he spends a lot of time on the road.  He said that he had been writing this woman checks to cover City Boy’s feed and hay each week, but thinks that she must have been spending it to feed her other animals instead of City Boy.

Bob told Larry that his truck was broke down, but not to worry, he would find someone to take him to pick up City Boy.   Within a half-hour after he got off the phone with Larry, Bob had made arrangements with a ranch hand from Circle B Ranch to pick him up first thing in the morning to go get City Boy.  Larry had to be on the road Monday morning, so Bob asked him to write a letter of relinquishment and leave it there on the property under the water tub, so that Bob would have written permission to remove City Boy.

When Bob arrived to the property where City Boy was residing, again the property was locked up and no sights of anyone present to let him in.  Bob again called Larry and explained the circumstance to him and that he needed Larry to contact the lady to let him in.  Shortly after that, the owner of the property pulled in behind him letting him in the gates.  She had a load of stock and stable that she had just purchased from the feed store.  He told the lady that this feed was poor nutrition, like feeding potato chips to these horses with no nutritional value for them.  When he got in to see City Boy, the sight before him sickened him.  Bob walked up to the paddock where City Boy was being kept, what Bob saw was City Boy and another emaciated white horse standing in 18 inches of mud and City Boy was a 1/9 on an Heineke scale.  Bob scolded the woman by telling her that she had no business owning or housing horses because she did not know anything about horse care or horse nutrition.  He pleaded with the lady to release the white horse to him, so that he could get the horse back into condition, along with City Boy.  She refused, stating that she would go get the proper feed and trade in the stock and stable if Bob would let her know what to get.

After they loaded City Boy, they went and got City Boy’s water tank, along with the envelope with the hand-written release that Larry had hidden for Bob to pick up.  They then proceeded back to the ranch with City Boy to begin his treatment and rehabilitation.  Bob states that on his way to the ranch he told the gentleman that “Dinelle is going to cry when she sees the condition that City Boy is in.”  Bob was absolutely on the mark with that statement.  When they arrived at the gates, Bob called me out to the trailer.  He opened the back gate, but all I could see was a shadow.  He said, “you’re not going to believe this.”  I couldn’t see in and had no idea what to expect.  Bob backed City Boy out of the trailer and there stood a bag of bones covered with thick, scabs of rain rot covering his flesh with open sores all over his body.  What used to be a beautiful, 1400 pound, full of life OTTB, was now a 750 pound horse that could barely hold his head up.  He was covered in mud and his legs were eaten up from the flies.  The rain rot covered his entire legs and jacketed the upper torso of his body.   I exclaimed “OMG” and started to cry.

Below are pictures of City Boy on May 25, 2012 versus July 30, 2012, the first day he arrived here at the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch.

Below are the first pictures when he arrived at the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch on July 30, 2012.

Immediately Bob started giving City Boy a bath to wash off all of the mud and fly residue.  Once he got City Boy clean, Bob started his first treatment of MTG.  All City Boy could do was stand there with his head hung low.  Usually when Bob brings horses to the ranch, they are talking when he drives up and the ones at the ranch are talking back.  On this day, not a horse was making a sound.  There was just an eerie silence that was not customary when we have new arrivals.  After getting City Boy treated, Bob placed a fly mask on City Boy’s head and a fly jacket on City Boy’s torso.  Bob turned and looked at me stating “Now City Boy is in Witness Protection and we will call him Cool Beans until we get the future events figured out.”

Below are the pictures from City Boy’s first day versus his second day.

We watched City Boy very closely the first day, evening, and the next day.  His back legs were swollen.  His sheath was swollen and looked like he had testicles where testicles were nonexistent.  He had multiple knots underneath his belly and he continued to have very labored breathing.  He made a few attempts to lie down, but couldn’t, as he was too weak to make it to the ground, in fear he would not be able to get back up.

The next day Bob contacted the Pasco County Sheriff’s Department AG Unit and talked to Officer Batten about the events that had taken place and the results of how he had found City Boy.  The following afternoon Officer Batten came to the ranch to take photos of City Boy and pick up copies of our documentation, along with Larry’s adoption contract.  He explained to Bob that he had been investigating Larry and this woman for quite a period of time.  He showed Bob all of the series of photographs from all of his visits to this lady’s property and the condition of the animals on each visit, stating that the animals just continued to debilitate at each and every visit.  He also showed Bob pictures of an Appaloosa that had already died recently due to starvation.

The following day Bob called Pasco County Sheriff’s Department AG Unit once again and asked to speak to the individual in charge.  While talking with this gentleman, Bob instructed the gentleman that we do wish to hold those responsible for City Boy’s condition accountable in a court of law.  This gentleman told Bob that they would be meeting with the Pasco County State’s Attorney in Dade City and wishes for us to attend to plea our case with the State’s Attorney.  Bob assured the gentleman that we would definitely be there with our findings upon picking up City Boy.  We will also have our results after 2 weeks of rehabilitation, along with records from our veterinarian, that document the damage that City Boy has sustained and the medical attention that he will need due to the starvation he has endured.

Friday evening, 5 days after we rescued City Boy, the Pasco County Sheriff’s AG Department sent out officers to seize the white horse and the 3 minis from the lady’s property. 

As the evidence began to unfold, Larry had admitted that he was indeed living on this lady’s property, but claimed that he left before dawn and came home after dark and claimed to have no idea of the condition that City Boy was in.  He also claimed that he had not seen his horse in 1-month’s time.  We were also told that Larry and this lady had been under investigation for a long period of time.

Our veterinarian came out to do a physical examination on City Boy to check for damage and conclude what further testing may be needed in his care.

This is City Boy just 9 days after arrival to the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch

And City Boy on Day 13.

This evening on Friday, August 10, 2012, just 3 days before our appointment in Dade City with the State’s Attorney, Bob called me out to see City Boy.  His sheath was no longer swollen and there was just 1, slight bulge left under his tummy.  His legs were no longer swollen and he was finally able to lie down comfortably on the ground.  He lied there in such content and so relaxed.  It was such a warm feeling to see him enduring such peace.

Since we have had City Boy back in our care over the past 2 weeks, he has increased from a 1/9 to a 2/9 on the Heinecke body scale.  Bob feeds him multiple feedings throughout the day.  He has increased in weight, alertness, and disposition.  After just a few days he was lifting his head, as if in confidence to know that he was now safe and secure.   He follows Bob to the gate, hangs his head over the gate, and watches him leave and meets him as he arrives back home.  Since knowing City Boy before he arrived and entrusting him to his new adopted family under contract just months prior, City Boy’s condition has been quite an impact on our lives over these past few days.  We will be a voice for City Boy and we will fight for justice to those who are responsible in starving City Boy and endangering his health with damage now and long term damage.  It’s not just a fight for City Boy, but for the Appaloosa who undeservingly lost its life and the 4 emaciated horses that were left behind.

Horses cry silently in the dark with no one to see their tears, only to hear their hooves beat the ground as they frantically wait for their bellies to be filled.  Their thoughts run rapid, as they stand there day after day fearful that they have been forgotten.  The gates are high with no one to see in, how will anyone ever see.   As the sun sets, who will ever know if they cease to exist when the sun rises at dawn.  Will you hear their silent cries, will you be their cry in the dark???

Cool Beans needs your help in support to meet his medical needs ~ Can you be a helping hand to his recovery?

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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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