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Maryann Tobin’s daughter just recently got kicked out of a FB group for publically bashing the DERR. The very next day, Maryann Tobin wrote this article against the DERR.

“Domino Effect ranch loses court case over horse adoption contract, alleged fraud” Author: Maryann Tobin


We did, indeed go to court several months back and we did loose the case to Francine Puleo, but Maryann Tobin has fabricated this article to influence the public to believe we lost a court case due to misrepresentation or fraud, which is an absolute lie.

This is Maryann Tobin’s article that she wrote below. For the record, I have written the truth in bold in between the paragraphs.

A Charlotte County judge has ruled against Domino Effect Ranch in Weeki Wachee, Fla. The civil case that began in 2012, involved alleged fraud, and misrepresentation by Domino Effect Ranch owner Robert Ashcraft and the company’s horse adoption contract.

First of all, we were NEVER brought to court for fraud or misrepresentation. We were brought to court because Francine Puleo felt that we owed her $250.00 for an adoption that she later refused. She NEVER READ OR SIGNED our adoption contract, so this court case had NOTHING to do with our adoption contract. In fact, the only reason we lost the case to Francine Puleo was because she had NEVER signed the adoption contract and wanted a refund. Had she signed the adoption contract, she wouldn’t have been entitled to a refund because adoption fee is NOT a sale, but yet is a donation to the rescue that is NONREFUNDABLE!!!

This is the actual facts with documentation of what took place in the Francine Puleo case with the actual documentation from day 1.


Customers who adopt horses from Domino Effect ranch in Weeki Wachee, Fla., are required to sign a contract before buying a horse from the farm.

First of all, Maryann Tobin refuses to ever state that we are a “rescue” and we do NOT SELL horses, we adopt horses.

Everyone is required to sign a 2-year adoption contract before adopting an equine from our facility. This adoption contract protects the horses while in the adopter’s care to insure that the equine will be well taken care of.

Some of the contract restrictions include:
•Customers/adopters are not allowed to have a horse examined by their own veterinarian prior to adoption. Only Ashcraft’s veterinarian is allowed to do exams, which the customer must pay for.

There is ABSOLUTELY NO PLACE FOUND ANYWHERE that states that adopters are not allowed to have a horse examined by their own veterinarian prior to adoption. This is an ABSOLUTE LIE stated by Maryann Tobin to influence the public against adopting from the DERR. We welcome adopters to provide a veterinarian exam by their own veterinarian before adopting an equine.

•All horses adopted or sold by Domino Effect ranch must be transported for an additional fee by RDA Equine Services, which is owned by Ashcraft.

YES, ALL equine that are adopted by DERR are transported by RDA Equine Services/DERR, which is owned by Dinelle Ashcraft with the additional fee of fuel cost to deliver the equine to their new home.

We feel this is a necessary step to deliver equine to their new home to insure that the equine is going to a safe environment and to document the address in which the equine is being delivered to. We only charge the additional fuel cost to deliver.

•Customers/adopters are not allowed to relocate with their adopted horse for 2 years without the knowledge and permission of Ashcraft.

YES, All adopters are to notify us if or when they move the equine to a new address while they are under the 2-year adoption contract. We do periodic checkups and must have on file a current address to where the equine is located.

•Customers/adopters may have their property photographed and be subjected to surveillance by Ashcraft.

Adopters are NEVER SUBJECTED to surveillance by us. We do state in our contract that we do document each adoption by taking pictures of the equine’s new home. These pictures are posted on Facebook as documentation to where the equine was relocated to. We feel this is an asset to giving closure to previous owners who loved and had an attachment to the equine and for those who visited or formed a bond with the equine while here at the DERR. The pictures are taken one time upon arrival.

However, the Domino Effect ranch contract did not hold up when challenged in a Charlotte County courtroom in 2013.

The contract that Maryann Tobin uses in this article that she feels is documented proof to her article is NOT even relevant to the Puleos. This adoption contract belongs to a separate adopter and was merely used in court by myself, Dinelle Ashcraft, as evidence stating that our adopters sign a signed contract when adopting equine from DERR. We did NOT have a signed contract from the Puleos because Francine Puleo made a verbal agreement over the phone to adopt an equine from us without ever appearing at the DERR to sign a contract or pay an adoption fee. She made a wire transfer through Western Union to Walmart for the amount of the adoption fee and then the equine was delivered. She denied the adoption one hour before delivery, therefore, we NEVER had a signed contract.

Case details

The legal battle in Domino Effect Rescue v. Puleo, began in September 2012, when Consumer Complaint number 133885 was filed against the ranch with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, case number 1209-37894.

Ranch owner Robert Ashcraft sold two horses, and according to the complaint, would only accept the $500 payment by wire transfer directly into his bank account.

The Puleos refused to make a trip to the DERR to finalize the adoption. They were then offered an alternative method to paying the adoption fee. They were told that if they couldn’t make the trip to see us, they could make the adoption fee through Western Union at Walmart.

When questioned by Puleo about the unusual payment method, Ashcraft “assured” the buyers he was trustworthy because he was a “Christian-based horse rescue.”

NO ONE ever mentioned that their payment was secure just because of our Christian beliefs. They were told that if they wanted to adopt a horse, but refused to arrive in person to take care of the paperwork and adoption fee that they MUST wire the money before we would load the equine onto the trailer and deliver the equine 300 miles away.

But after Ashcraft got the money, he did not deliver the horses as promised.

He did deliver both horses just as promised the very next day.

According to the official complaint, Ashcraft “misrepresented” the health of the horses, delivering one with extensive cuts and “bleeding” wounds.

There were 2 separate adoptions made through the Puleos, one to her friend and one to her, which she refused before it was finalized with the paperwork.

The one horse was delivered to her friend. On my blog you will see a picture of the equine that was delivered on arrival with 1 single, healing cut on his side.





The other horse that was represented and sold as a gelding was actually a “stallion.”

The equine that Francine Puleo agreed to adopt was told to her that it was a stallion. She was also told that NO horses were adopted from the DERR as stallions. She did NOT want to wait for him to be gelded here at the DERR, but she argued that she could have her vet geld the equine upon arrival. We compromised our policy to accommodate Francine Puleo and delivered the equine as promised.

Francine Puleo knew that the equine was a stallion because every advertisement that she saw for this equine the equine was labeled as a stallion.


Ashcraft took back the horses but refused to return the adoption fee, stating he had spent the money on repairs for his truck, according to statements published on the Domino Effect Ranch Examining website.

This is an ABSOLUTE lie. She was told that due to expenses before the trip that we didn’t have the funds available to return immediately. I, Dinelle Ashcraft, sent her an email and told her that when the horse that she refused to adopt was later adopted, I would then return her adoption fee.

Proof of this can be found in emails here on this blog below:


Documents can also be found at the link below showing where we sent her a money order certified mail paying her $250 out of the $500 owed, with a balance still owed to her for $250. The only reason the Puleos were NOT paid in full was because they filed a report against us with DOA and also posted out lies against the DERR on Scambook and Ripoff report, even after we had paid them $250. After I saw this, I refused to pay them another dime until they removed these lies off the Internet.


Court documents show that Puleo and Domino Effect Rescue scheduled testimony from 3 witnesses on February 6, 2013.

The court ruled against Domino Effect ranch on March 21, 2013, and ordered Ashcraft to pay $391.40 in damages and fees.

Regardless of the Puleos slanderous remarks against the DERR, we were still ordered to pay the Puleos back the remaining $250 we owned them because we did NOT have a signed adoption contract proving that we had terms regarding our adoption fees. The court ruled for us to pay the remaining $250 that we owed to Francine Puleo including court costs equaling $391.40.

Payment was disbursed by the court on May 28, 2013.

YES, a payment was made by DERR in full to Francine Puleo to cover our debt to her and the courts.

To date, the Domino Effect Ranch Examining website includes comments and documents about the Puleo case, but makes no mention of the Court’s decision to rule against the validity of the horse adoption contract and Ashcraft’s actions.

Despite a nearly two-month blackout by Domino Effect ranch on their website and Facebook page, the outcome of the Charlotte County lawsuit remains public record.

Despite a “nearly two-month blackout” of me not posting an update to the court case regarding the Puleos, Maryann Tobin took public documentation to a court case regarding the DERR versus Francine Puleo and she filled in the blanks from whatever information she could find from an online “Scambook and Ripoff Report” that the Puleos wrote against us.

The court case was brought to the attention of this reporter in July 2013, though an anonymous tip, which was immediately verified as accurate through court records and public documents.



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A local hate group here in Brooksville, extending down to Gallops Stable in Ft. Myers, called for an investigation here at the DERR several months ago after we lost a horse to liver failure.

This group has been following our every move for several years now, insinuating and publicizing the worst possible scenario in every action, photo op, or status post to paint a horrific picture to the public with never seeking documented facts in any given situation.

After these fine folks called the Hernando Ag officer out to the DERR, the very next day Maryann Tobin posted on the Examiner this article with the assumption that Deputy Adkins had passed the inspection here at DERR. She worded the article to reflect her own opinion rather than to wait 2 months later for the “official document” proving the outcome of our inspection.


Maryann Tobin is a journalist who has been slandering and harassing the DERR since 2011 after her daughter and I had a disagreement followed by threats from her daughter stating that her mother would write false reports against the DERR to have us shut down.

Each article that is posted gives this “hate group” another link to spread around FB to influence others to view these negative reports as truth. Each article that is posted against the DERR remains tagged to our name on the Internet and can be viewed anytime our name is Googled. False reports written by Maryann Tobin with the personal intent to destroy the DERR.

These reports with Documentations can be found within my blogs under the category “The Tobins ~ CAll a Spade A Spade.”

Last week we did, however, receive the final report on the investigation that this hate group called for several of months ago. The report was unfounded and we were given a thumbs up for the great job that we continue to do here at the DERR.

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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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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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After the incident of Maggie’s injury, I documented the event that took place on FB in a note, as well as on the internet.  I had been circulating the truth about Maggie through my FB page and months later notice that the site I posted it on in “All Voices” did not copy the full post.  I didn’t want to rehash this at the time, as I had figured that many were already set in their ways with the misleading tales that had been told regarding the events that took place this day.  I do now, however, want my original post that I wrote in an note on FB to be public for anyone out there searching for the truth and willing to hear our side in this matter.  It was an unfortanate accident and we were very upset that this had taken place.  We shared our condolence with Maggie’s owner and we were very glad to hear of her recovery.



Bob took pictures this day as well.  I had them saved on a computer that crashed in late November and lost them.  He may still have them on a camera card, but unsure at this time.


Bob went to rescue this horse, Maggie, from Clearwater back in the early part of October. The horse was very high-spirited and fearful of the trailer. Bob tried several different ways to load her before telling the lady that the horse was not going to load. The lady insisted that her 2 sons could get the horse to load if he would just give them the chance. Several times the boys let the horse get away and had to continue chasing her down. The oldest son said “why don’t we cover her eyes, so that she doesn’t see the trailer?” Bob asked the lady if the horse had ever loaded before. She stated that only once had the horse been loaded on the trailer and her boys were the ones to help get her to load. Bob stated that he had a feed bag on the front of the horse trailer. Bob stated to her older son that they had to maintain control of the horse if her eyes are being covered. The lady’s son stated that he had a hold of the horse if Bob could cover her eyes. As soon as Bob covered her eyes, Maggie jerked and the boy let go of the lead. Maggie then bolted off hitting a trailer, went around the edge of a pond, and then took out a chain link fence ripping a gaping wound in her chest and other abrasions on her as well. Bob was sickened by having to witness such an ordeal. Bob started to dial for a vet, but the lady had already called and was talking to one. Bob went to the truck and retrieved his camera and began taking pictures of Maggie. He was waiting for the vet to arrive when the property owner showed up being loud, rood, and belligerent. Bob went and spoke with the lady about the property owner’s rudeness and expressed that he would like to wait for the vet. The lady told Bob that the property owner is a hothead and likes to blow off steam a lot. “It was not your fault Bob, you did everything possible to try to keep her safe while loading. It was not your fault.” She said “I have property renter’s insurance that will pay for the damage and Maggie’s care, that is why I carry the insurance.” She told Bob that he could go ahead and go and she would take care of the situation.

When Bob arrived home to tell me the horror of what had happened and show me the pictures, he was in distraught over the incident, as the horse was out of control with no one to stop the series of events that took place. He spoke with the lady that evening after arriving home and she told Bob how the vet visit had gone and still reassured him that this was not his fault. The next morning Bob got a text message from the property owner stating that he was at fault and how did we wish to proceed. So you see from the time that he left until the next morning the acceptance of responsibility changed feet. Bob drove 75 miles one way to pick up a horse that these people no longer wanted and needed removed, just as they had one removed before it. Bob also has multiple pictures of this day and pictures of this lady’s boys chasing Maggie down, as they could not keep a hold of her or get her remotely close to loading her in the trailer.

The property owner has now posted a video that he took after Bob left his property that day showing Maggie’s trauma and gaping wounds, accusing Bob for this tragic event. She or he has also posted a picture of Maggie’s gaping wound on her chest with their version of what happened that day holding Bob to blame for this event. Of course, it was just a matter of time last evening when these pictures and video fell into the wrong hands last night and are now being used against us on Craigslist and all over Facebook, as if we are responsible in abusing this horse or any other animals.

This man has made accusations that he has tried to contact us, but has not contacted us since the morning after this took place asking Bob how he wished to proceed. This man is making accusations that he was trying to press charges or take legal action, but obviously this man has nothing to work with, as Bob is not to blame and he holds no negligence for this. This lady and her sons lost control of her horse on his property. Bob was there to take the horse into his possession, but was not able to do so due to the demeanor of this horse and the way her boys chose to take charge of the situation, after Bob stated that she would not load.

Of course, we have many that are having a field day with this knowledge and once again are trying to use this against our reputation. Bob has loaded many horses on trailers and many that were very stubborn and unwilling to load. I have witnessed quite a few myself and quite a few others have also witnessed their horses difficult to load, but Bob has worked with them and successfully loaded each one of them, when others could not. It amazes me the length people are willing to go to in order to hurt or tear someone apart. If Bob was at fault, then why hasn’t he received a lawsuit or criminal charges brought against him. Surely anyone can find our address and phone number, as it is posted all over the Internet, simply by googling our name. Why is it that this man chose to exploit us on the Internet, unless this was his last option to try to do damage to our reputation because he had nothing else to stand on. Animals are unpredictable and the most experienced horseman cannot control a horse with their great strength if they are out of control. The lady was searching for any way possible to get Maggie loaded and took her son’s advise to do such a stupid thing as to cover her eyes. Because this lady was so sure that these boys had done this before to get Maggie to load, Bob did take part in this idea. It was an all around bad deal and truly the wrong choices were made, as this lady was desperate to get this horse to load.

From experience, Bob has many people who will vouch for him that he has successfully loaded many horses into the trailer that have been quite difficult. We are experiencing a high volume of people here in the area attacking us and using any information possible to hate on us and tear us down. These people have gotten their feelings hurt for whatever reason and lashing out to hurt. We understand it for what it is and pray these people will see the error of their ways. In the meantime, we will continue forth in our mission here to work with these animals with the community and place these animals in loving homes. We cannot possibly waste time measuring our worth on other people’s opinions, but our worth is the good we can do for these animals in placing them in forever, loving homes.

We encourage anyone who questions are facility and cares enough about what we are doing to please come and see us and meet the animals. We have had an open-door policy since day one of opening our doors. People show up at the gates unannounced daily and call to make appointments within a half-hour’s notice. We hold the Domino Effect Adoption Day/Open House here every Saturday and invite the community out to be a part of what we are doing. We have adopted out over 60 animals since September and continue to do so. We take in rescues and we take in animals that are not rescues, but their owners have entrusted us with finding them good homes and we do so. We post everything we do daily on Facebook. We post pictures of every animal when they come in, while they are here, and pictures of them with their new families. If you question our rescue or motives, most of it is outlined on our Facebook with archives of the last 2 years of photos of everyone who have visited the ranch and every animal that has come through our doors. Everything is accounted for and through stories and updates everything is spoken on our daily progress. Please feel free to check out our rescue, we encourage you to do so. People who have surrendered their animals to us are on our Facebook and people who have adopted our animals are on our Facebook. We are trusted by so many because we do not hide from anything, but we are honest in everything that happens.

Do you know about your local rescue? No rescue shares as much detail about their rescue as we do and sometimes this information is used against us out of context to mislead people into thinking we are doing something wrong. If you have questions, ASK, we will answer to the best of our knowledge. This is what makes our operation unique, is that we are so open, honest, and down to earth.

President, 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 desperation for a story line, Maryann Tobin stole this picture from me after an HCAC officer, came out to investigate another e-mail complaint.

Maryann Tobin wrote e-mails to HCAC to then give herself something to write about.  Journalist are NOT supposed to be out there fueling the fire just to drum up their own stories for attention.  I see she is copying HCAC e-mails now, no surprise when they are her very own e-mails.  Maryann Tobin has been behind this from the very beginning and she is determined under ANY circumstance to shed bad light on the ranch.   The ONLY investigation or the only ALLEGED complaints have been the ones  initiated by her.  Now she is blaming numerous Government Agencies on favoritism, just because she has not been successful in closing our doors.  Maybe, Maryann Tobin, NO ONE has come to shut us down because there is NO reason to.  Your motives clearly are fueled by hatred and everyone around you can see this, along with the documented trail you leave behind you, just sayin………



Nikki Tobin stated at the very beginning just days before her mother, Maryann Tobin started writing these articles:

Nikki Tobin States:  “There was a sound of fear in your email –as there should be.

My mom is very well connected with people in the county and animal control and you blew her off.”


Since then we have been inspected by numerous Government agencies and ALL of them see that we have complied to the rules.



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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When we opened the Domino Effect Rescue Ranch in December 2009, we opened our doors to ALL farm animals.  For the first 1-1/2 years, we brought in sheep, donkeys, miniature horses, horses, goats, llama, rabbits, ducks, chickens, cows, cats, dogs, and squirrels.  It wasn’t until the summer of 2011, that we primarily became a horse ranch.  We had brought in 7 horses prior to that, but in general it was about ALL of the animals combined.  Up until the summer of 2011, we had kept most of the animals that we had brought in from the start, except for a  few donkeys, goats, and sheep that had been adopted out prior. 

We started our first Domino Effect Adoption Day on August 20, 2011, shortly after the engine had blown in our Dodge truck.  As we desperately searched for the funds to get the truck back on the road, we felt it was time to downsize and start finding “forever” homes for the animals who had become family over the first year.  Within a 12-week period we had adopted out well over 100 animals to include chickens, ducks, donkeys, cows, goats, cats, dogs, and horses. 



The Domino Effect Adoption Days were a great success.   We also opened the ranch for open house as well and met a lot of great people.  Each weekend brought great people our way with special memories to share.  As we started adopting out the animals, we started taking pictures of the beautiful homes they went to.  This became a great trend to our success.  As people donated their animals to us to be re-homed, they joined us on Facebook to keep up on the status of their loved ones and watch their progress through photos and updates.  When their animal was adopted out, they too got to share in the photos of their animal’s new home and any future updates of the animals progress.  We are a “rescue” ranch, but we tend to have animal owners turn to us to help us place their loved ones in good homes and we have done just that.  We have never turned away an animals.  We have been absolutely blessed with the beautiful animals who have come through our gates and have had the honor to share a part in their lives until placing them in their new homes.

Back in the early part of November just after Maryann Tobin’s first post against us about the “blindfolded horse” our lovely neighbor, Ted Koran, contacted Maryann Tobin.  Ted Koran has been on a mission to shut our doors since day 1, as we will touch base on this subject much later in my posts, as through all of this he has been the key player.

The letter below from Ted Koran (Critter Place) to Maryann Tobin was the seed that started the controversy against us “sending horses to slaughter.”

Ted Koran states “Suddenly horses are mysteriously appearing several times a week in the morning.  He goes out a lot before nightfall and gets home late evening, early next morning with his horse trailer.  Then, poof, a new horse at sunrise.

“My Rescue Ranch Ministry” buddy could be picking up stolen horses from the thieves.  Do you usually adopt out your horses at night?

“The Lord has blessed them with loving people that just hand over their perfectly healthy horses, which he turns around and sells like hotcakes.  He gets at least 5 a week.  In and out.  Are that many horses being given up perfectly healthy and rideable?”

Suddenly he is back in the horse business and flippin’ the horses in and out.”

Ted Koran meets Maryann Tobin

As a “snowball effect” Maryann Tobin sent this to HCAC and in the letter below:

Maryann Tobin states:  “There are claims that horses come and go in the middle of the night.  There claims that some of the horses are being sent to slaughter houses.”

And in her articles she “suggests” that rescues may be involved in horse slaughter or selling horses at the auction.



And then the seed grew into a weed spreading like wildfire nationwide via Facebook after being introduced by Ohana Rescue

Below is a very “mini portion” of the conversation took place with 150+ comments

Ohana Rescue  I have one simple question please….what are your thoughts on a rescue that rehomes 72 horses in 90 days? What is happening to these horses?

Nikki Tobin he told me they all go out on adoption contracts….does he have these? the information on where the horses are now? recent pics? did he do a home check? i highly doubt he checked 72 homes in 90 days for all the animals he adopted out.they also have several cats that are unfixed and more than liekly breeding with each other i personally saw two pics male and female in the same pen breeding im assuming so he can sell the babies

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Ohana Rescue He does not have his proper licensing in Fla

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Maryann Tobin something IS being done. I bet you all can’t wait to read my next article.

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Ohana Rescue So waiting Maryann…:)

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Maryann Tobin this is also an election year. it would be almost impossible for us to run out of politicians to petition.

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Maryann Tobin there should be some action out there very very soon

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Allan Wilson feed if some ones out , and sleep till late morning or afternoon, 13 horses on less than 2…yes I said TWO acres standing there now , and yes they have the numbers coming thru there

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Allan Wilson sorry , barn schedule is feed sometimes and sleep late

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Ohana Rescue Tree bark gone from the horses trying to find something to eat…palmetto bushes eaten to the nub…goes on and on, they ask for dog food, for what one dog, they are feeding it to the horses.

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Ohana Rescue You know, to all their supporters….where there is smoke, there is fire…

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Allan Wilson ‎@ Maryann , I look forward to the day that horse will again be safe , at least in our town

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Maryann Tobin much has already been accomplished. since Thursday when my first article on the horse that had her chest ripped open published, they have virtually shut down their FB page. People are coming forward and the truth is coming out. its all good for those of us who truly care about the welfare of horses

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Maryann Tobin persistence is the key. If we do not give up the real winners will be the horses

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Ted Koran I asked the exact same question to 2 renouned rescues in Tampa. Instant answer: SLAUGHTER?

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Ted Koran They haven’t shut it down Maryann Tobin, They’ve made it for “Friends” only.

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Maryann Tobin yes but they have un-friended many. also how are they going to beg for money from strangers with that status?

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Maryann Tobin it will certainly slow them down quite a bit with a non-public site

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Allan Wilson ‎@ Christy…Love to see pics of missing horses in our locale

Allan Wilson yes Ms Kathleen , meat :(

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Ted Koran Where are all of these nice horses coming from to begin with. They don’t accept them unless they are ridable and healthy. They have a few needy ones to make them look like they are acually helping a few. They only get fed when someone is about to show up to look at them.

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Ted Koran ‎@ Christy McGowan. One steals and exchange made somewhere else?

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Zelda Ewing Lawson There is NO WAY they could rehome that many horses in that amount of time. That and every horse they seem to get “donated” is as healthy as can be.

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Danielle Carreno They charge a $500 dollar adoption fee but yet never have money to care for them. they should have plenty of money for them if they adopted out that many. $500 got a horse with no coggins out vet check. sad!

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Ohana Rescue I know right, and rideable, they pick and chose and get them off craigs list as FREE horses….that is not a rescue, that is a horse trader.

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Ohana Rescue Every horse that he gets in the middle of the night is going to be shoot if he doesnt come get them…ever notice that….

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Maryann Tobin ‎$500 fee times 72 horses…hum.. that’s $36,000 – in 90 days?

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Ohana Rescue hmmmm, IRS and social security should hear about this…

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Ohana Rescue And they are constantly begging for food, toilet paper and everything….go figure….WE AT OHANA RESCUE DONT EVEN HAVE TV, all our monies go to the horses.

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Maryann Tobin they solicit toilet paper.. really? do they think the horses will eat that? lol

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Ohana Rescue No but they say all their monies go to the horses

Nikki Tobin almost anything would be better than what those horses are in now…

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Takayojii Kuwanado Are there any meat processing plants close by? If so, possibly its a ‘Killing room, Express’ “Rescue” Operation. Hope not!

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Lynda Barhorst SOMEONE is making lots of money at someone elses expense!

Linda Kline That sounds suspect to me, I would want to SEE the homes these 72 horses went to. People are having a hard time giving horses away much less charging an adoption fee etc.

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Rennie Taft There will never be a “standard” of care among horsepeople. YOu get everything from the worst to the best, just like with people in the world. All anyone can do is to keep your eyes open, have a camera ready document it if there is any abuse, and charge them legally…Othere than bitch about it, which does absolutely no good and does not help the animals. IF you see abuse report, it document it. get it out …make them own up.

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Allan Wilson That is what is happening on the ground as we speak Ms Rennie…But out county seems to grade on a curve and we are going to do what is possible to change our local laws

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Nikki Tobin it is in fact domino effect and we are all trying to shut them down so no more horses get hurt or killed

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How does that saying go “If you got haters, you must be doing something right.”

Does Bob pick up and deliver horses and arrive back at the ranch at night?  Yes he does.  He often drives 100 to 600 miles to pick up and deliver horses from all over Florida.  He does not rely on the public to raise money for transport to get the horses to us.  When someone calls in need, Bob normally picks up the horse within 24 hours.  It has been our experience that when people are ready to relinquish their animals, they usually wait until the last minute because it isn’t a choice of wanting to get rid of their animal, but because they have to for whatever circumstance, therefore, it usually becomes an ASAP rescue.  When a potential adopter comes to us interested in adopting one of our horses, Bob delivers ALL horses to their new home.  Bob delivers all horses to insure to have the exact location of where the horse is going and to insure that the property meets the standards for a safe environment for the horse.

Do we have records of all horses going in an out?  In the past, we worked on a verbal agreement with the public, until circumstances arised, which imposed the need for us to have legal contracts for relinquish forms, foster family program applications, and adoption agreement contracts to cover our policy and insure that no one is misunderstood.  Even before we had written contracts, we documented EVERYTHING on Facebook, the date the animal was received and the date the animal was adopted out with pictures of the animals going to their new homes.  EVERY animal has been accounted for.

Below is a map of Florida showing where each of the horses were adopted out to including pictures of their new homes.


Below are the beautiful horses that we have had the privilege of re-homing since we opened in December 2009.  (Click on Katie’s Picture, 6th picture, to share a very “Special Reunion of the Heart”) Click on the other pictures to see their “New Forever Homes” in which they were adopted into.

Domino Effect transport horses without coggins? In the past, we have picked up and delivered horses without coggins, including the horse we rescued from Nikki Tobin had NO up-to-date coggins.  We were under the “assumption” that we could do this because of being a “rescue.”  After speaking with Dr Short, with the Department of Agriculture we now know the guidelines in which we are to follow.  ALL of our horses must have up-to-date coggins because as a rescue we are continually moving horses in and out, so ALL must have coggins.  All of our horses have been up-to-date on coggins, since December 2011.  We transport all horses with their coggins with us.  If there is a circumstance in which an owner cannot provide a coggins and it is necessary to move the animal, we have been given permission to notify the DOA and make the move with their permission and then quarantine the horse until the coggins test can be conducted.

Domino Effect Horses that reside here today


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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