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The Barnyard


We have a barnyard of wonderful animals at Dove Creek!  Not just horses!  From surrenders to seizes, various little creatures have found their way to this Oasis.  From "Tico" the dairy goat to "Little" & "Bit" the newest lambs to "Rue" our baby goat, we enjoy our barnyard that has grown in the last 5 years!  Tico came first and was going to be "dinner" for some of the hands at the ranch!  When Miss Laurie heard his sound from in the stall and inquired what it was…… they sheepishly confessed the truth.  Clearly this didn’t happen because Tico is alive, well, and huge!  We appreciate Tico and the important job he has - giving attention to all incoming horses with ailments (in the sick pen) where he holds vigil. 

It takes $25 a month to feed and care an animal in the barnyard. Please consider donating to support one of these precious animals! Click on the button above to make a one-time donation or monthly donation. You can specify which animal you would like to sponsor in the notes. Thank you for your support!



Our Miniature Horses

             Interesting Facts About Miniature Horses:

  • There's not a national registry for minis; example AQHA & APHA.

  • Their height is measured by the last hair on their  mane and not their withers.

  • Aside from dogs, mini horses are the most popular animal used for guide/service animals.
  • In terms of pulling capacity, minis are stronger than a standard sized horse.
  • They can pull 4x their body weight while standard horses can only pull 2x their weight.



CoCo - 8 year old gelding, came to Dove Creek in 2009 as a companion to Little Bear.  They are best friends and very hard to tell apart!  They are often seen together, roaming with the herd and other barnyard animals. CoCo is a favorite with the young volunteers since he is so short.  He loves being groomed and is great being led around on halter. 

SPONSORED BY: Patrizia Da Milano, Santa Fe, NM



Little Bear

Little Bear - 12 year old gelding came to Dove Creek in 2004 as a Christmas gift to Laurie from her husband.  He had a big red bow on and was just over a year old. We almost lost Little Bear several years ago when he was bitten by a rattlesnake.  It was touch and go for a night but he pulled through though not without some residual damage -  a limp in his front right shoulder.  Little Bear is a favorite of the young volunteers and definitely a legend at Dove Creek.

SPONSORED By: Bonnie Caruthers, Amarillo, TX




Dakota is a 24 year old miniature gelding who came to Dove Creek in 2015 with Tatonka.  Everyone loves these little guys - and Dakota has the honor of being the smallest mini at the rescue.  Thanks to Page Steed of PS Ventures, Inc. for this amazing photograph!


SPONSORED BY: Cammy Hoover, Amarillo, TX




Tatonka, which means "buffalo", is a 17 year old miniature gelding who came to the rescue with Dakota.  He was a bit feisty when he arrived, but has settled down in the last couple of years.   Tatonka is photographed often because of his fluffy mane and beautiful face. Thanks to Page Steed of PS Ventures, Inc. for this amazing photograph!




Pinto Bean

Pinto Bean is an 18yo miniature horse. He came to to us from a neglect case out of Potter County in December 2017. He was in a very fragile state, but quickly bounced back. We were blessed to see his spunky personality come alive! Often the favorite among the “minis” with our young volunteers, Pinto Bean greatly enjoys Saturdays and is often photographed by everyone.





Our Burros and Donkeys

            Interesting Facts About Donkeys & Burros:

  • Donkeys and Burros are the same animal.

  • A male donkey is called a "Jack"

  • A female donkey is called a "Jenny"

  • Donkeys live longer than horses; up to 50 years.


Georgia, Carolina & Virginia

The 3 amigas!  We love our burros who are elderly now.  Unique in their coloring, they have curious personalities.  Come and meet these ladies at Dove Creek who can belt out a tune like no other when they want to be fed!




Ricky, Lucy, Fred & Ethel

Dove Creek received Ricky, Lucy, Fred, and Ethel before we were a rescue back in 2007.   Their previous owner asked that they stay together so they have been kept with the cattle roaming the upper pastures, serving as protectors of the baby calves in the spring and summertime. These guys are hearty, tough, and a delight to be around - come meet them!     





Our American Lamancha Goats

Interesting Facts About Lamancha Goats:

  • Lamancha goats are also called "Elf-eared", "Gopher-eared", or "Ear-less" goats

  • They do have ears, they're just unusually small (1-2 inches!)

  • They are originally from Spain

  • They are often used for their milk production

  • They love vegetables and herbs for treats

  • They are hearty and adapt well in all climates

  • A female is called a doe

  • A male is called a buck

  • They get along great with other animals

  • They are very easy to train, making them wonderful household pets

  • They are very affectionate





Rambo, Rosie, & Rue

Rambo & Rosie came to Dove Creek in March 2018 from a neglect case in Potter County. Due to Rosie's malnourished state, we were shocked when Little Rue made her grand entrance a month later. Rambo, Rosie, & Rue are doing great, and are quite the comic bunch as they love to jump around and on everything they can! You can often find them in the back of the Ranch truck or hanging out with Tico, Thelma, & Louise.




Our Anglo-Nubian Goat

Interesting Facts About Anglo-Nubian Goats

  • Magnificent Milk - Can produce two gallons per day!

  • Easy to handle - They have a wonderful disposition and make milking an enjoyable task

  • Strong and sturdy, they are versatile and can be used for meat, dairy or pets.

  • Sound Alert! Nubians are known to be a bit more vocal than other dairy breeds.



Tico our resident goat, is the protector of the sick pen.  When he first arrived at the rescue in 2015( as a baby) he was going to be dinner for the cowboys but Miss Laurie heard Tico's bleat and put an end to that plan once she saw him - and his life was spared!  Tico has humored all of us at Dove Creek with his playful antics from standing on his back feet propped up on the horse troughs, eating the feed to being playful with the barnyard animals - you will find him holding court in the training and sick pens.  Also when new horses come in he is their first friend!  Tico has stolen our hearts and definitely a part of the fabric of Dove Creek Equine Rescue.

SPONSORED BY: Liz Zuniga of Amarillo, TX



Our Pygmy Goats

Interesting Facts About Pygmy Goats:

  • Pygmy goats originated in Africa

  • They ususally live to 10 – 15 years

  • They like carrots for treats

  • They are often used for their milk production

  • They are flexible and hearty and adapt well in all climates

  • A female is called a doe

  • A male is called a buck

  • They are really good jumpers and like to jump over things.

  • They get along well with other animals and are trainable.

  • They are often seen as pets in households these days.

  • They are affectionate and loving.





Thelma & Louise

Thelma and Louise are our delightful pygmy goats who arrived at Dove Creek in 2016.  They are pretty relaxed most of the time unless one of the dogs chases them for fun and games - but that's about it. Otherwise you will see them roaming, mostly lying around in the main pen and surrounding pasture - staying pretty close to Tico.

SPONSORED BY: Kathi Schutz, Amarillo, TX



Our Sheep

Interesting Facts About Sheep:

  • Dorpers can survive in extreme arid and cold habitats.

  • They're name comes from combining the names of the two breeds used in creating the Dorper; Dorset and Persian.
  • They were originally bred for their meat.
  • That are mostly seen in 4H and FFA showing.
  • They are the 2nd most popular sheep in South Africa.



 BONNIE, OSCAR (white spot), & FELIX

BONNIE, OSCAR (white spot), & FELIX

Bonnie, Clyde, Dovey, Oscar, & Felix

Bonnie (mom), Clyde (dad), Dovey, Oscar, & Felix are our sheep family.  Dovey was born in the spring of 2017 much to the delight of staff and volunteers at Dove Creek. Oscar & Felix were born January 2018 at the Ranch. They stay close together and are usually found with the herd of horses.  Dovey has grown quite a bit and looks like her mom, Bonnie. Oscar, with the white spot, and Felix are just as playful as Dovey was. If you sponsor them, we would love for you to meet this sweet family - although not too close, since they are protective of that baby!



 Holly (tri-color), Dolly (black face), Molly (peach color), & Polly (white)

Holly (tri-color), Dolly (black face), Molly (peach color), & Polly (white)

Holly, Dolly, Molly, & Polly

Holly, Dolly, Molly, & Polly came to Dove Creek in December 2017 from a neglect case in Potter County. They have bonded with Bonnie & Clyde, and have created their own little sheep herd much to the delight of staff and volunteers at Dove Creek.  They stay close together and are usually found with the herd of horses. If you sponsor them, we would love for you to meet these lovely sisters!




Our Llamas

                Interesting Facts About Llamas:

  • The llama is a South American relative of the camel, though the llama does not have a hump. They were first imported into the United States in the late 1800s for display in zoos.

  • Llamas are pack animals, and can carry 50 to 75 pounds up to 20 miles. If you overload the animals, though, they’ll refuse to move.
  • The llama gestation period is around 350 days. Baby llamas are called crias, and mothers usually have just one; twin births are rare.
  •  Llama dung makes great fuel—and fertilizer. In fact, it may have helped the Incans grow corn and survive in the Andes. 
  • Llamas can reach speeds up to 35mph.
  • Today llamas live throughout the Americas, Europe and Australia as domesticated livestock.
  • Llamas do not have hooves but their feet have soft, leathery pads and two toes with toenails.
  • Llama’s have an excellent sense of smell, eyesight and hearing.


The Llamas

Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, and Snow- the mama llama.

We started with 2 llamas and now have 7!  The llamas were surrendered to Dove Creek around 10 years ago before we were a rescue and have been multiplying ever since. They roam together along with the cattle since they have protective instincts.  Its very interesting to observe how they interact with one another and move about -truly unique!  If you sponsor them, we invite you to come meet them, spend some time around them - you won't forget it!