SPONSORED BY: Karen Ellis, Amarillo, Texas
El Guapo which means "handsome one", is a dark bay 19 year old gelding. He came to Dove Creek with Cisco in February 2017 from a family in Plainview. El Guapo has some definite hoof wall issues and is being treated with special shoes and doing very well roaming with the herd. Being one of our elder horses, he is used in the volunteer program for new volunteers to learn horse handling and grooming. The older horses definitely require more care because they usually have health issues and most we can treat. El Guapo is no exception and with regular maintenance, he is maintaining his health. A sweet guy, El Guapo has become part of the Dove Creek family and not to mention - a good looking gentleman!
SPONSORED BY Dr. David Duncan, DDS, Amarillo, TX
JJ is a 18 year old Appendix bred gelding who has been around the block! He came off a "kill" truck and was spotted by Frank Castillo, our horse trainer, immediately. Fiery, full of energy, and strong willed, JJ was a match for Frank! He came through training like a champion and was clearly suited to be a highly skilled team roping horse. Frank allowed PRCA riders to use him in competitions with much success for many years. He also turned out to be a great cutting horse and spent several years in the feed yard working cattle with Frank. When Frank took over as ranch foreman in 2013 at Dove Creek, JJ was part of the deal. He has been a real asset to our programs as a great riding/working horse as well as a teaching horse for volunteers. Being an "elder" has seasoned JJ, but we know he is one of our "go to" horses when a horse is needed on the ranch for work. We are grateful to Frank Castillo for allowing JJ to be a resident at Dove Creek!
SPONSORED BY: Jan Krieger, Iowa City, IA
Joe was our first rescue horse and considered the "grandfather" of the herd - at 23 yo (1995). He came to the ranch in 2009 when Laurie was rescuing privately. A former roping horse, Joe has seen it all, and he in his elderly way keeps the herd in line - from a distance. Because of his gentleness and calm energy, he is one of our main teaching horses in the volunteer program. Another reason for this "high honor" is because he has come back twice from a harrowing foot injury. He almost lost his hoof getting caught in a cattle guard which kept him in rehabilitation for a couple of years. He was clearly unhappy being penned, always wanting to be with the herd roaming the prairie. Because of his fighting spirit and consistent therapeutic farrier work, he has healed and now runs with the herd again! Joe truly is one of our miracles!
SPONSORED BY Natalie Bright, Canyon, TX
Krystal is a 4-year-old sorrel Quarter Horse mare who came to us in March 2018. She came to us with an advanced infection and has had to have several rounds of antibiotics orally, as well as nasally. She also had surgery due to a tooth abscess and jaw infection to clean it up and pull a tooth.
Our hope is for this special mare to have full recovery so she can go into the training program and from there, be re-homed. We know she has great potential to make someone very happy, as she makes the volunteers very happy with her playful attitude and loving personality.
UPDATE: Krystal’s tooth and jaw issue has healed very well. We are still treating her infection which presents with chronic nasal discharge. Stay tuned on her progress.
SPONSORED BY: Meredith Childers Varlamis, Amarillo, TX
Lady is a 18 (2000) year old Quarter Horse bay mare. She came to Dove Creek as an owner surrender. If you could imagine the most calm horse in the world, this is Lady. She has been a favorite in our volunteer program and invaluable in teaching kids. Great with all ages in teaching others about how to be around horses, we think she loves her role and brings love and calm to many.
Lady came in with a tendon issue in her back end. She clearly incurred some trauma at some point in her life as some tendons in her back legs have been severed. She drags her back feet, but seems to get around enough to roam and run in the herd. This has strengthened her muscular structure and and helped her movement in all gaits.
We think everyone should meet Lady - you will fall in love with horses for sure.
She is beautiful, kind, soulful, and a teacher!
SPONSORED By Kathy and Robert Durrett, Amarillo, TX and Dr. Susan Neese, Amarillo, TX
Leon is a 17 year old Appendix gelding. He arrived at Dove Creek in 2014 in very bad shape. Off the track, left abandoned, starved and extremely thin, Leon was one of our most severe abuse cases to date. He was in a critical period for a couple of months. Thankfully he pulled through and has become one of our favorites at Dove Creek. Always curious - Leon has had a gentle disposition from Day 1.
Leon is featured in our video on the rescue - the horse shown in the beginning. Check it out on our "About" page! He is a warrior in many ways with a fighting spirit, one we prayed for fervently to heal and thrive and our prayer was answered. He is a miracle horse for sure!
SPONSORED BY Sarah Scott, Austin, Texas
Marlena - aka "Marly" is a 16 year old quarter horse mare. Marlena came to Dove Creek with Frank Castillo, ranch foreman, in 2013. She was his main working horse at that time and had been in the feed yard with Frank for many years as an all around working cow horse as well as an amazing cutting horse. She is fun to watch work a cow! Laurie and Greg Kerley fell in love with her and bought her from Frank in 2015 so she is a resident at Dove Creek. Marley has been a solid working horse at Dove Creek as well as a main teaching horse in the volunteer program. She also is part of the “healing team” of horses Laurie Higgins-Kerley uses in the Equine Facilitated Healing program because of her gentle disposition on the ground. A big heart and compassionate spirit make Marlena a favorite here.
SPONSORED BY Dawn Henderson, Dallas, Texas
Rosco is a 14 year old bay roan gelding, who came to Dove Creek in 2009. He was Laurie’s son Hunter's first horse and a working cow horse. Together they learned to do ranch work, roping, and worked on other ranches. About 4 years ago, Rosco "retired" from ranch work. At that time, Christie Shippy-Head, ran the equine division of the outdoor musical "TEXAS" in Palo Duro Canyon, and she incorporated him into the play during the summer run of 2016. In the fall, Rosco was then returned to Dove Creek Ranch. As he progresses into his wiser years, he is especially suited to work with new folk, and has come to be dubbed as the “Gentle Giant.” Rosco now serves us through our Volunteer program and Equine Facilitated Healing program, where he has a powerful impact on human lives, attributable to his huge heart, exuding love, intelligent savvy, and amazing strength.
SPONSORED BY Pebby Comer, Amarillo, TX and Mary Epperson, Amarillo, TX and Tracy & Jennifer Shea, Amarillo, TX
Scamp is an 18 yo bay QH gelding. He came to Dove Creek in 2009 from Panhandle Safe Haven in Amarillo. He had some lameness coming out of the feedyard so he wasn't able to be used anymore in that capacity. After time at Dove Creek, Scamp has healed his issue and does very well doing light cattle work for the ranch. He has been one of our "go to" horses under saddle and on the ground as a teaching horse, and combined with his great personality Scamp has been a great asset to the ranch and rescue! The volunteers love Scamp and with his curious and playful personality, he has become a favorite of everyone’s. He is part of the healing team of horses used in the Equine Facilitated Healing program assisting others in healing emotional imbalances.
Bella Luna Aethetic Center, Amarillo, TX and Dggc, LLC Amarillo, TX
Scarlet is a 11 (2006) year old bay mare. She came to the rescue in 2009 with a horse named Angel from another rescue. She was very hesitant around humans and definitely needed time in the herd. For a couple of months, all we could do was get within a few feet of her before she would want to move away. With time and patience, we were able to connect to her as she saw us working with other horses. She has been able to re-balance socially and mentally - gaining security and trust, thanks to herd dynamics. What placed her in the Sanctuary is an injury in her foot that causes limping 50% of the time so she is not able to be ridden. Willing and generous, Scarlet has been one of our volunteer teaching horses for young people - a real "sweetie". A year ago she had an eye injury which was concerning since her eye swelled up extensively. We worried that she would lose her eyesight and after daily treatment for a couple of months and loving care she was able to heal with most of her eyesight still available.
Scarlet is another horse that has seen it all - the coming and going of horses rehabilitating and being rehomed. She has much to offer if you want to pull up and stay awhile. She might have something to say.......