Red Bucket Equine Rescue, located in Chino Hills, California, rescued 13 pregnant mares from the Fallon feedlot in Nevada.

Yesterday, two of those mares were delivered to Mea Ola’s Place.

These girls were in atrocious condition, dirty and starved. They are frightened and untrusting.

Barbara’s Gardenia, aka “Babs” is the dun and MOP’s Matilda, aka “Tilly” is a roan. They have NO idea what a carrot, treat, or even their soaked pellets are.

Tilly, the red roan, is estimated to be only three years old. Most likely a maiden then. Her bag is tighter than Babs’ and nipples starting to point out. She is not as insecure as Babs. Babs has a nice-sized bag and large nipples. No doubt she has been there, done that.

With loving care and healthy food, they will learn what love is and beome happy, healthy, and trusting as they, and their foals, have a second chance at life.

Thank you to Red Bucket for entrusting us with their care.

Please consider donating towards their care.


DATE October 17, 2013
Mea Ola needs help! Today, I came home from work to find her more lame than she has ever been. Her left front is so tired from bearing too much of the weight. Both back legs are swollen. Dr Sam has agreed to come and see her all the way from Mission Viejo. We talked history and he told me to start her right away on Doxycycline, which I am. Also, wrapped all four legs with linament. He believes he can help her and will be here Saturday, however the price tag is steep. We have set up a fundraiser for this. We just don’t have an extra thousand to do this. He suspected it would cost $700-800, plus whatever prescription shoes, blood work and new xrays, call charge from 100 miles away, sedation, etc. because even the shape of her right foot has changed since the last ones. If anyone can help, I sure would appreciate it. There is no other choice but to try him. I have exhausted all other options.
If you can help, please click on the Donate button to the left, and thank you from the bottom of my heart.

DATE October 17, 2013 5:00 pm
This horse, Mea Ola, Survivor, was destined for something, I am sure of it. I just got off the phone with Dr. Wittlin (Sam). After reviewing xrays, video, and pictures I sent, he believes he knows what is going on. However, physical exam is what is needed to have his diagnosis in stone. There is good news and bad news.
Bad news first: This is serious and may require some extreme therapy and treatments. He believes that she is dealing with digital flexor contraction…not the kind that foals have when they are buckled over, but the kind that actually pulls the coffin bone upwards and why we see her so “down” in her pasterns and fetlock joints. The right is the worst, and he believes this is why she developed ringbone to start with. He spent over an hour explaining it to me, so forgive me for not being able to explain it all. Good news: 3 treatment options. Shock therapy first. Alcohol joint injections to speed up fusion (and because she is a brat, we would probably have to lay her down for those…under anesthesia, of course) and the $8000.00 surgery to fuse the joint faster…which is basically what was done to my neck. Regardless of the cost, I told him that I would not put her through that. There is one other injectable treatment that is still “experimental”.
The kicker is that he admitted to being “sucked in” by her story and is willing to help with his whole heart and mind and experience. He asked if he could use her as a case study for a presentation he has to give next May. The answer was, OF COURSE. I told him she was already famous, LOL.
I feel like I did those days when she was battling lamimitis and pregnant. So worried. So concerned. So afraid to lose her. I told him he was our last hope. I explained how many people love her and that we have to try whatever he recommends. Bad news: he agreed.
He will be here sometime Saturday afternoon. Time to set the prayers in motion, once again.

DATE October 18, 2013 10:56 am
Morning Mea Ola update: She is off her feed again due to ulcers from the meds, which makes it is difficult to medicate her. So, back to ulcer treatment and switching meds back to Previcox. Because we are at a critical point in this and her lameness, today we are doing a DMSO/Dex SP sweat on the right pastern and standing wrap for support on the left. I will update with pics later.

DATE October 18, 2013 12:00 pm
Ann update…Here is her sweat wrap. It has been on about 4 hours and it is helping.

DATE October 19, 2013
I had to go in for an emergency surgery at work this morning and didn’t have a chance to post, but Sam will be here about 2pm. Mea Ola is feeling pretty good today…although mornings are usually better for her. I do think the sweat wrap helped some. I am really excited and nervous, too. We will take lots of pics and video. Also, the folks are still coming to see Rosie, but it will be next Thursday at 3pm. Also go a call from some folks we met at the Horseman’s Center that are coming out tomorrow to give us a $50 dollar donation and carrots!!!

DATE October 19, 2013 11:59 am
Dr Wittlin will be here around 2pm. Thank you, Kayla, Alex, Kendra, and Lynda for all of your help yesterday. Mea Ola is feeling pretty good today, still sore of course, but the sweat wrap really seemed to help some.

DATE October 19, 2013 8:00 pm
Update: No wonder Mea Ola is hurting!!!! She has lesions on the Superficial flexor branches, both medial and lateral….Enlargement and lesions in the oblique sesamoid ligaments, deep flexor tendon pain….along with her high rinboone!! Today was treatment number one to alleviate pain and assist healing. She also has special meds for sweat wraps to that right front pastern (different meds for the front and back every day). Next treatment in one to two weeks. Thank you, Meaholics and DR Sam Wittlin. Thank you, Wendi, for the referral! Thank you to everyone that has donated. Today’s price tag: $1038.00!!! Two follow -ups for the tendons, ligaments (at about $560.00 each)….and on to the ringbone.

DATE October 20, 2013 2:30 pm
Mea Ola update: She is sore from the shockwave treatment today. It is more of a superficial soreness. She is bearing weight a little more on the right and the swelling has gone down a bunch in the left front. But, we were going to put the a special shoe on today and she is just too sore when we touch that leg (around her pastern), so Doc Sam said to wait a couple of days. She got a big kiss of support today from me and everyone who is here supporting us!

DATE October 22, 2013 8:32 am
Mea Ola is about the same this morning as yesterday morning. She was more sore last night. She does tend to be better in the mornings. I will sweat the front part of her pastern tonight, but am waiting for the meds to be delivered that I need to use on the back, and those should be here tomorrow.

DATE October 23, 2013 4:47 pm
Mea Ola update: She is pretty sore again today. The Surpass (meds) came in, so today we start that sweat. This is a hard, heart-wrenching road. The next couple of months will probably be up and down. But, we have to try! She deserves it. Mea Ola is one tough cookie!

DATE October 26, 2013
Mea Ola update
She is hanging in there. Wrapping every day.

DATE October 29, 2013
This morning Mea Ola was feeling so good that she was running around in her stall. I am hoping she didn`t hurt herself. She gets to feeling better and over-does it. I believe we will be doing her second shock-wave treatment Saturday and I am just waiting on the conformation from Dr. Sam.

DATE November 20, 2013 Noon
We will be doing more diagnostics on Mea Ola next week. It appears that her knee is now involved. Right now she is wearing standing wraps and is taking Previcox. She is a trooper and is enjoying her daily “extra” attention. I do not have to halter her for her wrap changes anymore at all.

DATE November 23, 2013
We have had ups and downs since treatment started, but she has really improved over the last few days. Now we just have to make sure she doesn’t over-do it since she feels better. She is walking better than she has in months. Thank you to everyone who donated to her medical fund! We spent that and a little more on diagnostics and treatments, as well as the medications for sweats (which continue). She also got special pastern boots and wraps for both legs. Next will be her special shoes….and we are hoping this forward progress continues!


Merlin spent his life as a succsesful show horse. Unfortunately, at the age of 20, he found himself slaughter-bound. He is such a joy to work with and is full of personality. He was shown in Country Pleasure, Western Pleasure, and as a driving horse. He is very decorated and, even 3 years ago, was still winning classes. He is a Registered Morgan gelding and stands 15 hands high. He is one of the ranch favorites and is beginner safe!


Sassy is maturing into a beauty! She should mature at 15.2 hands high and is currently about 14.1 hh. She is as smart as a whip and has learned walk, trot, canter, and whoa in the round pen. She still has about a year and a half until saddle training will start, but she will make an amazing jumper or Dressage horse. She is our beloved Sassypants and lives up to her name every day!








Theresa and Billy

This mare and foal was one of our worst stories.

They were abandoned, along with two German Shepherds, and left to starve to death. Billy’s mother was found dead by Animal Control. Theresa made milk to keep Billy alive and was barely alive herself. Both she and Billy had been attacked several times by the dogs and Billy’s tail had been completely degloved and a third of it had been eaten off. Theresa suffered major wounds to her left rear leg that left her with a bone infection. These two had MONTHS of intense veterinary care to get them healthy and adoptable.

Their stories do have a happy ending. Theresa was adopted by an amazing couple in the Antelope Valley as a companion horse for their older gelding and renamed Penny. Billy was adopted by a couple in Tehachapi and can already carry a saddle! His tail hair grew back, and although it is short…he looks amazing.










Hank, Jr.

Hank is one of six that was seized from an owner by Animal Control. He was a yearling at the time of his seizure. Hank Jr. enjoyed being the baby but he was all boy. He whinnied to us every time we come outside. When I peek at the horses from the house, I can always find him playing with his buddies next to him. He enjoys being brushed. He especially loves his carrots and apples. Hank was gelded several months after he came to us. Ann’s daughter, Hannah, started him under saddle in in the spring of 2013, Hankie was adopted and now Hank lives on a cattle ranch in Utah. Hank’s new family writes: “Thank you for such the big hearted horse! He learns quick . Been working him mostly every night. He is great with the ground work! And spent all evening riding him with just a hackamore. Going to be quite the ranch horse. He makes me smile everyday and impresses me too! Quite the horse ! Thanks again. And thank you all kindly! Take care.”










Esperanza and Big Red

Esperanza and Big Red are both Thoroughbreds. Big Red was seized from his owner for cruelty and neglect and the previous owner is currently serving prison time for it. Animal Control was not sure he would survive the trailer ride back to the shelter! When we first got him, he was very difficult to work with. At 16.3 hands, he knew how to use his size to push people around. It took about 6 months before we got him to the point to ride. And when we did, he just amazed us! His personality also went through a big change and he became one of the ranch favorites, for us and visitors alike. We learned he knew how to jump and had dressage experience so we looked to find a home where he could use his talents.

The one thing in the back of our minds was his attachment to Esperanza. We really did not want to seperate them because they loved each other so much. She was one that we spent nearly $3,000 on in vet and farrier bills just in the first few months to get her sound. She was also severely underweight. But, right away, we knew she was special. In all of my life I had never come across a horse that was just so honest and willing through and through. Esperanza gave lessons and was our go-to gal for the smallest of children while she was with us.

As it turned out, we found a home for them both together. They were adopted by a surgeon who rides English and Dressage. They currently live in Burbank! Both are so loved and spoiled. And…not too far way for a visit!


March 2014

“Horse Talk” Victorville Daily Press, gives a nod to Mea Ola’s Place and the two new rescued pregnant mares.

May 2013

High Desert Pets, a publication of the Victorville Daily Press, recently featured Mea Ola’s Place!

February 2013

The Tehachapi News recently carried a article about horse rescues. Our Ann was interviewed as part of that article. You can read it by clicking on the logo below.

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