Page updated 8/10/23. still in progress
We basically have three categories of horses;
Those who are available for Adoption, Sponsor, or Foster Care*;
Those we ride to help pay for our pasture;
Those who are now fond memories.
1: 'Horses Available" for you to Adopt or Sponsor or Foster Care,
2: Our "Current Horses" crew 'pays' for their 40 acres of pasture by taking friends and family of the owner of the property horseback riding.
3: "Fond Memories" of notable horses that have been Adopted, Fostered, or who have passed on to The Great Pasture in the Sky.
Adopt means the horse belongs to you. You either take the horse to your facility or, if you leave the horse with us in our pasture, you pay any expenses for the horse such as veterinary bills, winter feeding which costs about $1,000 per horse, hoof shoeing or trimming which is about $150 every two months. In addition, if the horse is left in our care during the summer, we can use it in our string if needed to entertain our guests. So if you adopt, we prefer you take the horse to your place.
Sponsor means you help pay for a certain horse's keep while it belongs to us and is either at our Ranch or in Foster care. You will be listed as a Sponsor. Every horse we have is available for you to add your name as a Sponsor, Simply Donate and ask that your donation goes to help "Sponsor [name of horse]."
Foster means you take our horse to your place and take care of it.
#1. Horses Available for adoption or foster care.
Daegyn is a beautiful Morgan gelding. Dark Brown. He is rideable but has a limp from a scarred hoof. He currently has corrective shoeing and we are hopeful this will help. He is a very gentle & loving horse. Marilyn Paul donated him to us and is still in love with him, so we can't give Daegyn up unless something changes. Sponsored by Marilyn Paul.
Doc is an old bay gelding. Very friendly and gentle, but is just getting old. Available for Adoption, Sponsoring, or Foster Care. No longer available says veterinarian.
Huckleberry is a tall gelding, about 15.2 hands. He used to be a great riding horse. He now limps and we have been doctoring him. With some TLC and proper care, he could possibly be a good-riding horse again. Available for Adoption, Sponsoring, or Foster Care.
Trey is a small mare who was a main member of our riding string until her feet started having problems. Now she is in Foster Care with Larry and Sally of Cora, Wyoming. Available for Adoption, Sponsor, or Foster Care.
Coal Black is extremely friendly. He is a tall horse, 16 hands, which means five feet four inches at the top of his withers (shoulders). He is in his upper 20s. Good ride. Very gentle and obedient. So lovable he is like a big puppy dog, always wanting attention. Coal is Available for Sponsoring or Foster care.
Dodger is a gentle gelding. His color is 'cremello', which is a blend of palomino and white. He has blue eyes. He limps on his front feet. We, and the vet, have been treating him for that.
Available for Adoption, Sponsoring, or Foster care. No longer available says veterinarian.
JoJo is a brown sweet-natured gelding. In the winter of 2022 he slipped on the ice and fell over backwards, breaking his withers bones. The owner gave him to us. When he came out of winter pasture in May 2023, he seemed totally healthy and we were looking forward to riding him. But then he started limping on his front feet. The veterinarian said he has navicular and is treating him for it.
Available for Adoption, Sponsoring, or Foster care. No longer available says veterinarian.
Roller is a good-natured gelding who has a bad ankle and walks with a decided limp. He won't ever get better. He was given to us by Larry and Sally of Cora, Wyoming. They Foster Care him in the summer and help Sponsor him in the winter. Wonderful people like Larry and Sally are a real blessing to horses in need. Roller is not available for Adoption or Foster Care, but you could help Sponsor him for his winter expenses.
Romeo is a mini-horse we got from Cody with Patches. He had really bad feet as his hooves hadn't been trimmed in many months, so he was lame. He's doing much better now with proper care. His original name was Pico but when he got here to the ranch and saw all those big beautiful mares, he just FELL IN LOVE! So we renamed him "Romeo". He is not available for Adoption or Foster Care, because we love him too much, but you could help Sponsor Romeo.
TJ, or "Truckin' Joe" was a race horse many years ago. Then he got a real job and worked for the US Forest Service for years. He's now in his upper 20s and needs a home. Ridable and sound, no lameness or disease. Available for Adoption, Sponsor, or Foster Care.
Whiskey is an older gelding who is in Foster Care with Margareth of Kinnear, Wyoming. Not available for adoption. Margareth loves him! Deb Cox is showing him off.
Dawn is an older mare who we rescued in 2018 from a "kill pen" auction. She is very loving and gentle. Dawn has been adopted by a Jackson, Wyoming, family. Katie, Chris, Edie, and Jay LOVE Dawn,
so she is not available for Adopt or Foster.
But you could help Sponsor.
Buffy is in Foster Care in LaBarge, Wyoming. She could use a Sponsor.
Skippy was Fostered by Kathi several years ago. She absolutely LOVES Skippy. Not available for adoption but you could help Sponsor.
Current Horses we ride to help pay for our pasture.
Jackson Hole Horse Rescue is located on a private ranch just west of the Jackson Hole Wyoming Airport. The property adjoins Grand Teton National Park. The owner of the Ranch graciously provides 40 acres of irrigated pasture for the horse rescue in exchange for us taking his family and friends riding when they come. It is a win-win situation. Our riding horses are not available for Adoption or Foster care, but you could help Sponsor one of these horses.
Stormy is our longest-tenured horse at the Rescue. In the year 2010 a lady gave Stormy to us because Stormy had a torn ligament in her right shoulder which caused a decided limp. It was 'iffy' that she would ever be sound and healthy. It took Stormy a year and a half, but after she healed she has been our most reliable and best gentle horse. She was born about year 2,000, so you can calculate how old she is now. She is an 'easy-keeper', meaning she has a tendency to get too fat. Very gentle and reliable for anyone to ride. A valued part of our string. Not available for Adoption or Foster care, but you could help Sponsor her.
Cinco is named because of having five hoofs. Yes, Three Front Feet. In spite of that he is a good riding horse, gentle.
Cheyenne is a large gelding. Gentle for anyone. His owner was a neighbor of Jonesy and gave him to us because on a long ride he would go lame. We usually take short rides of up to 3 hours. He does fine. We got him about 2011. Not available for Adoption or Foster care, but you could help Sponsor him.
Scout relaxes in the pasture with the Grand Teton in the background. Scout came to us as a scrawny wild yearling and just mowed our pasture for three years. Then I, Jonesy, started working with him and Scout became a real horse. Scout is now Jonesy's preferred mount, my good buddy. He has a ton of energy and if there is mischief afoot he will be right in the thick of it. One frosty fall day I saw the horses running fast across the pasture. I climbed on the corral fence to see what was going on. Scout was in the lead of 15 horses and they were in hot pursuit of a mama grizzly bear and her two 7 month old cubs who were fleeing for dear life. I'm sure the grizzlies came out of the river bottom, tried to cross the pasture, then bumped into the horses. The horses were likely curious and trotted closer to get another look. The bears got nervous and started running. I'm sure Scout said, "Hey guys! This is fun! Let's see if we can catch them!" Nope. Grizzlies can outrun a horse. I, Jonesy, am witness to that.
Copper is a very large tall mustang.
Gentle. Available to help Sponsor..
Hattie. Good-sized mare. Available for you to help Sponsor.
Nugget. Robert helps sponsor.
We have several more horses not listed yet. Still trying to find time to finish the update: Jonesy 9/4/23
Fond Memories of horses which have been adopted or have gone to The Great Pasture in the Sky.
On Feb. 2, 2018 Colleen and Rob called me and asked if we could take in their 13 year old mare, Sierra. She had some kind of issue with diarrhea and swelling on her brisket and belly. They’d done all they could and spent a LOT of money on her with veterinarians over the past several months. So I drove 50 miles to Alpine and met with them and the brand inspector.
Rob and Colleen were teary-eyed when they said goodbye to her. This was their first horse and they enjoyed riding her for a year or so before she started with her issues. They are really in love with her.
After getting Sierra settled in to her new paddock with Shadow and Rusty (the old guys), Johnny (who is on our Board of Directors) and I did some brainstorming about what could be her problem. I told him her history and told him what Rob and Colleen had done and what the vet said. We agreed that another visit to another veterinarian wouldn’t accomplish much. We put her in the “Horse Senior Center” at Johnny’s. Pic is below.
Sierra with her swollen belly.
So we consulted with three other people who have had a lifetime of dealing with horses. We decided on a therapy for her; lots of exercise and rough feed. I called the Rancher in Crowheart, Scott Maller and his wonderful wife, who have taken care of our horses in the winter for years. Jane adopted our old mule, Lulu, a couple of years back. I discussed the situation with them. Scott agreed with our assessment and we agreed to give it a try.
We postulate that Sierra has had hay and grain and hasn’t had much exercise for a long time. So, perhaps, being out where she can run and get rough forage would help with her diarrhea and reduce the fluid buildup and swelling. See photo above of the swelling on her belly. See the ridge at the bottom side of her belly? It is on both sides and extends to her brisket.
So I took her over to the Mallers near Crowheart, 105 miles over Togwotee Pass. Scott and Jane and I led her out among our 11 Horse Rescue horses that are there and let her get acquainted with them. Then we turned her loose in Scott’s very large pasture. The horses did the usual thing, threatening Sierra and basically trying to decide where she fits in the pecking order. I was really pleased that she turned her tail toward them and kicked at them to show them she wasn’t going to be bullied. Rob and Colleen had said she was timid, but my observation was that she will hold her own. Then she went running and bucking and kicking out over the 200 acres, jumping the ditch, rolling on the ground, and running with the others. She was obviously overjoyed to be “free” again.
Scott and Jane agreed to keep a very close eye on her. She fit in with the other horses and they accepted her. The swelling went down but some is still there. The dry grass in the field did her some good as well as the exercise. She definitely has a new lease on life. Thanks, Rob and Colleen, for giving this horse a chance. And thanks for your monetary donation to support the Horse Rescue.
Update: We brought Sierra back to the Ranch in Jackson Hole in the spring of 2018. By the middle of the summer she was doing so well that we tried her out with a very loose double-cinch and a very small rider. The swelling is almost gone. Just a bit left between her front legs, on her brisket. She is doing well. Sierra loves to go on our trail rides. Another update: Rob and Colleen came and rode with Jonesy and Colleen rode Sierra. Just to know that Sierra has found a forever home and is now useful and happy means the world to them.
Folks, THIS is what horse rescue is all about. A horse that had problems and is now enjoying life to the fullest. Note: Sierra finally died of old age.
SIERRA RUNS FREE!!!! Sierra runs in the open pasture for the first time at the winter pasture at Scott and Jane's ranch. She was SO HAPPY! It brought tears to my eyes. Jonesy
Video: Sierra gets a drink on a trailride. Note her swollen belly.
Below: Nugget, a dark Palomino and currently in our string.
Spot, died of colic.
Lilly was adopted and now resides with Deb and Gypsy in Idaho.
We have several more horses not listed here. Still working on updates.
Trixie on left. Patience, Adopted by Izzy.
Zorro, Adopted by Diane in Star Valley, Wy
L-R Chiclet, ...
Patience, Adopted by Izzy.
Rooster & Scout,
L-R Sierra, ...
L-R Chiclet, Available for adoption.
Dobie, Adopted by Alicia and is part of our string.
Buddy has been adoped.
Trixie is still recovering from foot problems.
Skipper enjoys our paddock early in the spring. He was adopted by Kathi.
Patches was a beautiful old gelding. A lady called us from Cody, Wyoming and said her father died and she had flown out to settle his affairs. She wasn't able to get rid of the two old horses so we agreed to drive the 310 miles one way to rescue them. We had Patches for a year and a half. He died 9/19/23.