The Cashel Company really rocks! After a particularly rough day, the mail arrived with boxes from Cashel full of horse blankets, saddle pads, breast guards, and much more. Their gift turned a bad day into one of gratitude and hope. Thank you, Cashel Company!
In the last post expressing our gratitude for recent donations, the contribution of 20 bags of horse feed was attributed to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department. It was actually the Dallas County Posse who donated the feed. Thanks you very much, Dallas County Posse!
Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK would like to express our deepest appreciation to the following people:
- Cashel Company – for donating fly masks (long and short) and leg guards for all of our horses to protect them against flies and sun.
- Sheriff Lupe Valdez for introducing us to the Dallas County Posse
- Dallas County Posse for donating 20 bags of horse feed.
- All who participated in GSA’s annual garage sale last week: those who helped with moving merchandise, set up, sales, clean up, as well as everyone who came out to support us throughout the day.
- Everyone who has made donations to help with the ongoing costs of keeping our animals healthy and happy.
It’s time for the annual Garage Sale at Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK! This year, we have everything including the kitchen sink, cabinets, and more! The sale will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Rollin’ C Ranch, 1916 N. Westmoreland Rd., DeSoto, TX. (between Danieldale and Wintergreen Roads). In case of rain, the sale will be postponed and a new date will be announced at that time.
Terry Wade-Ottley, Star, and Dr. Chad Tucker
Recently, Dr. Chad Tucker, from Tucker Chiropractic in DeSoto, came to Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK to treat some of our horses who are having problems with their joints. Dr. Tucker is board certified in both human and veterinary chiropractic.
He adjusted Star and 3 other horses. The adjustment improved Star’s ability to eat and to move, which also improved her demeanor. Thanks, Dr. Tucker! #helpahorse
Overton started working with horses at age 9 with no training or knowledge of horses. He “broke” horses as a boy and young man in Wichita Falls. When he moved to Dallas, he was advised that city folks didn’t want their horses “broken.” They wanted them “trained.” It was essentially the same thing he was already doing, so he became a horse trainer.
He showed us how to train a horse to respect our space and keep us safe from accidents due to overcrowding. He rewards the horse with acknowledgement and petting (but no kisses) when they perform the action that he is working towards.
Overton demonstrated his training methods using Bella, who will be 2 years old in June and who has been spoiled all of her life. Once she understood what he wanted, she was generally willing to cooperate.
Gabby’s Sanctuary Ark plans more safety and training classes this summer. Events and details will be posted once they are finalized.
On April 22, Gabby’s Sanctuary Ark had a dance party! Denise Colletta taught some basic line dancing steps, Carlton grilled burgers and hot dogs, DJ Blair Oliver kept the music going, and dogs Mister and Kaya stayed in the middle of the activity, hoping for handouts. There was a lot of laughter and fun at the Rockin’ C Ranch that night! Thank you to all who worked and participated. #helpahorse
Photo (l to r): Charles Caldwell (President of GSA), Lesia Aguilar, Michele Martin (Granite Properties), Terry Wade-Ottley (Executive Director of GSA)
Granite Properties has been a great supporter of Gabby’s Sanctuary Ark (GSA) in the past. Recently, Michele Martin (Property Manager and Granite team) made it possible for us to set up a booth in their office building to spread the word about Gabby’s Sanctuary Ark, our mission, and our needs, and to promote ASPCA’s Help-A-Horse day to employees and visitors. They also posted this sign in the lobby of their building to promote a drawing for those who donated to support Help-A-Horse month.
Thank you, Michele and Granite Properties!
Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK wants to thank the Episcopal School of Dallas for inviting us to participate in their volunteer fair. We met many interested, polite, and respectful young people who are willing to give their time and talents to help make the world a better place through volunteering. If you are interested in volunteering with Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK, please fill out the form under Volunteers. We will contact you with a time to come out and meet us and the horses, and to find out where your talents best fit our needs.
Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK owes many thanks to the people who sponsored and participated in our first Help-A-Horse Month event:
- 4Shepherds Horsemanship for demonstrating groundwork with our horses, Billie Jean and Gracie.
Andre & Billie Jean
- H. Wayne Kirk, President and Founder of the Texas Horse Park at the Trinity for making it possible for us to use their arena for the event.
- Scott Jones, board member of Texas Horse Park, for working with us to arrange the event at the arena.
Scott Jones (standing), H. Wayne Kirk, and Terry Wade-Ottley
- The 7th & 8th grade Jazz Band from DeSoto McCowan Middle School for performing.
DeSoto McCowan Middle School Jazz Band
- Tyson Sports Autographed Memorabilia for setting up and manning the silent auction.
- Camille and Charles Caldwell for allowing us to use Gracie for horseback rides.
Camille Caldwell on Gracie
After Andre Taylor from 4Shepherds Horsemanship demonstrated how to work a horse and get them to work with you, everyone in attendance was given the opportunity to ride Gracie or Jett, one of the Texas Horse Park’s horses, and interact with the horses.
Please join us for the rest of our Help-A-Horse events:
- April 22, 6:00 – 9:00 pm – Line Dancing lesson, Dancing for Dollars and The Spoken Word contests ($5 admission)
- April 23 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Overton Brooks presents a demo and groundwork training ($25 registration)
- Virtual Feed Store – Help a horse with online donations at Gabby’s Sanctuary ARK’s Virtual Feed store.
Events will be held at the Rollin’ C Ranch, 1916 N. Westmoreland Rd., DeSoto, TX (between Danieldale Rd. and Wintergreen Rd.).