Final session of the year brings new volunteers into the AGHR family
We had a great time 9/14/19 with our final Volunteer Training of 2019 with some of our new volunteers! We studied equine body language, non-verbal communication, knots, tools, tying, pressure/release, phases of pressure, equine safety, grooming, hoof handling, leading/backing, moving hind and fore quarters, Parelli Natural Horsemanship Squeeze Game, approach/retreat, and catching difficult-to-catch horses. All in all, we got good feedback, formed some great collaboration and communication skills with our volunteers and made some new friends while working with 2 left-brained extroverts and 2 right-brained introverts rescue equines. We are proud to have such a great group of volunteers with our program and look forward to more Experiential Learning Trainings in 2020, as well as 3 professional training clinics with Susan Nelson Thibault, 4-Star Parelli Professional Training next year!
All natural equine product line equi-spa to donate products to animal guardians horse rescue
Equi-Spa, a manufacturer of natural equine products, will be donating items to Animal Guardians Horse Rescue. Some of the products that this line offers include muscle wash, anti-itch gels and cleansing sprays. Equi-Spa products are advertised as being gentle and effective, which is an idea that we love. We are excited to try these products on our deserving senior rescues.
Update, September 18, 2019: After using Equi-Spa all natural horse products for awhile, we have decided to stick with our original fly spray, Bronco Gold, for two reasons: the Equi-Spa has a very strong peppermint smell which works well on flies but bothers our horses and makes them itchy and want to rub it off immediately after application; the nozzle on the Equi-Spa Summer Protection Spray bottle is stream only, which doesn't mist over the horse's coat. This makes our horses more weary and apprehensive of the use of this product and fearful to stand still while we apply it. Since our horses are all seniors over the age of 25, we do not want to add stress to their daily routine. We did change the nozzle head and they seem to tolerate the application better, but the smell seems to bother them and make them want to roll or rub their bodies on a fence soon after application. So we have decided not to continue ordering this product for summer fly protection. We do love the other products and they seem to work well, but they all have a strong peppermint smell, which initially bothers and concerns our horses, but after washed off, the horses relax and enjoy the cool feeling of it. Overall, we believe in the use of all-natural products and would recommend use of Equi-Spa to the public. We thank Sherie and Equi-Spa for donating some samples for us to try!
For more information on Equi-Spa, or to shop the product line, please visit the website at https://www.equispa.com.
help aghr raise critical funds and enjoy some good eats at the same time!
Mark your calendars for our AGHR Restaurant Fundraisers!
1.) Family Fun Day at Blaze Pizza
Saturday, Oct. 5 - 12pm to 6pm - Blaze Pizza, Westlake Village, CA
We need at least 20 people to dine there in order to meet our fundraising goal - restaurant will donate 50% of all proceeds (minus sales tax/alcohol sales) if we have at least 20 people attending this event! Can't make it? You
can still donate whatever you would have ordered or more online at the fundraiser link! Join us for great food and a great cause! Come meet Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc. Board of Directors there for lunch from 12pm to 2pm!
2.) Family Fun Night at Lemonade
Sunday, Oct. 13 - 4pm to 9pm - Lemonade restaurant, Westlake Village, CA
We need at least 20 people to dine there in order to meet our fundraising goal - restaurant will donate 50% of all proceeds if we have at least 20 people attending the event! Can't make it? You can still donate whatever you would have ordered that night online on the fundraiser link! Come meet the Board of Directors and enjoy a great meal for a great cause!
3.) Family Fun Night at Stacked
Wednesday, Dec. 4 - 4pm to 9pm - Stacked restaurant, Thousand Oaks, CA
We need at least 70 people to dine there in order to meet our fundraising goal - restaurant will donate 20% of all proceeds if we have at least 70 people attending the event! Can't make it? You can still donate whatever you would have ordered or more online at the fundraiser link! Join us for a great meal for a great cause! Come meet Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc. Board of Directors there from 5 to 6:30pm!
Please come support these restaurant fundraiser events. We can earn some really good money just going out to eat! No flyers needed. We just have people sign up online on the link and show up - tell the restaurant they are there for the fundraiser and that's it! We look forward to seeing you there!
aghr is honored to receive the Parelli Foundation grant for the second year in a row
We are ecstatic to announce that we have won a Parelli Foundation Natural Horsemanship Education Grant for the second year in a row! This generous grant from the Parelli Foundation allots us funding to host an annual charity fundraiser clinic learning experience with Susan Nelson Thibault, 4-Star Parelli Professional Trainer. We got excellent feedback at our first clinic last year, and look forward to another great year learning from the best. We can't wait to share with the world all that Susan and Parelli Natural Horsemanship has to teach.
Using funds from this grant allows us to afford to hire Susan and work with more challenging horses, learning savvy and safe horsemanship, and helping more horses find, and keep, forever homes. We are eternally grateful to Susan Nelson Thibault and the Parelli Foundation for putting faith into our rescue organization and helping us promote positive horse-human relationships through natural horsemanship education. We can't wait to hold this clinic again in 2020! Stay tuned to see how AGHR and Parelli Natural Horsemanship partner for positive outcomes in the coming year.
successful parelli clinic made possible by generous Parelli Foundation horse wellfare grant
Animal Guardians Horse Rescue recently hosted a clinic with 4* Licensed Parelli Professional Susan Nelson Thibault, thanks to a grant given to the organization by the Parelli Foundation. As a result, AGHR has been featured on the Parelli website. The article is featured below and can also be found here: https://parellifoundation.org/stories/joining-hearts-and-hands-to-hooves/parellifoundation.org/stories/joining-hearts-and-hands-to-hooves/
Joining Hearts and Hands to Hooves at Parelli Charity Fundraiser Clinic
By Joan Reinbott
In June, Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc. (AGHR) in central California used a Parelli Foundation Horse Welfare grant to buy Parelli Natural Horsemanship (PNH) tools and hire 4* Licensed Parelli Professional (LPP) Susan Nelson Thibault. In the high desert town of Tehachapi in the southern Sierra Nevada mountain range, the group gathered for a Parelli Charity Fundraiser Clinic at 3L Ranch, which Susan operates with her husband, Maurice, also a 4* LPP.
AGHR’s Deborah Greene-Dellvon said: “The purpose of this clinic was to teach our volunteers, foster caregivers, adopters, and the animal shelter staff that we work with in L.A. and Ventura County how to use PNH to better understand equine body language and non-verbal communication, create better partnerships, and solve problems with horses that are otherwise assumed ‘unadoptable’ due to fear or trauma behaviors from abuse and neglect. We also did this clinic as an outreach project for our rescue, to develop relationships with Parelli students and practitioners around California to further expand our connections outside of the counties we serve.”
AGHR’s mission is joining hearts and hands to hooves. The nonprofit serves as a comprehensive rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, rehoming, and retirement equine sanctuary for unwanted, homeless, abused, abandoned, and impounded equines. Many of the horses are seniors and those with special needs. AGHR is a member of the Humane Society of the United States Safe Stalls Network Program, The Homes for Horses Coalition, etc. The staff’s long-term goal is to become an accredited equine retirement sanctuary with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.
Among the success stories that have emerged from using PNH methods is that of a senior mare. Deborah said: “Snow is 28 years old and came to us from a sanctuary that closed down in Oregon over a year ago. She had lived in a pasture for 10 years with no handling, other than occasional hoof trims or vaccines, when she allowed herself to be caught. By using the new Parelli training tools and kits we purchased with half of our grant funds and the techniques we learned from Susan Nelson Thibault, whom we paid with the other half of our grant funds, we are now able to catch, halter, fly mask and spray, groom, and hoof-handle Snow. She is no longer kicking the farrier, biting people to escape, and pushing so hard against the pressure, causing her dangerous bolting and rearing behaviors of the past. Snow is far from perfect and is still a work in progress and always will be. However, she is much safer to deal with and has much improved ground manners in handling her.”
For more information, visit www.animalguardianshorserescue.org
participants and auditors enjoy fundraiser clinic with susan nelson thibault
Photo Credit: Louie Frics
The Parelli Charity Fundraiser with 4-Star Parelli Professional Susan Nelson Thibault was a rousing success for both participants and auditors. Held at 3L Ranch in Tehachapi, California, this fantastic day was full of fun and learning. Thank you to everyone who donated and participated.
WEst main animal hospital donates to silent auction
Thank you very much to Gracie and Louie Frics of West Main Animal Hospital, for your generous donation of a Dog Wellness Veterinary Service Package for our silent auction on June 9, 2019. It was very kind and appreciated a great deal. What a fantastic day we all had at the Charity Fundraiser Clinic with Susan Nelson Thibault. We are very grateful to Gracie and West Main Animal Hospital!
larry glover and greener pastures are silver horseshoe sponsors of our parelli charity fundraiser
Thank you to Larry Glover, Greener Pastures, for sponsoring our June 9 Parelli Charity Fundraiser Event as a Silver Horseshoe Sponsor. We greatly appreciate your $75 donation and will proudly display your banner at our event. Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc. endorses and appreciates Greener Pastures. When the time comes for our precious senior equines to cross the rainbow bridge, we call Greener Pastures, no one else. Larry maintains the utmost professionalism, cleanliness, respect for the horse owner, and compassion in assisting with equine removal for aftercare. We highly recommend this local Simi Valley business to the public for aftercare needs. You will not be disappointed.
does miss out on this amazing event!
Our Parelli Charity Fundraiser Clinic is fast approaching on June 9 at 3L Ranch in Tehachapi! We will have a wonderful fun-filled day of learning with Susan Nelson Thibault, 4-Star Parelli Professional Trainer, thanks to The Parelli Foundation and their natural horsemanship education grant. This grant is allowing us to purchase training materials and to pay Thibault a stipend from our grant funds to put together this full day learning experience. We are so excited to have 13 riders registered, and a few donors sponsoring this event. We thank everyone who has donated their time, charitable gift funds, and silent auction items so far. Please keep your eye on our facebook page to see updates about this event.
We have several wonderful silent auction items available for bidding at the event. One of our amazing gift baskets is valued at $100 and contains delicious wine, cheese, gift certificate, and hand-painted wine glasses by Marissa Campbell, Professional Artist. This gorgeous gift basket will be on display at the event silent auction and is up for bidding at the silent auction.
There is still space for auditors to attend, and for a tax-deductible donation of only $25, you can come and learn from the BEST Parelli trainer we know in Southern California! Bring a chair and some petty cash to make bids on our silent auction, maybe buy a rescue t-shirt or mug, purchase some Parelli promotional materials (compliments of The Parelli Foundation), and purchase snacks/lunches by donation from Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc. Come learn more about our organization, our horse Eboni for adoption, and how you can get involved in community outreach and equine welfare with Animal Guardians Horse Rescue, Inc. in partnership with The Parelli Foundation and Susan Nelson Thibault.
We hope to see everyone at the event!
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Last call for late register riders through Saturday, June 1, 2019 only. Auditors may come and pay at the event. All must bring a signed liability waiver for Susan Nelson Thibault. Both the registration form and the waiver are available to download in pdf format below.