Riot reaches his first goal…

Every Red Bucket horse ( and donkey ) has a name, a bucket and a goal. The goal allows us to customize their program, just for them…it also allows us to ensure the progression of their development. Friday our formerly very abused baby donkey hit his first goal…he heehawed when Kimberly approached him for his wellness check and grooming. He actually … Read More

Red Bucket Equine Rescue # 119-Lulu

For the last few days we have been choking back the lumps in our throats, politely nodding silently as people express their condolences over us losing our treasured little buddy, Hot Wheels. A few people told us ” things happen for a reason ” , well intentioned words that we aren’t buying. There is undeniable irony though, which is not … Read More

Red Bucket Equine Rescue # 118- Riot

People make promises all of the time…” I promise to be home on time “, ” I promise, I will do it tomorrow “, promises are easy to make , take lightly and ….easy to break. We met Riot last week and promised to go back and pick him up. At first, it sounded from his description that he was feral, … Read More

Good Bye to a Friend

We took this picture a few weeks ago, planning to proudly update our friends on the amazing progress that Hot Wheels has made this summer. He had been initially rescued from a kill lot, and faced being returned to that same lot, but a friend brought him to Red Bucket instead. Today, rather than updating you on the remarkable progress that … Read More

Red Bucket Report Card-Tonka

We don’t know what happened to Tonka before he came to Red Bucket, but we have a pretty good idea. What we do know, is that he had been rescued from the kill lot…and almost went back, but a friend brought him to us instead. We know that fear drives his behavior, that he has been uncertain of himself and … Read More

Red Bucket Equine Rescue # 117- Isabella

We wanted her to have a beautiful name to grow into. Her starvation, abuse and neglect is evidenced by bones so close to piercing through her skin that it has the effect of fingers on a chalk board. When we removed the oversized temporary fly mask provided by Animal Control and saw her hungry, pleading, and suffering eyes we were … Read More

Magnum and Dashiel Update

At Red Bucket, we are suckers for a happy ending….Magnum and Dashiel who were rescued near the brink of death, starving, neglected and only hours from the horrors of slaughter, live happily ever after in Wales with their adoring Strawford family. The Strawford’s originally came to us wanting one horse….and fell in love twice. In December of 2010, Ali Strawford … Read More

Red Bucket Rescue # 116- Jess

When we were first contacted by Riverside Animal control about two starving horses that had been confiscated, we felt horrible for the horses. We are full, very very full, so taking them in wasn’t on our mind…..until we saw them. We saw Jess first, her starvation and criminal neglect hadn’t robbed her of her desire to be touched, or nurtured. … Read More

Red Bucket Rescue # 115- Spice

Sugar and spice and everything nice…..that is what horses are made of, especially our new 15 year old thoroughbred gelding, Spice. Spice is a little more sweet than spicy. Diana reported during grooming yesterday that he just wanted to be touched and scratched, he melted into her closing his eyes and enjoying the intimacy. Michelle was gushing about how he … Read More

Red Bucket Rescue # 114 Dixon

From  the moment that we say “yes” to a horse, they are ours…we are committed to them 100%. We don’t need a picture, we never care what they look like, that is why it is called unconditional love. We often times white knuckle it waiting until they arrive safely, periods of silence in the rescue world can be terrifying, especially … Read More