Happy second chance, Austin!

It is doubtful that the Red Riding Hoods will be wearing mascara this weekend. September 2, 2011 Austin got adopted. This beauty who came to us emaciated, fearful and within just a few hours of the slaughter truck, left us well trained, shiny and confident. He will always be our cookie monster, ginger and class clown. So now this horse … Read More

$230,000 collected for starved O.C. horses

It’s a Cinderella story for dozens of starved horses, thanks to some Orange County heroes. Last month I wrote a story about a horse rescue in Huntington Beach in need of help. Red Bucket Equine Rescue had saved 86 horses, some starved and abused, others found chewing each others tails off for food or headed for the slaughter truck. See stunning before and … Read More

Starved rescue horses lose O.C. home

One horse was found starving and tied to a tree at a park in Long Beach. Another was found so emaciated in his stall that his hip bone had pierced his hide. And then there was the stable of skin and bones stallions found chewing each others tails off for something to eat. They are some of the 84 horses Susan … Read More

What Red Bucket Means to Rexanne and Thomas

What does Red Bucket mean to you? – Growing up with horses, I always valued the connection between horse and rider. However, taking a horse that has nothing and giving him comfort, compassion, understanding, and love, creates a connection like none I have experienced before. I have had the privilege of being able to volunteer in many capacities: fundraisers, planning committees, … Read More

The High Cost of Horse Sense

From NBC 4 Article: The High Cost of Horse Sense, By VIKKI VARGAS Nicky is a four-legged victim of the economy, from her mane to her tail. The 15-year-old Palomino was rescued more than a year ago and placed in a new home. But she was returned twice to the people who initially rescued her because her new owners lost their jobs. … Read More

A Tribute to Blazer – 2009

On Monday, August 17, our beloved Blazer crossed over the rainbow bridge. After a valiant and unyielding fight, he succumbed to an infection in his left hind leg. I am so grateful to have been able to kiss him last night and watch as he gobbled up a handful of cookies.  There are some horses I will never forget. Blazer … Read More

Becoming a Voice for the Voiceless

A new article was posted on Madeleine Pickens’ site about Red Bucket Rescue. Southern California horse rescue group gives abandoned and neglected horses a second chance at life The truck was dark, dingy, and smelled of fear and death. The 4-month-old bay colt forgot about his sore leg and became curious about his trip. Perhaps he was going to a … Read More

OC Register writes article about Red Bucket

The OC Register wrote a 2 day article about Red Bucket rescue. We’ve posted a copy of the article here as well Day 1 – They save horses, don’t they? Day 2 – These horses go from death’s door to paradise Day 1 The frigid January air seeps through their clothing and stings their skin. Fatigue settles in their arms … Read More