2012...a new year for our volunteers!
Thank you Gwen and Cheryl for your help during our public events!
Jan Pillote...thank you for having our yearly yard sale at your home.
Lenny, our brother! Thank you for making sure Mom and Dad get to all our public events. You have made so many trips to pick up our loads of bread each week. You truly are a wonderful brother! We love you!...Joyce and Nonie
Gina Squiers....a new volunteer to our rescue. Gina has always enjoyed the world of horses with her sister. When she learned of our rescue and how close we were to where she lived she asked if she could be of help. All the horses are enjoying her kind and gentle hands.
Marie Blanchard, who we met at our last bake sale at Tractor Supply, has made several trips to the rescue, each time choosing a horse to groom and spend special time with. Today Marie came to the rescue because she needed to be here, to be able to just feel the love from all the horses. It was 11 years ago today, 2/13 that Marie's mother passed of cancer. "My mom's name is Pattie aka "smiley face lady". She was such a people person and a friend to everyone she met. She started my love of horses." Today we honor the life of Marie's mom. And today as Marie touched each horse they gave back to her what she has given to them..peace.
Betty Anne Kuesher...A wonderful friend and volunteer. Betty traveled with us to attend the Sleigh Rally held by the TROT Club and helped to promote our mission of saving horses for the state of Maine. Betty made cards to sell with pictures of some of the horses at the rescue.
Alissa Muise....a new volunteer to the rescue. We met Alissa and her family while attending the opening of War Horse at the Bangor Cinema. Alissa has always had a passion for "rescue" and horses. After meeting us, she wrote an essay for her school on Last Stop Horse Rescue. This week, during her school vacation, Alissa made the 2 hour trip to Prentiss and she spent the day grooming the horses and learning about each horse. Alissa plans on spending each school vacation at the rescue helping with the care of the horses.
Holding Hunter's bucket of mush with his medication.
Learning how to lift hunter's foot.
Alissa grooming Lucky.
Sheba... 31yrs old, with Alissa
Alissa left a sweet message in our daily horse journal.
" I spent my day at the farm with Joyce. It was an amazing experience to be able to socialize with the horses. I felt I had a connection with Sheba. She really made me feel good. I learned many interesting tips. When I was around the horses I felt at home. the feeling was indescribable. I could feel the horses open up its soul and heart. With every minute I spent around the horses I could feel the safety and love coming from them and from myself. Sheba seemed to show me love, respect and trust. I was really happy when she relaxed after a few minutes with me."
Joanna Masellis from Sojourner Farms helps with Little Jack.
Brandon....A new volunteer to Last Stop Horse Rescue. What a pleasure to have the opportunity to have such a hard working young man here at the rescue. Welcome Brandon! Thank you Beth Archer for making this possible.
Chris...another volunteer sharing the day with Brandon!
Thanks Betty for making today possible !
Charlotte grooming Millie...Welcome Charlotte!
University of Maine Students...Making a difference at the rescue!
2011... we would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers below that so generously gave so much of themselves this past year. You have all made a difference in the lives of the horses here at Last Stop Horse Rescue. Thank you ! Joyce and Nonie
Joanna Masellis from Sojourner Farms. Thank you for your kind hands as you touched each horse and for such a great job helping with hoof trims.
And another wonderful visit ...thank you Joanna
Emma enjoying a peaceful moment with Joanna as she eats hay and wears her fly blanket.
Lexie Kerr..such a great helper !! Did a wonderful job cleaning the barn and making sure the water was full. The horses enjoyed all the hours of brushing and just loving them. What a special week we had together!
Lexie spends the summer at Last Stop Horse Rescue !!
Lexie making cat toys to help with donations for the rescue .
Royce Rollins and Joe Labun headed up to the farm with a load of hay and oats. A few weeks later, Royce came back with another load of square bales and round bales. Thanks for shoveling the barn roof !!
Thanks to Mike and Ben for rescuing "me" when the car broke down and I was on my way to get hay. To see you both arrive with trucks and trailer to get the hay for me was truly wonderful. Very thankful for great neighbors that volunteered to help in the middle of the snow storm!
Thanks to Penobscot Job Corps for volunteering several days of haying, stacking bales and just helping out!! Never saw a group of kids with so much devotion towards working hard for the horses. Very proud of both groups that took the long trip to the farm to help.
Bob and Jane Bartlett, our hay supplier from Houlton, Volunteered to load the 17 round bales of hay on their long flat bed trailer and head down to Prentiss to deliver hay that we had purchased with some of our donation money. How nice to have such great folks volunteer their time. They now have offered to deliver all of our future orders of hay. When Bob and Jane arrived with the truck they found that the mouth of the driveway was too narrow for the long trailer to make the turn and they got out with shovels and started to make room for the truck to turn.
Toby Joyce Lindsay....my daughter ..who has helped to welcome each horse to Last Stop Horse Rescue with carrots and apples and such soft loving hands. Toby has been so helpful when I have had to go away for a day making sure the horses had extra hay and love while her husband Robbie, made sure the barn was clean.
Thank you Toby..you are my very own angel..love you mommy
Toby with Rem and Gemstone
When Toby arrives at the farm, Gemstone waits at the car for her mints and to see her new friend "Maggie", Toby's dog .(in the front seat!)
Joyce, Nonie and "Freckles"
Nonie was asked to take a trip to meet Freckles and to help his owner,Sherry with some "issues". Of course Parelli Natural Horsemanship gave Nonie the education, tools and experience she needed for a successful day. Freckles always had problems with his feet being done. After a history of several farriers, prancing around, side kicks and biting, Nonie decided that we need to work as team and we headed up to South China. Our goal was to have this be a positive time for Freckles. Joyce held Freckles and kissed his face, Nonie rubbed and scratched Freckles stomach and finally Freckles allowed his feet to be done. Helping others and volunteering our own time when someone reaches out for help is something that we also enjoy doing. Providing a positive experience for a horse is very rewarding.
Gwen....Nonie first met Gwen when she contacted us and asked us to help her to learn about Parelli Natural Horsemanship. She didnt have her own horse at the time and so she asked to "play" with Nikon, one of Nonie's horses at Sunset Ridge in Newburgh. During this time, Gwen learned more about what we have been doing with our rescue and she became a true believer in the Parelli method and also our mission at Last Stop Horse Rescue. We were happy to hear that Gwen raised money for hay for the rescue horses with a fundraiser slogan called "Bale Out The Horses." She would let people know that a bale of hay costs $3.50 and that's what she asked for as a donation. Thank you Gwen for believing in what we do, for taking the time in your own busy life to do something so special for the horses at Last Stop Horse Rescue. Thank you...Joyce and Nonie
Gwen and Nikon after a day of Parelli "play".
Gwen and Nonie at our recent Bake Sale at Tractor Supply
Betty Anne Kuesher...a special horse person and friend who volunteered the use of her horse trailer when she found out that we no longer had our own trailer.
Betty also has created greeting cards for Last Stop Horse Rescue with pictures of some of the rescues on the front. And..for all dog lovers, she included a picture of "Mack"!
"Sterling" - "Molly and Regalo" - "Mack"
Greeting card by Betty.. 3.50 a card towards one bale of hay
Alexa Bradt.....Alexa arrived one Sunday afternoon with a bag of carrots, mints, brushes and her best friend, Sadie a German Shepard that she rescued from a shelter a year ago. She wanted to volunteer some hours on the weekend, while also attending the University of Maine during the week. She just wanted to make a difference and she wants to someday have a rescue of her own. Thank you Alexa for the kindness you showed, the love that you offered, and your gentle hands as you spent hours brushing the horses. Alexa has become a very special part of Last Stop Horse Rescue. The moment I met Alexa, I knew she would be "family".
Elise Robichaud...Elise arrived with Alexa the following day to spend another day helping at the rescue after their morning class at the U of M. They decided to come together, with Sadie the dog, and make a list of projects that they felt would help with the rescue. Elise made a special connection with Rem. Alexa rode Gemstone bareback with halter and clip reins around the pasture. A meaningful time for both Rem and Gemstone to have such loving attention.
A beautiful Sunday afternoon with our very special volunteers...
Courtney and Kali......Alexa, Elise and Randy
A special thanks to three wonderful friends...Jessie, Lonna and Betty
A great day putting up a cedar fence.
Children having fun at the farm.............
Annabelle Joyce Russell, 7 and Elizabeth Grace Russell, 5 arrived one sunny afternoon to see the horses. Their Grandmother, Lianne , is Last Stop Horse Rescue"s "Mail Lady". Her girls knew that up the long driveway were horses and kept asking for a chance to see them. Both were such beautiful and well behaved girls that only wanted a chance to love and touch a horse. We spent some time learning how to approach a horse with the "horse greeting" and then how to walk slowly and stop and wait for the horse to come to them. What smiles each girl had when Gabby , our new mini foal came to them for some gentle scratches. What a smile I had when my own sweet Miles allowed a tender moment when Annabelle knelt down and he lowered his head to her. And then to have the reward of seeing a rescue horse like Hunter, stand quietly, calm and trusting as Lianne lifted each grand daughter up on his back for a picture. Times like these allow me to feel so thankful that we can offer the chance for children to learn about rescue and how to treat a horse and that sometimes a "rescue" horse isnt always the same as a "lesson/camp" horse that they might be more used to. But they still enjoy the soft touch of a child's hand.....
Last Stop's "Angels" Everett, Buckshot and grandson Mike
Whatever we need...they are ready to help!
Haying in the beautiful fields donated by David and Michelle Doane along with some wonderful friends...
David and Doug Doane "brothers" helping "sisters"
Doug loading hay with the help of Betty who donated space in her barn and the use of her conveyor.
Betty spends the day in the fields haying..a true friend !
When our tractor broke down just as we were ready to bale the fields, Scott arrived with his tractor! He received the word that we needed a tractor and it took less than 5 minutes for Shelly and Scott to load the tractor and deliver it to the fields. There are no words to describe this moment when we were able to continue haying.
And...then the baler stopped working and "Ed to the rescue"
It didnt take long for Ed to return with his own tractor and started to cut and bale and even load the bales of hay!
Fire Chief - Springfield Fire Department...helping "Sisters" Last Stop Horse Rescue
David and Michelle, Doug and Julie..our new friends that believe in our mission.
Thank you for all the time you have given to us while on your vacation here in Maine and helping us during our haying session at your fields in Lee.
From Texas to Maine..lives touching lives...
Hailey Cole...A nice visit today from a new volunteer to the rescue who loves horses and spent the day grooming and loving Hunter. A very special bond was formed today with Hunter and Hailey
Chris Arthers ...a new volunteer at Last Stop Horse Rescue
Chris spent the morning feeding grain to the front " needy" horses and learning how to fill the buckets with all the different grains and supplements and then back again to fill each bowl with soaked beet pulp. His favorite time at the farm was learning to drive the tractor and bringing bales of hay to the horses. After noticing a trailer full of wood for the winter, Chris took the tractor and filled the bucket several times and stacked the wood near the house. A wonderful young man with a HUGE heart!