Pet of the Week: Harry

TBAR-Pet-of-the-Week-HarryThis week’s pet of the week is a Harry. Harry is a Thoroughbred gelding. He is almost 16 hands tall and is a very sweet boy. He is about 15 years old, sweet and gentle with people and kids. He leads well and stands for a farrier. He has had some wonderful natural horsemanship training and will accept a saddle and the weight of a rider but needs an experienced rider to finish his training to get him trail ready. If you are interested in this beautiful bay colored horse please email us at [email protected] or call 936-878-2349 so we can tell you more about him and help you through the adoption process. Please consider adopting before you purchase an animal. Each adoption makes room for us to rescue another animals. Go to to view other animals for adoption.

Success Story: Patrick and Barbie

TBAR-Adopted-Patrick-Barbie-HorsesHappy 2016 everyone! Just after Christmas we had the joy of moving Patrick and Barbie, the two feed lot Belgians, to their new home. They are enjoying vast pastures of grass at their fabulous new home. Paul heard about them after our facebook post and since he already adopted a PMU draft breed horse from us 10 years ago, he decided to add these two to his farm. I can’t wait to see Patrick and Barbie gain full health too!! Every time you adopt, rescues have room to take in another animal. Adopting saves lives so adopt, don’t shop.

Success Story Update: Junebug!

TBAR-Adoption-Update-JunebugWho remembers Junebug? Several years ago we received a call from law enforcement asking us if we could take this horse. She was emaciated and had both old and new injuries. You can still see where she must have been hit so hard her ribs were broken. We named this sweet mare Junebug. Despite all the hardships she had endured this mare remained gentle and loving. Eventually she gained the weight but her story wasn’t over till her very special person found her and adopted her. Just look at the love between these two.

Thank you for adopting her and taking such good care of her Madison! Here’s what Madison has to say about Junebug now:
“She still loves children, she loves to go full speed when you ride, she loves carrots apples and the apple flavored treats we give her, she also loves cantaloupe rind too, shes not scared of guys anymore either!”

If you would like to adopt a sweet rescue horse we have several that are ridable and waiting for their forever person. Please email [email protected] or call 936-878-2349 for more information

Write to Your Representative to Stop Horse Slaughter

TBAR-Please-Help-HorsesCALL TO ACTION! Please READ, WRITE and SHARE!

The baby and mother horse pictured are safe but many others are dying every single day.

Please help stop the senseless torture and subsequent murder of hundreds of thousands of horses every year. We need you to write your representative and ask them to support the SAFE ACT. All the information is in the letter below. You can use whatever portion of this letter to send to your representative. Just be sure to alter it to make it yours and say what you want it to say. Right now slaughter buyers are lying to people and purchasing their horses under false pretenses and then putting them in feed lots to be shipped off to Mexico to die. They are terrified, sick and injured. The killers are selling them at high prices by using emotional blackmail on kind hearted people. The end result is that they get richer and go out and buy more horses to kill. The SAFE ACT is the only answer. Once we get that passed, we will tackle the overpopulation problem in a humane way. Click here to find your representative.

To: The Honorable Representative (Rep.s last name here)* use link I sent to get the Rep’s info
(Washington mailing address here)

Dear Representative :

Greetings from (your full name), a constituent in (your district). As an advocate for decent treatment of animals and for safe and accountable business practices, I am writing to urge you to cosponsor the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act ( H.R. 1942) and support it when it reaches the HOUSE.

Knowing that some 150,000 American equines, including heavily pregnant mares and even foals, are transported from the US to Canadian and Mexican slaughter houses to be sold as meat for human consumption by people in other countries, angers me and honestly, shocks me. I thought we were better than that. I feel this way because I know that our own country determined back in 2007 that the average American horse has received drugs that are not allowed to be given to animals raised for human consumption. My horses certainly got regular wormer, parasite repellents,anti inflammatories like Bute or Banamine for muscular/skeletal sprains, arthritis, etc. as well as anti-biotics and sedatives needed for teeth floating.

Approx. 10,000 race horses a year go to slaughter. An extensive investigation by the New York Times uncovered evidence that race horses are routinely given illegal drugs and bizarre concoctions like cocaine and cobra venom stimulants and to mask injury-related pain. The money incentive to win is driving the market for developing more powerful stimulants, legal or otherwise. Recently a new drug surfaced: dermorphin (“tree frog juice”) – an extract from South American tree frogs, when injected into horses acts as a painkiller 40 times more powerful than morphine. Food safety agencies have no means to test horsemeat for new substances such as dermorphin, much less determine their toxicity to humans, therefore they can never confidently state that they’re conducting all the right tests to ensure that horsemeat is safe for human consumption. The cost to develop and continually refine such tests would be enormous and

Not only did we determine that horse meat was not safe for Americans to consume (assuming we would – though the vast majority poled said they would not eat horses, and also oppose slaughter of our horses for export – we also found horse meat not safe as an ingredient in our pet food. Horses, like dogs and cats are companion and show animals, not food.

So my question is: if it is not safe for us or our pets – why on earth would we send our horses to become food for people in other countries ? This strikes me as indecent and dishonest business practice. I recently read that the European Union (EU), some 120 nations who’d been a major customer, banned all horse meat exported from Mexico (remember, over 90% of horses slaughtered in Mexico come from the U.S.). Canadian horse meat suppliers are under close scrutiny by the EU and have been given a period of time to correct the health/safety and cruelty violations found by the EU’s audit. One main requirement Canada must now meet to keep Europe’s business is total accountability for each horse’s vet history – a way to accurately trace and prove that the horse has not received any of the extensive list of drugs banned from use in animals raised for human consumption. Frankly, I don’t see how that is even possible. All U.S. horses have received many of these drugs in their lives, some routinely. This includes the mustangs in BLM holding facilities. And many vet histories are incomplete. But, if it were possible to create such a system, who is going to pay for it’s set up and man power ? Taxpayers ? Kill Buyers? Slaughter houses ? And all this trouble for others to go to in order to sell a little meat from horses whose breeders and owners have skipped out all together on responsibility for or compassion for their own animals.

Because 92.3 % of horses from U.S. kill pens are young, fat, well muscled and obviously cared for up to the point of being sold for meat, it is obvious that these horses come from people who overbreed, or lost control of their breeding business and decided to cut loses and get back a couple of hundred per horse. Looking at the shocking numbers of emergency horse rescues on the news – whole herds of horses in such bad shape the sherif could legally seize them, I wonder why on earth these people bred several more years of foals when they didn’t sell their first crop.

Though the SAFE act has plenty of substance and justification in its addressing the issue of health risks of horse meat, of course the cruelty involved matters to the all of us. So many are trampled in those transport trucks yet arrive alive, but in agony, the truckload endure as much as 38 hours of standing packed tight, but with their heads lowered to the height forced by the low ceilings of the trucks (making balance exhausting & painful)so they arrive with horrible lacerations of ears and heads. Often through the southwest extreme heat in metal transport – no water or food causes the smaller or weaker ones to fall and have legs, necks and faces trampled. If you are not familiar with the typical method of stunning a large animal so it’s heart keeps beating until it reaches the kill floor, I sincerely suggest that you watch the footage and see for yourself how inefficient the live bolt to the head is. Equine necks are long and powerful and the bolt box cannot hold them still enough as they struggle in terror. The ideal stun spot on their head is so often missed and conscious, they endure repeated blows – maybe to their eyes. Since a horse’s brain is farther back in a very sturdy skull, the stunning doesn’t always keep them unconscious, so they feel what it is to be bled, gutted and dismembered while conscious. It seems to me that the slaughter pipeline and process is exempt from the same animal welfare and cruelty laws that allow an officer to seize an animal and arrest its owner for abuse such as confining in extreme temperatures, beating, shocking, denying food and water.

Slaughter is not necessary to deal with equine overpopulation. The solution is responsible breeding and ownership practices and new laws to see them done. The hope lies in the absolutely amazing numbers of decent citizens in every state who have created equine rescues, both large and small – the growing numbers of Therapeutic Riding ranches for people of all ages and disabilities, including new programs devoted to helping our war vets and doing a wonderful job of it. The volunteers that constantly come up with great solutions to unwanted horses have a great deal to share with our law makers, if you’ll but take the time to tour and ask. If the pipeline to foreign slaughter is no longer available to breeders and to people who no longer want or can afford their horses, no one is going to suffer nearly as much as the hapless equines they should be responsible for. They will adjust and find new ways to manage their horses. So many laws passed to protect human victims of discrimination bare this out.

Pet of the Week: Cartier

cartierThis pet of the week is the beautiful Cartier. She is a beautiful sorrel mare, Paint/Pinto and is up to date with routine shots and worming.Cartier has been started under saddle and is the perfect age to receive further training to reach her true potential in her forever home.

T-Bar has a lot of animals that are waiting for their forever home. If this pet of the week, is not the pet you are interested in, we probably have just about any pet you could want.

T-BAR is a no-kill rescue. Not only do we like having our animals adopted out, we also are in dire need of foster homes. That way we can help more animals out there, who are in perilous times alone on the streets. Please save a life by adopting a pet, instead of buying a pet and please have all your pets spayed and neutered. It is the right thing to do. If you are interested on where you can help or to look at all that is available to either adopt or foster, please go to and see all the animals that deserve a second chance and fulfilled life full of love, email [email protected] or call (936)878-2349 and one of our volunteers will get back to you as soon as possible. Adoption Fee: Please email [email protected] for adoption fee! Adoption fee includes neuter or spay, up to date vaccinations, heartworm tested if old enough or started on heartworm prevention as a puppy, deworming and a one year TBAR membership.

Happy Tails: BBB Ranch Horses

True-Blue-Animal-Rescue-2015-BBB-RanchThrowback Thursday Happy Tails:

BBB Ranch has been a longtime supporter of TBAR. They have just sent us photos of their fosters and adopted horses! Here you can see Red, Prissy Kisses, Erkle, and Cheyenne! Thank you for sharing the photos, and thank you for caring for these horses!

Newest Rescue: Roman (thanks to Triple Crown!)

photo 2 (6)Roman had a great life living in a field full of grass. As he got older and his nutritional needs changed and his teeth needed additional care this wasn’t enough to sustain him. He began losing weight and his hooves were in need of special care. Lucky for him his owners turned him over to someone who was willing to take care of a horse during his senior years. Since he was turned over to True Blue Animal Rescue he’s been eating a delicious mash of senior feed and alfalfa cubes three times a day. This mash is made in the house with warm water and then topped off with vitamins and minerals to give Roman all of his nutrition he needs. After a week of that he was ready for his shots. The vet examined him and determined him to be about 20 years old, with a strong heart and all his organs in good working order. That means he will make a full recovery with the right feeding plan. His teeth needed to be floated but he was too thin and undernourished to be sedated to do that yet.

The next thing that needed to be attended to was Roman’s hooves. They were badly cracked with deep cracks that were close to soft tissue. It wouldn’t have been long before he would have been lame and unable to walk. The vet recommended shoes to help keep his hooves together while the cracks grew out. Lucky for us our son, Colton DeAeth, is a professional farrier with the skills and experience to fix Roman’s feet and as you can see, they look great with his new shoes on. It’ll take months for these cracks to grow out but Roman is already walking with more ease in his new shoes.

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A week later Roman went to the vet to have his teeth floated. Horse’s teeth are constantly moving and pushing forward and as they chew hay and grain their teeth grind together to keep them worn down. Over time this grinding might not be even so they end up with points or hooks along their teeth. These make it impossible for a horse to grind their feed to get the proper nutrition from it and causes chewing to become painful. The feed starts to drop and the hay and grass can’t be chewed properly. For more information visit


Roman’s teeth had a lot of hooks and he had even lost one of his front teeth. That’s why we have been feeding him alfalfa cubes and senior feed mash to help him gain weight. This mash doesn’t need to be chewed and offers him a lot of nutrition easily. The vet uses a drill to grind the teeth down and that is unnatural so the horse needs to be sedated to accept it.  The vet found another molar that was about to fall out when he was floating Roman’s teeth so he had to pull it out. Now Roman is missing two teeth but the rest are flat and even and will be able to chew hay and grass without any problems.

Roman will continue to need senior feed to provide him with all the nutrition he needs and as you can see he is a very large horse. He currently weighs between 1300 and 1400 pounds but will weigh closer to 1800 pounds when he reaches full weight. To get him to a healthy weight he will need to eat 20 pounds of senior feed a day which is three bags a week. We were blessed when Triple Crown Nutrition Inc offered to supply enough senior feed to bring Roman to full health! That will take 8 – 12 months and up to 200 bags of feed! Roman is a lucky horse and we are blessed to have Triple Crown on board to help with Roman’s rehabilitation!


True Blue Animal Rescue offers an educational program for children. In this program children are able to come out to Tbar Ranch and meet the rescue animals. Tbar volunteers teach the children about proper care and nutrition and what abuse and neglect looks like and what to do. Roman will now be part of that program. The hundreds of children that come to True Blue Animal Rescue each year will have the honor of seeing a draft breed horse and they’ll learn about what these horses can do and what they have been used for in history. They’ll also learn that Roman is a senior horse and has different nutritional needs than younger horses and what can be done to help meet those needs. In addition they will see what a gentle giant he is and how important it is to treat horses with love and compassion. Roman’s story, and huge presence, will make a lasting imprint in the minds of our young people. Through this educational program True Blue Animal Rescue will be making a change in how animals are treated and cared for.

photo 1 (5)This beautiful horse is thankful for the angels that watch out for horses that need help and do something about it.  He is also thankful for companies like Triple Crown Nutrition Inc for providing top of the line feed for his recovery and to True Blue Animal Rescue for providing a safe place for him to live and be loved. Thank you to those who have donated toward his care and to our horse sponsors who make monthly donations to make sure these special horses will have what they need for the rest of their lives. Please help us continue to help horses like Roman by becoming a horse sponsor too!

Donation Opportunity: Cavalia Tickets

TrueBlueAnimalRescueCavaliainDallasVIP tickets for Cavalia in Dallas on Feb. 3rd. Check out the video on the Cavalia web site It’s a horse lovers dream performance! Not only that, since this auction is through Mission fish for True Blue Animal Rescue your donation for the tickets is tax deductible. Use your smartphone to scan the code on the flier or go to the link below to view the tickets’ listing on eBay!

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Pet of the Week: Cartier


Cartier is a beautiful 3 year old sorrel mare. She was born healthy two months after seizure of 27 badly malnourished horses, including some pregnant mares. Cartier is the spitting image of her mom. She has been started under saddle and is the perfect age to receive further training to reach her true potential in her forever home. At this age she can be easily trained for any type of riding someone would want. Email [email protected] for more information. Please share till Cartier finds a home!

Update #2: Moonshine

TrueBlueAnimalRescueMoonshineUpdate2Update on Moonshine! This is the horse who was untouchable when he came to us. Now after training at Tbar and a month with Juan Vendrell of TC Ranch Ventures he’s in a new home and will be adopted soon! His new Mom got him a saddle and he’s doing great with that! Hooray for Moonshine!