Read to Ride 2014


Reminder: Our Read to Ride ABLE kids camps are filling up fast! Remember to register ahead of time for your kid to get their 30 minute horse experience. AND don’t forget, kids can turn in their read to ride ticket once they complete 5 books this summer for one free horse experience!

You can pick your date and time and register HERE at Eventbrite!

For more information CLICK HERE, call (936) 878-2349 or email [email protected]

Pet of the Week: Firecracker



Firecracker is a sweet adult gelding that will come up and look for attention whenever he sees people. He is halter broke and is being worked on the ground – he will soon be ready to start under saddle. He’s a small gelding, around 14hh, so he will make a great kid’s horse after training. He and his three pasture mates were left to starve in a field when law enforcement stepped in and took them away. They were turned over to T-Bar so they could be fed and taught to love people. Since that has been done, Firecracker is now looking for his forever home. Someone who can take the time to teach him everything else he needs to know to become the beautiful riding horse he was meant to be. For more information on Firecracker or any other T-Bar animal, please email or call (936) 878-2349. T-BAR is a no-kill rescue. Save a life and adopt instead of buying a pet..

Throwback Thursday – Deuce

This weeks TBT picture is Deuce. When he came to Tbar he was so skinny and sick we weren’t sure he’d survive. We were able to help him gain weight but he kept to himself and seemed closed off from horses and people. Then he met AJ!

TBT Deuce

Thank you AJ Greer for helping Deuce learn to trust again and thank you Olivia Moore for capturing that fairy tail ending in this picture! These are the happy endings that remind us of what rescue is all about!

Infographic: TBAR Animal Adoption Process

At TBAR our mission is to save animals and educate the public to increase compassion and empathy towards animals (and decrease abuse and neglect and general mistreatment).

Our volunteers often donate their services to us, and today we are pleased to share an infographic that our friends at YOURinfoGRAPHIC made for us! This road map takes you right through the animal adoption process, from intake to happily-ever-after!


If you are a service professional and would like to donate your services to True Blue Animal Rescue you can contact us at [email protected] or call (936) 878-2349

TBAR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit no-kill animal rescue organization. If you would like to help animals such as this one, please consider donating to TBAR, volunteering, fostering, or adopting. Donations go directly toward care, feed, and veterinary care of the rescued animals and every little bit helps us to help another animal in need of safety and rehabilitation. Rescue a pet: adopt instead of shop and spay or neuter your pets!


First Annual Lifetime Membership Appreciation Meeting



This year True Blue Animal had it’s first annual Lifetime membership appreciation meeting. We wanted to give those members that have made lifetime contributions a chance to come out, meet the animals and find out how their donation is being used. Our TBAR volunteer staff and officers brought snacks and were all there to talk about what we are doing to help control pet population, stop abuse and neglect and find homes for our wonderful foster animals. Everyone loved hearing about the new training program and Trainer Juan Vendrell of TC Ranch Ventures was there to talk about how he’s been helping the horses to become more adoptable. We also talked about our summer ‘Read to Ride Camp’ and what that will mean to the children in our community.

In addition to just talking and sharing information they were able to go out and meet the animals. Zelda, the zorse, enjoyed the visitors and getting some extra attention and treats! The other horses were happy to partake in eating the carrots that the members brought and getting some extra pets and attention.
Lifetime members have donated $500 or more to True Blue Animal Rescue. These donations help us continue to take in rehabilitate and find new homes for animals. We were happy to be able to show our appreciation to our lifetime members and plan to make this an annual event. I hope to see everyone back again next year and more!

ABLE Field Trip May 2014

Field Trip May 2014 (5)On May 9th 2014 True Blue Animal Rescue had some visitors from Alton Elementary School. Second grade classes were invited to T-bar as a field trip to learn more about animal care and rescue. While the forecast called for a lot of rain the skies mercifully held off hours after the kids left.

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While on their tour of True Blue Animal Rescue the kids learned about dog and horse care. Melanie DeAeth made sure to explain to kids the difference between a healthy animal and one that is in need of care or even food. Having kids at T-bar is one of the core missions of the rescue group because as a teacher Melanie understands that education is the key to stopping animal abuse and neglect towards animals. Teaching kids how to help animals that may need help is a lesson close to the T-bar founder’s heart. The children saw the steps to helping animals, which were to tell an adult or call T-bar for help. The kids were then read a story about a horse that is in need only to be saved by one brave little girl.

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Once the lesson on how to help animals was covered the kids got to meet a few of the T-bar camp horses. First to say hello to the kids was Jasmine. Jasmine is a horse that can no longer see due to being hit by lightning. Melanie let the kids observe the horse before letting them know she was blind. As always the children were in awe of her condition and how beautiful Jasmine is. Not to mention they had the joy of feeding her some treats! The next camp horse to make an appearance was Noel. Volunteer Teresa Gaskamp told the children that Noel was a horse that was rescued around Christmas time and that was why she was named Noel! The kids not only have Noel treats but also learned how to brush a horse. Each taking a turn and learning the safe places to stand near a horse and how to hold the brush against the animal.

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After the grooming the kids had craft time, making Rhythm Beads. Melanie explained to the kids that the beads were a Native American tool used to keep the horses calm. The string of beads had tiny bells that would jungle as the horses walked. Rhythm was believed by the Indians to keep evil spirits and misfortune away, but are still used today used because the sound of the bells helps a horse keep a good pace. As they made their craft each Alton student got once piece of candy but the fun was not over just yet.

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Dale DeAeth took the kids on a hay ride around the True Blue Animal Rescue farm showing them the sights while they had fun bouncing along. After the ride Dale took the kids to meet the horses that are kept in the large pasture since the herd had come up to the fence to see what was going on. He pointed out to the kids each horse and told them their names. By the time the day was over the thunder and rain started as the last group of kids boarded the bus back to the school.

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Days when children come out to learn and see about the animals of T-bar are special days to the volunteers. Teaching kids that it is ok to care about animals and each other is a life lesson that Melanie and the rest of the staff hope they will carry in their hearts and minds for years to come.

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If you are interested in bringing a group to TBAR to learn about the importance of animal care and compassion, you can contact [email protected] or call (936) 878-2349. Please also remember that we have our Summer ABLE Read-to-Ride program now accepting registration if you would like to bring a child or two out for a 30-minute ride or experience this July! Click here for the poster.

*Update* The Alton field trip kids sent Thank You cards to TBAR and have expressed how much they loved meeting the animals and learning at TBAR!

Pet of the Week: Indy

Indy for POW 05-19-14


Do you love horses? I know I love horses. This week we have a great horse for you to consider. We have a beautiful Bay Thoroughbred gelding. He would be perfect for anyone who is interested in finding a horse they can learn with.Indy is one of 57 badly neglected horses awarded to T-Bar by a Hopkins County judge. Indy is now at a healthy weightand ready to find his forever home. So if you are looking for a horse to have for whatever job you want him to do. Or just as a companion for your horse you have now or for you, please consider Indy. He is sweet and beautiful and waiting for his forever home.

T-BAR is a 501(c)3 nonprofit no-kill animal rescue. Save a life and adopt instead of buying a pet.. If you are looking for or would like more information on Indy, or another animal you see, please call 936-878-2349 or email,   [email protected]  to make an appointment – click here to learn about the adoption or foster program guidelines and download an application.  Fill it out and send it back (email or regular mail) and once you are on file as an approved adopter or foster home, you can meet any animal you want and take them home for a sleepover – try out. Please remember to have all your pets spayed and neutered. It is the right thing to do.