A one year old colt Buckskin arrived at the Coachella Valley Horse Rescue ranch on September 05,2015. He is settling in quite well at our ranch after a long haul from Fallon Nevada. He was out bided and saved from being purchased by kill buyers who wanted to profit by sending horses to slaughter. He was given a second chance on life!
February 18, 2018 Z'ava Rosen
I have been volunteering at CVHR for almost 2 1/2 years, and I cannot imagine my life without horses now.
I love being around the horses, whether I am just chilling with them, massaging, feeding, mucking, cleaning water barrels, grooming or walking them.
I enjoy the feelings I have when I am with them. The horses respond to me and give back love.
I have met other volunteers who are amazing. These people are altruistic, compassionate and hard-working.
The Rescue Director, Annette Garcia, and the President, Dave DiMeno work tirelessly for this ranch and I admire them greatly.
I currently help to train new volunteers and I enjoy seeing them interact with the horses.
I love feeling that I am making a difference in their lives.
I started visiting the ranch in December of 2016. I have absolutely loved every minute I've spent here! I started taking lessons in January of this year and feel liked I've learned so much. I'm not only learning about how to ride, but how a horse thinks and how they interpret our commands and how we connect with them. I've found a love for horses and horse psychology and sociology. It's so interesting! When I came to the ranch was an extremely shy, self-conscious, and unsure person. I was very depressed and had a lot of anxiety at the time. I started to feel better but I was still having a lot problems involving depression because I went through a huge weight gain and my confidence was shrinking even more. One day I came to the ranch and met Buttercup; a horse that was adopted out then brought back to the ranch. I didn't think she liked me but I had a gut feeling to get to know her. I turned her out one day and once she was in the arena she wouldn't really move that much. So I started walking around and she started following me. I was like "okay you're weird" so I start making sharp turns and jogging and she was still following me and trotting beside me. I felt such a connection with her and I felt so different too. When I was at the ranch with her I felt like I was at a safe place; it was like an escape for me that I could be away from all the other things going on in my life and just live in the moment. I never noticed how much she's impacted me in the moment but she has made such an impact on my heart as well as Annette and Dave. I noticed looking back one day that Buttercup has shown and encouraged me to be a leader, she's made me more confident in myself, even through my weight gain. I realized that I was a natural leader when I was little but because I was bullied a lot growing up I stopped. I was sick of being bullied and became more shy and extremely self-conscious. But when I'm with Buttercup or when I'm riding I feel confident and relaxed because I know she's there for me and she knows I'm there for her. I am extremely thankful for everything this ranch has given me and the wonderful, hardworking, and extremely caring people and horses that are in it. Because of these amazing animals and the great people rescuing and training them; I've gotten to the best place in my life so far emotionally, physically, and mentally. I'm finally feeling like myself again.
Laura, 16 (2018)