Monday, December 12, 2011

Cinnamon Goes Home!

Cinnamon has found a home!

A lovely woman named Gerri in Ramona has adopted Cinnamon! Gerri is a long-time experienced horse owner who formerly had an Arab, so she'll understand Cinnamon's idiosyncrasies. She also owns a Thoroughbred mare named Rosie, who will be Cinny's new pal. Their initial meeting went great and Cinnamon seemed happy and relaxed. Cinny's new view is of a beautiful grassland valley in Ramona. Check out the pictures below!

I wish Gerri many wonderful adventures with Cinnamon! Thanks to everyone for the support and for visiting my blog. Special thanks to my Mom for her hard work helping me with Cinnamon and transporting her over the past year! I'll miss my little Cinny but I know she'll be very happy at her new home.

There are plenty more horses needing forever homes at Falcon Ridge Equine Rescue! Please encourage others to adopt a rescue horse! Visit their website here:

And please adopt your dogs and cats and puppies and kittens! Visit to view hundreds of gorgeous, and often purebred, doggies and kitties!

On the way to her new life!

With Rosie, her new buddy! Notice how their necks form the shape of a heart! Awww!

With her new Mom, Gerri and Gerri's son.

Cinnamon's before and after pics! A little love and attention go a long way!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cinnamon is Still Available! Can you help find her a home?

Cinnamon is still available for adoption!
She's made great progress in the past 10 months and is healthy, happy, and ready for her forever home.

We are looking for someone to adopt her with the following characteristics:
1. Experienced horse owner and rider. Cinnamon is a bit rusty and can be nervous at times, so she needs someone who is confident enough to handle and ride her through some spookiness. She does best riding with other horses, so if you ride mostly with others, she would be great for you.
2. Someone who loves trail riding and riding on the flat. Cinnamon is a middle-aged horse, so she won't be able to do any jumping or other strenuous exercise.
3. A person with a lot of time, love, and patience to bring out her full potential. She is very smart and eager to please, so the more time and energy you are willing to put into working with her, the more she will shine.
Do you know anyone like this?
If so, please forward this blog or email me at

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mouth full of carrots!

Cinny's new favorite treat: baby carrots fresh from the garden!

Mouth full of carrots!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Joanna Schwartzel, Natural Horsemanship Farrier Saves the Day!

Cinnamon’s Phobia of Farriers

Cinnamon the rescue horse developed a phobia of horseshoers after not having her feet trimmed for a long period of time. The first farrier I had work on her was unwilling to take the time to develop trust and bond with her. Instead, he was rough with her and triggered a panic that caused her to act dangerously when he attempted to trim her feet. He insisted that the only way to safely trim her badly overgrown feet was to tranquilize her.

Phobia of Farriers turns into Terror of Tranquilizing

Cinnamon quickly became terrified of the intravenous jugular injection required to tranquilize her. What’s worse is that, once tranquilized, she would not remember any of the procedure, so there was no hope for her to get used to the process over time. She became more and more difficult to inject, rearing up and striking out when the needle was inserted. Trying to hold a rearing horse next to someone wielding a long needle oozing horse tranquilizer is not a process I’d like to soon repeat. The third time we attempted to trim her feet, the farrier was unable to tranquilize Cinnamon.

I knew this was not a long term solution to the problem, and I worried about the effect of repeated tranquilization on Cinny’s physical and emotional health. I was at a loss when it seemed like there was no safe way to trim her feet.

Joanna Schwartzel, Horse Whisperer

I found Joanna on craigslist, where she described herself as a provider of Holistic Hoof Care through Natural Horsemanship. Joanna came out to work with Cinnamon and immediately connected with her. She did some groundwork in Cinnamon’s corral, laying down boundaries and developing trust. She worked with her in the turn-out ring for about 15 minutes, desensitizing her to sudden movements and picking up each of her hooves.

Once she felt that she could handle each foot without resistance, Joanna got her gear and easily trimmed all four feet with Cinnamon standing patiently. I was shocked and amazed that Cinnamon stood quietly, without being tied up, while Joanna trimmed and filed each of her hooves. Cinnamon felt no fear and was relieved of the panic that she previously had associated with farriers. Her feet looked great when finished, with a huge improvement in the shape and angle, which will only be improved with subsequent trimmings.

The whole process took 90 minutes and the charge was $60, which is absolutely wonderful compared to the previous charge of $60 that I was paying for the trimming, plus $25 for the tranquilizer and the impending $25 for the vet call to administer the tranquilizer.

Joanna’s method was a miracle for Cinnamon and has solved her biggest problem as a rescue horse. I look forward to getting her feet back in shape and learning more about Joanna’s methods so I can implement them to work on Cinnamon’s other issues!

Joanna's email is

Hooray for Natural Horsemanship!

Interested, but not alarmed!

Waiting patiently...

A miracle and a natural horsemanship success!

Monday, August 15, 2011

New Pictures - Cinnamon at 7 Months!

Cinnamon is doing great and is ready to be adopted!
Here are some new pictures!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I'm so cute - Will you adopt me?

Cinnamon deserves a forever home - do you know someone that would be right for her?
Take me home!
Happy after a bath!

Cranky for bath time!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Cinnamon and Claire Vs. The Hornets!

Cinnamon and Claire

Vs. The Hornets

Yesterday Cinnamon and I went out for a ride in the afternoon on a small trail near the ranch that we've ridden several times before. We were walking over a hill enjoying the flowers and sunshine when all of a sudden - hornet attack!!

The stings felt like shocks of electricity, so painful I jumped off of Cinnamon in a state of panic. She was being attacked more than I, with hornets on her face, neck, legs and back. At one point I let go of her because I needed two hands to swat hornets off my arms! Lesser horses would have run home, leaving me to be eaten alive, but Cinnamon stayed close, biting and kicking at the little devils.

I quickly realized I needed to get back on her so we could get out of there. Cinnamon stopped bucking and stood still so I could get back on, then carried us to safety, despite hornets hanging on and still stinging her face, neck and back.

When we got back to the ranch she started having an allergic reaction and seemed like she was having trouble breathing. Her stings swelled up and she began stretching her neck and yawning over and over. The vet came out and gave her an emergency intravenous steroid and checked her heart, lungs and digestive system to make sure she was okay.

Distressed look in eyes and unnatural flared nostrils. Very scary.

With emergency vet treatment, some treats and sympathy, she calmed down and she's doing fine today.

Studly, Cinnamon's best friend and next door neighbor, was unmoved by the day's events.

Claire required a glass of Cabernet and a bar of dark chocolate to fully recover.

We're going to apply bug spray before going for rides and avoid that trail for a while!

Hornets: 1, Claire and Cinnamon: 0.

This story is a great example of what a wonderful horse Cinnamon is: dependable, trusting, and intelligent. She is still available for adoption. If you know of a good home for Cinnamon, please email me at