On March 8th 2016 Ride-A-Rescue was contacted about 4 emaciated horses in Floyd County that were in need. One horse on the property had become entangled in a fence while trying to find food and had died. Of the remaining horses, an 8 month old filly named Gambler, was down and unable to stand on her own. Her body condition score was 1. Once at Ride-A-Rescue, Gambler was immediately attended by volunteers and a licensed veterinary technician. Under veterinary orders, an intravenous catheter was placed in the very dehydrated filly; she was monitored carefully the following 24 hours and given fluids as well as introduced to feed. The next day, the veterinarian was out to pull bloodwork and overall assess Gambler and the other three horses, but unfortunately Gambler was far too weak, anemic and emaciated to be saved even by drastic measures. The other three horses include: Gambler’s mother, Cassino Royal aka Cassy, who came in with a BCS of around 2; Gambler’s 2 year old sister, Chancie, who has a BCS of 2-2.5 and is the size of a weanling; and Chancie’s mother, Roulette, who is in the best condition of the bunch at around a 2.5 BCS. Roulette also had some old wounds that had to be attended by a veterinarian.
Winterfrost Farm’s and Ride-A-Rescue has in their care 58 horses other than these. The rescue does not often rely on donations as the horses in the Ride-A-Rescue program tend to pay for their own care by being good equine citizens providing trail rides and riding lessons to the public and attending special events in the NRV area. While three more horses may not seem like a lot to take on, winter is often a time of hardship for all livestock caretakers as winter feed is typically the biggest expense. These three horses need more feed and veterinary care than the long term residents of Winterfrost Farm and Ride-A-Rescue. As winter funds have been depleted caring for the rest of the rescue herd and spring rides/lessons have not yet truly started to bring in money for 2016, monetary donations for assisting in buying additional food and paying for veterinary care would be greatly appreciated!
Hay, grain, dewormer and other non-monetary donations are also truly appreciated but please keep in mind that we have these horses on a specific feeding/vet care regiment, so we advise you to call or email for specific non-monetary donation needs.
Thank you so much for taking you precious time and energy to read about these sweet horses that are in great need of help! Without amazing, caring and loving people like you, Ride-A-Rescue would not be able to do what we do and help the horses we help! Please know that no donation is too small!
We have had several adoptions this past year and we want to congratulate all of our adopters on their new family additions and we look forward to hearing about their progress with each other. Visit our Success Stories page to see more photos of our rescues at their new homes. We have more pictures to come, so keep checking back!
Interested in adopting? Visit our How to Adopt page to find more information on starting the process.
Sinkland Pumpkin Festival and Fall Open House
Posted: November 12, 2015
Thank you to all of our volunteers and patrons for their support at this year's Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival and Winterfrost's Fall Open House. We had such a wonderful time at both events and we hope you did too! Your support will help us feed our rescues through the winter, which comes as a huge relief to us! For pictures of the events, visit our Past Events Page.
Do you have photos to share with us of your experiences with Winterfrost Ride-a-Rescue? Post them to our Ride-a-Rescue Facebook site and we'll add them to our website and news feed.
New Horses Available for Adoption
Posted: August 9, 2015
Check our Available Horses Page to see some of the new horses we have available for adoption. If you don't see a horse that fits your needs, then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you are looking for. We have many horses that come and go through our facility, and we may be able to find one that fits your needs.
Fun Show and Obstacle Course Adventure
Posted: June 1, 2015
We had a wonderful time during our Fun Show and Obstacle Course ride in May. With the help of our volunteers, much hard work was put into making the outdoor arena ready for our show classes. Thank you to all of our volunteers and patrons who helped make this weekend possible. Visit our Facebook page to share your photos from this weekend, and we hope to see you again next year.
Mother's Day Trail Rides
Posted: May 11, 2015
Happy Mother's Day to all of our loving mothers who continue to make self-sacrifices for the benefit of their children. Thank you to everyone (volunteers & patrons) who joined us this weekend in hosting our wonderful mothers for a well deserving treat! We had a great time, and hope you did too! Thank you Mom - xoxo
Spring Open House
Posted: May 5, 2015
We had a great turn out on Saturday and Sunday for our Spring open house. Thank you to everyone who came out to support us over the weekend, and of course, thank you to all of our volunteers who helped make this all possible! We hope to see you again for our next event.
Visit our Facebook page and share your photos from your weekend with us. We would love to hear your stories!
Radford Farm Rescues Horses and People
Posted: March 29, 2015
Many thanks to Travis Williams and Matt Gentry from the Roanoke Times for their time and effort in writing a wonderful article about our rescue operation! If you haven't seen the article yet, then check it out at the Roanoke Times.
We have recently updated our website to include the profiles for some of our horses available for adoption. Check out the link to our available horses to learn more, and continue checking in for more updates from us!
Take a look at some of our horses, captured beautifully by Burdette Photography! You can find some of the rescue horses available for adoption at our adoption page.
Its time for the Fall Fun show!!! Come have fun with your horse and help raise money for Ride-A-Rescue a 501c3 non-profit.
There will be classes for riders of all skill level, kids and adults, western and English, and timed events!!! There will be ribbons for riders and prizes for the class winners.
Cost: $5 a class $ 35 for 8 classes $40 for 10 or more
Prices are for pre-registry, prices increase on day of!
COWBOY TRAIL CHALLENGE will be a class/activity of its own with seperate prizes and ribons
Entry fee for trail challenge: $10 pre-register, price increases the day of!
Where: Skyline Stables 100 High Meadow Parkway Radford Va. 24141
Want to help but have no time? We are thrilled to receive donations! Donate through PayPal. At this time, donations are NOT tax-deductible. We are in the process of filing for 501(3)c non-profit status. Please "Friend" us on Facebook to receive the latest updates.