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One Week Left To Buy Limited Edition “Save Our Earth” Shirts!


***Order HERE***
Everyone knows that our ranch – whose name translates from Spanish to Mother Earth Horse Sanctuary – isn’t just a home for happy and healthy horses. Within this desert wilderness you’ll find plenty of birds, bunnies, lizards, snakes, prairie dogs… anything and everything is welcome. All of Mother Earth’s creatures find sanctuary here – including humans! That is, after all, what Mother Earth wants.
So in addition to promoting health and happiness for all living things, we proudly show our support for all things environmental and sustainable. Whatever we can do to protect our planet from increasing human damage, whether it’s composting, growing our own community garden, or simply encouraging all who visit to decrease their carbon footprints, we do it.
Support our horses, the other critters that find home here, and the many humans who benefit from our healing ranch by buying a t-shirt today! As most horse ranches do, we live on a shoe-string budget, and we rely on the generosity of our community to continue with our operations.
These LIMITED EDITION shirts are only available until June 27th – so act now! $25 each, plus roughly $5 shipping and handling.
Shirts come in unisex or women’s slim fit and come in green, navy, indigo, purple, and charcoal.
Here’s the deal:
1) T-SHIRTS ARE ORDERED THROUGH BONFIRE. We do not have any on site!
***Click HERE:***
2) ORDER YOUR SHIRT BEFORE JUNE 27TH. That is when our campaign ends! All shirts will be shipped to their respective owners AFTER the 27th.
3) WE DO NOT HANDLE REFUNDS OR SHIPPING. All of that must be handled through Bonfire.
4) WE HAVE TO SELL AT LEAST 5 SHIRTS BEFORE THEY PRINT. So, share share share this with all your friends and family to boost our sales (and proceeds)!
5) TRY TO CONTAIN YOUR EXCITEMENT. We know, we know, these shirts are a big deal! ;)
***Order now: ***
Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. EIN: 61-1544459.

Help a Horse Day 2017


Save the date! Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary is teaming up with the ASPCA to host our second annual Help a Horse Day, a national movement in which horse rescues and sanctuaries across the country celebrate horses and raise awareness for equine abuse and neglect.
Join us for a day of meeting horses, painting with horses, crafts, good food, and shopping! We’re partnering with local vendors for the occasion and you’ll have the opprotunity to buy beautiful, locally-made artwork, organic soaps and lotions, gorgeous jewelry, and much more. You’ll additionally have the option to round up your purchases with proceeds going to Tierra Madre’s herd. All proceeds will go towards paying for wellness checks for each of our horses through our wonderful vets at Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center! Just like we all have annual checkups, so do our herd members.
In the spirit of wellness, on this day we are also celebrating the launch of our Equine Experiential Coaching Program, which enables people of all backgrounds to interact with horses on the ground in order to let the horses teach the individuals more about themselves. For more information on this exciting new program, please click HERE.
Join us on April 22nd between 8am and 3pm! Hot dogs, burgers, water bottles, otter pops, and other light refreshments will be available for (cheap) purchase. All ages are welcome and entry is free!
Froth Coffee and Tap Truck
Originals by Garrison
Gypsy Bound
Please ‘like’ the ASPCA on Facebook and visit their website to learn more about their work and Help a Horse Day!
Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. EIN: 61-1544459.

2016: A Year In Review


Somehow 2016 has flown by and the holiday season is behind us! Our year has been memorable in many ways, and as the New Year begins, we always like to reflect back upon what our organization has done, seen, encountered, and learned through the past twelve months.
We kicked off 2016 with a bang – a not so great bang. In January, we were hit with equine coronavirus, a sickness that swept through the ranch and left several of our herd members sick for weeks. This came shortly after Spencer’s accident on Christmas last year, when he got kicked in the eye in a freak accident. Our vet bills were through the roof, and we were up at all hours nursing Rain, Sunny, Heighten, Hudson, Sonora, Sweet Boy, Hollywood, and countless others who fell ill. Our team of volunteers was incredible as we called on them to help us bleach and quarantine everything on the ranch. It was total lockdown for close to a week during the worst of it, but by the end of February, all affected horses were back to normal.
The end of our Arizona winter also saw the creation of our community garden and marked one year since we led a pregnant and unhappy Rain through our gates. Just as we headed into spring, the oldest member of our herd, Wild Bill, decided his time had come to run in the Great Herd, and we set him free in April. It was a peaceful passing, but our gentle ‘Buffalo Bill’ is greatly missed.
We held our first ever Help a Horse Day event at the end of April, raising over $2k for our herd in one day! It was a fun day of painting with horses, Earth Day activities, and listening to an awesome band, the Violet Revolution. While our event did not win the ASPCA’s annual Help a Horse Day contest, we had a wonderful time and met some great new friends. We can’t wait for next year’s contest!
Our resident baby, Sunny, turned one in May! Since she became a yearling, we have begun an informal training process with her each morning that involves gentle groundwork and lunging in the round pen. Soon, we will begin showing her saddles. While we cannot ride her until she is around three years old (her bones are still developing and solidifying), we will gradually begin to put the saddle on her back so she gets used to it and sees how much fun she can have while wearing it. Watching her grow has been one of the greatest gifts we could have ever imagined receiving, and we love her more with each passing day.
We pushed through our triple-digits summer thanks to about a billion gallons of water, the misters in all our stalls, and the volunteers who braved the heat to care for our herd. The hot months were another challenging time for us as we dealt with several diagnoses of chronic laminitis in Chiquita, Sonora, Cadence, and a minor case in Sweet Boy. Come October, we would receive a diagnosis of acute laminitis for Rain. Miraculously, we pulled her through it in what we called our Power Up Rain Campaign. Thanks to supporters like you, she is doing wonderfully today and has been cleared by our vet!
After treating Sonora and Cadence with special booties, diet switch-ups, special medications, softer stalls, and all the love in the universe, these two mares are also completely back to their normal, wild selves and continue to tear up the arena during their turnout time. Our Chiquita was reevaluated at the beginning of November after her gradual improvement peaked and then plateaued for many months. Eventually x-rays told us that her chronic laminitis had become more of an acute problem. Luckily, we will be able to keep her comfortable and very happy for a long while thanks to special wooden ‘clogs’ that give her feet the support she needs. Meanwhile, Chiquita is living the life in her cushy stall and receives special medications every day along with thousands of hugs and kisses from all of us who adore her!
Eventually, we made it out of the grueling summer months and into fall. Our second annual benefit dinner and silent auction at the end of September was a wonderful event filled with gorgeous auction baskets, great food, and fun music. When all was said and done we raised close to $8,000 for our herd! Best of all, all of our friends were together in support for the horses, and it was an unforgettable evening.
During the fall we began monthly open ranches, and we recently started free, monthly horsemanship seminars for the public. Our goal is to continue spreading education about proper equine management and help individuals understand the physical, emotional, and financial commitments owning a horse requires. Additionally, we launched our new management committee: a group of individuals who will be helping us step up our fundraising and community outreach game. And one of the most exciting ventures is the ongoing development of our Equine Experience program. This experience enables individuals and groups to use horses as a means to achieve personal growth, and we are so excited to officially launch it in 2017.
We have continued to improve our administrative practices, outreach, the relationships with our donors, our horsemanship skills, and our transparency. Our volunteer force has grown and strengthened, and our family of supporters and friends is larger – and more incredible – than ever.
As I write this, we are still grieving the loss of our beloved Bentley, who joined the Great Herd on December 9th. Like all our horses do when they are ready to leave Earth, he told us it was his time, and we listened.
But through the ups and the downs, the challenges and the obstacles, we’ve had an incredible year of watching our herd live with joy. Horses live in the here and the now, and to them, each day is an immeasurable gift. Their health and happiness is what inspires us. And you – yes, you – keep us going.
As we reflect on our year, we want to thank our friends, supporters, donors, staff, and volunteers for helping us achieve our mission of giving 31 spirits the happiest lives imaginable. Our wins could not have been made possible without you, and we are grateful for your support, your dedication, and your friendship. Without you, our horses’ lives would be very empty. Without you, there is no Tierra Madre.
From two-legged and four-legged alike, all of us here wish you a truly incredible New Year. And from the bottom of our hearts… thank you. Thank you for being a part of our family.
With sincerity and appreciation,
Alexis Roeckner
Ranch Director



Sound the horns.
Beat the drums.
We are calling on our friends and supporters and followers – our family – to join us on the most critical campaign we’ve had in a long while.
We’re calling it the Power Up Rain Campaign.
As you know, our Rain was diagnosed with acute laminitis on Monday, October 10th. Luckily, we caught this horrible disease very early on, and we all – our vet at Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center, Jim, Abel, all our volunteers and I – are extremely hopeful that we can beat it.
Most importantly, Rain is hopeful. Her attitude these past few days has been great. She’s walking with discomfort, to be sure, but she’s walking. She’s diving into her (closely monitored) food at mealtimes. She’s pinning her ears when Solo saunters by in the morning hoping to schmooze her a bit. She’s being herself, and that is the best thing in the world to see.
Jim and I and the doc have put together an action plan to beat this thing.
In short, our action plan is to fight.
We’re gonna FIGHT.
Because acute laminitis, in some cases, is a killer. We’ve lost three horses to it in the number of years we’ve been in operation and we’ve managed to save one: Hollywood. And a year from now, we’re going to be saying we’ve saved two of our kids from it.
We don’t give up. We don’t give in. We march into battle against all the odds and you better believe we make our battle cries loud – LOUD – and clear:
We win these.
And this is where you come in. This is where you join us as we forward march.
We win our battles with the strength of our family at our backs. This kind of support comes in the form of the hours put in by our amazing volunteers who help us keep this place running. It comes in the form of phone calls, texts, messages, emails, and comments from you all giving us well wishes and writing words of love and support for our little girl. And it comes in the form of financial support.
That last one is critical.
So here’s the deal: We’ve broken Rain’s current and future needs into three categories:
‘Stuff’ is pretty descriptive, right? Don’t worry, I’ll clarify that in a minute.
So far, we’ve spent $671.28 on vet bills, with more to come since the vet was just out yesterday with our farrier to work on Rain’s feet. Mind you, we haven’t gotten these bills yet – this is just what I see coming out of our account online from Chaparral. Once I get those bills we’ll do a breakdown of those charges (like X-rays and medicine).
Yesterday cost us $50 to have our two wonderful farriers work on Rain’s feet with vet supervision (and because those two are so good to us I know they didn’t charge us their usual full amount).
As for STUFF… we’ve needed to spend $236.74 on soft ride boots for our little girl; $125.82 on bedding for her stall; $30.99 on a special kind of low-starch grain; and $20.15 on miscellaneous supplies which include syringes for her medicine and a short hose that we can connect to the sink in the tack room which makes it easier for us to fill her hay soaking bucket with water. Total amount for STUFF: $413.70.
Ten days in to our battle, we’re looking at $1,134.98, with another vet bill on the way and undoubtedly more to come.
NOW… We will be grant seeking and planning some fundraisers to help offset these costs plus our anticipated expenses for Rain over the next month on top of our admin costs, hay for the other 31 kids, facility upkeep, etc. It’s not fair of us to throw this entire campaign on your shoulders, and we don’t plan to.
But we sure could use your help.
I wanted to make or order something special to send to you “campaigners” who pitch in financially – whether it’s $50 or $5 – as a token of our gratitude for your support. At first, I thought of t-shirts that said POWER UP, RAIN! on them. Then I thought of wristbands, mugs, canvas bags… what could we offer donors, besides our usual handwritten postcard, that would show you our sincere and utter thanks for being a part of this battle?
In the end, I went with these prints (see picture). And not just because these cost me about ten bucks for a billion of them and I just couldn’t justify spending a bunch of money on something like t-shirts when we have these bills coming in.
No, I love this shot of Rain. To me, it shows so much.
You see, I took that shot just weeks before she gave birth to Sunny, only a few months after she’d been living at Tierra Madre. At that point, she’d transformed from the skinny, sad, timid little girl living in the round pen who flinched whenever anyone approached her to the spirited mustang who yelled for her food and happily explored the property when volunteers took her on walks.
And you can see it in her eyes in that picture.
When she came through our gates and when we told her story, people all around the country fell in love with her. She brought us new friends, new supporters, and new enthusiasm for our work. She brought new life to the ranch – figuratively and literally.
She brought us Sunny.
That’s why I suggested the name Rain when we were trying to decide what to call her. In the desert, it is a precious resource, and it gives life.
And so, if you take up our arms with us and join our campaign by making a donation in amount of your choice, we will send you this print of our baby girl so you can always have a picture of the mustang who changed Tierra Madre forever when she walked through our gates.
She’s still changing lives.
She’s still inspiring us every day.
And we will fight for her.
We will fight, and we will win.
So… let’s go, campaigners.
Right now we need $1,100 and I know we’ll need more later… but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.
Even if you can’t donate, please ‘like,’ comment, and share this post so Rain’s story gets told. And “thank you,” won’t even come close to expressing our gratitude.
Because this isn’t just about raising funds – it’s about rallying together to beat this acute laminitis. It’s about working together to save a mustang in the middle of the Sonoran Desert with a story to tell and a life to live.
Join the march for our little girl and take up our battle cry:
Gather your strength, campaigners.
We’ve only just begun.
Ranch Director



Dang, you guys.
This month has given us vet bills we could stack as high as Bentley. And Bentley is our biggest horse.
Because we’re a nonprofit, we believe in total transparency when it comes to money around here. We’ll tell you where every penny goes and when we could use some extra help. And right now, some extra help would be awfully appreciated.
As you guys know, we’ve had a few cases of chronic laminitis around here the past few months. When we add this to our usual medicine expenses for the month, our medical bills for the month of July have really piled up. Like we said, we could stack them as high as Bentley, who’d probably try to taste test some of them in the hopes they taste like carrots.
We’ll cut to the chase: Our fundraising goal for the next month is $4,000. And we’ll break all that down for you in a minute.
First, we want to announce something we haven’t done now in some time… a raffle!
We want to make contributing financially to our case fun and rewarding to each of our amazing donors. So, from now until Monday, August 15st, with every $25 donation you will not only receive one of our brand new thank you postcards (going out in the mail soon to our 2016 donors!)….. you will receive one raffle ticket that will be entered in a grand drawing.
“What can I win?” you ask? We’ll tell you:
FIRST PRIZE: Two tickets to Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary’s annual benefit dinner and silent auction and a custom horse painting (applies for local donors only). VALUE: $200.
SECOND PRIZE: One Tierra Madre package which consists of a t-shirt in the size of your choice, a Tierra Madre decal sticker, a paperback copy of I Hear You, Horse by Jim Gath, and a custom horse painting. VALUE: $85.
THIRD PRIZE: One framed 5×7 picture of the Tierra Madre horse of your choice plus one custom horse painting. VALUE: $40.
Each raffle ticket is $25, and 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes directly to helping us meet our $4,000 goal.
Did you donate to us in July? Then you’re already in! You will be contacted with your raffle ticket numbers within the next few days. On Tuesday, August 16th, we will have three of our horses pick the winning numbers on a live feed. Then, the winners will be contacted via email or phone number (depending on what form of contact you’ve left for us.)
By the way….if you buy a ticket for our benefit dinner and silent auction, you will receive FOUR raffle tickets. And yes – by purchasing benefit tickets, this means you can potentially win two more to give away to family or friends!
Now, let’s take a look at those costs….
This morning (Friday, July 22), our vet is visiting to inject Studley’s latest summer sore under his chin. His past few bills have amounted to roughly $300 each, so while we have not received the bill from today’s procedure, we anticipate another $300 for our resident punk ass.
[Total: $300.00]
Chiquita’s X-rays from July 14 are broken down as follows:
Call charge – $57
Radiographic set up fee – $22
Dormosedan – $25.48
Butorphanol – $27.36
Xylazine – $25
OSHA compliance fee – $3
Digital X-ray P-3 LF – $102
Digital X-ray P-3 RF – $102
Total: 363.84
We have also purchased special soft-ride boots for Chiquita for $236.74. This leads us to:
[Total: $600.58]
Sonora also was diagnosed with a minor bout of chronic laminitis. Her vet bills – also from July 14 – were as follows:
Digital X-ray P-3 LF – $102
Digital X-ray P-3 RF – $102
Total: $204
Additionally, we bought Sonora a pair of soft-ride booties as well at a total of $236.74. This bring us to:
[Total: $440.74]
~Sweet Boy~
Sweet Boy has received a diagnosis of long-term chronic laminitis in his front left hoof. His X-ray bills – also from July 14 – were as follows:
~Other medicine expenses~
This month, we have gone through…
…one tub of bute (phenylbutazone powder) and have just purchased another. Bute is given to our chronic laminitis cases plus a few others with joint stiffness. Cost: $48.26 for one tub.
…seven tubes of Equioxx for Bentley. Cost: at $5.68 each, this comes to $39.76.
…1 50mg/cc of Flunixin for Bentley. Cost: $36.82
…60 pills of Previcox (30 227mg and 30 57 mg) for Heighten, Chiquita, Sonora, Sweet Boy, Cadence, and Bentley. Cost: $335.58
[Total: $460.42]
Now, when we aim for a goal, we aim high. As you all know, these medical bills don’t cover our facility upkeep costs, labor, or food. And our horses love to eat.
So, to make this fundraiser goal a round number, we’re asking for $4,000.
Where’s that additional $1,630.42 going, you ask?
Well, this morning, we got a squeeze of alfalfa delivered to the cost of $1,100.00.
We’re also getting our manure dumpster switched out to the tune of $310.00.
And, $220.42 will cover the cost of roughly 5 bags of wheat bran and 6 bags of equine senior grain, which will last us a little more than a week.
Grand, grand, GRAND total comes to $4,000.
The good news? We’re already almost HALFWAY there! Thanks to YOUR generosity, we have $1,783 of our desired amount so far.
Done seeing numbers? We’ll stop now.
And we’ll end this by saying there is simply no way to tell you how much your support means to us.
Because you see, we don’t just appreciate the money itself when you contribute to our cause.
With every donation we receive – whether it’s a few bucks or the funds to buy enough carrots to fill our arena – we celebrate that people care about our little organization and our mission.
With every donation we receive, we know that somewhere out there, someone has made the selfless decision to give some of his or her hard earned money so one of our horses can enjoy a meal.
With every donation we receive, we are struck with the fact that our job might not be easy, but with the support of our family across the nation, we can do anything.
With every donation we receive, we are reminded that no matter what kind of hell our horses are going through, we can make them better.
And we do.
Like Jim always says, we win these.
Can’t donate? Trust us, we of all people understand how tight money gets. Don’t you think for a second you’re not part of our family.
Because with every comment you post expressing your love for our horses and encouraging us to keep going, we are reminded all over again why we do what we do.
So, village, whether it’s by dropping us $25 by clicking HERE or sharing the heck out of this post – let’s raise that $4,000. Three of you will win fabulous prizes, but if I’m allowed to be cheesy here for a moment, you all deserve prizes for your kindness, your generosity, and your friendship.
You make Tierra Madre happen. You keep us going.
I hope you never forget that.

Happy Fourth of July from our herd!


Annual Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction


It’s that time of year again! Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary is throwing its annual benefit dinner and silent auction on September 24th at the beautiful Carefree Resort and Conference Center.
Last year, we had our very first benefit dinner and silent auction which was our highest-grossing fundraiser in the history of our tiny organization. We had over 100 people in attendance and raised over $8,000 for our horses’ food and medical care. Our second time around, we have our goals set even higher!
The deadline to purchase tickets will be Tuesday, September 20th. Please purchase your tickets here at! The direct link is:
We are looking forward to seeing you in the Carefree Resort’s Opera House come September 24th!

Volunteer Orientation Dates


To our friends, supporters, and visitors,
Where did this year go? We blinked and we are nearly halfway through the year. The ranch had some beautiful spring weather, but we have officially settled into summer mode. With fully functioning misters, hoses running at all hours of the day, and lots of sun screen and water bottles laying around for the humans behind the ranch, we are gearing up for a long, hot summer.
We wanted to share the volunteer orientation dates for the remainder of the year. If you are interested in joining our team, please fill out an application HERE and our volunteer coordinator will be in touch with you.
See you around the ranch!
Alexis Roeckner
Ranch Director
Please note that all orientations are held between 8 and 10am and that while there is no September orientation, there are two October ones.
*Monday, June 13
Saturday, June 25
Saturday, July 30
Saturday, August 27
Saturday, October 1
Saturday, October 29
Saturday, November 19
Saturday, December 17
*This is our last Monday orientation!

Tierra Madre Help A Horse Day


Mark your calendars for April 23rd! Tierra Madre is throwing an Earth Day celebration you won’t want to miss.
With this event, we are taking part of the ASPCA’s Help a Horse Day contest, and you attendance can help us win up to $25,000!
Download a flyer for yourself below, and feel free to share them around.
help a horse day flyer FINAL
See you there!

A Vino and Canvas Painting Party!



Come out to the ranch and paint for a cause! Tierra Madre has joined up with Vino and Canvas to provide an experience where you get to create your very own horse themed masterpiece under a professional artist’s guidance. Fun for all ages! Everything provided! Food and drink will be provided. Cost per ticket is $35 and you must register in advance at Please register by March 2nd to ensure participation. Only 30 spaces available, so register soon!

The event is March 5th from 10am-12pm!

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