TIER provides rescue /sanctuary for mistreated, abandoned, and neglected horses in need of a safe place to land, room to breathe without demands or the need for defense and to be able to heal. A place to mend, be loved, cared for, and given a chance to be valued for who they are.
Your contributions assist in providing food, shelter, water and medical attention for the horses of TIER.
4/27/2017 - A Wonderous Gift!
In early April 2017, we were contacted by the Weidner Cares group about the possibility of being chosen for their annual Weidner Cares Community service day.  We were honored to make the list of possible non-profit candidates and undeniably elated at being chosen as the recipient of their So. Cal Community Service Day!  WOO HOO!
The project coordinators, Nick, Cindy, Stephanie and Alex (Alex came all the way from Washington) were phenomenal, knowledgeable, detailed and so personable!  50 (yes, that is 50!) Weidner employees came out and and did an Over The Top job!  Their attention to detail was wonderful.  We had worked together on a project list (it was LONG) and they asked if there were other projects to add to the list just in case they might be able to tackle them.  They completed EVERYTHING, including mucking out 1/2 the corrals!  TIER volunteers Andie, Diana & Stephanie helped tremendously by being here and explaining where things go, while they pitched in with the work at hand.  Thanks so much ladies of TIER!
The list included, painting, sanding, staining (shedrow barn stall fronts), dead tree removal, drip irrigation & a timer for "Carol's Corner" and an area around the arena, cleaning/organizing the workshop (they even donated 2 huge Gorilla Shelving units!), welding together 2 new hose racks, gave us some new plants, moving railroad ties, fencing in the well area AND the hay area, and adding horse wire to the existing barrier fence!  They donated and installed TWO 8'x24' shelters for the large areas where the donkeys currently reside, cleaned/painted 3 picnic tables, organized the "bone yard" (where we keep extra pipe, fencing, broken corral panels, etc.), installed cabinets over the washer/dryer and fixed a drawer that constantly came of it's runners.
They completed EVERYTHING and asked for more tasks!  Can you believe it??
TIER is so very grateful for their generosity, upbeat attitudes and skills.  I was overcome with it all.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think that we would be able to afford or complete these projects any time soon.  We had hoped to be able to tackle them over the next few years as donor funds are utilized for feed, farrier and vet costs.  I continue to be amazed every morning when I go out to feed and see what these wonderful people accomplished in 1 day of labor and laughter.  Our "To Do/Wish List" has been drastically reduced!
I did speak to them at the lunch break about rescuing, the plight of BLM burros/horses, how much their gift meant to the horses in our care and to the people of TIER.  Diana handmade address & check book covers in colorful print fabric as a thank you for each of these folks!  Diana is so thoughtful!There are just not enough words to convey our appreciation.  Grateful doesn't seem to truly emphasize how we feel. The Weidner Cares group have truly made a difference in lives of the horses currently at TIER, the lives of those that may come to TIER, daily management and the lives of our volunteers and supporters.  THANK YOU WEIDNER CARES!
10/18/2016 - Verifi-Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries
TIER - True Innocents Equine Rescue has been verified with Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) since 2011. The certificate below is our RE-verification. GFAS performed a site visit shortly after our move to a larger property last year. We could not do this without our Donors, Supporters, Volunteers and BOD.  THANK YOU!
7/21/2016 - The Hits Keep On Coming...
After feeding, filling water buckets, administering electrolytes, adding salt to feed, medicating scrapes, giving Pirate his psyllium and other daily chores, I made a run to the local feed store for more supplies.  When I returned I stopped at the house first.  No water.
I was in panic mode as I thought something had happened with the well.  Thank goodness I had cleaned/filled all the water barrels for the horses before the water quit.  A couple of our neighbors have had to have water trucked in because their wells were down and I was really worried.  I grabbed my coffee and went to the front porch where I could calm down and figure out what I could do next.
I noticed a dried water trail coming from the workshop/barn area.  I went down to that area and found that the main pipe to two of the water bladders had broken and that the water had been cut off.  It was around 4:00 pm and the gentleman I had personally hired for the day to clean stalls was gone.  I called him and he told me that when he noticed all the water gushing out of the broken pipe he turned off the main.  Thank goodness he was here when that happened!
We have found that quite a bit of the PVC used for water on this property is different kinds of PVC pieced together willy/nilly causing issues off an on since we moved here.  (The pipe for grey water from the house is a nightmare that I have been personally trying save up to have fixed).
That late in the day I was sure that I would not be able to get a plumber out here.  I called Joe who has been working with me on the grey water issue.  He was on his way home from Los Angeles where his day job is and told me he would be out here in an hour.  LOVE that guy!  He did a temporary fix on the pipe and then came back the next day, put in METAL pipe and also replaced some other valves that had been giving us problems.
The fear of not having water for the horses in this heat wave really rocked me!
6/18/2016 - Pushy Panhandlers!
Do you find those pushy panhandlers at the rail annoying? BE WARNED this is the Jackie & Paco act when carrots and apples are brought their way.
4/3/2016 - The Demise of Sidekick #1
It was with laughing anticipation that we introduced Sidekick #1 and Sidekick # 2 to the TIER residents.  Sidekick # 1 moved into the corral with Jackie, Belle & Paco.
Jackie soon claimed Sidekick #1 as her property.
Sidekick #2 was put in the roundpen with Moses & Garrett.  Garret was interested in the newcomer, but Moses felt that a toy was something he wasn't interested in at the time.
Early the following morning, Sidekick #1 was found with it's clothes shredded at one end of the corral.
The mangled insides were lying in a heap.  Crime photo of Sidekick #1's outsides & insides were taken while Jackie (the murdering Burro) looked on with disdain.  The remains were lovingly placed in the dumpster.
11/9/2015 - Bostonian Visitor to Tack Sale?
TIER Tack Sale had a Bostonian visitor at the sale. Lucy was checking out the "dog bowl" with the horse theme around the edge and trying out the Circle Y Saddle. Sadly, the stirrups on the saddle were too long for her.
11/8/2015 - 11/7/2015 Used Tack Sale/Fundraiser
There are not enough words to thank the TIER VolunTIERS properly for all their hard work at our Tack Sale AND Corral Cleanup yesterday!
Diane P. did the bulk of organizing the layout for items, created signs & put them out so people could find the place Carol Cederborg Melissa Etter, Katelyn Davidson, Belinda Hines, Stephanie McGregor, Joyce Banks and Pat of Pat's Tack helped for days to prepare for the event.  Organizing, cleaning, tagging, set up/tear down, etc.  Thank you ladies!
RCU students (as usual) along with Jon Davidson came out in force to clean pens, scrub & fill water barrels, clean the hay area, etc. so things would like nice for our visitors. These young people come out on a regular basis and help the horses so very much!
7/15/2014 - Hay, Hay, Hey
Because of our supporters, we are able to purchase hay in bulk which allows us to pay a bit less than feed store prices.  Thank you ALL!
Many thanks to Bobbie F., Cara S., Carol F., Catherine B., Char C., Corinne B., Holly F., Irene J., James C., Kathi J., Krystin P., Pamela C.,  Steve F., and Tim C., who donated via Secret Santa for Horse Rescues for the horses of TIER!
The goodies have arrived!  We are so very grateful for your participation in this year-end fundraiser which helps the horses of TIER to get those things that are needed around the rescue.
Below are pictures of the Secret Santa goodies and the TIER residents.
THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY much!
Marshall wanted a fly mask with nose piece
Sunny asked for bucket brushes to keep the TIER water buckets sparkling clean.
Virgil asked for body brushes for himself and everyone.
Zeke requested extra lead ropes and lunge lines so volunTIERs can take the TIER residents for a walk (or the horses can walk the volunTIERs).
In Memory of Carol Darnell  This was a special request, to honor the memory of Carol Darnell, a wonderful friend to all equines and to those of TIER in particular. Every year, Carol donated a case of vet wrap. We asked Secret Santa participants to honor her memory by donating in her name.
Not only was Carol's annual gift of vet wrap honored, but TIER also received Cowboy Magic Detangler/Shine, Fly Spray bottles, Ivermectine wormer, brushes for manes/tails, and an extra fly mask w/nose for Melvin!!
Thank you for your generosity, kindness, caring and support!  It was a GREAT Xmas fundraiser made possible by  Wendi N. of Special Horses and, of course, our wonderful donors!
12/21/2013 - The stockings were hung on the feeder with care...
Twas 5 days before Christmas, when all through the corrals
the horses were munching hay, not even a donkey did bray.
The stockings were hung on the feeder with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
Thank you VolunTIERS Diana P., DJ & Marilyn!
10/6/2013 - San Dimas Rodeo 2013
We just don't know how to thank all our volunteers for the hard work they put in at the San Dimas Rodeo this weekend.
As USUAL, Diana & Mel set up the booth and tended to the booth BOTH days all day! VolunTIERS Andie, Bri, Marilyn, DJ and Janice came out in full force to help out.
We had a wonderful time and raised funds for the horses of TIER! Thank you to Bob Hardcastle, Jeri Hardcastle & Erin Cyr who volunteer with the rodeo and made sure that everyone was taken care of.
6/11/2013 - Journey Home Update-Freedom!
We are happy to announce that the horses have arrived at their final destination - SANCTUARY!
Your generosity, along with assistance from the ASPCA & The Ark Watch Foundation has made their trip possible!
We would like to send you our deepest thanks for your contributions which helped to transport TIER horses to Black Hills Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota and the Duchess Sanctuary in Oregon where they will live out the rest of their lives free from neglect and abuse.
Transportation, health certificates, and vet fees for such an endeavor were costly and with our budgets so tight to cover just feed and everyday care, we were afraid we would miss this great opportunity.
We would also like to thank Celine Myers, founder of the Duchess Sanctuary and Ark Watch Foundation for her hard work in making this effort happen by coordinating with the sanctuaries to get the horses in and transport details!
Also, we wish to thank Sandi Anderson and her husband Rick for assisting with loading the horses when it was time to send them on their Journey Home!
This is such an important event for TIER and for the horses. We can further focus on our remaining horses, rehabilitation, training, and finding great families to adopt them.
Thank you again for helping make this possible.
6/8/2013 Chino (front), Autumn (Left-behind Chino), etc. as they head out to their first taste of freedom.
The Journey Home &ndash Freedom!
The look that these mustangs have in their eyes is one of wonder and confusion. There are seven in the group and they traveled here from California and Nevada together. After years of captivity seeing an open gate must be a mistake. Next they check all around the large pasture outside of the corrals and barns. This gives them a sense of security and if there is a problem they can easily come back into the corral. After around the perimeter they settle down to graze. One of the reasons we want all of the new arrivals to adjust to a period of time close in is that in times of danger they come back here as they know this is the safe zone. Most all of the mustangs on the Sanctuary periodically check out what is happening down here to see if they want to stay for a while in the winter. As soon as the grass starts to green up they are all ready to hit the open range.
Preserving the American West-Saving One Wild Horse at a Time!
Susan W. Watt, Program Director
Institute of Range and American Mustang
Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, Hot Springs, SD
The newly formed group have their first taste of Freedom!  Autumn leads the group as she tastes the air!
The Lucky Seven explore open range.  What a wonderfull new life adventure!
6/10/2013 - More Photos from 6-11-2013
Here are some photos after the horses were turned out into the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary house field this weekend.  Here they can stretch their legs, munch some grass, and just learn to roam around.  We can see them from the Visitors Center and Susan can see them from her house.  We are still giving them a bit of hay daily just because they are used to it.