Hope came to us from Riverside County Animal Services. This little Pony of America (POA), age 20 years, was found wandering, in Riverside county. Upon medical evaluation she is blind, underweight, malnourished, covered in scrapes and cuts with a large laceration on the left neck, that required stitches. She was started on antibiotics daily, for 14 days. Wound care is daily and she’s also been prescribed pain meds as needed. Now we begin the healing process. Hope is available to Sponsor.
Update on Hope: You cannot say Hope, without Joann. Joann is a retired nurse, who volunteers with FFPMR and when she saw Hope, her heart was dedicated to her. Joann does her daily wound care, daily stall cleaning, watering, exercise, sneaking her extra treats....destiny can be a beautiful thing. Hope is now healthy, happy and so well loved.
We want to thank everyone that donated financially to help with Hopes medication, vet checks, feeding, watering, and general supplies that this beautiful girl needed.
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Valentine, approximately 11 years old, came to us from the Devore Animal Shelter. She was rescued along with around 20 other horses from a hoarding situation in the San Bernardino County area. We were called in to take her in along with another mare, Faith. She came in extremely emaciated, had a bad case of lice, bad feet, stress warts and we suspected she might be pregnant. We had the vet out and although we weren't able to determine if she is, she's pretty round. She's gained weight and is healthy so we will keep monitoring her. Valentine is thriving and is looking for Sponsor or forever home.
Roxy: She also had a “mini” evaluation yesterday. She was previously used for children and got right back into routine after a few minutes. She’s a sweetie pie and will fit in well here. She is 14 years old and may be considered for our lessons program. She is looking for a good home.
Aladdin is a 28 year old Arabian gelding. He came into the rescue towards the end of December 2019, when we noticed he was being given away for free on craigslist. We took him in to make sure he was in good hands. He came in with teeth issues, underweight, rain rot ( skin issue) and suffers from muscle spasms in both hind legs. He is now on a special diet.. We are working on getting weight on him and improving his overall health and comfort. He has a very loving sponsor who gives him the love and the attention he deserves.
Bo Jax is an 18 year old, Quarter/Mustang cross gelding, Surrendered to the rescue in 2020, because he was getting older and suffering from abscesses in his hooves. He was previously used as a roping horse and is very well trained. We believe he has laminitis, and is on a special diet to help him heal, he is looking for a sponsor. UPDATE 2022 Bo's continued fight with his feet and further Veterinary care has found the true cause -he was nerve blocked, what a strong horse. Bo has found a wonderful boy at the rescue and a Sponsor.
Cheyenne is a 25 year old mustang mare who is fully trained, but a little barn soar. Rescued 2/2020. We were contacted by a boarding facility in Highland , CA that was being sold and Cheyenne was part of the group of 17 unclaimed horses. We helped with 8 of those horses. S&S ranch took 6 horses, Viva took one horse, White rock took 2 horses. We were all happy to step in as a team and help. Her original owner, hearing the news the boarding facility was closing, had no where to put her. We were told she is fully trained but has not been worked in some time. She is available for Sponsorship only.
Cookie is a 4 year old mustang gelding, who is the baby of the entire herd. He was owner surrender without training. He is working on trust, confidence and training. He is available to sponsor or adoption to an experienced trainer. When his training is complete he will be available for adoption.
Baby Girl is an 11 Year old Mustang we picked up from a confiscation case in San Bernardino County (5/22). She is a very sweet girl who will need training. She is Looking for a sponsor and an experienced adopter. Evaluation in process.
Wilfords Brother was an owner surrender (4/22). He is a 7 year old thoroughbred with excellent blood lines. He is ridable and very well behaved. He is currently looking for a sponsor and a forever home.
Shoria is an 29 year old thoroughbred. her owner was a good friend of the family and when they reached out, we were happy to help. Shara was a racer when she was young and and loved by 0ne family for many years. Currently available for sponsorship only.
She is a 10 yo OTTB, She's all black with a star and snip and is estimated about 16.4 hh. She's spunky but in your pocket. She's ready for a new career whether it be in the show ring or on the hunter/jumper circuit. She would even make a really nice gymkhana horse. True to her breed, she needs someone who knows breed tendencies. She is READY for a job and for somewhere to call
Katniss is a 12 year old Mustang Mare. She was relinquished with Penny and Kitty Kitty, from a Tip trainer who is no longer training Mustangs. Katniss was 3rd place in the 2018 Mustang Makeover. She is currently under saddle and doing beautifully.
Balero is a 15 year old, proud cut Andalusian cross. Balero was found by animal control of Riverside County wandering the local streets. He is very spirited and will need an experienced adopter.
Cali is a 4 year old mustang mare. She came to us with Hip issues and now requires Chiropractic work. With these continued treatments she is now currently under saddle. She is looking for a sponsor and adopter.
Kity is a 2 year old domestic born mustang cross. She was picked up with Penny and Katniss from a retired Tip trainer. She is currently working on socialization. She is looking for a sponsor and forever home
Denver is a 16 year old Thoroughbred gelding. Currently being Sponsored
Lisa is a 7 year old Thoroughbred cross that was picked up from Riverside Animal shelter. She was picked up with Hank from a confiscation case. She is the sweetest horse and has found a Sponsor and is pending adoption.
Rooney is an 30 year old Arabian Cross. He came to us as a local owner surrender He is Blind in one eye and super friendly. He is available to sponsor and would make a great companion horse for the right family.
Meet Kara! Kara is a 30 year old, owner surrender and she’s in need of medical, dental, and hoof care. This sweetheart is an older gal at about 20-25ish but she’s got plenty of spunk left in her(not a fan of the trailer). We’re told she hasn’t been ridden in a few years so we’ll see what she knows after she’s healthy again.
Moonshine is an 8 year old Mustang gelding. He was an Owner surrender, due to issues with saddling. Moonshine is very friendly and willing to learn. He is currently working on his training and saddling.
Meet the new kid on the block! This handsomeness came from Animal Control. A little thin, but approachable! He needs some groceries but he is a snazzy one! He stands at about 15hh and we need to research his brand but possibly 10 yrs old. He is looking for a Sponsor and needs someone to spend time with him for socialization.
MJ 23 years old. Here's her story from what we know.. We worked with Britany from All Things Hooved Animal Rescue to place this mare as a temporary medical hold from Riverside Animal Control. She was surrendered to animal control with a gelding because their owner had unfortunately passed away. Once her medical hold is up, she will then be placed on our roster and continue her rehabilitation. She's a gorgeous and very sweet Paso Fino mare and we look forward to getting to know her better and giving her some much needed TLC. We thank Britany and All Things Hooved for working with us and we are grateful for our continued working relations
Fay is a 10 year old Mustang Mare.
Wrenley is a 7 year old Mustang gelding. This beautiful gelding has been tipped trained, however his previous situation back, he is in need of socialization and retraining. He is a very curiose boy with a lot of love to give. Looking for a sponsor and forever home.
Bella is an 18 year old Mustang Mare. She was part of a large owner surrender that was due to a well drying up. Bellas is currently under saddle and is looking for her forever home.
Gypsy is an 18 year old Overo paint mare. She came to the rescue as an owner surrender from Yucaipa, CA (9/2019). She was diagnosed by the vet with laminitis and is currently on medical hold. She is receiving a special diet. Gypsy is fully trained , once cleared from medical she will go through a refresh on training. At feeding time she will call for you, so you know where she is and were to put the food. Currently available to Sponsor. UPDATE Gypsy has healing beautifully and is currently under training.
Sulley is a 27 year old mustang gelding. Rescued 2/2020. He is not broken and we feel due to his age he would be an excellent pasture friend and a great companion. He is learning about treats and can be lead. Available to sponsor or adoption.
Lefty came in with Cayden. He is a 18 years old Mustang Gelding. After much research we have found he is a Comstock Mustang from the Navajo reservation. He is on the smaller side but is ride-able by a very experienced rider. He is currently available for adoption
Lakota is a 19 year old grulla, mustang mare originally from the divine basin in Wyoming. She came to us untrained and we are currently working with her trust issues. Lakota would love a sponsor to help her with socialization and training. Lakota is available for sponsorship.
Cayden is a 26 yr old registered appaloosa gelding. He stands 16.2 hands tall. He comes from a very rough past of abuse and has several scars to prove it. We call him the gentle giant. Anyone can ride him as long as there are no whips or spurs used. He is currently under sponsorship and looking for an adopter.
Smoochy is a 25 yr old mustang mare from Colorado. Her owner was elderly and had to move in with family , we gladly took in Smoochy. She does not have formal training and i a bit shy. We are currently working on her trust, leading and picking up her feet. We have been able to get a saddle on Smoochy. She is not currently available for adoption by an owner with training experience.
Maddie is a 12 year old mustang mare who came to us as an owner surrender from Santa Cruz , CA. Her previous owner was a high school senior and wanted to make sure she found the right home for her. Maddie is looking for a Family of her own.
Mr. Ed is a 15 year Palomino Gelding. He is Halter broken and has a lot of potential for many different disciplines. He is a big guy ( over 16 hands) and would love to have a sponsor or forever home. UPDATE; SPONSORED AND PENDING ADOPTION
Samantha is a 20 year old paint mare. Rescues 2/2020. When she arrived at the rescue we noticed her feet were in bad shape. We are holding off on her evaluation until her feet are better. She is very sweet, gentle and loves treats. Available to sponsor.
Sammy is a 27 year old mustang gelding. Sammy is a rescue to rescue transfer. He was used for tripping, which is an illegal sport. He can be saddled. Sammy would love a home where he could be in a pasture with friends. Currently looking for a sponsor or an adopter.
Shorty is a 20 year old POA. His original owner was also Sparky's. They came in together. He was used for giving lessons to their grand kids. He is now being used as a cart pony and a lesson horse for kids. He will have a forever home here at Far-From-Perfect.
Pepper is a 6 year old , blue roan mustang mare. She came to us because she was not the right fit for the family. She has been with the rescue for two years working on trust. She has some behavior issues. She is currently in training and looking for a sponsor or an adopter with training experience.
Star is a 10 year old mustang mare who was rescued from auction and after a few homes , she was brought to the rescue. She loves attention and she will be the first one to greet you at the gate. Star has been ridden, and needs more practice. Currently looking for a sponsor or an adopter with training experience.
Zuni us a 16 year old mustang gelding. He is a Flea bitten grey who loves carrots and hugs. He came to the rescue 7/2019 without training. He is now ready to begin training. Available to sponsor or adopter with training experience. Currently Sponsored
Flora is a Mustang mare , 6 years old. She was captured by the BLM in August 2019. She has two owners since then. She was last owned by a trainer who was attempting a 90 day makeover with Flora, but the owner reached out to us when they realized they signed up for too much horse. Joel and Annette went to take a look at her and after almost 2 hours loaded her in the trailer, and she made plenty of noise on her way to her new home. Floral is completely wild and will need plenty of work. Please keep distance, but do say Hi to her, she is learning. For now- she is settling into her new surroundings. No evaluation at this time.
Bullseye came to us with Horseshoe. They are an inseparable pair. He is a 35yr old registered paint. He at one time was a kids barrel horse. He came to us very skinny and we were having a hard time putting weight on him. We had his teeth floated in May 2019 and have been successful getting his weight up. We are hopeful that he will continue to improve with a good diet and some exercise. He is available for sponsorship and/or adoption.
Bug is a 30 yr old mustang mare who was transferred from Nevada to California because she has escaped custody seven times and returned to her herd. She was a sale authority that most likely would have gone to a bad situation. We intervened, built a secure pen and she was invited to stay with us. She is extremely feisty and sassy and is a permanent resident at Far-From-Perfect.
Horseshoe came to us as an owner surrender with Bullseye. He is a 36 yr old registered Quarter horse and was a fully trained reining horse at one time but spent most of his life as a kids horse. He was very skinny when he came in and has been slowly gaining weight and putting on muscle. We've had his teeth floated and a thorough vet check and he's doing very well. He loves kids and is used for lessons. He is available for sponsorship and/or adoption.
Cotton is a 9 year old mustang gelding, from Fish Creek, Nevada. We adopted him from a TIP trainer. Cotton is our original mustang, He was the first mustang on the property and he has a forever home with our family, "He started it all.." Cotton loves trail and he is a step up horse for lessons. Cotton has also started riding in gymkhana, and is well loved by his riders.
Olivia was a rescue to rescue transfer. She is a 18 yr old mustang mare from New Mexico. She is an experienced rider only horse and is still learning to ride on her own. At one point, she was used as a dude string horse and is only used to following another horse. We are working with her on her confidence. She is available for sponsorship or adopter with training experience.
Shelby is a mustang mare, 16 years old who came to us due to her owner moving. She is a wonderful mustang from Arizona. She is mounted posse trained. We adopted her out over a year ago but she was returned to us in Oct 2018 with a stifle injury. She is better now, but is still favoring her hind leg. Her original owner who had given her away many years ago, to whom we received her from, found her here and now sponsors her. She comes and spends time with her and loves on her.
Jade is approximately a 3 year old mustang mare filly. She was a sale authority when she was purchased in October 2018. Her owner ran into some family health issues that took her time away from Jade. We were happy to take her and she is currently in training. Her training is going great, she is becoming desensitized to having a saddle on her back. She has a lot of personality and a lot of potential for different disciplines. She is available for sponsor or adopter with training experience. Once her training is complete she will be available without restriction.
Callie is a 5 year old unbranded mustang mare (mom was pregnant with her at time of sale) who was an owner surrender due to the hard times of the 2020 pandemic. She is very social and will walk up to you and if you scratch her withers or her booty, she will fall in love. She is currently under chiropractic care for her hips being out and is very good at her appointments. She is in need of a sponsor.
Hermosa is a 18 yr old paint mare who we picked up two years ago from up in Northern California. We took her on the agreement she would stay with us forever. She at one time was a dancing horse. She is a lesson horse for more advanced riders, and loves attention from everyone . Annette currently rides her on trail and in gymkhana. Hermosa is available to sponsor. She is a permanent resident at far from perfect.
Minerva came to us as a rescue transfer. She is a 19 yr old mustang mare from Utah. At one time she was a ranch horse. With the right person she can do it all. She is a great kids horse and we use her for lessons. She is also doing gymkhana shows. She is blind in one eye but it truly does not stop her. Minnie is available to sponsor only. She is a permanent resident of far from perfect.
Gunpowder was 16 yrs old when she arrived here. She was a grey Appaloosa TB. We used her for trail rides and I ran gymkhana on her. At 19 yrs old she became sick and colicky. She did this 2 months in a row. The second time when the vet examined her she found tumors in her throat and stomach. Per the vet it was recommended that we humanely euthanize her. She will never be forgotten. I stayed with her until she crossed the rainbow bridge
Redman was a 9 yr old mustang who had a very rough past. Most would say he was dangerous but truly he was defensive and scared. Joel had a wonderful connection with him. Last year he fought with another horse over the fence (not one of our horses, a loose horse that belonged to someone else) he ended up twisting his gut. He passed away with Joel by his side.
Benjamin was a 7 yr old mustang born to sally before she arrived here. He was a wonderful smart horse that was in training. We do not know what happened but the vet said he twisted his gut. Joel was by his side as he was humanly euthanized due to the severity of his injury
Lilly was a 21 yr old gaited mare. She was smooth to ride. She came to us via our ferries. Unfortunately she had cushings before she was given to him. The previous owner never treated it. She was here a very short time and was in the process of diagnosis when her kidneys shut down due to the disease. She was humanly euthanized.
Sugar was an 18 yr old quarter appy who was here on consignment. He was a 13 yr old girls gymkhana horse. He is was a wonderful horse who was lucky enough to be adopted. Unfortunately due to cancer he had to be humanly euthanized. We are sad but happy he new love before he crossed the rainbow bridge.
River was a 21 yr old retired barrel racing champion. We took him on the agreement that he would never race again. He was adopted by our silent board member as a trail horse. This was his perfect retirement. River crossed the rainbow bridge in December 2019.
Abby was a rescue to rescue transfer in 2016. She is a 36 year old mustang mare . She has foundered somewhere in her past and we are in the process of fixing her feet. Abby is fully trained, but would love to be a friend in your pasture. It is with a heavy heart we announce that abigail was laid to rest 9/2020. She crossed the rainbow bridge surrounded by family and friends.
Princess was rescued from the LA area. She was a 20 yr old Arabian quarter horse cross. She came to us with a bad front knee. She was a sweet gal. Princess crossed the rainbow bridge in 2019.
Annie is breed unknown mare, around 26-30 years old Annie was originally found wondering alone in a canyon in Banning, CA. She was underweight, but very affectionate. Annie does have medical issues regarding her knees and keeping weight on. She is keeping weight and taking daily medication for her knees. Annie is the most loving horse, Annie was humanly euthanized in 2021 surrounded by the family that loved her, she will be missed.
Feather is a 15 yr old paint mare. She was given to us by our silent board member to use for lessons. She is a lesson horse, loves trails and the arena. She has ringbone in her front right hoof and is in the process of healing. but we are giving her time to heal. Feather currently has a sponsor. She is a permanent resident at far from perfect. Sadly on 3/1/2022, she died peacefully, surrounded by her family. Feather was loved by some many of our volunteers and lesson kids as she helped each one of them build their confidence and learn to ride a horse, for many she was their first horse. Loved by so many, we will miss you.
Petunia came in with Shorty and Sparky. She is approximately a 10 yr old Egyptian Arabian. She is such a sweetheart and despite her past neglect she is improving all the time. She loves attention and goes out on the trail just fine. She requires an intermediate rider. Adopted by a wonderful family in 2020. Sadly Petunia fell ill , and unfortunately she was humanely euthanized surrounded by her loving family and the love they shared, she crossed the rainbow bridge. A note from her family : Petunia had a serious impact on our family and we are taking it pretty hard. I have to first and foremost thank Joel and Annette. If there was any doubt that Ángeles were sent from heaven ??? Let there be absolutely no question or doubt, Joel and Annette are two angels that walk the earth. As we stood puzzled and lost and as a dad, I had no answers for my daughter Samantha as she cried and looked at me and asked why and to solve all her problems. Joel and Annette both immediately without hesitation, stepped up and said, “Derrell, don’t worry, we are here to help and we will take care of it”! Joel stood with me as a brother to me and dad to Samantha and Petunia. Annette went into action as she does and started brain storming. I can go on and on and on. We have personally experienced the love, respect and support as family from them, not just people but family. They will always be our family and anytime they call on the HOCHSTEIN’s, you better believe there will never be hesitation. Thank you all who sent prayers and donations. We are so grateful to all. Our little Petunia will never be forgotten. She’s giving her distinctive bottom lip service in better pastures. Thank you thank thank. The Hochstein family.