Cherokee’s Birthday

This will be a busy week at Ever After Mustang Rescue as we prepare for a surprise birthday party for Cherokee. On Friday March 31st he will turn 33 years old. The volunteers will hustle around the barn to give his stall a special cleaning and lots of fresh bedding. His gifts will include a new halter and a new feed dish to hold his grain. We know these will make him happy. A carrot cake to share with his friends, birthday hats and decorations  will complete the party. You are invited to share in his celebration.

Check in daily to follow the progress.


Cherokee sharing a snack with friends


I remember so well the first time I laid eyes on Cherokee. He was only a few hours old. It was the morning of March 31st, 1984. I had fed the horses and closed the barn doors the night before. All was well. Owhyee Lady, a very pregnant six year old mustang mare, seemed comfortable and showed no signs of delivery. But on this morning the horses were silent as I opened the barn doors. There was an air of reverence and respect. I rushed to Lady’s stall to find this little foal laying on the floor with a proud and watchful mother standing nearby. Both were well. What an amazing event!


Cherokee grew quickly over the next few weeks. He followed his Mom closely. She was attentive; he was obedient. All seemed well. It is hard to know when we first realized that something was wrong with the angle of his front hooves, but a vet exam identified “clubbing” of his feet. We are unsure of the exact cause, but, at the time, it was felt that the long bones had grown so quickly that the tendons restricted the leg. He was less than one year old when he had surgery to cut the tendons. The surgery was followed by years of corrective shoeing. The painful procedures were 90% successful. Due to all this and the projected expense of his care, adoption did not seem to be an option.


Cherokee spent his young years frolicking in the pasture with the other horses. He was ridden lightly and became a favorite. By age 15 he began to have growths around his face and neck. These were diagnosed as a form of cancer and were treated and controlled with injections at the sites. It would be several months before the growths returned and the treatment resumed. This went on for several years. By the time he was 25 the growths had multiplied and moved over his left eye closing the lid. X-rays were taken that showed involvement to the sinus cavity and the vet advised euthanasia. Since he was eating well, all systems working and he still enjoyed turnout with his friends, we opted to wait until his quality of life deteriorated.


Jack and Cherokee


It was about this time that I met Lisa Kent, an energy and massage therapist and holistic practitioner. She recommended a change in diet and the use of certain essential oils. Following her direction and the help of our volunteer, Sharon Soule-a Reiki Master and Animal communicator, we began a course of alternative treatment. There was nothing to lose.  Although I have always believed in miracles, the results have been more than anyone could believe. Eight years later we have a healthy, aged horse with only slight traces of the once distorted growths. We are all so grateful to share his birthday with him.  Cherokee would also like to thank members of the Union Church of Biddeford Pool for their faithful sponsorship of him. Ask us how you can join them to help provide for his care. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s party!



Photo courtesy of Tracy Shaw


I knew this morning it was my birthday, the 33rd, a very special day, but never anticipated the surprise party, carrot cake and the well wishes of caregivers, pasture mates and all my friends on Facebook. There aren’t enough “horse” words to thank you all. I love my new halter and feed dish and am very grateful for all the kindnesses given me.

Since I am 33 years old and do not have many more years ahead, I really want to serve as spokesman for all my friends here at EAMR. We are happy and well cared for. We are thankful to all who provide for us, but would like to make everyone aware of the needs of the rescue which in turn improves our lives.

I understand that Ever After Mustang Rescue is celebrating ASPCA’s National Help a Horse Day the entire month of April with a gala celebration at the rescue on Sunday April 23rd from 1-4 PM.

The ASPCA is offering a $25,000 award to the winning Rescue. A part of this is the amount of donations made to the rescue during this month and the media attention generated for this event. I would like to help by introducing you to one of my stablemates every day and presenting their need. I am hoping we will reach your heart and desire to help.

#HelpAHorseDay #ASPCA #rescue #adoptdontshop #mustangs

Thank you for being our friend and this great day.

Don’t I look sharp in my new halter?

July 2016 Newsletter

Big news….

Lucky has found a home!

On Saturday June 25th, Lydia and Mona trailered Lucky to his new home in Connecticut. This brave little horse stepped right into the trailer for the 3½ hour trip. Most of the trip was on major highways with big trucks passing on both sides of us, yet he calmly unloaded at destination and was hand walked in the new environment by his new person. It really helped that Susan made several trips to the Rescue to bond with him and now in a strange place he had a friend, someone familiar and trusted. We wish them both happiness and many shared trails.



We received this special note from Susan:

Rory (formerly named Lucky) seems to be adjusting well to life in CT. Mark, one of the owner’s of the barn said he is a really cool horse and I have to agree. He has a “friend” in the paddock next door named Jiggy (Rory likes Jiggy more than the other way around). He has also met some of the other horses and I have been letting him say hello to his future pasture mates over the fence for now.

He loves attention and is responding really well to my work with him. I have been showing him around the farm and he is very curious about everything, not much scares him. He wanted to get on the old farm scale which is like a teeter totter but, I didn’t think that was a safe idea quite yet. He also kept looking in the window at an old chicken coop. I couldn’t figure out what he found so interesting in there and then I realized he was looking at his reflection. He thinks he is gorgeous. Don’t tell him I said so (I don’t want him to get a big head) but, I think so too.

Hope every one, animal and human, are doing well up there in ME. Rory and I will keep you posted on our progress.

Thank you for all you do!



Newest Sponsor

Kris Grenier has become an “In House Sponsor” and has chosen Ginger to help support on a monthly basis. This program allows the Rescue to provide for the needs of horses not suitable for adoption. If you have always wanted a horse but cannot have one, then this is the perfect solution. Sponsors receive a photo and history of their horse, quarterly updates and a scheduled visit. Not to mention the good feeling knowing you are helping the horse. (and a tax deduction)



Thank you!

Again, a huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the Annual ASPCA’s Help a Horse Day such a grand event. Although we did not qualify to get a grant from ASPCA we had a lot of fun and camaraderie and were a hit with our 100 plus guests.

On the Road

On June 4th, Lydia and Mona attended ASPCA’s Conference in Richmond, VA. It was great to meet with other Rescues, exchange ideas and address issues that confront us all. Being able to network on a national level is paramount in our work in helping horses. We applaud the ASPCA for their work.

The following week , on June 11th, Rose St. Onge and Mona drove to Athol, MA for the New England Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Network’s (NEWH&BAN) Summer 2016 Expo. Lots of our friends were there, both humans and horses. Even the all-day downpour couldn’t dampen their spirits. Much appreciation to Mary Koncel for all her hard work to make this happen.


The Activities and Fund Raising Committee have been meeting weekly to firm up the next few events. It will be a busy summer. Annual events are posted on the website, but there are a few that are in the works. This committee works very hard and can always use help. See, call or email Mona if you are interested.

News (and Laughs) Around the Barn

Our volunteers go above and beyond the call of duty.

Sharon certainly gets into her work!!

Matthew Dormanen presenting Mona with $45 from the Saco River Market Kid’s Table. We thank Matthew for this gift and his kind and generous nature.


Volunteer Profile

Little did Rose St. Onge know, when she entered the barn with her 10 year old son to teach him about volunteering, that she would still be around 11 years later! Her son is grown and gone but she stuck around. Her full-time job prevents her from being in the barn very often but her duties include keeping the Rescue out front on social media, handling press releases, and serving as the secretary at meetings, helping with correspondence and, most importantly, at our Annual Horse Show (October 10th this year!).

Mona’s greatest asset is that Rose is willing and able to wade through all of the computer work necessary to running the Rescue. Rose attends almost 100% of all meetings, is present at almost 100% of all fundraisers and activities and keeps the most precise records that benefit us all.

Rose works for Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult Education and enjoys spending time with family and attending various concerts throughout New England.

We asked Rose why she does this for us and her response is that she likes to be helpful and stay busy. She has a skill set that brings value to the Rescue and is always happy to share it in any way that she can.

And you always see her smiling.

Thank you Rose!



April-May 2016 Newsletter

Time passes so quickly these days and it is a shock to me that I have not updated everyone to events going back to April. So here is a long overdue accounting.

Our April Race for Hay was a month-long Internet game. Many of our supporters followed the weekly progress of their favorite horse to win this race. It was fun and exciting and the outcome most unexpected when in the final week, a donor moved Maude forward 50 paces ($250.00) to win the race! See complete race results here.

The race was part of our month-long effort to raise awareness for ASPCA’s Help a Horse Day 2016. The proceeds were to help pay for hay. The total amount raised was $1,260.00. As always, we are grateful to all of those who joined in and donated generously to help us feed the horses at Ever After Mustang Rescue.

Our actual Celebration of Help a Horse Day was held on April 24th, in the form of an Informational Open House. Over 200 persons attended and learned of our work, our mission and the many persons involved in running the Rescue.

Mustang handling by Lydia Boothby

Volunteers also provided fun with an equine-oriented craft table (Barbara Vennell, Sue Kelsey and others), face painting (Amie Romano) and balloon animals (Mike Harris) for the kids (and kids of all ages). Volunteers, Daureen Kierstead and Robin Bailey organized and manned the Bake Sale Table.


Other volunteers included, Board Members, Brad Jerome, Jr. and Lynne Gaudette. Also all those registering and guiding visitors through the barn and the volunteers showing the different aspects of horse care, healing and training, Hannah Clifford

Hannah Clifford
Hannah Clifford

(transitioning of a wild horse), Kathy Carpenter (TTouch), Kristene Aubin (equine dentist), Sharon Soule (animal communicator and Reiki Master). Our thanks also to Rebekah, our UNE Intern for her contribution to our work the past semester and all the UNE students who volunteered their time with us.



I hope I have not missed anyone. And I beg forgiveness if I have. Because………..

The efforts of many made the day a huge success. Everyone was smiling. We had lots of compliments, wonderful feedback and comments AND we raised over $4000.00.



Participating in The National ASPCA’s Help a Horse Day made us eligible to compete with  other rescues for one of several grants in the amount of $5000.00, $10,000.00 and the grand prize of $25.000.00. Our paper work has been submitted and winners will be announced by mid-June. We patiently await that announcement.



In the meantime work continues. The days are getting warmer and the horses are getting their first taste of the green grass. They lie down and roll in the pastures and absorb the sunshine. It is uplifting to watch. The abuses and suffering some of them have kid3experienced is behind and they are responding to the kind and patient handling they receive. Some are ready for their lifetime home. Volunteers are being trained to assist in the handling and basic training to prepare them for this. All is good. Our new barn is still a dream away, but donations are still coming in. It will happen.


The summer schedule is full. On May 28th we will be at Old Orchard Beach Ball Park as an invited nonprofit during their Kick Off Concert (more info on website events page). We have tickets available! Please join us there for a great day.

June 4th Both Mona and Lydia will represent the rescue at an ASPCA Conference in Richmond, VA, and the following week on June 11th in Athol, MA for the Wild Horse and Burro Events sponsored by Northeast Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Network and New England Equestrian Center at NEECA Equestrian Park, 660 New Sherborn Rd. Athol, MA.

Our Annual OPEN HOUSE will be Sunday, July 3rd from 1-4pm. There will be demonstrations, festivities, door prizes and surprises, refreshments and something for everyone!  Truly, a family affair! See you there.



On the lighter side…volunteer Susan Jones contributed this story :

Chit Chat with Chase & Chalupa

We’ve been part of this Rescue now for a while, and boy have we seen and heard a lot!  So we decided it was time to share our insight and observations, gossip a bit, and maybe tell a joke or two.  We hope you will join us and follow us in the newsletters!

There is something lurking in this barn.  It’s big and hairy, and we mean really hairy. We see it….we hear it.  It sometimes passes by our stall, quickly, and then disappears.  We see it peering in through the barn doors with a very intense look.  It doesn’t make a sound – just stares into the barn with huge eyes.

This beast goes by many names, Big Foot, Chewy Chewbacca, and Wooly Mammoth to name a few.

The horses don’t seem to mind it.  Some say it is a horse of course.  We say, maybe, but it’s hard to tell under all that long hairy fur stuff.  It ain’t no burro, that’s for sure.

Yesterday, Cherokee told us to get a grip.  Cherokee is our neighbor across the barn. He has been around you know – he was born here.  Cherokee says we need to relax, it’s just Foxfire (Foxy for short).  He says that Foxy has a condition called “Cushings Disease” that makes his horse hair grow like craaaaazzzzzy, especially in the winter.  Cherokee says that it’s a good thing that Ever After Mustang Rescue looks after him because he can’t control his body temperature like normal and he needs proper water and shelter.

Ok, well that’s not so scary. Meet our new friend Foxy! Whew!  Now we can go back to eating.

Foxy                                           Chase and Chalupa


On an ending note, I want to thank all of you for your interest in what we do, your positive feedback and your generous support. We survive on the donations you provide. Yet as we grow, so do our needs. You have been our donor base. I would like to ask you to help us grow the donor base by asking friends and family if they would be interested in making a contribution. Tell them about our work. Schedule a visit to have them meet the horses and those that work with them. Bring them to our events. If everyone interests one more, then we have doubled our numbers. Pretty amazing.

Also, remember we always need volunteers.


New Gator drivers!  There is a place and job for all volunteers.

Thanks for all you do and we hope to see you soon.


June 2015 Newsletter

Catching up

One of the duties of this rescue is to keep our volunteers, friends and supporters up to date with our activity. I fear we are very much behind. Hopefully with this issue we will bring you up to date.


Winter Woes

This past winter has posed challenges for both horses and humans. Volunteers braved the cold and snow to provide care to our residents and shoveled mountains of snow. For the first time in 35 years we needed to hire front end loaders to clear the parking lot and pathways to pastures. Twice.  In spite of hardships we all survived, welcomed spring and moved on.

Wind at our Sails

Tory Leuteman, a valued volunteer of 5 years has joined her husband in his retirement to spend more time sailing their boat up and down the Maine coast. Tory was a faithful Monday barn worker and organizer of the Lasagna Dinner and Silent Auction. She will be sorely missed, but we wish her sunny days, calm seas and gentle winds at her sails. Congratulations, Tory.

Help A Horse Day

On April 26th we participated in ASPCA’s Help a Horse Day to bring awareness to the need and work of equine rescues by holding a parade in West Kennebunk, followed by a Meet and Greet at Mousam Saddle and Harness Club Show grounds.  Attendance was smaller than hoped, but very enthusiastic.  This event qualified us to compete on a National level with other rescues for an ASPCA grant. Results will be made public by months end.

Senior Project

Virginia Klemens, a student at Columbus Academy, Columbus, Ohio joined us in all areas of our work to do her senior project. She arrived on May 15th to spend 10 days at the rescue.  Her happy disposition, willingness to help and learn and talents in photography and art were an asset to us. In her spare time she created some beautiful charcoal drawings to be sold to benefit the rescue. Thank you, Virginia!

On the road

Virginia was also able to join Mona, Lydia Boothby, barn manager, and Board member, Mary Koncel at Cornell Cooperative Extension’s, 2015 Horse Symposium in Ballston Spa, NY, to benefit their 4H program. We joined other adopters and rescues to explain the many ways to acquire a BLM mustang, including adopting from Ever After Mustang Rescue. Other organizations participating were HorseTenders, the U.S. Wild Horse and Burro Association and the Northeast Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Network.

Two weeks prior Mary and Mona were featured guests at “Thoroughbreds vs.  Mustangs” at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Beside their talk on factors contributing to successful and unsuccessful adoptions, the afternoon included the film “Wild Horse Wild Ride”, and a student poster session on wild horse issues. Recently the students returned from a spring break travel seminar to Nevada and California where they visited various wild horse venues.

On behalf of ever After Mustang Rescue, Mona thanks Elaine Larsen of Skidmore College and Carson Older of the Cornell Cooperative Extension for the opportunity to promote BLM mustangs, as well as the work and mission of the rescue.

United Way of York County Day of Caring

The rescue was grateful to be included as one of the local nonprofits to benefit from the United Way’s volunteer services to work on a project. Our project was to replace wire fence and build a 3 rail wooden fence to enclose a grazing area facing the road. With increased traffic along this once country road, the risk of accident or injury to horses and/or passing motorist were worrisome.

Although still in progress, we want to thank Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for their participation and for their volunteers that worked so hard, and to the Home Depot and Manager, Brandon Hardy for the donation of Quikrete to securely hold posts in place. Also a heartfelt thanks to our own volunteers, Jeff Goba, Valentino Troyli , Michael and Gabriel for joining in, and to Jason Ketterick of United way. Also to Thomas, who while in Maine for a week end visit managed to get a day’s work in. The horses are grazing quietly with only a glance to the new fence. YOU all did GOOD!  Many thanks.

Our Cup Runneth Over

On Friday June 6th, we had 5 volunteers from Idexx. They cleaned saddles and bridles, tidied cluttered areas and groomed horses. This is the second year for this group and we are looking forward to a third.

On June 26th we will welcome another group from Idexx and have a project ready for them.

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Burt is a handsome 15 H, 4 year old surrendered to EAMR from a kindly adopter, who had done everything right to give this horse a good start. He felt he did not have enough time or experience to further his training. After only a few months with us, Susan Pye came along and with the time, ability and desire to give Burt a good home and future. Below is a recent update on Burt that Susan sent to us.

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“I am forwarding some pictures of Burt and a note for the newsletter. One picture is the first time with his saddle on and another is the first time with me on the saddle on Burt! He’s had the saddle on more than a dozen times and accepts it very well. We ponied him for the first time last week and of course he did very well. He does act like a little boy though (being still only 4) and was a little annoying to the other horse but he’ll learn and I expect him to be great on the trails as not much bothers him. On one of our walks a dirt bike past us going back and forth four times and he never flinched! We will start doing more work with me in the saddle in the next couple of weeks. We have been at Sable Oak in Brunswick since February and Sherrye Trafton will be helping us work on our in saddle work. I also had a nice note from one of the ladies who volunteers at Sable Oak. She wrote me that she has very limited experience with horses and can lead very few of them. She was terrified when she heard that a mustang was coming to the barn but let me know that “your sweet Burt is one of the few horses I can lead.” We obviously changed her mind about what a Mustang can be. Burt has a great temperament and everyone loves him. He seems very content and just like me does like to get out of the arena and go on our walks. Can’t wait until I’m riding on our walks! Burt is the perfect horse for me! I am so happy with him! He’s my forever horse.”

Upcoming Events

Friday June 19th 6-8pm Holistic Practitioner, Lisa Kent will join us. She will demonstrate and explain her amazing work on two of our horses. Lisa is well known in her field, is a Maine native now living in Florida and has a busy travel schedule. She will answer questions. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and see these simple methods of healing.  A small donation can be made to the rescue.

Volunteer, Wendy Harris will represent us at the Saco Sidewalk Art Festival on Saturday June 27th which is open to area nonprofits. Wendy will be assisted by Rose St. Onge and Board member, Lynne Gaudette. They will pass out literature and talk about the mission and work of the rescue. For further interest the rescue will feature paintings done by our talented resident horses. Their enterprise is called “from the heART of a mustang”. Their paintings and their history will be available for sale. Be sure to find us.


Sunday, July 5th, our annual Open House with demonstrations, fun and games, educational presentations and plenty of horses to meet and pet. Light refreshments and door prizes round out the day. 1-4pm. Come and learn about our work and America’s proud and intelligent wild horses. This is a free family event but donations are accepted.

July 13-17th week long Wild Horse Workshop $150.00 Five 8 hour days.

This workshop is for persons interested in adopting and training their own mustang (or domestic horse breeds). It will cover basic understanding and communication to early training methods and advancing to preparing for saddle. Especially of interest to those thinking of adopting at the upcoming Mustang Makeover and adoption in Topsfield Massachusetts in August.  Limited to 6 participants.  Meals and housing responsibility of participants. Call Mona @ 207-284-7721 FMI or to register.

July 24, 25 and 26th Weekend Wild Horse Workshop.  An intense 3 days to be part of the training of a wild horse. $100.00 Limited to 6 participants. Register early by calling Mona @ 207-284-7721

Out and About

Watch for us as we make many public appearances around York and Cumberland Counties. We are spreading the word. Ever After Mustang Rescue needs your help to continue our work and to build a new and larger barn to accommodate the horses in need, expand our outreach and increase our educational endeavors. Only with your support and help can this happen, so very humbly, we thank you!