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Do you change the channel on the television when the ASPCA shows you pictures of the abused and neglected animals they save every day in their commercials?

We know it is hard to look at those sad, saved animals.  You think that you would like to help in some way, but your family obligations or work just won’t let you devote much time, right?

That is how most people feel!

Animals Are People Too!

Not every individual has the time, money or home environment to save animals from animal neglect, animal cruelty and animal abuse. Saving animals on a regular basis takes a group of volunteers committed to saving animals and protecting animal rights.  Part of saving animals is also the education of the public on how to properly care for different kinds of animals and the amount of time involved in being financially and emotionally responsible for an animal companion.

Animal rescuers in our communities save animals from horrific cruelty every single day.  My rescue associates currently operating their own facilities all around the Georgetown and Austin, Texas, areas are dedicated, compassionate people who just cannot let human cruelty and stupidity towards an animal go on.

Thank you for reading to this point. 

(WARNING.   We are soon going to share some information that we hope makes you mad enough to act. All our animal accounts are true and we invite you to visit and see for yourself on Visitor Open House days. Even if Bridlespur Rescue Ranch does not benefit from your newly-motivated actions, we are happy thinking that, because of our website, that you are helping improve the lives of abandoned, and/or neglected, animals somewhere!)

Long Term Goals for Bridlespur Rescue Ranch: SURVIVE AND THRIVE

At Bridlespur Rescue Ranch in Georgetown, Texas, you can save animals and help us teach school children about proper animal care for house and barnyard animals. We would also like to promote good soil nutrition through natural care. Local food production and sustainability is so important!

HOW DO HORSES HELP HAY PRODUCTION?

This hill country animal sanctuary and ag exempt hay production farm incorporates the saved animals into a natural cycle that produces better hay quality and promotes the proper care of domesticated animals. 

In other words, we recycle the horse, chicken, steer and goat poop into the soil of the ranch. The hot Texas sun field composts it rapidly. 

If the Lord would just see to giving us some rain, Mother Nature could take care of a lot of growing without artificial hormones and chemical fertilizers.

We are a no-kill, animal-rights-oriented facility that saves animals and keeps them in a “companion” environment, not in rows of cold-floored kennel cages.  The six dogs currently on the ranch sleep on their “doggie” couches acquired at thrift stores or from donations and take long runs on 35 acres of trails.  The nine saved cats all have their own cat box cleaned daily and sleep in kitty beds or towel-lined boxes with heaters close-by, in comfortable, secure structures with plenty of room.

 
We also operate as a farm animal sanctuary and we are trying to develop an education center for elementary school age children who we would like to visit the ranch, learn how a small ranch operates, how the animals should be cared for, and how a person can truly “live off the land” with proper land and animal management.  This “back to the land” center will help teach how to save natural resources, reduce cruelty towards animals and how to improve locally grown products with natural soil enrichments. 
 
The emphasis in our soil nutrition product line is to support a healthy diet, produced humanely, with natural fertilizers.
 
ALL IT TAKES IS MONEY, HARD WORK AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU TO VOLUNTEER!
 
We are just starting out so we have formed ourselves as an unincorporated nonprofit association as allowed by the Texas Business Code.
 
We EARN your support through providing services and products that you receive in exchange for your money.  We WORK for your support and you receive value for your money, IN ADDITION TO DOING GOOD. 
 
Wouldn't you agree that this is the best "partnership" between a nonprofit and the public? 
 
We aren't asking you to just give us money.  Tax-exempt charities all over are begging for the public's dollar and private foundation support, offering "tax deductions" as their primary motivator.  We believe, in this Great Recession, that most people feel better about supporting a good cause if they also benefit immediately. And we agree.
 

Mister D


Help us EARN your money.

Support us today by purchasing a product from the garden products store or our Ebay store.  The seller name on Ebay is: The Antique Club

Remember our website 20% off coupon code of BRR2012 that you must email us when you are bidding so we know to send you a final invoice at 20% off!

If you spend just $20.00, we are grateful, you receive something of value and you have just helped feed an abandoned, rescued animal. 
 
PLEASE REMEMBER: You have not made a tax deductible donation.  We are not a "tax-exempt," incorporated non-profit.  You have purchased an item or service. The purchase proceeds are used to support Bridlespur Rescue Ranch.  Your money is not a donation. We will be seeking tax-exempt status as we grow.
 
 

Founder, Pamela Mehl, native Texan, third generation owner of the family ranch name, Bridlespur.

She makes sure the animals are fed and healthy and shares dwellings on the ranch with rescued friends.

She is also known to be able to toss a forkful of pony poop ten feet into a wheelbarrow  without dropping one nugget! She is a sure shot.



 Rescuing animals from abuse, neglect and stupidity.

The different local humane societies do their best to save animals and educate the public about neutering and spaying. However, they need more help from other entities like Bridlespur Rescue Ranch in the Georgetown- Austin, Texas area.  This ranch has the acreage, the desire and wants to build the volunteer staff necessary to save animals and perform animal rescue when necessary. 
 
We hope to be a resource for the smaller rescue homes also,.
 
 
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 We are...
 a no-kill, animal rights oriented facility that saves all sorts of animals and keeps them in a “companion” environment, not "warehoused."

We only take in what we can afford. That is why your continued support is so important.Too many rescue places are over occupied.
 
That is because kind hearts act first and worry about the money later. It is a very common affliction of the "nurturer" personality.
Help us "survive and thrive"  by making a financial gift today.


Won't you help us today to SURVIVE AND THRIVE? Please make your gift now by clicking the donate button right below and help 35 rescued animals keep their sanctuary.


The above "donate" link takes you to The Antique Club's Paypal account.  This is our associated online store.
Thank you so much for your gift today. Any amount is appreciated.
 

HOW IS BRIDLESPUR RESCUE RANCH DIFFERENT FOR DOGS THAN SOME OTHER RESCUE OPERATIONS?


For example, we do not keep the current dog family in rows of cold-floored kennel cages.  The six dogs currently on the ranch sleep on their “doggie” couches acquired at thrift stores or from gifts.
 
 They take long runs on 35 acres of trails.
They live together in harmony in a natural "den" or "pack" where Pamela is the "alpha" dog, thereby almost eliminating competition and dominance stress sometimes found in a pack. Each dog has its place and routine. Their world has order so they feel secure.


Education

Another part of saving animals on the ranch is also educating the public about the absolute need to neuter and spay. We must stop incompetent, careless backyard breeding. Our shelter system cannot take much more of the public’s failure to neuter and spay on a regular basis.  Our shelter system cannot take much more of the puppy mill production animals being sold out of substandard pet shops.


Even in our own surrounding neighborhood, we suspect one of our neighbors of breeding pit bulls in their backyard and another neighbor is uselessly, dumbly letting wild donkeys multiply on their mesquite-ridden, drought-stricken land.  The donkeys are desperately eating branches of trees as this is written. 

We have started sneaking hay to these poor donkeys although they are not even on our property.  If we don't, Momma, Poppa and the two youngsters will soon starve. By spring there will be another baby. 

And we barely have enough hay for the animals at Bridlespur!

Oh yes, THE HORSES at Bridlespur!

So far there are three, after we had to put down a beautiful Thoroughbred named "Goose" after an incompetent horse shoer and conniving vet  lamed the animal for life.  We could not save him.  We sent him to A&M surgery center but the bones in one foot had already turned and his hoof was destined to turn to mush.

And this had been a Grand Prix quality Thoroughbred who came to us after his owner broke his knee going over a jump. Quite a common injury for the hunter-jumper horses.  The owner had been offered $300,000 for this horse the weekend before and turned it down.  The following weekend, "Goose" broke his knee in the arena.  He was now worth ZERO and was on the road to slaughter.
 
We took him in as a beautiful lawn ornament and let him be a horse in his retirement.
 
Unfortunately, we trusted the wrong farrier and vet when we first bought Bridlespur who began Goose's decline by trimming his big Thoroughbred feet back to quarterhorse size.  He was so sore, he laid down for two weeks.  Between his broken knee and now sore feet, his decline began.
 
If you have never held a horse while a vet puts him down, I must tell you that it is an experience as sad as putting your dog or cat to sleep, but much more dramatic and stressful due to the size of the animal and depending how much it fights off the initial "drowsy" shot.  When 1200 pounds suddenly wobbles and drops, it sounds like thunder in your heart.
 
Goose KNEW as I led him out to the front pasture and saw the hole that would soon be his resting place that something was about to happen.  He was snorting nervously and tried to grab bites of grass all the way.  The other horses galloped wildly in their pastures.
 
Please see the In Memory page to read the poem I wrote about this final duty all horsepeople must face.
 
BUT SOMEONE TOLD ME THAT THERE IS A BIG NEED FOR HORSE SLAUGHTER HOUSES NOW IN THE U.S.
 
There is only a need because WE have overbred and WE can't afford the animals and WE think we are going to "make money" off breeding and selling the perfect horse.  WE all think that WE are "not like those other idiots who don't know what they are doing."
As my departed cavalry officer father used to say: There are enough hooves on the ground today to use.  A good horseperson can find their horse among the already living.

Horse flesh is selling for under a dollar a pound at the auctions these days, bought by the killers. Slabs and chunks of Trigger and National Velvet are sent to countries like Belgium, via European-owned, stateside located facilities, who view horse meat as acceptable human fare.
 
Why is horse flesh so cheap?  No one can afford to keep their horses in this Recession and there is a landslide of great horses going to slaughter.
 
Yes, the hero of our success in settling the American West is being discarded as dog food and European human lunchmeat every day. Not just the old, sick and lame but the young, healthy and unloved. 
 
The auction horses suffer a frightening end.  Horses KNOW something terrible is about to happen.

Now there is talk of starting up American-owned horse slaughter factories again and supposedly, so we hear, people are "lining up" to invest.
 
SHAME ON YOU.

If your horse needs to be put down, HONOR and RESPECT his service to you.  Have the vet come and YOU HOLD YOUR HORSE and speak to him kindly while the vet puts your friend down.  Thirty years from now, be able to know that you did YOUR DUTY and maybe pass in peace yourself with the comfort of a good friend by your side.
What can you do to help the animals today?

You may not have a lot of time to physically rescue animals from the local shelter or save animals from the cruel streets.  You might not have the money that it takes to nurse abused and neglected animals back to health.  Maybe you live in a small efficiency apartment that would not be big enough to share with a needy dog or cat.

That’s okay.

You can help us save animals through your support. 
 
HOW CAN I HELP YOU RIGHT NOW, TODAY?
 
1. Donate now to our Paypal account set up through our associated Ebay store, The Antique Club.  This would be a gift and we are so grateful.  Just click the Paypal "donate" button seen throughout this website.
 
2. If you are in Georgetown or Austin, Texas, purchase our farm fresh pony poop for your garden bed soil prep in 180 days or buy our soil enhancer we call "Biogreen Secret Soil Sauce."  This is a combination of B-1; seaweed; molasses and fish emulsion.  Local pickup only right now. We bring the products to downtown Georgetown for your pickup.  We recycle plastic milk gallon containers and 2 gallon kitty litter plastic containers, appy our label, and sell one gallons for $9.99 and two gallons for $19.99. Apply one cup per plant per week along with regular watering.
 
3. Shop our Ebay store under The Antique Club. Buy any Fixed Price or Buy It Now item, then email us your COUPON CODE BRR2012 and we will send you a final invoice with a 20% discount.
 
4. Call John at Barfield's Hay Barn in Belton at (254) 931-6766 and tell him you would like to buy some hay for Pam at Bridlespur. He will take your credit card over the phone.
 
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR HELPING US TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE  BY EVEN THE SMALLEST FINANCIAL GIFT ON YOUR PART.  WE WON'T MAKE IT WITHOUT YOUR GENEROSITY AND INPUT.
 
Take a look at our pictures and videos.  After that, we hope you will sign up for our email quick posts that will include invitations to future events.
Maybe you will even adopt one of our critters for foster support every month.  The more money we earn, the more we can save animals.  We do not take in more animals than what we can feed and we sure hate to say no.
 
JUST EMAIL US TELLING US WHICH ANIMAL YOU WOULD LIKE TO FOSTER, FOR HOW LONG AND FOR HOW MUCH MONTHLY.
 

 After your generous purchase of a supporting item or service, or after your financial gift just because you can see how we need you,  plan on visiting the animals at Bridlespur soon.  We are just now planning Open House Days to invited guests. Come on out, look around, and maybe even decide to volunteer on the weekends.  There will always be horse poop to scoop!

Please help us make room to save another animal soon by purchasing something nice from us today, or calling Barfield's Hay Barn at 512-254-931-6766 and buying alfalfa and/or Bermuda grass hay and making a "hay" gift to the barnyard animals.


A shortage of hay is our biggest problem and when the drought returns this spring, we could get into serious trouble without your help.
EMERGENCY NOTICE AS OF FEBRUARY , 2012 PER BARFIELDS HAY BARN: HAY INTO TEXAS BECOMING SCARCE. MAY BE  3 WEEKS BETWEEN LAST CUTTING AND FIRST CUTTING. PRICES MAY HIKE AGAIN ALSO.
HE ADVISES ALL TO BUY ONE MONTH'S WORTH OF HAY NOW.
 
THAT WOULD BE $800 FOR BRIDLESPUR THAT WE NEED TO RAISE ASAP TO BE SAFE.
 
 
 
We could also use your support by your purchase of a gift card in increments of $20.00 for Bridlespur Rescue Ranch either at Walmart or at Georgetown Tractor Supply Company in Georgetown.  Just load the card at those places and mail it to us at P.O. Box 984, Georgetown, Texas, 78627.  We can purchase hay, horse grain, ranch maintenance supplies and dog and cat food at Georgetown Tractor Supply.

The manager there, Russell, is a great guy and one of his cashiers, Becca, always makes you feel at home.




Our front fence line runs hundreds of feet and that is a lot of wood!  Thanks to the recent drought, the wood is turning dry as kindling and popping off the posts.  Each board is $12 and takes two men to wood screw back on with a cordless drill.  We need 15 boards right now with more popping every day.

WHAT OTHER THINGS HAPPEN THAT MONEY PAYS FOR EVERY DAY?

Well, last week we woke up, walked into the barn at 7 a.m. and there were flood waters in the aisle!  A pipe fitting had broken about two feet deep in the barn aisle floor.  A helper turned off the water at the well pump, but forgot to also turn off the elecricity to the hot water tank in the adjacent workshop.  Guess what!  Double plumber duty plus no hot water for a few days due to the element burning out in the hot water heater.

WHAT ELSE NEEDS TO BE DONE ON A REGULAR BASIS?

  • Grooming horses and ponies
  • Cleaning out water supplies
  • Cleaning up feed room
  • Cleaning leather tack
  • Fixing fences
  • Fixing gates
  • Checking all the animals for health
  • Taking the dogs for a run
  • Cleaning catboxes
  • Vacuuming and Dusting
  • Running to town for supplies
  • Running to Belton for hay
  • Walking the paddocks for trash
  • Checking the electric backup fence
  • Checking the wells
  • Turning the drain field line
  • Fixing the driveway with roadbase
  • Ordering rock and roadbase
  • Patching roof leaks
  • Patching stone cracks from settling
  • Mucking stalls and pastures
  • Harrowing the fields
  • Replacing batteries
  • Checking the Ebay account
  • Mailing out Ebay solds
  • Managing Ebay customers
  • Brewing more soil sauce
  • Packaging Soil Sauces
  • Packaging fresh pony poo for sale
  • Loading the truck with product
  • Tending the spring-fall gardens
  • Weeding
  • Trimming trees
  • Stocking the fish pond
  • Clearing trash from the creek
  • Painting inside and out
  • Calling the vet
  • Meeting the horseshoer
  • Holding the horses for shoer and vet


And people wonder why I get so tired!   

You can see how badly I need funds to hire some help.  I know you would help, but the ranch really needs one full time ranch hand to run right.  The perfect ranch hand is available at $12 per hour and he is 100% dependable. 

Your steady contribution or support of Bridlespur in using its services or products helps me get this badly needed help.

If you have ever had your own place, you don't need to ask me what I do or what it costs.

Those who would like to know, please email me and I would be glad to share the operating budget!

Figure on $6,000 per month right now for fully funded liability insurance, a full time ranch hand, construction and repair needs, and hay that keeps doubling in price.  The more the fields burn, the more hay the animals eat.