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RIP Smokey Joe As You Cross Over Rainbow Bridge

With a heavy and open heart, I wanted to share with all of you that on Tuesday June 10th, Smokey Joe was once again set free. Smokey Joe was a free and wild mustang who in his younger days lived on the open range. He was captured by the BLM and sentenced to life in captivity. In his later years, Smokey Joe was starved and neglected, until he came to Equine Voices. Smokey Joe touched many. His gentle spirit and sweet soul had five years of love, daily walks, special supplements, and most of all, all the care he required. Smokey Joe is now running free with all those beautiful equines who shared the sacred space of the sanctuary and all of his mustang friends who also once ran free. Smokey, you will be missed, we love you! 

RIP Smokey Joe

As You Cross Over Rainbow Bridge

Smokey Joe At Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…

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A Poem For Smokey Joe
From Karen

Miss Me – But Let Me Go 

When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me,

I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little – but not too long
and not with your head bowed low,
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me- but let me go.
For this journey that we all must take 
and each must go alone,
It’s all part of the Master plan
a step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart
go to the friends we know,
and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me-but let me go 

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Freedom aka “BeBo” and “Buddy”

Freedom was rescued recently after Equine Voices received a call by his owner asking for help. She recently lost her husband and is losing her home. Freedom was loved, but his owner was limited in her knowledge of how to properly care for a donkey. Freedom’s feet had not been trimmed in months; he was fed only alfalfa, had a horrible wound on his leg, and lived in a space the size of a bed of a pick-up truck.

Freedom now roams the ranch, and is becoming one of the volunteers’ favorite pals.

FreedomR1-KarenFreedom is looking for that special someone to sponsor him and to help with his care. Won’t you consider sponsoring this adorable donkey? You can visit our adoption page by Clicking Here

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Beading Divas Event

Beading Divas Bracelet 
The AZ STAR mentioned the Beading Divas A CAUSE FOR APPLAUSE event on May 6. You’re all invited to try to win money or the opportunity to raise money for your favorite 501 (c) 3 charity and prizes for yourself. A good time will be had by all – Divas raise $100,000 for animal charities. Click Here To view on
If you go

What: A Cause for Applause celebrates the fifth anniversary of Beading Divas to the Rescue with music and a raffle. Food and drink are not included.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Where: La Cocina, 201 N. Court Avenue.

More info:; 955-9061.

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Playtime for some of the Navajo Foals

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ASPCA Help A Horse Day and Rummage Sale at Equine Voices

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Eclipz At His New Forever Home

“Welcome Home Eclipz”

Hi Karen,

Here are a few pics of our boy! He’s doing well and settling in now. I love him soon much, and am so grateful to have him as a member of our family.  Please tell Tom thank you again, he was a pleasure.

I will send you some video and more pics in a few days.  :)

- Bonnie

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Adoption of Eclipz – Our story by Leonard Patrick & Bonnie Redding

Eclipz and adopter Leonard

Adoption of Eclipz

Our story with Eclipz started with a 3-hour trip down to Equine Voices. We had never been there, although we had read a lot about Karen’s facility.

Arriving there, we were shown around the breathtaking facility by Karen personally. Being around the horses felt like instant therapy, and I must say the experience of being there changed my life for the better, until we met Eclipz and it became beautiful.

Never in my life did I ever have and feel a connection with a horse so powerful. Eclipz at that very moment stole my heart and filled my soul.

Driving away and returning back home we could not stop thinking about the experience and the amazing work Karen does at Equine Voices….and of course could not stop thinking about Eclipz.

Taking care of a horse is a huge commitment, in our view akin to having children, and thus not lightly thought of.

Eclipz however, for us, is that gentle being that makes it all worthwhile. For us, he is our boy and a big part of our family.

If you truly care about horses, stop by and visit Equine Voices. Adopting a horse is the expression of care and an unbelievable experience you will carry for life.

Leonard Patrick & Bonnie Redding

Cave Creek, AZ

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Jean working loading Eclipz

Jean working with Eclipz to get him ready to travel to his new forever home. 

Eclipz preparing to load up for the journey to his forever home

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2014 Fundraiser at Brandi Fenton Park

Carol Grubb and GulliverCarol Grubb & “Gulliver”

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Smokey Joe raiding the boxes of lettuce

What a sweet horse Smokey Joe is. Always fun to let him loose and run the property. He does look for alfalfa and goodies to eat. Here he has found the boxes of lettuce. Yummy!!!!!!

Smokey Joe eating lettuce

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