Helen DeLatte, owner and operator of Desert Moon Ranch located in the High Desert community of Phelan, California. It is a small private ranch and rescue.
I just turned 60 years old and cannot imagine not having horses in my life. I grew up in Olympia, Washington on a ranch. My father and grandfather always had horses and did most of their own vet work, which the knowledge was passed on to me. I know what I can and what I cannot handle and believe me am well aware of my limitations. I had a wonderful vet in Banning, Ca named Dr. Mart, when he retired from equine care, he agreed to still do farm calls for me and if needed when I cannot get a vet up here, I will trailer the 75 miles to him. We are vet poor up here. There are 2 who are really from out of this area, but will come up here 2 to 3 days per week, no emergency calls, etc. I do use Wayne Marteney when needed.
I am married with 3 adult children and 8 grandchildren, all live an hour away. I am raising one granddaughter and two grandsons and here I thought I had earned my "golden years" ! So much for that!
My rescue is not the prettiest, but it is functional, clean and safe. The horses are all well cared for and loved. I do 99% of all the work here, with very little help from anyone.
My Horse Rescue
I have been doing private rescue for a little over 11 years now. We have lived in Phelan for 4 years now and prior to that we had horses in Beaumount, California, the low Desert. Due to the housing boom in Beaumont, we were zoned out of horses, hence the move to Phelan.
I currently have 8 horses in my rescue. Three of those are elderly equine of 25 years to 36 years in age. I have had pregnant mares come here and deliver their foals. I am not a retirement sanctuary and I do try to re-home most of these horses in forever homes. Unfortunately due to their ages, 3 of them will be forever here.
Prior to doing equine rescue, I worked as a Purchasing Agent for a large glass company in Santa Fe Springs, CA.
The feed store closest to me is Desert Feed, which is about 4 miles away. I always deal with Leslie there, as she is the most knowing and helpful (760) 868-5052
My husband is the only one employed outside of the home and basically he supports feed for the horses. To help out as much as I can, I do crafts and go to the local gymkhanas and sell them. I make signs, some funny ones to hang inside, some for barns and sheds, ranch signs, etc. I will make custom yard signs and address signs and anything your little hearts desire!
I am currently in the process of getting my website up and running, with tons of help from my friend, Jana Norman of SOH. Jana has been a lifesaver in that department, as I am not the best on a computer. My website is www.freewebs.com/issueno3/ so if you would like to go check it out, feel free to do so. Just remember, it is still under construction.
Identify rescues you support, other activities you have undertaken on TWR sites, what you have learned through following Barbaro and FOBs etc.
Other FOBs you have developed a network with through your activities.
Questions from other FOBs
This this space available for FOBs to ask you questions. Answers can then be worked into the above content if appropriate.