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Can anyone make a donation to Tina Jo’s promise to help these wonderful animals and people?

We have worked with Tina Jo and Dawn in taking some of their horses for our trail riding stables. When they started rescuing horses and animals they just jumped right in, no paddles! They wanted to help, but didn’t have a way out to find homes for these beloved animals. They have some animals that will be there forever. The ones that are well enough to find homes they do, but it is an overwhelming chore to find a loving home and someone who can afford these magnificent animals.  We have taken 1 horse in, and are thinking of taking another one. Tina Jo and Dawn have done miracle work and we have seen the results first hand. If anyone can help donate to help them, it would be greatly appreciated. Without Tina Jo and Dawn there would be many animals suffering. They have done so much! Please contact them to make a donation. Thank you for reading, and we will keep you informed on how things go. We will continue working with them, as our business continues to grow. Together we can make a difference.

Well, we know that many of you out there have been very generous with our local dog and cat rescues, so we don’t often ask for donations.  However, these past few days have been a bit overwhelming at Tina Jo’s Promise Horse (and Dog) Rescue, so now we have to plea for your help.  We have had four emergency situations in the past 3 days.

First, a young dog came to us with a very bad case of Ehrlichia (the tick-borne disease) – he is very anemic and has some liver damage.  We are caring for him after his diagnosis and critical care by Dr. Pena and staff.  Then, yesterday, Tina Jo and I took 2 dogs in for emergency care – we found them at a nearby ranch when we went to find a saddle repairman.  One young male stood there with the lower half of his leg dangling in the breeze.  His foreleg bone had been completely severed by a bite from a Pit Bull a few days earlier.  The family did not have the money for veterinary care so they were going to have to see if he made it.  Another elderly female dog had been injured many years ago by a car and had limited mobility most of her life – what we noticed more than that injury was a large tumor emerging from her vulva.  This is typical of a venereal disease in female dogs in this area.  The family allowed us to take both dogs in for emergency care – the female was very weak and anemic, the vet stated that it would be best to put her down.  That is also what the family had requested.  The male was a good candidate for an amputation of his foreleg – he is undergoing treatment of the exposed bone for infection and cleaning of the site.  He will probably undergo the amputation on Monday and then, once he is stable enough to go home, will return to his family for his aftercare and rehabilitation.  This dog’s love and devotion to his family was clearly evident and there was no way Tina Jo and I were going to end his life if he could be saved.

The fourth emergency came to us today in the form of two men asking if we were the horse rescue.  Tina Jo, Nathaniel and I followed them to their home to find a gorgeous Albino stallion with a tumor the size of a billiard ball covering his left eye.  Again, the family did not have the money for the surgery but had contacted our horse vet, Orfil Gonzalez, to see if it was possible to remove the tumor.  Dr. Gonzalez had said it was and, after we contacted him this afternoon, stated that he will inoculate him against tetanus tomorrow and will begin to prepare for the surgery.  The family are clearly wonderful horse owners and really love this horse, but could not afford the expense of the surgery.  We offered to help in order to ease this beautiful animal’s suffering.

The vet bills for the amputation and ocular surgery will come to almost $1000, more than depleting our reserves for Tina Jo’s Promise.  We understand that money is tight, but any and all donations will help.  In addition, any forwarding to friends and family who are animal lovers would help immensely.

Donations can be made via PayPal at or by cash or check to Tina Jo’s Promise and dropped off at our house at 14B Fisher Camp.  If you have any questions, you can contact me via email ( or phone (044-646-194-2288).

We’ve taken photos but, in all honesty, they were too horrific to display.  We’ll gladly post the ‘after’ photos.

Thanks so much for listening.

Take care,

Dawn, Tina Jo and Nathaniel   
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Jalapeno arrives in Ensenada Mexico

Jalapeno getting ready to come out of the trailer

Jalapeno getting ready to come out of the trailer

While we were out at Punta Banda doing our segunda sale, we dropped the trailer off at “Tina Jo’s promise” rescue ranch here in Baja. We were a little worried Jalapeno wouldn’t go in right away, but he was great and walked right in the trailer like an old pro. He had the long ride back to our small stables in Ensenada where he would soon meet his new stable mates.

Jalapeno made himself right at home with the other horses. He is very curious, friendly.  the other horses treated him like he’s been here all along. I’m sure they will do just fine together. Tomorrow we are going to let them all run out in the field to play together.

He did wonderful in the trailer coming home!

He did wonderful in the trailer coming home!

We going to take Jalapeno and Cherokee out for his first trail ride this weekend together and see how he does. Dawn from “Tina Jo’s rescue” said he has been ridden and does real well, but is probably what we would call “green broke” we like to make sure all our horses are safe and have plenty of experience before putting riders on them. We are confident he will do just fine going up the mountains overlooking the bay of Ensenada.

We plan on keeping in touch with Dawn at “Tina Jo’s rescue” and adding more horses to our stable as we grow from their great rescue ranch in Maneadero. We will be occasionally taking their horses out for trail rides also just to get them out and more experienced. Come out for a breathtaking view of the Todos Santos Isands or a ride on the beach here in Baja CA.

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Adding to our stables in Ensenada Baja CA

Jalapeno's mom Amor

Jalapeno’s mom Amor

Chrystal (w/ a silly look on her face) of Desert Trails) with Jalapeno our new horse!

Chrystal (w/ a silly look on her face) of Desert Trails) with Jalapeno our new horse!

We have recently been talking about Jalapeno a 3 year old gelding at  “Tina Jo’s Promise ” ( We are going to be picking him up on Saturday after our segunda, if he will load in the trailer he will be at our stables on Saturday. He came to Tina Joe’s when he was only a few months old with his mom Amor. He is a dark bay with 2 white socks, black mane and tail. He loves playing with a giant soccer ball they have at the ranch, (we just may have to get one). He is green broke and once he is settled in we plan on taking him for a ride up in the hills overlooking Todos Santos island. He has been ridden at least a dozen times by people up to the mountains in Maneadero and  on the beach in Punta Banda.

We are considering more horses from Tina Joe’s promise, and will be going through them for more great trail riding horses. In the mean time we will begin more training and experience with Jalapeno. I’m sure he will do just fine with our other great trail horses.

We will also be starting horseback riding lessons with the people over at Tina Joe’s Promise. We are going to be having some great times, and hope you will soon join us for not only a trail ride or lessons but an adventure to remember here in Ensenada overlooking the bay where  Carnival, Princess, Celebrity Solstice, and the Golden Princess cruise ships come into our harbor to experience the sights, sounds, sensations and tastes that make Ensenada such a wonderful place to live or visit!


Looking for horses in Ensenada Mexico

More horses @ Tina Joe's Promise Ranch in Punta Banda

More horses @ Tina Joe’s Promise Ranch in Punta Banda

Did the segunda thing today, had a good day. Met up with some good friends of ours, Juan and Carolina who afterwards showed us the horse rescue ranch in Punta Banda called “Tina Joe’s Promise.”, , you can also find them at:  From what we saw these horses were recovering and we were happy to see that.

Afterwards we stopped by Lienza Charo here in Ensenada Baja CA. They run a horse boarding facility and horse training. They hold different events throughout the year.  We looked at mixed breed of Andaulusains that the owner had for sale, (he is also a vet). Apparently there are four (4) mixed breeds: A,B,C,D. D is the first cross between Andaulusains and American Quarter horse.  When the off spring mix is bred to another Quarter horse, it becomes a C, and so on.  We never got to ask why they bred out the Andaulusains in favor of the Quarter horse. Beautiful horses, some with blue eyes, stately features and most were very friendly.  We traded business cards, and promised to stay in contact.

Lienza Charo is perhaps the most organized and well maintained with Stadium/arena that we know of in the Ensenada area.  We’ll be stopping in with Lienza Charo periodically to see what horses they may have available.

If you are thinking about trying to gain confidence riding a horse, bring your significant other with you and I will show you the keys to rider confidence.  You then can move up to trail riding here in Ensenada Mexico above the Pacific Ocean up in the mountains.

Recovering horses at Tina Joe's Promise Ranch.

Recovering horses at Tina Joe’s Promise Ranch.


Adding to our stables in Ensenada Baja CA

We saw a few more horses at Lorenzo Charro, [ a stable/arena/stadium here in Ensenada Baja CA], One was a 2 year old gelding. Perfect age for ground work, and getting ready for a saddle. He was as cute as ever, but very short. A little to short for our riding stables we thought. He had such a sweet demeanor  we thought we might use him for children if the present owner could not afford to keep him and the price was within our budget.  We like to try and keep our horses at certain heights to appeal to most of the people down here in Ensenada. We will continue looking here in Ojos negros, LA Bufodora, and the surrounding areas to find our perfect horse for trail riding down here in Mexico over looking the bay of Ensenada. We’ll  See!!!   Blessings to ALL!!!


Looking at Tina Joe’s Promise rescue Ranch for horses to add to our stables

Jalapeno @ Tina Joe's rescue

Jalapeno @ Tina Joe’s rescue

There are a lot of good horses here in Ensenada Baja Mexico. We have seen so many. Some horses were too young for our riding stable. We have recently talked to a very nice couple again about their horses over at Tina Joe’s rescue ranch over in Punta Banda (.”, , you can also find them at: They have several good riding horses, either in training or already trained. Some of them they informed us won’t be going anywhere and will be with them for the remainder of their lives.

Jalapeno is a 3 yr. old dark bay gelding with a black mane and tail. He is saddle broke, and gentle. We are hoping to get more information about him. Tina Joe’s promise is not far from Manedero also has some other potential horses we are considering for our trail riding here in Ensenada.

We are currently in contact with them, working on possibly getting a couple horses from their place.  The more we talk with Tina Joe and Dawn the more wonderful we find them to be. What great people they are, we really hope this will become a long lasting relationship.


“Indio” Our new horse we added to our riding stables in Ensenada

First time riding Indio

First time riding Indio

Here in Ensenada Baja CA bargaining goes a long ways. We just traded our 96 F150 Ford 5 speed for Indio, a 12 yr. old Pinto gelding, 17 bales of hay, and $650.00 cash. He is very docile and well saddle broke. He is our tallest horse at our stables down here in Mexico so far.  Indio is a horse that has been there done that, and is going to make a wonderful trail riding horse. We plan on taking him up into the mountains overlooking Ensenada bay in the next day or 2. We’re confident he will do just fine.Indio 013

We plan on putting him on our worming schedule with our horses. Down here in Mexico, Baja CA the local people don’t worry too much about things like that, because they usually don’t have the money. Indio came to us a little bit underweight, and we are currently working on fattening him up.  Once he is wormed we know he’ll put on the weight in no time. He is currently eating all he wants, and making friends with our other 2 horses, Karinnah and Cherokee.

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