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Melajim and Chardonnay were our first rescues, the start of a life long journey to help.


Melajim won his last thoroughbred race when he was 3 years old, he was won in a purse by a wealthy horse racer, but they did not care for him, as they had many other much more expensive horses. Monika learned of Melajim from her veterinarian.

He told her that they were going to send him to the slaughter, but she stepped in just in time to rescue him. He had a disease in his tendons, when she first got him he needed daily shots. Monika contacted the owners and saved her first fur baby. She nursed him back to health. She continued on, by riding him, competing and winning many ribbons in horse show jumping.


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Chardonnay had a fracture in her rear left foot. We found her on the internet at a Palomino Ranch in Northern California. We were informed that she was going to a slaughterhouse in the next few days if no one came to buy her. For them, a horse with a fractured foot was useless and of no value. Of course we jumped in the car in the middle of the night and drove 5 hours to get her. She was for sale for $400, they would get a little more for her at a slaughterhouse.

We couldn't figure out how they could kill such a beautiful horse. Overall she was healthy and could get around on her bad foot, with no severe problems. At first they told us she just had a bad hoof. They told us she could never be ridden at best we would have a pasture puff. We just wanted to save her from death so we put her in our rented trailer and brought her to a boarding stable near our house.

We soon had a vet come and see her. They did a 360 degree x-ray of her foot and told us it was actually fractured and that she could never be ridden again. They suggested a $10,000 surgery that "would probably" help her. Although she would still have limited mobility. We thought about it for a long time. It was a lot of money that we naturally did not have. Riding her was never a high priority for us, just her well-being and not being in any pain were our first priorities. We talked to a lot of experts and got several veterinary opinions.

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Finally we got some advice that made the most sense; she is only two years old and she is still growing, give her as much glucosamine as we can and check her every 6 months. That is what we did and she got better all the time- we also believe in miracles (Horses with Wings if you will) after a year or so we trained her, she is fully broke and very ridable- no matter what the experts said.

So if we can take a beautiful creature that has no hope, can never be ridden and turn her into a rideable horse with an amazing future…how many others are out there like her? Chardonnay is our inspiration and our reason for starting this organization. Much of which we have been supporting with our own personal funds for the past 10 years.

The first horse we ever rescued was in 1985, his name was Melahim, we was a beautiful thoroughbred. He was at the slaughter when Monika rescued him. He had been badly abused on the race tracks and only because he wasn't good enough did they decide to kill him. He was an angel and a very good horse, he and Monika won many jumping awards.

"Horses and dogs have been man's most intimate and faithful companions since the dawn of history, but the horse has certainly been the most useful. In sport, agriculture transport and warfare, the horse has contributed more to man's pleasure, ambition and progress than any other animal."

How we neglect these beautiful creatures it is so sad, how this can happen?

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"In their eyes shine stars of wisdom and courage to guide men to the heavens." - Jodie Mitchell

Villa Chardonnay, Horses with Wings, is a sanctuary dedicated to the compassionate care of animals, primarily horses. We provide love, a home and critical care for abused, neglected, slaughter bound and abandoned creatures.