Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, April 8, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, April 8, 2017 




Happy Tails

by Chris Leclerc



This year’s Wistaria festival was the best I’ve ever 
attended. The weather was awesome, the vine was 
lush, the food was delicious, and there was a variety of 
vendors showing off their wares. It was all lots of fun, 
but my personal favorite part was meeting the adorable 
adoptables from So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary.

 I was walking through Memorial park with Zola, a big 
white Great Pyrenees, when I got my first glimpse of the 
tiny equines. Immediately I made my way over to where 
they were, to get a closer look. It became instantly clear 
that Zola was equally intrigued, as she headed in their 
direction alongside me, lickety-split.

 I wondered what those mini horses might be doing 
at the Wistaria Festival so I made a point of introducing 
myself to the friendly lady who was there tending to the 
little tikes. She told me the little horses had been rescued 
and brought to So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary in Hemet, 
California for rehabilitation and rehoming. I was baited 
& hooked and I wanted to know more!

 What I learned about So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary 
during my visit with Jeanne Candelario, the organization’s 
founder, is that they are a 501(c)3 organization that 
rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes malnourished, 
neglected or abused mini horses. The darling divine 
equines that come to So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary 
receive all the love and nourishment they need to heal 
both physically and mentally in preparation for finding 
forever loving homes.

 Jeanne explained that, much like dogs and other 
domestic pets that end up in shelters, the horses that 
come to the Sanctuary have had histories of neglect 
and abuse. I was saddened to hear that the same sort of 
cruelty that often happens to dogs and cats also happens 
to mini horses. Apparently folks start out thinking a mini 
horse would make a great pet, only to realize how much 
love and care they actually require.

 Jeanne, who has been a horse lady all her life, knows 
very well how much love and care horses need and 
she is more than willing to give it. She has had horses 
all her life, and she was actually an avid rider until she 
sustained injuries in a riding accident that prevented her 
from getting back in the saddle again. After the accident 
Jeanne was forced to give up riding, but she absolutely 
refused to give up horses.

 Jeanne’s first mini horse was a little sweetie named 
Splash, with whom she fell head over heals. And that 
is where the Mini Horse Sanctuary story begins - with 
a mini horse named Splash. Rescuing Splash was 
quite gratifying for Jeanne, but there was lots more 
love to share at the Candelario home. And so it wasn’t 
long before Splash was joined by more precious minis 
desperately in need of refuge and hope.

 Jeanne and her family began attending local livestock 
auctions where they purchased malnourished and 
neglected mini horses, brought them home and gave 
them the care and love they so needed and deserved. 
Soon the Candelarios found themselves virtually 
surrounded by the adorable furry four-leggers and thus 
the rescue began.

 Over time, their rescue efforts 
evolved and so did the team effort. 
Today the organization has grown 
to include a team of loving, capable 
volunteers who have a knack for 
teaching abused horses how to 
trust again. When they gained their 
status as a 501(c)3 non-profit, they 
continued to expand their efforts 
across state lines and into the feedlots.

 Jeanne and her team are grateful 
for the “rescue angels”, as the group so 
endearingly refers to their supporters, 
who’ve banned together with them to 
save neglected and abused minis from questionable fates, 
indeed many escaped death’s door. The Sanctuary, along 
with it’s network of “angels”, has succeeded in saving 
upwards of 100 mini horses and has found loving forever 
homes for more than 60 of them.

 Their rescued minis receive only the best, including 
regular veterinary care, hoof trims and of course, daily 
nutrition, tender-loving-care and attention. As part of 
their rehabilitation efforts, So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary 
takes their minis on adventures into the community 
where they get to meet and greet members of the public. 
They know how important it is for the minis to be well 
prepared for the world and all its excitement as part of 
their grooming for placement into forever loving homes.

 The minis also take part in regular community 
functions as well as pet adoption days and local equestrian 
events. Many of the minis have participated in holiday 
parades and have done their best to bring attention to 
their cause. On New years day, 2017 the group’s efforts 
really paid off when, through a strange series of events, 
they were invited to walk in the Tournament of Roses 
Parade as substitutes for some horses that had fallen too 
ill to attend.

 That random chance to participate in the 2017 
Tournament of Roses Parade was a magical moment 
that allowed So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary the golden 
opportunity to gain exposure on a much broader level 
than ever before. They were able to make lots of new 
friends through their participation in the parade and 
they hope it will be the first of many years to come.

 The good folks at So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary are 
driven by a sincere passion for the horses, and that 
passion continues to carry them down a road of rescue, 
rehabilitation and rehoming. If you share the same kind 
of passion for horses and are interested in learning more 
about this awesome organization, visit their website at and like them on Facebook.

1. It’s a 
quiet place to go. 
Let’s be honest, 
hardly anywhere 
provides the 
tranquility of a 
yoga studio.

 2. Your body will love you. We could list 50 
more reasons why your body will love you. Yoga 
is just like that. 

 3. It can relieve pain and help heal injury. 
Specifically, yoga can provide care for your back. 
How does one care for the back? Learn how in 

 4. You’ll sleep better. Many yoga poses are 
great for insomnia. A huge trouble spot for so 
many people. 

 5. Your digestion and elimination will improve. 
We twist in yoga for a reason! Even very gentle 
twisting and folding helps. 

 6. It brings a smile to your face. This can be 
contagious, and it can transmit the love you feel. 

 7. Yoga can improve your posture. We begin to 
stand up straight and feel taller. 

 8. Yoga can have positive effects on one’s self 
acceptance & body image. 

 9. Overall positive effects on your confidence 
and even self-esteem. We begin to “hold” 
ourselves better. 

 10. Yoga can be done at any age. It is a practice 
that can carry you through each stage of your 

 11. Yoga is a workout and it’s a perfect 
compliment to any workout. 

 12. There is a spiritual effect produced in yoga. 
Totally expandable or not. This spiritual, ancient 
practice is universal and not assigned to religion. 

 13. People come to yoga to GET flexible, no 
flexibility needed when we start. 

 14. Gained Flexibility. Yoga lubricates the 
joints and stretches the muscles & ligaments 
allowing us to move more freely. 

 15. Yoga strengthens the back and spine, 
hopefully helping to prevent injury.

 16. Yoga brings awareness to us. With this 
awareness, we become more aware of others and 
aware of the WORLD. 

 17. It cultivates patience and tolerance. We first 
learn this with our own bodies, then it begins to 

 18. Meditation time. We’re able to dabble or 
completely dive into this rich practice. One of the 
first fruits is emotional balance. 

 19. Yoga can ease anxiety and help depression. 
Yoga does relieve stress and does help those 
prone to anxiety calm down and slow down. 

 20. Yoga can change the way we breathe 
forever. No more shallow, emotional breath. 
Hello, pranayama! Hello, life giving breath. 

 Which one is your favorite? 

See you in class! Come visit us at YOGA MADRE. 

Namaste and Love,

Keely Totten


Real Life Tips from LIfe's Instruction Manual


Michael Beckwith, circa 1994

I recall sitting in the middle of 
the sanctuary, and that statement hit me like a load 
of bricks. I didn’t understand it, and I continued to 
ponder Reverend Michael’s strange proclamation 
for over twenty years. I would wonder, to myself, 
what he meant and if it was true. If an adult 
believed that their childhood was unhappy, it 
would seem impossible to have a new childhood 
later in life. Now I understand how wrong 
I was. Just as we have five 
physical senses, we have six mental faculties 
that are always at work, forming and shaping 
our lives. They are our intuition, imagination, 
will, perception, memory, and reason. When we 
harness these mental powers, we can change the 
direction of our lives. Our unconscious is always 
at work. So often our mind is active, but we are 
not thinking. There is a difference between mental 
activity and thinking. When we are vigilant about 
our thinking, we can use our mind to accomplish 
our dreams. Uncovering 
hidden beliefs helps to unleash our power. 

 So, what belief do you have about your 
childhood? Is there a story you keep repeating 
or replaying in your mind’s eye? Is it a story that 
causes your pain and discomfort? Does the story 
make you feel small and powerless?

 Perhaps it’s time to flip the script.

 I am inviting you to consider a different story, 
or perhaps to focus your attention on a different 
memory. I am not suggesting that you to pretend 
or suppress a memory, but rather is it possible to 
replace it?

 I am suggesting that you consider that there 
is another way to look at the memory. Would it 
be okay with you to remove all judgment about 
the circumstance and allow the event to become 
at least neutral in your mind and neither good 
nor bad? Could you make welcome the idea of 
replacing the negative thought with a memory 
that brings you joy?

 I invite you to use your mental faculties with 
intention and purpose.

 It’s never too late to have a happy childhood, 
let’s start now.


 Lori A. Harris is a lawyer and empowerment 
coach that helps women that women live their best 
lives now. You can get more tips and find out more 
about her at and download 
her free app the Gratitude Train in Google Play and 
the App Store.

Looking for a duo? We have several adorable pairs 
of all ages. Here is our newest “twinset”: COOPER 
& PEACHES, age 1. They were adopted from us less 
than a year ago, as kittens, but returned last week 
due to a divorce. They are very sweet and friendly. 
Cooper is the male, and has more orange, while 
Peaches, his sister, 
is almost all white. 
See more pix on 
our website. Let’s 
please get them 
back into a home 
again, asap!

adoptable. Call 
to arrange a Meet 
& Greet, 626-
676-9505. Tax-deductible adoption fee is $100 
for both, which includes spay, microchip, exam 
& vaccines. A great savings! Our cats are negative 
FELV/FIV unless otherwise indicated. See more 
pictures, videos, adoption info & application on 
our website, Sorry, we are 
not accepting cats at this time. Can’t adopt? See our 
website for how to sponsor a kitty.


Tigress is one of our residents who was surrendered 
because of owner allergies. Tigress is a beautiful 
torbie (a tabby with tortoiseshell coloring) and 
her soft fur is touched with stripes of gold. Her 
brilliant green eyes look serenely out at the world 
with wisdom of its ways. She is very affectionate 
and loves to have people come over to stroke her 
soft coat. She will sometimes come forward to 
greet people seeking to be petted. She has a calm 
and gentle nature. Her play style is also calm - she 
likes to bat at toys close to her, and go for the red 
dot when it comes by. But she won’t fight like the 
huntress whose name she shares. 

 Tigress gets along with her roommates so she 
would do well in a multi-cat home. She would 
also enjoy being a sole companion. While Tigress 
knows her way around the Meow Manor, it’s 
not a forever home and she would gladly give it 
all up to explore a new forever home and have a 
special family to call her own. Her adoption fee 
is $99 which includes spay surgery, a microchip, 
first vaccinations and a free wellness check-up at 
a participating veterinarian. Feel free to call us at 
(626) 286-1159 for more information on Tigress. 
ID#5232. She currently resides at the San Gabriel 
Valley Humane Society located at 851 E. Grand 
Avenue in San Gabriel which is located off San 
Gabriel Blvd, north of Mission and south of Las 
Tunas Drive. To arrange a ‘Meet and Greet’ with 
Tigress, please stop by any time from 10:30am to 
4:30pm Tuesday through Sunday.Website:www.

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