HELLO, SWEET TRESE RB: Day-to-day life at any animal rescue organization is full of surprises and ups and dips and a few random corners and twists, too. Each day is different, is the snappier way to put it, when helping animals overcome the difficult and heartbreaking tales they arrived with (a process that can take months or years). Sometimes, though, the day-to-day twist is pretty major, and it comes with a cute-tastic dose of awww. Such is the case of the grand arrival at Red Bucket Equine Rescue in Chino Hills in early March. Nope, a visiting dignitary didn't swoop in for a tour, nor did a marching band arrive to serenade the ponies. The arrival was even more exciting, and squee-worthy: A baby foal. Her name is Trese RB, a sweet salute to the rescue's "beloved veterinarian Dr. Treser," and she was born to mom Stella, a mistreated animal who is on the gentle road to recovery, thanks to Red Bucket. The rescue describes the not-so-wee Trese as "a fiery little filly" on Facebook, something that guests at the Chino Hills spread can see for themselves, thanks to regular Sunday open hours. You may, in fact, catch Trese in a mane-tossing romp, as she was playing in just under three hours. Oh, horses, you do amaze and astound.
MAKE THE JOURNEY: If you want to stop by the rescue to see the horses, hear their tales, and understand more about what Red Bucket does, the organization welcomes guests at 1 p.m. each Sunday afternoon. There is also the Ruby Red Fundraising Event, which typically happens in the fall (the 2016 party isn't yet on the calendar, but definitely check back for the date). The rescue also welcomes donations, loves its volunteers, and invites equine enthusiasts to sponsor a horse. The mission of Red Bucket, which has rescued hundreds of horses over the last seven-plus years? "To save and rehabilitate horses, restore their trust in humankind, and find them safe, loving, and permanent adoptive homes." Young Trese is clearly among good hooves, and good hands, too.