Hero saves therapy horses from Buckweed Fire

first_img“The fire,” said his father and stepmother standing near him. A Valencia resident, Pulsifer has been riding at Heads Up for seven years. At first, he couldn’t get on, walk or groom a horse by himself. Now he does all of that and even teaches other children with special needs how to brush and bathe a horse. “Riding the horses has given him more confidence in himself,” said his father, Rob Pulsifer, 52. Saving the horses With flames approaching, Tindell sent his wife, daughter and son away as he worked to round up the facility’s horses. When he realized he couldn’t do it alone, he ran south on Bouquet Canyon Road and Tindell – who suffers from Parkinson’s disease – fell several times. “The wind blew his cowboy hat off. His hair caught on fire,” Pitchford said. “He put it out with his hands.” Tindell suffered second-degree burns on his back and third-degree burns on his hands and face, she said. A U.S. Forest Service ranger eventually picked him up at Texas Canyon Road and transferred him to an ambulance that took him to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. He was then transferred to the Grossman Burn Center where he is expected to remain for three more weeks undergoing skin grafts. The family’s home was burned and they are staying with relatives. Jim’s brother, Tim Tindell, and some forest rangers were able to get the horses into a safe arena on that fire-filled Sunday. The next day, the horses were rescued by a sheriff’s deputy and others who took them to a temporary site. “It’s called Magic Ranch, which is perfect,” said Michael Holt, 48, president of Heads Up. Special kids Heads Up works with children with a range of special needs, and half of its 75 clients are autistic, Pitchford said. Children are matched with a horse according to their needs and personality. The kids are pushed to do things they might not feel comfortable doing, such as interacting with other riders or stretching to grab a bean bag off the horse’s mane. The Buckweed Fire has done the same thing for the 21-year-old organization. “We were content doing what we were doing,” Holt said. “We got kicked out of our comfort zone.” Organization leaders are now evaluating their next steps. They want to buy the ranch they are occupying temporarily and make it a permanent site. Heads Up also wants to provide free therapy to all children who attend their classes. Currently, if they can pay, they do; if they can’t, they don’t. While group leaders are working on those large-scale goals, they also have short-term ones that need to be accomplished. They have started raising money to help the Tindell family recover. “Heads Up is a big family,” Pitchford said. “It’s not just an organization.” They also need the children to help rehabilitate the horses – brushing, walking, feeding and loving them. On Thursday morning, Chris Pulsifer walked Big Nikki around the arena. Big Nikki, along with Little Niki, Murphy and Gypsy, look skinny, sad and tired. “We really want to spoil them. They deserve the pampering,” Holt said of the horses. “They spent over 24 hours in a forest fire.” [email protected] 661-257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We will be back,” said Nancy Pitchford, 64, the group’s executive director and founder. “We can’t let our kids down. We just can’t.” The organization has moved to a temporary spot in Canyon Country since the fire demolished its horse trailer, a hay barn, the feed room, saddles and the mobile home where Tindell lived with his family. Amid the fray, Gypsy – an 8-year-old quarter-horse pony – was the only horse that was hurt, suffering burns around her eyes, muzzle, back and right rear leg. On Thursday, Pitchford gently held a wet sponge to Gypsy’s nose, preparing to dab on burn cream. As Gypsy was led from the barn, Chris Pulsifer – who is autistic – caught a glimpse of the singed horse. “What happened to his eyes?” the 19-year-old asked. CANYON COUNTRY – On that Sunday as the Buckweed Fire roared closer, Jim Tindell thought of the horses. Manager of a Saugus equestrian facility that helps disabled children, Tindell braved the inferno to round up and rescue the organization’s 12 therapy horses. The Santa Ana-fueled fire left Tindell with second- and third-degree burns and he is now hospitalized at the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital awaiting skin grafts. But while the fire also torched the Heads Up – Therapy With Horses facility in the Angeles National Forest, it hasn’t extinguished the same type of determination that Tindell displayed amid the blazes. last_img read more


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