Initially created to rescue mares and foals that were discarded by the drug industry, Dreamchaser Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation now works to save horses and other farm animals from starvation, abuse, abandonment, and slaughter. Volunteers work to gentle and train the horses, many of which come to the ranch wild, until they're comfortable enough to join the herd. On average, a rescued horse spends roughly one year at the ranch. The ultimate goal is to place every animal into a loving, permanent home through the ranch’s adoption program. The organization also works to educate the public about the inhumane treatment of animals and provides enrichment programs for local foster children.
Painted Horse's boyish chef and owner, Bryan Elliott, serves up a casual dinner menu that still manages to project a classy sophistication. Feast eyes on the café's views of the sun setting over the Sonoran Desert while other body parts do the same to an appetizer of pork tenderloin sliders with caramelized onion and horseradish cream ($8). Higher-magnitude hungers will require the raspberry-chipotle baby back ribs with fries and Asian slaw ($26), which can find a leggy dance partner among Painted Horse's red and white wines. Spaghetti-western fans, meanwhile, can dine on western spaghetti with the TPH pasta—grilled chicken breast, peppers, and onions in a chipotle citrus cream ($20). A dessert, such as a chocolate and English-toffee brownie ($8) or half-baked chocolate-chip cookie ($8) gives your meal a far sweeter finish than its originally scripted ending, where you find the Statue of Liberty half-buried in the sand.