June 1-14, 2011: Buy natural products, support TREES' geezers!



Ferrell Hollow Farm (FHF) is a dedicated retirement farm in TN for senior horses over the age of 20, most of who arrive with special needs. In keeping with our passion to help as many senior horses across the country as possible, we have selected a non-profit sanctuary also dedicated to caring for senior horses to help! Traveller’s Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary (TREES) is a non-profit rescue located in VA. They are not your typical non-profit horse rescue organization though. Many of the residents
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Ciao Bello, Parker.



In the summer of 2010, TREES agreed to assume custody of a young paint horse in need of immediate veterinary care.  Infection had caused swelling in most of Parker's face.  Over the course of many months, Parker's foster mom and several vets, in consultation with a surgeon at NCSU, cleaned up infected tissue, removed fragments of diseased bone and tried to deal with an opening that led from Parker's mouth into his sinus.  Under their care, Parker seemed to improve somewhat, had a
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Our Residents' Names



If you've been watching the rebroadcast of Ken Burns' Civil War on PBS this week, you may be figuring out where we get many of our horses' names.  Here are a few hints regarding some past and current residents. _________ Hampton _________'s Heights _________ Early _________ Bedford _________ (one officer - 2 different TREES horses) _________ Stuart Pierre Gustave Toutant ________ _________hugh Lee William Tecumseh _________ ________ Chamberlain ________ was General Sheridan's horse at
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52 Thoroughbreds - Fact or Drama?



Over the past week or two, a message about 52 horses in Ohio needing homes "went viral" in the horse world. These horses were said to need homes within in few days or they would "go to slaughter." Ummm. Not so much. Here is a snippet from a post written by someone who actually took time to talk to the family: {The horses' owner} was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure about 6 months ago and at that time, they began to find homes for all the horses, knowing he would not be here much longer.
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FREE SEMINAR - Geriatric Horse Jan 12



FREE SEMINAR Medical Conditions Affecting the Aging Horse Rappahannock Equine Veterinary Clinic - Locust Grove, VA- Wednesday Jan 12, 2011, 6PM. RSVP by Jan10, 540-854-7171, or revc@rappahannock-equine.com Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim. Presented by Dr Marian Little, DVM of Boehringer Ingelheim.For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org Become a TREES Facebook Fan: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Travellers-Rest-Equine-Elders-Sanctuary/142449441784?ref=mf
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Seriously Short Summary of Sherman's Saga



Sherman, age 30-ish, November 10, 2009 December 11, 2010 The Myth of Skinny Old Horses busted again.For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org Become a TREES Facebook Fan: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Travellers-Rest-Equine-Elders-Sanctuary/142449441784?ref=mf
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Equine Elders holiday feed drive



Helping Every Animal Live (HEAL) is hosting a holiday feed drive for the residents of Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary (TREES.) Visit the HEAL FB page to see how you can participate.  (Then be sure to "Like" and follow the HEAL page to keep up with future projects to help all animals in the area!) From HEAL's info page: "Helping Every Animal Live - (HEAL) is a newly forming non-profit. (501(c)(3) status is pending). Founded by an executive with experience in veterinary medicine
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Short virtual tour



Some video from the Bayside Portsmouth Harley Owners Group visit a few months ago For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org Become a TREES Facebook Fan: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Travellers-Rest-Equine-Elders-Sanctuary/142449441784?ref=mf
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October Mornings



Val - October 28, 2010 Mona - October 27, 2010For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org Become a TREES Facebook Fan: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Travellers-Rest-Equine-Elders-Sanctuary/142449441784?ref=mf
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Super Sunday Volunteer Crew



Wow! We’re developing quite a team on Sundays. The energy on Sundays is great as several people work together to whip the sanctuary into shape. We catch up on a little more cleanup each week. Today, TREES volunteers:Cleaned up ALL fields and paddocks (as in every single one) Cleaned out all run-in sheds Scrubbed and refilled water tanks Scrubbed feed tubs Took down fans and old fly strips Replaced burned out light bulbs Stripped and rebedded Butternut & Henry’s stalls Bedded Kelley’s
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Another Volunteer Orientation! Sept 27, 2010

Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary Archive on September 23, 2010, 10:13 pm


WE'VE ADDED ANOTHER VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION Monday, September 27, 2010, at 10AMTraveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary - Spotsylvania, VA Looking for a way to help horses "hands-on?" More than just "petting horses," we'll offer an opportunity to play a role in maintaining a high standard of daily care at the sanctuary. Several people who couldn't make it to the orientation on Sept 18 are nonetheless interested in getting started as soon as they can. So, WE'VE ADDED ANOTHER ORIENTATION this Monday,
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To Alleviate Some Local Confusion:



Almost every time TREES sets up a display at a local event, we are asked "Oh, are you the place that {fill in the blank}?" or “Are you the place on {fill in the blank} Road?”. To alleviate some confusion, here are a few bits of TREES trivia: Traveller’s Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary specializes in the care of geriatric horses that have been abandoned or neglected or whose owners literally can no longer offer even basic care. TREES is not a retirement board facility. Traveller’s Rest Equine
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What Its All About



Thisis what its all about at TREES. Maryanna, mid-20'sAugust 29, 2010 And.........as a reminder:This was Maryanna on May 6, 2010 For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org Become a TREES Facebook Fan: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Travellers-Rest-Equine-Elders-Sanctuary/142449441784?ref=mf
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Short 'N' Sweet



On a fairly frequent basis, TREES is asked to take in a horse who is in good health, has an owner who "loves him," but can no longer perform well in competition.  The email or call almost always includes the phrase "....and I can't afford to take care of a horse I can't ride/show...." From that we infer that the owner could afford to take care of his or her horse if the horse was still able to meet some threshold of performance.  Here's the honest truth.  TREES' current budget isn't
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Reiki Level I - Sept 25-26, 2010



Reiki Level I - Shoden Saturday - Sunday, September 25-26, 201010:00am - 5PMTraveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary Begin your study of Traditional Japanese Reiki, as closely as is possible following Usui Mikao's philosophies as researched by the International House of Reiki. This class is taught by Reiki Teacher Janet Dobbs. who adds her own lessons about working wtih animals. For more information about this class or others, cont...act Janet at janet@animalparadisecommunication.comFor more on
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Yard Sale Report!



Drum Roll, please...........At the end of six hours of selling and repurposing your donated treasures, Traveller's Rest was able to add $1,077.89 to the bank account!  Not bad for half a day's work .  I'm also happy to say we sold all the large items which means, in addition to the boost that gave to the coffers, we don't have to store them.  What a great crowd. Some shoppers came from as far away as the Virginia Beach area, just to support the Geezers.  I can't tell
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It’s a Fine, Fine Life



Whenever I’m engaged in work that doesn’t require deep thinking – mucking stalls or putting out hay, for instance – I’ve noticed I almost always hum the song “It’s a Fine Life” from “Oliver!.” I’ve done this for years, not consciously, but on a very frequent basis. Granted, in the musical, Nancy was trying to convince herself that hers was a fine life, but in the case of performing TREES’ work it’s true. This is a fine life. There are moments of stress, like welcoming
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Important News! -visitors, vols and staff



We've found a place very nearby that takes plastic bottles for recycling.  Therefore - beginning today, July 28, 2010 - no more water, soda, or Gatorade (any #1 or 2) bottles are to go in the trash.  For now we'll use feed bags to collect bottles, but will work on setting up more permanent collection containers (heavier bins that won't blow away in a breeze.)For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org Become a TREES Facebook
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We Don't Buy Horses



In response to several recent inquiries: No, Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary does not buy horses.  The horses in residence come from a variety of sources.  Some had been abandoned at boarding stables, Some were left behind when farms were sold.  Several came to the sanctuary as the result of law enforcement investigations into cruelty or neglect.  Many were victims of starvation or lack of veterinary care.  A few came to us when owners encountered catastrophic
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Yard Sale July 31 Sampler



Here is a very small sample of the items available for the Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary Super Colossal Big Huge Yard Sale Saturday July 31, 2010, 8AM - 2PM 8815 Robert E Lee Dr Spotyslvania, VA  22551 Offered for sale: two oriental rugs dorm fridge small kitchen appliances in excellent condition dishes rice cooker mini stereo pair of hanging lamps never used foam mattress pad never used comforters electric blanket never used water color box artist easel (tabletop) Cuisinart vacuum
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