Equine Elder Missing in MD



"His owner said the horse does keep getting out, but that he's never been gone this long."http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/1009/671143.htmlFor 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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Christmas, Birthday and the Fourth of July!



Yesterday felt like all three rolled into one.This area is absolutely crammed full of wonderful people who really love horses. Foals, show horses, race horses, trail horses, polo ponies and yes, retired "pasture puffs." Virginia's horse lovers want to see them all well cared for.Yesterday we saw that love of horses represented, again, by the staff and customers of the Charlottesville branch of Dover Saddlery. Thank you Heather, Amanda, Wendy, Michelle, Beth, Jules, Lisa and everyone else who donated
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Any Trailer Rehabbers/Customizers out there?



Would you be willing to consider, or know of someone willing to consider, a "project" to help the Elders of Traveller's Rest (or future residents of Traveller's Rest?)Christmas came again and TREES was given a pre-owned stock-type trailer! This type of trailer is exactly what we would like for TREES' purposes, but this one needs a little TLC (much like most of the horses that come here) and a little customizing, if possible. We'd like to find someone who can look at "The Sergeant Kirkland" (See
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Our day at Tractor Supply



Thank you, again, Fredericksburg Tractor Supply Company for hosting several local animal welfare groups for the day. We always enjoy talking to your staff and customers. "Everyone has a story." We were especially thrilled to meet so many people describing keeping elder horses at home as part of their families.Thank you, too, TREES volunteers. The items you made to help raise funds were just beautiful. Your creativity grabbed the attention of store customers, though we did not sell as many goodies
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Quotes



"Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them to keep them in good working order" -- John Quincy Adams"Old age is not a disease - it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses." -- Maggie Kuhn (1905 - 1995)Read the UCDavis newsletter (focused on elder horses) in which we found these quotes.For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org Become a TREES Facebook Fan:
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Remember Seasonal Variation in Cushing's Testing



From thehorse.com:Remember Seasonal Variation in Cushing's Testing"Key findings in this study were:-- There is a seasonal variation in both ACTH and alpha-MSH blood levels that is more evident in ponies than horses.-- These variations should be taken into account when testing or monitoring horses or ponies for PPID;-- Reference ranges for ACTH and alpha-MSH probably should be adjusted for season;-- Normal ranges of ACTH, alpha-MSH, and insulin appear slightly different for horses and ponies and
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What's Wrong with this Picture?



"OK, this is just wrong. Where are the feed buckets that are usually in this thing?" (Mona, 30-ish and Fitz, 26)"Do you know how to drive this thing back to thefeedroom and reload it in the correct manner?" (Fitz, 26 and Jubal, 30)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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Come See Us at Tractor Supply Oct 24!!



Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary will once again participate in the Fredericksburg Tractor Supply Company's "Adoption Day," this one held Saturday, October 24. TREES will not have horses at the store (shopping center parking lot not the most stress free envions for our elders) but we'd love to meet you. Please stop by our booth to chat about your elder horses, pick up educational brochures or just say "Hi!" Thank you, Tractor Supply Company, for supporting local animal welfare organizations!
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Oh Boy, Oh Boy!



Merry Christmas to TREES,Merry Christmas to TREES,Merry Christmas, in October...Merry Christmas to TREES!Two more whisk brooms and dust pans, (remember an earlier post about how excited we get about "small" things?) two water hoses and news that a whole stack of new muck skips is on the way. What that means to TREES' Mad Muckers is that you won't have to stand around waiting for someone to gather up the full skips and tote them back to the manure spreader to empty them. (wink, wink)Thank you Gene
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Horses are only as dirty as you make them



Today, TREES was blessed to have a group of Shelter Animal Reiki Association volunteers working with several of the horses. We love having SARA volunteers here and can see changes in several of the residents as a result of the SARA program.This morning, though, one volunteer asked a question that I responded to with a very clear “non-answer,” and for that, I would like to apologize. As we stood in Nathan’s shed talking, I scooted a manure pile against a nearby wall and threw on some uneaten
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The Universe must love old horses.



In the very early days of Traveller’s Rest, we asked our vet how people would know we were here. How should we go about letting people know we were here to help with elder care issues?Doc laughed. “If you build it,” she said,” they will come.”Very funny.But she was right.At first those who came were almost entirely people wanting to “donate” their older horses to TREES. (At some later date, we may post about why we don’t consider our residents “donations.”)Gradually, as the community
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Going on



As many of our regular visitors and volunteers know, September was a hard month around here.Mike & I lost our own very old mule Churchill. It was not entirely unexpected, Church has a very difficult time last winter and was on a slow steady decline. We envisioned a departure before temperatures dropped for the coming winter, but Church set his own timetable. Even though we thought we were prepared, it was a difficult "good-bye."Three weeks later, Oracle set her own timetable.In another week
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Research into Muscle Loss



This is so exciting! The University of Kentucky has been granted funding to research equine geriatrics. At TREES, one very frustrating aspect of elder care is trying to deal with loss of muscle mass, even though the horse seems extremely healthy in every other way.Kristine Urschel, PhD, assistant professor in Animal and Food Sciences, "anticipates this will be the first in a series of studies during the next several years about protein synthesis in geriatric horses. The end goal of the research
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Spicy Arthritis Treatment?



Here's one we haven't heard of before:Osteoarthritis: Turmeric Spice Might Provide Natural RemedyNow before you start pouring tumeric on your horses meals, please note this statement: "Investigators indicated the need for more research to determine the 'true efficacy and potential safety' of curcumin."Remember "natural" does not necessarily mean "safe," (Cyanide is a naturally occurring substance, after all!) so we'll wait for additional guidance on this. Its nice to think there may be something
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Calendar of Events



Short post today, just to let everyone know we've added a "Calendar of Events" to the web site, so you can see what we're up to!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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Farm Rules Revised



Periodically, we will post TREES' Basic Farm Rules, particularly when those rules have been revised, as is the case today. Changes or additions are marked with *** Please also review the "old" rules.TRAVELLER’S REST EQUINE ELDERS SANCTUARYBASIC FARM RULESThe Farm Rules are intended to make your time at Traveller’s Rest both safe and pleasant and to keep the equine residents happy and healthy. Please respect them.Previous “horse experience” is not required.All volunteers must sign a Waiver
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New Zazzle goodies - SALE!



If you haven't visited TREES Zazzle store yet, please do at http://www.zazzle.com/equineelders/giftsSALE! Get your Traveller's Rest merchandise at 14.92% off this weekend. Use coupon code 1492COLUMBUS this weekend only.We've recently added a few new items - postage stamps and two more mugs, including: Foal Christmas Stamp by equineeldersBrowse Horse Postage Hugged Mug by equineeldersSee other Horse rescue Mugs For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org Become
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More unexpected gifts!



Traveller's Rest is overwhelmed at the support this community gives our geezers. When we first opened a sanctuary for elder horses, we truly didn't know if this was something people would get behind. Because there are so many types of horse welfare facilities in Virginia, we had to ask ourselves "Will people see the need for an Elders sanctuary when there are many other equine "causes" to support?"The apparent answer is Yes! Today we were thrilled to receive visitors here to deliver a donation of
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The Guardian



Nate and Butternut. Its not a pair I could have foreseen, but its working. At first Nate, like most other sighted horses, was a little discombobulated by Butternut's behavior. She doesn't seem to read body language very well! He's getting used to her, but they still have a few things to work out.For now, Nate watches over Butternut from a little distance, but rarely lets her out of his sight for longer than the time it takes to get a drink of water or munch on a senior meal. At night, when Butternut
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The Feast of Saint Francis



In Catholic tradition, the celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis falls on October 4. Today!Almost everyone, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, knows that Saint Francis is often referred to as the Patron Saint of Animals. Francis, in fact, was a much more complicated figure, but one of his most noted attributes was his divine respect for all of creation.The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, on its web site, says this of St Francis:"He wasn’t a mere sentimentalist about bunnies and birds
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