You've Come a Long Way, Baby!



No commentary needed.Lizzie, May 7, 2009 - Age 24Lizzie, October 3, 2009 For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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Traveller's Rest's Elder Statesman



When Sonny arrived at TREES at age 35, we were a little hesitant to introduce him to the "front field," thinking he might be too frail for the wild bunch.Under close supervision, we gave it a try and Voila; the waters parted, the other horses bowed in awe and Sonny, with no initiation ceremony whatsoever, became Head King Alpha Dude of the herd. He remains in that position even now.Sonny, October 3, 2009, Age 38. For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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Unexpected gifts!



Huh. Yesterday, our vet clinic called and said there were two boxes of rabies vaccine there with our name on it. We didn't order any rabies vaccine.As it turns out, the vaccine was shipped directly from Intervet/Schering-Plough, one of the sponsors of the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign. TREES applied for free vaccine last spring and was granted doses sufficient to vaccinate the whole herd, but did not apply for anything for this fall. We're assuming this gift is something I/S-P is doing
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Are you a fan of TREES?



If not, visit the Traveller's Rest Facebook page and click "Become a Fan!" Easy!Traveller's Rest Equine Elders SanctuaryPromote Your Page TooFor more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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The Odd Couple



Ori's departure over the weekend left Butternut, a small blind Shetland cross pony alone in her dry lot paddock. Who could we move in with her that would do well on a dry lot and be kind to a small blind pony?Rienzi! Perfect. Except Rienzi didn't think so. He paced the fence, wanting more than anything to go back "home." Normally we would give a horse a little more time to adjust to new surroundings, but after only three days, Rienzi had visibly dropped weight. With winter fast approaching, we couldn't
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........and Upward

Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary Archive on September 29, 2009, 11:40 pm


In the previous post, Mona had just been turned out with a small group in a big field and looked a little lost. The photo in that post was taken Tuesday at approximately 10AM.By 6PM Tuesday:(Mona is the small dark mare wearing the red halter.) For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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Onward



While we still grieve over the losses of the weekend, we also move forward with sanctuary life.Mona!Today, Mona took another step forward in her rehab, moving from a small "Convalescence Paddock" into a small herd. Before coming to Traveller's Rest, Mona lived, for some time, in a small pen no bigger than an average stall.Trying to imagine what she must be thinking about this turn of events: "Whooaa, Dude! What do I do now?!" For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit
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Saying Goodbye.



We love old horses. No secret there. But because we focus on old horses, specifically, saying “goodbye” is an all too common occurrence.Sometimes the decision is difficult. There is no clear answer. Is the horse in pain? Can the pain be managed? Will he recover from the current malady, or will he continue to decline? Is he happy, or does he seem distressed? Do the “good days” outnumber the “bad days?” All questions that rarely have straightforward answers.At times, however, the right
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Age is Just a Number Illustrated!

Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary Archive on September 25, 2009, 10:03 pm


Watch 42 year old Sunny performing in a dressage schooling show.Kudos to Lavendar Hills Riding Academy for allowing this pony to keep teaching!For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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How Beneficial Is Soaking Hay?



As a short follow-up to the previous post on laminitis, we wanted to bring attention to a study performed by the UK's The Laminitis Consortium.Many people believe that soaking hay removes water-soluble carbohydrates, making the hay safe to feed to laminitis-prone horses. This may not be the case.In this may 2009 study,:“The results showed a highly variable leaching of WSC and substantially less leaching than reported previously for chopped hay soaked for 30 minutes” explained Clare Barfoot.
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Laminitis is Not a Disease



Read almost any horse-related magazine, forum, bulletin board or newsletter, and eventually, a discussion of laminitis will surface. “My horse has laminitis. What’s the best way to treat it?The first thing to realize is that laminitis is not a disease unto itself. Laminitis - meaning “inflammation of the laminae” - is a symptom of something else going on in the horse’s body. In other words, to control the laminitis, you must determine and treat the cause. Administering all the anti-inflammatory
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PA/MD - 3 days left for elder mare

Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary Archive on September 23, 2009, 10:51 am


We don't post every senior that needs a home (if we did, that's all this blog would contain) but this one is a little disturbing. "This horse is free. I am moving to Kansas this weekend and have found out that I cannot get a hitch put on my truck (they are on back order and nobody has the type that I need). I cannot take her with me." Really? Moving from Maryland to Kansas and you didn't know, until four days before the move, that you didn't have the right hitch? That's why you can't take this mare
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SARA at TREES orientation, Sept 26, 2009



Passing this along from our good friend, Janet Dobbs:I am happy to announce the 2nd orientation class for the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) program to be held at Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary (TREES) in Spotsylvania, VA on Saturday, Sept. 26th from 9am-11am.The orientation will be from 9am-10am. You must attend this orientation before participating in the SARA program.From 10am-11am we will meet the residents of TREES and be joined by other SARA/TREES practitioners as we offer
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Draft Show - Day 2

Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary Archive on September 21, 2009, 12:02 am


What a weekend! We're tired, but so grateful to the VDHMA for allowing us to sneak into a vendor space on short notice. It must have been meant to be. Folks, if you have a chance to attend next year's show, I encourage you to go out and support this organization. From our vantage point this show was well-run and professional and everyone we met seemed to be not only passionate about horses, but also supportive of fellow exhibitors. All perfect ambassadors for the draft breeds and their talents.Thank
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Draft Show - Day 1

Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary Archive on September 20, 2009, 12:29 am


Today was the first day of the Virginia Draft Horse and Mule Association's 2009 show. What a perfect day. The weather was ideal and the organizers, exhibitors and vendors were the friendliest bunch of people anyone could ever hope to meet. Many stopped by TREES' booth to chat about the elder equine, past and present, and pick up a Golden Horseshoe for luck. We'd like to thank everyone involved in this incredible weekend. Can't wait for tomorrow.Meanwhile, here are just a few photos from today.The
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The MouseMan Cometh



When we moved to this farm in 2002, the barn was crawling with mice. As we cleaned out piles of old hay and bedding, we found a cluster of snake egg shells in the old sawdust.. Hm. Interesting.And a blessing.The eggs, we learned the next year, belonged to a black rat snake. Mama rat snake has blessd us with a cluster of 13-17 eggs every year since. Except for the year 2003, when we had fewer horses and were using bagged shavings, she has always placed them safely in the sawdust pile.Knowing the
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New Home for Your Horse: Questions to Ask



The Horse New Home for Your Horse: Questions to Ask"Horse owners faced with the decision to find their horses a new home, whether it be locating that perfect retirement home, a new job in therapeutic riding, the mounted patrol, or even with a new owner, need to ask some important questions before giving up care of their animal."Posted using ShareThisFor more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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Wednesday's Wonder!



Mom N just continues to amaze me.Tuesday evening: Wednesday morning, 8AM Wednesday morning, 10:30AMWednesday morning, 11:45AM Its A Girl! For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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Tuesday's Treasure

Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary Archive on September 16, 2009, 12:16 am


Another little thing we get excited about! (Unrelated to equine elders, but hopefully an indication that their environment is in reasonable health.)I don't know where this chrysalis started out, but I found it on the ground as I was getting ready to reposition a newly scrubbed 50-gallon water tank. I'm sure that's not where it wanted to be as the Monarch Butterfly inside prepares to emerge. For the time being, its nestled in a small shrub next to the house.See here to view all the Monarch's stages
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The Little Things



It doesn't take much to get us excited. Yesterday, Gene & Carol brought two new whisk brooms and that's about all it takes. (We use whisk brooms to sweep up the Toothless Wonders' feeding stations so other horses don't try to vacuum up the leftovers and swallow a lot of dirt or sawdust in the process.)During the past few weeks, there has been some discussion on several Internet forums about how a specific medical crisis was handled at another horse welfare organization. We're not going to discuss
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