Feel The Thunder!

Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary Archive on September 13, 2009, 11:35 am


Next weekend, the Virginia Draft Horse and Mule Association will host the 31st Annual Old Dominion Draft Horse and Mule Show at Commonwealth Park in Culpeper, VAWe'll be there! How 'bout you?In a way, this brings TREES "full circle." It was at Draft Horse and Mule show in 1995 that TREES' founders first discovered the Equine Rescue League and learned about equine welfare issues in Virginia.Almost 15 years later, we hope someone else will be motivated, by our information to booth, to get involved
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We Will Always Remember

Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary Archive on September 11, 2009, 10:33 am


Pentagon Memorial FundFor more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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The Squid Quid

Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary Archive on September 10, 2009, 12:31 pm


More quid art ---Not to be outdone by Emma's artistic quid display the other day..........(I can't say for sure who made this - or how - but it was laying in Val's feeding corner. )Presenting..........The Squid Quid!(To the right is a standard issue quid for comparison.)For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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Mona +5 weeks!



Tomorrow marks the end of the fifth week since Mona's saviors freed her from a small, bare pen at the Polo Pony Retirement Foundation farm in Mine Run, VA on August 6, 2009.If you are just joining the story, this is how Mona looked upon arrival on August 8 , 2009.And here is Mona today, September 9, 2009:For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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I Knew It!



Found this near Freddie's "feeding station" at supper. We've suspected for years that Freddie is a unicorn in disguise. The horn is curly because of his Cushings, of course.Here's Freddie May 1, 2009. (When do unicorns shed their horns?) For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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Used Chewing Gum



Is this the horsey equivalent of sticking your gum under the table at the cafeteria? If I had to guess, I'd say this is Emma's. She is constantly carrying her quids around, twirling them, waggling them, savoring the last bit of juice, then parking them somewhere when she comes upon something that looks more tasty.For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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Very Special Visitors



Mona received some very special guests Sunday. A lady named Joanie stopped by specifically to visit with Miss Mona.So, what made this particular visit so special? Well, Joanie and her husband, quite literally, saved Mona's life. It was this couple who discovered Mona and her herdmates in the dire circumstances that had already cost 20 horses their lives and immediately called for help. Their quick action saved quite a few lives, both equine and canine.This story is proof that one person, (or two
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Helllloooooooooo, Idahooooo!!!



Remember this statement, posted on July 6, 2009:"Today, Nate not only lifted his tail, but moved it noticeably to the right. To his stronger side. If we see that tail move to the left, you may hear us shouting from somewhere out in Idaho." Hey Idaho! Can you hear me now?Yes, sir, yesterday Nate swished his tail to the left! Miss George, one of our volunteer grooms, was fighting a good fight against the big man's faster than average hair growth. Specifically, she was trimming Nate's feathers, which
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Summer Love



Remember Wade's Valentine's Day breakfast with Marye? February 14, 2009The love affair continues. August 31, 2009Wade is 26 year's old, Marye is 29. Who says love is only for the young? (That's Sonny in the background. Never did have much use for girls.)For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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Josh's New Coat



Update on Josh:Josh arrived in April 2009, looking a little like a Lesser Virginia Yak. When I first saw a picture of him, I forwarded it to our vet with the note "I'm thinking Cushings." Her reply was something like "Yikes! I think your right." Josh, April 11, 2009When we ask our vet to evaluate or monitor a horse who has, or who is suspected of having, Cushings (more technically called Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction or PPID,) she takes a blood sample to measure the level of Adrenocorticotropic
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TRAGEDY!



Our beloved 60+ year old John Deere, Model H, Series 47 ground-driven manure spreader, this morning, suffered a work-stopping injury.See that bar hanging kind of cattywampus off the back end just below the hay and manure bits? The one with the "H" chain hanging off the right end?That’s the rod that turns the cogs that rotate the chains that pull the bars that drag the poop to the back of the spreader. This morning, the bracket that supports the rod that turns the cogs that rotate the chains that
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Thank you, Tractor Supply Company



We thoroughly enjoyed our day at the Fredericksburg TSC store today. We met a lot of very nice people, some horsey, some not, but all interesting to talk with. We also very much enjoyed meeting the dogs of Bully Paws (and the humans in tow) that were hangin' out right next to us. Several of these beautiful, affectionate dogs stole our hearts. Please consider this organization when looking for future canine family members.One of several highlights of the day was finding possible accommodations for
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Mona +3 weeks



Tomorrow (Thursday, August 27, 2009) marks three weeks since the Orange County Sheriff and Animal Control departments took custody of Mona and herdmates.This is what Mona looked like on arrival at Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, Saturday, August 8, 2009: Here is Mona today, Wednesday, August 26, 2009:We still have a way to go, but what an improvement already!For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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Shots of Summer



As August comes to a close and the kids head back to school this week, here are a few random Summer Shots: Group Meditation Oracle Fitz & Josh Emma and her boysThe ultimate "Nostril Shot" For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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Building a Horse Care Library



Checking email this morning, we found an ad from Amazon.com promoting a sale on new and used textbooks. Eureka! A chance to build our horse care library.But, alas. Even "on sale" textbooks on equine subjects are a little out of range of our normal budget.Soooooooo.........seeking donations of used textbooks. If anyone wants to let go of those they have, that is.Here are some examples of books we thought looked useful on Amazon's list:Equine Neurology, by Martin Furr & Stephen ReedThe Horse in
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Delphi + One Year



With all the hubbub concerning Nathan and, more recently, Mona, some of our other residents are feeling a little left out. To remedy that situation, we're going to attempt to provide updates on everyone over the coming days/weeks.Remember Delphi? Delphi arrived one year ago, in August 2008. Her owner repeated again and again that Delph must be in "organ failure" since she could not get her to gain weight.Guess what? A horse must be fed, and fed an appropriate ration, in order to gain or maintain
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Look! One of them dancin' hosses!



WaaaaaaaaaHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Can you hear us in Idaho?During today's thunderstorms, we confined Nate to his stall to keep his diapered foot dry. This was completely unacceptable to His Highness. As soon as the puddles dried, Nate was given his freedom. He pushed the door open and marched out, tossing his head indignantly.Then......Then.........Nathan collected himself into an absolutely gorgeous canter, flexed at the poll, feet placed just so, and going in a straight line. And he did it twice! Cantered
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Back to our Regularly Scheduled Programming



Ahem.Its been pointed out that Nate has been bumped off the front page long enough. So, for all his fans, here's an update.Today ends the first week of Nathan's EPM treatment. We were warned that we might see a temporary worsening of symptoms several days into the Marquis regimen. So far so good, though we're not out of the woods yet. It seems some horses experience this side effect as long as 7-10 days into the treatment.The big news, though, concerns Nate's foot. That right front foot that has
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Do you know this horse?



Mona, one of the mare's seized from the "Polo Pony Retirement Foundation" is now two weeks into her rehab. It was two weeks ago today that the Orange County Sheriff's and Animal Control Departments rescued ten starving horses from a farm in Mine Run. Sadly, they arrived too late for 20 other horses. Another 10 were in fairly good shape. Mona - August 8, 2009 Mona's age is estimated to be 30 years old. She looks like a Thoroughbred, but is not tattooed, so we cannot age her through that means. We
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Mona's Day in Court



Some details of the Orange County case are being made public. For the first news coverage, please visit Charlottesville's NBC29.The hearing on August 21 involves multiple counts of general cruelty and failure to bury deceased animals. For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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