Review Traveller's Rest!



Many of you are probably familiar with the ZooToo web site. Traveller's Rest has been listed on the "rescues" portion of the site for a while, but we've never taken advantage of the features of this site.Time to change that, and you can help.When visitors to the site look in the rescue listings, the default order appears to show those facilities with good reviews at the top of the list. Too date, nobody has rated or reviewed TREES on ZooToo, so we don't appear until page 7 or 8.We're asking anyone
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Attention, Valley Vet Shoppers!



It seems as though we've been asking for help a lot lately. We have. With the horse market in the toilet, and many people cutting back on expenses, elder horses are often the first to suffer. Special diets, extra feedings, and frequent vet or dental exams combined with job losses and higher prices mean more people are trying to rehome their horses or need help getting over a "hump." Trying to find as many ways as possible that you can help TREES help equine elders at small cost to you, we opened
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New Guy A-coming



This is one of those "Stay Tuned......." posts. We're making preparations for a new arrival, to be welcomed this weekend. All we know to this point is that he is 36 years old, a draft horse cross, has melanoma and Cushings, and needs to put on some weight. Challenges ahead..........?For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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Booty Call!



Alright. Not what you're thinking.We mean Fly Booties! Seems there are at least twice as many flies this year as in past years. As a matter of fact, I don't remember them ever being this plentiful before. We've always had to put fly boots on some of the residents during the summer, mostly those who make a habit of schmearing their mashes on themselves turning their legs into lucious fly-bait, but his year it seems everyone may need to wear them. For many of our Elders, these boots are more than
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Condolences to friends at White Bird



We'd like to express our deep deep sympathies to our friends and fellow rescuers, Jorg and Tom, the founders of White Bird Appaloosa Horse Rescue, on learning of the loss of their canine family member, Shandy.We are often told there is a reason for, or a lesson to be found in, everything that happens, but this is one of those things that may never make sense.Our thoughts are with you.For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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Stinkpot? Who comes up with these names?



The wet conditions keep bringing more interesting visitors. The dogs found this little water turtle in their exercise yard over the weekend. We don't know where she came in, and apparently neither did she when we found her.As near as we can figure out according to our Audobon guides, this little turtle is called a Stinkpot. The guide describes Stinkpots as "feisty." That part certainly fit. Even though she was all of about 5 inches long, she made it very clear she intended to eat us if we kept bothering
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iGive.com newsletter in support of Traveller's Rest



Support TREES residents by doing your online shopping through iGive.com. TREES gets a donation at no extra cost to you! How iGive.com Works$2 Bonus Donation New Customers Save Beauty on a Budget All StoresThis week's iGive newsletter is brought to you by drugstore.com where 4% of your purchase benefits Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary.We're also pleased to introduce a new store at iGive.com: DSW Bookmark: iGive.com/DSW (3.2% Donation*) kate spade new york - iGive.com/katespade (2% Donation*)
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Equine Sanctuary/Vet team up to help unwanted horse



For Immediate ReleaseTraveller’s Rest Equine Elders SanctuaryPO Box 2260Spotsylvania, VA 22553540-972-0936info@equineelders.orgContact: Christine SmithRappahannock Equine Veterinary Clinic Demonstrates Commitment to Unwanted Horses Local veterinarian teams up with Traveller’s Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary to provide vaccines for horses in needSpotsylvania, VA (June 22, 2009) — Rappahannock Equine Veterinary Clinic, Locust Grove, VA, has taken a stand in support of unwanted horses by participating
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GodSpeed, Elmer!



Elmer, the pigeon, should be safely back in home in New Jersey by now. His owner, Bob, picked him up yesterday morning. Much to Elmer's delight, he shared his traveling quarters with a female pigeon who had been picked up in Delaware earlier in the trip.Elmer's racing season is over for the year, so he now has many months to recuperate and enjoy the summer at leisure. By the way, one of Elmer's flockmates won the race that discombobulated Elmer, with an average pace of 48 miles per hour! That's
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{{{Sigh............}}}}



(yes, those are raindrops.) Sigh..............For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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More about Saturday's SARA Orientation



Inaugural orientation class for the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) program will be held at Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary (TREES) in Spotsylvania, VA on Saturday, June 20th from 10am-noon. (Additional orientation sessions will be held as the program grows.)From Janet Dobbs, founding SARA member:I hope that you will be able to join us. The only requirement to become a TREES/SARA volunteer is you must be at least a Reiki level one practitioner and love animals. :-)Traveller's Rest
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Thank You’s and other Tidbits



We have a lot of short updates and want to thank a lot of people today, so we’ll try to do it all in one post and hope we don’t leave anyone out.We’d like to remind local Reiki practitioners that the first Shelter Animal Reiki Association orientation for the TREES program will be this weekend, Saturday, June 20, 10AM – noon. To participate, or for more information, please contact Janet Dobbs The next Reiki workshop will be Reiki I, for both humans and animals, July 11-12. Saturday will be
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More on our Avian Guest



This post obviously isn't about horses, elder or otherwise, but it is about recognizing, once again, the wonders of Mother Natures' creations. Granted, man's had a hand in developing domestic pigeons, but he had to start with Mom N's groundwork.Let me begin by saying we've named our guest "Elmer," in honor of the great Elmer Bandit, the competitive trail horse that recently broke the existing total mileage record at age 37. When Elmer, the pigeon, arrived yesterday, he was quite weak. When we approached
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Another new Guest at TREES!



A new arrival showed up this morning. Out of the blue, you might say.Not an equine guest, but avian. After mixing horsey breakfasts this morning, we looked outside to see a racing pigeon in the front yard, looking a little lost. For now, he(she?) is comfortable ensconced in a dog crate, having a snack and a drink. We've traced the owner to New Jersey! and will try to contact him as soon as the horses are fed.More on Pidge later!For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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Weather and Communication woes



Jeesh! Just when we got dried out after last week's record rainfall, Mother Nature gave us another big Wallop a few days ago.Early Tuesday morning, just as we were preparing to start feeding the horses, a line of unexpected thunderstorms came roaring through. Our poor Red Maple tree, which stands virtually just outside the front door of the house, took another lightening hit. The proximity to the house took out our phone lines, the satellite and a couple of electric outlets, all on the front of
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Quick Jubal Update



We hoped Jubal would be back out with Fitz, Emma and Josh by now, but nooooooooo.........The initial fever, swelling, and pain resolved quickly but, as always, there's more to the story.Even though last weekend's ultrasound showed nothing of concern, there was a small pocket of infection under Jubal's innocent looking scrape. The wound opened up Monday evening, draining pus and blood. Tuesday morning we hosted yet another visit by the vet, who re-evaluated both the wound and the joint. Good news.......there
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Orientation: Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA)



June 20, 2009Orientation for the Shelter Animal Reiki Association program at Traveller's Rest.If interested in participating, or for more information, please contact Janet Dobbs at Animal Paradise Communication & HealingFor more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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Glub glubglub! VOLS! The Horses Need You!



Record rainfall, so the gurus say. No kidding!We're thinking of changing the name of the sanctuary to Traveller's Rest Swamp. The sheds are flooded. Most of the stalls are flooded. There is standing water in many fields and paddocks. And it looks like another day of rain.This is supposed to clear out tonight.So, VOLUNTEERS! We need you this weekend! We're faced with stripping and rebedding pretty much every shelter on the place. This isn't worrying the horses nearly as much as its worrying the humans,
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Free Webinar - Managing Noninfectious Respiratory Problems June 18



The Horse: Free Webinar on Managing Noninfectious Respiratory Problems June 18"This free Webinar on "Managing Noninfectious Respiratory Problems" is presented by Ed Robinson, BVetMed, PhD (Michigan State University). Assisting him in answering your questions live will be Melissa Millerick-May, MS, PhD (Michigan State University), and Bob Stenbom, DVM, a Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica equine professional services veterinarian and former private practitioner. "More informationFor more on Traveller's
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Hey Quilters! Can you help TREES' horses?



Quilters! Time to Search Your Stash! Jubal's recent leg injury requires wrapping for at least a few more days.See the white padding under the elastic bandage? That's nothing more than good old quilt batting. Excecpt that its been cut to a certain size, repackaged just for the purpose of wrapping horses' legs, and priced "accordingly." TREES received a package of "Leg Wrap Sheets" during our Giving Trees program last Christmas, but Jubal is making short work of them (he's getting each one dirty
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