Super Colossal Big Huge Yard Sale!



TREES is havin' a sale!  Not on horses.  Or on trees.  But on almost everything else! To raise funds to care for horses in residence at Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, there will be a Yard/Garage Sale Saturday, July 31, 2010 8AM until 2PM 8815 Robert E Lee Drive Spotsylvania, VA 22551 Going back to college? Offered for sale: two oriental rugs dorm fridge small kitchen appliances in excellent condition dishes never used foam mattress pads electric blanket vacuum cleaner All
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Drastic Measures?



No, necessary measures. Two years ago, when we first heard of Fitz, then 25 years old, he was living in Maryland and looking for a place to go. He hadn't had any dental attention for some time and his pictures showed he was a little thin.  TREES arranged for an equine dental technician, accompanied by a veterinarian, to examine Fitz' teeth, thinking that if he had his dental issues addressed he would gain weight more easily and be easier to place in a new home. Addressing Fitz'
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We're resurrecting the Blog!



After an attempt to move our news and updates to Facebook, it has come to our attention (many times) that a percentage of Traveller's Rest's followers will simply never, never, never use Facebook.  Ever.  Fair enough. Starting this week, we'll resume posting regular blog updates.  For FB fans, links will be posted to all new blog posts. If you do not regularly use Facebook please remember that the TREES page is "public content."  You do not have to be "on Facebook" to view
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SARA Group Reiki July 17, 2010



SARA Group Reiki Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 10:00am Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary Spotsylvania, VA TREES is a founding shelter member of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association. Practitioners participating in the SARA @ TREES program gather at the sanctuary once each month to offer healing to residents. Participating practitioners are also invited to work individually with sanctuary residents as their schedules allow. For more info on the SARA program at Traveller's Rest, please contact
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VOTE! for TREES in Chase Community Giving (Please)



VOTE, vote VOTE! for TREES in Chase Community Giving on Facebook . Not only will one of the top prizes fund general operations, it could help launch programs in development: programs in education and community outreach aimed at senior-horse owners who need a little assistance during a temporary rough patch.  Programs intended to allow long-time owners to keep their elder equine healthy, happy and at home. Please, vote for Traveller's Rest, then "pass it on."
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TREES Volunteer Orientation



Would you like to help maintain a high standard of customized care for the elder equine at Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary in Spotsylvania, VA? TREES' residents, many victims of neglect and abandonment, need your help. If you would like to learn more about how you can help, we invite you to attend a Volunteer Orientation at the Sanctuary on Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 10AM. We'll tell you what the sanctuary does, outline short- and long-term goals, and explain how volunteers play roles
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Bodywork at Traveller’s Rest



Bodywork at Traveller’s Rest Equine Elders Sanctuaryby Jill Deming, M.A - Certified Massage TherapistIntegrated Animal TherapiesJill is a member of the International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork During my initial bodywork session with each horse, I carefully evaluate each individual. I keep in mind that at this stage in their lives my objective is not to address any dysfunction in the body of the older horse, but simply to help them to be comfortable. This is because many of these
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No Apologies Here.



The previous owner of one of our resident geldings is apparently uphappy that he received a visit from an Animal Control officer shortly after one of his horses was moved to TREES. In seven years, TREES has asked law enforcement to look into only two situations.  For the most part, we feel owners respond better to advice concerning elder management than to any sort of "threat."  In addition, we don't want to have a reputation with local Animal Control officials as The Boy Who Cried Wolf. However......when
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Things Can Go South Fast!



We're going to preach a little  - again - on the importance of frequent dental exams in Equine Elders.  Twice a year is recommended, more often is not overdoing it if your horse is prone to dental problems. As an example, Freddy, our self-cleaning dancing Arab gelding was examined seven months ago.  With no major problems, he had a few sharp edges and points addressed, with everything functioning pretty well afterward.  He dropped a few quids here and there if given coarse hay,
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Bittersweet Celebration



This day is one of mixed feeings. Today we celebrate the life of a dignified and gracious mare as we, at the same time, say “goodbye.” Very often, when a horse arrives at Traveller’s Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, we don’t know what his future will hold, or how long that future will last on this earth. Until each Elder is evaluated and time unfolds, we assume we may be offering hospice care. Perhaps all we can do for this individual is keep him comfortable and well fed until physical frailty
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TREES Mention in "The Post"



Visit the Spring 2010 issue of The Post: See the article on Page 4, "Mechanicsville Dentist a Firm Believer in Preventative Care" for a mention of TREES! (bottom of page 4, top of page 5)  Side Note - "Delphi," mentioned in the opening paragraph, is a TREES resident, owned by the Sanctuary, not by Mike and Chris Smith. (Common misconception is that nonprofit organizations are "owned" by one or more individuals in the same way for-profit businesses have owners. They are not.) Some of the
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Revised Farm Rules -March 21, 2010



Please look for the *** marking changes The 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 of Liability before volunteering for Traveller’s Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary in any capacity at any location. A parent or legal guardian must sign a Waiver of Liability for each minor volunteer between the ages
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Sherman's Progress



Narration not really necessary! Sherman, November 10, 2009 Sherman, March 18, 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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Meet Kelley -Arrived Mar 15, 2010



Please say Hello to "Kelley," a beautiful Quarter Horse gelding, estimated to be in his early to mid twenties.  Kelley arrived at Traveller's Rest Monday, March 15, 2010, following a week-long stay at Woodside Equine Clinic in Ashland, VA. Our new boy is not nearly as thin as some of our new arrivals have been, but does have a few problems to be resolved.  On admission to Woodside, Kelley's hooves were overgrown, accompanied by thrush and a thick sole that were addressed by a farrier
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A Cushings Comparison



Josh - April 11, 2009 - before being given pergolide to manage his CushingsJosh's coat, at this time, was very patchy with areas of very long hair, most noticeable here along the bottom of his rib cage and as what looks like feathering on his forelegs. Josh began taking pergolide in June 2009.  Below is a photo taken March 17, 2010.  His coat is still very thick, but of a much healthier texture and consistent length. We will retest Josh's ACTH level in June to determine if
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PoP Drive!



With feed prices ever increasing and a larger percentage of Toothless Wonders at the Sanctuary than in past years, TREES' senior feed/ alfalfa cubes bill is currently hovering around $1500 per month.  If you feed Triple Crown, Legends, or Reliance feeds to your horses, you can help TREES' elders with no added cash coming out of your pocket!  The Proof of Purchase seals on every bag are worth money to organizations enrolled in the Southern States SHOW program.  TREES has been accepting
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Wecome new BoD member, Janet Dobbs!



Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary is thrilled to welcome Janet Dobbs as a new member of Board of Directors. Janet has a degree in Education, as well as Music and Broadcasting. She is a Reiki practitioner and teacher, trained in Traditional Japanese Reiki, is also trained to teach Penelope Smith's beginning and advanced I & II animal communication courses, as well as certificates of training in the advanced field of Bioenergy with Mietek Wirkus. Janet is also educated and skilled
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Tag Team Trimming



What do you do when a horse in need of serious hoof rehab doesn't cooperate with said serious hoof rehab?  Unfortunately, somtimes, you resort to drugs.  (For the horse, not the rehabbers.) You may remember Nate, who arrived last June, seriously underweight, suffering EPM and dealing with several very serious foot issues, including advanced infection and a maggot infestation.  Nate's EPM has been treated, but he still shows a weakness and some muscle atrophy on one side. 
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The Reunion



Happy Day! Ten days ago, we had to separate Mona and Fitz when Mona became ill.  We don't have a specific diagnosis, but believe Mona contracted a virus of some kind.  Her fever, at the height of her illness, was 104.9 degrees.  Our Diva was one sick girl.  While we could not "cure" her as quickly as we might have liked, with supportive care through a combination of conventional veterinary medicine, energy work and prayer, Mona is fully recovered and, this morning, was reunited
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"When To Call The Vet"



Last weekend, we were confronted by a normally ravenous mare who had turned her nose up at two of her last three meals.  A quick check showed her temperature to be 103.1, prompting a Sunday morning emergency call to our vet clinic.  While we are still treating what seems to be a viral infection, we feel initiating immediate treatment, even on a Sunday, spared this mare further complications. With that, we'd like to premiere the newest addition to TREES collection of educational handouts:(Thank
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