Some Good News!



No commentary needed.........Lizzie, May 7, 2009Lizzie, June 1, 2009For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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No Rest for the Convalescence Stall!



We planned to talk about something besides health issues today, but that is not to be. ("The best laid plans of mice and men......")Yesterday afternoon (Saturday) the farm was at peace. So much so that we finally addressed some long neglected chores - mowing the lawn and disposing of the mountain of feed bags by the back door, for example. Thunderstorms in the distance threatened to soak the farm during the night, so we worked until sundown to accomplish as much as possible in case the bad weather
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Rest In Grace, Old Gentleman



Every now and then, we are reminded how fragile life is. Every now and again a horse, like a shooting star, comes into our lives and shines brilliantly; commanding our complete attention, then disappearing in only a moment.Such was Forrest. Even though his appearance was startling when he arrived, Forrest’s star shone so brightly that we could not help being optimistic about his chances. Then, in the blink of an eye, the star faded and vanished into the night sky.Horses like Forrest sometimes
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The Apprehension



For the second time in six years, TREES is faced with the very real possibility of not being able to help a new resident.Forrest arrived Saturday suffering impaction colic. The situation probably existed for several days, at least, before he arrived. His emaciated condition, accompanied by severe dehydration, made the situation a tenuous one from the moment Forrest arrived.Despite the fact that he was perky and alert on arrival, and despite the hours the veterinarian spent with him over the past
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Preparing for a new arrival



Welcoming a new resident to Traveller’s Rest generates both excitement and apprehension. The prospect of getting to know a new family member is always exciting. There is, however, also a fear that we may not be able to find a timely resolution to whatever challenge the newcomer faces.Such is the mood today. Excitement mixed with apprehension. Tomorrow (Saturday, May 23, 2009) TREES will welcome an elderly gelding to be called “Forrest.” Forrest has been losing weight for some time and has
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Fitz' Story



One of our resident Thoroughbreds has shown up in several recent photos, but we’ve never posted his story.Fitzhugh Lee (left) is a big, hefty 26 year old Thoroughbred gelding. He arrived late last summer, but its only in the past few weeks that he’s really come into his glory.Fitz’ road to TREES began when his owners could no longer pay to board him at a stable in Maryland. Early in his story, the sanctuary had no space for another horse, but arranged to pay for a dentist visit to check his
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Lizzie + two weeks



May 7, 2009 May 14, 2009May 20, 2009For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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You Scratch My Back, I'll Scratch Yours!



BFF's in the making? Fitz (left) and Josh (right)For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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Marye - AeroMask update



It works!It really does work!When Marye came to TREES last summer, emaciated and with severe COPD, we didn't know if we could offer her many more days on this earth. Initially we were able to manage her symptoms well enough to allow her to eat normally, but her breathing was never "normal" until well into November.As a last resort, this spring we appealed to TREES' visitors and supporters for an Aeromask Equine System. We'd never heard of this system before, and knew no one using it, but thought
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'Nother update - Chamberlain (aka "Josh")



Lizzie stole the spotlight for the last week and a half, but we didn't want to neglect updates on our other recent arrival, Josh.Here is Josh on April 11, still wearing very impressive winter woolies. And here is Josh now! Josh fit right in with Emma, Jubal and Fitz, even though the Three Bay Amigos had initial misgivings about his addition to the band. After all, its been a long time since a not-bay horse has lived in this field.Josh, however, is one of those guys that is just plain nice......no
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SOS - Support Our Seniors



You can support the rehabilitation and ongoing care of senior horses like Lizzie in many ways:VolunteerLook HERE to see if you have "Things We Can Use."Send TREES the Proof of Purchase seals from Triple Crown, Reliance and Legends feed bags. Depending on formula, we can redeem them for 10 -25 cents each.TREES, PO Box 2260, Spotsylvania, VA 22553Offer a caring home to a horse who has served his owners long and well, but is no longer considered "valuable" enough to warrant further investment by those
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Just one week........



What a difference a week makes.A little update on lizzie, who arrived a week ago yesterday. Lizzie - May 7, 2009 Lizzie - May 14, 2009 TREES' philosophy on feeding undernourished horses is the KISS philosophy......."Keep It Simple, Sweetheart." We don't like to introduce too many new things to a gut that has been inactive for some time so, unless something special is recommended by our veterinarian, thin horses are offered only soaked senior feed and hay. Lizzie is currently eating four meals a
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Love is fleeting........



Remember, last Valentine's Day, how excited we were that Wade had finally made friends with another horse? Wade had become the object of Marye's affection, and the two spent a lot of time grazing together. Well. our fickle female has changed her mind.Apparently, Val (front) is now the most desirable companion in the field.Maybe its "birds of a feather" syndrome?For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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New Arrival - Meet Lizzie!



Lizzie arrived the evening of May 6, 2009. We don't know much about her yet, but we can say there is not a thing wrong with her appetite! We'll start out feeding Lizzie small, frequent meals and limiting her turnout to avoid "refeeding syndrome" Even a small donation will help TREES provide Lizzie and other horses like her the senior diet, and the dental, farrier, and veterinary care necessary to restore good health and offer happy, healthy Golden Years. If you would like to meet Lizzie and her
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Freddie, the Self-Cleaning Arabian



Thank Goodness. Freddie really is self-cleaning most of the time. We're on our way to a record number of consecutive rainy days (or so the local weather gurus "joke.")Even so, look at our 26 year old Arabian gelding, Fred Astaire: Photo courtesy of Molly McDonald Peterson, mJm photographyNo kidding! This is Freddie, as is, no special grooming, bathing, or "photoshopping," after several days of rain and mud. What a good guy.We also have to take the opportunity to point out that Freddie is one of
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Happy 40th, Red Dugger!



"One of Debbie Benkert-Curtis' oldest and dearest friend turns 40 on May 16, and she's throwing him a party. It might sound strange that she's planning to hold the celebration in a stable, but it's actually a natural venue choice.That's because her old buddy, Red Dugger, is a horse.""Curtis said she's invited ""just about everybody'' to the celebration, which will take place at the Atlantic Avenue farm. There will be carrot cake, she said, and balloons. It will be a chance for others to join her
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“Buy” Local!



The local newspaper recently ran a short article concerning the economy’s affect on horse owners. Like everyone else, horse owners are losing jobs, losing homes and spending savings intended for retirement. As a result more and more horses in Virginia are in need of new homes. At the same time, many people now shop online for horses, as they do most everything else. We can view nation-wide classifieds, “visit” adoption programs in other states, and take advantage of bulletin boards and discussion
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Feeding Hay to Elders



Most equine senior feeds are described as "complete feeds." The term "complete feed" implies that a horse can maintain good health on that feed alone. While there are some Toothless Wonders that are physically unable to eat anything but a soaked complete feed, all horses require roughage to maintain optimal gut function and good health. Insufficient roughage is a common cause of soft droppings in elderly horses. Many dentally challenged horses live happily for years on a diet of only "complete feeds,"
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FAQ's about Traveller's Rest



Why do you focus on old horses when there are so many "ridable" horses in need?It is our belief that horses are no less deserving of lives free from hunger or pain merely because their physical abilities are not what they used to be. Some shelter facilities will not accept "special needs" elders because they cannot provide the specialized care required or because they do not have the ability to keep horses that may be permanent residents. Though TREES has limited space, we provide a safe haven for
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Free Webinar: Managing Equine Joint Disease - May19



From http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=14020&source=rssThis free Webinar on "Managing Equine Joint Disease" is presented by David Frisbie, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of Colorado State University, and Craig Shoemaker, DVM, a Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica equine professional services veterinarian and former private practitioner. You can sign up for this FREE Webinar at TheHorse.com/Webinars. Your registration allows you to watch the video presentation and ask questions live during the presentation,
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