MJM Photography Gives Back



This weekend, TREES welcomed Molly Peterson, a Culpeper photographer recently arrived from Colorado. Welcome to Virginia, Molly!Molly and MJM Photography have committed to donate a portion of each sitting fee to a charity of her clients' choosing. If you don't have a favorite cause, Molly lists a few of her favorites from which to choose. Traveller's Rest is honored to be among those causes.Please visit MJM Photography and the Giving Back page (in the This 'n That section) for more information on
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Heart Infections



We wanted to share this article from thehorse.com since one of our residents was very recently treated for endocarditis. Fitz' heart infection is believed to be a complication of badly infected teeth and long-standing periodontal disease.Important points to note:"Relatively rare in horses, endocarditis develops from bacteria circulating in the blood secondary to a primary infection elsewhere in the body.""Early detection is key in treating endocarditis, which requires high doses of antibiotics for
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Heart Infections



We wanted to share this article from thehorse.com since one of our residents was very recently treated for endocarditis. Fitz' heart infection is believed to be a complication of badly infected teeth and long-standing periodontal disease.Important points to note:"Relatively rare in horses, endocarditis develops from bacteria circulating in the blood secondary to a primary infection elsewhere in the body.""Early detection is key in treating endocarditis, which requires high doses of antibiotics for
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Emma's Feeling Neglected



Its come to our attention that Emma has not appeared in this blog much unless she happened to be in the background of another picture.So here she is! Emma, to the best of our knowledge, is approximately 30 years old. Pretty good for an ol' Thoroughbred mare, eh? She doesn't have much left in the way of teeth, so eats four mush meals a day. She can't eat hay at all, but loves making quids and showing them to all who visit. She carries her quids with her, waggles them up and down, twirls them in
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Emma's Feeling Neglected



Its come to our attention that Emma has not appeared in this blog much unless she happened to be in the background of another picture.So here she is! Emma, to the best of our knowledge, is approximately 30 years old. Pretty good for an ol' Thoroughbred mare, eh? She doesn't have much left in the way of teeth, so eats four mush meals a day. She can't eat hay at all, but loves making quids and showing them to all who visit. She carries her quids with her, waggles them up and down, twirls them in
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It might be minor, but assume its major.



There is a theory that horses are more prone to colic in winter. Another says that colic is more likely during dramatic changes in weather. Yet a third implies that elderly horses are more likely to colic than younger horses. Put all those theories together and we should have had a disastrous winter so far. Fortunately, that is not the case. {{tap, tap, tap on wood}}Yesterday morning, however, we did have a minor episode with Fred Astaire, or Freddie to his friends (and sometimes “Fernando!”
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It might be minor, but assume its major.



There is a theory that horses are more prone to colic in winter. Another says that colic is more likely during dramatic changes in weather. Yet a third implies that elderly horses are more likely to colic than younger horses. Put all those theories together and we should have had a disastrous winter so far. Fortunately, that is not the case. {{tap, tap, tap on wood}}Yesterday morning, however, we did have a minor episode with Fred Astaire, or Freddie to his friends (and sometimes “Fernando!”
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Our "potentially massive" Winter Storm



Not that we're complaining mind you, but the storm that a few days ago was described as "potentially massive" left us with this: Enough to be pretty, but not enough to cause problems: Add to the list of "Things We Learned This Winter"...... The size of the storm is inversely proportional to the amount of pre-storm preparation!For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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Our "potentially massive" Winter Storm



Not that we're complaining mind you, but the storm that a few days ago was described as "potentially massive" left us with this: Enough to be pretty, but not enough to cause problems: Add to the list of "Things We Learned This Winter"...... The size of the storm is inversely proportional to the amount of pre-storm preparation!For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org
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What is with this weather??



In several recent posts, we whined about the colder than normal temperatures. Today, though, we hit 60 degrees! What's up with that? One confused honeybee even showed up at afternoon feeds to investigate the feast. We thought the horses might feel a little Spring Fever, but most took advantage of the sun and dozed most of the day. We also learned that even a 60-degree afternoon is not enough to thaw manure piles hard-frozen to the ground in spots that don't get much sun.Some of our Golden Muck Fork
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Things We’ve Learned This Winter (so far)



We’ve had a colder than average winter this year in Virginia. Here are a few things we’ve learned:Double ended snaps become brittle in single digit temperatures.Muck buckets become brittle in single digit temperatures.Feed pans become brittle in single digit temperatures.Water buckets become brittle in single digit temperatures.Horses are NOT sympathetic to the fact the things become brittle in single digit temperatures (meaning the humans are handling things more slowly and carefully.)Even
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More on Handling Metabolic Challenges



Readers who would like to follow up on Dr Blanton's article, Feeding the Metabolically Challenged Horse may want to look into these "Horse Courses," offered by THEHORSE.COM."What's a Horse Course? It's an online video seminar given by experts on a specific horse health topic*. They're all free, thanks to our sponsors. (*Note: Topics are subject to change according to the presenters’ discretion.)"1. Metabolic Disorders - Equine metabolic syndrome and Cushing's disease. Sponsored by Fort Dodge Animal
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Weekend Visitors



Over the weekend, Traveller's Rest met several wonderful people.Thank you to Tabitha and her whole family for stopping by to meet the Elders and drop off some senior feed. As a cold front came through Spotsylvania, we were treated to quite a show by the Goofy Geezers. Rienzi bucked and crowhopped his way along the driveway fence, Emma began to relive former dreams of Thoroughbred glory, while Fitz scampered (if you can say a 17 hand Thoroughbred "scampers") in circles in his unique way, head waggling,
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Article reprinted from Rappahannock Equine Veterinary Clinic newsletter, Vol 2, Issue 1 (january 2009) with author's permission:Feeding the Metabolically Challenged HorseAmanda Blanton, DVM Establishing an appropriate feeding plan for a horse with an endocrine disorder (PPID/Cushings disease, Equine Metabolic Syndrome, and/or Insulin Resistance) can be challenging and is tailored to each horse’s specific situation. As a result, it is important to discuss your horse’s endocrine status and nutritional
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Our Golden Patriarch



January 22, 2009 Not a whole lot to say, other than "Can you believe this gelding will turn 38 this spring?" This, of course, is Sonny, our herd patriarch. Sonny regularly defies the notion that old horses are sedate, passive creatures. He gallops in for meals, moves the other horses out of his way with "a look," and bucks his way across the field after tolerating annoying things like farrier or vet visits. Sonny has been undergoing treatment for Lyme Disease for the last several months (more on
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Laminitis Seminar - Locust Grove, VA



Date: Saturday, February 7, 2009Time: 10AM - 12PMLocation: Rappahannock Equine Veterinary Clinic, Locust Grove, VAContact: 540-854-7171Fee: None!Laminitis, or "founder," is a problem that can affect any horse or pony of any age or breed. Join the staff of the Rappahannock Equine Veterinary Clinic for an educational seminar, following a case renowned farrier Eddie Shelton has been working on in conjunction with REVC doctors. They will present the case, its work-up, findings, current progress, and
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The Golden Muck Fork?



We really need to come up with some sort of award for folks like those who helped catch up on cleanup yesterday and today. After several raw, windy days we found ourselves looking at many times the usual amount of manure in the sheds, small paddocks and other sheltered loafing areas. But, forks and muck carts in hand, our volunteers met the challenge. Special Thank Yous to Gene, Carol, Deborah, Jim and Mike, who as a team filled the old 1949 John Deere manure spreader THREE times over. (And we're
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Spend your "Day On" with the Horses



President Elect Obama is calling on Americans to make MLK Day a day of service....a "Day On" rather than a day off. While many service projects are geared toward needy humans, we'd like to appeal to potential volunteers for a few hours to help needy horses. With the recent unusually cold, windy weather, the horses have been spending more time in sheds and barns. That, added to poop piles frozen to the ground has caused a "back-up," so to speak. By Monday, everything should be thawed (including our
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Spend your "Day On" with the Horses



President Elect Obama is calling on Americans to make MLK Day a day of service....a "Day On" rather than a day off. While many service projects are geared toward needy humans, we'd like to appeal to potential volunteers for a few hours to help needy horses. With the recent unusually cold, windy weather, the horses have been spending more time in sheds and barns. That, added to poop piles frozen to the ground has caused a "back-up," so to speak. By Monday, everything should be thawed (including our
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Thank you co-op customers!



On behalf of Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, I'd like to say Thank You! to the staffs and customers of the Culpeper CFC Farm and Home Center and the Orange-Madison Farm Co-op Service for their gracious support. The two stores hosted "Giving Trees" during the month of December to help the sanctuary acquire feed and commonly used supplies. During a time when many are struggling financially, we were overwhelmed by the generosity of co-op customers who share our feelings about Equine Elders.
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