Our Equine Vets are the Best!



Traveller's Rest uses the services of several equine veterinary clinics on a regular basis. Some vets serve as our remote "eyes," evaluating and beginning treatment on horses still in their original homes, but bound for the sanctuary as soon as arrangements are completed. Some come to the sanctuary once in a while as specialists or complimentary practitioners.The bulk of TREES' vet care, though, falls in the more than capable hands of the veterinarians of Rappahannock Equine Veterinay Clinic in
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Equine Elders - organization of the week!



Check it out! TREES is Organization of the Week!Shelter SourceThen visit Traveller's Rest's Shelter Source "My Page" Visit often, watch for news and events, or leave a comment! Be sure to browse the rest of the ShelterSource --- a free resource and networking hub 'helping people help animals --- too!
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Equine Elders - organization of the week!



Check it out! TREES is Organization of the Week!Shelter SourceThen visit Traveller's Rest's Shelter Source "My Page" Visit often, watch for news and events, or leave a comment! Be sure to browse the rest of the ShelterSource --- a free resource and networking hub 'helping people help animals --- too!
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Equine Dental Doin's - The Sequel



Warning -- if moderately icky photos make you queasy and you receive our posts via email you may not want to open the attached photo. I hesitated to post the lower picture, but decided this more than adequately illustrates the reality of elder dental issues. This, folks, is why a quick feel of a tooth's chewing surfaces is not enough. Merely running a finger over grinding surfaces to look for sharp edges is NOT a thorough dental exam.To conduct a thorough exam, the dentist should use a speculum
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Equine Dental Doin's - The Sequel



Warning -- if moderately icky photos make you queasy and you receive our posts via email you may not want to open the attached photo. I hesitated to post the lower picture, but decided this more than adequately illustrates the reality of elder dental issues. This, folks, is why a quick feel of a tooth's chewing surfaces is not enough. Merely running a finger over grinding surfaces to look for sharp edges is NOT a thorough dental exam.To conduct a thorough exam, the dentist should use a speculum
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Elder Horse Updates



Finally. After welcoming three new residents within 10 days, we've had time to catch our collective breaths and add the newcomers' photos to the Residents page. We hope, soon, to add individual pages for each resident so visitors can keep up with residents' activities. Watch the Residents page for progress. Visit soon, visit often. We'll try to keep up! Marye yesterday (Aug 17, 2008) Can you believe the progress in just one month!?
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Elder Horse Updates



Finally. After welcoming three new residents within 10 days, we've had time to catch our collective breaths and add the newcomers' photos to the Residents page. We hope, soon, to add individual pages for each resident so visitors can keep up with residents' activities. Watch the Residents page for progress. Visit soon, visit often. We'll try to keep up! Marye yesterday (Aug 17, 2008) Can you believe the progress in just one month!?
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Dental Doin's at Traveller's Rest



Here are a few photos from a recent equine elder Dentathon. Not everyone was seen that day, but Denathon the Sequel is scheduled for next week. Keep in mind that elder horses need more frequent dental exams than their younger counterparts. Teeth wear more quickly as the hard layer of enamel disappears. Faster wear at increasingly sharper angles may mean more extreme points or hooks. Roots begin to decay, leading to loose teeth or possible infection. Some teeth may crack or fracture. Seniors should
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What Are They Trying to Tell You



Click for larger version Sept 13-14, 2008Traveller's Rest Equine Elders SanctuarySpotsylvania, VAFor more information, or to register
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Country Supply Clearance Sale!



The "Clearance Issue" of the Country Supply catalog arrived in yesterday's mail. Not bad, folks!Standard fly masks marked down from $14.99 to 7.99. Air Stream Combo Summer Sheets down to $39.95 from $59.95. A few saddles are almost half price, many on sale for a little less of a discount. Reins, bridles, bits, helmets on sale. First aid supplies, grooming kits, halters. Weight Builder supplement $18.99, from $29.99!If you don't need anything for your own horse, or don't have a horse to shop for,
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Fall Workshops at Traveller’s Rest



Fall Workshops at Traveller’s Rest: Animal Communication and ReikiTraveller’s Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary will host three energy healing and animal communication workshops in September and October 2008, conducted by Janet Dobbs of Animal Paradise Communication and Healing. A basic Animal Communication workshop will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 13 & 14. This two-day workshop will provide an overview of animal communication and will demonstrate how students already communicate with
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This is Why we do it, folks.



Delphi arrived yesterday. Horses like Delphi and Marye are the reason Traveller's Rest exists - we're here to make their Golden Years golden. After years of service, don't they deserve that?Can you help?Donate via PayPal
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Santa came!



Oh boy, oh boy!A short note while hopping up and down!The UPS truck just delivered a brand new, shiny Celestron microscope, courtesy of Gene and Carol Craigo, two of Traveller's Rest's most dedicated volunteers. Having this microscope (and a few other supplies) means we will be able to perform fecal egg counts at the farm for pennies. Being able to do FEC's on a frequent basis will allow us to monitor the internal parasite control portion of our integrated pest management plan. Hopefully, testing
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Got Bots?



'Tis the season. Botfly season. The flies themselves don't harm horses, but their larvae are common parasites of the equine digestive tract.Ever see this on your horse's legs? (They may appear on other parts of the horse's body as well.) Marye brought these bot eggs with her when she arrived. They were immediately removed.After the adult botfly attaches eggs to individual hairs on the horse, the eggs begin to hatch when stimulated by warmth and moisture when the horse licks his leg or rubs his muzzle
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The cavalry has arrived!



Meet "Fitzhugh Lee!" "Fitz" for short. Fitz, who arrived yesterday, is a 25 year old Throroughbred named after Robert E Lee's nephew, a Confederate cavalry commander. Sometime in his past, this handsome gelding suffered a jaw injury, causing a few dental abnormalities. He's had two unhealthy teeth extracted in the past few months, one a "corner incisor" which allows is tongue to slip outside his lips now and then. Fitz will probably always require more frequent dental care than most horses, but
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Update on Marye



After a hectic week (dentist last Monday, Farrier on Thursday, Massage Therapist on Friday, and "routine" chores in between,) we'll just copy 'n' paste a Marye update posted elsewhere on Saturday: Oh boy. Marye arrived Monday. She was breathing pretty normally Monday and Tuesday. (She has severe heaves/COPD) While she was still at the other farm, the vet started her on dex to knock down inflammation and ventipulmin as a brochodilator/mild expectorant. Then she came off the dex, continuing on just
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Girl Scouts, Horses, Bats & Bluebirds



As its Bronze Award project, Girl Scout Troop 3502 chose to help Traveller's Rest with its Integrated Pest Management program (part 2 here.) After visiting the Sanctuary and learning that several equine diseases are transmitted by insect bites, the Scouts agreed to research bluebird and bat habits and build shelters to encourage more of the mighty insectivores to take up residence at TREES.Today, seven bluebird houses and two bat houses were delivered by five representatives of the Troop. In addition
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Horse-y or not: let us recycle your "stuff!"



Maybe you'd like to support the Horse Elders at Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, but your "spare" cash is going into your gas tank or in your own hay loft. Perhaps your tack room is crowded with items that haven't been used in five years. Got extra office supplies you need to move out of the way? Do you have hidden talents that might help the Elders in non-material ways?There's a good chance TREES can use your "stuff!" Here's a list of stuff we can put to good use if you no longer need
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Coming soon to Traveller's Rest..........



New arrival! This is Marye (pronounced like "Marie.") She is currently being cared for by an acquaintence of the owner and will arrive at TREES Monday (july 28) She seems like a dignified, elegant girl. (So far......we'll see what happens when she puts on a little weight and joins a group of already smart aleck elder horses.) If you're in the Fredericksburg, VA area and would like to meet Marye or any of TREES' other residents, let us know. We'll schedule a visit!
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Traveller's Rest in the news!



Thank you Toni Stinson, Caroline Progress and CFC Farm and Home Center!Read article here"Smith was overjoyed at the gift of free feed for the 14 elder residents at her farm. The senior feed that many of the resident horses require is their sole source of nutrition since many no longer have the ability to graze due to dental issues. 'We feed about 100 pounds of feed a day, so this will really help,' Smith said."
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