TREES and the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign



Traveller's Rest is now registered with the Combined Virginia Campaign!"The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) is the tool that facilitates State Employee giving."If you are a Commonwealth Employee, please consider TREES as your CVC designate to help Forgotten Friends.CVC Code 3876Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary
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July 4th Firework Safety For Horses



From 'A Horse and a half'http://onthebit.wordpress.com/2008/07/04/july-4th-firework-safety-for-horses/TREES does not particularly look forward to "the Fourth." Last year, neighbors on opposite sides of the sanctuary seemed to be having a competition to see who had purchased more illegal fireworks than the other. Batten down the hatches and pray for rain tonight.
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Wade's new clothes



Wade, Wade, Wade.What looks like one of TREES' strongest, healthiest geldings is actually one big ball of special needs.To begin, Wade has Cushings. He had already been diagnosed as Cushingoid before arrival and was being treated with pergolide. He seemed to be free of observable symptoms, with the exception of excess sweating on moderately hot days. Two summers ago, Wade had a short period of the itchies. Tail rubbing, belly rubbing, occasional hives. Episodes seemed to come and go quickly, so
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What types of horses do you have?



This morning, a reporter with the Caroline Progress asked what kinds of horses we have at the sanctuary. In thinking more about that question, we realized just what a variety of residents we've been priveledged to care for at Traveller's Rest.In terms of breeds, we've hosted several Thoroughbreds (one a grandson of Secretariat,) a few Quarter Horses (to include Impressive and Poco Bueno descendants,) a Standardbred, two or three Arabians, a Friesian mare (Els B, the first mare to grace the cover
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Watch for...........



Traveller's Rest and CFC Farm & Home Center in the July 10th issue of the Caroline Progress!
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VA - 27 yo TWH needs home



(This horse is being place by a private owner and is not a resident of, nor affiliated with, Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary.)From our friends at White Bird Appaloosa Horse Rescue:"All:I have received a call about a Tennessee Walking Horse in Gretna, VA who is losing his home due to a divorce. He is 27 yo and suffers from ringbone and had EPM. That's the bad news. The good news is that he isa friendly, good-looking ex-show horse who would look great in yourpasture. He is a 16.1 H mahogany
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"No Latitude for Attitude"



After reading this article from the Connecticut Post, we had to pass on the link. A quote from the owner of Gray Friesian Farm sums up horse farm management perfectly. "Our emphasis on mutual respect and community means there's no latitude for attitude.....It's a healthy environment for both people and animals.""No latitude for attitude." Love it! Applying that phrase to Traveller's Rest includes both humans and horses. Humans can leave ego, attitude, and preconceived notions at the gate and pick
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Is Horse Rescue Depressing?



Several days ago, a new visitor to Traveller’s Rest commented that she was relieved to visit a rescue facility that wasn’t completely depressing. That was not the first time we heard someone express that sentiment, even though it is not always worded the same way. While we are thrilled to hear that visitors feel TREES’ horses are happy and well-cared for, it is disheartening to hear that equine shelters as a whole have reputations as unhappy places. Why do so many people hold that opinion?
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Today's "rescue"



As Mike was mucking stalls "out back" this morning, he heard a racket in the aluminum rain gutter on the back of the barn. Since he had the ladder out to hang fly strips, he climbed up for a peek. On its back, trying mightily to right itself, wasa male Eastern hercules beetle, also called a rhinoceros beetle, or unicorn beetle (apt names all!)Mr. Beetle was released in a brush pile, we hope to be fruitful and multiply. OK, hercules beetles don't really have a job in our pest management program (adults
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Integrated Pest Management, Part 2



Flies Picking up manure on a frequent basis helps control fly populations as well as internal parasites, but as a whole, flying critters are almost impossible to eradicate entirely. Poop-scooping is an obvious step in controlling fly populations. Here are a few other things TREES does: All of our residents eat “mush,” which is simply Triple Crown Senior Formula soaked in warm water to an oatmeal-like consistency. Since many elders tend to drop feed as a result of dental challenges, the mush
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Integrated Pest Management



As part of our holistic approach to horse care, Traveller’s Rest is experimenting with several non-chemical means of pest management. Internal parasites Standard Operating procedure on many farms is to administer a chemical anthelmintic and/or boticide every six to eight weeks, year ‘round, no matter what. We’re trying some techniques that may make such frequent administration unnecessary. Most are aimed at preventing the horses from reinfesting themselves day after day. When a new horse
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Happy Summer Solstice!



June 21. The day of the year on which "daylight" is at a maximum, and "night time" is at its shortest. According to ReligiousTolerance.org, "People around the world have observed spiritual and religious seasonal days of celebration during the month of June. Most have been religious holy days which are linked in some way to the summer solstice. "No matter how you view Summer Solstice, at Traveller's Rest it is a day of celebration. Especially for Betty Boop.Betty suffers an autoimmune disorder called
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Another "slight pause"



"Slight pause!!!" was something my grandmother always announced, slightly annoyed, when one of her grandchildren didn't jump on his or her turn quickly enough during one of our many many many card games. Once again, we had a "Slight Pause" in our blog. This time, the problem was a hard drive failure in a three-month old computer. Fortunately, the warranty covered replacement and we're back in business. The Geek Squad was able to salvage most of our data, but not everything, especially the most
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Feeding Starved Horses



As more attention is focused on the issues of equine neglect and abandonment, more horse owners are tackling the task of cleaning up other people’s messes and trying to rehabilitate starved horses. Many times, the first instinct is to give a starved horse all the food it wants. Too much too quickly, however, can kill the horse with kindness. While there is no “one size fits all” rehab diet, the basic principles are the same. Start small and build slowly. The protocols outlined in links below
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What's that tiny pen for?



An addition to the FAQ page:First time visitors to TREES almost always ask what the small pen at the far end of the front field is for.That little pen is our Groundhog Paddock. When the front field was first fenced for horses, we tried to encourage out little friend to move on, filling the holes with everything from plain rocks and dirt to used cat litter (which we were assured would be a foolproof deterrent.) Time after time, though, Madame Groundhog re-dug and meticulously cleaned her home and
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Notes and Thoughts from the “Green Horse Seminar”



On May 17, Traveller’s Rest attended a seminar in King George, VA, called “The Environmentally Friendly Horse: Caring for Your Land.” The program focused on keeping horses healthy while also keeping farms and pastures “healthy” through proper management.One of the most interesting aspects of the seminar was the discussion of how modern horse owners try to force horses into a particular management style rather than molding a management plan to fit the horses’ natural requirements. Developing
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Goin' Green (literally!)



Even though, by May 16, we'd received twice the normal monthly rainfall, we're not complaining. Look at all this green! To understand the celebration, take a look at this from last July.
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We need proof(s)!



Send TREES the Proof of Purchase seals from your Triple Crown, Reliance, or Legends feed bags. We can redeem them through the Southern States SHOW program for cash! Total Collected as of 5-17-08: $166.25Traveller's Rest Equine Elders SanctuaryPO Box 2260Spotsylvania, VA 22553
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In Search Of Hay for toothless wonders!



Searching for second/third cutting grass hay for dentally challenged senior horses. If you still have some or know of a supplier with some for sale, please call or email Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, 540-972-0936 or info@equineelders.org Needed in Spotsylvania, VA 22553 //
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Elder and younger companion need homes



Warrenton, VirginiaThese two boys could not go when their owners had to move to a smaller property. They are currently being cared for by the property's new human resident who is helping the owners find a permanent new home. She may be able to offer transport if new home is within 100 miles of Warrenton. The boys do not have to go together to one home. If interested, please email TREES for contact info.From current caregiver:The older gelding is named "Agenda" he is 27 years young, is a quarter
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