Think the drought is over?



No, there shouldn't be a pond in this field:Local May rainfall records have been dropping like flies, and we're only half way through the month. After last year, a few large puddles are a welcome relief. Recent rainfall should be a good start toward replenishing wells and reservoirs.
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Winter's Last Gasp



The temperature hovered around forty degrees last night but, with sustained 30mph winds and a horizontal rain, it felt like a winter storm was in progress. Weather lore in Virginia says to wait for Mother's Day to set out plants in the garden. Its a mark on the calendar saying "Spring is here." This year, Mother Nature wanted to heave one last winter gasp before Mother's Day passed. Even though the horses all had access to cozy sheds, and were dry and sheltered from the wind, some were shivering
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Is Traveller’s Rest a “holistic” facility?



We recently read a description of a horse rescue organization caring for an injured horse in what they described as a “holistic” manner. The horse had been examined by a veterinarian who recommended surgery as the best method of offering the horse a comfortable future. The caregivers declined, saying they were “holistic” and did not believe in surgical intervention. They opted for “natural” treatment. Is that holism? What IS holism? In Complete Holistic Care and Healing for Horses,
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PPID (aka Cushings)



Traveller's Rest is currently home to three horses and one pony with confirmed diagnoses of PPID, or Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (commonly called "Cushing's Disease," or "Cushing's Syndrome.")Researchers have found that horses with PPID have very few dopamine-producing neurons in the pars intermedia. Since dopamine inhibits the production of hormones by the pars intermediate, its absence allows excess hormone production which leads to the classic symptoms associated with Cushings.While
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Frequently Asked Questions About Traveller's Rest



The following are some of the questions Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary answers on a very regular basis. This list also represents the beginning of a FAQ page on the web site. If you would like further details on these FAQ's or have any other questions concerning TREES, please email.Why do you focus on old horses when they 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
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Give Up Your Google!



"Googling" is part of everyday life for most of us. "Google" has even become a verb to many. "Google it!" We're asking you to try Giving up your Google. At least give it a try. When you do your internet searching through isearchigive, using this link - http://isearch.igive.com/?s=28&c=29456 - Traveller's Rest will get $.01 for each search. Through May 4, we'll get $.02 ! That doesn't sound like much, but if you search as much as we do some days, it will add up. So, give it a shot. Support TREES,
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37 Year Old Workin' Man



Elmer does it again! Congratulations to owner Mary Anna Wood for keeping up with her 37 year old half-Arab in competitive trail riding. In his first ride of the year, Elmer traveled 55 miles over 2 days, averaging 5 mph, vetting out sound at the finish line and bringing his competitive miles total to 20,300. For a little more on Elmer, visit 37-Year-Old Horse Completes First Competitive Ride of the 2008 Season by: Marsha Hayes and 37-Year-Old Horse Closing in on Trail Mileage Record by: Marsha Hayes
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Seminar - The Environmentally Friendly Horse



This seminar is not a TREES Production, but looks good. (They will talk some about elder care. What's not to like?) What: The Environmentally Friendly Horse: Caring for your Land When: MAY 15, 2008 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Where: King George Community Center on Rt. 3 in King George, Virginia Who: Tri-County/City Soil & Water Conservation District in partnership with VA Cooperative Extension Topics:Kathleen Greiwe Crandell, PhD - Learn about conditioning, behavior & how theway you use your
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Many thanks!



We have many "thanks you's" in order.Two weeks ago, Marcia and Kimber stopped by to help for a while. Kimber chose Traveller's Rest to fulfill her service requirement for her confirmation. Both worked hard at helping Emma shed her winter coat. (I think that will take several more sessions!)Last weekend, Janet Dobbs (Animal Paradise Communication and Healing) held a Reiki workshop here, donating a very generous portion of the student fees to TREES. It was a miserable day, weather-wise, on Sunday,
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Reiki Workshop April 19-20, 2008



Animal Reiki Level I WorkshopDeepen the connection between you and your animal companion.Where: Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, Spotsylvania, VirginiaWhen: Sat - Sun, April 19-20, 10AM - 5PMCost $250Taught by Janet Dobbs, Animal Communication Specialist, Reiki MasterFor more information, or To Register: www.animalparadisecommunication.com Or call 703-648-1866Email janet@animalparadisecommunication.comWorkshop FocusThis Reiki Level I class is for animal people who want to deepen their relationships
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TN - Older Mare needs home!



"Hope" was purchased at an auction, several hundred pounds underweight. With some vet care and attention to diet, she has filled out and regained good health.Now, Hope needs a special permanent home. A family of her own. Hope is almost completely blind, seeing nothing in one eye, and only shadows in the other. She can, however, still offer leadline rides to small children.Hope is available through Mustang Alley Horse Rescue, an hour east of Knoxville TN. (Photos can be seen on their web site.) According
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Horse Welfare Information



Don't forget to visit TREES' general horse welfare information site, HorseWelfare.net This site depends very heavily on visitor input. We welcome information concerning events that benefit horse welfare organizations, be they fundraisers, clinics, open houses, or educational programs. We'd also like to hear about news related to horse welfare in general. The good, the bad and the ugly. HorseWelfare.net also attempts to maintain a complete directory of horse welfare organizations around the world,
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Fireworks and Horses



As Spotsylvania is increasingly covered by subdivisions and small “estates,” our farmland is disappearing. Many Spotsylvanians, however, remain horse owners. Throughout Virginia, horse ownership is on the rise, according to last year’s agricultural census. But as horse ownership increases, so does the likelihood that horse farms will have non-horse owning neighbors as properties in rural areas are developed.Many horse owners face holidays typically celebrated with private fireworks displays
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Happy New Year!



Has it been over two months since the last post? It obviously has, and for that I apologize. With the caveat that I have only kept two or three New Year's Resolutions in my life, I hereby resolve to post more frequent updates regarding the residents, the programs and plans for future development at Traveller's Rest. We have a lot to catch up on, including:The October Yard Sale was a nice success. The next yard and tack sale will be in the spring. (If you received any holiday gifts you've already
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Free Web Seminar on Cushings Disease



Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (Equine Cushing’s Disease): Challenges of Diagnosis and Treatmentby Dr. Hal Schott, DVM Michigan State University Tuesday,October 23, 2007 7:00 PM. EDTFrom My Horse University:"Older horses are becoming an increasingly important component of the horse industry. This presentation will describe the clinical problems associated with PPID as well as summarize current knowledge about the cause of PPID in horses.We will also discuss recommended approaches to diagnosis,
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Swayback - Not Just Seniors and Broodmares



Traveller's Rest has been home to several horses with "swayback" or Lordosis. Earlier visitors may remember "Els B" (above) and Sheriff (below.) Lordosis, however, is not seen only in old horses and broodmares. According to University of Kentucky's Dr. Patrick Gallagher, horses likely to develop lordosis are born with a certain skeletal structure that predisposes them to the condition, even as foals in some cases. Dr. Gallagher also found that, while dogs and humans are severely disabled by lordosis,
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Rienzi Shines!



Remember Rienzi, one of our "newer" residents?This is how Rienzi looked August 9, 2007, the day he arrived:The reason?And now, with an appropriate feeding regimen............drum roll, please.............................October 11, 2007:Keep those meals coming! If you are in the Spotsylvania VA area, you can help by attending the All Treats, No Tricks Tack & Yard Sale on Saturday, Oct 20. Residents of other areas can help by collecting Proof of Purchase seals from Reliance, Legends and Triple
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Yard & Tack Sale. All Treats, No Tricks!



All Treats, No Tricks! Yard & Tack Saleto benefit the residents of Traveller's Rest Equine Elders SanctuarySaturday October 209AM - 3 PM8815 Robert E Lee Drive, Spotsylvania, VA 22551Traveller's Rest is a non-profit sanctuary for senior equine that have been victims of neglect or abandonment, or who owners experienced hardships making specialized care difficult. All proceeds will go directly toward feeding or providing veterinary, dental and farrier care to these special horses. TREES is accepting
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Needs Home - MD - Tennessee Walker gelding

Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary Archive on September 20, 2007, 10:25 pm


(This horse is being place by a private owner and is not a resident of, nor affiliated with, Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary.) This listing comes via Freedom Hill Horse Rescue."We recieved a distress call about this senior horse and we dont have room to bring the poor guy in. His owner is trying to do the best for him that she can but she cannot afford his board anymore and the place that he is being boarded is not caring for him properly. They will only feed him once a day and the owner
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Thinking about Holiday Shopping yet?



How can your everyday shopping benefit the residents of Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary?Who hasn't uttered the words, "I wish there was something I could do to help"? Now you can. Start shopping! At http://www.iGive.com/TREES, you can buy the items you've always wanted– like that DVD box set, expensive cologne, or the wall-mounted flat-panel TV you’ve had your eyes on - only without the guilt.It’s FREE, no invisible costs or tricky obligations. Shop for everyday items at the over
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