"Leave It At The Gate" Reminder



Seems to be time for a gentle reminder to leave certain feelings at the gate when visiting the residents of Traveller's Rest. Our residents may be elderly and have special health considerations in most cases, but all are still vital, perceptive representatives of the equine world.  Remember that horses are very sensitive to their handlers' moods and emotions.  When you work with a horse and focus on past mistreatment or current health issues to the extent that it causes
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Oh boy! LOOK!



Jubal's usually a pretty non-reactive sort of guy.  What prompted this much interest? Could it be........... You bet it could! "Now, if I could just levitate a bale a or two..............." For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org Become a TREES Facebook Fan: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Travellers-Rest-Equine-Elders-Sanctuary/142449441784?ref=mf
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Getting Back to Normal



After more than a week, Mona resumes her late morning naps. This is the first time we've seen her sleep in a shed rather than out in the open, but when you're this tired, you catch some ZZZZ's wherever you can find a spot! For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org Become a TREES Facebook Fan: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Travellers-Rest-Equine-Elders-Sanctuary/142449441784?ref=mf
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Compassion and Activism



A piece in Harmony Horseworks' latest newsletter sums up, perfectly, our thoughts on this subject.  HH managed to put into words something we've frequently thought about, but never fleshed out in writing. Please read "COMPASSION AND ACTIVISM EACH HAVE THEIR PLACE" in their February 2010 newsletter.For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org Become a TREES Facebook Fan: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Travellers-Rest-Equine-Elders-Sanctuary/142449441784?ref=mf
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Dearth of Blog Posts?



Yes, I know.  Blog posts have been few and far between lately.  The absence has been due (in case anyone missed this) to weeks and weeks and weeks of record breaking snowfall in Virginia.  More work outside = less writing.  As the snow melts, we'll begin (again) to battle mud and flood. Eventually, we will return to our regularly scheduled programming, but for now, please remember you can visit TREES' Facebook page for short updates and news
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Beauty even on trying days



These shots were taking during our 3-day "Snowmageddon" power outage.   Another storm is expected today, bringing sleet and possibly another 5-10 inches of snow, so we're going to be filling all the water containers we can find again.  For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org Become a TREES Facebook Fan: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Travellers-Rest-Equine-Elders-Sanctuary/142449441784?ref=mf
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What Part of "Be Careful........."



.........don't Britches and Freddy understand? Yay! the snow has stopped! No problem that its 8 degrees out there!For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org Become a TREES Facebook Fan: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Travellers-Rest-Equine-Elders-Sanctuary/142449441784?ref=mf
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Deja Vu All Over Again



No, this is not the week before this past Christmas.  This is today!  We are still in Spotsylvanina, aren't we? For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org Become a TREES Facebook Fan: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Travellers-Rest-Equine-Elders-Sanctuary/142449441784?ref=mf
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Eyes On



Never assume. We’ve had colder nights this winter. We’ve had wetter nights this winter. We’ve definitely had windier nights. And through it all, Josh was as happy in his natural winter woolies as he would have been on a quiet day in May. This morning, however, Josh was shivering during the breakfast service, perfectly illustrating the need to set eyes on each and every horse several times each and every day. What was taken for granted last week – or even yesterday - may not be the case
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How Many Horses?



A volunteer new to TREES said something last weekend that took me a little by surprise.  She seemed surprised by how many details we collect about our residents' health, histories, temperaments and personalities, habits, and "personal preferences." I can't imagine doing this any other way.  A related discussion revolved around how many horses TREES can care for at one time.  Valid question. The answer may change from month to month and year to year.  In terms of physical capacity,
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Loose Teeth Be Gone!



Today was Dentist Day for a few of TREES' residents.  The team of Dr. Tracy Brown and Meredith Barlow, C/EqDT, paid a visit to Sherman, Mona, Nate, Delphi and Fitz. Both Nate and Fitz need some attention, but will require a little advance planning.  More on them as we get them taken care of. Delphi and Mona both had "routine" floats.  (In quotes because every horse is different, but meaning all they required was the removal of sharp points.) Here, Mona is being "floated." 
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Our Heroes



Forget Barbaro, Secretariat, and Zenyatta.  Never mind Rugged Lark, Bright Zip or Impressive.  These are our heroes; Josh Jubal Sherman Wade .......and the thousands like them who either taught new horsemen, young and old, to ride or toted "weekend warriors" up and down the trail via rental strings. These are "the working man" of the horse world.  Give 'em a hand! For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org Become a TREES
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Various Photos on a Warm Winter Day



A "January Thaw! "  Here are a few random farm shots as we were enjoying the outdoor work today. Freddie - not too bad considering all the recent mud.  We're not wild about the new mane "do," though. Sanctuary housing we hadn't noticed while the leaves were on the trees. The first step in solving some of our drainage problems.  See that little white pipe on the upper right?  Somehow, former property owners thought that would carry all the runoff from the field
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Apologies to Josh



For several weeks we've been finding the same board popped off its middle fence post every two or three days.  Notorious for bouts of itchiness from as yet unidentified origin, poor Josh stoically took all the blame. But this morning...........AHA!  Its not Josh fault. Henry, my boy, we have proof!  Now to look into what's causing this big guy's troubles. Then, we must apologize to Josh for jumping to conclusions. For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please
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Not Gone & Not Forgotten



Sherman had visitors today!  Visitors who came specifically to see him.  Before he retired, Sherman held a job at Hazelwild Farm, where he was known as "Jake."  Apparently Sherman, aka Jake, taught quite a few area children to ride in his day. When two of Sherman's former students learned he was at Traveller's Rest, they decided to stop by for a visit.  Rachel and Katelyn's first horseback rides were on Sherman!  He must have done a good job since both are still involved
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Get a "Disney Day" by helping Elder Equine!



More on the "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" program: Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary has been approved for participation and is actively listing volunteer opportunities with Disney's program designed to encourage people to get involved with community non-profit organizations.  From the Disney site: We want to inspire one million people to volunteer a day of service to a participating organization in their communities. So we're celebrating these volunteers' good works by
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Volunteer at TREES, Get a Day at Disney!



Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary has just been approved for participation in "Give A Day.  Get a Disney Day!" By volunteering at TREES for one day between now and Dec 15, 2010 (or until all tickets are distributed, whichever comes first,) you can get a 1-day, 1-theme park ticket to the Disneyland® Resort or Walt Disney World® Resort, free. We've just been approved and are not yet showing in the database, but stay tuned over the next few days as the list is updated and we add specific
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Free Webcasts Address Horse Health



Free Webcast series offered by the Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, My Horse University, and eXtension HorseQuest: "Colic: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention" - Jan. 19 at 7 PM  - will feature Dr. Elizabeth Carr, MSU associate professor of large animal clinical sciences. Respiratory Disease: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. EST presented by Dr. Hal Schott, MSU professor of large animal clinical sciences Lameness in the Performance Horse March 16 at
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Aha! Its NOT Just Our Imagination!



TREES current herd consists of 7 horses with confirmed Cushings, or PPID, diagnoses, and at least 3 other horses than show some symptoms, but had "normal" ACTH levels when tested.  Several times, we've discussed with our vet the possibility that the parameters defining "normal" may need to be re-evaluated.  If we had several horses showing clinical signs of PPID even when testing as Normal, it is likely that other owners experience the same thing. Now, from the Jan2, 2009 horse.com
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Merry Christmas! For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org Become a TREES Facebook Fan: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Travellers-Rest-Equine-Elders-Sanctuary/142449441784?ref=mf
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