Don't visit us at Tractor Supply tomorrow!! (Sat Dec 19, 2009)



Adoption Day event cancelled due to impending snow storm. Thank you, TSC, for your support this year. We hope you continue these events in 2010. If so, see everybody next year! Meanwhile, thank you Gene, Carol and Jeanelle for helping with storm prep.  Stalls and sheds are cleaned and bedded, water tanks full, hoses drained, paddocks picked, sufficient feed and hay on site........I think we're as ready as we can be.  As long as Mother Nature keeps her sense of humor under control a little. For
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Sherman update!



Our new man, Sherman! November 7, 2009 November 10, 2009 December 17, 2009 This gentle ol' soul has a way to go in the weight department, but is headed in the right direction.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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Mixed Feelings



This is not "fresh" news, but this December 3 editorial blurb from the Culpeper Star-Exponent kind of sums up our feelings. When the story first broke, and Miss Mona arrived at TREES, we were angry. How could anyone allow this to happen to animals under his or her care? Then, as information became available and emotional first reactions calmed, we became more sad than angry about what had happened. We hoped to gain more understanding at the trial, but that was not to be. Now we are left with
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Visit TREES at Tractor Supply Dec 19



{Click for larger version} 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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Infected teeth & Infected sinuses



We've seen it often enough here.  Discharge out of one nostril.  Treatment with antibiotics helps, but the infection returns in a week or two.  Hello, Dentist? According to the abstract of this paper on  Sinus Surgery in the Horse, "the most common cause of sinus infection is extension of infection from a diseased tooth or as an aftermath to tooth repulsion."  Long story very short........if your horse has a persistent or recurring nasal discharge, think "teeth." 
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Thank You, Jeanelle!



I cannot say enough about volunteers who come early on mornings like this one.  "Thank you" just doesn't feel adequate.  The ground was frozen, wet bedding from the most recent flooding was frozen, poop piles were frozen.............. Thank you so much, Jeanelle, for coming out and for drying out Sherman and Henry's stalls as much as possible when everything is so completely saturated. Jeanelle didn't quite fill Big Sam, the old JD spreader, but she came darn close and, considering
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Herbal Insulin Resistance Treatment Options Reviewed



Herbal Insulin Resistance Treatment Options Reviewed http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=15386 “Appropriate treatment for IR is controversial,” said Noble,” But the effective management of IR may prevent the crippling disease, laminitis.” Some of these compounds are marketed for other uses, such as anti-inflammatories, anthelmintics, muscle builders, and coat conditioners. Scientific evidence demonstrating any beneficial effect of these herbs on insulin resistance in horses is
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A Mud-Motivated Wish List



Ahhh. Mud.  In August, we prayed for just a smidge of softer ground.  Just a little rain to loosen up the brick-hard surface and make the footing just a little better for the Geezers. I guess we overdid it. Rain, rain, rain for a couple of months now.  This morning, one of our local weather gurus said this will be the pattern for the foreseeable future.  And so....... A Muddy Wish List..... We would be tickled pink and even purple if anyone out there in blog land has
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Horsey Snowballs



On our "Wintering Wisely" web page, we talk about Snowballs in horses' feet.  Here ya go: These snow/ice balls are everywhere this morning! You can see how this might make walking difficult, if not downright dangerous, if not removed. In our experience, healthy bare feet, able to flex and function naturally, usually pop the snowballs out as the horse moves about, with no human intervention.  In some cases, however, we do need to assist with a hoof pick.  Remember
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First Snow 2009



Well, here they are.  Pictures of this year's first snow.  Not much to look at, really, but the horses are investigating the new surroundings.  They've all seen snow before, but seldom enough that each dusting is a wondrous event for them.  (For us it means more mud and more stall mucking.) Just after this photo was taken, a bucking bug hit.  The footing is not great under the snow, so let's hope everyone is careful. Gene and Carol, our intrepid Sunday morning volunteers
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Winter Care for Elders



As the forecast calls for the year's first snowfall ("more than a dusting, less than a blanket,") we thought we'd repost our winter care tips: Wintering Wisely Under most circumstances harsh winters are more uncomfortable for horse owners than for the horses themselves. When living with seniors, though, it is prudent to practice a little more diligence in snow and ice season. We hope you find these tips useful (and that you will share with us any others you've found helpful in wintering your elders
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The Guardian Becomes theGuarded



When we first put Nathan in the same paddock as Butternut, he took his role as "Blind Pony Guardian" very seriously, never letting Butternut out of his sight.  Now, the relationship is maturing into more of a partnership.  Nate is more relaxed about Butternut's well-being and has resumed his morning naps while Butternut takes over patrol duty. For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org Become a TREES Facebook Fan:
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Free Webcast - Dec 15, 2009 - Supplements



From My Horse University Free Webcast:  Nutritional Supplements for Horses December 15, 2009 7:00 pm ET Speaker:  Dr. Carey A. Williams,  Rutgers University "In this hard economic environment, horse owners need to be sure they are getting the most for their money when it comes to their horse’s feeding program. Dr. Carey Williams will help demystify supplements so that you can feed your horse cost effectively with confidence. Dr. Williams will discuss a horse’s vitamin and mineral,
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Henry's Miracle



Much to our chagrin, a recent visitor mentioned that we never "talk" about Henry on the blog.  She's right.  Henry's arrival was not a dramatic one.  No starvation.  No neglect. No abandonment.  But Henry's story has developed into a noteable one. Henry, a retired eventer, arrived at Traveller's Rest about four years ago when his owner encountered very serious family difficulties.  The big chestnut Thoroughbred cross actually came here on what was
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Green Quilted Pajamas



Somehow we picture Sherman in a plaid flannel, but his green quilted pj's will do just fine. 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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No More Donations from horse.com (formerly Country Supply)



We were very disappointed to learn that horse.com/Country Supply has discontinued its CARE program.  For years, when shoppers entered an organization's "Care Code" at checkout, a percentage of the purchase total was donated to that organization.  That will no longer be the case.  We're disappointed in this change since TREES' supporters actually built quite a little cooperative donation base while shopping through the horse.com site.   A further disappointment was the decision
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We Are Thankful......



(In no particular order, for TREES only functions if ALL the pieces, large, small, and in between, are in place……….) We are thankful for all the support, moral, financial, physical and spiritual, that allows TREES to fill its niche in the world of horse welfare. We are thankful for being able to work with a veterinary practice, Rappahannock Equine Veterinary Clinic, that not only understands the needs of geriatric equine, but also offers TREES’ residents the same level of customer service that
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Cushings/IR Talk, Jan12, 2010, Leesburg VA



Jan. 12, 2010 "Endocrine Disease in the Horse: Cushings and Insulin Resistance" will be presented by Dr. Martin Furr, professor and Adelaide C. Riggs Chair in Internal Medicine at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center ("Morven Park.") All Tuesday Talk lectures will be held at 7 p.m. in the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center's library, in Leesburg. No fee is charged for attending, but seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To register e-mail Amy Troppmann or call 703/771-6843.
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Kids Today......



We'd like to thank Caroline B. and her family for dropping by for a visit today.  For her senior project, Caroline chose to do a presentation on senior horses.  As part of that project, she built a display which featured some of TREES' residents (Miss Mona in particular) to take to local horse shows, and also collected donations and used tack for Traveller's Rest to use in fundraising efforts.  Today TREES was presented with 8 saddles, among other items, that will be
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Sherman's Rehab Plan



One of TREES facebook fans (Thanks, Michelle!) asked if we would share Sherman's diet plan. Our reply: "Oh, sure! Before he got here, Sherman was obviously not getting much to eat, let alone getting a good diet. When he did get anything in addition to some hay, we were told it was an inexpensive general livestock grain. Usually that means a lot of whole oats, whole corn and other whole grains that an older horse can't chew and, therefore, can't digest. When he got here, he'd had very serious
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