Does This Look Odd To You?



Yes, Nathan Fans, what you are looking at is a horse that is muddy on both sides of his body.  Why is that odd? Wellllllllll, if you recall, when Nate first arrived, he could only get to his feet if he slept or rested on his right side.  What you are seeing here is a horse who is able to roll around in the mud on BOTH sides and get up under his own power.   Bravo, Natey! Baby steps for some, leaps of faith for Nate's supporters!  Thank you to everyone who
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Today's Anatomy Trivia



While Nate was anesthetized yesterday for his footwork, we took advantage of the situation to illustrate a problem that Sonny has endured for years.  (Sorry, Nate!) Sonny's prior owners told us that, for years, Sonny suffered "blocked tear ducts," which caused the hair loss just below both eyes.  That diagnosis was confirmed by two veterinarians following Sonny's arrival at TREES. When they hear the term "blocked tear ducts," many people believe that means that Sonny either does
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Sherman's First Farrier Visit



Sherman met Ernie today.  Seems our new guy has a couple of problems.  Not all necessarily foot problems, but problems that became apparent when Ernie asked Sherman to stand on three feet or to bend a leg a certain way. It goes without saying the today's trim was aborted and will not be attempted again until we get a better idea of the source of pain and can resolve the discomfort. One obvious issue was an "old" abscess in the right hind that may not be entirely healed, though Sherman appears
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Reiki Level 1 Workshop Nov 15



A few shots from the Reiki Level 1 Workshop at TREES today, conducted by Janet Dobbs. 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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Extra cleanup this weekend



Once the "remnants" of Tropical Storm Ida depart, the horses say they MAY venture out of their sheds. Anyone with an extra hour or two to spare, Fri, Sat, or Sun would be very very much appreciated. (And you get to meet Sherman!) 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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Woman charged with cruelty to polo ponies dies



From the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star:  Woman facing charges in animal cruelty case dies (This concerns Mona's former "home.") Mona two days after being removed from the Polo Pony Retirement Foundation. August 8, 2009 Mona, November 7, 2009 While we were hoping to gain some insight at the trial as to why this happened to Mona and her herdmates, we can now put this behind us and focus on the future.  For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit
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Cushings horses: Use topicals with care!



Its long been known that the administration of oral or injectible steroids like dexamethasone could cause complications in horses with Cushings.   This study shows that steroids in topical creams can be absorbed through the skin, causing measurable amounts to show up blood samples. "We were really surprised to see such massive systemic changes in such a short time," Abraham said. "And this was in healthy horses. The study, "Effects of dermal dexamethasone application on ACTH and both basal
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Don't Freeze Your Manure!



Those of you who "worm" according to fecal egg counts rather than by the calendar will want to read this article.  How you store the sample may affect the result: Study: Horse Manure Storage Conditions Impact Fecal Egg Counts 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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Drum Roll, Please!



BRrdrdrdrdrdrdrdrdrdrdTT !! Sometime last night, the shell cracked open and, both literally and figuratively, Sherman emerged!  Rather than staying sequestered in his stall all day and night, Sherm is now strolling outside on a frequent basis.  His eye has softened, he's inquisitive and seeking attention.  A far cry from the timid guy of the past few days. Because he is very thin and is showing some physical signs that may point to Cushings, we are proceeding cautiously
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TREES' Cushings Club



I just realized we frequently talk about our Cushings Club, but we've never really told you who the members are.  The official membership stands at six, but last summer's testing revealed two more may be at the jumping off point.  As we mentioned a few days ago, our new arrival, Sherman, looks pretty suspicious as well.  Not long ago, a diagnosis of "Cushings Disease," now known as PPID (Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction,) was viewed by many as a death sentence. 
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Santa's Elves Sneakin' Around



Gifts continue to arrive no matter what time of year it is! Thank you, Tim, for the muck bucket full of goodies:  Five new breakaway halters, cotton leads, ivermectin, a complete grooming kit, Swat ointment, Vetwrap and a clock almost too nice to put up in a barn.  It may need to go on the porch or in the room used for small tour groups.Thank you, too, for your generous contribution directly to TREES' account at REVC.  We look forward to seeing you again soon as a volunteer. And
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Final update on the "Trial for Mona"



The defendant in the "Polo Pony Retirement Foundation Case" passed away on November 4, 2009.  There will be no trial.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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Senior Spa Day!



Thank you to all the members of the University of Mary Washington Pre-Vet Club who spent the day grooming geezers. Other than a slight wind, the weather was perfect.  Most of the horses loved the attention, though a couple  of grumps would have been perfectly happy keeping their hard earned dirt. Perhaps most importantly, our new resident, Sherman, was partially bathed to remove evidence of a light digestive upset from his hind legs.  The New Guy seemed completely relaxed
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Welcome, Sherman!



Here he is!  Our  new resident, Sherman (29,) is quite thin, but happily not as underweight as either Mona or Liz upon arrival.  It also appears, judging by the thick curly coat, that TREES may be adding another member to the Cushings Club. Sherman, shortly after a small (too small in his  estimation) meal of Triple Crown Senior. For now, Sherman seems a little disturbed by the camera, but we were able to catch him peeping over the door at us. . Thank you, Janie
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Above and Beyond



Thank you, George and Heather!  There are very very very few volunteer teams who have been able to top off a partially full JD manure spreader, then completely REfill it to the brim all in one morning. Ladies, You are, hereby, with all the honors hereto pertaining, officially inducted into the Order of the Golden Muckfork, Spotsylvania Chapter 20OH.  Congratulations! For more on Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, please visit http://www.equineelders.org Become a TREES Facebook
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Details, details



We interrupt our regular progamming for some periodic legal stuff.  Traveller’s Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary is a tax-exempt charitable organization as defined by Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) and is duly registered to solicit charitable donations in the Commonwealth of Virginia under regulations set forth by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. EIN # 20-0331606 A financial statement is available from the State Office of Consumer Affairs in the Department of
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Gracious Nature



There are times when you just have to take time to appreciate the gracious nature of some of our fellow creatures. At bedtime feeding tonight, while putting out hay for the "front field," I noticed what looked like a light from the barn reflecting on a puddle.  One pile of hay down, second pile ....wait....the puddle moved. It wasn't a puddle.  It was a gianourmous skunk!  OK, she's busily and very happily rooting up all the grubs emerging after the rain.  I'll just make
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A few random photos



We thought we'd start November by showing off a few of the Elders: Mona, October 23, 2009 (age 30-ish)_____________________________________Remember that Mona looked like this on August 8........._____________________________________ Yes, folks, We found someone Henry (25) would share his "space" with -- Josh! (late 30's) Oh boy, those recently replaced boards make the need to repaint the fence even more obvious._____________________________________You do what you gotta do when your belly itches
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Annual Torture the Big Dun Mare Day



In honor of setting our clocks back tonight, we'd like to rerun Delphi's post from last October:Today's post is courtesy of Delphi, one of TREES alpha horses."What gives? For 28 years now, I have been wondering what's up with Annual Torture Your Horse At Mealtimes Day. What? You suddenly forgot when the sun comes up in the morning? You are surprised when it sets in the evening?OK. Yesterday, the chow wagon started its rounds before the sun was above the eastern tree line. Today, no chow wagon until
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The Riddle of the Water Worms



Most everyone not entirely enclosed by asphalt and concrete knows that after a good, soaking rain, earthworms appear like magic, covering every surface you might try to walk across.This morning we had a new wiggle on the post rain shower worm swarm.Every water bucket that was sitting on the ground overnight had 10-15 small earthworms wiggling around at the bottom. Now, these buckets are very smooth, are wider at the top than at the bottom, and have turned "lips" around the rims. Its highly unlikely
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