By 6PM Tuesday:
(Mona is the small dark mare wearing the red halter.)
Spotsylvania, Virginia's Equine Assisted Living Facility, where the Oldies are golden and Geezers rule. If you are owned by a senior horse, join us to celebrate the wisdom and humor of elder equine. Tips for caring for older horses also discussed. (More information at www.equineelders.org)
"Whooaa, Dude! What do I do now?!"
Watch 42 year old Sunny performing in a dressage schooling show.
Kudos to Lavendar Hills Riding Academy for allowing this pony to keep teaching!
Posted by equineelders at 6:03 PM
“The results showed a highly variable leaching of WSC and substantially less leaching than reported previously for chopped hay soaked for 30 minutes” explained Clare Barfoot. “Very few samples reached below 10% WSC, despite prolonged soaking. The concern is that this strongly suggests that soaking may not be sufficient to render some hays safe to feed to horses and ponies prone to laminitis.”
Really? Moving from Maryland to Kansas and you didn't know, until four days before the move, that you didn't have the right hitch? That's why you can't take this mare with you? Borrow a trailer. Rent a trailer. Hire a professional hauler. Pay a month's board somewhere till the htich comes in, then come back and get her. There a dozen ways around this problem if you are interested in finding a solution. (You must have a plan to get her to an auction without the hitch you need.)"This horse is free. I am moving to Kansas this weekend and have found out that I cannot get a hitch put on my truck (they are on back order and nobody has the type that I need). I cannot take her with me."
We've heard a lot of endings to the sentence "I can't keep this old horse because......" but this is a new one.
Please if you can offer a home or know of someone who can, contact this ol' gal's owner by following the link to the ad itself (below)
Visit the posting at http://baltimore.craigslist.org/grd/1386581481.html to contact the person who posted this.
Free trail horse/broodmare. Date: 2009-09-22, 9:57AM16.2 hand sturdy chestnut TB mare. Blaze and socks, with some black in her tail. She has been used for beginning dressage, lessons, trails, lead line, and breeding. Kids can groom her, and can ride her on a lead line. For independent riding, she requires an intermediate rider who has good hands and legs, because she is sensitive to the aids. She has never spooked, reared, bucked, kicked, bitten, shied, etc in the ring or on the trail. She's a good girl, and likes to go (she'll go as fast as you allow), and slows down or stops when asked. She does prance, but she quits if you are consistent with her. She uses a loose ring snaffle bit and goes english (she doesn't neck rein). She loads, clips, cross ties, trailers, and is calm in the wash stall. The farriers and vets say she acts like a quarter horse...totally quiet during vetting and shoeing. She has NO VICES whatsoever, NO HEALTH ISSUES, and is a very easy keeper. She is good in the pasture with other horses. She does have a small bump on her knee from an a very old injury, but it does not effect the way she moves under saddle. Her trot and canter are very smooth and easy to ride, which is unusual for her size. She loves to be groomed. She foaled a beautiful Hanoverian cross 3 years ago. She throws big, beautiful foals. You can see this 3 year old beautiful 16.3 hand gelding at this farm. She is an easy breeder (bred without hormone treatment), and takes on the first try. She has not been ridden for a year, because we have been working with the foal. You could get on her and she would behave, because I've given her a year off before, and she was great the first time I got on her. Her back muscles need a little excersize before putting a saddle on her, though, so whoever takes her should lunge her for a few days to build up her back first. This horse is free. I am moving to Kansas this weekend and have found out that I cannot get a hitch put on my truck (they are on back order and nobody has the type that I need). I cannot take her with me. Please take her so that I don't have to sell her at the auction. She is a better horse, even at 22 years of age, and does not deserve to be an auction horse. She has a good 8 years of riding left in her, as she has been very well cared for.
(And yes, "equineelders" is a little miffed.)
Posted by equineelders at 12:22 PM
And this was the "Feel The Thunder" moment. When these big horses trotted by, I could feel the drumbeat in my feet, right up through my teeth. It made my hair stand on end.
An Appaloosa mule!
Is it my turn yet?
This rare fellow, if we understood the Virginia-ized pronunciation of the name, is a Poitevin.
Chillin' between classes.
Sunday should be a lot of fun, with the driving classes, log skidding, and more "work related" competitions. Hope to see you there! Thank you to all who stopped to visit and dropped a little change in the jar. The Elders thank you , too.
This week we were blessed not only with Monarch butterflies, but with a whole new generation of mousers as well. We get a lot of calls and emails asking if TREES needs barn cats. Sorry kitties, but the jobs are filled. These snakes made our earlier mouse problem a thing of the past in no time. Thanks, Mum!
"Horse owners faced with the decision to find their horses a new home, whether it be locating that perfect retirement home, a new job in therapeutic riding, the mounted patrol, or even with a new owner, need to ask some important questions before giving up care of their animal."
Posted by equineelders at 2:45 PM
I don't know where this chrysalis started out, but I found it on the ground as I was getting ready to reposition a newly scrubbed 50-gallon water tank. I'm sure that's not where it wanted to be as the Monarch Butterfly inside prepares to emerge. For the time being, its nestled in a small shrub next to the house.
See here to view all the Monarch's stages of development, from egg to adult.
And a sidenote to all who find our less than perfectly manicured farm distressing.........this is why we always leave some milkweeds!
Posted by equineelders at 8:16 PM
More quid art ---
Not to be outdone by Emma's artistic quid display the other day..........
(I can't say for sure who made this - or how - but it was laying in Val's feeding corner. )
The Squid Quid!
Is this the horsey equivalent of sticking your gum under the table at the cafeteria?
Remember this statement, posted on July 6, 2009:
"Today, Nate not only lifted his tail, but moved it noticeably to the right. To his stronger side. If we see that tail move to the left, you may hear us shouting from somewhere out in Idaho."
Hey Idaho! Can you hear me now?
Yes, sir, yesterday Nate swished his tail to the left! Miss George, one of our volunteer grooms, was fighting a good fight against the big man's faster than average hair growth. Specifically, she was trimming Nate's feathers, which have been trapping moisture around his fetlocks. Now, Nate has had more than enough of people examining, cleaning, medicating, packing, and wrapping his feet and got somewhat annoyed at Miss George. And, as many horses do, Nathan issued a warning by swishing his tail.
Our first reaction of course was to move out of the warning zone and give the big horse a little break. Then, the realization of what just happened set in.
To the left!
Who knows what will happen next week!
(Hint: Team Foot Rehab will be back for the next phase of work on that right front foot.)
February 14, 2009
August 31, 2009
Wade is 26 year's old, Marye is 29. Who says love is only for the young?
(That's Sonny in the background. Never did have much use for girls.)