|Posted by Natalia on September 15, 2012 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
Chris is now 25 and still full of life. He still is his lovable self and full of personality. Vie pictures in the photo albums. Chris is in the sponsor program. To sponsor chris and for more info please call 660-747-4480
|Posted by Natalia on September 15, 2012 at 9:50 AM||comments (1)|
Billy is very much loved by everybody here. The kids love him and he loves the kids. Billy gets very excited when it is time for riding lessons. He has 2 thumbs up from our Vet's. It doesn't mean that Billy is free from COPD. He will cough for the rest of his life but we have it under controll and without medications. COPD can be helped with medications but often the side efects are very severe. Many times the horses end up with major joint problems and severe lameness. I don't know what is worse. In Billys case , we took him completely off the medication and mixed our own remedies into his feed. It sure worked. Billy can easy canter without getting to much out of breath. His lungs are getting stronger and stronger as it seems. Billy has been with us now for a year and he sure looks good.
Billy will live the rest of his life with us and he is NOT up for adoption, but you can sponsor Billy.
For more info about our sponsor program please call 660-747-4480. Thanks
|Posted by Natalia on December 8, 2011 at 6:00 PM||comments (3)|
Billy is maintaining his weight successfully and his coughing has diminished to a couple of times a day if much. Billy is tipping the scale at 1250 lbs which makes him a little on the chunky side but that’s just what we love to see going into the winter. Billy’s whole demeanor is happy -sassy-full of life-feeling good ..
Warms my heart and makes me laugh and cheer him on when he comes running up the pasture kicking and bucking because it just is a great day and he feels good. He sure is not the last apple on the tree anymore.
It still makes me giggle each time I hear the big lug whinny with his little Tinkerbelle whinny. So far the cold does not have a negative affect on him what so ever. Lets hope it will continue this way through out the rest of the winter as we head into colder weather. At this point I am confident that he is strong enough to make it with one hoof tied behind his back ..lol
Lets all cross our fingers.
|Posted by Natalia on December 8, 2011 at 5:35 PM||comments (1)|
Champ arived last Sunday December 4th. He is a really sweet old guy that was surrendered to us due to owers personal matters. Champ is a foxtrotter and has been well cared , for many years. He suffers from arthritis in his hind legs and has a problem stumbling after 20 minutes of exercise. Other than that, Champ is in rather good health. He has a lack of loin along his spine and reduced muscle mass on his hind quarters which we are tryin to fill. From day one we have fed him the type of feed mixture that sems to be working great on our hard keeper seniors and we exercise him on a daily basis to make him more flexible in his hind legs. It never ceizes to astound me how quick we have visible improvement. It's been only 4 days and his loin is building bit by bit. The exercise is making alot of diference already as well. He has buddied up with Gizmo. Today he was dashing down the pasture kicking an squeeling like a young foal. Like all seniors we pump him with vitamines, garlic powder, tumeric, minerals and flax seed oil. Works wonders. Champ will not be forgotten by his prior owners and we want to extend a Thanks for the donation of feed and wormer. We will soon post pictures of Champ. He will never be open for doption. This is his forever and last haven.
|Posted by Natalia on November 9, 2011 at 4:55 PM||comments (0)|
Nilla, the little haflinger mare, is a joy to work with. She is so smart and figures out quickly what is asked of her. at the 3rd training day in which Chelsea was riding her in a trott, this little mare was trotting so fast that chelsea had a hard time keeping up . The whole thing was utterly funny and I was just bending laughing. Move over hackney trotters, there is a new sheriff in town and her name is Nilla.
Nilla is fired up and visibly enjoys her training time. The little mare is always ready to learn and work.
Nilla is nothing less than a bundle of joy.
|Posted by Natalia on November 9, 2011 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
Over the end of this summer we found out that Billy is highly allergic to ragweed. As soon as I started sniffling he was coughing as well and when my allergy time quit, so did his coughing. It was not overly bad but he was sure not to happy of a camper through out that time frame. Trihist did nothing to eleaveiate his cough. Now that the allergy season is over, he has gone right back to living a happy life with very few cough episodes.
Billy sure perks up each time when he gets chosen for lessons. There is something about this big lug which makes one love him so very much. The kids are ga ga over him. The moments I love the most is when Billy runs up the pasture bucking and kicking, farting at the same time ( the boy farts all the time ) and one can just see how good he is feeling. His rolling in the dust is another heart warming thing to watch. There is alot of grunting and groaning going on because it makes him feel so good and he doesn't stumble at all anymore when he gets up. Billy has gained alot of strength and we are so hopeful that he will breeze through this winter without any problems.
What really makes me smile is to hear his tinkerbell like whinny. Such a big lug of a horse, looking like a big dump truck but has a tiny bell like soft whinny. Like a big car with a little tink tink horn.
Last but not least, Billy has not lost an ounce of his full weight. he is maintaining weight without any problems and actually has become a little on the plump side which is what I like to see going into the winter.
|Posted by Natalia on October 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
This moring Goose left to be closer to his owner. It is for the best since he needs to be closer to Amada in order to have a almost daily interaction with another. I sure will miss him. We had a special bond. Yes, I lost a few tears over his departing but it is what needed to be done. So Long Goosey. I be visiting every so often.
|Posted by Natalia on October 27, 2011 at 3:40 PM||comments (0)|
If I said it once I said it a thousand times. : You get back what you put in !!
That specially applies in the horse world. Chex has been with us now for 2 years and our constant leaning over her and hand on attention, led to, that breaking her to ride was a breeze. It also makes it easier when they are distracted with a bucket of sweet feed under their nose at the time of mounting for the first time.
It takes 2 people, one who can ride and the other who knows the horse inside out, hence can predict the reaction of the horse.
Amazingly both, Chex and Nilla reacted the same way. After I had gotten them used to the saddle and bit, I made sure to wiggle and move the saddle often. I also gently leaned my whole weight over the saddle without mounting while another person held a bucket of sweet feed under their nose.
They are so busy eating and so used of being messed with and mostly they have developed that complete trust, that it doesn’t much bother them at all. Shortly after both could be mounted and I started walking while the rider started giving leads as I am criss crossing the round pen with the bucket in hand, the horse following me. After 5 minutes I step into the middle with the bucket and start free lounging.
Making sure that the horses can’t down their head, I push them into a trot. It take aprox. 10 minutes in where the rider keeps pushing the horse to ride with leg and voice cues, until I stop free lounging and just remain in the middle of the round pen. They both kept going nicely in a trot with a slight crop assistance from the rider. The riders as well as my job is to concentrate on the horses demeanor.
In both cases we had no problem what so ever. Both, Chex and Nilla took to it like a duck to water.
Nilla has been with us only since may and she was wild and had little to no contact with humans.
|Posted by Natalia on October 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM||comments (0)|
First and foremost we would like to thank Gizmos prior owers for their generous Tack donation and for entrusting us with gizmo.
This here is his forever home. Gizmo is a retired dressage Gelding, very layed back and he sure loves interacting with kids. Our school children think that he is about the greatest. One of our riding school kids had a fear of cantering. Gizmos threw that fear out of the window the first lesson.
He is very much loved an enjoys the attention and the treats which he gets plenty of.
|Posted by Natalia on October 20, 2011 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
Your generous donation of tack and miscelaneous stuff is highly appreciated.