Albert · Equine Geriatric Care · Grace

A Place of Knowing Within

When our horse, Albert, passed away in May, my sister, Leigh, offered words and images that helped me move into, with, and through my grief. In her health care practice, hospice volunteer work, and honoring ministry for people and pets, there’s a common thread of accompanying people through transitions. In particular, she's devoted to nurturing… Continue reading A Place of Knowing Within

Albert · Chancey of the Maury River · Equine Geriatric Care · Grace

Rest in Peace My Sweet Albert

My horse died yesterday, sometime in the early black hours when morning is still night. Or maybe just as dawn was breaking. I should say our horse not my horse. The litany of Albert’s belonging goes like this: He belonged to my family – my daughter, my husband, me. During our first twelve years of… Continue reading Rest in Peace My Sweet Albert

Books · Horse Care · Shows & Events

Hay, here’s a great summer barn book!

Horse: The Essential Guide for Young Equestrians by Rosie Stoddard and Phillip Marshall 2008, Candlewick Press Ages 6-9 Grades 1-4 ISBN: 9780763635473 With the end of the school year well within sight, thoughts turn to summer - camp, road trips, and long days at the barn. Horse: The Essential Guide for Young Equestrians makes a… Continue reading Hay, here’s a great summer barn book!

Albert · Equine Geriatric Care · Horse Care

DIY Stall Bench for Your Older Equine

All horses need to be able to rest their feet, take a load off occasionally. For Albert, this has become nearly impossible, because he can't get up from the ground any longer. This must be hard on him and frustrating, too. He used to love to roll. Not a half-roll, but a full roll. He's… Continue reading DIY Stall Bench for Your Older Equine

Albert · Equine Geriatric Care

The Long and Winding Road

This week's follow up visit with the vet brought good news tempered with a reality-check. Albert's doing better but he's not all better. After seeing the good doc: Albert's Lily pads came off of his feet. His front legs are still getting wrapped every day, and his RX regime is geared toward pain management and… Continue reading The Long and Winding Road

Collegiate Riding · Equine Rescue · Shows & Events · The Eclectic Horse

Rags to Riches: Brittany and Chestnut

Rags to Riches: Brittany and ChestnutHooray for Brittany and Chestnut! As part of the Rags to Riches contest this weekend at the Equine Extravaganza in Richmond, 8-year old Brittany Bostic and her horse, Chestnut, will perform before judges. When the Bostic family bought Chestnut she had lost 250 pounds from neglect and underfeeding. Thanks to… Continue reading Rags to Riches: Brittany and Chestnut

Equine Rescue · Horse Care

Attention Exercise Riders and Old Grooms: No Smoking in the Barn

Last Friday morning, I spent an hour or so out at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River. The drive from Richmond to Goochland is always uplifting and especially so on a crisp, cool autumn morning. Mary Martin, TRF Board member, and I got out to Barn 4 in the middle of Dr. Reid McLellan’s… Continue reading Attention Exercise Riders and Old Grooms: No Smoking in the Barn

Equine Rescue · Grace · Horse Care · Horse People

All Things New: Second Chances at James River

Behold For three straight mornings, I wake up with this word aglow in my mind. For three days running I’ve planned to spend the morning writing about the rehabilitation and reconciliation going on out at the James River Work Center in Goochland - out at the prison. Waking up with a single word or phrase… Continue reading All Things New: Second Chances at James River

Horse Care

Come On Irene: Round Up of Advice for Horse Hurricane Precautions

You've bought sixteen D batteries, two bags of charcoal, and an extra flashlight. The chain saw is ready. Your car phone charger is set out on the dining room table. Those dead limbs are too high up to reach before Hurricane Irene does whatever she's going to do. Oh, and you're having eight ice cream… Continue reading Come On Irene: Round Up of Advice for Horse Hurricane Precautions

Equine Geriatric Care · Grace · Poetry

Something I dream about

Yesternight, my daughter often said when she was little. She liked to make these perfect words, at that age when precise oddities of language were so precious. Yesternight, so dreamy, so full of possibility already sprung free from the imagination, now, today coming into being. Yesternight, sacred like vespers sweet like whispers of horses named… Continue reading Something I dream about

Gypsy Vanner · Horse People

The Secret of Feathers: Gypsy Vanner II

Last year, Collette Morgan, owner of Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers in Minneapolis, Minnesota answered a few questions about her beloved Gypsy Vanner boys, Misto and Pinky, in the post, Smitten. Collette's back for a visit with more stories and new photographs! If you haven't already fallen for this breed, I bet you will.… Continue reading The Secret of Feathers: Gypsy Vanner II

Equine Geriatric Care · Horse People

On the Shores of Heaven: Caring for Older Equines

An Interview with Deborah Sensabaugh of Virginia Mountain Outfitters About three years ago, I had the joy of meeting Deborah Sensabaugh of Lost Creek Farm in Buena Vista, Virginia. Lost Creek Farm is home to eighteen working equines ranging in age from eleven months to thirty-nine years young, with the majority in their mid-teens to… Continue reading On the Shores of Heaven: Caring for Older Equines

Gypsy Vanner · Horse People

Smitten: An Interview with Gypsy Vanner Owner Collette Morgan

Collette Morgan, owner of Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers in Minneapolis, MN, joins If you enjoyed your ride, kiss your horse in this interview. When in Minneapolis, it’s well worth a visit to Collette's bookstore. Even if you don’t have children or read children’s literature, you will fall in love with Collette, her staff,… Continue reading Smitten: An Interview with Gypsy Vanner Owner Collette Morgan

Equine Rescue

Unwanted Horses

The Unwanted Horse Coalition says, "Tens of thousands of horses that could be classified as unwanted  are being sent to processing facilities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico each year." Horses are taking a hit from this economy just as we are. I hear terrible stories these days about folks  abandoning their horses at horse… Continue reading Unwanted Horses