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
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
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!
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
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
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
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