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

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

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

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