Homes Urgently Needed – Culpeper, VA

We have the following urgent request from Tranquility Farm for the rehoming of  four horses.  Time is short to find them homes, so if you are in the Culpeper, VA area, please consider opening your barn doors for one of these deserving animals:


“Sadly, due to family circumstances, Tranquility Farm Equestrian Education and Renewal Center is being forced to close its doors. We have been able to rehome all of our animals except four, and we are hoping that you may be able to help us find these wonderful horses a new forever home:

u'mletteUm’lette is a Standardbred mare for advanced rider. She is 20 years old and in good health. She currently receives MSM and Glucosamine. She had arthroscopic surgery on her knee and had a club foot as a foal, but seems to have no lingering issues.


Star is a 12 year old standardbred gelding. He has been ridden, but needs more schooling. He bites around feed because he had been starved as a youngster. He’s a gorgeous guy now.

Mare and Colt

Cocoa is an 18 year old thoroughbred mare. She has slightly limited vision due to an injury to her left eye. She had been kicked by another horse while at auction. She was saved  while in foal from the slaughterhouse.

Tucker is a 10 month old colt that was born on the farm. He is Cocoa’s foal. He is in excellent health and has lots of spirit, but needs to be gelded.

A signed humane contract will be required of new owners.

Please contact the owner (not White Bird) through the contact information, below. Please keep in mind that these horses need immediate rehoming, so time is of the essence:

Sarah at:  540-718-8305

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So Much to Do!

Yesterday, we were able to set up the round pens that will help us round up and transport horses and start gelding the boys. We have received a lot of inquiries about these horses. We will respond to everyone as soon as we are able to, but here is what we know.

Patrick with lower herdThe horses are unhandled, not wild or feral. You can walk right up to them. Most will move off, but they do not run away.  Quite a few are just curious and will reach over to smell you. One mare will touch you. These are sensible, calm horses that just need time and groceries. There are about 20 stallions and colts, but only a few breeding boss stallions. The younger boys are in non-breeding groups together and do not show any stallion characteristics. They will make nice geldings- they are not studdish at all.  The average age in this stallion group is about 4, with some older, some younger. The nice looking Appy in the photo is “Patrick” and he is about 5. He’ll make a real showstopper horse buddy.  There are many blanketed and roan Appaloosas and some are in better condition than others. We will be gelding all of them.

Many of the mares are pregnant or exposed. We are trying to move these out immediately because the fescue grass is causing them huge problems and the mortality rate of the mares and foals is high. At least two of them are definitely not bred, and that includes the very friendly “Patrice.”

Because these horses do not lead or halter, we are having to use the old “squeeze play” to get them into the trailer. This is the safest way we know for both horses and people. The pictures show how this works. We entice the horses into a corral with feed, which is also open to a stock trailer. We then start removing panels, making the corral smaller and smaller, gently pressing the horses into the trailer. Eventually, we just squeeze them in.  Cora (who needed immediate treatment for an eye condition) and Ruby (who just lost her foal) were taken to Traveller’s Rest, where they will start their new lives.

Horses in Pen #2All of this takes many hands! Yesterday, we were grateful to have the assistance of the folks at Traveller’s Rest, Andrea from ERL and Meredith Barlow from Equidentistry, in addition to Chyna Hudson who has been so instrumental in coordinating this effort. I know I have left some individuals out, but we deeply appreciate your assistance, nonetheless.

All of these horses are going to need veterinary care. The boys will need gelding, they all need vaccinations and Coggins testing and the mares will need special care. Some of the foals will be orphaned because the fescue is causing some mothers not to lactate. All of the horses need worming badly.  We need gas money to help the volunteer transporters get them home.

Loading Stage 1If you have every considered donating to an equine rescue, now would be an excellent time to do so. The costs associated with this operation will be very high and we need your help to get these horses to safety and to take care of their medical needs. If you can find it in your heart to help them (especially you Appaloosa folks, who are our peeps!) please do so, by using the Paypal button on the site. Your support matters more to us than you know.

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Herd Dispersal in VA- Very Time Sensitive

Friends2We are seeking the assistance of good rescues and qualified homes to provide immediate assistance in the rehoming of a large group of needy horses. This herd consists of approximately 40 horses of varying age, most between 2 and 10 years old, containing stallions, mares (many in foal), geldings and colts. They are primarily Appaloosas and we have been asked to provide assistance in rehoming them. They are a semi-feral herd who have been around people but are timid and have not been taught to halter, lead,  or pick up feet.  Some are in need of immediate veterinary care. Many are beautiful animals that will make wonderful companions with just a little TLC. The horses in the picture are not a part of this herd, but they will look just like this with a little care.

The condition of some of these horses is extremely fragile.  This is especially true of some of the mares in foal, and we are seeking immediate assistance from experienced rehabilitators, both as fosters and adopters. We also look forward to hearing from individuals with training backgrounds who can assist these horses in their journey to becoming good equine citizens.

Potential homes should be aware of the time and space requirements needed to work with these horses. You will need a small paddock to work in until you are able to comfortably catch them, and we recommend daily interaction until they are well-socialized. We will be looking for homes that meet our normal standards for adopters and this will include a good veterinary reference, safe shelter and fencing and a source of clean, fresh water. Given the uniqueness of this situation, we are willing to be flexible in some instances.

If you have space in your rescue, farm or heart, please fill out the adoption questionnaire at: and tell us about yourself and the kind of family your new friend or friends will have.




White Bird Horse Show

Allison and Fancy

Allison and Fancy

White Bird Appaloosa Horse Rescue

1st Benefit Fun Horse Show

April 26th 2014

Buckingham Equestrian Center, Dillwyn, VA

Enjoy a day out with the horses!  The White Bird Appaloosa Horse Rescue is excited to announce its first ever Horse Show. Thanks to Allison’s hard work ( this family-friendly fun show will be taking place on Saturday 26th April at the Buckingham Equestrian Center.  Unlike any other show in the area, there will be classes from all disciplines to compete in. Whether you are a Hunter, Jumper, Dressage, Western Pleasure, Barrel Racing or Poll Bending competitor, you will find a class for you. And don’t worry if you are none of these just come along for the entertainment. Your enjoyment will help raise money for the horses of White Bird as well as help in the effort to alleviate equine abuse and neglect.

Competitors – sign up on-line by filling in the entrance form here – Entry Form.

You can also pay on the day at the Arena.

Spectators – entrance will be by program on the day. – Price $5.

Classes start at 8am sharp, so mosey on over and enjoy the spring weather that is sure to have come by then.  It is going to be a fun-filled, action packed day in a good cause.

 And if you are interested, there are still opportunities for sponsorship – just contact Allison on

 We look forward to seeing you at Buckingham Equestrian Center on April 26th

Joe’s 10km Run

Joe and UlyssesUlysses and Joe

Pictured above are Ulysses, and his friend Joe Alcorn who is running in the Richmond, VA, Monument 10km run.  Very adoptable if you want a pasture ornament or companion animal.  Ulysses that is, not Joe (his wife Tolly might have something to say about that!)  He will be running for White Bird (Joe not Ulysses, who does, however, canter around the pasture on beautiful days like today – Ulysses not Joe!).  OK, I’ve bled that joke dry.  Seriously, please support Joe on his first ever 10km run.   Joe is one of our stalwart volunteers, turning out come rain, snow or shine, and is now (along with Allison Sowden) one of our new Board Members (more of that in our next post).  Your pledges, large and small, will help feed and medicate White Bird’s horses, and will definitely boost Joe’s energy level.  You can pledge either directly, through the donate button stating it is for the run, or by informing us on  Anyone pledging $50 or more will receive a much coveted White Bird t-shirt.  If you are near Richmond and would like to cheer Joe on that would be especially appreciated.

My Name is “Cheyenne” and I Need a New Home. – VA.

I can’t think of a single thing to add to this wonderful description by Cheyenne’s present owners.

“Cheyenne, He is a beautiful, wonderful, strawberry roan appaloosa gelding. He is about 20 yrs. young & 16 hands tall. He has the spirit of a young stallion, the heart of a lion & the love & commitment of a best friend. He is a rescued horse. He had been chained to a tree with no food or water. The 2 young women who found him & nursed him back to health sold him to us. They had named him “Last Chance.” The day we went to see him for the first time, he and I had a talk, I asked him if he would like a new name. His whinny let me know he was just fine with that idea. I said a small prayer, & asked Heavenly Father, to please place a name on my heart for this magnificent horse that he had brought into our lives. I asked, “do you like the name Cheyenne?” Once again, his whinny let me know that was the name for him. He has always responded to that name, since. He has been with us since that day. We hung a plaque on his pasture fence with his name so everyone would know what to call him. He was ridden until my husband’s health would not allow it any longer. Since that time he has been a beloved member of our family. Our children, grandchildren, & great-grandchildren love him dearly. The only reason he needs a new, loving family is because my husband & I are moving to a retirement community & we must find him a new home. He will fill your heart & your days with love, & joy.”

Please contact Cheyenne’s owners directly, Rebecca & Thomas Flippo at: 804-222-9256. Cheyenne is obviously loved by his family, so they will naturally want a vet reference and personal references to make sure that he is going to the best possible home. Remember that Cheyenne is not here at the rescue and all inquiries should be directed to his owners.

And Today’s “Adorable” Award Goes to….

Willow! Willow was born August 4, 2012. She was found by local Animal Control on August 9. Here’s what they have to say about her:

“We named her that for her “Will to Live”. Her mom (A bay app, and dad was a white spotted app. Both were there. It was back yard breeding) lacked nutrition, and so did Willow while in mom. She was dying in a muddy field while mom stood in a shed not even close to where her foal was. No one was home. We took her due to her condition. We had our large animal vet meet us at ARL, but told us this little foal needed intensive care that we could not provide here at the shelter. We called Quakertown Vet and told them what we had and could they help. They said they are not a neonatal facility but will try to save her. She was rushed to Quakertown Vet Clinic in the heaviest down pour of rain you can’t imagine in the back of our van. They got her settled in with the doctors, and nurses looking over her with IV’s, meds. We left her at 11:00pm to head back to ARL in the hands of them.

The next morning I received a call that our little foal was extremely sick. She was dehydrated, septic, was having seizures throughout the night. She was taking in milk replacer via a bowel, not a bottle. She is now considered a “dummy foal.” We went to visit her that evening. The doc’s were not happy with the seizures and they cannot control them with the meds. We made that very hard decision that if she has another grand mal seizure to put her down.

Saturday morning came and I received no calls over night. Hoping that is was a good sign. She only had one small seizure over night, and that was her last seizure she ever had.

Spending two weeks in the hospital, and after a $8000.00 bill. Willow came to live at my farm for her first year of life. She learned about other horse, and the herd pecking order. Pick up her feet for the farrier, and to stand still for the vet. It was time to come back to the shelter and be put up for adoption 1 year after her birth. But now Willow stands with no permanent home. She is in need of training to become a great horse once old enough for riding.”

My Gosh! How cute is this filly? She will clearly be a pretty strawberry roan with a nice head. Despite her awful start, Willow is going to be a genuinely attractive mare. For information about adopting her, please contact her wonderful caretaker, Joelle, at: Please be prepared to explain why you would be the best home for this very special filly. Remember! Willow is not at White Bird and all questions should be directed to Joelle.

Victory in CT



Today we want to talk about Victory! While we can all agree that victory is great in pretty much any context, today we are talking about Victory the stallion, who really needs a home, due to his owner’s illness. Before you hit that “back” button, please consider a few things. First, Victory is a well-behaved, wtc guy, though he is best considered green. Also, GELDING WILL BE PERFORMED FOR YOU. We are shouting this because we want you to know that his caretaker is a caring and conscientious one who prefers to find Victory a home as a gelding in a loving, permanent home with his own family.

Here are a few particulars: Victory is about 15H, a few spot Appy and he is registered! Papers will come with him and these can be viewed at: He is only 18 years old, with no known health issues and he does not have any signs of uveitis. This guy has the potential to make an easy transition to trail buddy. A good looking one at that- and look at that kind eye!

If you could picture yourself out on a trail with this great BFF, please contact: and tell her about yourself. Victory will be adopted without a fee, but with an adoption agreement. As this is a hardship situation, any offers of assistance to the caretaker (who is doing all this out of the kindness of her heart) for veterinary costs would be very much appreciated. Please remember that Victory is not here at White Bird and all questions should be directed to his caretaker.

The Year of the Horse

Photo of Norman by Mike Kropf

Today marks the beginning of the Year of the Horse, in the Chinese astrological calendar.

The Chinese regard the spirit of the horse as one of continuous effort to improve.  It is bright, warm, energetic and able. Sound like any horses you know? There may be something to this!

The beginning of the Year of the Horse has caused us to again reflect on the issues that continue to face these gentle spirits.  The poor economic climate has resulted in many horses being surrendered due to the loss of their homes and their owners jobs. Irresponsible backyard and industrial breeders continue to produce horses for which there is no market, and who must then compete with the horses already here for available homes. Lack of education regarding horse care continues to result in lack of understanding about creatures that can now live half as long as we can with proper care.

It is our most sincere hope that the Year of the Horse will be a good one for the world’s equines. We wish for a greater sense of responsibility towards these creatures who have been so instrumental in advancing human civilization. And we hope that our friends and followers, whether or not you consider yourself to be a “horse person,” will personally adopt the challenge to perform one act of support this year for a deserving horse in need.