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.
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: email@example.com. 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.
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: http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/bar+bobs+victory. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
On checking our Donation button I found that it was not really obvious how to make a payment if you don’t have a Paypal account, and that might stop people trying. As a 501c3 we rely on public donations and would hate for anyone to miss donating when they are keen to do so.
The Donation Button brings up the Paypal page with a window for selecting a donation amount. After putting in an amount you have the option to use your Paypal account (if you have one, or open one if you don’t) OR you can look to the left and also scroll down a little to select a credit card. The link is not immediately obvious and can be missed.
Hope that clarifies things, and thank you all who have taken the trouble to donate through the web site.
Today, we received lots of help from Girl Scout Troop 985 in Midlothian, VA! They cleaned buckets, tidied stalls, helped spread hay, groomed horses and even watched a farrier demonstration by ace trimmer Ritchie Hanvey. These fine young ladies will be visiting several other rescues of other species in order to learn more about domestic animals and the issues they face. This will help teach them the importance of providing quality care for the creatures who depend on us. Watching these ladies today, we are optimistic for the future and we commend the leaders of Troop 985 for helping to provide them this valuable experience.
This little mare is in need of a nurturing home that can help her recover from her recent brush with starvation. Her owner reclaimed her after learning of her condition (thank you!), but is now in need of assistance, herself, as she cannot afford to fully rehabilitate this girl. Here’s what we know about her:
She is estimated to be between 6 and 8 years old. Since the owner has reclaimed her, she has gained some weight, though not much. This is to be expected in a careful refeeding regimen, though clearly she has some distance to go. Her training level is unknown, though she does lead well and can be handled easily. She loads and trailers well. The owner’s young children can catch her and lead her around. Out in the pasture she mostly keeps to herself, but will defend herself. She can be pushy at feeding time (not uncommon for malnourished horses). She does load and trailer well.
She developed laminitis approximately one month ago and also blew an abscess at this time. The vet feels that she is probably still ridable, though a potential adopter will want to x-ray her to determine whether she has rotated and how much. She may or may not need corrective shoeing.
One more thing: She is possibly preggers. She last foaled in 2013 and has been turned out with a stallion. The attending vet could not determine whether she is in foal without an ultrasound, but her new home will want to consider that possibility and adjust her diet accordingly (no fescue hay!). She us now up-to-date on her Coggins and her owner will provide all medical records to her new home.
This mare has been through a lot. She’s really very cute and seems to have a pleasant personality. She’s my personal favorite color in Appaloosas. Honest! She’d make someone a nice little horse. So how about it?
Update! This young lady has found a home!
“Time doesn’t take away from friendship, nor does separation.” ~ Tennessee Williams, Memoirs
There is nothing that warms our hearts more than having a deserving horse find his forever home. Sometimes, this happens fairly quickly. But other times, for reasons we don’t always understand, that home is a long time coming.
Today, Whiskey, one of our long time residents, went home with Shannon and the rest of his new family. This home is everything we could ask for in an adoptive home. Shannon has extensive experience in handling and riding horses, his new home is safe and comfortable, he has two new equine friends to keep him company, and his new vet provided an excellent reference. But it also has something even more important.
I sometimes wonder whether our horses actually pick their homes, themselves. Certainly we have seen this in many of our horses: an immediate connection with the person who has come out to meet them. Or not! We have had to discourage some adoptions because it was obvious that the horse had an opinion that we had to consider. Watching Whiskey meet Shannon was like seeing two old friends greet each other who had been apart for awhile. When Shannon got on him to ride him, we’d have sworn we could see him smiling. Whiskey will love this new home and we couldn’t be happier for him. Sometimes, the wait is just worth it.
Don’t Forget! White Bird’s Annual Silent Night is Friday the 13th from 5PM to 8PM at the Burkeville farm. We’d love to introduce you to our horses and we will have mulled cider, hot chocolate, chili, pony rides available for the kids and a tour of our barns, with an introduction to White Bird’s residents. We’ll have carolers and plenty of holiday cheer! So put on your warm clothes and take a break from all the holiday madness.
A very Happy Thanksgiving to all our family, volunteers, donors and supporters. We all have much to be thankful for.
We are thankful for our family, who put up with our rescue mission even though it means we rarely see each other.
We are thankful for our volunteers who come out in all weathers to help feed, clean and care for the horses.
We are thankful for our donors, who enable us to carry out our rescue work and care for these beautiful, and sometimes neglected, animals.
We are thankful for all those who support us, by encouragement, spreading the word and being there when we need help.
Enjoy the day and don’t forget to support your local rescue wherever you are.
Tom and Jorg
It takes the talents and efforts of many people to care for rescued horses and this week, we’d like to say a big, whopping thanks to Boy Scout Troop 2880 from Richmond, VA. Shown are: Jake, Tina, Jaylin, Chase, Gary, Cynthia, Robert and Nate, who spent last Saturday helping out at the rescue. You guys rock!
Today’s Clearinghouse horse is “Cinnamon” who is listed as a courtesy to the nice folks at the Washington County, MD Humane Society.
Cinnamon is a pleasant, 6-year old mare with nice manners who is being offered as a companion horse, only, because she contracted Lyme disease. She has been treated and cured of the disease, but a veterinary evaluation shows that she will not be sound enough to ride. This girl has had a very rough time so far in her young life but has kept her sunny outlook and fondness for people. With a little help from her friends in Washington County, she is now ready for her forever home. Do you have room in your barn and heart? For further information and adoption materials, please contact Kim at : 301-733-2060 and also find the application materials at: http://hswcmd.org/adoption/application/
Preparations are underway for White Bird’s Second Annual Silent Night Open House. There is much excitement over here because we had such GREAT time last year! This year’s event is on December 13, Friday evening from 5pm to 8pm at Triskelion Farm: 1688 Burke’s Tavern Road, Burkeville, VA.
Christmas Cheer in the L-Barn
Visitors will be able to meet our rescued horses, tour the barns, have cider and hot chocolate, and there will even be pony rides for the kids on Ocean, our trainer’s pony, whose rides will support rescued horses. Lots more! Please come out and meet the White Bird community in person!