“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!
The sadness that goes along with the loss of a valued equine friend is immediate and lasting. While we never got to know Sage, his owner Marcia’s love for him was evident in her email to us, saying “Sage was the most wonderful and amazing horse. He loved everyone.” Sage, a stunning Appaloosa, was 31-years old when he crossed the rainbow bridge. We are remembering him because he was a Cushing’s horse, and the donation of Prascend (pergolide) made in his memory will keep all of our Cushing’s horses in their meds for several months. As Marcia says, “I am sure it would make him happy to be part of helping other horses along their way”. We think so too, and we are sure that Sage is now roaming free with his new White Bird friends in those Elysian Fields. He can do so knowing that this gift will help many others in need of assistance. Thank you Sage, and thank you Marcia, for helping the White Bird horses.
Such a Nice Boy
This is a courtesy listing for Scout, a horse in need of a companion home. Please contact his owner directly, if you have space for a nice-looking guy who simply can’t be ridden. He is located in Richmond, VA and his details are as follows:
Scout is a double-registered Appaloosa/Arabian cross gelding. He’s 16 years old (17 in April) and about 14.3. He is up to date on ALL vaccines and has a negative coggins. He has wonderful ground manners, backs up with a slight touch of the chest. He’s great for the farrier and vet. Scout had surgery in June 2013 on his right shoulder to remove a large bone fragment. He has recovered well and is completely pasture sound. Scout is good with other horses, but is usually the boss of the herd. He is a very easy keeper and requires a small amount of grain. He cross-ties, ties to a fence, clips, but needs some work on loading. Located in Chesterfield, Virginia. Free to good home but requiring references- he is being offered as a companion horse ONLY. I will provide trailering up to 100 miles away.
Please contact Ashley at: email@example.com
We wish to thank everyone who responded to our request for assistance for this nice guy. We had to leave town for a day (thanks to Kate for holding the fort over here) and were absolutely overwhelmed by the many kind responses we received, the offers to help and the offers to provide Bruce a home. You all rock! We especially appreciated the comments from blind horse owners who pointed out how easy these horses are to care for and how deserving they are. We couldn’t agree with you more!
While it is difficult for us to reply to everyone, I’d like to answer a few of the questions we received.
First, the therapeutic riding center could no longer use him because their insurance would not allow it, not because he could no longer do his job. As we understand it, they would have been more flexible had he been small enough to walk along with while holding on to the rider, but he is too tall to have made that practical.
Regarding his being ridden, blind horses that are well trained will cue to a sensitive rider the same way they did when they were sighted, though you may need to teach them some extra cues or voice commands. Bruce was already well trained and was being ridden by an instructor, so the communication between them was probably pretty good. But there are quite a few blind guys out there who are still gainfully employed.
We were unable to take Bruce here because we can only handle so many blind guys at a time. We must keep them separate from the other herds, in smaller groups and in obstruction-free paddocks to avoid having them bullied or injured by sighted horses who are just working through herd dynamics. Most of ours have additional problems, such as Cushing’s Disease, advanced age or arthritis that make them more fragile. While they are generally very easy to care for, putting too many of these guys together can lesson the quality of their care and increase the chance of injury- a compromise we have been unwilling to make.
This is true of the other horses that we list in the “Clearinghouse.” These horses need homes and are usually at risk, but when we post them for the owners, we are not in a position to take them in without jeopardizing the care of the horses we already have. But we hope that our getting the word out about them will help them find the right homes. We sincerely appreciate everyone taking a moment to consider them, as they need assistance. In Bruce’s case, his friend has confirmed that he has found a home and we thank every one of you who stepped up to help in any way.
This nice boy needs a home ASAP. He is a veteran therapeutic riding horse who has lost his job because he is blind. But here’s the interesting thing: HE IS STILL SOUND AND RIDABLE.
Bruce has been trail ridden even blind. He was originally trained English and is calm, bombproof and well adjusted to his vision loss. Will someone give this deserving horse a home and a job? He is scheduled to be euthanized if a home can’t be found. Here are his details, provided by his friend:
16’2 15yr gelding. Blind. Trained and used as
jumper and used also in therapeutic riding until this summer. Kind,
willing, sound, easy keeper. Unable to use him for program because of
blindness and large size.
Deadline for Finding a Home: 11/15/2013 Update: Bruce has found a home!
For more info, please contact Michelle, at the address below. Remember that this horse is not in the care of the rescue, so we have no additional information on him.
Mack is a friendly Appy around 18 to 20 y.o. It is possible he has Cushings as he has foundered with previous owners after being left on unlimited grass. This has left him probably unrideable, and he must wear a muzzle when on pasture. He is blind in his left eye, undiagnosed but probably uveitis. His rescuer has worked to bring his weight down and stabilize his feet. Unable to continue in his current location, due to limited means, he needs to find a home that understands his easily treatable condition. Situated in Anderson, South Carolina.
Wonder, our “horse greeter” and all round good guy, has found his forever home at last. Thanks to Melissa he will have a good friend, and constant care and attention for the rest of his days. We feel that there is a special someone for all our rescue horses, and although the financial climate has limited the adoption of companion horses or pasture “ornaments”, we always hope that they too can be whisked away for the individual attention they deserve. So farewell Wonder enjoy your new home, and happy riding to you and Melissa.
Wonder Waves Goodbye
This 11 yo 15H Appy is in desperate need of a new home. He is a little skittish at first, but once he trusts you, he will follow you everywhere. Although he has never been ridden he trailers well, and is good for the farrier. He was doing so well with the rescuer, but due to having to be moved a few times in the past few months, has lost some confidence. He does well with all horses, never had a problem when introduced to a new horse. Spanky just needs a forever home where he can gain his confidence back.
Healing Hearts Animal Rescue Group