Today was quite a busy day at the shelter.  First off, the farrier was coming out to get horses trimmed up and shoes pulled.  Buckeye was the first lucky little guy.

He was overall a good boy and got his special shoe readjusted.  Buckeye is doing so well after his surgery, putting all the naysayers to rest who said it was a waste of our time and your donations to give this guy the life-giving surgery he so desperately needed.  He is recovering much faster than Macho Man and Baby did, you can tell he is just a completely new pony.  He is ready for his new home, maybe yours?

After Buckeye it was Dottie and Macho Man’s turn.  The poor farrier had to bend way down for the little hooves.

Next Phoenix got his hooves done.  The farrier said he wished all his patients were as patient as Phoenix.  He just stood there in the middle of a 15 acre pasture and enjoyed the attention.  What a gentleman!

Phoenix really is an amazing horse.  If you have not read his story, it is a must-read.  He was the single most emaciated horse any of our staff or multiple attending vets had ever  seen that was still alive.  To read his story, click here.

We had some potential adopters come out and look at the horses.  They liked Rascal, but when they met Captain (not pictured) they absolutely fell in love with him and put him in adoption pending.  They are anxiously waiting for their application to be processed.  If all goes well, Captain should be going home very soon!

Meanwhile Aaron the farrier kept trimming away.  There are so many horses at the shelter and it was nice to get a bunch of the hooves taken care of.

This was one of the pipeline horses, and he got two inches shorter after his trim, his feet were that long.  His shoes hadn’t been pulled in awhile and he had a lot of extra growth under them.  Aaron said they had probably been on there for 4 months.  It was funny to see him walk after his trim, he will have to get used to shorter feet.

Finally, the last horse of the day was done.   We would like to thank all of you who donated to their rescue and care, making the day to day care of the shelter horses possible.

Towards evening the sun broke out of the clouds just in time to meet Jake.  He is a 14 year old 3/4 Arab, 1/4 Saddlebred gelding who was surrendered due to his owners financial situation making it impossible for her to keep him any longer.  He is supposed to be very well trained to ride, and is sound for all but the hardest of work.

We haven’t been able to enjoy this for awhile, so enjoy the pictures.  Jake checked out the fresh new sand (we still haven’t found a volunteer with a shovel to spread it yet…)

Soon Jake found that perfect place, and down he went…

…doesn’t that feel good?

It just felt so good to roll around in that nice fresh sand.

Finally Jake got up…

…but he just hadn’t had enough of that nice soft sand to roll in.

So down he went again.  Rolling and rolling.

It was so nice to have sand in the round pen once again for the new horses to roll around in and get comfortable right away.

Today’s eBay Giving Works item is a HDM Dressage Bridle, Cob size.  It is very beautiful.  The starting price is $75.00 and 10% of the sale price goes to help the horses!  To view this item, click here.

Although the elections are over, the voting is not over for us!  Every vote counts, to vote today, Click here.

Many thanks to Dena L., and for the donations raised for Tatiana Golden’s birthday wish.   What a great way to celebrate your birthday.

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  1. Whether you have one horse or ten this book is a must have and should be kept next to the first aid kit at every barn. It should be required reading for any horse owner. The illustrations make everything in this book easy to understand. I really like that it covers not just first aid but total health care of the horse and especially preventative care. The best horse owners are educated horse owners and this book is an easy and informative way to learn all the basics for horse health and first aid.

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