4 Junkyard horses… Starved while owned by a HAY BROKER! Sheesh. Our March Bucket Fund Charity.

Yup, they lived here in this junkyard.

No shelter – wire and junk everywhere, no clean water…  a total “survive if you can” scenario.

It began with a neighbor who reported that there was a small herd of 10 horses trapped in this junkyard.  None of the males had been gelded and several of the females were pregnant.  There were three yearlings, three pregnant mares, and four studs of varying ages.  All were malnourished, very skinny and miserable.


No one could do anything to help them...

Here is the very preggers and skinny Momma, followed by her skinny colt.

A photo from Animal Control...


Clearly the owner was a hoarder or collector.   Of course, the owner wouldn’t surrender them.  He would prefer to sell them…  Sheesh.  Same old story, different venue.

And do you know the worst part?  These starving horses were owned by a hay broker.  In fact, his hay trailer was parked in the yard with his band of unfortunate horses.  The owner had containers of hay right there!!


They were eating the scraps from the hay container. See the jutting hip bones... this is the only 'shelter' available. The minis stood under it. The Percheron had none.


From what I have been told, there was no clean water for the short horses.  They were forced to drink out of this gacky pond.  It is no wonder that they all have dysentery…

There was absolutely no shelter except the minis could hide under the hay trailer when it was parked in the yard.  There was no shelter for the pregnant Percheron and absolutely no food.

Junk scattered everywhere…

And, what just blows me away – when the Animal Control officer requested that the owner feed his horses some of the hay he was selling – do you know what the owner did?   He angrily opened the doors to the trailer and as expected, the very hungry horses were sniffing and putting their noses inside the trailer.  Do you know what happened…?  They were swiftly and directly smacked in the face by the hand that starved them.  “Get yer noses outta my hay!”



This is the water source. it is no wonder that they are all sick.


Luckily, Beauty’s Haven Farm and Equine Rescue was working behind the scenes with Animal Control to come up with a scheme to rescue these poor equines.

The owner finally agreed to give up 6 of his 10 horses.  BHFER immediately went into action placing them all into Foster Care.


These two were left behind for the owner to make money. She is very pregnant...


The 4 that remained were in desperate condition.   One was a very skinny Percheron mare who is very pregnant.  The second is a mini stud, the next a very, very pregnant and skinny wormy mini mare with her wormy and belly distended yearling colt who was still nursing (no wonder the mini mare is so skinny…).

All of them looked horrible.   None of them had ever seen a farrier or a vet.  Ever.

Luckily, they appeared to be gentle.


This is the very pregnant draft, Faith, who was finally give a small amount of hay... note the yuk water ponds.


Through powers of persuasion that lie secretly between the owner and the Animal Control officer, he agreed to surrender the last 4 horses a few days ago.


BHFER swooped in and gathered them into their wide open arms…

The Percheron was named Faith.  The mini stud was called Red.  The mini mare was named Glory and her yearling colt became Tucker.

This is poor Glory after her bath - so skinny and pregnant

Faith snorfeling grass at the rescue

This is sweet Red with his wormy belly, scours on his backend and a mouth full of food


These four were just rescued this week (!) and already, all were given baths to get rid of the mountains of dingleballs and yuk they had acquired.  All of them were groomed voraciously.  The vet was already out to check their general health, take blood, check teeth, check hooves, ultrasound the pregnant mares, Red was gelded and every horse was given a game plan for recovery.

Wowee.  Moss doesn’t grow under their feet at BHFER!


Red having his surgery with Tucker in the background

All of them had to be trenched because the worms were so bad…

Tubing Red to get rid of all the worms safely

Glory being checked by the vet - notice her nice grooming!

Tucker receiving much love and a bath

A job well done.

But, much care is still needed.  The mares are so underweight that delivery will be difficult.  The little mini mare is a wreck and her baby has been drinking what little colostrum she may have so BHFER needs to bank some more from somewhere – provided the baby survives.  All of them will require farrier service for a little while until they are fit.  They all need lots of groceries.  They all need their teeth done.

And, we cannot forget the babies that are due…  No one knows what will happen here.  Little Glory is going to deliver any day and she is in really poor weight.  Faith is hundreds of pounds underweight.


Tucker and Glory wolfing down some feed


Can we add to the success of Faith, Glory, Red and Tucker by preparing for the births and helping them all have proper feed/care?  Can we help them with their dentistry so they can chew and digest the new feed?

Can we have the cushion ready when those foals drop?

Let’s cushion all the blows and help these lucky 4 (and the 2 on the way) lead a life they deserve!

The two pregnant mares, finally rescued and grazing together


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The Eyes of March… And 14 Hands wine!

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 | Filed under Handy Tips

When I was little, I thought it was “The Eyes of March”.  I mean, who has ever heard of the “Ides” of March?  I guess maybe lots of people have heard of the ides of March and maybe I’m the only person who thought it was Eyes… but in case there are more of you out there who aren’t up on Shakespeare, I thought I’d give you the definition:

The IDES OF MARCH per Mr. Wikipedia:

The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was stabbed (23 times) to death in the Roman Senate led by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus and 60 other co-conspirators.

On his way to the Theatre of Pompey (where he would be assassinated), Caesar saw a seer who had foretold that harm would come to him not later than the Ides of March. Caesar joked, “Well, the Ides of March have come”, to which the seer replied “Ay, they have come, but they are not gone.” This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare‘s play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned to “beware the Ides of March”.

And, much to my surprise , Mr. Google just informed me that a movie starring George Clooney is coming out very soon entitled, THE IDES OF MARCH.  Here is the basic information on that:


OK, now back to the regular fare…


I wanted to show you how well my eye has healed on this first day of March!   (In case you missed it, click here to read the blog about my accident.)

It had been three weeks when this photo was taken on Sunday.  As you can see, the scar is hidden in my eyebrow – and yes, there are far less hairs there but I’m fairly certain that will fill in eventually.  Yay!

I still have a raised bump on my brow, but it is not very noticeable and Hubby says it makes me look as if I have a ‘big brain’ trying to break out of my skull.  Ha!

The downside is that all of the swelling has subsided and my wrinkles have come back.  Sigh.  But, believe me, I am NOT complaining.  I can see fairly well again and I look basically normal other than my cro magnon skull rupture.

Remember, don’t work around your horses when you aren’t grounded…  Be present at all times.

scar in eyebrow



Reference photo - Day 9 after accident


I have to give credit to THE BALM.  That is what I put on my brow religiously every day.  My doctor thought my wound healed better than most with limited scarring (remember, I had 17 stitches) and wondered what I had used… I know I’ve recommended this stuff before because of how it healed BG’s underbelly last summer, but now I have to say that it helps humans – even thought it isn’t made for humans!  You might want to get this stuff and keep it on hand… it is GREAT for wounds.  GREAT.  And, it keeps the flies away while it is doing its job!

This incredible horse product healed my wound! Click here to check it out!

14 HANDS WINE! (No affilitation but I wish we had an affiliation!)

Hubby and I were in Southern California this weekend and we stopped at a wine bar.  We like to do that.  Anyway, we noticed on the menu that their house pour was from “14 Hands” wines.

Of course my little ears perked forward…  I asked the waitress if there was any horsey reason they chose this label?  She said NO.  “Its just great wine.”

And it was…


Our actual bottle

We had decided to try the Cabernet and we were both quite surprised by the lovely flavor…

Since the bottle was in front of us and no one was looking, Hubby took a photo of the label so we wouldn’t forget about it.  When we returned home, I found the website and read a bit about the vineyard and why it is called 14 HANDS wine.


14 Hands wines

Here is a direct quote:

“The inspiration for 14 Hands wines recalls a time when wild mustangs once freely roamed the hills of eastern Washington State. These small horses, measuring a scant 14 hands high – a “hand” being equivalent to a man’s palm width and how horses were measured then – would travel down from the hills every day to drink from the mighty Columbia River and graze upon the luscious waist high grasses along the riverbank, and then retreat back up into the hills to cool off at night. Strong and tenacious, these little horses became known for their endurance and were revered around the world.

This unique and beautiful landscape that gave these unbridled horses their spirit and tenacity now feeds our vines. With loamy-sand and gravel soils, these hills require a strong and determined grapevine, and our 14 Hands vines revel in this unique and world class terroir. With the fruit from these tenacious vines, 14 Hands wines are handcrafted into big, bold, juicy fruit forward reds and crisp, fruit forward white wines that are laced with the unbridled spirit and legend of the region.

14 Hands celebrates the spirit of these wild horses, and the rich and unique history of Washington wines not only in our wines, but also in the vibrant colors and images on our popular varietal labels and our new Hot to Trot red and white blend wines. Whether you enjoy 14 Hands by the glass in your favorite restaurant, or share a bottle with family or friends, our wines are the quintessential Washington wine experience – fruit-forward, easily enjoyable with any meal or on any occasion, and delivering a superb value for the price. Bringing this bottle of wine to the party is more than bringing just a wine – it’s a delicious wine with a unique story that’s sure to spark up a memorable conversation.”


Coming from California, I wanted this delightful wine to be from my home state.  But, alas, it is not.  This equine titled wine is from Washington state!

Well, whatever (pouting a bit…), it was an excellent Cab and a fine value.  Besides, I love the idea that they are honoring the ponies of yore.  And of course, I love a great sense of humor… guess what they named their new red blend?

It is called,  “HOT TO TROT”!

So, if you come across 14 Hands wine on a list someday, give it a try.  Or, you can order a bottle here.

For me, it was nice to support people who support horses…


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