Oops! I forgot to post the Bucket Fund receipts for both February and May! Here they are!






Well, not exactly… I posted updates and put receipts in there because both of these Bucket Funds needed funds before the end of the month… Sometimes that happens and we are happy to oblige.

So, for February:  Troubadour!

Troubadour was the colt who was found in awful conditions… you remember…

Troubadour conditions…

And at the end of the month, he was looking much better:

Troubadour after getting out of there and being cared for by Heart of Phoenix.

Receipt for payment to Heart of Phoenix for Troubadour.

AND MAY… OUR BABIES, LITTLE MO, ROY AND WRIGLEY!

You remember our May Bucket Fund babies… Little Mo who was trapped with wild stallions, Wrigley who was found alone and dehydrated and Roy, found next to his deceased mother.

Well, they are all doing great and adopted!  Isn’t that wonderful!  Here is the update.

I had to split the payment because of the FB funding source goes into the Foundation checking account – not the Pay Pal account.

This is the Pay Pal receipt.

THANK YOU ALL!!


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27-Year-Old Horse Completes 100 Mile Endurance Race, Setting A Record






BY ANDREA POWELL

Claire Godwin, DVM, of Laytonsville, Maryland, just broke another record with her 27-year-old horse, PL Mercury. The 14-hand Arabian Gelding broke his own record to remain the oldest horse to complete the 100 Mile Tevis Cup, one of the toughest endurance courses in the world. This is an amazing accomplishment for any horse, but for a senior horse it is inspiring.

Many people think that once a horse passes the age of 20, their careers are fading. However, Mercury, goes by Merc, is just one of the seniors defying that. He continues to improve and beat his time from years before. The Tevis Cup is held annually in California. The 100 mile race is testing and many do not complete it. This year 149 horses started with only 64 completing.

The pair completed the race in 17 hours, 18 minutes, which is four hours and 19 minutes shorter than their 2017 time. They finished in 13th place. Godwin is so impressed by Merc and never imagined when she purchased him all those years ago that he would be an endurance horse.

She tells The Horse, “He doesn’t have perfect conformation; no horse does. But he does have a short back, really good bone, and size 1 feet. He is relaxed and not a real dependent horse, although he does really like his pasturemate, Ahmose.”

Originally, Godwin went to purchase Merc as a well-mannered horse for her kids. However, he possessed the stamina and speed to compete. With his level mind and sweet demeanor, many people have ridden Merc that are just getting into endurance racing. All the previous years, other riders rode Merc in the Tevis, but this year Godwin rode him for the record.

Merc stays in impeccable shape by resting. That may sound weird, but Godwin says you do not need to ride everyday. For two to three months in the winter Merc is turned out 24/7 just to be a horse. When it is time to train again, she will pony him with another horse to track some miles in the mountains. This saves his aging back from the added weight.


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