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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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WHY DOGS LIVE LESS THAN HUMANS






I’ve read this before… but still love it.  I found this courtesy of  Bill Overton

 WHY DOGS LIVE LESS THAN HUMANS

Here’s the surprising answer of a 6 year old child.

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that dogs’ lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said, ”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The six-year-old continued,

”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay for as long as we do.”

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

• When your loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
• Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
• Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
• Take naps.
• Stretch before rising.
• Run, romp, and play daily.
• Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
• Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
• On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
• On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
• When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
• Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
• Be faithful.
• Never pretend to be something you’re not.
• If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
• When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

That’s the secret of happiness that we can learn from a good dog.

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