An Update, A New Hay Net Product, A Cloggin’ Boot, and another Inspirational Video!






Today is a newsy day!

First up…

AN UPDATE ON THE SKINNY FOAL

Well, this is really good news! I wrote about Evan Almighty in an earlier post and the link is here.  Anyway, he came into BHFER very skinny, covered in Rain Rot and with no muscle tone.  The poor baby had been weaned from his now gone Mother when he was 1 month old and he was left to fend for himself with all the other horses.  Sheesh.

The sweet part of the story is that he was bonded to an in foal Arab mare, Reva.  When BHFER answered the Craigslist ad for the colt (Yup, someone was trying to sell him…), they decided to purchase the mare as well.  The on the spot thinking was that this baby was in such bad shape, they didn’t want to stress him any more by removing him from his only friend.  So, the rescuers went there to retrieve a little baby and ended up with a 3 in 1 package (difficult in this economy…).

The next bit of lovely news is that the folks at HEALING TREE donated their Rain Rot cure.  And it worked!  So, with food, shelter, love and attention,  Evan Almighty is doing very well.  Here are the before and after pics!  The last photo is Evan with his new friend, Jed.  Jed’s Mom needed him weaned and Reva is about to foal, so Evan and Jed are now fast friend and a famous coupla hooligans around BHFER.

Check out the BHFER website to hear Jed’s story.  He is blind, poor baby…

COMFORTABLE BOOTS?

This would be an incredible new concept!  So, I was looking through my new COWBOYS AND INDIANS magazine and I came across this ad for these boots made by Durago but have a “clog” influence.  Wha?  How could those two meet up?  You certainly wouldn’t find them both at Gillys!  It kinda reminded me of that old Reeses Peanut Butter Cup commercial… do you remember that one?  One day the Peanut Butter guy was walking and looking at his cup while the Chocolate guy was doing the same thing and they bumped into each other – and the Reese’s Peanut Butter cup was born!!  Anyway, how could a clog and a boot meet?

So, I went to the website to check it out… This style is called the Dream Series and there are two models.  I’m sure they are seeing if this idea works.  Anyway, you can get either the Shrug brown type or the Harness Leather black model.

I didn’t order them, but I am very intrigued.  I am NEVER comfortable in boots.  So, this might be the ticket for me.  (Yes, I have clogs and I do wear them… and they are comfortable.)  I always need a platform in my shoe or boot if they are high heeled.  Hmmmmmm.

A NEW HAY NET

Well, in a post from earlier, I chatted about how some hay nets can be dangerous because horses (athletic ones) can get their feet caught in the holes.   Well, this new hay net, called the Nibblenet, has more holes, but they are smaller.  So, the idea is to make them take longer to eat.  Since horses graze all day, this net would simulate the natural time frame of eating.  For me, it would end the foot trap issue!  I checked out the net via their website and was hopeful.  It looked well made, it has D rings so I can put it in my trailer and it looked wide enough for me to easily stuff a flake into it (or two).  So, I bought one.  I’ll let you know…

But, I did want to say that these folks give a percentage of the Nibblenet sales to Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue.  I haven’t checked it out but the idea is really nice.  I like when this happens and it motivated me to pick a particular seller if they donate to horsey causes…

Also on the Nibblenet site, I found these woodworking items.  They are called “corbels” and have an entire history which is written on the Barn Art page.  I have added a few pics here just because I love it when folks create art!

TREVOR BRAZILE INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO

OK, well, I know not that much about rodeo but I know the name Trevor Brazile.  I found this video on a friend’s website called, Fugly Horse. Do you know it?  Anyway, she had posted this so I am re-posting it for all of you.  You see, I had an inspirational videoposted a few weeks ago and here is the link, but it was Jumping without a bridle.  This one is Ropin’ and I love to use different disciplines to say the same idea.  In this video, you will see Trevor rope a calf with NO BRIDLE on his horse, Texaco.  I love it!  How inspirational! Please watch here.

BUCKET FUND

So many of you really liked the idea of a DROP IN THE BUCKET FUND from yesterday’s post that I have decided to make a page devoted to it.  In this way, we can add to the bucket fund throughout the month as people read the post, or as they stumble upon the page. Hopefully, this will add a bit to the bucket!  The idea behind the bucket fund is to pick one ethical rescue that is in need and help support it, as a group, for one month, with very meager individual donations.  The donation (totally optional, and only if you feel you can afford it)  is just $5 during these tough times, but I thought $5 might be an amount we could do more easily.  Maybe we can forgo the Starbux or the Mr. Pickles run for a cause once a month.  Just $5, that is all.  Then, we add all the $5 donations at the end of the month and give the ENTIRE AMOUNT to the Rescue as a gift from the HORSE AND MAN GROUP.  Y’know, $5 donations add up…  It may seem like a little amount, but it isn’t.  And, it is greatly appreciated.  So, I’m working on the page today and here is a really cute horse holding a feed bowl  photo you can click to donate.  This month’s rescue is the wonderful UNITED PEGASUS FOUNDATION .  They are in a tight spot with 65 horses.  You can read about all the good they have done in yesterday’s post.

Click on the photo if you would like to donate to the Drop in the Bucket Fund (and Thank You!)

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I Received a Letter from United Pegasus Today…






The sun is shining and it is a beautiful day…  But, I feel a bit sad because of a letter I received from the United Pegasus Foundation.  Do you know them?  Well, if you are busy and don’t have time to read about them, but you do have $5 to spare, skip to the last two paragraphs or just click the donate button below. But, if you have time to read, let me tell you what they do…

The United Pegasus Foundation was created by Helen Meredith.  She’s a woman equestrian, just like you and me, who’s breed is the Thoroughbred.  Well, in 1995 while visiting a feedlot full of off the track TBs, the excess waste and discard in the TB world came to her attention.  Helen took it upon herself to start a 501 (c) 3 which she named the United Pegasus Foundation.  Helen called everyone she knew and rallied the troops to start rescuing the OTTB  (Off The Track TBs) from feedlots and trainers who were ready to let go of certain horses or injured horses.  Helen’s initiative helped bring awareness to this deficit in the TB world and many are very grateful to her.

So, after I received the letter, I went to the United Pegasus Foundation website and read about several horses that can be adopted and others that can be sponsored.  One that really caught my eye was a TB named, Sand Lizard, that has been there since 1999!  Now, that isn’t the thing that is so interesting to me, it is that he had earned $420,402 in his career!  OMG!  And, there are several similar stories — horses that earned money for their owners only to find themselves dumped on feedlots.  You can go to the sponsor page and read those stories here.  Helen has 65 horses in residence there…

But, it isn’t only TBs Helen helps…  United Pegasus Foundation shined their light on the Premarin industry and upon the thousands of PMU mares (Pregnant Mare Urine) on Canadian Premarin ranches.  What is Premarin?  PREgnant MAre urINe.  Premarin is an estrogen replacement drug that is derived from pregnant mare’s urine.  That doesn’t sound so bad until you discover how the mares are kept…  Since they have to be pregnant, they are all constantly pregnant.  Since they have to have their urine collected, the mares are hooked up to catheters 23 hours a day in a stall.  Since the companies want as much urine as they can, they usually pick large breeds for this (and they are more docile).  But, the most tragic part is that these mares give birth every year and those foals are removed and most often sent to slaughter…  unless, someone like Helen steps in and organizes mass rescues of the spent mares and their babies.

In 2002, a report came out that Premarin wasn’t very effective for women.  That news sounds like it would really have helped the horses, and it did in the long run… but the short term effect had all these Canadian ranches closing and dumping thousands of mares, babies and stallions at the slaughterhouses.  Helen sprung into action creating awareness across the country and organized for thousands of these Canadian horses to be brought down into the US and adopted out.  I have first hand experience with this as I adopted the sweetest baby draft gelding from them in 2004.  I named him Willy and his picture is the second one from the top.

Anyway, back to the letter I received.  It seems that with this awful economy, UPF is struggling.  Now, I know there are several rescues that are struggling so I’m not playing favorites… I’m just trying to think of another way to help them all.  And, today, I thought I would tell you about Helen, what she has done and then ask for a very small, manageable ($5) donation.

You see, I think that it is sometimes easier to donate a very small amount anonymously.  I think that sometimes if a person only has $5 to spare, they are embarrassed to admit that since their name shows up on the receipt.  Or, they feel like a cheapskate even though that is truly all that they have available.  So, I thought that maybe if I set up a larger bucket account and asked you to donate only $5 into that bucket, as a group, we could donate one larger chunk.  I have no idea if this will work.  But, I am adding a button at the bottom which only allows for a $5 donation.  (You can click it a few times… or go to the United Pegasus donate page and donate all you want and get a tax deductible receipt!)  In this way, at the end of the week when most of you readers have read this post, I’ll have a fund bucket full of $5 donations.  I will then let you know how much we garnered as a group and then I’ll send it off to Helen via Pay Pal and you can all view the receipt.

I have no idea if this will work, but if it does, I will do this fund bucket every month.

Anyway, it is truly anonymous and I will absolutely send every penny off to the United Pegasus Foundation.  The donation button for your $5 is below.  I will keep very careful tabs.  Thank you all, in advance.

(Photo credit for the two photos which have babies from the website Spring Hill Horse Rescue.  Thank you!)
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