Whatever you feel comfortable sharing re: your location, background and interests, contact information.I'm 50, married 25 yrs. Have 3 wonderful sons who all grew up around horses. I live in Orangeville, Il. Northwest corner of the state. I have lived an interesting life. My daddy always promised me a pony, but he could not deliver as he died from cancer in 1969. My mom passed over in 1971. I know first hand what it feels like to be "unwanted." That's why I have tried so hard to help the unwanted or "thrown away" horses.
Share a little about your horse experiences. My earliest memory with a horse is of getting a ride on a big sweet chestnut mare named Dolly who belonged to a friend of my dad. In the early 90's I worked for a Freisian breeder for 2 years. I also co managed 2 different boarding barns from 95 until 98. I have owned horses for the past 30 years. Only in the last 12 have I been blessed with enough land and the means to help save the ones no one wanted anymore. I have always done this out of my own pocket - never asked, or wanted to ask for help. I have pictures on webshots of the many horses that have passed thru our farm on their way to loving families.
Identify rescues you support, other activities you have undertaken on TWR sites, what you have learned through following Barbaro and FOBs etc. I'm sorry to admit that I haven't supported any other rescues - it has taken all I've got to keep these guys fed, and healthy. I am in awe of the people on this site. Their love of our majestic horses shines thru in every post. The tears I have shed with you keeps me humble. Why can't we TRY to save them all. Barbaro is/was a true example of "The heart of a TB". He NEVER gave up. I hope that when I pass over that I will get to meet him. Every horse on this earth began life as a cute, innocent foal. They give us their all. We owe them at the very least a safe place to live, water, and food. You know - the basics. I am editing to list the horses here by name and age. 1) Arrow - 20 yr old retired roper. 2) Blaze - 19 yr old mare that had foundered in her past and is now flat soled. 3) Smokey - 25 yr old retired trail horse - bought at Pecatonica auction 7 yrs ago. 4) Cowboy - 16 yr old former breed stud that was gelded as soon as I got him in 02. 5) Cricket - 25 yr old former barrel racer. Very arthritic. 6) Sweety - 12 yr old arabian mare, broke to ride. I'm trying to sell her to a good home. 7) Candi - 14 yr old paint mare. Totally blind. I traded a broken lawntractor for her to keep her from being taken to Kalona sale barn. 8) Gracie - 7 yr old mare with a crooked back leg. She is Candi's seeing eye horse. 9) Cookie - 5 yr old mare born with lordosis. 10) Jazzy - ageless mini mule who suffered abuse at the hands of a heartless man a long time ago. 11) Cash - AQHA gelding palomino, 5 yrs old. Is currently for sale. 12) Blue - AQHA comming 3 blue roan gelding. For sale. 13) Whiskey - coming 3 grulla filly. She is looking for her forever home. 14) Cereza - 16 yr old Preuvian mare, has been horribly neglected in the past. WE fear we might have to put her down as there is something wrong with her, and even the vets have no idea what it is. 15) Pepper - 19 yr old APhC mare. Her old owner was going to ship her to Canada as she can't carry a foal any more. We couldn't let that happen. She is looking for a loving home. 16) Tito - yearling colt was given to us when he was run down by a 1250 lb steer and injured his neck. 17) Spirit - 6 mt old filly was given to us when the owner had some major personal problems. 18) Champ - yearling colt that we saved from going to an auction. There you have it - all the horses that we are trying to save. and give a safe home to. UPDATE: 2/6/09 We have been able to find some wonderful home for the following horses: Blue, Cash, Whiskey, Sweety, and Pepper. Sadly, Smokey went down in the pasture on Saturday, 1/31/09, and was put to sleep. The vet suspects that he suffered a stroke. Smokey,
Thank you for being such a good friend and teacher to Mike. You taught him so much with your gentle ways. Your job was done, it was your time to rest. It hurt so much to hold your head and watch the spark leave your eyes, but the Bridge was calling you. I will always love you and miss you. Run happy and free my friend.
Until we meet again. I Love You.
Other FOBs you have developed a network with through your activities. I have made a wonderful friend in Barb who is Jazzys' new mom.
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