All Blog Posts Tagged 'rescue' (47)


I was whining to my mother about not having a horse to train. She had been looking at a nice little reining type quarter horse with a friend, why didn’t I get him she asked. I don’t want a quarter horse I whined.  You have Princess Onna, my daughters mare, why don’t you train on her? My mom is so patient and apparently I whine a lot because she just wasn’t what I wanted either she’s old and broke good enough. I wanted a nice young, unstarted, western bred Morgan. Not that I’m picky or…


Added by Noche Miller on April 30, 2017 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Rescue: Training the Things We Take for Granted

Lethargy. Sweltering with a non-specific stickiness. Flies. More flies. Dilly-dallying. These are the wilting Dog Days of Summer, named for Sirius, the Dog Star. No connection to the napping habits of dogs so deflated by the heat that a sploot position on the linoleum is the…


Added by Anna Blake on July 22, 2016 at 10:01am — No Comments

The Thing About Horses and Healing: a Memoir.

We see them from the road and use phones to take photos. We keep a legal distance but most of us have seen neglected horses and reported…


Added by Anna Blake on July 3, 2015 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Rags to Riches Horse Stories Wanted

Have you got an incredible Rags to Riches horse story to share?

I am a long time horse sport author, journalist and former competitor. I am putting together an ebook about horses, ponies, donkeys and mules who have gone from rags to riches. I want stories that will tug at the heart strings, and bring tears to the eyes. I want stories about animals who were no longer winners, no longer considered useful, and the no hopers who, by a twist of luck and fate, were saved at the last minute… Continue

Added by Cindy Crank on January 25, 2015 at 5:29pm — No Comments

A Rescue Training Journal, Told from Two Viewpoints.

If there is an annual pony day, it should be Christmas. The reason is obvious, but if you didn’t get your wish, read this:

I’m a Dressage Queen with an unlikely soft spot for vertically-challenged horses. Too often they get small patience from humans who treat them with low regard. Or at the very least, these condensed equines are under-estimated–they are smart, tough, and very athletic. In the last few years that I’ve…


Added by Anna Blake on December 26, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Horse Rescue: The Psychological Aspect of Physical Abuse.

I boarded the first horse I owned as an adult. It gave me something I hadn’t had in the past: a barn family. It was a private…


Added by Anna Blake on October 17, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Inspiration from Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue.

Some rescue groups prove their point by showing graphic photos of the very worst cases of abuse and neglect. These horrific images cower in a dark corner of my brain forever. Their torture leaves a mark on us, too. Maybe people think that the more blood-dried wounds, protruding bones and…


Added by Anna Blake on June 6, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Walter Sings the Songs of his People.


Walter, Tomboy, & Preacher Man supervising chores.

My friend Sarah says, “All dog stories end the same way.” I know what she means. None of us humans are getting out…


Added by Anna Blake on May 30, 2014 at 7:12am — 1 Comment

A Very Thin Line.

A client and I went to see a horse this week. He belonged to her in the past, but I have known him through 5 owners, each time given up reluctantly. This horse is 10 years old. Our Boy is a sensitive, athletic horse, smart and honest. In other words, a wonderful…


Added by Anna Blake on May 3, 2013 at 8:31am — 3 Comments

Horse News: Good and Bad…

It was big news when Moorlands Totalis sold last year. Zenyatta is due to foal soon and the press is waiting. I see Ravel had a big win in Florida recently. Well, I have some really big news for the horse…


Added by Anna Blake on February 3, 2012 at 8:33am — 1 Comment

Designs for your Favorite OTTB

Thanks to Natalie Keller Reinert and her wonderful blog Retired Racehorse I stumbled upon these wonderful saddle pads!  You can proudly display your horse is an OTTB every time you ride!  I ordered the white one and can't wait to get it!  I am hoping that they do other colors and keep adding to the collection.  They also will donate $5 to an OTTB charity.  Be sure to check them out!…


Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Taylor-Made Christmas

I hope everyone had a wonderful and merry Christmas!  Taylor definitely was a good boy as Santa left him a stocking full of treats and not coal!  (I guess he forgave the couple of times he's tried to kick me recently-ha!).  I have spent a lot of time bonding with Taylor...a LOT.  Before I started his training, I spent my time grooming him and sitting with him.  I still love it when we have the chance to just hang out together.  With that said, he can read me.  Somehow he just knows when I…


Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 2:57pm — No Comments


I brought Taylor to his new home at the end of June.  I am boarding him at a stable that has rolling hills, a nearby lake, and a pasture in a valley.  It's a beautiful place! 

Let's just say Taylor was not impressed in the beginning.  In fact, he was mad at me.  This summer has been brutally hot, and Taylor is not one that really enjoys the heat.  He is the horse you will always find in the shade, if he can find a patch.  Unfortunately, his transition pen at his new home didn't have…


Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 2:56pm — No Comments

The Chosen Human

Taylor had been at Race Horse Reclaim Thoroughbred Rescue for a little over six months when I decided he was the one.  I had been volunteering for a few months so I was getting to know the horses and like any normal horse lover I loved them all.  However, my heart belonged to Taylor for he picked me as much as I picked him.  The first day I was there volunteering I was standing next to his pen watching…


Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Two Ears Pricked

There is nothing in this world like a horse excited to see you.




Those two ears pricked forward right at you.  A soft nicker of greeting.  A velvet muzzle thrust into your hands.  For me, these small actions just make my heart swell with joy and love.  I love to walk toward my OTTB (off-track Thoroughbred) and watch those ears prick forward and his head raise.  I'm sure he knows there will be a treat involved at some point but I'm going to say it's all…


Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 2:52pm — No Comments

My New Exracehorse Taylor

This is a former post on my blogHoofbeats Return


Sorry I have been bad about blogging recently, but I have had a lot going on.  The most important of which was my recent adoption of an exracehorse named Taylor.  Talk about falling in love!  It may really have been a classic example of love at first sight.  I volunteer at an exracehorse rescue…


Added by Jennifer L. on January 20, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

A New Way

Horses are my life. As a person who is deeply involved in all aspects of the horse on a daily basis, I strive for a connection with each of them and work at understanding and communicating in a way that is fair, humane and encourages trust and connection. This stuff doesn't happen overnight (necessarily) - it…


Added by Horse Play on December 23, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Speed Dating Rescue Horses- and Slaughter.

“Hey, Little Red-haired Girl, I have your pony here!!!” Meet Bailey, my most recent date.

If you follow my blog, you know I work with Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue. ( Rescue horses come to Infinity…


Added by Anna Blake on December 2, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Upcoming Events for Horse Play Oct 2011

Horse Play Events - October 2011

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Added by Horse Play on September 28, 2011 at 10:21am — 1 Comment

Hurricane Irene and Corsair Update

Corsair seems to be improving daily. The vet will probably be back out today or Tuesday to re-examine him. His eyelid is still very swollen but all of the inflamed conjunctiva has gone down and it only appears to be oozing some tears. Will know more when the vet takes a look.…


Added by Horse Play on August 29, 2011 at 12:27pm — No Comments

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