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:usaflag: Touching Tale!!
Posted by: Cupajo
Date: October 25, 2011 08:53AM
This AM I visited a barn that is rented by an acquaintance who along with another lady created a horse recovery non-profit to provide a home for abused and no longer wanted horses.

The horses are cared for tenderly and with all the love and compassion the ladies are able to provide.

There are three horses in residence at the moment the youngest at 26 years was a skittish creature and tossed aside as being un-trainable for years.

The horse wouldn't leave her stall and was drug out with chains after a while and sent to my friend's place where it has found horse heaven on earth at last.

There are gently rolling pasture-lands and stalls cleaned daily, kind and loving care for these gentle creatures for the rest of their lives.

My friend showed me a stone marker, a gift from a friend on the occasion of the passing of her favorite Daisy, which was placed where Daisy was buried.

On the small stone pillow were etched the words, "Tread lightly, a beloved dream lies below."

Cupajo, abuse is more common than folks realize...............
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: October 25, 2011 03:46PM
I am happy to hear about your two friends that have started a small horse shelter, and I hope all goes well for them and the horses. In the past, I have helped at a few horse shelters when time permitted and it can be heart breaking at times. As the economy gets worst, you will see an increase in both horse abuse and neglect because people can not afford to properly care for them. You will be surprised at how many horses are abandoned, left to fend for themselves with not enough pasture and often without water. When you discover a case of abuse or neglect, it is often very difficult to get any law enforcement agency to help getting the horses to a shelter or someplace where they can be cared for. When you see your two friends again, please tell them that a friend of yours in South Texas says "Thank you!" Kelley (Texas) :)

"Try to live up to your dog's opinion of you!"

Re: Cupajo, abuse is more common than folks realize...............
Posted by: Cupajo
Date: October 25, 2011 06:46PM
Thanks for your reply Fred.

I knew I would hear from you and I thought of you when I wrote the post.

These ladies are performing an act of charitable selflessness that deserves recognition and will probably never get it in today's world.

They may even be considered "those horse ladies" for spending time and money on these old horses!

When the woman I know speaks of her charges you can hear the love in her voice and see it on her face.

God bless her and all those like her!

I hope all is well for you and your family,


Re: :usaflag: Touching Tale!!
Posted by: Wayne in BC
Date: October 25, 2011 10:51PM
Sad but good story.

A liar will assume you are lying

As a horse perosn, I can relate Cupa..
Posted by: Mikie
Date: October 26, 2011 10:32PM
We have seen far too many cases of abuse in horses.... and we have rescued a few ourselves. When we had the feed store, it was our lot to help out a lot of people who did not have the wherewithal to take care of their horses.

many thanks for the story

Fair winds


"There's no present like the time"

"A dog is better than me, for she has love and does not judge"

"Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most; That people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love... true love never dies. You remember that. Doesn't matter if it's true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in"

Re: :usaflag: Touching Tale!!
Posted by: Cupajo
Date: October 27, 2011 06:17AM
Hi Wayne and Mikie!!

It is good to connect with you guys!

Things have been so slow here I wondered how everyone is doing.

I was sure that if you fellows saw this wonderful story of loving kindness, you would reply.

Happy Days Friends,


Re: :usaflag: Touching Tale!!
Posted by: George-CT
Date: October 27, 2011 04:29PM
There are a lot of people taking horses in these days. Up here about every other large barn has stalls leased out for rescues. My wife has been doing it for about 40 years and we have 3 here also. They get them healthy and try to find good homes for them. A lot of them end up going down by you to the Niantic Prison where the inmates care for them, and once healthy and trained if need be, they are sent up here to UCONN. Their horse program then has 2 auctions a year. They also bring in mustangs from out west to the same auctions. There are also 3 that I know of big farms here with anywhere from 30 to 50 horse at any given time looking to be placed. My daughter Heidi was very active at all 3 of them helping with chores, riding them etc. Good that there are people like that as in the last 2 years there are lots of horses that just got turned out to run loose up this way when folks could no longer care for them. Not good for the horse or the cars that hit them. A lot of the farriers up this way do their feet for free if they get the rest of the barn also with paying customers...Vets donate quite a bit also.

Good to have people around willing to donate their time and money to do this. I know here, they have connections to a few hospitals that do therapeutic work on people injured and they use horses in a lot of it. They send their vet down and trainer to make sure the animal is calm and can handle standing still why they put people on them with all types of contraptions on them. Those that do, get a really great home, big pasture turn out and rotate with about 20 others horses. We have 2 up there now that have done very well.

Amazing on how many horses their are in Connecticut. Very big equine state. Good to see people like the ones you met taking them in and away from a life of abuse. Working them is one thing, abuse is another whole story. Good post Cupajo....


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/27/2011 09:01PM by George-CT.

Re: :usaflag: Touching Tale!!
Posted by: Cupajo
Date: October 27, 2011 09:19PM
Hi George,

Thanks for rounding out the story with an insiders look at how horses are being cared for by many kind and generous folks.

I read years ago that Connecticut has more horses per capita than any other state.

Having grown up in Texas I didn't think that was possible, but after living here for over 40 years I know now it must be true.

Hope all is well with you and your family.

There's talk of snow tonight,


Re: :usaflag: Touching Tale!!
Posted by: George-CT
Date: October 27, 2011 09:47PM
HI CJ.... I've heard that for a lot of years also and just assume because we are a small state, with a lot of horses on much smaller acreage, it works out.....Lot of show horse people for sure and fancy indoors etc. Lot less of them here now after last winters snows. And, guess what, we have 3/4 inch here now. Way to early for me, but if this is all we get, I'm good with it. Just bought a new used snow plow and I'm mounting it on a Toyoda Tundra 4x4 my older son gave me 2 weeks ago....It will sure beat doing it with the backhoe. Last year's snow was a major project up this way... Got the woodstove on tonight, its 33 here right now and moderate snow. Think its supposed by midnight but they are saying more Sat night perhaps....seems like just a short time ago you were posting pictures of the beach with people in the water....What happen to summer. Welcome to New England right, if you don't like the weather, wait a few minutes....Pretty up this way now, but leaves are coming down pretty fast now..... I never wet a detector this year....Just to busy....No more work than usual, just takes me longer to do it with the health issues.... Guess thats what retirement is for, more time to do a 1 hour job in 6 hours....LOL..

Take care. George-CT

Re: :usaflag: Touching Tale!!
Posted by: Cupajo
Date: October 28, 2011 08:15AM
We dodged the bullet this time, but it is too blasted early to be this cold!!

Frost on windshields here at the beach.

I wanna go out in the water and play------------:cry:


Re: :usaflag: Touching Tale!!
Posted by: Sunny
Date: October 28, 2011 08:24PM
That's so sweet. Now I do not feel alone. About six years ago, my husband bought a really gorgeous horse that was going to be used for racing. Well, the entire stable "Nike's Dream" stayed in turned out to have a horse type flu spread in it, thus none of the horses could race. No one would take a chance on them. Tho none of us ride any longer, my husband could not stand the thought of something happening to this beautiful horse, who had now grown a bit older. One of the docs we did business with used Nike for foxhunting, but decided to sell him. There was Scott, and unbeknown to me, bought Nike. After he fessed up, we built fences around part of our 15 acres and brought Nike to his new home. So for the past six years, all we have done is buy sweet grain and all the hay he can eat. We keep him shod, keep his shots up, and brush him. He loves his home, and gives us much pleasure in owning him just to watch. He does have a bit of a temper, so we don't even try to ride him. We just want Nike to have a good "Rest of his life" with us. We love him, and the grand kids adore him. He eats peppermints right out of their outstretched hands.

So yes, we have a horse. He is expensive to keep, but we enjoy him almost as much as he enjoys being here and getting pampered by us. I do believe there are animals in heaven, but until his time comes, he is very content to live in our yard, and be king of our hill along with about fifteen chicken, one bad ass rooster, and two wiemeraners. Lucky him and lucky us!

Re: :usaflag: Touching Tale!!
Posted by: Cupajo
Date: October 28, 2011 09:05PM
It is beyond wonderful to get a reply from you sweetness!!!!

I always knew we were like minded just by the way you responded to posts etc.

This post has stimulated a part of us that will not be denied---------we do care about these and other wonderful creatures sharing the planet with us and when we hear of like minded folks doing such wonderful things we must respond!!

I hope to hear more from you in the future and that life is treating you well!

I've missed Ya Girl,


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