Outdoor Wednesday is hosted by Susan at
A Southern Daydreamer.
Thanks, Susan, for your willingness to host!
We weren't sure of what we were getting ourselves into,
but Chelsea and I wanted to support Grandma Georgia by
attending the fundraiser at the Horse Rescue where she loves
to spend time.
The farm was beautiful.
The weather was very hot.
I took these pictures looking over at the event immediately
after we parked.
The first animals we came in contact with were these two dogs.
They were super friendly and sweet.
We enjoyed giving them attention.
This is T-Bone.
She was dropped off at the farm by
an unknown former owner.
She is simply one of the nicest dogs
I have ever met. She is fine around the
horses and loves every visitor that comes
Georgia took us to the barn.
This was a treat!
What an old barn.
Check out this wood...
It just doesn't do it justice to
see it in a photo.
Buddy had never been ridden until
the day we met him. He was a western
Mustang who was rescued
and is blind in one eye.
Before Chels and I arrived the two Amish
horse experts had worked with him for
a while. He had allowed one of them
on his back after much gentle contact
When I met him for the first time it was
after that and here in the stall.
He was wary but calm.
Later I watched as he was worked with
more and allowed himself to be ridden
Another sweetie pie.
This horse is one that Georgia knows well.
She was so happy to show us her equine friends.
Part of the event was a clinic to help horses and their
owners work through various issues...such as bucking, not
wanting to go in their trailers, authority issues, etc.
These are some of the saddles owners had brought in for
use with their horses.
I was so impressed with the way
Sam and his partner, both Amish, knew horses and really made
progress on these issues. Seeing the owners with their own
horses was amazing. You could see the relationships. You
could see changes being made.
Great idea, this horse clinic!
An owner and participant in the clinic.
I don't recall what issue her horse needed to
work on but she was very nice about posing for
me. It was neat to see how this horse's mane was
braided so neatly.
Alas, I guess you can't really see that in
This horse wanted to be the boss.
His owner was a petite lady who had to
learn to be more assertive with this
giant. He was huge.
I watched her
learn and practice over and over again
subtle but effective techniques to keep
him in check.
If Georgia had not been so interested in
horses and found this way to be involved
I would never have realized the good work that
people are doing all over the country as it relates
to these magnificent creatures.
This particular rescue is in Lancaster County, PA.
I'll bet there are rescues near you.
If you have any experience with horses,
a willingness to learn or some blankets
to share...contact them.
See what you can do.
In these times of a shrinking economy there
are more horses than ever that are being
You can make a difference!
I am not so naive as to think that
everyone can and will get involved
with horses,however, giving back to something
is one of the best things we can do to
raise our own spirits in the midst of
I hope that you have found
your niche when it comes to giving back.
It makes one happy!!!