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It is with a very broken, heavy, sad heart to report that this awesome family member of 25 years has joined her mother in horse heaven. She had to load into, ride 30 minutes to Stratford, and then unload out of a horse trailer all with a broken back leg so the veterinarian could euthanize her today. Her prolonged suffering & unbelievably strong, determined will completely destroyed me, breaking my heart in two. Her pen mates keep whinnying for her wondering where she is & why she isn't coming home. Blue Bird took care of Crystal, our daughter, from the time she was 10 yrs old to the time of her graduation in 2000 doing absolutely anything she was asked to do. Trail riding, western pleasure, showing in halter, play days, horse rides for the little people & even feedlot work. After her favorite human graduated & moved away, she then started her new job of taking care of our grandchildren and being the best therapy horse we could ever ask for. Oh how she will be missed!!!!!

BLUE BIRD 1991-2016

Blue Bird 1991-2016

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Our Program Horses:

  1. Chester - QH/Appaloosa/Mustang gelding
  2. Pumpkin - QH/Mustang mare
  3. Biscuit - QH

** Please see our horse archives for more information on our horses!
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A Little Perspective

Let me teach you.

When you are tense, let me teach you to relax.

When you are short tempered, let me teach you to be patient.

When you are short sighted, let me teach you to see.

When you are quick to react, let me teach you to be thoughtful.

When you are angry, let me teach you to be serene.

When you feel superior, let me teach you to be respectful.

When you are self absorbed, let me teach you to think of greater things.

When you are arrogant, let me teach you humility.

When you are lonely, let me be your companion.

When you are tired, let me carry the load.

When you need to learn, let me teach you.

After all, I am your horse.

by Willis Lamm

© 1997

Horse Archives

Archived story on the Newman horses (CLICK HERE)

Archived story on 'Hank' (CLICK HERE)

Archived story on 'Tibby' (CLICK HERE)

Archived story on 'Cricket' (CLICK HERE)

Archived story on Cricket & Caleb

An Inspirational Horse Story - Meet 'Molly'

Meet Molly She's a grey speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane Katrina hit southern Louisiana.  She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a dog and almost died.  Her gnawed right front leg became infected, and her vet went to LSU for help, but LSU was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare case.  You know how that goes. But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he changed his mind. He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn't seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to handle her. She protected her injured leg. She constantly shifted her weight and didn't overload her good leg. She was a smart pony with a serious survival ethic. Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee, and a temporary artificial limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and her story really begins there.

'This was the right horse and the right owner,' Moore insists. Molly happened to be a one-in-a-million patient. She's tough as nails, but sweet, and she was willing to cope with pain. She made it obvious she understood that she was in trouble.  The other important factor, according to Moore, is having a truly committed and compliant owner who is dedicated to providing the daily care required over the lifetime of the horse. Molly's story turns into a parable for life in Post-Katrina Louisiana.....The little pony gained weight, and her mane finally felt a comb. A human prosthesis designer built her a leg. The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life, Allison Barca DVM, Molly's regular vet, reports. And she asks for it.  She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants you to put it on.  Sometimes she wants you to take it off too.  And sometimes, Molly gets away from Barca. 'It can be pretty bad when you can't catch a three-legged horse,' she laughs.

Most important of all, Molly has a job now.  Kay, the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers.  Anywhere she thought that people needed hope.  Wherever Molly went, she showed people her pluck.  She inspired people, and she had a good time doing it. ‘It’s obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life, Moore said.  She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others.' Barca concluded, 'She's not back to normal, but she's going to be better.  To me, she could be a symbol for New Orleans itself.' This is Molly's most recent prosthesis.  The bottom photo shows the ground surface that she stands on, which a smiley face has embossed in it.  Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind.



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"In the steady gaze of the horse shines a silent eloquence that speaks of love and loyalty, strength and courage. It is the window that reveals to us how willing is his spirit, how generous his heart."   Author Unknown

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