Giving thanks for horses

Horse Fund signature horse. Used with permission. ©Bob Langrish.

Remembering our horses with gratitude on America’s national day of giving thanks.

We love this poem by “Herd of Joy”:

Receive all that a horse gives
In every moment
With love

Reward each and every step
And every offering
With gratitude

For the horse owes us nothing
It is we who owe her
Everything

The land we robbed from under
Her far-ranging hooves
Now destroyed

The spirit we reined in
The freedom we bridled
Now captured

A bridge to nature, a world within
The fleet messenger ushers us into
The wild

She waits
Patiently
Listen!

The guise of leader does not suit one
Fearful of the mighty beast one aims to
Break

Humility, honor, empathy
True traits of one who seeks a horse’s
Trust

Expect less, give more
Let the gratitude flow
A river

Gushing admiration from the
Wellspring of our hearts, ask only
Forgiveness

For she owes us nothing
Yet she is willing, ready to give us
Everything

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Thank you for following our blog, Tuesday’s Horse, and being an integral part of what we do at The Horse Fund.

Many thanks also to Bob Langrish, MBE, for the gift of use of the image of the horse you have come to know as our signature, pictured above.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II bestowed Mr. Langrish with the  prestigious M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for Equestrian Photography and Services to Art, in 2011.

 

Veterans Day 2019

Our thanks to you for all you do
Defending our flag the red, white and blue

As Americans we know what freedom means
The joy, the peace and the right to dream

Freedom we love but it is not free
The sacrifice is great and you give willingly

Horse wearing the Stars and Stripes.
Horse wearing the Stars and Stripes.

 

Horses and fireworks

Horse by Bob Langrish with permission. Fireworks and Horse by Vivian Grant Farrell. Not to be printed or reproduced by request of the photographer.
Horse by Bob Langrish with permission. Fireworks and Horse artwork by Vivian Grant Farrell. Not to be printed or reproduced by request of the photographer.

Fireworks and horses often do not go well together. Horses are flight animals, and their reaction to a sudden, loud noise is to startle and run.

Add in the fact that fireworks are shot off at night when there doesn’t tend to be anyone in the barn or near their enclosure to observe the horses, and you can have a potentially dangerous situation.

Frightened horses can injure themselves and get loose, so it’s important to take some steps to keep your horse safe when you know that there will be a firework celebration nearby.

TIPS

• Keep your horses inside. Depending on your horse of course, but many will keep a calmer sense if they feel contained and safe.

• Provide distraction, like playing a radio with something soothing. Leave them a haynet (chomping is therapeutic).

• Check in with your horses. They will feel better knowing you are around and haven’t abandoned them in a dangerous situation.

The Horse & Hound lists the following tips and more:

• If stabled, check thoroughly for anything that could cause potential injury such as protruding nails and string.

• If your horse is to stay in the field, check that fencing is not broken and that there are no foreign objects lying around.

• Ensure that you, or someone experienced, stays with your horse if you know that fireworks are being set off.

Go here for Horse & Hounds’ 14 top tips to help horses cope with fireworks »

• There’s an interesting discussion forum at Chronicle of the Horse with some practical suggestions about dealing with neighbors who set off firecrackers etc near your horses »

WE SAY NO

The Horse magazine online recommends setting off a few firecrackers around your horses until they get used to it.  We say NO.

Depending on a horse’s sensibilities this is not a good idea. If your horse is rough and ready perhaps you could do this and get away with it. A barnful of horses? There may have been occasions when people have done this and it worked out okay. However, be as prepared as you can, you are taking a big chance.

Horses are not cookie cutter animals. They do not all react in the same way. They are also unpredictable. You never really know how a horse is going to behave until they are exposed to something. Even then, just when you think you have it all figured out, it can still be different next time!

If you are unsure about anything, consult someone you feel confident will know, that has good experience and an excellent history with horses.

Before taking anyone’s advice, no one knows your horses like you.

Have a safe and happy 4th.

Secret Santa time Christmas match

Christmas toy horse

Greetings horse lovers!

Secret Santa Time

Our Secret Santa for 2018 has been awesome and helping horses and us in all sorts of wonderful, magical ways.

He is now offering a matching gift opportunity to all of you! Double up on yuletide love for horses with us.

Make a Matching Gift Donation »

Make a $30 matching gift donation. Sign up to give $5 a month for 6 months. It cancels automatically.

Make It a Christmas Present

If you wish to make this a Christmas gift to someone special, on receipt of your donation, we will send you a printable gift announcement you can present in all sort of fun ways, such as rolling it up and tying ribbon around it to put under the tree or as a stock stuffer! Or you can opt for us to correspond with them directly.

More on our donation thank you page »

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This offer is good through midnight EST Christmas Day, December 25, 2018.