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Do you have something to say? Please DO email me your questions, hate mail, photos, stories, bad Craigslist ads you've spotted, info on neglect situations, etc etc to...

northhorseblog@gmail.com

 Do you have a senior horse in great shape? Have you rescued a horse from neglect? Does your horse have a special story, an interesting talent, or unusual conformation? I would LOVE to spotlight you and your horse in a blog! You can stay anonymous if you wish.

About Me:

I live on a farm in Wisconsin, with two horses and a pony.  I do all my mucking-out, fence-fixing, rock-picking, hay-stacking, and all the other rotten chores that are still wonderful, because they are part of owning horses!


For a living, I work in public service, I write for a horse magazine, and sometimes I create art. In my "spare time" (hah!), I write this blog. Why? Because there are so many good things and bad things in the horse world that people need to be more aware of.  My goal here is to shame the badguys, praise the good guys, and hopefully educate, enlighten and entertain both in the process. I also try to cajole people into donating to worthy horse rescues. And finally, I write about rescues I've accomplished or been a part of, like Nash the llama, Diego the black stallion, Ruffi & Riven, etc.


Complaints:

  Please call 1 (800) 945 3068.

 WARNING: Call at your own risk.


Lawsuits:

Before you write an email threatening to sue me, you should read this. If you're too lazy to read the whole thing, let me give you some facts:
  • You can't sue someone for libel for writing an opinion.
  • You can't claim defamation if what I write is TRUE, even if it puts you in a bad light.
  • To sue for damages, you have to show proof that what I write has cost you business/money.
  • Your name, address, criminal record, etc and more are publicly accessible to anyone, I just put the information on here... and doing so isn't illegal.
Don't bother trying to tell me you'll sue me. You have no case, you KNOW you have no case, and you just want me to shut up about your neglect/theft/bad business practices/abuse. Too bad! Anyway, chances are, I got the scoop on your shady/neglectful behavior straight from your own website or ad. Maybe you should look at changing the way you behave rather than attempt to stop me from talking about it.

My Horses:

Annie is a five year old, 15 hand, grade mare. I rescued Annie as a yearling from a neglect situation where she was malnourished, full of worms, and suffering from a oozing wound in her hip. Her owner had superglued gauze over the top of it.


I bought Annie for $100, and then spend several thousand dollars on her subsequent surgery and rehabilitation. Annie required surgery to remove quite a bit of necrotic bone and tissue, supplements for swelling in the growth plates of her knees due to malnutrition, and physical therapy. She is now happy, healthy and broke to ride. We usually just tool around the farm and local trails. We hope to someday become more involved in horse soccer, mounted shooting competitions and competitive trail rides. Annie's difficult start in life is one reason I become so infuriated with backyard breeders who churn out dozens of horses without much concern for their welfare.

Annie is a pale palomino mare that gets more grey in the face during summer, but looks almost white in the winter. She loves getting under the sprinkler in the summer heat.

Annie goes on trails bitless.


Sam the Pony  is a two year old grade gelding. Like many ponies and horses, Sam was perfectly healthy and friendly, but wound up at major auction and sold for peanuts because there are so many equines on the market.

Sam gets into everything, and has all the attitude of a typical pony. He is a dark grullo color with white inside his ears. He loves graham crackers and picking up the farrier's tools in his mouth.

Sam has become a bit depressed since the death of his buddy, old Mr. Strut, in 2014. I may have to either get him a new male friend his own size, or find him a new home where he has more company.


Riven is an older bay mare that I rescued from a neglect situation, along with her family. 

I first saw Riven in 2011, while driving down a rural highway. She was pregnant and starving in a field. It took a couple of years to convince her owner to let her and her family go. She had been used by Mexicans in local backyard races. She has heavy scarring on her back legs, leading me to believe she may also have been used in horse tripping. She is mostly blind in one eye due to an untreated corneal laceration she received from the burdocks that piled up in her mane during the time she was neglected.



Dealing with Riven's neglectful owner was a painful and time-consuming process. First I was able to rescue her pasture neighbor, a llama with a severe embedded halter scar (part of his nose fell off). Then I was able to buy Riven's mate, a black stallion, who spent most of his days tied to barn or caged in a plywood box. He is now a gelding, fat and happy, with a truly great family.








  Finally, Riven and her daughter Ruffi came to my home in February of 2014. (This was only possible with some generous help from Saint Francis horse rescue!) Ruffi recovered quickly and went on to live with some wonderful trainers, who will ensure she has a comfortable and productive future. 

Riven will always live with me. She still seems surprised (and very happy!) to get food and water every single day. She has learned to trust and respect me, but is defensive around strangers. I am hopeful that I will be able to safely ride her one day.


You can read more about the whole rescue operation here. I am indebted to many people for their help!

4 comments:

  1. Todd L Funk and Julia A. FunkNovember 12, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Your opinions are shared and valued by many people. Our family looks here for many of the horse related facts going on around us and sometimes just for a laugh with some of your light hearted commentary. We know you to be a very honest person and we thank you for keeping us informed of news we would not have otherwise heard of.

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  2. Enjoyed moving and looking around your site. very nice, very well done.....makes me wanna look for a rescue.

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  3. I saved a horse from a meat buyer. He is my husbands horse and they have a lot in common. They love food, are both tall and on the thin side, and easy going usually!

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  4. HI, I liked all you have written on the horse auction and your own interest in horses. I had horses when I was young and I don't know much of what to look for in buying a horse. I want to buy a horse or 2 and do trail riding. I don't have a lot of money and want to find a horse I can afford. Just for my own use not show or bread. I am retired now and have time. I love animals, have 3 dogs who are my baby's and live a better life then a lot of people. I am this way with all animals. i need help in looking for a good and right horse for me and my wife. Also I know we will need some riding lessons.Cam you help me in what to look for, and so on. tomgood1960@outlook.com Thank you.

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