Friday, September 24, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Heather Craig is an attorney with Holbrook Peterson & Smith, PLLC. The firm specializes in estate planning and charitable planning.
She became interested in Horse haven after seeing a booth set up at a local horse show. She grew up in Knoxville, graduating from Farragut High School. Proceeded on to Hollins University in Roanoke, VA where she received her B.A, and then went on to UT College of Law and earned her J.D.
She has been riding for many years and currently owns 2 thoroughbred mares (mother and daughter), ages 21 and 7. Heather has competed in several disciplines, including eventing, hunter/jumper, and dressage.
To vote for Heather, please go to: http://www.horsehavenoftn.com/Dancing.htm
Friday, September 17, 2010
He is a Logan Chiropractic graduate and has been freeing people from pain since 2001 in his clinic at 901 Merchants Rd. in Knoxville, Tn. As a Chiropractor with experience, he is committed to promoting the health and well being of his patients. Dr. Lester uses a "whole person approach" when taking care of his patients. By combining the very best hands-on-technique and state of the art physiotherapy procedures, Dr. Lester is able to help you to accelerate and/or maintain your journey to good health.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Kathy Kear is a professional writer and the owner of The Horse Emporium in Knoxville, TN.
She is a native Knoxvillian holding B.A. and M.S. degrees from the University of Tennessee. She has been a professional writer for 25 years and has been published in numerous national publications as well as being a free-lance journalist for The Knoxville News Sentinel. She is also a public relations consultant.
Being a lifelong horse lover, Kathy decided in 2006 to pursue her dream of opening an equestrian retail store designed to enhance the equestrian lifestyle and thus, The Horse Emporium was born. The 2000 square foot shop is located at 6210 Chapman Highway in Knoxville and serves English and Western riders, catering not only to horse owners but to all who love horses.
Kathy and husband Russell (a building contractor) have two daughters (Candace and Ashley) and enjoy life on their farm with their animals including horses of course!
To cast your vote for Kathy, please go to http://www.horsehavenoftn.com/Dancing.htm!!
Friday, September 10, 2010
A native of Hawkins County, Hammond graduated from the University of Tennessee and is director of Operations for Citadel Broadcasting of Knoxville. He and his wife, Vivica, have four children, all of whom are married and three grandchildren.
Mike is the newest member of the Country Radio Hall of Fame having been inducted in February of 2010 by Taylor Swift. He has been named Broadcaster of the Year by the Associated Press, Program Director of the Year by the Country Music Association, and received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for this coverage of Tornadoes striking East Tennessee in 1996.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
I had only traveled to Nashville as a Horse Haven of TN agent/volunteer to help with this horrific rescue involving 84 starved and abused horses:
Then I saw him...Cannon County, Tennessee horse #55, a four year old, 16.1 hands high, cremello Tennessee Walking Horse Stallion. He was standing with his head down, sad blue eyes, and a nasty cough - not your picture of fine health. Between loading trailers, I would sneak down the aisle that #55 called home. Finally, I walked into his stall. He leaned over in my direction, coughed, and looked right at me. It was gut-wrenching.
On the way back to the HHT barn in Knoxville, he consumed my thoughts. As a veterinary technician for twenty years, I've learned not to bring everything home - and trust me, that's not even my nature! Nina, HHT's Executive Director, told me that she would check into his status with HSUS (the Humane Society of the United States) if I wanted her to do so....
Needless to say, I was on my way back to Nashville four days later! At the Fairgrounds, #55 was over his illness, no fever or cough, and feeling every bit like a four year old stallion! What have I done? What have I agreed to? My husband is going to kill me! (If this horse doesn't first!) But there it was again, that cool, blue look as he hopped on the trailer for the three hour ride HOME.
It was obvious that #55 had been a stall kept stud. Unlike the other Cannon County horses, he had a long, lush mane and tail. It took him over a week to leave his stall on his own. His first "room" at the new place was a 12 X 24 foot stall leading to a small 2 acre pasture with his new goat brothers, Henry and Ralphie. Grass was a new experience, as was mud, the water tank and dogs. Having six dogs, it was going to be very important for #55 to "play well" with them!
After a careful re-feeding program when his weight and health were stable, a small "procedure" was completed before Spring arrived and the mares started coming into heat. Hormones gone, it was time to see what kind of education the big boy had. Ground manners were very nice, bridling was no problem, and saddling he seemed okay with. Knowing my limitations, this is where the professional comes in! We found a fabulous trainer in Tellico Plains, TN - Rayna Granger. Within one day, Rayna called and told me I had a very willing partner and a diamond in the rough. He knew some of the basics - probably trained "old school" Walking horse style (up and down a barn isle to prep for shows). And within thirty days, we were well on the way to becoming a trail super star! Two weeks later, we headed to Middle Tennessee for a four day camping/ride. AMAZING!
We even met one of the Cannon County deputies who helped in the case. This big, burly man got tears in his eyes as he stroked #55's head. He said he was so happy that this horse was going to have a happy ending.
And he will. Number 55 has changed my life. I've already learned so much in just seven months. I can't wait to see what our future brings, including many, many competitive trail rides around the Southeast we hope!
Oh, and his name? Number 55 is now named after a Jimmy Buffett song - "Licensed to Chill" aka "Chilly". Those Cannon County horses certainly earned their license to chill!
Friday, July 9, 2010
I met Missy during my first month as a volunteer at Horse Haven of Tennessee. Following my volunteer shifts, I am able to do Reiki (a relaxation and healing technique) work on the horses that our barn manager feels would benefit from the practice. I had been working primarily with a Hackney pony named Napoleon. Napoleon had a severe mistrust of most people, with the exception of our barn manager. He had been coming along nicely, so when a new group of rescues arrived, I began to work with them as well.
The first horse I chose to work with was Missy. As I entered her stall, I realized this was the type of moment I had most feared since begining my work at Horse Haven. Missy was severely emaciated, very weak and blind in one eye. She openly welcomed me into her space. She had been munching on a large pile of hay, deeply contented. You could see the relief in her face to have clean water and what probably seemed to her to be a never-ending supply of hay.
I began to let the the Reiki flow from the corner of her stall. She stopped munching to shift her stance in my direction. As the minutes rolled by, she began to lower her head into a relaxed position. After some time passed, she approached me and put her head right into my hands. This was a new experience for me as Napoleon had exclusively preferred to experience Reiki without contact. Missy directed my hands to her blind side, clearly wanting to feel the Reiki near her blind eye and on the side of her head.
After a while, she stepped forward and leaned into me so I could place my hands on her chest and shoulder. She gradually repositioned herself so that I could place my hands on the sharp prominent bones of her spine and hind quarters. It was in this very moment, while working with such a trusting and beautiful albeit severly neglected soul, that I realized that the Reiki was lifting me up and way from my fear and sorrow. The Reiki was allowing me to hold the light for Missy, creating the healing space that she desperately needed. It was even more amazing that I felt the forgiveness pouring out of her heart toward all human kind and to those that had abused her. She could see far behond this, even in her weakened condition, to allow another human to share her space, remaining fully open to the experienc that unfolded between us.
I thanked Missy for the healing she offered me and for giving me the privilege to create a healing space for her with Reiki. As I said good-bye to her, I was already looking forward to our next session the following week. I did distant Reiki work on her the following two days and felt a connection with her and acceptance of the Reiki treatments.
The following Sunday when I arrived for my weekly shift, my heart dropped when I saw that her stall was empty. I frantically sought out my shift leader who sadly informed me that Missy had colicked and despite all efforts to save her, she had died. She was surrounded by the volunteers on duty that night who had selflessly stayed until midnight to assit the veterinary team. She died peacefully, surrounded by love and caring that had been absent from her life for far too long. I still think of Missy to this day and feel so blessed to have known this beautiful spirit, even for such a short time. Her memory will remain with me always.
Below are some pictures taken of Missy on the day she was picked up and brought to Horse Haven. If you visit www.horsehaven.net, you can see lots of photographs of other horses who came from the same situation that Missy was in. Please open your hearts and help these horses in need.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Eagle came into Horse Haven in 2007, along with several other horses from a horrific neglect situation in Northeast Tennessee. He was a walking skeleton when he arrived. This was a far cry from how Eagle should have ever been treated. He is a 16.2 hand Thoroughbred gelding with stellar bloodlines, but was not a consistent winner on the racetrack. He was rehomed from the racetrack and ended up in the horrible situation from which he was saved by Horse Haven.
Here is a picture of what Eagle looked like after a few weeks of careful re-feeding at Horse Haven:
More than 15 months after Eagle first came to Horse Haven, he was finally released by the court after his previous owner's animal cruelty case resulted in a conviction. Eagle could FINALLY go to his forever home with the volunteer that first felt a connection with him. With good nutrition, he filled out to look like this:
Eagle started out his new career and flourished. After getting into shape and some more training, he went to some horse shows and was a star.
Eagle has been trail-riding and is a great fearless trail horse too. He has also gave cross-country jumping a try and he loves it! Sometimes he may be a little bored with small jumps so he has to jump BIG!
He learned about crossing water for the first time and decided that a cold creek on a hot day is a great thing!
Lately Eagle has been practicing dressage. He always needs something new to challenge his smart Thoroughbred brain. So far, he has succeeded at everything he has tried.
While much of Eagle's life was uncertain and cruel, he now has a happy, lifetime partnership where he is pampered and appreciated. Maybe you can find your "diamond in the rough" at Horse Haven too!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
When the three first arrived they were almost wild. There were terrified of people, horrible to lead and they loved to bite and nibble. Gradually, they came to love and respect the Horse Haven volunteers and became quite amicable little guys.
PJ, Stormy, and Banjo investigating volunteer Hannah Rose:
PJ checking out volunteer Ashley's flat friend:
Unfortunately, they also developed the ability to become escape artists and liked to break out of their pasture to get into the pastures with the big horses. After doing this a few times, one of the big horses had enough of their shenanigans and kicked PJ! The kick broke PJ’s leg right below his shoulder. Anyone who knows horses can tell you that a broken leg is usually a death sentence for a horse as surgery is expensive and recovery is difficult, if not impossible, as horses need all of their legs to support their weight.
Unbelievably, an anonymous donation came in the mail to HHT in the exact amount that the University of Tennessee Vet Hospital was going to charge HHT for PJ’s surgery, $1,000! Because PJ is a pony, he has a better build to support surgery and healing on a gimpy leg, so off PJ went for surgery!
When PJ returned to the HHT barn a few days later, he had his entire leg in a cast. His rehab and recuperation included months of stall rest with hand walking, then months of limited turnout in a dry lot. Finally, after quite a long time, the doctor determined that PJ was completely healed and he could return to his normal, happy pony life!
PJ and his cast on stall rest:
PJ has had an exciting life since being cleared from his injury. In October, PJ dressed up as a mer-pony in an underwater themed stall at Boo at the Barn. He didn’t forget his jailbird ways, however, and was able to slide under his stall guard and go for a walk around the event, saying hello to all of the kids. Fortunately he was found by the volunteers and brought back to his stall before he caused any more trouble.
PJ and volunteer Sue greeting guests at Boo at the Barn:
This past May, PJ reinvented his acting skills and became a beach bum in the stall decorating contest at the Spring Fling. PJ was quite the little ham, sporting giant sunglasses and a flower lei.
HHT has also found out that PJ is a good little lead line pony. His shoulder injury seems to have had no lasting effect on his ability to cart youngsters around on his back.
Friday, June 25, 2010
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Monday, June 21, 2010
Kip struggled to stay alive. There were many days at the barn that the volunteers would come in and find him laying down, refusing to get up. Horse Haven came so close to making "that call" many times, but every time Kip would find the will to live and bounce back. After the many trials Kip went through when his owner surrendered him and he came to HHT, Kip was also found to have navicular disease and cannot ever be ridden. Pasture pets are hard to adopt out and Kip's future looked bleak.
One of Horse Haven's board members decided to foster a horse as a companion for her horse. This is Kip when he first came to his new home almost a year ago. Look how sad his eyes are and the way he stands.
A couple of months later in September, look how shiny his coat was! After much thought about Kip's future, he was adopted by the foster home.
Kip receives acupuncture every 6 weeks. He had a little problem with acting sore for a couple of weeks, so his vet and farrier decided to put shoes with wedges to keep his heel elevated. Kip is running around again and is not acting sore.
This is with his pasture mate, Mandy. She cannot be ridden either and enjoys quite a good retirement with Kip.
Here is a picture of Kip receiving his acupuncture treatment. Think he enjoys it?
Kip is a shining example of a horse that almost didn't make it, but because of Horse Haven and its caring volunteers and supporters he got a second chance. Horse Haven has no shortage of horses in need of someone to show them that not all humans are abusive and that they too can have a great, happy, satisfying life!