cecil-beforececil-afterThe before picture (seen at top left) of Cecil was taken on the very day of his arrival at the Rescue. Essentially, he was nothing more than skin and bones. The after picture (seen at top right) was taken at his new adoptive home where they are absolutely thrilled with him. All one has to do is compare his “before” and “after” picture to see what successful adoption looks like.

The Blue Horse

blue_horseThe horse pictured to the left is the “Blue Horse” for which our farm is named.

I have met many great horses through the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation. Each has taught me something new. Snaps holds a special place at our farm… never has one horse been so intensely annoying and severely lovable at the same time.

Snaps came into the program foundered so badly she could hardly move. With much farrier attention and lots of TLC today she is sound. At 27 years old this year she continues to look better than most half her age. Snaps exists to keep us all humble — and to make us laugh when she feels we need it.

Thank you MHARF and all the volunteers who made it possible for this little Appaloosa to come into our lives.

Buster Brown’s First Show

success_buster_brownWe were fortunate enough to receive an update on Buster Brown from his new family, the Sackett’s of South Dakota. Buster Brown is pictured with Cowboy Dillion seated proudly in the saddle and Cowboy John standing with the lead. (In case you hadn’t guessed, Cowgirl Mom is taking the picture.)

This was Buster’s first show (August, 2003) with the Sackett family, where he competed in the Lead-Line class. While we’re not sure how he placed, for this little pony to go from “Rescued Mini” to “Show Mini”, he and his family have earned a blue ribbon in our book!

We look forward to hearing more from the Sackett’s little champion!

Chloe Bounces Back

She was weak as a kitten with her back bone, withers, ribs and hip bones protruding from her skin. There was no flesh to spare and you could see the neck bones through her hide.

Chloe BeforeChloe After

They didn’t want her any more – didn’t know why she was so thin! Shame on them! Chloe is 20+ years of age and of Appaloosa/Thoroughbred breeding (she touts Secretariat blood lines). Her problems were quite simple. No one had looked at her teeth in a coons-age and deworming was nonexistent; she also had a severe uterine infection.

After routine veterinary work was performed including teeth floating, worming and antibiotics to clear up the infection Chloe (as seen by the after photo) has taken on a tremendous amount of weight along with a marvelous hair coat.

Chloe was adopted and is now serving her community as part of the Sherburne Mounted Patrol!

Hurray for Chloe!

Update on Sydney

Sydney came to Sleepy Hollow Farm in the fall of 1999. He had been given to the Mn Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation because he was not wanted. Still a stallion and full of attitude, little did I know that he would be where he is today.

syd-world-show-smBecause he had such a bad attitude (and that the MHARF has a policy about breeding), Sydney was castrated. He began his training in 2000. Since he had such a busy, quick mind it was hard to put him to task so his handler (Carol Lindeman) taught him tricks. This worked and Sydney took to it like a duck to water. His harness training was really a breeze. Carol and I showed him in 2001 and really had a fun season with the MPtHA. He received year end MPtHA awards of:

Champion Color Mini A; Res Champion Halter; Res Champion Driving.

Ruby Kennedy came on board to show Sydney in the Open classes in 2002. And what a splendid year we had – even holding our own at the Pinto World Show in Tulsa, where Sydney placed in every class entered.

Our 2002 year ended with:

Champion Color Mini A; Res Champion Halter Mini A; Res Champion Pleasure Driving Mini A; Hi-Point Overall Mini A, and – standing 3rd in the Nation for Halter Mini A for the 2002 show season.

Now coming 8 yrs of age Sydney hasn’t slowed down a bit and neither have Ruby and I. Sydney will again compete on the MN Pinto show circuit – and, will travel to the Pinto World show!