Archive for May 2018

Our Vet Had Never Seen a Baby Like This One


Malachi at 12 days old

Dr. Matt was vet to a 140-horse breeding farm across town and saw foals virtually every day of his life, yet he would stand propped on our fence and watch this newborn race up and down the steep rocky paddock and he’d shake his head, saying, “I’ve just never seen a baby like this one.” He was fascinated by Malachi and I think he loved him as much as we did. This baby horse who was conceived in the wild and who broke all the domestic rules. He was born under the stars with nobody watching but God and his mama. The foaling book told us that after a couple of weeks he could come outside for a maximum of two hours a day. We laughed, because Malachi had never been inside. He was running up and down the hill and around rocks and boulders on his third or fourth day of life and I remember Kathleen saying, “Just think of all the babies who never get a chance to do this.” Read More→

Confinement Weakens Bones in Horses


Skin and bones when we rescued her at 7 months from
an awful
confinement in Iowa. Now Miss Mouse is
a beautiful, healthy, happy young lady.

The Kentucky Equine Research Staff reports in a recent EquiNews that confinement weakens bones in horses.

A horse in the wild will move anywhere from 8 to 20 miles per day. A horse in a stall, by study, will average only 800 steps per day. The equine body and brain are programed to not be confined.

Not only does confinement weaken bones, it causes intense physical and emotional stress that, in turn, produces most health, hoof, and behavior problems. Read More→