Sunday, May 31, 2009

Ride To Rescue - Results

Ride To Rescue was a hit! We would like to thank all the people who sponsored Kelly and Julie and all the riders who braved the "weather" to help raise $690.00 (which is enough to feed 10 foals for 2 weeks!!) Great job guys!! !! We would also like to thank DJ E.Z.E. for donating his time and music while we hung out at Uncle Buck's and played some corn hole! Thank you to everyone who donated items for the raffle! Congradulations to Joe, who won the 50/50 raffle!! The ride from Zaleski Horse Camp to Uncle Buck's and back was BEAUTIFUL! We had TONS of fun and never got rained on once!! We had about 30 people call and cancel due to the rain we were SUPPOSED to get and never did... Oh well, we hope to see you next year!

Around the Corral

Spring is in full effect around here at the Corral! The flowers are blooming and the flies are out, but what a beautiful site! As we push into summer, I just want to remind you that foal season is coming to an end, so if you are considering the next perfect addition to your barn, you better saddle up and get a move on! We still have a few older babies looking for their forever homes!
Also, we would like to bid a fond farewell to Brutus who, after being here for quite some time, has finally found his forever home! We will miss you big guy!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Things are going really well here at the farm recently. Yesterday, three horses got adopted! Link, Flower, and Mo all went to new homes around Ohio. Victoria and Tracy delivered all of them this morning (to Amesville and Johnstown), and they will be coming back this afternoon with a donkey that I'm told is pretty impressive from Pickerington, OH. There are still only 6 babies, two of them 'graduated' from the foal barn and are now in the bottom barn- like real grown-up horses! That leaves four in the foal barn and needless to say, that makes it a TON easier to clean every day. Even though we only have a few foals, we are still in dire need of clean, dry shavings. It doesn't matter what kind (just NO walnut, it's toxic!), and even if you can't donate any, letting us know when you find a good deal on bagged (or bulk) shavings would also be a great help. Also, tis the season for hay, so if you hay farmers out there have any extra... feel free to give us a call!

That's pretty much all for today, I'll keep you posted on all the exciting things that happen around here... or you could come and hang out and be a part of them yourself!

The horses are calling. See you later!


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Where Are The Foals???

Something odd is happening here at the farm recently. We only have 6 babies! Multiply that by at least three, and that's what we usually have! With only 6 babies around, we are almost bored! Just kidding, there is still sooooooo much to do. Riding our adult horses will soon be at the top of the never-ending to-do list, as the foals become fewer and farther between. Until then, we will continue to take care of the babies that we have, hoping that one of you will open your hearts and barns to a little bundle of joy. But enough about the foals. Here is an extra extra long post for you guys since I have abandoned the blog here recently.

Today, Stacey rode Links for the first time. He was sent to us because he can be a little cinchy at times, and the owner wanted something that wasn't extra sensitive. Stacey got on him, and he was wonderful! She popped him over a few small jumps, and since he's used to jumping 3 feet, they weren't a problem for him at all. Check him out on our website on our available horses page. Don't miss out on adopting this big, black gem!

Screamin' Demon came to us about a month or so ago. He was a seven year old untouched Morgan Stallion. Sounds like fun, huh? An immediate trip to Dr Pete Smith (Milliron Vet Clinic) fixed that 'stallion' status pretty quickly. Not quick enough, though, seven years of testosterone wired Demon's brain into one way of thinking, "I am a manly man that needs to breed EVERYTHING!" He thought striking, biting, and kicking was fun, and we had to convince him otherwise. Three weeks after he lost his 'gems', his testosterone started to really wear down. I started working more with him, brushing him every day and getting him used to being saddled. I found that he is a really quick learner and that he LOVES attention! Demon tries so hard to please, and he is coming along great so far. When foal season is over, I will have more time to work with him. Hopefully he will get adopted before then, but who knows? If you know of anyone that would give him a good home, please give the farm a call. This guy deserves to go to a special home!

Trucker (blue roan paint gelding) is an awesome large pony that we have the pleasure of calling our own. He is really coming along quite nicely. The four year old nursemare foal has had a few rides on him by Karen and he is doing great! Karen says that he is such a baby doll, he tries to help you with everything and he tries so hard to please! He is currently unavailable for adoption, Victoria wants to make him into something special that we can use as a fundraiser later. Keep looking for updates on Trucker and his progress!

Well, it's almost feeding time, so I'd better get started medicating the sick babies. There's only two, and they really aren't that sick, so I'm definitely not complaining. I'll try to update the blog regularly, but I'm the only person that is at the farm enough to know what's worth blogging about AND actually put things up on the blog, so the blog obviously comes after taking care of the horses. I'll try to get Tracy to start blogging, too. Until then, you guys are stuck with me and my blogs that are few and far between.

The horses are calling, Happy trails!


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Horsepower for Horses

Although the morning was a little gloomy in Columbus, the rain held off, and we had a SUPER turnout on Saturday, May 9th. At last count, we had 81 bikes, and even more bikers (100+, I believe...). Michael Ross (Lauren's dad) did an awesome job organizing and recruiting folks for the fundraiser that brought in money from donations and t-shirt sales. The foals were a big hit, and we tried our best to find some new homes, but we understand they're not as easy to pack as a t-shirt. A special thanks also goes out to Quinn at W.G. Grinders, who kept the crowd well fed.

Thank You Pete Smith DVM!

We wanted to give a big shout out and thank you to Dr Pete Smith of Milliron Clinic (Athens, Ohio). Last week, we had a foal come in that had almost no chest, accompanied by knees that were severely deformed. The foal was a sweetheart, but due to financial restrictions, we could not afford the surgery it would take to correct this baby's problems. We took the baby to the vet, and told them that it was deformed and would have to be put down. We left the baby in a stall and went home, saddened. We decided that it was for the better, as the baby grew, the added weight on her knees would just aggravate the problem and make it painful to walk.
Today, Victoria went to Milliron to pick up some medication for some other foals and vaccinations for the horses that we have currently (yes, it's shot season, everyone! Don't forget to hook your horses at home up!). She walked in, and the nurse told her that our baby was ready to go home. It turns out that Pete donated the surgery, and fixed our baby for us- NO CHARGE! I'll tell ya, our Pete is some kinda guy, huh? I'll post before and after pics of the baby tomorrow.
See you guys at the farm!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

All Day Trail Ride Fundraiser

Ride to Rescue is a day-long trail ride to benefit Last Chance Corral.
Date: May 16th Rain or Shine.
Time: Registration starts 8:30 am; Ride starts 10:30 am (Zaleski Horse Camp to Uncle Buck's and back by dark)
Location: Meet at Zaleski Horse Camp on Crow Road. We will ride to Uncle Buck's Riding Stable where you can stretch your legs, water your horses and listen to music, then return to Horsemen's camp.
Cost: email Kelly for a Sponsor sheet to raise money (minimun $20.00/rider must be raised). The more money raised, the more horses we can save!! Or you may pay a $20 registration fee per rider, make checks payable to Last Chance Corral. (Have a SASE ready and we'll send you a receipt for your tax-exempt donation.)
Other events: Music donated by DJ E.Z.E, dancing and cornhole. Restaurant at Uncle Buck's to purchase food and beverages (Proceeds from food and beverages DO NOT benefit Last Chance Corral) *Unfortunately, Ohio Health Regulations require that no food and beverages can be brought onto Uncle Buck's Riding Stable Property.
Contact Info: (We are sparing Victoria the headaches!) Julie Dischinger 440-823-8510 or Kelly Harnett 740-698-0712, cell: 330-608-5048;