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HARPS 2013 Winter Magazine


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HARPS 2013 Winter Magazine

  1. 1. ISSUE 26 winter/SPRING 2013Two and a half year old Elvis and Scout (30+ yrs) trotin tandem through freshly fallen snow in late winter.Both geldings were once close to death from starvation,saved by HARPS caring staff and volunteers.
  2. 2. FROM THE DESK OF DONNA EWING Dear Members and Friends, Three miles from this location in Barrington Hills, we also have the continued use of fifteen acres of In my last President’s message I mentioned that beautiful pasture with two lean-to’s where recovering HARPS is standing at a crossroads due to the horses can romp and be prepared for a useful, happy expiration of the ten-year, gifted lease on our rescue life and ultimate adoption. While these very generous farm. offers help us out temporarily and allow us to operate We have to give up this beautiful but small place, at the status quo, they do not solve the need for a and that could be a blessing in the long run. Today, home of our own to care for so many abused and economic strain and the lack of slaughterhouses are starving.animals that we must say no to right now. causing unspeakable suffering among more horses This is where you, our faithful members, can than ever before. We must not only continue our help transform hope into reality! HARPS has the 40 years of work; it is so important to expand our opportunity to accept a permanent gift of a beautiful mission. 400-acre farm Losing our three hours from farm could Barrington, have caused Illinois, but we us to scale need your help back and to build a barn, reduce the lean-to, and number of fencing to make animals we it usable. This can help. But we have chosen a different path. For would be a magical place where you can bring yourNational Chair now, Dr. James H. Griffin and Mrs. Ronda Griffin children and grandchildren to enjoy never-forgottenLoretta Swit (my daughter) have graciously offered the use of their experiences like carriage and horseback riding through indoor arena plus eight box stalls (see page 11) and acres of wooded trails planted 20 years ago. MoreBoard of Directors importantly, it would challenge neglect and cruelty atDonna Ewing 11 acres of pasture to be used for emergency cases.Victor BarcroftJean Adams A quote by Benjamin Franklin: “You may delay, but time will not.”Ronda Ewing is a great reminder for all of us procrastinators. When creating your last Will andRon Fisher Testimate or Estate Planning, please consider a Bequest or Planned Giving to H.A.R.P.S.Advisory Board Read below for more information.Robert O. BakerBill Buell Bequests and Planned GivingErnest J. Finocchio, D.V.M.Jessica Jahiel, PhD A bequest in your will or other planned gifts to The Hooved Animal Rescue & Protection Society such as annuitiesDeborah Jahn and trusts can provide you with income during your lifetime while also providing for the animals. Gifts of whole lifeJoy Meierhans insurance IRAs and real estate are increasingly popular ways of giving. We would be happy to provide you, yourSusan Moore, D.P.M. attorney or financial planner with the proper language for your will or other estate planning documents.Michael J. Nolan Sum of moneyElyse Roberts “I give, bequeath, and devise to Hooved Animal Rescue and Protection Society also known as H.A.R.P.S., an IllinoisKevin Wescott 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation, located at 331 Old Sutton Rd., P.O. box 94, Barrington, IL 60011-0094, FederalNancy Hamill Winter Identification No. 36-4456161, the sum of __________ dollars and the receipt of the President or Vice PresidentGinger Kathrens of said organization shall be sufficient discharge to my executor(s) of the same.”Laural Bradley Gift of Residuary EstateHonorary Board “I give, bequeath, and devise all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate of every kind, nature and description,Fred & Susan Gohl to Hooved Animal Rescue and Protection Society also known as H.A.R.P.S., an Illinois 501(c) (3) not-for-profitVeronica Hamel corporation, located at 331 Old Sutton Rd., P.O. box 94, Barrington, IL 60011-0094, Federal IdentificationSteve Harris No. 36-4456161, and the receipt of the President or Vice President of said organization shall be sufficient dischargeSherry Henderson to my executor(s) of the same.Kim Lankford Donna Ewing, Founder, HARPS 331 Old Sutton Road | Barrington Hills, IL 60010 | Office: (847) 382-0503 | Fax: (847) 382-0843 H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 2
  3. 3. HARPSTRINGS IN THIS ISSUE their roots by teaching how to Cover Photo by Linda Gordon ...............................................1 treat these wonderful animals President’s Letter by Donna Ewing ........................................2 with all the love and care they deserve. Bequests and Planned Giving .........................................2 Wish List ........................................................................3 This has been my lifelong Crossroads - Choosing a Direction ..................................4 dream and I realize that it will take a monumental amount HARPSs Welcomes Back Hoffman Estates of time, work, and money to High School LCAP Volunteers .....................................4make it happen. But I believe with all my heart that we can do it. Hooved Animal Rescue & Protection SocietyWe will need the commitment and financial support of like-minded A place of healing and hope by Linda Gordon.......................5folks like yourself. Our future is in your hands. Please join us in thisgreat step forward. Where They Are Now .................................................6 - 7 “You’re Not Leaving withoug Me” by Linda Gordon ..........8 - 9 Special Thanks to Wisconsin Equine Clinic ...................10 Wintertime at HARPS ........................................10 & 15Donna EwingFounder, HARPS Eagle Scouts on a Mission .............................................11 Animals for Adoption ............................................12 - 13You do not need to be a member of Facebook to see our Facebook We love to hear from you! ....................................14 & 19page. Go to our web site and click on the PRESS RELEASE - Verfied Safe Cheval (horse meat) Facebook link. Keep up-to-date with the Will Soon Be Available ...............................................16 HARPS farm and all of our guests! Tuffy .............................................................................17 HARPS Rehab/ Clipping Horses-Coat on or Coat Off? by J. M. Phipps ........18 Retirement Facility: Jelly Bean ......................................................................19 100+ Acre Farm, Indoor Riding Area, Barn and Tributes & Memorials - Animals ...................................20 Stables. Tributes & Memorials - People .............................21 & 23FARM EQUIPMENT: Bobcat, Riding Mower, Manure Top 10 Reasons to Saok Hay for Horses by Jennifer Azevedo ..22Forks, Large Tractor with Front End Loader, Heavy Duty Member/Donate/Adopt Application .............. Back CoverJumper Cables, Rakes, Portable Battery Jumper Complete Copy Editor Linda Gordonwith Cables. Magazine Photography Linda Gordon / Jason BittonOFFICE: Office supplies, white copy paper, HP color laser- Printed by Eagle Press www.EaglePressCL.netjet toner cartridges (Q2670A, Q2671A,Q2672A, Q2673A), Design & Layout Susan Kramerprofessional digital SLR camera with professional zoom lens,recent version of Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro. A new or The Hooved Animal Rescue & Protection Society (HARPS) is a slightly used copy non-profit 501(c)3 organization and a member of the Better Business Bureau. The opinions and viewpoints expressed in all editorial machine capable materials are those of the writer or persons interviewed and of heavy duty not necessarily those of HARPS. work. Our (expensive) ten year old leased Thank You Volunteers! machine is HARPS wouldn’t survive without the endless work and support obsolete and due of our incredible volunteers. Weekends, weekdays, rain or for renewal and shine they are here to groom, clean, make the farm a show- upgrade. place, see to maintenance of our equipment, drag pastures – the list just goes on and on, and so do all our volunteers. You define who we are and what we do. Without your help we could not carry on our mission. THANK YOU SO MUCH! H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 3
  4. 4. Crossroads - choosing a directionI t’s hard to believe that ten years have passed since we were donated the use of twenty-nine acres in Barrington Hills through the generosity of a blind trust. Thinking back onall we’ve accomplished here makes us so proud, grateful and Isuppose a little nostalgic. We have so many fond memories of here to heal is never far from our thoughts. From the year of the ponies, when a tragic car accident brought fifteen ponies to our doorstep, to the double deck trailer accident that injured fifty seven draft horses who were likely on their way to a slaugh- terhouse in Canada. They have all since been adopted and arebuilding up this farm; clearing the land and creating pastures, thriving in their new lives.where there once were wide open fields, loads of weeds and Our ten year lease on this lovely farm is up in September. Homebuckthorn. We could never forget all of the helping hands that is, as they say, where the heart is. In the case of horse-lovers,made this dream a reality. home is where the barn is, and we are currently looking for aIt seemed that angels arrived during the times we needed them new farm to call home. In the next several months, we willmost, and bestowed blessings upon us as only angels can. We’ve be reorganizing, packing and getting ready for new challenges.seen busloads of volunteers arrive to clear brush and help turn Right now our number one goal is to make sure that all of oura lovely piece of land into a working horse farm. Trucks and horses find that special person to adopt, and give them theirtrailers took to the streets at a moment’s notice in times of emer- forever home.gency; the miracles never stopped and I pray they never do. Please visit our web site and see if you can find room in yourAs we look out across the fields of this farm, we see fleeting heart and barn for one of our lovely animals.images of the horses that once graced our pastures and enrichedour lives with their presence. Each and every animal that came HARPS welcomes back Hoffman Estates High School LCAP Volunteers Every year HARPS is selected by a number of High Schoolstudents for their senior service project and each year we are more impressed with these young students and their eagerness in serving their community. Thank You! From the fields to the stalls and every place in between we count on our great volunteers! H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 4
  5. 5. Hooved Animal Rescue & Protection SocietY A place of healing and hope by Linda GordonB arrington Hills is well known for being a quaint equine community steeped with history. The hillsides are dot- ted with lovely barns, horses gracefully ambling acrosspastures and where riders can find miles of trails to enjoy. Just days after Tuffy’s arrival, HARPS received a call from the Grundy County Sheriff’s office requesting our help to rescue a young starving Appaloosa colt abandoned on a residence front lawn. It was apparent he had been deliberately discarded. Once again, HARPS went to the rescue of an equine in need.Located at 331 Old Sutton Road, nestled amongst the trees thereis a horse farm unlike any other in Barrington Hills. All of the As our nation’s economy crisis continues, phone calls and emailshorses grazing in these pastures have been given a second chance at continue to flood the office daily from all across Illinois andlife. The Hooved Animal Rescue & Protection Society, (HARPS) surrounding states regarding horses that need to be placedis a 501(c) 3 in new homes.not-for-profit People have lostorganization their jobs, strug-that was founded gle to feed theirin 2001 by families and faceDonna Ewing, foreclosure ofone of the their homes. Notnation’s best only are humansknown and facing these hard-respected rescu- ships, but theirers of abused animals are asand neglected well. We are alsohorses and other feeling the pinch,hooved animals. as a nonprofitAs the founder organizationand former without govern-director of the ment funding;Hooved Animal we rely solely onHumane Society donations, mem-(HAHS), Don- berships and thena has over forty occasional grant.years of experi- Due to limitedence in rescu- funding and ca-ing hundreds of pacity, we can-horses and con- not honor everytributing to the request to take inrehabilitation of Are you looking for a horse? We are waiting for you! horses that needthousands more. re-homing. InRecently, HARPS was alerted to a 29 year-old quarter horse those cases we try to help by sharing resources and informationstallion that was starting to show signs of neglect from a well- that might help find the horses a new home.meaning, but unable elderly owner. A kind neighbor called toask for HARP’s help to save this horse from further suffering, “Together, we can make aand thought he might need to be humanely euthanized. Whenour investigator, Ronda Griffin arrived and assessed the horse, world of difference”she called Donna right away and said, “He isn’t ready to die.”The stallion’s eyes were still bright and full of life. He wasn’t To learn more about HARPS and all of the animals availableproperly cared for, his molars were so neglected that he was for adoption, please visit our website:unable to eat his hay, and he needed a special senior diet which www.harpsonline.orghis owner couldn’t afford. So we brought “Tuffy” to our farm, You can also find us on Facebook:and we are saving this horse that loves people and can’t seem to enough attention. H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 5
  6. 6. Where they ARE now . . .Hi Donna, Ronda and all the volunteers at HARPS: BeautyI want to thank you for featuring Beauty as the “poster child” on your recentraffle mailing. She truly does represent the great work HARPS achieves.Every time I see another picture of her from those first days after rescue, myeyes fill with tears and I choke up. But then I look out towards the barn andmy tears turn to joy, because she is so perfect now.She is doing great here and is loved… I wish all of you who saw her whenshe first emerged from that prison; skeletal, blind and wounded; could haveseen her this morning. With crisp fall temperatures and a perfectly bluesky, and recent rains having finally turned the grass lush and green again, Iopened the gate from the dry lot and my three horses tore into the pasture!They couldn’t decide whether to fill their mouths with sweet grass first, orleap and race around with joy. What a sight to see Beauty in full gallopacross the pasture, bucking and spinning with all four feet airborne! WhenI see her like that, I silently thank all the volunteers who spent so muchtime nursing her back to health.She was discarded because she was no longer perfect; abandoned alone in adark stall, like a broken bicycle tossed into the back of the garage. Thank you to HARPS for bringing her back into the light.Sincerely, Kirsten Marek DVM This is an adoption that was indeed made in Heaven! We have the right Phoebe rider for the right horse. While Phoebe is eight years old, she has not seen much and has lots to learn. She is very, very smart and rapidly learns that all those scary things are really not all that bad, once you have studied them for a while. Even walks through a one hundred foot tunnel under Rt. 355 and does so even if there are big wet puddles inside. She loves people, and is especially bonded with Lori. Best Regards, PeterMerry Christmas and Happy New Year from “Pumpkin” to all of her friends at HARPS! Pumpkinhas adjusted nicely to her new home. She has many new friends and a lot of kids who love her.Pumpkin wanted to send an update to all of her friends at H.A.R.P.S.Pumpkin has lived at First Class Horse Complex since November 9, 2012. When she arrived she wasa very friendly, inquisitive and intelligent filly. She had been ridden only a couple of times. Within afew of days she started her new life. First she had to make new friends both equine and human. Thiswas easy for her. All the kids in the First Class Horse Complex Academy instantly feel in love withher and she loved every second of the attention.Two students (Dede Smith and Jessie Scalan) got to work with Pumpkin as she started training.She learned everything from groundwork to lunging and then on to saddle training. Now Pump-kin can easily respond to leg pressure and trots effortlessly. She has started circles at the trot and Pumpkineven trots over elevated ground poles. Pumpkin can now give lessons to more advanced students.Pumpkin continues to be curious and willing to learn. She is growing into a perfect addition to the Academy.I am very happy to be Pumpkin’s owner and I hope everybody explores adoption for their next horse.Carolyn Kakuska, The First Class Horse Complex ~ Bristol WI H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 6
  7. 7. Lilly Dear Donna and Ronda, Thank you so much for having this awesome place called HARPS saving all of these abused horses! And also thank you for saving the other hooved animals. My name is Megan and Sara lets me ride Lilly and says she’s mine! I’m so glad you saved Lilly along with her friends. Lilly is so kind and she loves me!! Thank You! From, Megan McGorrian SnowyHi Everyone!Two years ago, we brought home an American White Horse namedSnowy. I picked him out because of his kind eye. Once home, I startedhis training and he has come so far! This past September we partici-pated in our first competitive trail ride and took third both days!We have also been accepted to participate in Clinton AndersonsIntermediate clinic at the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch inStephenville, TX this fall.Thank you HARPS for saving this wonderful talented horse. I hopeto stop by and visit with you this spring!Katie Howard and “Snowy” It’s letters and happy endings like these that make all or our efforts in rescue worthwhile. We will sometimes keep horses at our farm for several years until the perfect match can be found. Thank You!!! Thank you to Roger Hougham for your donation of the “like new” gooseneck flatbed trailer. This will certainly help keep our costs down by allowing us to pick up hay, supplies and move equipment! H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 7
  8. 8. “You’re not leaving without me...” by Linda GordonM eet HARPS newest rescue, “Bear”, a twenty seven year old registered quarter horse gelding. Bear originally came from an alleged hoarder operating arescue in Wisconsin, and was temporarily housed with a dozenof his companions at a rescue in Illinois under the pretense of “I guess Bear has decided he’s coming with us… load him up.” Bear was starving to death right before our eyes. He would paw at the ground and seemed to beg for food, but was unable toboarding. The alleged chew because of his sharphoarder stopped paying overgrown teeth. Withfor their board and keep deep cuts on his tongueand ultimately abandoned and cheeks, it was a mira-them. At that point local cle he even had the cour-county animal control of- age to attempt to eat withficials were called for as- the pain each bite of foodsistance and the former caused. Upon arriving atowner relinquished them HARPS we immediatelyto the county. Answering soaked alfalfa hay cubes,a request for help from beet pulp and vitamins inthe rescue organization, warm water to make a ‘hayHARPS agreed to take porridge’ and topped it offtwo horses in need of spe- with equine senior so thatcial care to help ease their Bear could eat and get theburden. nutrition he desperately“Bear chose us.” needs.We arrived at the loca- After three days of nearlytion and found about a non-stop eating our spe-dozen horses meandering cial diet, we felt Bear hadaround in various stages gained enough strengthof neglect and starvation. Checking each of the horses about to endure a much neededhalfway into the lot, Donna felt a warm fuzzy head come over dental exam. Upon arrival, the equine dentist stood shocked.her shoulder. With every step she took, this sweet skinny horse “I haven’t seen a mouth this bad in all my years in dentistry”.followed right beside her. At first glance, this horse seemed too “His tongue and cheeks are torn up, he’s in excruciating pain,far gone to save. From his protruding hip bones, washboard yet he behaves like an angel… it’s horses like him that make itribs and his topline fully exposed, he was just fungus infected all worthwhile”.skin draped over bone. It was the bright twinkle in his eyes and Now that Bear’s teeth are taken care of, along with antibiotics,gentle determined spirit that grabbed our hearts. the sores in his mouth will heal nicely. He is enjoying his specialAs Donna walked toward the trailer with a Rocky Mountain soft food diet and gaining weight and strength with each passinggelding named “Dakota”, Bear put his head over her shoulder day. He isn’t quite out of the woods just yet, but with aroundone more time and refused to leave her side, seemingly cling- the clock TLC he is well on his way to a full to her as if he knew his life depended on her. Watery eyes Hopefully, Bear will prove that even very elderly horses, givenfought back emotion. extra care, can spend their final days happy and healthy. We Happy Birthday to Happy Birthday to horse lover, Jerri Ruggeri Linda Hansen, from Jeraul Ruggeri from Linda Panza H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 8
  9. 9. Bear arrives at HARPS seen here with John Witkowski a faithful volunteer who is always ready to lend a helping hand.owe them at least that for their lifetime of service to mankind.Bear, and horses like him need HARPS, and we need YOU. Weneed your financial support now more than ever. Your taxdeductible donation will help us continue to provide medical and dentalcare, feed and bedding to horses in need. If you would like to sponsorBear, or become a member please visit our website www.harpsonline.orgor call us at 847-382-0503. One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 9
  10. 10. Special Thanks to Wisconsin Equine ClinicW e would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Wisconsin Equine Clinic. HARPS was the recipient of a generousdonation of $5,000 from the Wisconsin EquineClinic & Hospital located in Oconomowoc WI.The prestigious state of the art equine hospitalhosted “The Festival of the Horse” on the weekendof October 20th and within the long list ofevents, demonstrations, speakers and live musiccelebration was a silent auction in which proceedswent to benefit HARPS efforts in rescuing andrehabilitating horses. Left to Right- Jean Adams, (Horse Rita), Ronda Ewing-Griffin, Donna Ewing, Brenda Mueller, Tricia Kasten-WECH, Robert Magnus, DVM-WECH, Debra Wightman, (Horse Jelly Bean) Kristen Mills Wintertime at HARPS The last of the dry autumn leaves rustle on the trees as the cool north wind announces the change of the season. Winter descends on the farm as quiet as a whisper. The dusky evening arrives sooner than we would like and the heavy gray cloud cover seems to last forever. Cold fingers and toes are ignored when there are horses to feed and chores to be done. Still, wintertime on the farm is a peaceful time; and in those brief moments when the sun appears, the animals seem to soak it in and celebrate in its warmth and light. Elvis, Phoenix and Scout prance around the pasture H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 1 0
  11. 11. Eagle Scouts on a missionH ARPS wouldn’t survive without the endless work and support of our incredible volunteers. Weekends, weekdays, rain or shine they are here to groom, clean, make the farm a show-place, see to the maintenance of our equipment, drag pas- tures…the list just goes on and on, and so do all of our volunteers. You define who we are, and what we do. Withoutyour help, we could not carry on with our mission. THANK YOU SO MUCH!Below is a letter we received in spring of 2012. Dear Ms. Ewing: My name is Tim Vandon and I am a Boy Scout in Troop 335 in Palatine. I am searching for a service project to complete my Eagle rank requirement. The Boy Scouts of America requires the service project be a benefit to a school, religious organization or other not-for-profit organizations. One of the main purposes of the service project is to help develop my leadership skills in addition to fulfilling part of the Scout Oath Before to “help other people at all times.” Past projects from my Troop have included construction projects such as installing fences and tiling floors, small landscaping projects (laying out patios and planting gardens), building an observation platform and several projects at the Midwest Center for Children’s Development. A few years ago I read an article in the Daily Herald about your one-eyed horse and I never forgot about the work you have done. I thought that HARPS would be a worthwhile organization for a project. Please take a few minutes to think about any possible projects you might want completed over the summer. I will contact you on Monday, April 16th to discuss any potential projects with you. Thank you for your time. After ~ a job well done Yours in Scouting, Tim Vandon Before ~ exposed cement wall and gaping holes harboring raccoons and other wildlife dangerous to horses health. Leaders and fathers teaching the scouts masterful carpentry. Tim Vandon Eagle Scout Troop #335 contacted HARPS to inquire about a project for his After ~ what a spectacular job Palatine Illinois troop accomplished by these young men. With positive attitudes, determination and a strong work ethic, the Eagle Scouts arrived and helped us turn our bridge farm into a first class horse haven. We could never have turned the Elgin and Rodehous herds of horses around were it not for the use of the barn and indoor arena, graciously donated to us by Dr. and Mrs. Griffin. H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 1 1
  12. 12. animals for adoptionSamantha is a 3 year old seal brown Leo (Sundance) is a registeredfilly, sister to Phoenix. She is green paint gelding, halter broke.broke for halter, but very gentle. She Sweet, loving trusting and will make a good home Beautiful addition toto a kind and understanding trainer to your pasture.continue her wonderful progress.Chester is a 9 year old chestnut gelding with loving andsweet characteristics. Chester is halter broke. Phoenix is a coming three year old seal brown colt, (sister to Samantha). He is halter broke with a wonderful loving temperament.Tuffy is a 30 year Hallie is a comingold stallion recently three year oldgelded. Extremely chestnut withgentle, people Rita, a former surrogate tremendousloving, and has mother from the Rita potential forwonderful ground Crundwell herd of quarter a dressage horsemanners. A great horses in Dixon, IL. Smooth in spite of onlyaddition to your mouthed, gentle, training vision in one eye. Beautiful mover,pasture. unknown. Will need special hoof incredible temperament, loves to be care, very slightly foundered. brushed, attention, and people. H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 1 2
  13. 13. Read our Stories at Sonny is a good steady lead line Shetland Pony.Rocky is a 17 year old Rocky Mountain gelding, very prettymover, training unknown, prefers women handlers. Bondsquickly once trust is gained. Brownie Prairie (pet cow) and Brownie (goat), former Lincoln Park Zoo pet cow - from the Birthing Program. Prairie cares for Brownie as her calf. They are extremely loving, loves attention from people and to be brushed. Must be adopted together, Prairie and Brownie are available only to a very special loving forever home. PrairieBear is a 28 year old black Jasmine is a beautifulquarter horse type. American White Horse/HARPS has received Quarter Horse cross. Shemany calls from stands 14.2 hands andpeople who would be excellent forrecognize his an experienced child orstory and small adult. Jasmine hascan’t say enough a wonderful dispositionabout his incredible and is great on trails;gentleness. He had she is currently learningbeen a great trail to and goodwith children. H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 1 3
  14. 14. We love to hear from you!Dear Donna and Ronda,I just wanted to say thank-you for helping me with two very special success HARPS 2013 Calendarstories. When we first met, fourteen years ago, you helped make the survivalof our beloved foal, Junior, possible. If you recall, Junior was born with avery rare neurological defect that caused the milk that he drank to pour outhis nose and into his lungs. After several vets recommending euthanasia,my mom decided to contact you for advice. At this point Junior’s chance of After receiving your mailingsurvival was slim to none. When he returned from the University of Illinois in December, I matchedafter having an experimental surgery, your help and support was imperative the horses up from whento his recovery and survival. Junior is now a healthy happy fourteen year old you rescued them andhorse whom we couldn’t imagine life without! how beautiful, healthyThe second success that I would like to thank you for is introducing me to and happy they appear onWilly. Willy is a five year old Mustang gelding from the Pryor Mountain Herd. your calendar, I could notWhen I first saw Willy, there were several red flags that went up, but maybe believe the difference yourit was my heart and not my head that made me take a chance on him. Let’s organization can make. Horsesjust say that the road has been a bit bumpy. First I had to convince Will that I are such beautiful animals ~ no animal deserveswas not going to hurt him and that he could trust me. After I earned his trust, to be mistreated.I then had to earn his respect so that he would view me as a trustworthy Thank you for your kindness,leader. With the guidance of John Harms, certified Parelli Natural Horseman-ship instructor, Willy and I have learned a lot about ourselves and each other. Donna KlauboOur partnership strengthens each day as we continue to bond and under-stand one another. Dear Donna and Staff:Several friends who saw Willy initially now say how different he looks, that Thank you for all you do for the animals. I have been a horsethe look on his face and in his eyes is so much softer and more relaxed; person for many years and have seen all you have done thru thecontent. I look forward to a lifetime of adventures with my dear friend Willy years. God Bless you. The animals are lucky to have you. May“along for the ride”. the coming year be a happy and healthy one for all of you.Thanks again for a wonderful match! Sharon WalshSincerely,Becky Palmieri Dear Donna, Thank you for your dedication to the welfare of the horses. IDear Donna, have enclosed a one hundred dollar donation to show my special appreciation of your efforts in the welfare of the show TennesseeIt was absolutely my pleasure meeting you on Saturday afternoon at HARPS. Walkers.You were so gracious and kind to take the time to chat with me and myhusband and the allow us to walk around the farm to view the animals in Thanks!residence. Thank you so very much. NancyYour passion for what you do has inspired me greatly, and I am so honored tohave met you. I would very much love to volunteer in any capacity at HARPS. Dear Donna,Fondly, I am so happy to let you know the horses that I called you aboutJudy Cooney are now receiving care, and their health is improving. These four horses have been neglected and underfed for the last several years, and despite my attempts to try to improve their situation, the neglect continued. After speaking with you and following your advice, I am seeing notable improvement. Without your sound advice and encouragement, these horses would still be suffering. Many Thanks, Stacy Hougham ~ McClean, Illinois H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 1 4
  15. 15. Wintertime at HARPS A horsewoman’s Prayer: Give me the strength to guide my horse, make my hands soft and my head clear. Let my horse understand me and I him. My heart you have blessed with a special love of these animals – let me never lose sight of it. My soul you have gifted with a deep need for them, let that need never lessen. Always let my breath catch as the sun gleams on an elegant head. Always may my throat tighten at the sound of a gentle nicker. Let the scent of fresh hay and a new bag of grain always be sweet to me. Let the warm touch of a soft nose on my hand always bring Dakota stands as pretty as a picture ~ available for adoptiona smile. I adore the joy of a warm day on the farm. Thegrace and splendor of a running horse, the thunder ofits hooves, make my eyes burn and my heart soar, let italways be so.Grant me patience, for horses are harnessed wind andwind can be flighty. Let me not frighten or harm them,instead show me ways to understand them. WhenI pass from this world, send my soul to no Heavenwithout them, for this love you have given me gracesmy existence and I shall cherish it, and praise You forit, for all time. ~ Amen Horses make a landscape look beautiful ~ Alice Walker H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 1 5
  16. 16. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE International Equine Business Association Thursday, March 14, 2013 Humanely Produced and Scientifically Verified Safe Cheval (horse meat) Will Soon Be Available In spite of last minute attempts by animal rights extremists to slander an entire segment of animal agriculture by introducing Congressional action (S. 541 - a bill to prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines with others to follow...) that offers zero solution whatsoever to the dire circumstances facing the horse industry--the truth is that horse people are moving forward to provide a better future for horses and horse people. Radical groups, led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and their supporters on Capitol Hill and inside the White House seek to destroy what vestige is left of the U.S. horse industry. Nonetheless, the Law is the Law, and right now the Law is behind the horse industry allowing us to move forward with positive, humane systems, that ensure the highest standards of verified food safety, preserving the value, and incentivizing the proper care of all horses in the United States. Several horse processing plants in the United States are set to begin operations very soon. These plants have accomplished most or all of their required modifications to their facilities and will be requesting final walk through inspections, approval to begin operations, and the assignment of inspectors. USDA has indicated that under current law they will be providing the necessary regulation and inspection. These plants, and others that will be follow, have modified not only their physical plants to accommodate the unique characteristics of the equine species, but their Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans and their Standard Operating Procedures to include extremely rigorous, thorough, and scientifically validated testing of every carcass that will ensure that no drug residue can ever enter the human food chain, and that every plant has installed humane handling systems and procedures that go above and beyond the U.S. Humane Methods of Slaughter law. There are eager markets awaiting the opening of these facilities both here in the United States and internationally. Cheval, which is the common term for meat from the equine species in the same way that beef is the term for meat from cattle, and pork is the term from hogs, is highly sought after by ethnic, gourmet, health and nutritionally interested, and value conscious consumers. Strong support nationwide for the horse industry is perhaps most evident right now in Oklahoma where a pair of pro-horse industry bills that will allow processing to begin in that state are sailing through the State Legislature. Just this past Wednesday more than 400 articulate supporters of the legislation led by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and a host of other Ag organizations showed up for a rally at the Capitol, and not a single anti-slaughter activist! The week before a pathetic showing of anti-horse advocates at what was billed to be a "massive" rally against the bills achieved numbers barely above single digits, outnumbered by the media covering the event, illustrated the out of touch mentality of these extremist groups.H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 1 6
  17. 17. TuffyE arlier this winter, HARPS received a call from the neighbors of an elderly woman who concerned for her and her ability to care for her recently deceased husband’s 29-year- old stallion, Tuffy. They felt the horse was losing weight and, due to his advance age, needed dental care and a special diet. With winter fast approaching, their fears were especially justified.Within a few days, we received a call for help from the owner herself. Because of the special circumstances surrounding this case,namely the danger that existed to the horse and it’s owner, HARPS sent investigator Ronda Griffin.The owner asked Ronda to take the horse to a veterinarian for euthanization, because she was afraid Tuffy would starve to deathunder her limited ability to care for him. Ronda called Donna Ewing right away and said, “this horse is not ready to die, can’t wemake room for one more?”According to Ronda, Tuffy’s eyes were still bright and full of life. “He’s the sweetest, most gentle horse I’ve ever met,” Ronda in-sisted. We decided that Tuffy deserved to live out his years comfortable and surrounded by kindness. Over the past few months,Tuffy has put on a considerable amount of weight due to a special diet and a visit from the equine dentist. He has also been gelded,so that he may peacefully spend his days with other geldings in the pasture rather than being kept apart from the herd. He is assweet and as gentle as Ronda described, and would make an excellent companion to an equally sweet and gentle owner Tuffy and his little shadow, Sadie Tuffy meets Phoenix and Scout The following information was provided by Courtney J. Bolam-Bretl, DVM, DV, DACVS-LA “Castration is a procedure that is typically done early in life. However, that does not mean it cannot be done with- out excellent results later in life. Take Tuffy for his thirties and at a a stallion his options were limited by special requirements with respect to turn-out and handling. So, after a detailed assessment (physical examination and blood work) we decided to geld (castrate) him to make him more “adoptable”. Because he had reached sexual maturity, his testicles were well developed with large blood vessels. Additionally his scrotum was large. By making small modifications (sutures on the blood vessels, removal of excess scrotal skin) Tuffy underwent a straightforward castration under injectable anesthesia. All incisions were closed, making post-operative care simple (antibiotics and anti-inflammatories for 5-7 days). After 30 days, he was able to be turned out with mares and has made a full recovery. Please do not hesitate to contact the surgery department at WEC&H with questions regarding castrating your older (or young!!) stallion.” Courtney J. Bolam-Bretl DVM, DVSc, DACVS-LA Wisconsin Equine Clinic & Hospital H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 1 7
  18. 18. Clipping Horses - Coat on or Coat Off? by J. M Phipps Clipping is an effective way of reducing the without exposing him to the elements. Whatever you remove you amount your horse sweats when you ride. need to replace - turn him out with a well fitting rug to ensure he stays It won’t stop him sweating completely, but warm and dry. it will speed up the time it takes him to If your horse lives in then you can afford to pick and choose the type dry. The type of clip you use depends on of clip you do. You’ll be able to replace his lost coat with a variety of whether he lives in or out, the amount of rugs and neck covers. But be warned! If he’s young or sharp he’s going work you want to do with him and his to react when you remove his cosy stable wear. Try a blanket clip that acceptance of the clippers. keeps the hair over his back and under his saddle so he’s less likely toAnything that involves horses and electricity must be taken seriously! feel the cold.If your horse is nervous about clipping, never attempt to do him on Long hair holds dirt and grease. Combined with sweat this can causeyour own or when you’re in a hurry. Clip him in a secure stable on a rubbing and create sores that make it impossible for you to ride.non slip floor. Tie him up using two ropes - each tied to one side of Removing hair from elbows and girth areas will dramatically reducehis head collar and to string on either side of the stable. This means the time it takes to groom your horse - and your effectiveness - whichhe can only swing his quarters round which gives you more control means you can get on and exercise without wasting time.and space. Clipping is a practical solution to a common problem - it isn’t cos-Often, the noise of the clippers is more frightening to your horse than metic! If your horse is young, old or injured and off work leave yourthe feel of them. Try putting him in a stable next to another horse clippers in their box and let Mother Nature do what she does best.being clipped before you do him so he becomes used to the noise. Your horse may not look as smart as you’d like, but who’s botheredHe’ll soon switch off to it, and when his turn comes you’ll find he more? You? Or him?settles much quicker. Do you want to keep up-to-date with the latest news from the world of horse sports,Be honest about the amount of work you’re likely to be able to do watch some funny horse videos or let yourself get inspired by beautiful horse quotes?with your horse over the winter. Clip off the minimum amount of Visit: Equestrian Sport News Don’t forget to check out our free classified ads!hair necessary to keep him cool. If he lives out then a strip from theunderside of his neck and belly will give you the benefit of clipping Article Source: [ Off?&id=7548426] Clipping Horses - Coat on or Coat Off?We love to hear from you!Dear DonnaThank you so much for consulting and supporting me, regarding therescue of the 20 year old Trakhener gelding. What a story this horsehas.... only superseded by HIS heart.On March 27th I will bring him to his forever home.Donna, your heart has been such a gift, in aiding me in this mission.I have always felt that horses have come to teach humanity a veryimportant lesson. Horses have always stood for power, but if power andlove can not be interchanged in the same sentence, one is being abused.This beloved gelding will hopefully be singing a new song of love/power, in the forever home I will offer.Big exhale, and thank you for your own heart and support.Elan Obrien Thank You!!! Celebrating the marriage of To the Fifth Grade Class at Heather Bobek and Adam Anders St. Marks Day School for your from Harry and Nora Clark kind donation for Gracie and Shaggy! H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 1 8
  19. 19. Jelly BeanJ ust days after the elderly stallion Tuffy arrived at the farm; HARPS received a call from the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office. They had been alerted to a young appaloosa colt that had been abandoned and wandered onto a resident’s front lawn. The stud colt was starving, and had obvious medical issues that needed immediate attention. You can see by his award winning smile, that Jelly Bean is a real charmer!The kind mailing and his sweethearted cou- face caught the atten-ple whose tion of many of ourlawn he was members. We receivedfound on, a call from Mary Bethwas unpre- Adams right after shepared to take read his story, and sheon another wanted to come outhorse since to see him as soon astheir barn is possible. Mary Bethfull. They found him irresistible.provided him It seemed that thewith food and feelings were mutual;water until they were a matchwe arrived to made in heaven. Maryrelieve them Beth wished to raiseof this sickly a foal and Jelly Beanbut gentle was the perfect can-colt who was didate to accompanyin desperate her on the next step inneed of medi- the important journeycal attention. of horsemanship. We are very happy to sayHe received that “Jelly Bean” nowmedical treat- known as “Finn” isment right doing very well in hisaway, and it seemed that this little guy would make a full and new loving home since being adopted by Mary Beth.rather speedy recovery. We featured “Jelly Bean” in our Christmas “Finn” gets a little smooch from Mary Beth Adams Before A happily ever after for “Finn” and Mary Beth Adams Above: When he arrived at HARPS Jelly Bean was emaciated, and needed immediate medical attention H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 1 9
  20. 20. TRIBUTES MEMORIALS ANIMALS IN MEMORY OF OUR BELOVED FRIENDS A Prayer for Animals In Memory of Hear our humble prayer, O God, for In Memory of “Foxie” Teresa Zahora’s and “Sonny” “Shenanagans” Our friends the animals, especially for animals ~ Janice Levandowski~ Sandy Rohrbacher That are suffering; for any that are hunted or In Memory Lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; of “Diesel” In Memory of ~ Carolyn and“Diamond Bank” For all that must be put to death. Bill Springer~ Michelle Pociask We entreat them for all Thy mercy and pity, In Memory of “Cisco” And for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion, (Nine One One) and In Memory “Red” (Black’N of “Maverick” And gentle hands and kindly words. Tan Bold Lad) ~ Liz Elrod Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals and so to ~ Michelle Luebke Sharing the blessings---of the merciful. ~Albert Schweitzer In Memory of my little “Bonita”, my dream come true, who died after giving birth to your stillborn foal. Thank you for bringing me so much happiness for the short time you were in my life. ~Jennifer and Frank Vlazny In Memory of your Jennifer “Pretty Girl” Gracie with Bonita ~The HARPS Staff H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 2 0
  21. 21. TRIBUTES MEMORIALS PEOPLE In LOVING memory of our FAMILY & friends Donna Ewing and the entire staff at HARPS would like to send their condolences to long-time supporter and dedicated investigator of HARPS Christy Nasher, for the loss of her mother, Nancy Nasher. May she rest in peace.Dearest Donna and Ronda,How mom loved her animal organizations. It was herpassion, her love and that’s what made my mother, pure ofheart like the animals. Mom so loved and respected the workthat you girls do! I’ll never forget my first investigation withyour organization when we encountered, what looked like aman but was a woman, way up North, many animals, deadanimals, and many animals in distress. The woman greetedus at her door with a shot gun. Thank heaven for the State Thank you to all that have donatedTrooper. Mom never backed down, it was about the animals. in the name of Nancy NasherShe was right in there helping the remaining animals. Momwas a fighter, a worker, she got things going. I’ll miss her so! In Memory of Nancy Nahser ~ Mrs. Philip Taber, the Murphy Family,Thanks for the special memories at your farm. Mom and I Susan Ann Reboldwould talk often about HARPS and were trying to come andvisit again when she felt up to it. Terri DombrowskiTake care you guys, I’ll call you soon. Mary and John AngelicoLove ya both - Be safe and healthy James and Kelly FredrickChristy Nasher Scott and Laurie Merrifield M. Neandi In Memory of our Mom’s In Memory of my dear In Memory of Anne Hartson and Brother-In-Law, Oliver R. Aspegren, Jr. Laura Hauenstein Richard George Menth The Aspegren Charitable Foundation ~ Robert and Denise Hartson ~ Lorayne Seibert In Memory of In Memory of George Knoop, In Memory of Steve Douglas Ralph Rose a life-long horse lover and Dolores Reed ~ Jane Hoffman ~ Dianne Seeman ~ Nancy Reed H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 2 1
  22. 22. Top 10 Reasons to Soak Hay for Horses By Jennifer Azevedo Water - Water is the number horse needs all the help he can get. Hay is at a pH of vinegar one nutrient in a horse’s diet. and can have a high sugar content. By soaking the hay for one Fresh grass is over 80% water, hour, you lower the sugar levels in the hay and help neutralize with hay being less than 11%. the pH. That is a huge source of water Insulin Resistance - Insulin Resistance is a metabolic body lost for the horse. A single soaked type that requires proper diet and exercise. Just like you and flake of hay can hold between I - cut the sugar. By soaking hay for one hour, you reduce the one to two gallons of water. sugar content by up to 30%.A horse fed 4 flakes of hay per day, that can equate to up to 8gallons of water per day just from their feed. Cushing’s - Cushing’s is a hormone disorder that depends on a healthy diet to maintain. Soaking hay for one hour, reducesDigestion - Unlike humans, horses only secrete saliva dur- sugar and balances minerals to a healthier state for the chewing. Horses can produce 10 gallons of saliva per day.Domesticated horses, with 2 feed times per day, only get two Respiratory - Soaking and steaming are both treatments forchances per day to chew. This means a significant drop of saliva respiratory issues within the horse. Both methods of treatmentproduction to around 3 gallons per day. That is a significant have the same effectiveness. For respiratory issues, soak hay fordecrease of moisture in the horses digestive system. By soaking 30 minutes to reduce airborne particulate matter by 90%.the hay, you increase the moisture and digestibility of the hay. Choke - Soak hay for 30 minutes to assist in preventing chokeLaminitis - By soaking hay for 1 hour, you reduce sugar in the and obstructions. The wet hay is softer, heavier, and easier tohay by up to 30%. Hay, even grass hay can be as high as 39% chew. Horses have been shown to eat wet hay significantlysugar. Why does this matter? Sugar has been shown to cause slower than dry hay.laminitis. Horses with symptoms of laminitis, results can be Behavior - Many horse owners have noticed behavioral differ-seen as soon as 4-6 weeks. ences in their horses by feeding soaked hay. The reasons are un-Colic - There are two types of colic that soaking hay aids in known. One study (Nicol, Badnell-Water, et al) showed that bypreventing. Impaction and Gas. For impaction, soaking hay en- feeding a low sugar diet the horse was less stressed, less flighty,sures the horse is getting enough water. One flake of hay holds more willing to perform, and more attentive to environment.about one to two gallons of water. Soaked hay is softer, hy-drated, and easier to digest. Azevedo created The Soaker for her off-the-track Thoroughbred named Max. (you mayFor gas colic, scientists have been able to induce colic by inject- follow his story at ) When Azevedo rescued Max, The horse was foundering in all four feet and was 250 pounds underweight. After researching rem-ing endotoxins into the horse. Endotoxins are a result of too edies for Max’s ailments, Azevedo immediately began soaking Max’s feed and created Themuch sugar in the horse’s diet. By soaking hay for one hour, Soaker as a result. The Soaker is a unit that hold up to 4 flakes of hay and automaticallyyou reduce the sugar. Therefore, endotoxins and your chances fills, soaks, and drains. Visit for more information.of gas colic are reduced. Article Source: - Research has shown that high sugar diets drop pH ina horse’s system. Already prone and susceptible to ulcers, the Learning to be ge ntile with baby bunnies. HARPS wishes to acknowledge and thank the following people and businesses for their generous in kind donations of various needed items (blankets, tack, feed, office supplies, etc.) to our organization. Your donation is much appreciated – especially by the animals! We would like to thank Larry Ello for donating his professional carpentry work and his mother Patricia Ello for donating the high quality lumber used to build our beautiful bunny house. If anyone would like to see what we particularly are in need of, please check out our wish list in the front of the magazine... but H A R P S T areI appreciated! E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 4 all donations R N G S N H A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 2 2
  23. 23. TRIBUTES MEMORIALS PEOPLE in memory of our loved ones... Dear Donna, I am sending a donation to HARPS in memory of my two brothers who recently passed away within a few days of each other. Both were WWII veterans. One, a wounded Marine and the other a retired Army Captain. Rest in Peace Wally Clark and Larry Clark. ~ Merilyn E. Morrison Dear HARPS The enclosed contribution is in memory of Riley Knapp, son of Leslie Kagen and brother of Casey Flemming. It is also intended to honor Leslie’s and Casey’s love for and dedication to horses. ~ Nora Clark In Memory of In Memory of Patti Runchey Aldona Arthofer ~ Rhoda Symons In Memory of ~ Bob and Barb Hempe Elaine Whittinghill and Janice Nelson In Memory of ~ Carolyn Redic Patricia Cates In Memory of ~ Michael and Marshan Leib In Memory of Holly Tilden Donohue In Memory of Gloria Violet Livingston ~ Stan, Bobbie and ~ Lorayne M. Seibert Charlie Williams “Kat” Kathleen Hamer ~ Horsemen’s Council of Illinois Board of DirectorsH A R P S T R I N G S N E W S L E T T E R - W I N T E R / S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 - P A G E 2 3
  24. 24. Hooved Animal Rescue & Protection Society NONPROFIT ORG. National Headquarters U.S. POSTAGE 331 Old Sutton Road PAID PO Box 94 BARRINGTON, IL Barrington, IL 60011-0094 PERMIT NO. 51 Phone: 847 382-0503 Fax: 847 382-0843 Hooved Animal Rescue & MEMBERSHIP/donate/adopt APPLICATION Protection Society P.O. Box 94, Barrington, IL 60011-0094 BENEFACTOR $10,000 LIFE $1,000 SUSTAINING $500 Phone 847.382.0503 CONTRIBUTING $250 FAMILY $50 ADULT $35 Fax 847.382.0843 Web JUNIOR (-18) $15 SENIOR (65+) $15 Membership entitles you to our newsletter HARPSTRINGS, to keep you up-to-date on current cases, issues and adoptions.NAMEADDRESSCITY STATE ZIPPHONE E-MAILTHIS ADOPTION IS A GIFT FOR RELATIONSHIPI would like to help support (name of animal): Enclosed is my membership fee of Please charge my credit card EXPIRATION DATE Please make checks payable to: H.A.R.P.S. or Hooved Animal Rescue & Protection Society P.O. Box 94, Barrington, IL 60011-0094 ACCOUNT NUMBER RETURN ENVELOPE PROVIDED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE SIGNATURETHANK YOU FOR HARPS is a 501(c)3 charity. All contributions are fullyYOUR SUPPORT! tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.