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Meet Saoradh 

Meet Saorsa 

Meet The Mini Herd

Meet Misty

Meet the Goats...okay, not horses, but... 

Horses I have known    --Phoenix --a Shetland rescue

The Horse amongst the Celts

Born to Die? For what good?--PMU Foals

Pagans and Heathens for the Horses

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Kym with Saoradh

Saoradh
"Maltese Sartez"
Born:April 29, 1974-rescued:April 29, 2001-died:March 18, 2007

Topper and Willow  Randér

Topper
Born: 198?--died: December 1, 2008

Willow
Born: 198?-- died: May 13, 2009

 Randvér
Born 2009 -- died June 30, 2011

A good man will take care of his horses and dogs, not
only while they are young, but when old and past service.
-Plutarch Symposiaca c.100 CE

Along with the hound, the horse was an important factor in the lives of the Celts, from the Bronze Age through the present.  The use of the horse in many ways defines all the Indo-European peoples, they depended on this animal for survival, migration, and trade.

We are very lucky to have the chance to have horses, and hope to use this good fortune to give a good life to horses that, due to the overpopulation, might have otherwise ended up meat on the table of the wealthy in another country.  Kym grew up with horses, but this is a new adventure for Aaron.   

We had started looking for a Standardbred, in keeping with our ex-racer adoption habit....many people are aware of the need for homes for retired Greyhounds and many horse rescue groups work to save Thoroughbred ex-racers but sometimes the Standardbred is forgotten. Perhaps people do not realize that they do make good riding horses despite being raced in harness. There is a part of me (Kym) that would love to have an Icelandic, Fjord, Highland or other Northern European or British pony breed, but none of these are common in rescue in the US (Highland, my first choice, is extremely rare at all here). And, while like Greys not all Standardbreds are in real rescue situations, they are a breed that is often not recognized as valuable as a pleasure horse and it was a place to start.  We considered a PMU (Pregnant Mares' Urine farm --Premarin) foal as well, but wanted an adult horse for our first together. And frankly, any horse that is within "meat price" is potentially a rescue, because if WE buy it a kill buyer can't get that one.

So we had looked at a couple, rather far away...but on my (Kym again) birthday a ride "just too look at" some horses nearby with my father, we found Saoradh, a severely underweight bay Arabian gelding.  He was not starving out of any real cruelty on a human's part, but instead stupidity ---bad teeth coupled with pasture mates who bullied him meant that while he was given a lot of food he just wasn't getting it in.   His pasture mates were fat and sassy...and one was a Standardbred pacer, the very thing I was looking for.  But of course, the one in the most need was the one I had to have. You can read more about Saoradh (Su ra --more or less ...long "u" short "a") on his page.

Saoradh at his beloved tree Saoradh came a long way since he arrived here a walking skeleton with a bad attitude, on May 5, 2001. He was healthy until his last few weeks and only showed his 32 years in his teeth and slight arthritis. As he showed he was healthy enough to ride, he also showed that he suffered a lot of trauma in the past. Through Natural Horsemanship methods, however, he became a sweet and loving riding companion...there are more details on his page. But his age did finally catch up with him, sooner than we'd hoped, and we lost him on March 18, 2007

Our next horse was to be a "husband" horse for Aaron, however, as Saoradh died before we were able to get one, we have decided to return to our plans to get a PMU foal. We both do not feel ready to have another adult horse in Saoradh's pasture and believe that starting with a youngster in the fall will let us have a new start. Well, it was a bit more complicated than that too, as we feel that we needed to open our home to a foal in need to honor Saoradh, and that perhaps he'd return.

We were at one point hoping we'd not get a chance to adopt a PMU foal, as in 2003 Wyeth-Ayerst stopped contracts with 1/3 of the farms and the rest have to cut production by 1/3! It was our hope that Premarin would be a thing of the past within a few years. This is an important step both for the horses and for the health of women! Sadly, W-A started up a new campaign and production continues. So there is still much need for homes for this "by-product." For more please see the PMU page, which is in some need of updating again.

our boy Saoradh Little Saorsa

On October 18, 2007 we brought home Saorsa, a PMU filly, born on May 5, 2007. Although she was reluctant to load and then unload, and was still unwilling to be touched, once out of the trailer at our place she walked calmly down our makeshift The Minischute to the stall Saoradh had died in and made herself at home. This is our next chapter, you can read about her on her page.

In October of 2008, we inherited Kym's father's Mini Horse herd.

In the Spring of 2010 we got two  goats, Randvér and Elùna

In October  of 2011 we brought Misty home.

goatsMisty

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We have been honored with these awards on Dec. 3, 03 for this site and our work with Saoradh. Please visit the wonderful sites that awarded them and meet some wonderful horses and their people...especially Blackie, in whose memory the Rescue award was given. We are very touched by these awards

Solid Gold Award

Trained With Kindness I Rescued a Horse

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