Post #17 No Saddle Needed!

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Hey Everyone, Because the start of spring is here, I’ve been thinking a lot about my riding days (which might or might not be over). I gave up riding my horse Ray about eighteen months before I had to say goodbye to him, which brings it to almost three years since I’ve been in my […]

Post #16 Donkey Love!

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Hi Everyone. I hope you’re doing well and enjoying this mild weather. I know the herd is. What a sight to see them all romping in the warm breeze, tossing hay, kicking up mud. This is such a good reminder for us all: Farm life is a lot of fun. I grew up in an […]

Post #15 Popcorn!

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I have exciting news. You might think I’m a little crazy, but bear with me. Yesterday, Popcorn got feisty with one of his paddock mates. The mule snuck up on him when he was looking for leftover morsels of food under his bucket, and Popcorn pinned his ears and whooshed her away. I almost cried. […]

Post #14 Our Wild Horses and Burros!

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On this unusually warm winter day, I’m thinking about Eastwood and Porter, two mustangs who’ve landed safely at 13 Hands. I met Eastwood a couple of months ago, and Porter just last week. Both geldings are self-assured and friendly. Both are stunning. Both have acclimated to their herds, and both are soaking up the peace […]

Post #13–Champions!

Hey Everyone, Just one quick post before the year ends! You probably already know about the 13 Hands HERD CHAMPIONS fundraising campaign. I love what this means! As I visit rescues in their fields and wonder what’s in store for them, I’m filled with deep gratitude for everyone in the equine community who steps up […]

Post #12 Peace

Happy Holidays to all of you in the equine community! My wish for you this year is the same as my wish for all of our rescues. Peace. When I first met Dark Night, he was a new arrival in a large herd, along with his buddy Raymond. While Raymond was reserved but curious, Dark […]

Post #11- Beautiful

Hello Friends. I have a confession to make. Often when people compliment my dog, a rescue who had a very rough start, I swell with pride. When they tell me Phoebe is beautiful—as if I had anything to do with it—I’m elated. To be honest, though, that feeling lasts no more than a split second. […]

Post #10 E-mmersion Program — New at 13 Hands!

Hi Friends. It was damp and cold on the farm today, signs that autumn is really here. The minis ran and bucked in the distance, and Hitch the Wanderer moseyed into the barn looking for mischief. Aries the tuxedo cat helped himself to Alison Appleby’s lunch, and when the rain increased, we all braced against […]

Post #9 Congratulations, Amber

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Hello, my horse-loving friends. And donkey-loving friends. And mule-loving friends. And those of you who love them all. I want to take a moment to congratulate Amber, the stunning, gentle, enormous draft who gave birth recently to a fiery colt, Fuego. Like his mom, he is magnificent. Shiny black coat; long, thick legs; pointy, alert […]

Post #8 Listening

Hi Everyone, I hope this post finds you in good health and enjoying your families — human, equine, canine, feline,…! The first time I rode a horse on a trail, I was told to listen to my horse. At eight years old, I had trouble making sense of this instruction; after all, the horses didn’t […]