August 31, 2014
We were very sorry to hear about a young girl who ended up in the hospital last week with cracked ribs and crushed vertebrae. Her parents, first-time horse owners, adopted the horse from a rescue. The horse had been purchased from a kill buyer who was taking it to slaughter. The rescue group saved the horse, but didn’t bother to find out why the pretty horse had been taken to the auction.Typical for an auction, the horse was sold “as is” to the highest bidder, in this case the rescue outfit.
The parents, not knowing the importance of asking about the horse, its temperament, and its background took the horse from the rescue and gave it a home. The kill buyer knew why the horse was headed to the slaughter, it was because the horse was prone to suddenly and unexpected rear up and fall over backwards. He might not rear for 2-3 rides, then do it again without warning. The parents put their child on the horse thinking they had done a good deed in rescuing the horse and giving their daughter a new friend. It’s a sad story! Unfortunately, a story that is repeated all too often.
A beautiful horse headed for slaughter may be a great horse just a little down on his luck. Humans want to believe in the epic and rush to rescue the horse with everyone living happily ever after. No doubt a noble reaction. The problem is not every horse headed for slaughter is just misunderstood or just needs a little tender loving care to be rehabilitated. Some of these horses have deep scars and emotional issues that seasoned trainers can’t resolve. Newbie horse owners have no business handling them or riding them like they’re broke.
No rational parent would put their child in the hands of a hardened convict with emotional problems simply because the convict had been rescued from his place in life and given some counseling and therapy. Regardless of the cause (and it doesn’t matter why if you are the one who gets hurt), there are bad people in the world and there are bad horses. It may not be a happy, positive thought that is politically correct with a lot of folks, but it doesn’t change the facts.
Our thoughts and prayers to the girl and her parents and hopefully this post will protect another innocent victim from a trusting a horse they know nothing about.
August 29, 2014
The horses are not quite sure about this social media stuff, but we are now tweeting. Follow us on the trail with Twitter.
August 27, 2014
We are inviting anyone who wants to ride with us September 20, 2014 to go. The ride is leaving the Will Rogers Centennial Trail Head at 9:00am at Oologah Lake. There are no fees or charges. It’s not an organized trail ride, just a chance to meet some people and have a great day on the trails. Who might enjoy the ride? Anyone interested in dressage, mounted patrol, mounted search and rescue, trail riding in Oklahoma, or just wanting a fun group ride.
We see the opportunity to blend and combine several riding disciplines in one get together so everyone can learn more about horses, riding, and community involvement. For example, a dressage rider can illustrate how precise movements enable trail riders to navigate obstacles on the trail. Mounted patrol members can show dressage riders how their skills might be put to use in real life rescue operations to help save a life or rescue someone in danger. New riders would be able to observe and talk with professional horsemen to gain new insights into all riding disciplines. There will likely be several riding instructors and trainers present. So pack a lunch and join us for a great day on the trail and meet some new friends.
August 23, 2014
The 2014 Labor Day Trail Ride sponsored by OETRA is just a few days away. In Oklahoma, trail riders are ready to hit the trails by Labor Day weekend as August is usually hot and dry. Due to the heat, there are not a lot of trail rides in Oklahoma in August. Early September brings some cooler temperatures and wonderful trail riding weather! The ride is open to members and non-members and will be held at Robbers Cave State Park. The cost is $10 per person for members and $15 per person for non-members with family maximums for all. We plan to attend part of the weekend, but can’t make the entire event. Hope to see you there! For more information, contact Wendy Hanson, firstname.lastname@example.org, Dawna Graham, email@example.com or the web page for this outstanding Oklahoma trail riding association.
August 1, 2014
The Woolaroc Fall trail ride has been set for September 13, 2014. The Woolaroc Ranch is beautiful place established by Oklahoma oilman, Frank Phillips. An avid rider who enjoyed being on the back of a horse, Phillips created a foundation to operate the ranch for decades following his death. Woolaroc is nestled in the rolling hills of Oklahoma’s Green Country and gives trail riders the opportunity to bring their horse to ride across the ranch twice a year.
The ride is approximately 15 miles long and divided into a morning and afternoon ride with lunch provided. They make a tasty buffalo barbeque sandwich that really hits the spot when you finish the first half of the day.
Fall in Oklahoma is a great time to ride. The temperature will usually be lower than our traditionally scorching Summer. The Woolaroc ride will be a great time for anyone interested. For more information, you can contact Woolaroc Ranch 918-336-0307 ext. 10.