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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Driving Classes, Boy Scouts, Mickey, and Duster
Boy Scouts worked hard at the barn this winter. We have a new round pen, and a new concrete floor in the covered pavilion. The plans are to screen in the pavilion, add lights, and a fireplace. Thanks Boy Scouts!
We have two new additions to the program: a lovely black arabian named Mickey and a nice quarter horse named Duster. Stop by and welcome them next time you visit the barn.
ThunderFriday, February 13, 2009
Thunder's loss leaves a huge void in all our hearts, especially Marie's and Brown's. I'm thankful I have some pictures of Thunder that I can share with them, and we can all enjoy Thunder for the month of May on our calendars. The first day back to class will be a hard one for all of us, of that I am very sure.
Nipsey and JacobTuesday, September 02, 2008
Next time you are at the barn be sure to meet these two great guys. Pictures will up in the 'Horses' section soon!
Driving Arena Under Way - Thanks Mitsubishi!
The fence is an integral part of our plan to establish a therapeutic horse-driving program for handicapped children and adults, which will compliment our horseback riding program for handicapped children. These programs touch so many lives of handicapped children, adults, and their families, and bring joy and confidence where there was little before.
It was a heartwarming feeling to witness the commitment of these volunteers to serve others less fortunate and to make a significant contribution to the community.
I and the whole CORRAL organization want to express our deep, personal appreciation for the efforts of each Mitsubishi volunteer and their friends and family members. The results of their efforts will benefit the handicapped children and adults of our local community and beyond.
Good SearchSunday, January 13, 2008
Bubba Sparxxx VideoSunday, September 23, 2007
JennyThursday, September 20, 2007
4th Annual Poker Run
We hope all the participants have a safe and enjoyable ride!
Congrats Brown!Saturday, May 05, 2007
Rock (May 5, 1984 - April 16, 2007)Wednesday, April 18, 2007
As some of you know, Rock started acting strange last Monday, and after a visit with the vet we decided he needed to go to Auburn.
For those of you who don't know how this started, I'll give you a brief background. Last Monday we pulled out Rock for our first class after spring break, and he seemed agitated. Things didn't improve during the class, so we replaced him and let him hang out in his stall. On Wednesday, he didn't look any better, so Dr. Olsen came to check him out. He had rapid breathing and a rapid pulse and was circling the pasture and back arena. Dr. Olsen couldn't find anything visibly wrong with him and felt that this meant that something neurological was going on, so he called Auburn to let the know he'd be coming down. After an unsuccessful attempt to get him on the trailer Wednesday, we were able to get him on there Thursday.
Auburn ran some initial tests and then did a spinal tap and blood work to rule out any viral or bacterial infections that may be causing his symptoms. All the tests came back negative for any infections. Since it was an undiagnosed neurological condition, the vets could not rule out rabies. They had suggested that we could do a CT scan to look for a brain tumor, but it's so dangerous putting a horse under sedation and then bringing them out, we felt that we couldn't put Rock through that. Knowing that all the tests ruled out something we could treat and possibly reverse his condition, we felt the best thing to do was let him go. We knew that whatever the CT scan showed, he probably would not be able to have the problem treated.
They did an autopsy on Monday and let us know that his pituitary gland was very enlarged and possibly pressing on is brain causing the symptoms he was showing. They have sent out more slides for further testing, and we will get the results in 10-14 days. They were able to rule out positively that he did not have rabies.
Rock will be missed at the barn, especially on those days when we had classes inside and he wanted to check out what was going on.
Work DayThursday, March 22, 2007
New HorsesSaturday, March 03, 2007
Winston is a small spotted white Appalossa pony. He used to be a school horse for beginner students but now he's with us.
Breezy is a large chestnut Tennessee Walking horse. Straw recently left to his new life of leisure and retirement so we needed a large horse to replace him.
We used them both in classes today and they worked out great. We are very excited to have these new additions to the program!
Southern Living MagazineMonday, January 15, 2007
Third Annual Poker RunWednesday, November 01, 2006
Thanks to local businesses, and the generous people at the event, over $4500 was raised to benefit CORRAL. “I want to thank all the volunteers that helped that day. It went smoothly because of all of them”, says Ronda Schwenning a CORRAL volunteer and coordinator of the event, “and I need to say a special thank you to Leigh Wills my assistant event coordinator, that for three years in a row has volunteered her time for months before the event to help it all come together. Both of us are proud to be a part of such a worthy cause.
A Sad DayMonday, August 14, 2006
In the winters he would get the wooliest coat. He legs would look like tree trunks. Every Spring, the volunteers would spend hours brushing him, leaving behind a cottony field of white fur and hair. I will always remember those brushings.
Trooper loved his women. He would always attach himself to a female in his pasture. The minute one was gone, he'd be attached to another. He had Honesty, Serena, Secret, and lately, Dixie. Marie says he was swinging his neck and huffing at Dixie Thursday morning. Dixie could have cared less, as was usually the case with his women. But he didn't care. He was in love...our little Studmuffin. He's back with Honesty and Serena now.
You told Marie that you were ready, and so we say goodbye.
1969 - August 10, 2006
Rest in Peace
More Various StuffMonday, July 31, 2006
We have added a new addition to the barn in the form of old horse named Renzi (Zee). He is not a permanent addition but will stay with us for a while. He's working out splendidly and has already stolen quite a few hearts. :)
CORRAL has recently purchased a piece of land nearby to set up a driving arena. Thank you Guy and Diane! It's just one in a long line of goals to get a driving program at CORRAL. We have the horse, the cart, and the land. Brown Powell will be going to a clinic this fall to become a certified driving instructor. If all works out we'll have the program up and running soon. Thanks to everyone for their kind donations that enabled us to buy this piece of land!
Various StuffWednesday, March 22, 2006
New Horse? Yes, we have a new horse out at the barn. Well, actually, she's a Pony. We recently welcomed the sweet Sissy to our program. She is working out beautifully. We are in the process of getting a cart so we can start a driving program with her.
Ike has left the building. One of our big guys who's been having some back trouble went back to his donater so he could have special care. Word is that he's doing wonderfully and perhaps he'll be back with us soon.
New HorseFriday, October 14, 2005
Second Annual Poker Run
The ride started at Coweta Custom Cycles in Newnan. At each stop along the way the rider would pick up a card from one our volunteers. At the last stop we gave $50.00 for the worst hand (which was, in turn, given back to CORRAL) and $150.00 for the best hand (which was also given back to CORRAL...all except $20.00. The winner said he was going to buy lottery tickets later.) The girl who won the 50/50 drawing also handed her money back to CORRAL and so generosity continued...
We had about $1800 donated by local businesses in the forms of gift certicates and items to be raffled off. Prizes kept being returned by the winners so an auctioneer in the crowd offered to auction off prize after prize so that we raised another $1100!
Thank you to the sponsors, businesses, generous participants, and volunteers who helped make this event a huge success. We raised over $4400 for CORRAL!
Oh...and one more....thank you Rhonda for all your hard work!
Photo AlbumTuesday, September 20, 2005
Gazebo and Poker RunFriday, September 16, 2005
CORRAL's Second Annual Poker Run was held last Saturday with much success. Thanks to all who participated!
Pictures of the new Gazebo and from the Poker Run will be up in the photo album soon. Please check back!
Volunteer InformationWednesday, September 14, 2005
Goodbye MozzieTuesday, June 14, 2005
On Thursday morning, I drove over to the barn as any other day. I always look in the pasture anticipating all the horses that were always waiting at their gates for my arrival. I noticed that Mozzie wasn't standing in his usual place between Straw and Hobby. But I wasn’t too concerned until I walked to the back to open the gates and Mozzie wasn't there. Sometimes Ike will choose to wait under the trees at the back and from a distance you can be confused about which horse is which. When I realized Ike was at the gate, I had a sudden sinking feeling that things were not good.
I found Mozzie lying under the trees. His coat was wet and covered with dirt telling me that he had been rolling. We’ve had lots of rain; maybe he was just rolling and got muddy? When I ran to him, he jumped up, shook himself and turned to me. I held my hand out to him; he sniffed and then blew right past me and trotted to the barn leaving me behind. I wanted to tell my self that he was fine and chastise him for scaring me, but I couldn’t shake that gut feeling even though he looked so good trotting off to the barn.
Andrea was here to ride Ike and she was waiting at the barn for Mozzie to come in. It didn't take but a minute for her to realize that things weren't good. After entering his stall, he immediately stretched out and started to paw. You see, for Mozzie, he would always run in his stall, turn around, stretch out and PEE!! It never failed! He wouldn’t take a bite of feed until he peed! That confirmed my fear and I immediately reached for the banamine and for the phone to call the Vet.
Dr. McClendon came within the hour, and after heavily sedating Mozzie, he did a rectal examine. He was concerned with what he found. Part of his colon was distended and stretched. We decided to try to sedate him enough to hopefully get everything to relax and go back into place on its own. That was really our only option, as we didn’t feel like he was a surgery candidate. Jason was optimistic in that he had seen cases that had been much worst actually survive by sedating them and allowing them to relax.
We wanted to give him the opportunity and the chance to get past this if possible, but we had to keep him pain free. Jason left me with 2 shots with instructions to watch for any signs when the pain meds started wearing off. Hopefully, when the sedation wore off, he wouldn't be in pain.
I put a fly mask on Mozzie and put him the little arena in the back and proceeded to turn the other horses back out in their pastures. One by one, each horse went over to Mozzie, touched noses and walked on out. That was unusual as I keep three different herds because they don't all get along very well. But it was when his pasture mates came out, that I called Andrea to come and see. Straw, Rock, and Ike were all lined up at the fence with their heads over and each one touched Mozzie, One by one they each hesitated for a minute and then turned and walked out to their pasture. All but Hobby left. It was as if he knew he was about to become number 2 in the herd, that Mozzie was leaving. It was at that point that I knew THEY knew.
I thought Mozzie would be better if he was allowed to go out with his herd and I opened the gate so he could go with Hobby. He walked out and actually grazed for just a few minutes, but then he pawed and lay down. He lay quietly for about 10 minutes. Hobby stood with him and then continued to stay around him but began grazing but as if he was standing guard. It was beginning to get hot and when the sun came out, I brought Mozzie in the back of the barn. Hobby followed and tried to come in with us. Again, that was unusual.
From that point on, it was clear to me, that it was time to make that decision. Jason and I talked back and forth for the next 2 hours. I wanted to see some evidence that he was getting better, but even with the drugs, he was beginning to really get frantic. Jason agreed with me as soon as he saw him. I felt that he was asking me to help him. There is a look that they all get when it is time. It's hard to describe, but you know that look. Their eyes tell you.
As I led him down to his last resting spot, He walked with his head held high and with so much dignity. He never looked back. He never once tried to throw himself down, but walked calmly past all kinds of things that would normally get his attention! I think he knew and he was ready. Mozzie always hated needles, but he never flinched when Jason injected him. There was no fear. He was calm and Jason just helped lay him over. He was free. The way his mane laid, it looked as if he was running. I think he was, after all he was born to run.
Each horse that comes into your life teaches you so much! I guess the biggest thing Mozzie taught me ,was that fear can be overcome when you learn to communicate and when you can prove to a horse that you can be trusted to be his leader. You had to earn his trust, and then you had a friend.
Horse ShowFriday, May 06, 2005
Horse UpdatesTuesday, May 03, 2005
Trigger will be leaving us soon to go into official retirement since he has been having problems with his back. He is going to be a companion for another horse. :)
On the other hand, we are trying out a new horse named Velvet (Ramsey). He's a gorgeous 17 year old red Arabian. We are all very hopeful that he will work out....he just needs to get used to being in the barn on occassion.
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
We finally completed (well, 95% completed) the construction of a handicapped accessible treehouse. The treehouse has been long desired goal of CORRAL and, in particular, Brown Powell. We wll post pictures in the photo album soon.
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