Fighting on the side of love

Susan Salk has an awesome blog, OffTrackThoroughbreds.com. It focuses on the rescue, rehabilitation, and sometimes remarkable recoveries of OTTBs, and sheds light on both the beautiful and the often very ugly side of thoroughbred racing.

I don’t read every post, but I do read the posts that tell the Cinderella stories – the stories of racehorses who have been abandoned, fallen on hard times, and who have found their personal angels.  Some go on to achieve remarkable things in the show ring, others to family homes, or therapeutic organizations. Each of these is a transformational tale – a horse risen from ruin, starvation, disease and suffering to the life of love and purpose that every animal (including we people) deserves.

Many are fortunate enough to be part of a rescued horse’s journey as one of its angels, as its destination, or both. Not many of us take this to the next level. Richard “Kudo” Couto of Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) does, and today’s OffTrackThoroughbreds.com post, “Liberated from Illegal Butcher, Horse Inspires“,  is one that that should be shared, and shared again.

The story is beautiful and compelling. Following the trail to the ARM website is a profound experience.  Founded in Florida in 2010, ARM is the investigative animal welfare organization founded by Couto to expose and address extreme criminal acts against animals.  Along with the ugly areas issues of illegal horse slaughter, ARM deals with people who practice acts of cruelty against animals that many of us would prefer to pretend didn’t exist.

Reading about ARM’s beginnings, and the organization itself, makes me think that this is what was meant by the expression “fighting on the side of love.”

And of course, it’s always nice to read about a hero!

 

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It’s cold outside. Do the mash!

Chaos and Dayo live outside, and with the weather here colder than it is at the North Pole (!?!), I fret. To keep them warm, they wear layers, have access to good quality hay 24-7, warm water in the troughs (they have heaters), and good shelter. I take their blankets off regularly (it helps because they are ridden five times a week, so checking all over is second nature), and have started giving them a warm mash with their regular grain.

Their favourite recipe so far includes:

  • 1/2 scoop Beet pulp
  • Flax meal
  • Tumeric
  • Cracked pepper
  • EV Coconut Oil
  • Apple sauce *sometimes molasses as an extra treat
  • Cut up apples and carrots
  • Salt

Many people prefer a traditional bran mash, and I suspect there are as many good mash recipes and opinions as there are equestrians themselves. There are pros and cons to feeding bran regularly, and I have chosen to opt for beet pulp as my mash “base”.

Do you mash once a week, or daily? What mash recipes do your horses particularly enjoy? My horses would love to know 🙂