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Gwen in Her New Home November 18, 2015

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The time came for Gwen to find her permanent home. Several different people looked at her, but there was one person Debra and I both agreed upon that Gwen liked the best. But the timing wasn’t right. A year later (maybe more – time goes so fast) the situation changed. Gwen still needed a good home and her person was now able to take her. And as fate, or destiny, or whatever you want to call it, would have it, Gwen was available.

On Saturday, November 14, Debra hauled Gwen to her new home in Virginia. There she has other horsey friends and will live her life as a riding horse and spoiled diva princess – which is how it should be. Debra, especially, was sad to see Gwen go. After all, she had spent every day with her since Gwen came into our lives. I just floated in and out as needed. But we feel good in the home that she now has. We both knew it was the right situation. We just had to wait for the right time. Gwen will be loved and cared for and that’s all we can ask for in the end. It was our goal from the very beginning…to take this injured, slaughter-bound majestic creature and give her a chance at another life. I’m very proud to say that we did that. Many thanks to Debra for taking such good care of her the last few years. She deserves the vast majority of the credit. Job well done.


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Gwen checking out her new surroundings…and making sure there is enough grass to eat.


Remember Gwen? July 29, 2014

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It’s been some time since I’ve talked about Gwen. Debra and I got her from Camelot a little over a year ago. If you need a reminder, this is what she looked like at the time.

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And here is Gwen today.


She has put on weight. Eating is one of her favorite things to do in life. The only remnant of her cut up legs is a small scar on her left front, which was the most injured of the four. She is sound, sassy, happy and very spoiled. We’ve always been curious of her parentage. A number of us thought she was an Anglo-Arab (Arabian/Thoroughbred cross) so Debra sent mane hairs off to Texas A&M for a DNA analysis. They can’t tell you exactly what a horse is, but they can tell you what the horse most likely is. We were surprised with the results. Number 1 and 2 on the list were Morgan and Saddlebred. Number 3 was Arabian. Now that she’s put on more weight, we can see Morgan in her but none of us can really see Saddlebred. So, we’ve decided she is a Morgan/Arabian cross. It doesn’t really make any difference. Gwen is Gwen and we love her regardless, but it was fun to find out.

Debra wanted me to include this quote for Gwen the next time I talked about her. I don’t know the author so I can’t give credit, but it works for Gwen and probably all rescued animals.

“I have nothing to fear, and here my story ends. My troubles are over, and I am home.”


One Door Closes, Another Opens January 7, 2014

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I haven’t seen Gwen since before Christmas. The holidays, sick parents requiring my attention, and oh yes…the weather, have kept me away. But I did give Debra and Gwen a gift for Christmas. I’ve known for some time what I was going to do, but I had to wait for the right time. What better time than Christmas? Debra and I went into this venture to find Gwen a permanent, loving home. It became obvious to me after a couple of months that Gwen already had her permanent, loving home. Debra adores Gwen and Gwen is quite smitten with Debra. Not to mention that Gwen is very happy where she is. She has lots of horsey friends, plenty of turnout, more than enough hay (judging by her hay belly), and a treat that is never far away. Could we really find a better situation? I doubt it. So for Christmas I gave my “share” of Gwen to Debra. Okay, obviously I’m not a horse trader. Nor am I in this to make money. But that’s okay. What I am in this for is to spread the word about the value of Arabians and part-Arabians, work with horses and people who want to learn, and do my part in finding the right match for a person and a horse needing a good home.


Could Gwen be any more content?

Although Gwen is technically the “One Door Closes” in this title, the door really isn’t closed. I will still be around her regularly (just as soon as the weather improves), and certainly if Debra finds another perfect person for Gwen she can move her on. But for now Gwen is happily staying at Windwood Farm. Perhaps that is what she (Gwen that is) had in mind all along. And of course I will still update people on how she is doing, but (as the title implies) I already have another project. Her name is Bahea and she is a very sweet Arabian mare. But more about her next time.


More “Firsts” for Gwen July 18, 2013

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This week, despite it being the hottest week so far this year, brought more new experiences for Gwen – a lesson and a saddle fit. Unfortunately, Debra and I both forgot to take pictures and video so I don’t have any visuals. I’ll blame it on the heat.

Monday afternoon, I did a lesson on Gwen with my current instructor, Brandi Benedict of Son Rise Stables in Lovettesville, VA ( . Brandi had me work at a walk and trot on asking Gwen to bend slightly, move away from my inside leg and soften her topline. It was pretty obvious that Gwen had never been required to do that. She went through lots of different positions, but eventually she started to drop her head and relax her back. Mind you just for a stride or so, but hey…it was an attempt and at this point that is all we are looking for. Debra said she could see Gwen thinking about what was being asked of her and Brandi mentioned a few times in the trot that she was going to have a beautiful trot once she learns to carry herself. We didn’t work too hard as it was very hot and Gwen was not very fit, but overall everyone was pleased with her effort and I have confirmation of what to work on until Brandi can come back.

The next day, saddle fitter Gina Perilla ( came to check saddles for several of Debra’s horses. We asked her to look at what we had to see what would be the best fit for Gwen. As it turns out, none of them really fit her. They are all too wide. The best option currently is one of my saddles. However, it would be best to find something slightly narrower. So, Debra and I are on the lookout for a 17.5 inch, medium-tree dressage or all-purpose saddle that doesn’t cost a lot of money. The idea will then be to sell the saddle with Gwen. Of course, Gwen was a model student for everything and continued to thrive on the attention.




Just this morning, Debra sent me pictures of Gwen’s tail. When she arrived, she had rubbed out the top of her tail and had a bad sore underneath it. Well, you can see from the photos that her tail is starting to grow back nicely. It will take a long time to come in completely, but it’s made a lot of progress in 5 weeks.

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