Tag Archives: Ballentine’s Horse Heaven

Follow Up on Rabid Fox Attack and Sam’s Cancer

Time has a way of passing faster than one can believe. Last April, a Robin Rodgers, removed the mass of diseased cells. She felt there was a good chance the cancer would reappear. Johnn treated the eye with an ointment … Continue reading

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Farewell Murray Creek Riders

By May all the Murray Creek Riders had left Ballentine’s Horse Heaven, except for me. There were numerous reasons that they left; training, internships or new horizons. The barn was quiet as the days grew longer. Then in June came … Continue reading

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Barn Cats at Ballentine’s Horse Heaven

Cars and trucks travel too fast past the barn. A few weeks ago, Chloe, a feral black and white cat, was hit by a car and left in the ditch alongside the road.

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Gene Fletcher visits Ballentine’s Horse Heaven

By the time I pulled my car in front of the barn, Hunters for Healing,” said Gene. “I’ve never heard of them,” I said. “They take disabled veterans out hunting to help them heal spiritually. They also provide hunting and … Continue reading

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Karen Sykas’s Experiences with Horses

Watchung Stables, located within the Reservation and owned by the county since 1933, has provided an opportunity for all people to learn how to ride, improve equestrian skills or simply enjoy the 26 miles of bridle trails which wander through … Continue reading

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Snow Ride

Video by Anne Louise MacDonald at Hug A Horse Farm Karen and Marilyn last year, while it snowed and after it snowed. Sometimes, I rode alone, just Pepper and me. But the weather has been warmer this year; January with … Continue reading

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CJ Treks Alone

Why would a horse, a fairly intelligent animal, want to carry a person around to places consider dangerous in his eyes? Probably not, however, after some persuasion that is just what horses do for us. If you think about it … Continue reading

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Johnn’s New Horse – Sam

Connie sat in front of her computer screen browsing Craigslist when she hit upon an ad showing a Belgium horse for sale.’Humm’, she thought ‘Johnn loves Belgiums’. As a lark she printed out the ad. That evening, she handed the … Continue reading

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Haying at Ballentine’s Horse Heaven

Baling hay seems straight forward – cut it, bale it and put it in the barn, but like everything details matter. Johnn has been baling hay at Horse Heaven since 1985, before that he helped on his family’s farm until … Continue reading

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Gene Fletcher – Farrier at Ballentine’s Horse Heaven

In the summer of 2010, I ordered my first pair of horse boots and made a common mistake. The boots come in different sizes depending on the shape and dimension of the horse’s hoof. The boot manufacturer stipulates that a … Continue reading

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