June 2011 Newsletter

Blue Star Equiculture
June 2011
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Join the Herd!
Photo of the Month
Congressman Neal
New Blog!
News from the Herd!
Big Men on Campus
Hello, Goodbye!
Summer Workshops at UMass
Fire Horses
Join Us!
Horse Quotation of the Month
If You Love Horses, You MUST Watch This Video
If you love horses, you must watch this video
If you love horses, you must watch this video

100,000 horses from the United States are slaughtered for human consumption every year, and they're NOT working horses.  Find out how you can help end the slaughter and draft a better future for horses.

 

It's called "teamwork."


DONATE TODAY!
Your support helps horses in need!

Blue Star Equiculture cares for up to 30 rescued and retired horses at one time.  Our horses, many of whom have special needs and to whom Blue Star has made a commitment for the duration of their lives, require feed, hay and regular veterinary and farrier care. 

If you would like to donate to Blue Star Equiculture to support our mission to help horses, humans and Mother Earth, a $ amount and click on the donate button below.

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Blue Star Equiculture is a 501(c)3 charity.

ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.

Upcoming Events
"THE HORSE COMES FIRST": EQUINE DENTISTRY with Nicole Lombardo, Saturday 6/25/11 11AM - 1PM
Blue Star Equiculture

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EQUINE INSPIRED COACHING "Turn Your Dreams into Reality"
with Nicole Birkholzer, Saturday 6/25/11
UMass - Hadley Farm

Register online.

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MOUNT TOM EYRIE HOUSE 150th ANNIVERSARY
Wagon Rides at Mount Tom, Monday 7/4/11, 1:00 - 5:30 pm

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EQUINE INSPIRED COACHING "Do you run your life or is your life running you?" with Nicole Birkholzer, Saturday and Sunday 7/9/11 -7/10/11
UMass - Hadley Farm

Register online.

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WORK HORSE CERTIFICATION I
6 week course, Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-6 pm,
begins 7/12/11
UMass-Hadley Farm

Register online.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE WEEKEND DRIVING WORKSHOPS

Blue Star Equiculture:
Your Horses, Your History, Your Future

Show it off!

Blue Star Equiculture has THREE new t-shirt designs available at the very affordable price of just $12!  Available in S/M/L/XL

 

"Going Green takes REAL horsepower."

 

"It's time to put the HORSE back in HORSEPOWER."

 

"SUPPORT WORKING HORSES"

JOIN THE HERD!


Where else can you get amazing equine educational workshops and hands-on horse experience with gentle giants, all while helping support the rescue or retirement of working horses? 

 

Where else can you answer the question "Have you hugged a draft horse today?" with a resounding "YES!"?

 

Why send money off to some huge or distant organization whose direct works you may never see, when you could be helping horses right here at home in your community, and whose activities are publicized constantly on facebook, the internet, and the press?

 

Blue Star Equiculture welcomes everyone to be a part of the life of the Herd.

 

Blue Star Equiculture is calling upon ALL of our supporters to "Join the Herd" and become a Blue Star Equiculture Herd Member for as little $10 / month.

 

Blue Star Equiculture is now offering Herd Membership at six different levels, starting at just $10 / month.  Sign up for a level of support that works for you.

 

For more information or to JOIN THE HERD,

visit our website

Blue Star Believes
TheBoys
Blue Star Equiculture Credo

We believe that the draft horse is a national treasure. 
We believe that horses and humans fundamentally belong together.

We believe that all horses deserve loving homes where their physical and social needs will be met.

We believe that "work" should not have a pejorative connotation.

We believe that in these troubled economic and environmental times, working horses offer a sustainable means of equine husbandry. 

We believe that every working horse deserves to have his needs taken care of for the duration of his natural life.




Wanted:
Great Homes!
TheBoys

Jetta is waiting for a forever home.


Are you looking for a new member of the family?  (Or two?)  Let us know what kind of horse you're looking for and we'll see if we can play matchmaker and find the perfect home for one of our horses (or one of the many horses on our waiting list). 

When you adopt from a rescue, you help save two horses - the horse you adopted and the horse for whom there is now room at Blue Star.

Contact us or stop by the farm to begin the adoption application process.

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Dear Blue Star supporter,

 

The past month has been a stormy one, to say the least!  Earlier this month, tornadoes ripped through Springfield and Monson, causing huge amounts of damage and loss for many local families. 

Blue Star was fortunate to be spared, as were all of our volunteers and adoptive homes.  We did go down to Monson to see the damage - and were greeted by our friend, Goliath, working (in training) for the UMass Mounted Police, who had been dispatched to patrol the town and keep the peace.  One of our alumni, Goliath, was there to give back to the community.

It seems like it's been raining all month! Peggy has been out driving (in the rain), the Carter, Charlie D. Mark and Tom Too moved to UMass (in the rain), Mark and Tom Too, driven by Paul, pulled an antique fire steamer pump with great pomp and circumstance (in the rain), Carter and Charlie did a job with our friends at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (in the rain), BSE instructor Sierra Humiston and staff gave a presentation to students from Palmer High School (in the rain)... well, you get the idea! 

Stormy as well, because of a variety of mixed emotions.  We had highs and lows on Memorial Day alone when we had a great get together with our volunteers and supporters to honor the horses that have passed at Blue Star, only to have Sebastian suddenly succumb to a seizure. 

Mark, Tom Too, Carter and Charlie D. have moved to UMass-Amherst, which means we miss them daily on the farm, but we're thrilled and excited for them to be up the road in Hadley, because that means we can reach a whole new group of people and teach them about what working horses can offer to the community.

Although we've never wavered in what we believe in, lately some people have questioned whether or not we're a "real" sanctuary (whatever that means) because we work some of our horses in harness.  In fact, some misguided animal activists from Win Animal Rights actually threatened our farm and our horses if we came to New York City again to stand up for the truth about working horses in the city.  We had to change the day we were going from June 4th to June 5th as a result, and it caused unnecessary stress and misunderstandings (Thanks a lot, WAR.  What have you actually done for horses?).

It can be frustrating, but at the same time, it's rewarding; it's a reminder of why Blue Star Equiculture was founded in the first place.  Of course, one need only look at the reception our horses have had in the communities as we do historical tours or wagon rides to know that we're making an impact in the lives of horses and humans alike.

Goliath patroling Monson after it was struck by a tornado
UMass mounted police horse and BSE alum Goliath patrolling Monson after it was struck by a tornado earlier this month.
Photo of the Month


On June 1, Blue Star Equiculture Executive director Pamela Rickenbach and Mark and Tom Too teach a student at St. Edward's School a little bit about working with horses in harness.  In addition to our mission to rescue, rehome or retire working horses, Blue Star also has an educational mission to make sure that future generations will continue to work in partnership with horses.
U.S. Representative Richard Neal endorses Blue Star Equiculture

 

"I am proud of the fantastic work done by Blue Star Equiculture. At a time when the national dialogue often turns strident, it is refreshing to have such a committed, humane organization right here in the heart of Massachusetts' Second Congressional District. As with all non-profits, Blue Star Equiculture survives because of the care and love of the founders, donors, and contributors. Considering Blue Star Equiculture's profound impact on horses, its educational collaborative with the University of Massachusetts, and the organic farm that provides a model for the community, Blue Star Equiculture is certainly a model that many of my colleagues would be lucky to have in their districts."

~Congressman Richard Neal, June 2011

Thank you Congressman Neal!  Henny enjoys a roll.  (Photo by Karen Keirstead.)

Hay, have you heard?  Blue Star has a BLOG! 
Get it straight from the horse's mouth!
You got it straight from the Herdmaster's mouth.

Blue Star Equiculture has a blog now, and we hope you'll check it out!

 

It's right on the home page of the website, www.equiculture.org, and Pam, Christina, and Sally have been posting there - everything from updates about Peggy, Gracie and Fancy Dan, to Montreal carriage tours, to deep reflections on Blue Star's mission and purpose in the world.  We hope that soon Justin and Sierra will be posting too, so you can stay up-to-date on what's going on on the farm between newsletters!

 

And we're bringing print back!

Speaking of newsletters: Be on the lookout!  Blue Star Equiculture is reviving our print newsletter, to be distributed to Turley Publications subscribers.  We're looking for advertisers.  Reach a readership of over 20,000!  Visit our newsletter webpage for our media kit, ad rates, and to learn more!

News from the Herd:

Fancy Dan - getting big at 3 months.  Photo by Karen Keirstead

Happy Birthday! Gracie turns 1 year old on July 3rd - she's quite the precocious youngster - she's already learning the very basics of wearing a harness.  She just wore a tightened surcingle for the first time this past week, and she's been bitted by Sally.

 

Meanwhile, Peggy turns 3 on July 22nd!  Peggy is in harness and working with her custom cart.  She took Sally and Shelley for a drive this past week down to the Peace Pole... and they all got caught in the rain (of course)!  Peggy and her "Uncle" Bud went to the Belchertown library on June 24th to kick off the Belchertown Library's summer reading program, "Read to Feed Horses in Need."

 

Fancy Dan will be 3 months old on July 9th, and he's getting BIG!  He loves to run and play with his exercise ball, and he really wants to meet the rest of the Herd!  (Fanny, on the other hand, is still super protective of him, so that probably won't happen until he's weaned.) 

Plant Sale. Photo by Karen Keirstead.

Plant Sale a Success! Blue Star's all-volunteer-organized plant sale June 18th and 19th was a huge success and raised over $300  for the Herd (about one week's grain bill).  A BIG thank you to Donna, Karen, Heidi, Amy and all the volunteers who made it possible.  Also, remember that Blue Star still has Hippeastrum bulbs for sale in the Blue Star Store!

Congratulations, Angie! Blue Star volunteer Angie Arahood was awarded a grant by the Women's Arts League of Springfield for her proposed "Gypsy Puppet Theater" pulled by Blue Star horses through neighborhoods in Springfield.  Blue Star had a great time at the luncheon and met artists from lots of other great programs in the area.

Justin, Charlie D. and Carter having fun.

Teaching old horses new tricks Justin and Sierra have been practicing equestrian vaulting and Roman riding with Carter and Charlie D. as part of a larger project to add to the horses' resumes and skills.

Jesse on Summer Vacation Jesse continues to flourish (and enjoy his lunches!) at Nicole Birkholzer's farm.  I put him down here towards the Alumni Update because Nicole has asked if his summer camp stay can be extended...  We think that sounds like an excellent idea!


Alumni Update: George!
Thanks to all of his friends who made "Noodles for George" a success for Lisa Rousseau and her family, Georgie Blue had his surgery for his abscess, and he has been recovering nicely!  He's feeling MUCH better, thank you!  (Even when he and his buddy Reese had a visit last week from the Belgian stallion up the street... Read more about their adventure and Blue Star's part in the blog.)

Sponsor a horse
Do you want to be a part of a horse's life at Blue Star?  Help us care for the horses on the farm who are here for long-term care, as permanent sanctuary horses, or in retirement!  Sponsor a horse today!

Big Men on Campus!
BSE horses arrive at UMass-Hadley Farm

Mark, Tom Too, Carter and Charlie D. enjoying their new pasture at UMass-Hadley Farm on June 17th.  The two teams will be on the farm to teach students in our Draft Horse Certification I course as part of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture's Equine Studies program.

HADLEY, MA - On Friday, June 17th, something big happened at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture's Hadley Farm. Actually, four somethings big. Nearly eight thousand pounds of horses unloaded off the trailer as Mark, Tom, Carter, and Charlie D. moved into their new home for the summer and fall.

The horses are part of a partnership between UMass-Amherst and Blue Star Equiculture Draft Horse Sanctuary and Organic Farm, a 501c3 non-profit horse rescue and educational facility in Palmer.

Mark, Tom, Carter and Charlie D. are Belgian and Percheron horses, who are at UMass to teach students from the college and the public about working with draft horses. This summer, Blue Star Equiculture's Justin Morace will be teaching a 6-week course on draft horse driving, and several other workshops with the four horses will be offered to the public. In the fall, UMass-Amherst's Equine Studies program will have a new course offering - Draft Horse Certification I.

"It's really time we got back to teaching about draft horses," says Dr. Stephen Purdy from the school's Center for Agriculture. "We've come full circle. Eighty years ago, we were teaching farming with horses; now, with the interest in organic farming, it's time to relearn go back to learning about draft horses. There's more to horsemanship than just riding. There's so much you can do with horses in the community, too."

That sense of history and reconnecting with the past and with the soil is what attracted Blue Star Equiculture to the partnership with UMass. Executive Director Pamela Rickenbach explains, "We want everyone to know the great joy that comes with working in partnership with these great horses. They deserve our respect and understanding. We owe them so much."

With the help of Blue Star Equiculture's horses now living at Hadley Farm, the Draft Horse program will prepare students to care for draft horses, properly fit harness and hitch a horse or team to a vehicle, and safely drive the horse or horses both on the road and on the farm. The program, which fits into a growing interest in sustainability and eco-friendly horse-keeping, is generating a lot of interest from students in the Equine Studies program and students of organic and sustainable agriculture. The courses are open to the general public as well..

Mark, Tom, Carter and Charlie D. have already begun to settle into their new routine at UMass, having grown accustomed to their neighbors, some donkeys and alpacas, also part of the livestock programs at Stockbridge. They come over to the fence by their run-in shelter to meet some curious students who've come to see the horses, each of whom weigh almost twice as much as some of the riding horses on the farm and stand more than a foot taller than many. Already, these ambassadors for working horses are making many new friends.

"We're going to miss them around our farm [in Palmer], but we're so grateful for the opportunity to share these magnificent horses to a whole new generation of horsemen and horsewomen at UMass," Rickenbach says, looking at the two teams of horses in their new field. "They're the new 'big men on campus.'"



The boys' new run-in shed... and their new groupies, Stockbridge School students (and Paul and Dr. Steve).  On the far right are some of the yearlings and two-year-olds from UMass's breeding program, including Fancy Dan's full sister and half brother.
Hello, Goodbye!  Welcome newcomers Billy and Bob, goodbye to the Boyz, Pete gets adopted, RIP Sebastian, howdy to Sierra and Pony

 

Brothers Billy (left) and Bob (right)

Hello, Billy and Bob!Blue Star's newest rescues arrived on Sunday, June 5th.  Billy and Bob are black Percheron crosses.  They're brothers and about 5 or 6 years old.  Apparently, they were bought from the Amish as 3-year-olds and then given to an owner who had a bit too much to handle in a couple of young brothers.  Billy and Bob's owner was apparently scared of them, and lashed out verbally (and physically, perhaps) in order to try and intimidate them.  As a result, Billy and Bob have not been handled much.  To make things worse for them, when they were surrendered to Blue Star, in part because of their "wildness," they had not been getting the care and handling they need.  Billy and Bob are underweight and were very dehydrated when they arrived at the farm.  They downed three water tubs in the space of less than 24 hours, and we have slowly been refeeding them.  Now, they are out of quarantine and are able to be with the rest of the herd, where they are beginning to make friends (and learn the routine!).

 

Bob (the brother with less white) is more at ease with people.  He is easier to catch and more outgoing.  He has really come out of his shell in only a few short weeks.  Billy, on the other hand, is going to be more of a challenge.  He definitely looks to Bob for leadership, and he hates being touched by anyone on the shoulder or neck (this has made getting him the veterinary care, such as vaccines, a difficult task for Dr. Purdy!).   These young brothers, though, with patience and gentle handling, should come around to understanding that people are friends and that working together is fun and rewarding. They're already gaining lots of weight (water and flesh), and we hope that with time and training, they'll settle down into a lovely future working team.

 

Goodbye to the collegiate teams! Carter and Charlie-Daniel and Mark and Tom Too have left to go to UMass for the summer and fall where they can teach future horsemen and horsewomen how to work with draft horses in harness.  Read more about them and their course offerings elsewhere in this newsletter!

 

Goodbye, Pete! Pete, an 8-year-old bay quarterhorse gelding, and one of the "founding" horses at Blue Star Equiculture has found a perfect home!  He has been adopted by a state park guide and avid trail rider, which is perfect for Pete, since his favorite activity (outside of eating and hanging with the ladies) is trail riding!

 

RIP, Sebastian. Blue Star Equiculture was stunned on Memorial Day after our wonderful time together remembering the horses at BSE who had passed, to find that Sebastian appeared to have suffered from some sort of neurological issue / seizure.  As a result, he was dehydrated and overheating (his normal homeostatic body functions not working properly).  He had a seizure and suddenly died after dinner that night.  Examination by our vet ruled his death to be precipitated by a neurological event of indeterminate origin, but unrelated to his environment / care.  Sebastian had only been at the farm for about a month and was only 12 years old.  He was a sweet boy, and will be missed.  His death comes as a reminder of how fragile life can be.

 

Sierra (center, blue plaid shirt) giving a group from Palmer High School an educational introduction to horsemanship in the barn on a rainy day.

Hello, Sierra and Pony! Sierra is not a horse, but she brought one with her!  Sierra Humiston is Blue Star Equiculture's new horse trainer and future riding instructor.  She is helping Justin with training the horses in harness, and bringing her years of experience in natural horsemanship (REAL natural horsemanship, not the "brand name") and riding (both English and Western) to the Herd.  She's helping the 4-H Club, Blue Star Buddies, get ready for show season, and getting our riding horses ready for adoption.  (She's also got a new special friend in Carter...).

 

Sierra has brought her own personal horse, Pony, an aged mustang, to the farm.  He's "out of retirement" and teaching our volunteers about ground work and building a partnership between horse and human.

 

Summer Workshops and Courses with BSE Horses at UMass-Hadley Farm

Work Horse Certification I

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 - 6 pm

July 12 - August 18, 2011

Have you ever wanted to drive draft horses?

This program teaches students the basics of draft horse husbandry before moving on to teach them skills in working with horses in harness, both on the road and on the farm, working with rescued horses, draft horse training, practical problem solving, and farming with horses.

This Level I certification will prepare the student to care for draft horses, properly fit harness and hitch a horse or a team to a vehicle, and safely drive the horse or horses both on the road and on the farm.

In this 6-week program you will learn about:

  • Draft Horse Care
  • Draft Horse Diseases
  • Harness Parts
  • Harness Care
  • Proper Harnessing of the Draft Horse
  • Safe Hitching
  • Driving Singles and Teams

This course will meet twice a week for 3 hours with a limited enrollment of 8 students.   $1500 for 6 weeks of intensive hands-on work with draft horses.

Click here to register!

 

Equine Inspired Life Coaching with Nicole Birkholzer

 

Blue Star Equiculture's horses that will be living at UMass this summer and fall have a "job"!  They're helping Nicole Birkholzer teach life skills through equine-inspired coaching.  A portion of the fees for these workshops goes to support the Herd.

 

2 Day Workshop - Do you run your life or is your life running you?

July 9 and 10, 2011  9:30am-4:30pm  at UMass Hadley Farm, Hadley MA
$ 795 per person    ·   Open to 6 participants

 

This Equine Inspired Workshop is an invitation to connect with horses. The connection encourages you to see and be yourself. Horses are beautiful teachers of awareness. As a prey animal in the wild their senses are the key to their survival. Humans often forget to use all of their senses in order to live a fulfilled life. The connection with the horse will allow us to tap into those forgotten feelings and senses, which can enrich and deepen our experience in this world and turn your dreams into reality.

 

The workshop will include group activities focused on awareness as well as one-on-one time with the horses. During the individual work the group will be part of the process by holding the space for you and the horse.

 

This workshop combines the best of equine inspired coaching, vision work, and manifestation techniques. It supports participants in their efforts to crystallize their dreams and turn them into reality. Often clients share their stories of unfinished books, stalled business ideas and stagnant careers with me. Based on my personal experience and the experience of my clients, there is no need to stay stuck in this place when there are opportunities and ways to bring your visions to life.

 

Get clear, make a plan and start living your best life yet.  Click here for more information and to register.

Following in the Footsteps of Forefathers and Fire Horses

 

On June 11th, Blue Star Equiculture was asked to participate in the dedication of the new state Fire Academy in Stow, MA.  Mark and Tom Too pulled New Bedford, MA's old steam pumper in a ceremonial parade.  They were driven by Blue Star's own Paul Moshimer, retired Fire Chief of Kennebunkport, ME.  Paul's great-grandfather, Robert Sproule, was a firefighter in the Natick, MA fire department. He lost his life driving a horse-drawn steamer to a fire, when the steamer's wheels caught in the groove of some trolley tracks and the vehicle overturned and exploded.  Pam wrote about the experience of participating in the dedication on the blog.

 

(Top) Paul driving Tom Too and Mark, 2011. (Bottom) Paul's great-grandfather driving a pair of unidentified horses, 1915.

 

From the mid-nineteenth century until the 1920s the fire horse reigned supreme in cities and municipalities all over the country.  Fire departments resolutely clung to their fire horses long after motorized trucks were available, because for many years horses simply could do the job much better than any truck could.

 

Fire horses had to be both brave and strong.  Steam pumpers, such as the one Mark and Tom Too pulled at the Academy, weighed in excess of 8000 lbs. empty.  Fire horses did their job without blinders.

 

In many firehouses, when the alarm rang, the stall doors would spring open automatically, and the fire horses would rush out of their stalls to stand at their appointed place in front of the fire vehicles.  Harness could be lowered immediately from the ceiling - it was suspended overhead and only required two buckles to secure to the horse.  The whole apparatus could be out the door at full gallop in less than thirty seconds.  Experienced fire horses could even discern from the alarm what general part of town the fire was in, and would know automatically which way to turn out of the door.

 

Because of the reliability and trustworthiness of fire horses (which was built by a mutual partnership of trust with the firemen, day in and day out), fire fighters kept their horses as long as they could.  The retirement of fire horses in cities across the nation was met with great, almost funerary, pomp, as the teams were sent out on "one last call."

 

The Portland, Maine, Fire Department did not retire its final six fire horses until 1929.  The Portland Evening Newspaper on May 13, 1929 reported the sadness felt by the community when the horses made that last call:

 

Dan and Pete, coal black steeds that have for the past six years responded to fire alarms with the hose wagon at Engine Three, Brackett Street, are the last of Portland's fire horses to be relegated to the ancient and honorable list with the coming of the motor pumper being transferred from Engine 4 on Tuesday.

 

Farewells have all been said to the big black horses by more than a score youngsters in the vicinity and tears were falling fast from the eyes of the kiddies in the neighborhood, at the loss of their friends.

 

Each night at nine o'clock it has been the habit of at least 20 juveniles to gather at the fire station at 8:59 to wait for the nine o'clock blows and see Dan and Pete run to the harness, set for a response to duty.  After they are backed into the stable, the kids go to the stable door and fight for a place to watch the big boys make ready for the beds of straw, good-nights are shouted and the horses, seeming to know, nearly always respond with a whinny.

 

The attraction of the animals for the children has never failed during the last six years.  Their Driver, Matthew J. Cady, tells of the fact that in one family there has never been a night in the season in which one or more of the same family has not been present at the goodnight period.

 

The children are not the only ones who are shedding tears for the loss of their equine friends, the eyes of the Driver are dim, as he tells of the many usual good points in the pair and the eyes of the listeners, who well know the love of man for beast are always somewhat showery.  That the useful and intelligent animals will have a good home in their old age is a surety, as a well-known gentleman, who is famous for his love for all animals, is said to be making negotiations for the ownership of not only Dan and Pete, the coal blacks of Engine Three's house, but also for Bill and Joe, the beautiful white pair, which were formerly stationed at Engine and Ladder Six at 295 Park Avenue.

 

I think that surely we have lost something when we traded horses who everyone knew their names and qualities for soulless machinery.  Surely, things have been made more "efficient" - but is that really "progress"?  We make up for it, though in the joy we see in the public's eyes - in the children - when the horses come back to the communities.  When they do the jobs they have always done.

Check out more amazing info about fire horses at www.firehorses.info (imagine that url!).

 

 

 

 

Join Us!

Volunteers on Memorial Day.

 

It takes an entire community of like-minded individuals to help a project with a mission like Blue Star Equiculture's succeed.  Join the Herd and join a fun and caring group of dedicated supporters.  We can't wait to meet you!  (And if you think you know someone else who might also want to support our mission to draft a better future for horses, humans and Mother Earth, invite them to Join the Herd.)

 

Horse Quotation of the Month

Give me a wheel of oaken wood,

A rein of polished leather,

A heavy horse and a tumbling sky,

Brewing heavy weather.

Bring a song for the evening

Clean brass to flash the dawn

Across these acres glistening

Like dew on a carpet lawn.

In these dark towns folk lie sleeping

As the heavy horses thunder by

To wake the dying city

With the living horseman's cry.

 

~Jethro Tull, "Heavy Horses"

 

Thank you for your interest in Blue Star Equiculture.  We hope to see you soon at the farm at one of our events or workshops, or out on the road as we clip-clop by!  Until next time, remember that "going green takes real horsepower!"

Sincerely,

Pamela Rickenbach and Christina Hansen
Blue Star Equiculture
About Us

Our mission is to provide retired working horses a sanctuary and homeless working horses the opportunity to be useful and positively improve their lives, while bringing education, equine awareness, skills and healing to the community and the environment.

Blue Star Equiculture is a vision born out of the hearts of like-minded individuals who feel the need to respond to the current, increasingly dire situation facing both the environment and homeless horses.

Blue Star Equiculture is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization. We rely on the donations of individuals and organizations in order to do our work.

We welcome contributions in time, materials, money, or knowledge.

All of us, equine and human, are part of an interconnected web of life.
Blue Star Equiculture
PO Box 7
Bondsville, Massachusetts 01009
Blue Star Equiculture
413-289-9787
www.equiculture.org




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