Saturday, December 27, 2008

In The Eyes of A Teenager “Madison”

C-Choosy on who you trust.
E-excellent horse.
D-dreaming he was mine.
R-raising your head to see me.
I-intelligent in every way.
C-calling you mine

Cedric, I wish I could call you mine. You are my favorite horse. You have the best personality in the world. Whenever I come to your pasture you always come and knicker at me. You trust me in every way and I feel like one when I'm with you. I feel like you're my guardian angel and I can tell you anything. If I had the money you would be mine. You have a beautiful head a kind soft eyes. I love the way you move so freely and wild. You have so much spirit which gets my attention. The first day I came to the farm I kept staring at you like we were meant to be. I think we were, cause I never get over you. You are in my head all the time. Whenever I work with you we excel at something with just one step at a time. I'm glad that you trust me cause I trust you. I sure hope to know you for the rest of my life cause you are an amazing horse that I love so dearly much. You have a great home where everyone loves you, but I love you the most. We have the best friendship that I could asked for in a horse and I hope know one takes that away from us. Love you so much Cedric I'll see you soon.



Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Quote Of The Day

What you have outside you counts less than what you have inside you.



Thursday, December 18, 2008

It Is A Shame It Happened

Please take a moment and read the next two articles to understand where I am coming from.

First posted below is the Equine Law set to protect them. Next post shows you just how well they are being used. Once again the Ag Department failed to do their duties to protect these horses.

This man was under investigation for a year, and for what? So he can let his horse die and more starve to the point where bones are showing. I mean come on Ag.!

Also stated that the owner had been cited several times, and only to pay no attention to the citations.

Why do we have laws then? Why do we have an Ag. Department with veterinarians? Why do you put horses back into the population of the human only to start the cycle all over again? Why don't you geld the stallions that come in? Where are your adoption forms that could protect these horses better? I understand that nothing is full proof, but something is better than what you are doing right now. It is still nothing, if it were something than these horses would not be in the shape they are in.

It is the job you chose, and if you can't do it than give it to a person who will.


It is an issue isn't it? It is money. Money the root of all evil in this world. Words we have all heard before. What the H they are just words aren't they?


If the police department can have a system set up to make sure that people have insurance on their cars or go to jail when they are pulled over, then why can't the Ag Department come up with a better system of documenting and making sure these animals go to safer homes?

Yes, I do put some of the blame on our Ag. Department for the conditions these horses were found in and for the dead horse. A year? Come on! I would rather the man had sent these horses to the slaughter house than hear they had to suffer through what they have over the last year. To me that would be a life time of hell.

Could you only take the time and forget to feed yourself for the next year and have to deal with the elements of the weather on a day to day bases? We all know that will not happen.

This should have never happened!! It is a shame that it did happen.



Humane Care for Equines Act

Our equine health section is responsible for enforcing the Humane Care for Equines Act, the Equine Act of 1969, and excerpts of the Animal Protection
Act.  Enforcement of these laws is achieved through the inspection of equine sales, abuse complaints, stables and events.  We also manage the Equine Infectious Anemia Control Program. 

The Animal Protection Act requires all stables that charge a fee for boarding, holding, training, breeding, riding, pulling vehicles, or similar purposes to be licensed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.  All equine at these facilities must be provided with adequate food, water, and shelter.  Stable owners must maintain records of current, negative Equine Infectious Anemia tests, purchases and sales.

The equine industry is also monitored for Equine Infectious Anemia through the enforcement of the Equine Act of 1969.  Regulations require a negative test within the last 12 months on all equine sold, traded, given away, or moved for change of ownership.  All equine assembled for exhibitions, rodeos, trail rides, or other activities must also have a current, negative Equine Infectious Anemia test.  Any equine testing positive for Equine Infectious Anemia must be quarantined at least 200 yards from all other equine, euthanized and buried, or shipped to slaughter.

The need for protecting the welfare of equine prompted the passing of the Humane Care for Equines Act in 1992, which requires that all equine are provided with adequate food and water, and are treated and cared for in a humane manner.  The Act provides for inspections, impoundments, care, and disposition.  Authority is granted for injunctions, restraining orders, and monetary penalties as required to achieve enforcement.

The Department currently employs 11 Equine Inspectors and one Equine Field Supervisor who are responsible for enforcing these laws throughout the state.  Their duties include but are not limited to:

  • Inspecting licensed and unlicensed stables
  • Investigating complaints of inhumane care and treatment
  • Inspecting equine sales
  • Inspecting horse shows, rodeos, parades, and other events
  • Caring for impounded equine and managing 2 impound facilities 
  • Enforcing disease eradication laws
  • Investigating reports of stolen equine
  • Enforcing dead animal disposal laws
  • Speaking to various organizations on equine issues
  • Responding to equine involved in disasters

It should never have taken a year!

Adairsville man arrested for starving 7 horses

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A black horse lay dead at the bottom of the hill, its front legs scraped from a final struggle to stand.

Most of the other six horses in the Adairsville pasture had bones showing through their skin, and the feces from one contained rocks and pebbles, as if the animal had been rooting in the dirt for food.

Horses on Richard William Brown's farm near Adairsville

That was the scene authorities described after visiting the field outside the Adairsville mobile home of Richard William Brown.

A Bartow County Sheriff's Deputy accompanied a state Agriculture Department official, Courtney Farnon, to the property last week, and found the desperate conditions. The deputy arrested Brown, 48, when it became clear there was no food for the animals, according to an incident report filed Friday and obtained Wednesday.

Brown was charged with cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor, Deputy Blake Hilley wrote in the report.

Hilley's report said a veterinarian determined the horse died from starvation and that all the surviving horses were "severely" underweight. It also said agriculture
officials had been investigating the situation for a year and had issued several violations for inadequate food that Brown had ignored.

"Richard showed me where he places the hay for the horses to eat," Hilley noted. "I did not observe any hay in or around the area where Richard said it was stored."

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Horse Tales for the Soul

Go to htpp:// and learn more about HORSE TAILS FOR THE SOUL. Horse Tales for the Soul is about the tales of human and their horse(s). Each chapter is written by a different writers from all over the world, sharing their experience and knowledge about a horse or horses in their lives. Stories that will touch your soul, warm your heart, and make you smile. This is the perfect Christmas gift for the horse lover in your family. You can purchase it either in Audio Edition or Paperback. The Complete Pet will also donate a portion of the proceeds to our facility. Not only will you bring a smile to the horse lover in your life; you will also be helping our rescue facility.
We all here at
Harmony Meadows Equine Rescue
Wish you and your family a
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
God Bess You All!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Nora Said

This is about Circles

C= Carrot Loving

I= Irritable

R= Regal

C= Choosy

L= Loving

E= Exceptional

S= Sneaky

Now Circles sounds like a lot of fun to me. Thank you Nora, for your incite about your Circles. You know your horse well, and this is what we look for in a true horse person.

You can also email us a picture to add to your horses name. Email Please make sure that your name and horses name is on the email.

I am looking forward to seeing more meanings to more names. Keep sending them, and I will keep posting them.


Don't forget to hug your horse:0)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

A Word From The Wise

Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.

By. Bob Ottenhoff

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

In The Eyes of A Mom

Dixie was born here at Harmony Meadows in May 2008. She is quite the girl, bold and loving. Dixie will melt your heart away, you can't help but fall in love with her. Her new mom Gail has also looked deep into the meaning of Dixie's name.


D Delightful

I Inspiring

X xoxoxo

I Intelligent

E Exceptional