Friday, August 7, 2009

Horses In Need Of Help!!!!!

Forwarded Message ----

If anyone can help, please email Diana ASAP with the number of horses you can house, thanks. Her email is
Hopefully more of these horses can be saved!
I am forced to get involved in a horrible situation in Galatin TN involving 186 horses and 30 mules. There is a rescue that has spoken for all the mules, so we are looking at a desperate situation with horses. HSUS says if we ask for their help, they will euthanize the horses, and they will euth any that we can't get out of there.
HSUS is willing to take care of prosecuting the owner, but seems to think saving this many horses is not possible. A dog rescuer named Maureen, who knows nothing about horses (her rescue took 70 dogs from the place) has contacted me for help, and she has bravely determined that the horses won't die. She had no idea from there what to do next, but her dog rescue volunteers have found trailers and drivers to deliver horses, and have recruited horsie friends to care for the horses that can't travel. Vets are currently getting Coggins Tests on every horse, and are worming every horse. Unfortunately, the ones that would be best to bring here (because of my vet abilities) can't make the trip for a while. The rescues in TN all together have arranged to save 40 horses, leaving 146. Can you help me save them? I think if we all network like we did last year, we can do this! The horses are all handle-able and sweet.

There are Quarter Horses and TN Walkers. There are many mares in foal. Maureen thinks maybe 20 mares in foal, but she is trying to sort how many of what as we speak. She thinks there are some ponies as well. Here is my question for all of you: The trip to your facilities will be too much for most of the horses. I have 44 horses at Horse-Angels currently, and we struggle as always with grain, hay, farrier, bedding, and medication costs. We have lots of land, but these horses need shelter and many sound like they need a stall in my barn. I can put most of my recovered and healthy horses outside if I can afford more sheds for our pastures so that stalls can go to the neediest guys, and I can put the stronger arrivals in my paddocks and isolation area. If I can get 30-40 here to get stronger for a couple weeks, can any of your rescues (or others you may know of that are good quality) commit to taking some? Can you each give me a number that you could house, and I will get those, plus what I can handle, transported here? I will get them strong enough to travel (I will keep the weakest ones here and sort stronger ones for your rescues), and hopefully within 2 weeks , they can be picked up to head north. I don't know if the volunteer transporters that are currently hauling from TN will still be available to help by the time they can travel, so you would have to find transport. My goal is to get as many out as we can through our networking. That would be great if we could save them all. Realistically, I'm thinking maybe we can get 40 out. Can you help do you think? They want a number by Monday so they can start getting them out before HSUS steps in and destroys them. Oh yes- there are some elk as well if anyone is interested. Elk can have tuberculosis, so you would want them tested before bringing them home! Thanks so much! I wanted to work with all of you again, but not with quite this manyJ

Diana Murphy
Voice For Horses Rescue Network
PO Box 566
Toledo , Ohio 43697
(419) 247-0025

Monday, April 13, 2009

Neat Repeats Consignment Boutique Grand Opening.

Neat Repeats Consignment Boutique

Grand Opening

Saturday April 18th



Everyone is invited to the grand opening at Neat Repeats on Saturday April 18th form 10am till 5pm.

Neat Repeats is a new store at 8492 Hiram Acworth Highway behind Kroger's Shopping Center in Dallas . This new store is a Consignment Boutique that sells new and used clothes, household items and more. Need to clean out the closets, and make a little extra cash then call Nancy Szopinski at 770-966-9991 for more details.

There will be pony rides held by Harmony Meadows Equine Rescue, Inc. Rides will be $3.00 per ride per person and all money goes to help feed the horses at their rescue facility. There will be more fun stuff for the kids.

See you all on Saturday April 18th

Sunday, April 12, 2009

In Memory of Jason Smith U.S.M.C

Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy presence and obedient to Thy will.  Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones, and Thee without shame or fear.  Protect my family.

      Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm.  Grant me the courage to be proficient in my daily performance.  Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties my Country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me.  Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold.

      If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again.

      Guide me with the light of truth and grant me wisdom by which I may understand the answer to my prayer.

                                     JASON SMITH  U.S.M.C




Everyone, please stop and pray to Jason and tell him thank you for giving his life for us, and for land that is not ours. Too young to fight, too young to die, and for what?

God Bless You Jason Smith U.S.M.C.

Majestic Is His Name

Our little colt now has a name placed on him. Majestic it is,

strong and happy, full of life and love. He will touch every sole

that passes his way. Size is not what makes you, your heart

is. Majestic is everything he should be, God has blessed us

well. Majestic is our Easter, he is our smile, love, strength,

laughter today. You have a way of making ones troubles

seem so small, so unimportant and that means something.

They may not see it but I do, all eyes are on you, smiles and

laughter, what greater day can that be.

Happy Easter Majestic!

Thank you God.

Majestic Is His Nam

Friday, March 27, 2009

Eddie, Eddie , Eddie, You Make My Heart Smile:

Never underestimate a blind horse. Eddie has been such a big smile here on our farm from the day he got here. He makes me laugh, and sad at times. I understand him and he is loved by so many people that come here. Eddie knows how to train the human that comes to his home.

Let's see, If he is hanging out at the top gate when you come in ya got to pay the toal fee. Your payment has to be in the form of a treat, it's ok if it is horse treats, carrots, apples with no seeds; any one will do for him and Champ. Now if you fail to pay the toal you may get dirty looks, he may stand in front of the gate and even fallow you up the driveway and catch ya when ya get out of your car. You will pay the toal for coming in. It is so funny explaining it to people prior to them coming here.

Champ is Eddies best friend that lives in the pasture next to him. We do not own Champ, he belongs to my neighbor. Champ is a 7 year old Tenn. Walker, both him and Eddie are joined at the hips. If Champ isn't at their hanging spot Eddie yells for him and he comes a running. My heart melts every time they are together. We even put up a shelter tent for Eddie so the rain and sun were not bother him. We have tried putting other horses with Eddie but he isn't happy. We even begged our neighbor not to keep Champ from seeing Eddie, we have even offered to care for Champ, nope he will not. If the money was right I know we could buy Champ for Eddie but I know the price on that horse would be more than we can afford right now.

Yesterday our big pasture of horses were running and playing then all of a sudden Eddie started bucking and running just as if he were in with all the other horses. Yep, I laughed and smiled at him,

" you go Eddie; "what a guy.

We have been putting the round bale of hay in the stock trailer because we don't have enough room to store it in the barn right now. I kept the door open for Eddie to stick his head in and eat at will. Never thought he would climb inside and spend the night in there eating the hay; Stupid me. He has never offered to get into the trailer until the rain started and hasn't let up yet. Can't say as I blame him for getting in. Now, Eddie is a big boy and uses up the trailer. I don't mind, I clean up his messes and make sure he has plenty of hay to get into when he climbs into the trailer. Eddie hasn't been in a trailer off our property since we got him, tuff getting him in and he is happy right where he is. Like I said, he makes us smile and brings much laughter to our place. I wouldn't trade my blind man for all the money in the world.

Dear Eddie,

Eddie, you are what love, friendship and laughter is all about man. We love your big Appy butt. You are a true gift from God; our gift to share with the world. You are the strength of our rescue, you are Harmony Meadows to us all. Keep us laughing and smiling buddy.

Your friend


Tuesday, March 10, 2009


GB's Summer Camp

Hurt Rd. Smyrna

June 1-5


($325.00) if Registered before April 20)

Games, Horse Care, Riding, Feeding, Brushing and MORE…


Snacks, drinks, horses and fun provided

Jessy Sovoda


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Some Horse Owners


I hate to write this, but it happens to me all the time. I get emails and calls about people wanting us to take their old horses, lame horses or unbroken horses. Now, the way I see it, you own the horse, you no longer want it because it is old, lame or you do not know what you are doing. This is not what rescue facilities are for; RESCUE means just that. You expect rescues to step up and care for your horse that you no longer want. Why? You wanted it.

Now, don't get me wrong, if someone is in financial difficulty and truly is then I have no problem. If the owner has passed away then I have no problem. If a county shelter calls me then I have no problem.

But to walk away from your responsibility just doesn't set right with me at all when you should be the one . This is why we have so many shelters having to put cats and dogs down.

Why in the heck did you get a horse in the first place? Horses are not meant to be a status symbol for anyone. They should be a lifetime commitment; I know mine are. I couldn't dream about getting rid one of my horses just because of my own selfish reasons.

You know, these horses could care less if you ever rode them again. They could care less if you ever put a halter on them again. Providing they have companionship of another horse. Let's not forget to feed and water them.

I have several questions that are pretty standard now. What's wrong with it? how old is it? Send me a picture and I can tell ya if it is sound or not most of the time.

I love what I do with this rescue to my inner core. This is why I have had enough with the people who don't step up and deal with it. Take care of your own horse, most of the time you are the one who caused it to go lame, so why do you fill it shouldn't be you to take care of it anymore now? Right?



For the love of the horse..

Monday, March 2, 2009

Mary's Horses

My horses are rescued boys.
Zip is a Quarter horse and when we got him he was thin and nervous. He was 4yrs old at the time and had been through some tough times. He had been passed around to many places( I wouldn't call homes! )even raffled off once. He has a scar on his chest that our farrier told us he had probably got caught on a fence pole.
His feet were in horrible shape over grown and cracked. It took a year or better to fix that. He is now doing GREAT is a lovable giant that found his forever home.
I can't even put in words how much we love him!! Our baby Raja is a real sad story. We found him on the Internet. He was falsely advertised I don't even think it was his pic that we saw.They were giving him away ,lady said she had just had a baby and didn't have the time to work with him .She told us that she had gotten him a the auction and put him out with her other horses and went on vacation.Raja was 7 mo old ,other horses beat him up pretty bad he was said to have been down near a roll of hay for a few days in the rain. anyway to try and shorten this .
He was supposed to be doing good and all he needed was a good home and some time ,he needed some body to walk him around to build up his stength. We thought poor little guy we could do that . I had lots of time ,my husband is a over the road truck driver and I am alone most of the time. ,so we got the trailer and drove the hour and half to get him. Well this poor baby was almost dead. He was so skinny just bones and skin!!! covered with lice, ringworm ,rain rot and to many open wounds to count. a couple that were pretty severe-.
Needless to say he could barely stand let alone walk. We loaded him up and called our vet who stayed open and waited for us. HE said that Raja probably wouldn't have made another day or so he was so weak . We went home armed with shots ,mends good food ,lots of hay and a wonderful vet that helped us through.
My husband stayed home from work for a month. In that month Raja COULDN'T get up by himself .
We picked him up every couple hours ,cleaned him and loved him. We pretty much lived in the barn it was winter and it was cold we bought him a coat so he wouldn't be cold. He is now almost 2 and is healthy, happy and full of life! We love our horses and hope for many years of their friendship Thank YOU for listening I really needed to tell some one that would really get the it! ..............Mary

Thank you Mary,
Thank you for taking the time, and allowing me to share your story about your new beginning with Zip and Raja. Please, feel free to keep us posted on how your boys continue to impact your life, and you theirs.
It takes big hearts, and angles to step in to do what you and your husband did for Zip and Raja..
Thank you both.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Macy and Katy A Year Later

I used to be scared of the horse I now consider my best friend. Macy Grey is my 4 year old Appaloosa-Quarter horse gelding. I adopted him from Harmony Meadows Equine Rescue two years ago, and in those two years I have developed a bond with him, a bond that will never be broken. He went from being a scared young horse, who was a hand full for everyone, to a more bold and friendly horse. He will now go up to almost anyone (especially if you have treats), when before he would only come up to me. Macy is what I consider my very own miracle from God. He became my best friend; he trusted me and followed me even when I wasn't sure of my self. He has made me a more confident kid. My life is so much more interesting with him in it. Either this year or next Macy and I will be going to shows together, and if we win first place or not it doesn't matter. I would just be happy we made it that far together. With the help of Mrs. Debbie my dreams for Macy and myself have taken off. Debbie is the one who walked me through everything, from how to catch him to how to side-pass him. Without her help I don't know where I would be now.

Debbie-Thank you for everything you have done for me and for Macy. I don't know if I could have done it without you. Thank you again. I love ya'll

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Stanley is my male Siamese cat that has owned us for almost a year.

He is something else. Let's see, The breakfast bar should bear no items on it unless you want it ending up in the other part of the house. Only Stanley can tell you where.

He loves our dogs, BayBay, Dott, and Cricket. Two of the dogs are Great Pyrenees and Cricket is a Jack Russell Terrier. At 11 am Stanley and Cricket chase each other around the house for an hour or so. Around 3 pm Stanley BayBay and Dott join forces and play chase in the house. Then at bedtime Stanley curls up with Dott for some sleep.

He sticks his nose in every ones business, even in my purse.

Let the wet food be gone and you will not hear the end of his meows..

He also likes to ride around the house on my shoulders.

Life is never dull for Stanley, he makes fun out of just about anything.

He is a One-Of-A-Kind of cat.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Instructors Needed:

We are looking for 3 Natural Horsemanship Instructors that want to donate their time working with horses, and children. Our Winter, and Spring Camps will be starting soon.

We need an Instructor For Beginner Classes

We need an Instructor For Intermediate Classes

We need an Instructor For Advanced Classes

Must be 18 years or older for any of these positions.

We do have horses available for the Winter and Spring Camps.


Equine Trainers

We are looking for people who enjoy spending their time working with horses.. We are only looking for people that do Natural Horsemanship. Some of the horses we have are unbroken, and have started on their level one training


We are looking for volunteers only at this time. If you are interested please email us at

Monday, January 12, 2009

Its Spring Break


Harmony Meadows Equine Rescue


All money goes to support the Horse Rescue.

April 6, 2009 April 10

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Price per child $155.00

Ages 6 years and up

The space is limited

*Pony Rides

*Playing games with horses

*Arts and Crafts

* And some good ole fun!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Bay and Dott: My Dogs

Bay Bay and Dippen Dott

Here are our so called guard dogs aka couch dogs. Two Great Pyrenees dogs, brother and sister who both have brought much joy to many people at such a young age.

They hate to get their feet wet when it rains, and love to be around people. They live a simple and happy life here, as they should.

I bought Bay and Dott almost 2 years ago as puppies. They were to be outside dogs to guard the goats and sheep. That never happened, they got their butts kicked by one of the goats, and that was all it took. I couldn't stand seeing them in the heat so I had them come in to stay in the house with the AC. They now guard the couch. They get their run around the property when the weather permits. Bay lives to go to the pond and play in the mud every chance he gets. He looks like a little boy jumping up and down in the mud. Momma said no, but it will be ok, I won't get to muddy. I know she won't get mad. Little does he know I am watching every jump he jumps, and I laugh the whole time he is doing it. What's a little MUD!

Dot, well she would rather not get dirty at all, but still loves to run the pasture. Her biggest thrill of the day is when people come, she thinks they are here to see here and no one else. Oh, she gets so excited and wines and jumps up and down. ME! ME! ME! Pet me! Her Love for kids is unlike none I have ever seen. Dott and Bay love little kids. One on each side, and off they go with the child. It is the cutest thing you ever seen. Most of the kids that visit are smaller than the dogs, now that makes your eyes water at times.

These are my guard dogs of love, and they never go hungry for anything life offers here.

We lost them several months ago when the husband failed to shut the gate as he left to get hay. That was the hardest week I ever had. I missed my babies so much. We had all of Georgia looking for our puppies. Both tagged, we had fliers everywhere and pictures posted on every site we could post them on. When we got the call that they were found I couldn't contain myself. They were ¾ of a miles from the house. When we all got home we piled up on the couch and took a long nap. They have never left my sight since that day.

Now the hair can get to ya after awhile. You can only brush so much and vacuum so many times a day. I keep them trimmed, but not shaved. They are so pretty when they are white. Their hair does not retain dirt for long. They lie down on the hardwood floor to nap, and by the time they wake up you have a ring of dirt where they laid. I go through 2 vacuums a year so far. This time we got a hardwood floor vacuum. One that they use to get the dust up from when the install the wood. Trust me, it will suck the hair off a spiders back. I recommend anyone who owns pets with lots of hair to get one of these. You can get them at a hardwood floor dealership supplier. Couldn't tell you the cost, but it is well worth it. It will be you next best friend to clean.

I want your pet story here.



Where did 2008 go? Another year older, more gray hair, and wrinkles. I still put one foot in front of the other every morning.

I would like it if anyone who has a story to tell about a pet any pet, please send it so I may post it. We love our horses, but we also have great passion for our other pets here.

We have dogs, cats, goats, sheep, chickens, a pig and I think that is it for now. Tomorrow is another day around here. Every animal we have here is loved by all that comes here. Yep, even the chickens have names here.

I want to share your story about your pet. You write it I will post it. I will be posting stories about our pets here. I look forward to reading and posting your pet story.

To Have A Horse IN Your Life

This was sent in by a lady I know "Kathy"

To have a horse in your life is a gift. In the matter of a few short years, a horse can teach a young girl courage, if she chooses to grab mane and hang on for dear life. Even the smallest of ponies is mightier than the tallest of girls. To conquer the fear of falling off, having one's toes crushed, or being publicly humiliated at a horse show is an admirable feat for any child. For that, we can be grateful.

Horses teach us responsibility. Unlike a bicycle or a computer, a horse needs regular care and most of it requires that you get dirty and smelly and up off the couch. Choosing to leave your cozy kitchen to break the crust of ice off the water buckets is to choose responsibility. When our horses dip their noses and drink heartily; we know we've made the right choice.

Learning to care for a horse is both an art and a science. Some are easy keepers, requiring little more than regular turn-out, a flake of hay, and a trough of clean water. Others will test you - you'll struggle to keep them from being too fat or too thin. You'll have their feet shod regularly only to find shoes gone missing. Some are so accident-prone you'll swear they're intentionally finding new ways to injure themselves.

If you weren't raised with horses, you can't know that they have unique personalities. You'd expect this from dogs, but horses? Indeed, there are clever horses, grumpy horses, and even horses with a sense of humor. Those prone to humor will test you by finding new ways to escape from the barn when you least expect it.

Horses can be timid or brave, lazy or athletic, obstinate or willing. You will hit it off with some horses and others will elude you altogether. There are as many "types" of horses as there are people- which makes the whole partnership thing all the more interesting.

If you've never ridden a horse, you probably assume it's a simple thing you can learn in a weekend. You can, in fact, learn the basics on a Sunday, but to truly ride well takes a lifetime. Working with a living being is far more complex than turning a key in the ignition and putting the car or tractor in "drive."

In addition to listening to your instructor, your horse will have a few things to say to you as well. On a good day, he'll be happy to go along with the program and tolerate your mistakes; on a bad day, you'll swear he's trying to kill you. Perhaps he's naughty or perhaps he' fed up with how slowly you're learning his language. Regardless, the horse will have an opinion. He may choose to challenge you (which can ultimately make you a better rider) or he may carefully carry you over fences - if it suits him. It all depends on the partnership - and partnership is what it's all about.

If you face your fears, swallow your pride, and are willing to work at it, you'll learn lessons in courage, commitment, and compassion in addition to basic survival skills. You'll discover just how hard you're willing to work toward a goal, how little you know, and how much you have to learn.

And, while some people think the horse "does all the work", you'll be challenged physically as well as mentally. Your horse may humble you completely. Or, you may find that sitting on his back is the closest you'll get to heaven.

You can choose to intimidate your horse, but do you really want to? The results may come more quickly, but will your work ever be as graceful as that gained through trust? The best partners choose to listen, as well as to tell. When it works, we experience a sweet sense of accomplishment brought about by smarts, hard work, and mutual understanding between horse and rider. These are the days when you know with absolute certainty that your horse is enjoying his work.

If we make it to adulthood with horses still in our lives, most of us have to squeeze riding into our over saturated schedules; balancing our need for things equine with those of our households and employers. There is never enough time to ride, or to ride as well as we'd like. Hours in the barn are stolen pleasures.

If it is in your blood to love horses, you share your life with them. Our horses know our secrets; we braid our tears into their manes and whisper our hopes into their ears. A barn is a sanctuary in an unsettled world, a sheltered place where life's true priorities are clear: a warm place to sleep, someone who loves us, and the luxury of regular meals. Some of us need these reminders.

When you step back, it's not just about horses - it's about love, life, and learning. On any given day, a friend is celebrating the birth of a foal, a blue ribbon, or recovery from an illness. That same day, there is also loss: a broken limb, a case of colic, a decision to sustain a life or end it gently. As horse people, we share the accelerated life cycle of horses: the hurried rush of life, love, loss, and death that caring for these animals brings us. When our partners pass, it is more than a moment of sorrow.

We mark our loss with words of gratitude for the ways our lives have been blessed. Our memories are of joy, awe, and wonder. Absolute union. We honor our horses for their brave hearts, courage, and willingness to give.

To those outside our circle, it must seem strange. To see us in our muddy boots, who would guess such poetry lives in our hearts? We celebrate our companions with praise worthy of heroes. Indeed, horses have the hearts of warriors and often carry us into and out of fields of battle.

Listen to stories of that once-in-a-lifetime horse; of journeys made and challenges met. The best of horses rise to the challenges we set before them, asking little in return.

Those who know them understand how fully a horse can hold a human heart. Together, we share the pain of sudden loss and the lingering taste of long-term illness. We shoulder the burden of deciding when or whether to end the life of a true companion.

In the end, we're not certain if God entrusts us to our horses--or our horses to us. Does it matter? We're grateful God loaned us the horse in the first place.