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The September 15th edition of the CassidyCam Weekly Webcast is available for viewing. We deal with uninvited insect guests in the girls’ food, plus a recap of the fundraiser from over the weekend. And we prepare for Becca’s four-month birthday milestone later in the week!

Don’t forget, you can watch the Weekly Webcast live every Monday night at 7pm Eastern (Florida) time. All previous shows are just a click away, directly below the main viewer window.

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B’s First Fundraiser

We had a good day on Saturday with the barn’s 1st Horse Fun Day. Teddy & Prince gave rides, the other horses took treats and pets, while our girls sweated a lot! It was extremely hot but everyone hung in there. Cass & Becca hung out in the round pen so people would pass them when they first came into the yard. We had their poster hanging so people would see where they came from. We didn’t have time to update it so a few folks were confused because Cass didn’t look pregnant! Nearly $1,000 was raised and one family is interested in adopting a few horses to round out their 10 acres. Yippee! Looks like this may become a regular event and us barn ladies may have become a rescue of sorts.

Little girls and horses…

The girls wait to start the rides.

Future horsewoman, for sure!

She didn’t want Prince to feel left out.

We had a few cowboys show up…

Cass was not going to let the opportunity to graze go by.

Baby B says she needs A/C next time!

Becca was sweating 10x more than everyone else. I don’t want to shave her again. We’ve got to cool down soon.

She’s a natural!

Delilah & Savannah, the ladies of the day.

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This Saturday, Sept. 13th, from 11 – 3pm, we are having a “Horse Fun Day” at the barn. The barn doors will be opened for families to come and interact with the horses and learn a thing or two while they are at it. We will offer horse rides (on Teddy Bear), photos with the horses, bags of carrots and apples to feed the horses, ice pops for everyone and horsey souvenirs. All will be available for a small donation toward the care of Savannah and Delilah.

Savannah and Delilah are the rescued Thoroughbreds who came from a neglect situation. They have gained much needed weight and feel better everyday. Savannah is beginning to bond with us and get out of her “fog”. Delilah is being weaned from her mother and is taking it in stride. She is being babysat by Teddy Bear. Scottie and I put together an information poster for the two of them. Tracing her lineage and seeing the photos of her famous racing family was both awe inspiring and depressing. Several of her relatives are Hall of Fame horses with all the major race wins in their resumes. I’ll do some name dropping for those of you who are familiar with the race world: Bold Forbes, Bold Ruler, Nashua, Secretariat & Ruffian. Savannah was known in the race world as Just Aired. She had a decent showing as a racehorse before going on to be a broodmare. I tracked six of her foals and one (Northern Air) was a BIG money winner for someone. What a sad testament to the fact she was used for profit and then discarded at auction. Unfortunately, the family that bought her didn’t care too much about her either, as they were allowing her and her baby to starve. That’s when Trish from Longwood Hills Ranch stepped in. Now Savannah will get her deserved retirement, finally at age 21, and her last baby will have a loving future.

We won’t just be educating about the goods and bads of Thoroughbred Racing. I will be there with Cassidy and Rebecca to teach people about the secretive world of the Premarin mares. Folks won’t be able to resist the two of them. Cass will make them feel wanted when she realizes people have goodies! Gayle will be there with Sam to tell people how it’s not all old, sick and used up horses at the auctions. Sam has been working hard to overcome his reputation as a butthead. He owes thanks to his young trainer, Caitlin.

We hope to show people how magnificent these animals are and how they need respect and care. We hope people will have fun but leave thinking about our responsibilities as caregivers to all creatures, especially those we use for our own gains. Here’s to Racing Royalty, liberated Pee Machines and unpolished Treasures!

Horse above is Nashua, Savannah’s Great-Great Grandsire on her mother’s side. Won most major races in 1955, earned $1,288,565 in 30 races. 1st racehorse to sell for over $1 million dollars.

Horse above is Bold Ruler, Savannah’s Great-Great Grandsire on her father’s side. Won most major races in 1957. Earned $764,204 in 33 races. Was the #1 sire in North America between 1963 – 1969. Fathered Secretariat and 10 other champions. Grandsire to Bold Forbes, Foolish Pleasure, Spectacular Bid and Ruffian.

Horse above is Secretariat. Won the Triple Crown in 19733 and set still standing track records in 2 of the 3 races. Won the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths. Considered by most to be the greatest racehorse of all time.

Horse above is Ruffian, the greatest female racehorse of all time. She was undefeated in her 1st 10 races. Her 11th and final race ended tragically when she broke her leg and was euthanized after a failed surgery. Some considered her even greater than Secretariat.

Horse above is Bold Forbes, Savannah’s Grandsire. Racehorse Hall of Fame, won the 1976 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. Earned $546,536 in 18 races.

Horse above is Air Forbes Won, Savannah’s father. Had a short racing career in the 80’s but earned $237,700 in only 7 runs.

Horse above is Poco Sam. Not interested in racing but is interested in butterflies, his mom’s every move and will stand on his head for peppermints.

Cassidy and Rebecca enjoying life away from the Pee Barns in Canada.

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Our Love For Pins

About seven years ago I got a call that two minpins (miniature pinschers) were going to be taken to the shelter unless I stepped in to take them. From the conversation I had with the temporary guardian of these two, I knew their outlook for adoption from the shelter was slim. So, I went and got them. They became Bitsy (black & tan female) and Tubby (red male). Their elderly owner had died and none of her family would take them. That is one of the saddest reasons dogs are surrendered. It was obvious the woman loved them, this little married couple had not lacked in groceries.

As it happened, my intentions of rehabbing and placing them into a new home didn’t come to be. Tubby was the sweetest pin ever but people had a hard time overlooking his obesity. Bitsy had lots of people who wanted her because she was tiny (only 5 pounds once she finished her diet) but she didn’t want any of them. They settled into life at our house and never lost their love for one another. Tubby never lost his love of Twinkies, either, but he did lose all the extra weight. He basically lost an entire dog. He came to us weighing 23 pounds! We maintained him at a svelte 14 pounds for the remainder of his life.

We lost Bitsy last year after she developed a hernia in her rectum. It was decided she was not a candidate for surgery so we released her from her obvious pain. Tubby muddled along on his own but for all his years with us he battled health issues due from being obese. He had heart disease and became riddled with arthritis in his pigeon-toed feet. There was a definite change in his appearance this last year. He never demanded much other than a secret bite of something tasty when I wasn’t looking. He did the patented Tubby Flop when he found his spot on the couch. He often winked at us coyly and we know he was truly happy to have landed here for his senior years. He’s the only red pin we’ve ever loved – look at that face.

Tubby and Bitsy are together again now at The Rainbow Bridge. His death was not completely unexpected but we weren’t prepared for it to be last night. He was a month shy of turning 16. Scottie and I both held him and kissed him as he left our world for the next. We reminded him that he was a good boy and we were blessed to have known both him and his beloved wife. We urged him to find his former owner and let her know we were glad to have kept him safe until they could be reunited. He is already missed. RIP our special red boy.

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The Haymaker Express

We revealed the source of my recent happiness earlier this week on the CassidyCam. It’s a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 Magnum V8 that Scottie bought so I can make food runs for the girls… hence, we named it (or him? or her?) The Haymaker Express. Here’s the full version of the teaser shot.

Impressive, isn’t it? It’s only got 112,000 miles on it, and it’s definitely been used as a “workin’ truck”. Needs some bits of repair, the dash is cracked, but overall not a bad find for $2,000. Plus, it’s got running boards!

The boys at the feed store are sure to be wowed when I step out of this beast…

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The September 1st edition of the CassidyCam Weekly Webcast is available for viewing. Find out why I was “so happy” a few posts ago, plus an update on an exciting week for the girls. And Scottie plays weatherman while he shows us where Hurricane Hannah and Tropical Storm Ike are headed.

Don’t forget, you can watch the Weekly Webcast live every Monday night at 7pm Eastern (Florida) time. All previous shows are just a click away, directly below the main viewer window.

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Where’s My Mom?!

As an experiment yesterday, Shaila and I put the two babies in the small pasture and the moms in the big pasture. We wanted to see how each group would react to being separated for the very first time. Cassidy went to hang with Jingles and since they had hay to munch, neither cared very much. They also knew right where their babies were so I think that put them more at ease. Echo went into our pasture with Rebecca. Rebecca was much more bold in her own domain. They sniffed and chased and looked confused. Unfortunately, it began raining so we all took cover under the tent. All in all, it went smoothly. They were separated for about an hour. We plan on doing this at least every other day this week and increase the times. When we were ready to put moms and babies back together the babies were whinnying and ready for a drink! Moms weren’t all that thrilled…

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