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August 12, 2010

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I finished trimming Tatonka’s feet this morning. They still have a ways to go before they will be healthy and in proper form. Years of neglect- poor or no trimming and untreated thrush infection- had caused him to grow high heels, have flares, stress rings and foot pain. When he arrived 5 months ago, he was very resistant to picking his feet up. He would jerk them away while I tried to clean or trim them. In fact, he managed to do so and stomp on my foot, breaking two of my toes. His previous owner said everyone had forced him to hold his feet up by his belly to prevent his pulling away. What they failed to address was his horrible fungal infection and PAIN. Now that I have the infection almost gone, he is a pleasure to trim and puts up no resistance.
I sure wish people would realize that bad behavior always has its roots in pain, fear or illness. It is not the animal’s fault that humans abuse and neglect them.

Susan Monty did a great pastel portrait of Rene’, which she sent to us. I really love it. Thank you, Susan!

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  1. Janet Ferguson says:

    Your pastel there, photographed while set on the ground, reminds me of a little painting I did as a teen of the 3 horses in my life. I photographed it like you did, while set on the ground!

    That’s a beautiful pastel. Thank you for sharing! Great website! All bright and sunny!

  2. Janet Ferguson says:

    P.S. What you said about pain is a lesson to be learned: the only time my horse ever bucked me off it never occured to me it was pain — until a neighbor said, “Does she have a sore back?” I learned quickly to think about that first!

  3. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you. We are becoming more aware that many horses have physical pain. In the wild, they must hide their vulnerability, as to not attract predators. A vet at the Equine Practitioners conference several years ago claimed that 90% of our horses are unsound. That is sad and tells us we must do better in our management and try to be more observant.

  4. Cathy Ritlaw says:

    Thank you for visiting us! I had to find a spot of sunlight to photograph it! Susan Monty has done quite a few portraits of our mustangs and burros in an effort to bring awareness to the wild horse issue. We appreciate your comments and praise.

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