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WegWag has Moved!

Posted in Art, Equine Issues with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2011 by martimu

What an amazing adventure it has been keeping the World Equestrian Games updated from behind and whithin the scenes here by your WegWag host Marti McGinnis for the past four years! But sadly they have come and gone so it is time to move on – and move on she has! This blog will no longer be updated but all new updates will carry on here: http://HorseJourney.wordpress.com . If you’re following WegWag tweets – then you’re automatically now following the new name HorseJourney. New to twitter? No worries just follow HorseJourney and we’ll be connected!

Are you perhaps into Equine Assisted Activities or Equine Assisted Learning? Then you’ll for sure want to subscribe to Marti’s blog that features tons of activities both at liberty and in the studio at www.QuantumSparks.com.

My Thank You WEG video was well received and appears below:

Marti documents her journey with her own horses. No trophies or medals to be won in that but a whole lot of fun at her expense and it’s all fun and on the table open. Marti has also recently made a huge overall to the EquineConnection.org rescue network. If you love horses (and we know you do) you should join me there now! Here’s a video that describes what EquineConnection is all about:

And finally some of you may know Marti is also an artist and has been making fun paintings and other creations featuring horses. Her fine art website documents everything she’s into. Check it out! www.happyart.com. Buy some at SongPony on Etsy.com.

Bearing Witness – the Compassion of a Dedicated Horseman

Posted in Equine Issues, Equine Rescue with tags , , , on November 4, 2009 by martimu

Every so often a Facebook friend I have and admire greatly attends a livestock auction near where he works. He exercises thoroughbred race horses for a living. He also celebrates these horses he so loves by making posts about them on his blog, his Facebook page and by noting their achievements 140 characters at a time through his backstretch trackside tweets.

Alex Brown is an empathetic guy. For example, on his own time he teaches backstretch workers how to use the internet to keep these green card bearers in the informational loop. But maybe the most telling thing about his character is how every so often he attends the OLEX livestock auction in Kitchener, Ontario. This horse appreciator makes himself experience this periodic buying and selling of horses and reports to whatever portion of the global audience will listen the day’s selling rate in dollars per pound – the meat prices of:

  • trotters + pacers
  • the fancy gaited
  • backyard buddies + ‘lawn ornaments’
  • ex-champions
  • 4-H projects whose children grew up + moved away
  • purple, blue, red, yellow, green, white and no ribbon winners in every discipline
  • and every other ‘unwanted’ horse
  • the unlucky ones

Alex loves horses and this experience tears him up. But he does it faithfully so we who will listen can not say we don’t know what’s going on. It is an amazing act of love. This horseman, this rider who conditions top level thoroughbreds in their prime keeps an eye on where they, too, may wind up. Not because he’s callous. Not because he doesn’t care or isn’t concerned or feeling helpless. He does it because he has made it one of his duties in life to bear witness so we who also treasure these beings may know the truth.

Every so often Horsemen For Humanity is able to buy one of these unlucky horses and give them new hope. A thorough two-sided look at this issue is available here. The gist of it is – perhaps slaughtering horses is more of a symptom and less of a core issue. Maybe there’s simply too much breeding going on with not enough accountability. Alex has created an extensive online wiki of information surrounding legislative attempts to solve this problem. People are making inroads – but the going is slow and the field could use better information coordination.

logoWhich is why EquineConenction.org was created! It’s a free-to-use all new online community solely¬† for horse rescue and well-being, EquineConnection.org has just been launched to help bring people together to discuss and solve issues like this. It’s all free. Join today and add your heart and voice to these issues. Together we will solve these difficult issues. Alex Brown reports the meat prices of these big willing companions so we can be reminded in real time how this activity doesn’t square with what most of us would consider a compassionate end for those who once were someone’s meal ticket, hope, dream…friend.

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