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NEWS
December 8, 2006
Moved by the plight of horses recently rescued by the Humane Society of Washington County, the staff at Howard's Art Supplies & Frames, 1256 Dual Highway, Hagerstown decided to raffle off a 3-foot decorated Christmas tree. Raffle tickets are $1 each, with the drawing to be on Wednesday, Dec. 20. For more information, contact Ellen Collins at 301-733-2722.
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by JEFF SEMLER | January 23, 2007
Since Old Man Winter has finally arrived, we are reminded of the challenges that winter horse care brings. The cold, snow, ice, rain, wind and any combination thereof, complicates barn chores and limits riding time. For these reasons, folks typically do not spend as much time in their barns or with their horses during the winter months. However, Extension specialists suggest by keeping a few simple things in mind, you can ensure your horses are receiving adequate care this time of year.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 22, 2007
Most of the horses seized from a Sharpsburg farm in December have not found permanent homes. Seventy-five horses were removed during an investigation into neglect. A few died, but about a dozen pregnant mares gave birth to foals, giving rescuers and animal authorities close to 85 horses to worry about. People involved in the case said Wednesday they knew of about 27 horses that had been adopted. Authorities have said the horses were malnourished and injured. Barbara Perry Reinken, 62, who kept the horses on the farm, pleaded guilty to animal neglect charges in April and was put on supervised probation.
NEWS
December 22, 2006
The remaining horses on a farm at the center of an investigation into possible abuse and neglect have been removed from the Sharpsburg property, the Humane Society of Washington County said Wednesday in a press release. Barbara Reinken, who owns Windrinker Farm, is scheduled to appear today at 1:30 p.m. in Washington County District Court after she petitioned the court for the return of all of her horses. The humane society removed all but 22 horses from the Mills Road farm when it launched its investigation earlier this month.
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By TRISH RUDDER | July 20, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A therapeutic riding program called Horses with Hearts, Inc. needs a roof over the riding arena at Pleasant Ridge Farm. The nonprofit organization applied for a $250,000 grant from Pepsi Refresh to build the roof so it can provide services all year instead of only during the summer months. Cofounder Kay Barkwill said Horses with Hearts began in 2005 to provide therapeutic riding activities to children and adults with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.
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by KAREN HANNA | June 4, 2007
FAIRPLAY - A rain-pelted, walnut-brown stallion threw his head and pranced in his enclosure, his eyes and ears focused on a herd of horses he could not join. Rocky, one of 75 once-thin and parasite-stricken animals rescued from the Windrinker farm near Sharpsburg, still was looking for a new family. "I'd like to just be able to pet him, that would be the greatest gift of all," said volunteer Kelly Thompson, who tried Sunday to quiet Rocky, as the Humane Society of Washington County sponsored a two-day showcase of some of its horses for adoption at a farm in Fairplay.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | March 24, 2011
A Berkeley County woman Thursday was ordered to pay $11,071 in restitution for the care that was given to more than 50 horses and two cows that were found in September at her equine rescue operation with little to eat or drink. Mary O'Brien, 37, was given two years to pay the restitution in a hearing held by Berkeley County Magistrate Joan V. Bragg. If the money is not paid, O'Brien's driver's license could be suspended, and the county could pursue a civil action against her, Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Saunders said.
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by DAVE McMILLION | August 15, 2002
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Although it is not clear why, horses are particularly susceptible to the West Nile virus, a Jefferson County health official said. An increasing number of horses in the country are showing up dead or showing symptoms of the disease, and in Minnesota, eight have died from the virus, said James Hecker, chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Health. The risk is not great for horses at the Charles Town Races because horses that are highly valued are usually vaccinated for the disease, Hecker said.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | January 11, 2011
The 20 or so horses that roam Carousel Farm off Darke Lane are huge, gentle beasts that come in colors from black to gray to white. One of those horses, Excalibur, a big, black 7-year-old Percheron stallion, is a prime example of the draft horse breed that farm owner Jim McGowen has been raising since 1984. A big stallion can stretch 18.2 hands high and weigh up to 2,500 pounds, he said. Many Percherons weigh more than a ton. McGowen began breeding Percherons in Calhoun County, W.Va.
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