I always love to hold and see Star Fish! One day last winter, my sister and I saw hundreds of them at one of our local beaches! It was such an amazing sight. I love how they all are different colors, sizes and even shapes.
Hi Horse Pals ~
With Spring here, we're having an awesome t-shirt sale at our store. Pick up your "It's All About Horses" tee at the lowest price ever!! We have super soft tees and stylish tank tops that are perfect for riding or just hanging out! And they make cool gifts, too!
To go to our store, simply click on the beautiful horse that says "Store" on the top right column of the blog!
Happy Shopping! Your Horse Pal, @raya
P.S. Whenever you buy anything from our store, you are also helping animals because a portion of all sales goes to animal rescue! We also have really cute peace t-shirts, too so check them out!
Striped hyenas live in Africa, Arabia, Asia Minor and India in savanna, thorn bush, and stony desert regions. They weigh from 55 to 121 pounds. Striped and brown hyenas are predominantly scavengers, though they do supplement their diets with small prey from insects to foxes.
The aardwolf, also, lives in Africa. It’s main food source is the harvester termite. They also eat insect larvae, and eggs of ground nesting birds. Aardwolf are smaller than other hyena relatives, weighing only 50 and 60 pounds and standing only 15 to 20 inches tall at the shoulder. Except when raising cubs, aardwolf are solitary animals.
Hi Horse Pals ~
I thought the kangaroo would be a fun animal to highlight, so here are some fun facts about the Kangaroo.
Fact #1 The Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus) is the largest surviving marsupial anywhere in the world. Fewer in numbers, the Red Kangaroo occupies the arid and semi-arid centre of the country. A large male can be 6 ft 7 in tall and weigh 200 lbs.
Fact #2 Kangaroos are the only large animals to use hopping as a means of locomotion. The comfortable hopping speed for the Red Kangaroo is about 13–16 mph, but speeds of up to 44 mph can be attained, over short distances, while it can sustain a speed of 25 mph for nearly 1 1/4 miles. This fast and energy-efficient method of travel has evolved because of the need to regularly cover large distances in search of food and water, rather than the need to escape predators. To move at slow speeds, it uses its tail to form a tripod with its two forelimbs it then raises its hind feet forward.
Fact #3 Eastern Greys can jump as well as the big Reds: up to 29 feet in one bound, and can reach speeds of nearly 30 mph.
Fact #4 Kangaroos are the only large animals that move by hopping.
Fact #5 The large and strong tail is used for balance when hopping, and as a fifth limb when moving about on all four legs.
Fact #6 All kangaroos are herbivores. The grazers or browsers eat only plant matter.
Fact #7 Kangaroos can survive on very little water; sometimes going for many weeks without it - most of the moisture they need is gained from their food - grass, young shoots and leaves from certain trees.
Fact #8 The Red Kangaroo has long distinctive ears, powerful back legs with long feet and a long thick muscular tail. Its front legs are smaller. The female has a pocket of skin called a pouch on the lower part of her stomach to carry her young.
Fact #10 When a kangaroo is born it is blind and has no fur. The 3/4 of an inch long Joey takes three minute to climb, without help, through the fur on its mother's belly into the her pouch. Once inside, the Joey clamps onto one of her four teats and sucks her milk. For the first four months it doesn't let go of the teat. Once it has a covering of fur the young Joey leaves the pouch for short exploring trips. The Joey stays out for longer periods returning only for milk, until it becomes independent.
I hope you learned as much as I did!
Hi Horse Pals ~
I love giraffes and had a lot of fun writing about them. Hope you enjoy these fun facts!
Your Horse Pal, @raya
One of the most beautiful wild animals in the world is the Giraffe! It is the Logo for Toys R Us ... Geoffrey the Giraffe! Here are some fun facts about the Giraffe:
Fact #1 A giraffe eats about 140 pounds of food a day.
Fact #2 At one time it was believed that giraffes were mute but they do make sounds. A form of communication used by giraffes is called infrasound and cannot be heard by humans. Giraffes do grunt, snort and bellow.
Fact #3 The color of a giraffe's coat tends to become darker with age.
Fact #4 A giraffe's neck can measure up to 5 feet in length.
Fact #5 Just like humans, giraffes have seven vertebrae in their necks. Unlike humans, however, each vertebrae is about 5 inches (11 centimeters) long. The neck of an adult giraffe is about six feet long (1.8 meters), and is extremely muscular.
Fact #7 Besides being prehensile, a giraffe's tongue can be 18 inches long.
Fact #8 The Giraffe is the tallest living animal and can reach vegetation that other herbivores cannot. Giraffes eat foliage (broad leafed deciduous and evergreen), grass, shrubs and fruit, and don’t require a lot of water. Their favorite food is the acacia tree. A giraffe browses most of the day and at night they lie down to rest and ruminate.
Fact #9 When giraffes walk they move both right legs forward and then both left. When running they use the back legs first and they move on the outside of the front legs.
Hi Horse Pals,
I wanted to tell you all about this really great site! It is called ZooBorns! It shows you all the baby animals born at zoos from around the world!
It is very cool. You can see many different types of animal babies that you may have never seen before!
Here is a great post from ZooBorns:
The seven Lion cubs born at the National Zoo are now sporting seven names. Just before the cubs made their debut in the Lion yard yesterday morning, the Zoo announced their names: John, Fahari, Zuri, Lelie, Baruti, Aslan and Lusaka. “We were touched to receive so many thoughtful name suggestions for the cubs from so many different sources,” said Dennis Kelly, director of the Zoo. “Each of the seven final names has a special meaning or connection that the cubs will carry with them during their time here at the National Zoo.”
More [PHOTOS] below the fold...
The names of Shera’s cubs, which were born Aug. 31, are:
John: The sole male in the litter is named after John Berry, who was the Zoo’s director from 2006 to early 2009 and is currently director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Berry helped to bring the cub’s mother Shera, aunt Nababiep and father Luke to the Zoo in 2006.
Fahari (fah-HAH-ree): The National Zoo advisory board chose Fahari, which means “magnificent” in Swahili, for this cub. Keepers say that early in life she was the big eater among both litters and for a long time was larger than all of the other cubs, including her brother. Although that has changed recently, keepers are confident that she will continue to be bigger than life.
Zuri (ZUH-ree): The Friends of the National Zoo board chose the name Zuri for this female cub. Zuri means “beautiful” in Swahili. The lion keepers say it is a fitting name for a cub whose coat is thicker, plusher and redder than the others in the pride.
Lelie (la-LEE-ay): Lelie is the winning female name submitted by a first-grade classroom at Marshall Elementary School in Manassas, Va., in the Name a Cub: Cam Contest, which the Zoo hosted with the Washington Post. Lelie is Afrikaans for “lily,” and the students selected it because lilies are common at Kruger Park, which is the largest national park in South Africa and provides refuge to about 2,000 African lions.
The names of Nababieps cubs, which were born Sept. 22, are:
Baruti (ba-ROO-tee): Baruti is the winning male name submitted by a daycare class at Bright Horizons Child Care & Education at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., in the Name a Cub: Cam Contest. Baruti is an African name meaning “teacher,” which the class thought was appropriate for a lion that keepers describe as “quiet” and “calm.”
Aslan: This cub received his name Dec. 10, when Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes, actors in The Chronicles of Narnia movies, visited the Zoo to reveal that the cub would be named Aslan after the lion in the films.
Lusaka (lu-SAH-ka): The name Lusaka holds a special place at the Zoo—it is the name of the beloved 18-year-old lioness that died at the Zoo last January. The lion keepers decided it would be a nice tribute to the lion who they considered the matriarch of the lion/tiger house and describe as having an “overload of personality.” Keepers picked this cub in particular because she was Nababieps’s sole female cub, and sometimes they see the older Lusaka reflected in Nababiep’s disposition.
Both litters were sired by Luke, who was the Zoo’s sole male lion until the birth of the cubs. The two litters are the result of years of careful research and observation and the first for the Zoo in more than 20 years. Starting Dec. 20, lion keepers will decide on a day-to-day basis whether the cubs will spend any time in the yard, how long they will be out and when. This decision will be based on weather and how the cubs adjust to being outdoors.
Lions are considered vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as the result of climate change, hunting and habitat loss.
I love love looovvvveee Lions! :)
Every so often I will put a post from Zooborns and put it on my blog for Horse Pals to see.
Your Horse Pal, Araya
Hi Horse Pals ~
Here's my latest story for the newspaper ... thought you might enjoy it! Had a great jumping week with Dandy ... hope you did, too!!
Your Horse Pal, @raya
I have always loved wild animals! They are all so different and have a special way of life! But my favorite of all is the lion! They are all so royal and magical! I espcially love the males with their manes! I wanted to learn more about lions and here are some interesting facts I found:
Fact #1 --- The Lion (Panthera leo) is the only big cat that lives in social groups. These groups are called prides and consist of 3 to 30 lions. The females are often related and share care of the cubs, including suckling. The lionesses do the majority of hunting with some driving prey towards an ambush of other waiting lionesses.
Fact #2 --- Lion cubs weight about three pounds at birth. By age 2, they are good hunters. They are full grown at 5 to 6 years of age. A litter usually is 2 to 3 cubs. Adult male lions weigh 330 to 500 pounds, females 265 to 400 pounds. Height is 3.5 feet (females) to 4 feet (males). Length 4 ½ to 8 ¼ feet, with the males at the higher end of the range. Lions are the second largest feline. The tiger is actually the biggest wild cat.
Fact #5 ---- Lions lie around for 21 hours a day.
Fact #6 ---- Lions can go 5 to 6 days without drinking water.
Fact #7 ---- Lion cubs have spots at birth that disappear with age.
Fact #9 ---- The average lifespan of lions in the wild is 15 years but they may life up to 25 years or beyond in captivity.
Fact #10 --- White lions were found to exist in the late 20th century. The pale color of their coats is due to a recessive gene.
There is also a big cat called a liger. It is the world's largest big cat. An average male liger weighs over 900 pounds and stands almost 12 feet tall. Ligers have a mane like a lion and stripes like a tiger. The reason that they are called a liger is because the father was a lion and the mother was a tiger. If the situation was reversed and the mother was a lion and the father was a tiger, he would be called a tigon, and would be a dwarf instead of a giant. A fully grown tigon is usually less that 350 lbs. Ligers are not sterile, and they can reproduce. If the mother was a lion and the father was a tiger it would be called a tigon.
Hi Horse Pals ~
Here's a story I recently wrote for my friend's newspaper. Hope you enjoy it!
One day when I was dog walking, I saw a cat in the road and I tried to get her off the road and she ran! She was an all grey cat and was very scared! I had never seen her before and I wondered where she came from!? She was very wild!
And then one day when we went out to feed our cat, Keyoh, we saw her again! She was looking at us as if to say "Can I have some?" So we put another food bowl out in our yard for her so that she did not have to be so close to the house so she could feel safe. We tried to pet her many times but every time she would run! Every day we would just put the food bowl closer to our house and then one day she came up to it and laid on the porch. We slowly opened the door and she stayed! We sat near our door for a few minutes and then we tried to get closer and she still stayed! We sat there for a few more minutes and then she came to us! She let us pet her and then she went back to the food! And from then on, she has let us pet her! We tried to come up with a name for her and then we came up with Misty! We thought it was the greatest name for her! She is a small cat and has long gray hair. She has green, yellow eyes and is very beautiful! And now she runs up to us and meows for food.
We love helping animals and I think that we helped Misty find someone who will always make sure that she is OK, and that is what animal rescues do! I have always wanted to help animals and love to donate money and other things that the animal rescues need! You can go to any animal rescue in your neighborhood and donate things that your pets don't use - food, money and some animal shelters have a list of things they need! With the holidays around the corner, remember to add animal rescues to your holiday giving!
Hi Horse Pals ~
Here is another article I wrote for the newspaper that I thought you might all enjoy!
As you know, I am a HUGE dog lover, along with the rest of the world! Did you know that it is the most popular animal in the world? And our U.S. Presidents agree! Throughout history, Presidents have owned and loved dogs making them famous during their White House years and beyond.
Here are some fun facts about Presidents and their canine companions!
The first U.S. President George Washington owned 10 Hounds called Mopsey, Taster, Cloe, Tipler, Forester, Captain, Lady Rover, Vulcan, Sweetlips and Searcher.
Abraham Lincoln owned at least 2 dogs and their names were Fido and Jip.
Theodore Roosevelt owned a Pit bull Terrier named Pete, a Chesapeake Retriever named Sailor Boy, a Terrier named Jack, a mongrel named Skip and a Spaniel named Manchu.
Calvin Coolidge owned at least 12 dogs:
A Terrier (Peter Pan), an Airedale (Laddie Buck/Paul Pry), 2 White Collies (Oshkosh/Rob Roy and Prudence Primm), a Shetland Sheepdog (Calamity Jane), 2 Chows (Tiny Tim and Blackberry), a Brown Collie (Ruby Rough), a Yellow Collie (Bessie), a Bulldog (Boston Beans), a Police Dog (King Kole) and a Bird Dog (Palo Alto). That is a lot of dogs!
President John F. Kennedy owned the following dogs: Welsh Terriers - Charlie and Pushinka, German Shepherd – Clipper, Irish Cocker Spaniel – Shannon, Irish Wolfhound – Wolf, Terriers - White Tips, Blackie and Streaker. John F. Kennedy was the first President to request that his dogs meet the presidential helicopter when the President arrived at the White House. Soviet Premier Kruschev gave him a dog named Pushinka who was the offspring of the Russian space dog Strelka. Pushinka had 4 puppies of her own puppies who JFK called “pupniks”! Pushinka often made the President laugh by climbing up the ladder to Caroline's tree house. The Prime Minister of Ireland gave JFK the Irish Cocker Spaniel, Shannon.
Richard Nixon owned 4 dogs: Spaniel (Checkers), an Irish Setter (King Timahoe), a Terrier (Pasha) and a Poodle (Vicky) When he entered the White House a member of his staff gave him the Irish Setter, King Timahoe, which he named for the little village in Ireland where his mother’s ancestors came from.
Gerald Ford owned a Golden Retriever named Liberty who gave birth to nine puppies at the White House.
George H W Bush owned a Springer Spaniel called Millie and her puppy named Ranger. "Millie", the Springer Spaniel, is the subject of a book that has sold more copies than the autobiography of George Bush himself.
President George W Bush's dogs include a Scottish Terrier named Barney and an English Springer spaniel named Spot. Spot was named after Scott Fletcher, a former Texas Rangers baseball player. President Bush's dog Spot is the only dog to live in the White House during two administrations. Spot was born to Millie, George H.W. Bush's dog, when George H.W. Bush was President. Spot was given to his son George W. Bush who returned the Terrier to the White House for his term of office.
And President Obama and his family have a Portuguese Water Dog named Bo who now calls the White House home. Bo was a gift from Sen. Ted Kennedy, who owns three dogs of the same breed, known for high spirits and said to be a good fit for kids with allergies.
American Quarter Horse
Eats Horse Cookies
Yes, He's Wonderful!
Oh So Cute
Racing And Jumping
Steeplechasing And Dressage
Elegant And Strong
Happy All Time
Runs Really Fast
Eats Grass (Yuck!)
Hi Horse Pals ~ Erica sent us this beautiful story to share with all of our Horse Pals! We hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Thanks for sharing it, Erica!
@raya and @very
Ya gotta meet Molly...
photos by Pam Kaster
Meet Molly.She's a grey speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane Katrina hit southern Louisiana . She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a pit bull terrier and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected, and her vet went to LSU for help, but LSU was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare case. You know how that goes.
But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he changed his mind.He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn't seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to handle her.She protected her injured leg. She constantly shifted her weight and didn't overload her good leg. She was a smart pony with a serious survival ethic.
Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee, and a temporary artificial limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and her story really begins there.
'This was the right horse and the right owner,' Moore insists. Molly happened to be a one-in-a-million patient. She's tough as nails, but sweet, and she was willing to cope with pain. She made it obvious she understood that she was in trouble.The other important factor, according to Moore , is having a truly committed and compliant owner who is dedicated to providing the daily care required over the lifetime of the horse.
Molly's story turns into a parable for life in post-Katrina Louisiana .The little pony gained weight, and her mane finally felt a comb. A human prosthesis designer built her a leg.
The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life, Allison Barca DVM, Molly's regular vet, reports.
And she asks for it. She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too. And sometimes, Molly gets away from Barca. 'It can be pretty bad when you can't catch a three-legged horse,' she laughs.
Most important of all, Molly has a job now. Kay, the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. Anywhere she thought that people needed hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed people her pluck. She inspired people, and she had a good time doing it.
'It's obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life, Moore said. She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others.'
Barca concluded, 'She's not back to normal, but she's going to be better.To me, she could be a symbol for New Orleans itself.'
This is Molly's most recent prosthesis. The bottom photo shows the ground surface that she stands on, which has a smiley face embossed in it. Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind.
P.S. We have recently found out that Molly is a book, too so check it out!
Snickers is one of my classroom bunnies. He is grey in color. He always loves to eat food! Snickers is 5 years old. Snickers will always go with anything you do with him. Every time snickers is sleeping you know it because he snores while he sleeps! Snickers lived from the year 2005 to 2010.
I will never forget snickers. He is in a much better place now. I will love him forever!
I LOVE YOU SNICKERS!!!
Hi Horse Pals ~
Avery and I are so excited to launch our own Stable Days Store! Click on the store button located on the right column at the top of our blog to check it out.
We have created a "Live Your Passion" line of products that go with our motto of 'playing hard and living free'. We helped design these t-shirts and tote bags and hope you all like them.
You will also find our Stable Days DVD for sale in our store.
Our t-shirts and tote bags make great gifts for all your family and friends.
Happy shopping, @raya and @very
P.S. We are in the process of designing a dog tee so check back soon!!
There is a pony named Tinkerbell. She is so cute and nice to me. Tinkerbell hates the girth that is on the saddle. She nips at you and kicks her leg up. She loves to eat food and treats. She always does what I want her to. She has a great walk, trot and canter. I could canter on her all day if I could. Tinkerbell is the best pony ever. I was leasing Tinkerbell but now I am leasing a pony named Buck. I wish I was still leasing Tinkerbell. I LOVE TINKERBELL!
Cheerio is so much fun to ride. He is only four years old so he doesn't know much yet but I still got to ride him. Cheerio is so nice and when I tack him up he makes this really funny sound. When I jump him I learned that if he isn't fast enough for the jump he stops then jumps the jump. Cheerio is the best horse ever. I really love Cheerio.
Once upon a time, the sun came up and it was a bright blue day, and puffy white clouds were floating in the sky. And kids were playing in a big green field at the park. Some were swinging and some were doing monkey bars, and some fell off and some stayed on. Well, that blue morning a little grey cat was climbing up a tree. While he was climbing up the tree, a dog started to bark at him and a squirrel followed him up. When the dog stopped barking, the cat went down and got some food. Then he took a little nap. Then he went down the tree and went for a walk. When he looked behind him, he didn’t see his house. He realized he was lost. He said to himself, “Why not go to the beach? They might find me there.” He thought it wasn’t that far because he had gone in the car, but now he had to go on foot. So, he looked at the familiar green hills and started to walk up them. They were so hard to climb, but in the car they had seemed effortless. He realized he was a small little cat and he wasn’t that fast of foot. He said to himself, "Maybe I'll rest on this tree and play for a while.” So he dangled his front paws over the tree and swung himself back and forth. He almost fell when suddenly something caught him. He stepped on it and thought it must have been another tree branch but it was actually the very special cloud who was interested in this little cat. She watched every little step he took … she watched him in the tree, climbing the mountains, every little step he took. The cat walked on until he found the nice beach he was looking for. The cat dug a little cave in the sand and the cloud followed him inside. She said hello but the cat couldn’t hear her airy voice, because of course she was a cloud who lived in the air. Then the cat jumped at what he saw … a little puffy cloud speaking to him with big blue eyes and big bushy lips. When he saw the cloud, he was surprised because he thought the air would only keep him up, not down. He carefully said, “What are you doing down here?” The cloud said, “I saw you watching the kids playing, climbing up the mountains and I followed you everywhere you went. And I knew you needed some company so I couldn’t wait for you to stop so I could talk to you.” They talked for a while until a little girl came to the beach. The cat cried, “My little girl’s back!” He ran over to her and she stroked him on the head. They went back home in the car and he was happy she came for him. He climbed back up in his tree and he said to the cloud, “Good-bye, I will see you tomorrow.” And that’s how the cloud and the little grey kitten met.
Avery and I had an opportunity to visit one of our favorite places for photo club recently: Animal Acres. It is a wonderful animal sanctuary that is home to many beautiful farm animals.
Hi Horse Pals ~
I recently wrote this article that is featured on www.ecology.com. It's an awesome site and they have a great kid's section ... check out the Kids Corner!
Kids' Recycling Effort Helps the Planet and Funds a Favorite Cause
Hi, my name is Araya, I’m 10 and my sister, Avery is 7 and we are passionate about animals and nature. We live right next to a wildlife reserve and we love to hike there and bird watch. We have seen really beautiful birds and it is so pretty there.
One of our very favorite things to do is horseback ride. We LOVE horses! Last summer, we decided it would be fun to start raising money for a horse rescue so we did some research and chose this great organization called Adopt-A-Foal located in Texas. It is run by this really amazing couple who rescue foals and place them for adoption. You can check them out at www.adoptafoal.org.
This is a fun and fabulous thing to do and it feels really good to be able to give back to animals and Mother Earth. So many people have thanked us for recycling for them – they say they had no idea how much they were wasting and they now feel so good to be doing their part to help the environment. It has been really fun to help educate people about recycling. We hope you will consider starting a recycling program and help your family, friends and neighbors recycle. We can all help out Mother Nature by donating money to our passion and helping out the planet at the same time.
I hope you'll visit my blog at http://stabledays.typepad.com/.
Our friend, Donna from the barn wrote this story about her horse, Diablo. We hope you all enjoy it! Thanks, Donna for sharing it with our Horse Pals.
Hi Horse Pals,
Here's a poem that Cayce wrote and wanted to share with you all ...
"Ode to Horses"
Horses are beautiful.
Horses muzzels are soft.
Horses are a girl's best friend.
Thanks, Cayce, keep them coming!
Thank you to Stevie and Rebecca for our first Horse Pals' submission. It's a great one!! I hope you like it as much as we did!
Hi Horse Pals ~
As you know, I love to read and I thought it would be fun to create my own horse story. I've been writing for the past few months and I add to it whenever I feel inspired. I'll give you a little taste ... the girl's name is Victoria and her horse is Speed Racer and it takes place in a beautiful setting.