The CVHR Trailride at Millstone Farm

Millstone Farm

Millstone Farm

It’s only 9 days until the trail ride at the beautiful Millstone Farm!

Here is a link to the CVHR Trail Ride Registration  If you have questions or need information please call  Vickie Pollock 804-356-2182 or email

CVHR Benefit Trail Ride at Millstone Farm. $35 per rider includes lunch and a just-for-fun obstacle course! $10 for non-riders lunch.


This is a beautiful venue and we are lucky to have access to it for the ride. This is a day ride, there will be no camping facilities on site. Multiple trails to choose from, short or long, all with easy footing.

  • Vendors, Silent auction and a for-fun obstacle course!
  • Gates open at 8 am and riders need to be in at 3 pm.
  • Helmets are required by the landowner.
  • We will be serving a delicious lunch of spaghetti and salad.
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Play Sling Bean

Sling Beans

Sling Beans

Are you ready to play “SLING” BEAN?
For a GREAT Cause: to Buy CVHR a necessary Sling to support Horses that cannot stand on their own. We encountered this issue with Little Irish this week and saw first hand how important this Sling is.  While Irish was small enough to use a stall guard temporarily most horses wouldn’t be.

Lifted in a sling to keep her standing.

Lifted in a sling to keep her standing.

$5 a guess: Without going over, guess how many Jelly beans are in this 1 Gallon Pickle Jar. Clues: There is one large Egg containing a $50 bill and 5 types of varying “tasty Jelly beans. Winner gets the BIG egg and ALLLLL the jelly beans. The contest will continue until $1500 has been raised.

Send your GUESS, your $$… along with your name shipping address to: OR CVHR, 389 Boydton Plank Road, Brodnax, VA 23920

Thank you for playing Sling Bean! Answer will be posted tomorrow!!

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Senior Horse Care & Feeding

Far too often, I hear the words “It is skinny because it is old.”   We have taken in many Senior horses, some in their mid to late 20s with no teeth and rehabilitated them in a matter of months.  Is it inexpensive?  No, it is not but then horses are not cheap.

Indy came to us on 7/5 with a body score of 1.  5 months later,  body score of 6.   Cost per month: $135 in Sr feed/Alfalfa cubes.  Maintenance:  $100 per month Sr feed/Hay

Indy 25 yr + TWH came to us on 7/5 with a body score of 1. 5 months later, body score of 6. Recovery Cost per month: $135 in Sr feed/Alfalfa cubes. Maintenance: $100 per month Sr feed/Hay

Dusty came to us 12/30/13, a body score of 1 and so weak she could barely walk. Dusty is a body score of 2 now and steadily gaining.  Recovery Cost per month:  $150 Sr Feed/Alfalfa

Dusty(25 yr old+ quarter horse) came to us 12/30/13, a body score of 1 and so weak she could barely walk. Dusty is a body score of 2 now and steadily gaining. Recovery Cost per month: $150 Sr Feed/Alfalfa

Imp, body score 1, Age 25+ came to us 10/30/13.  On 2/1/14, he is a body score of 3 and gaining.  Recovery cost per month:  $125  for Sr feed/Alfalfa  Blend hay

Imp, body score 1, Age 25+ TB came to us 10/30/13. On 2/1/14, he is a body score of 3 and gaining. Recovery cost per month: $125 for Sr feed/Alfalfa Blend hay

The bottom line is that these horses simply needed an appropriate type of feed and enough that they could gain/maintain.  At the rescue we feed them 2% of what their body weight should be per day in SR feed and soaked alfalfa.  Our ratio is 50% alfalfa cubes soaked and 50% SR or  in most cases, 10 lbs of SR per day, 10 lbs of Alfalfa cubes for most horses.  This generally results in them gaining 100 lbs per month through recovery.  Some of them we then have to reduce significantly to keep them from gaining too much.   The cost to maintain these horses in good weight should be between $100-$125 per month in Senior feed.

In almost every case of SR starvation, we were told that the horses were thin because they were old.   If someone was to put a baby in front of a buffet of food and watch it starve to death, you would put them in jail for abuse even if they told you it was just because it was a baby.   The same holds true for Senior horses,  you have to feed them age appropriate food and enough of it to give them a chance.   If owners are not going to feed them, then they should at least euthanize them.  It is abuse to watch a horse slowly starve to death even if it has a buffet of food that it cannot eat in front of it.  

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A Little St Patrick’s Day Filly

This filly came to us on St Patrick's Day

This filly came to us on St Patrick’s Day

This little girl apparently has a long history of neglect.  She was rescued by a girl who tried to rehab her and another horse but when that girl lost her job, the horses found themselves abandoned without food again.  When this little girl’s friend went down, the farm owner called a friend.  The other horse was so far gone that she was unresponsive and was euthanized.  This little filly was taken away and after several days in a sling,  CVHR was called.  We picked her up on St Patricks day in the freezing rain.

She made the trip home ok and did fine over night.  On her second night, she lay down in her stall and did not have the strength to get back up.  We managed to get her into a sling and called the vet in.  Her prospects are still good.  She is showing no signs of organ failure caused by refeeding syndrome.  She just needs time and food.

Lifted in a sling to keep her standing.

Lifted in a sling to keep her standing.

This little girl is 13.1 hands and weighs about 400 lbs right now.  She is 3 yrs old and has been malnourished for much of her life but she has a chance now and we will do our best to make sure that she reaches her potential.

Please consider a donation to help out with her care and the care of the 25 other horses that Central Virginia Horse Rescue has in their care.




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Central Virginia Horse Rescue welcomes Belinda Taylor

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Cynthia Smith
Email/Phone: 434-774-6607

Belinda with Bill Mule

Belinda with Bill Mule

Central Virginia Horse Rescue announces Belinda Taylor as Barn Manager at New Courtland Barn

Courtland, VA – Central Virginia Horse Rescue today announced that Belinda Taylor will officially be the Barn Manager at their new Courtland barn. The rescue has been working with Taylor to open the new barn which will service South Eastern Virginia and portions of North Carolina.

Cindy Smith, founder of Central Virginia Horse Rescue, says “ Courtland has been such a wonderful experience. The people in the area have enthusiastically welcomed the rescue and volunteer support has been outstanding. CVHR is very pleased to announce that Belinda Taylor will be our Barn Manager. Her experience with horses and her knowledge and contacts in the area are making the barn a success.”

Belinda says, “My horse experience began with my first pony when I was four. She died when I was about six. Every Christmas, every falling star, every birthday saw me asking for a horse until I finally got one for my 12th birthday. From that point on, with the exception of a brief time after graduating high school, I have had horses. I have owned my personal horse for about 13 yrs. As an adult horse owner, I have unofficially taken in / rescued several horses over the years, from various situations and got them back into a suitable condition before re-homing them. Just prior to becoming officially involved with CVHR, I had been called on to assist with two separate animal cases. In the first, the horse had to eventually be euthanized. The second involved me taking in 10 neglected mini’s. While all that was going on, I was also approached by two horse owners facing difficulties including job loss. I agreed to take in their three horses as well. I am happy to be involved with CVHR on a more official level so that I may continue to help the horses on a larger scale.”

If you would like more information about the Courtland location, please contact Ms. Taylor at 757-653-8875.

For more information, please visit

About Central Virginia Horse Rescue

Central Virginia Horse Rescue, Inc (CVHR) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the compassionate care of equines. Our mission is to save, protect, and rehabilitate equines in need. We rescue unwanted, abused, neglected, or abandoned equines; provide them with care and rehabilitation; and finally find them a compatible, loving home. We believe that education is the long-term solution to improving the lives of equines.


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Courtland In The News!

Courtland - Lilly 055aThe Courtland barn is off to a great start!!  We are excited to announce that there is an article in the Tidewater News today.

We have a great opportunity to expand into the Courtland/Capron area and we have been very pleasantly surprised by the number of volunteers who have come out to help.   Adding an additional barn means that we will be adding additional expenses and we will have to expand our donations in the area to cover them.  We not only have the horses regular expenses but also an electric bill, farm expenses, etc.

Right now we need additional fencing supplies, high visibility white electric tape,  posts, fence chargers, etc.  We also need gravel for the driveway and a round pen for training the horses.

When it dries out, we will need to get in and bush hog the fields to try to reclaim them from the weeds and bushes that have taken over.  And long term, we need some serious roof repairs.

We are grateful to all of those who have made the rescue welcome and are working so hard to make it a nice place for the horses.  If you are in the area, we hope you will stop by.  Please contact Belinda Taylor between 9 am & 5 pm for an appointment.  Her number is 757-653-8875.



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Fund The Farm Update


Stable at the new farm will provide a safe home for CVHR horses.

We are currently just under $30,000 with pledges and donations.  I am preparing to move forward and am actively seeking an investor.  In doing so,  I updated our Media Package that tells a little bit about Central Virginia Horse Rescue.  You can view it here:  Media Package

CVHR Farm Proposal

Purpose:  The proposed new farm will provide a permanent home for Central Virginia Horse Rescue and will serve to expand their current capacity while also providing an opportunity to increase revenue-producing services offered to the community such as summer camps, lessons, horse shows and trail rides.  The most common reason that equine rescues fail is loss of lease/property.  We have assisted horses from three separate Virginia horse rescues in just the past year who lost their property/lease and were forced to close.

History:  Central Virginia Horse Rescue was formed in 2010 to help provide a solution for horses that were abused, neglected and slaughter bound in the central Virginia area. Since our creation, we have placed over 165 horses into good homes and have approximately 12 horses that are permanent residents of the rescue. Of those adopted, over 20 have been Standardbreds that came from feed lots, trainers and owners.

Central Virginia Horse Rescue has achieved:

• Verified Status with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries,

• Member of The Homes For Horses Coalition,

• Been a Top Rated Non Profit in 2012 and 2013 with Great Nonprofits,

• Won a Vetricyn Loves Animals Grant in 2013

• Worked with Animal Control Officers in 2 states and 6 counties.

• Given 4 small emergency grants to local families to help them keep their horses.

• Grown from a 1 mule rescue to an organization with revenue of over $100,000.

Current Need:  Central Virginia Horse Rescue is currently seeking  investors for private financing for up to  $120,000 mortgage loans at an interest rate of 5% .   We would like to amortize this loan for 30 years with a balloon payment in 10 years.  Our plan at that time would be to either pay it off or refinance it commercially.   The 72 acre farm would be collateral for this loan.  Information on the property can be found here.

Equine Rescue:  There is a demonstrated need for a horse rescue in the Central Virginia area.  Animal Control officers are frequently reluctant to pursue seizure cases of large animals/livestock because there is no place to house them after seizure.   Central Virginia Horse Rescue has taken in horses through county animal control cases in both Virginia and North Carolina.  The furthest one was from Tazewell County, VA.

We currently operate at or over capacity on a regular basis and turn away needy horses on a daily basis.  While many of these horses can be placed outside of rescue, there is a percentage that truly need rehabilitation in a rescue.

The farm would enable us to easily double our capacity and we could care for them with a minimal staff.  While the fencing needs repairs, it is fenced for horses and would meet our current needs with minimal expense after purchase.

Children’s Camps & Education:  We ran two pilot day camps last year with a limited number of children.  The camps were wildly successful with all participants expressing a desire to attend future camps.  The camps brought in $600-750 per week.  The expenses were minimal.   Craft items and snacks were less than $50 per week.

If we ran those camps for 8 weeks during the summer with 5-10 children each week, our gross income would be $6,000 to $12,000.   We would offer one week of training camp to our junior counselors and those counselors would help out during the summer camps for younger children.

Horse Events:  There are not any horse show grounds that are available to the community within 75 miles.  Our initial plan would be to obtain a grant to have an arena put in that would be available not only to train the rescue horses but also would be available for fundraiser horse shows, trail rides, etc.  These fundraisers should provide $1000-$1500 per month in income.

The arena would also be available for the community at large to host horse events.  A similar arena was funded and built in Scott County and has an annual program service income of $48,000 from the arena.  Scott County has similar demographics to Brunswick County.

Financial Feasibility:

Cost of Farm:   $200,000
Down Payment:  $80,000 ($30,000 raised so far.  $50,000 Interest Free Loan payable in 10 yrs)
Loan Amount $120,000
Monthly Payment at 5% interest amortized for 30 yrs:  $644
Current Lease Payment:  $250
Increase in Monthly Cost:  $394
Annual Mortgage Cost:  $7728
Annual Increase in Income:  $18000-30000


Cost of Improvements:

Phase 1

Improved Fencing:  $5,000
General Farm Repairs: $3000


Phase 2 -

Run In Sheds:  $10,000 (5 run in sheds @ $2,000 each)       (Paid for w/proposed Grants)
Outdoor Arena:  $40,000 (Paid for w/ Hardwood Timber from property & proposed grants)

Overall, we feel like this is a necessary and positive step forward for Central Virginia Horse Rescue.  We feel that it is the best plan to make the rescue more independent and professional as well as providing a community resource.

You can download a copy of this proposal in pdf format here:  Farm Proposal

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Traveller Needs Your Help

Traveller and his mom Skyla
Traveller is an 8 month old colt who is undergoing lifesaving colic surgery as we speak. Traveller and his mom came to CVHR from a rescue who lost their farm and had to place all their horses in a short period of time. His mom is a beautiful arabian mare and his father is reportedly an 18 hand tb. Traveller has been fostered at Hilltop farm in Gordonsville since he was weaned in September. At Hilltop, he has an opportunity to grow up with other weanlings and to learn good social skills.

Traveller and his friend at Hilltop

Traveller and his friend at Hilltop

Traveller has prospered there until he started with a mild colic yesterday morning. Hilltop rushed him to the vet where they gave him oil and electrolytes and some additional painkillers and sent him home. He was in more pain last night and a second trip to the clinic was undertaken. Fearing an intussusecption, we decided to send him for a surgical evaluation. After getting estimates of between 7,000 and 10,000 just for the surgery, we decided to send him on the longer trip to the vet school at Virginia Tech.

Traveller at the vet clinic

Traveller at the vet clinic

An ultrasound could find no intussuseption and his bloodwork was normal so they decided to hold off on surgery to see if he could be treated medically. This morning his lactate levels had jumped indicating that a portion of the bowel was being compromised so he went into surgery at 8 am this morning.

Traveller getting an ultrasound at Va Tech

Traveller getting an ultrasound at Va Tech

The cost of surgery is estimated to be between 4,000-$6,000 including nursing care after surgery. We have started a fundrazr for Traveller. If you can donate, please do and if not, please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.


At 8 am on 12/17/13 Traveller went to surgery. They could not find an intussuseption last night on the ultrasound so they decided to wait to see if he would pass the impaction.  His bloodwork was good last night.  This morning his lactate level had jumped and they feel like a portion of the bowel is being compromised.  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers and continue to share.  We can only do this with the help of generous people like yourself.

11 AM: Update:  Apparently our young lad ate something that he shouldn’t have and it was stuck in his small intestine. The good news is that the foreign body has been removed without having to remove any of his bowel. Please keep sending him all that good healing energy and prayers through his recovery.

You can donate to help with Traveller’s bills here.


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Lazarus – Retirement

On a Wednesday night way back in February of 2011, 10 horses were purchased by a slaughter buyer.  After a huge public outcry, those horses were purchased back from the kill buyer and returned to Camelot.  Central Virginia Horse Rescue purchased Lazarus, an older gelding.   You can read about his story here.  Many of the horses came back to the auction sick and injured.  Laz was lucky that he did not suffer from any injuries but did have a mild case of strangles.

Lazarus stayed at CVHR for a few months and then went to a foster home in South Western Virginia with several of his herd mates.  It is an idyllic spot with 60 acres of pasture.  The horses live there with love and cookies and all they can eat.

These pictures are of Lazarus and his friends in their retirement home.  May we all live out our days as well as this small herd.

Laz says Life is Good!

Laz says Life is Good!

Lazarus with nothing to do but eat and laze in the sun!

Lazarus with nothing to do but eat and laze in the sun!

Kharabena or Beans shares Laz's retirement

Kharabena or Beans shares Laz’s retirement

Noble pouting because there are no treats.

Noble pouting because there are no treats.

Our thanks to Mary DeLeonardis and her family for offering such a wonderful home for the horses.  They have been a blessing to us and to the animals they love!

lease consider a holiday donation to help Central Virginia Horses help more horses like Lazarus and friends.  We are currently trying to purchase a farm that will be a home to the 25 horses currently at the rescue and still allow us to help others.  You can learn more about Fund the Farm here.  







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A Home for the Holidays

In February of 2012, I got a call from a woman who was desperately seeking help for her teenage daughter’s young horse, Ruby.  She had developed an infection in her legs and they could not afford any more vet bills.  We contacted their veterinarian to determine whether it would be possible to help out with vet bills rather than having Ruby surrendered to the rescue.  The vet did not believe that it was something that the owners could realistically handle so we picked Ruby up the next day.

When we put her on the trailer, her legs smelled like something had died.  We carried her home with a heavy heart thinking that this might be something that we could not fix.  I called our vet and sent her pictures of the wounds and after receiving instructions for treatment, we made an appointment for Monday morning.  Sunday morning, we got a call from the barn that Ruby was down and thrashing.  Vet was called and it was determined that Ruby was suffering from very severe ulcers.  These ulcers most likely caused the vasculitis in her legs.  Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessels that can cause serious infection of the blood vessels.

Ruby’s treatment was aimed at two things; reducing the inflammation and infection in her legs and healing the ulcers.  She was put on the equine version of Nexxium for the ulcers and we started to treat and wrap her legs.  While her ulcers responded well to treatment, the legs seemed to get worse before they finally started to show signs of healing.

We wrapped her leg every day for almost 6 months.  She had multiple surgeries to reduce the scar tissue so that the skin could grow back over it.  Through all of this, Ruby was happy and patient and full of life.  She gained weight and continued to grow.  We celebrated her 3rd birthday in May and her teenage owner got to come for a visit.

After another year of pasture rest to make sure that Ruby was healed on the inside as well as the outside, she was sent to training at a nearby farm.  She excelled.  She quickly became a favorite at the farm and was put up for adoption.
You can read more about Ruby’s Story here.

Last week she was adopted by Taylor and will be spending this Holiday season in her new home.  Those of us who came to love her, will be celebrating with her and her new owner.  The joy that seeing the relationship develop between Taylor and Ruby gives us will make our holiday season.

Ruby and Taylor

Ruby and Taylor

A Home For the Holidays

A Home For the Holidays


Please consider a holiday donation to help Central Virginia Horses help more horses like Ruby.  We are currently trying to purchase a farm that will be a home to the 25 horses currently at the rescue and still allow us to help others.  You can learn more about Fund the Farm here.  


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