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Epic Farms: A small non-profit striving to share the BIG picture

Updated on May 15, 2014

A Note to Visitors and Personal Disclaimer :o)

I don't pretend to have all of the answers (shoot, I'm still coming up with questions). Our sites are simply offered as a collection of learning experiences and personal observations that I found fascinating. Of course I find horses in general fascinating, so I'm starting from there :o) Horses are a tremendous responsibility, but such a joy to own; I feel extremely blessed for the privilege of having them right here with me...there's nothing like it.

While I have some definite opinions and ideas on horses and training, I must confess to being a bit of a coward and tend to keep those thoughts and opinions largely to myself in order to avoid confrontations (I'm a peaceful sort - and opinions can get MIGHTY strong). The A#1 biggest stumbling blocks are these: You might have to admit you don't know quite as much as you thought OR (and this is a biggie) maybe you had it wrong. I have come face to face with these issues (and subsequently 'fessed up to myself and others) SO many times over the past couple of years I sometimes think I should go ahead and have "Still Learning, I'm SLOW" tattooed across my forehead, erect a billboard in the front yard with "I Had it Wrong" in six foot flashing neon letters, or maybe just a T-shirt would do...

The few people I have TRIED to share some observations with, tend to react in one of two ways:
1) Placate the Idiot, because I don't want to hear it - Agree with everything and then walk off rolling their eyes. Future discussions with others include phrases like, "That Jennifer and her horses, bless her heart..." This is a southernism generally used to describe those clueless individuals that are several bricks shy of a load, a few french fries short of a happy meal (you know, completely cuckoo or seriously stupid - take your pick :o)
2) Steamroll City, because I don't want to hear it - This method utilizes constant interruptions to interject personal opinions and pontifications that often contradict and always override the speaker (yours truly) and are always made up of run on sentences and monologues. After a couple of these, I'm happy to throw in the conversational towel; or at least wrap it around my head to stifle the noise...
NOTE: It never ceases to amaze me how many "experts" there are out there who are full of more poop than our pasture, (which can be a LOT of poop). Even more mind boggling, is that they can offer training tips that make absolutely NO sense (and are sometimes dangerously stupid), but because they were uttered with complete confidence and complete authority they are blindly followed without question (Me? I question EVERYTHING! :o)

Of course then I'll discover something else that's just way too cool to keep to myself, so we just start all over again (hmmm, maybe I should lay claim to #1 after all...DUH). I have, however, been extremely blessed with the most wonderful of horse-loving friends (that'd be you, Lori) who has been a fabulous sounding board and staunch supporter, and Shadow's buddy, Suzanne (my favorite photographer - see Taya's pic below :o) who is every bit as fascinated as I am over all this stuff and who I honestly don't know what I'd do without (so heartfelt thanks to you too, Suze!!).

Over the past few years, I have slowly discovered other people traveling down this road; like Carolyn Resnick, Klaus Hempfling, Allen Pogue and Mark Rashid (among others) who are listed on our Horse Heroes page. It's always a relief to know you're not the ONLY one out there! Of course, they're all quite a bit further down the road than I (as in if I climbed a redwood and had a Hubble telescope to look through, I might be able to catch a glimpse of them waaaaay off in the distance...well, maybe :o)

I've tried to make sure I gave appropriate credit wherever due (but not being perfect, if I've missed a step please say so - just don't hurt me). I hope you enjoy reading through the information on this lens and will poke around my other lenses as well. Please come and visit our official website too; I have to admit, I truly enjoyed creating it (well, except the technical aspect which gave me a major headache :o)

With love and Tylenol,

Jen, Horse Crazy Grownup
and Professional Amateur

If you think horses are beautiful animals, but a horse is a horse - and let's not get carried away here they are livestock for cryin' out loud - then this is probably NOT the place for you.

... BUT ...

If you think that maybe (just maybe) there might be something you are missing or you are a curious sort that loves to think and work outside the box and you're willing to learn or try something new then...

COME ON IN, WE'RE SO GLAD YOU'RE HERE!

Want to know what on earth this is? This is a word list for one of the puzzles we give out to visitors and friends of the farm (yay! :o) Please visit our home page at EpicFarms.com for more information

The Moo Crew and The Girls - In Arctic Alabama (Winter 2009)

Record cold temperatures had everybody hustling to keep warm; including our horses. Max and Cinnamon are playing a game when they square off at the stump - I haven't quite figured how the rules yet though...

NOTE: The camera bobble near the end of the clip was sponsored by Taya, who decided to give my arm - the one holding the camera - a nice big happy slurp (it's nice to be loved... :o)

A blurb about our credentials (or lack thereof)

As the Titanic was built by professionals and the ark by amateurs, I think we'll happily hang on to our "absolute amateur" status :o)

Equine Ecstasy: How Happy Is YOUR Horse?

Equine Ecstasy: How Happy Is YOUR Horse?
Equine Ecstasy: How Happy Is YOUR Horse?

Happiness IS a Horse (Boo-Yeah :oD

But how can you tell if he is? Happy, that is...

NOTE: The picture above is our filly (Taya) wearing an expression of absolute unadulterated bliss. I'm scratching her tummy :o)

Did you know that most mares have a kind of "happy spot"? There is almost always a callous of sorts directly behind the front legs in front of the stomach; you can usually feel it. Next time your able, try giving it a scratch and see what happens (just make sure you ask the mare's permission, first). Shoulders and chest are sometimes happy spots to scratch for the boys; they tend to be a little trickier. Here are some more things to think about...

♥Does your horse greet you when you appear? I don't mean only at feeding time, I mean if you go outside (or into the barn). Does he say Hi? Does he stand and watch you approach with his ears up? Walk to meet you halfway? Pretend he doesn't see you? Turn his back? Flee the scene?

♥ Does he come to you willingly for a visit? What about when you approach him with a halter? Does he want to play catch me if you can? Do you have to bribe him with food? Corner him?

♥ Do you pet and scratch (lightly) or do you pat and slap? To put it in perspective: I'd much rather have someone put their hand on my shoulder and give it a "pet" (sliding down my arm or lightly patting it) than pop me on the arm or whack me on the back, wouldn't you? Since a horse can feel a fly landing on him, it is probably a safe assumption he feels the same way (watch an old Western or look around at a horse show and note how the horses all jump or flinch at those "affectionate" slaps on the neck by their riders).

♥ Will he hang out with you voluntarily at times? If he's stabled, is he content to stand at the door near you or does he pretend you don't exist?

♥ Do you spend time with your horse when you don't want something from him? If you only get him when it's "time to work", see the farrier or vet, chances are he's not going to be too happy to see you. Would you be?

♥ Do you know what his favorite treat is? (bearing in mind that some horses are not that picky...if it looks interesting, they'll eat it :o) What about his favorite place for a scratch? General likes and dislikes?

OK, I figured out my passion in life

is to share our horses with the world, so now what? It's great in theory to simply fling open the proverbial barn doors and invite everyone to come learn, but in reality (which is the quickest way to ruin all your fun)

that doesn't work at all...

So what exactly are we trying to DO?

Status Report: Phase I

Our first and biggest goal was to become an official 501c3 organization. After nearly a year of paperwork (in alarming quantities), oodles of STRESS, some blood, sweat and tears we are OFFICIAL!

We didn't waste time while we were waiting to be approved as a non-profit, however, we got B-U-S-Y creating a website on the internet. We wanted something that could be used as a resource for anyone interested in horses, with an emphasis on sharing the true nature of horses and promoting responsible ownership (see our "I Want One" lens). Each of the horses has their own page on our site, and there are lots more pages with all kinds of information ranging from Equine PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and Handy-Dandy Horse Hints, to our Horse Heroes page offering links to some of the horse-loving people that inspire us.

We discovered Squidoo (woo-hoo :o) and began making lenses, with more on the way! As I'm sure you know, the internet will be an ongoing (um, ongrowing???) project for us.

A blog was added to share interesting lessons (mostly ours :o) learned along the "training trail". We also have guest posts so that others may share fascinating things that they have learned from their horses.

Now what? It's on to Phase II

Finding Funds and Finishing Our Facilities

This is... The next BIG ONE; finding financial support. Our programs to learn all about horses and how they REALLY are will be offered to other area non-profits (like Girl/Boy Scouts, schools, and other area service organizations) but before we can think about doing that, we will have to purchase liability insurance - what you might call a necessary (expensive) evil to the tune of about $1,000 per year. Our facilities also need to be completed; we took it as far as we could ourselves until we ran out of personal pockets (more specific information on the status of our facilities is available on our website and on the Accountability Lens here on Squidoo :o)

To try and help with funding, we have set up a shop on Etsy.com with all proceeds being donated back to the farm, and have offered advertising space for sale on our website. We are in the process of creating "fan clubs" for each of the horses on our site which will be for a nominal donation, and we are applying to Squidoo to become one of their official charities. Hopefully our organization will appear in the next update of Publication 78 by the IRS (a list of approved 501c3 organizations). We have also sent our information in to Guidestar so that potential donors will be able to verify that we are legitimate (hey, I'd sure want to know who I was sending my money to!)

In the meantime, we are fine tuning program ideas and practicing them on friends and family (our favorite guinea pigs :o) We also participated in an off site program: Farm Day (see the next module). Stay tuned for more progress as we make it!

UPDATE: Hooray! We have been accepted into the ranks as a Squidoo charity and now have our very own donations module; we just love to Squidoo, don't you?? Want to designate Epic Farms as your charity for lens royalties? We'd be honored...(and we need all the help we can get! :o)

UPDATE TAKE TWO: It has taken forever, but the meeting area is almost finished - Woo!

Have You "Herd" the Road Trip Rule? - Here's a post from Equine Epiphanies (our Thinkin' Blog)

When I was in 7th grade, I took a 12 week drawing class at a local art school (Saturdays). While I desperately wanted to take the class, it was also intimidating as I would probably not know anyone else there and I was terribly shy. When I walked into the classroom that first day, I saw a girl I knew from school (one of the "popular" girls, who never EVER spoke to me at school). I remember wishing it could have been someone else (ANYone) that I could at least halfway get along with for the next 12 weeks...

Imagine my surprise when Polly Popularity completely disregarded "The Rules", came over and plopped down next to me chattering away. She sat with me every Saturday for the entire 12 week session. Interestingly enough, she STILL never spoke to me at school. It was a good lesson for life with horses: Better the devil you know.

We opted to add a special adventure to our calendar this year by taking Champ and Lady to FFA's (Future Farmers of America) "Farm Day" at the elementary school. Because Lady and Champ are in separate herds and pastures, they would not normally get along if we put them together at home. In a new environment, however, this rule can change completely for horses just as it does for people (like it did for my Saturday art classes :o) Isn't that interesting?

The horses were a huge hit with the kids and extremely tolerant of all the little hands reaching up to pet them. Many of the children had never seen a horse up close and oohed and ahhed at how soft their muzzles (noses) were. I was touched by the many expressions of wonder and amazement (not to mention the huge grins) I saw on so many little faces throughout the day; it was a fabulous experience for all of us. Champ even got to meet a few of the other animals that participated; scroll down to see some pictures. For those of you wondering why I didn't photograph any of the aforementioned happy little faces, it's a big no-no (and Moms and Dads were not on hand to sign a photo release).... They were awfully cute though!

Visit the thinkin' blog

Champ enjoyed all of the attention

Champ enjoyed all of the attention
Champ enjoyed all of the attention

Lady was a bit shy at first...

Lady was a bit shy at first...
Lady was a bit shy at first...

Champ meets chick...

Champ meets chick...
Champ meets chick...

He liked the bunny rabbit...

He liked the bunny rabbit...
He liked the bunny rabbit...

Not too sure about piglet though :o)

Not too sure about piglet though :o)
Not too sure about piglet though :o)

Pop over to Amazon for some beautiful horse posters - I want the one on the left ~ wowza!

Some of my favorite books and video - and yes, I've read (and watched) them ALL :o)

I am a big believer in personal reference libraries, not to mention the fact that I just LOVE to read. Since we run on a shoestring budget (and said shoestring is dry rotted), it's great being able to purchase used books at a hefty discount :o)

Dancing with Horses
Dancing with Horses

This is an absolutely amazing book; he also has a video that is totally worth watching (although I think there's better mileage in the book :o)

 
Naked Liberty
Naked Liberty

She has the most wonderful mindset for working with horses (I'm pretty sure I want to be her when I grow up, but I'm only 42 so I have a way to go yet...)

 
Cherry Hill's Horse Care for Kids: Grooming, Feeding, Behavior, Stable & Pasture, Health Care, Handling & Safety, Enjoying
Cherry Hill's Horse Care for Kids: Grooming, Feeding, Behavior, Stable & Pasture, Health Care, Handling & Safety, Enjoying

I do believe this woman has written a book on just about everything to do with horses (this is one of my favorites, though :o)

 
Trick Horse Training Fundamentals I
Trick Horse Training Fundamentals I

This is one in a series of instructional DVDs ~ they are all very clear and idiot friendly (can you guess how I would know this??)

 
Considering the Horse: Tales of Problems Solved and Lessons Learned
Considering the Horse: Tales of Problems Solved and Lessons Learned

I've just finished this one (in a day and a half :o) It's absolutely wonderful!

 

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      regalrealm 3 years ago

      hello Jen! This is Regal Realm - love this lens just as I love your website, you are most definitely making my day today ahah! Take care, god bless and a pat to all your horses ;) RR

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Hi, I sure enjoyed revisited your great page and also your website. You sure did a fine job on both. I love all the pictures. I was looking around trying to find out exactly where you are located. I graduated from Jacksonville State University in 1970 and had friends there from Southeast Alabama.

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      Demaw 4 years ago

      Good luck to you and your horses. Hope your charity is successful.

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I am an animal lover and as such, I give you great credit for the wonderful work you do with one of the species. Also, I LOVE your remark about the people who are full of more poop than your pasture. Incidentally, this trait does not apply only to those who offer horse advice; it applies to the advice one attracts for all areas of life. :-)

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      This lens is a delight. Thanks for making it and sharing your special expertise.

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      Holley Web 5 years ago

      You know, all your children, including the one with 2 legs, are so very special and I always enjoy seeing people get such joy reading about them. I can't wait until we all get to see them (and you!) and spend time with them up close and personal. Be sure to give them all a hug from me. I hope you are feeling wonderful these days! ~Blessed by a Horse-loving Squid Angel~

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Fantastic! I am visiting the Animal Charities neighborhood today on the "back to school" angel bus tour and I am leaving behind my blessings.

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      Light-in-me 6 years ago

      Excellent lens and I love the picture Equine Ecstasy, so cute!

      Keep up the great work.

      Robin :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations for being one of the top 33 charities on Squidoo!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love watching all your projects progress in pictures.

      Congrats on being on our list of 33 Awesome Partner Charity Profiles!

      https://hubpages.com/community/monsterboards-best_...

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      You guys are doing awesome work. :) I'm adding this as a featured lens on my Horse Rescue lens. (unpublished at the moment) I wish I would have run across you sooner as I built my lens around another organization and only found this while searching for other equine rescues on squidoo.

      I'll change my charity setting on my IERAL Artwork Created For Horse Rescue lens to you though. :). Really awesome job.

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      annrhi 7 years ago

      A fascinating lens, horses are fantastic creatures and we have learned so much about them, it is nice to "meet" someone who understands horses and so clearly has their welfare at heart. These magnificent creatures are so often abused and misunderstood. Keep up the good work

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      Ronald Tucker 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      First I would like to congratulate you on obtaining your 501c3 organizational status. A year is a long time but well worth the wait. I enjoyed reading your very comprehensive Lens. Taya is a beautiful Paint and I recently learned the distinction from the Pinto breed. The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games inserted a special section in our local newspaper that I intend to keep for future reference. Good luck and all the best with your nonprofit.

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      caketech 7 years ago

      I love what you are doing! Keep up the good work. Awesome lens...squidliked, favorited, and facebook liked!

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      Just wanted to tell you I changed my Charity settings to Epic Farms, and put your link on FB :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your Sunshine Award! You're now a collective $198 richer and closer to your dreams! http://blogs.squidoo.com/squidblog/2010/07/07/suns...

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I'm back for a visit. This is a great lens and it has been blessed by The HorseAndPony Angel.

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      Ah, horses ... just like gigantic dogs. So much love to share. 5*, and just so you know, this lens is featured with a Donations module on Dobush Farm, Horse Training and Boarding in Southern Vermont. Trot on ... http://www.squidoo.com/dobush-farm-horse-training

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      I'm not sure if I already commented or not....been having so much fun with your horses lately :) *Blessed* by an Angel

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      What a journey...*Blessed*

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      Your horses do look happy. Best of luck with Epic Farms.

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      Laniann 7 years ago

      Best of luck with Epic Farms. Your horses are beautiful and it is wonderful the work that you are doing.

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      A beautiful lens for an admirable group. How wonderful to share the big picture with horses. Blessed by an Angel today (squidoo.com/october-blessings)

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      Hi,

      Just created a new horse related lens http://www.squidoo.com/HorsyHalloween. We are donating a portion to Epic Farms. Our lenses do not really make much money but I guess every cent helps. Hope all is well with your Epic Farm adventure.

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      UnbridledRacing 8 years ago

      As a fellow horse-crazy adult, I love your lens! I am the founder and manager of Unbridled Racing, where I strive to educate fans and promote positive, humane trends in horse-racing, including a retirement foundation for thoroughbred rehabilitation off-the-track.

      http://www.squidoo.com/UR-philosophy

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      puzzlerpaige 8 years ago

      I grew up with horses. We always had 2-3 and what a responsibility they are! Great luck and funds to Epic Farms.

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Best Wishes with Epic Farms! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      Oh I can only imagine the reams of paperwork you needed to complete to become a non-profit...bully for you for seeing it through and making it happen! Great lens, I enjoyed the read!

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      sittonbull 8 years ago

      Hi Jen... I grow horse quality hay on my farm for the local market and although I don't own a horse, I love to ride when I can... so I can relate to the page you are on here and think it's a worthy pursuit. Hope it all goes well for you. Great lens & Got here from Crystal's tagfoot post.

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      Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      Congrats on the non-profit status! A horse-loving friend once remarked to me, "Horses are really just like big dogs - they want our attention and love, they want companionship and they strive to please us if we treat them with affection and respect." I've always loved horses - lensolled to Dobush Farms, Sensible Horse Training in Vermont.

      http://www.squidoo.com/dobush-farm-horse-training

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      Beautiful horses! I enjoyed reading your lens and thank you for sharing your intentions. I think a fund raiser with Rain Barrels would be perfect. You would be doing two good deeds at once. 5*s

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      draik 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining All About Animals Group. Your lens was added to our feature module and it will appear randomly.

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      cheerfulmadness 8 years ago

      Fun, whimsical lens, 5 stars :) You have a lot of humour too, which I enjoy.

      Thank you for checking my Cheerful Madness!! online shops lens

      All the best,

      Cheerful Madness!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Really swe-ee-et lens, beautiful photos...you've covered all the right stuff and with a great sense of humor too. 5* and faved too.

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      JJNW 8 years ago from USA

      Hey fellow Squidoo Rocket Mom-

      I have dedicated a portion of my profits from my page http://www.squidoo.com/AmericanIdolAdamLambertRock... to *Epic Farms!*

      I hope everyone will drop by and help them out. Best wishes with the good work you do!

      5 stars for you, too!

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      JanaMurray 8 years ago

      Wow, this is some great stuff!

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Great lens. Horses are beautiful animals but I know very little about them. I live in a rural area though and there are some farms nearby with horses. They must be happy ones...they always perk up when we walk by and come over to see us. I guess they must just like the attention because we don't have anything to give them.

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Another wonderful lens and a great charity. Bear hugs, Frankster aka Bearmeister

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      This is just terrific. I wish you all the best. My grandaughter is mad about horses and has had her own for about three years. I think she'd love this lens.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wonderful Charity lens and congratulations on getting your 501c3 and on being accepted as a Squidoo Charity. Your passion for horses really shines through!

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      WhitU4ever 8 years ago

      LOVE this lens! I can't believe I haven't seen it yet! You have been featured on my Monty Roberts lens.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens. I loved the pictures too.

      Thanks for sharing

      Lizzy

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      Welcome to the Horses and Ponies for Kids Group! We will be sure to donate to add a Epic Farms Chairty Module to our next horse and/or pony related lens.

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      This was such fun to read! Thank you for sharing with us!

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      Tarra99 8 years ago

      Awww...I love those pics! Esp. Champ meeting all the other critters...great lens, great charity 5*

      Thanks for visiting my Hallmark Family Tree lens...I appreciate it!

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      I knew from the moment you said "Bless her heart" that I would love this lens! I live in Georgia, just south of Atlanta and would love to come see all your babies someday! I have so far read about Shadow (love the drawing of him and his blanket!) and Champ aka Loverboy. I was reading aloud to my son and he HAD to see all the pics. 5*s and favorited!

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      wonderful lens. love the pictures :)

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      good luck to you! I love horses! Wish you lots of luck with this totally cool endeavor.5*

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      What a great page about your charity! Excellent ... sorry, AWESOMETASTIC job! ;-)

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      What an a amazing charity! Great work setting all of it up. 5 Stars and a Squid Angel Blessing!

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Love those slideshows! Very cool. We've never personally owned horses, but as farm caretakers for years, we got to know and love many (even some with very naughty streaks). And funny you should mention those "happy spots." Yep, we discovered that about a number of horses quite by accident.

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      frances lm 8 years ago

      Enjoyed your story and wish you luck

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      jcraft334 8 years ago

      It is me jacob i now have a Squidoo and i opened mine under u so yea

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Horses are beautiful animals. Sometimes I wish we could go back to a time when horses provided transportation instead of gas guzzling vehicles. It seems that life was so much more peaceful then.

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      We have wonderful relationships with our horses and are very happy to see others have great relationships with theirs. They are such wonderful, special animals. We loved seeing your horses and what a great place you have.

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      motorpurrr 8 years ago

      You have so many cool horses. Love the appaloosa(spelling?) Nice lens. Thanks for vistiting mine too.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I am 100% with you! I believe that good riders and horse owners have a relationship with their horses that is equal to and sometimes better than other family members. Horses are very special animals!

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      Charlyjl 8 years ago

      Great stuff. Love the photo gallery! Not a great horse fan now, but I was horse mad when I was younger.

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      Sarunas 8 years ago

      Very useful lens. I gave you 5* ;P

      Keep it up.

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      nightbear lm 8 years ago

      What an awesome lens. I just love the picture of Taya, she is gorgeous and you can see her ecstacy. I liked your site too. Thanks for joining our group: Pets, Friends more than pets

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      Pat 8 years ago from Midwest, USA

      I've fallen in love with your horses! Wish I could bring them each an apple....

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for sharing your horses and their stories. I am fascinated with all of your stories.

      Keep sharing:)

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      dzine 9 years ago

      Awesome lens! Happiness is a Horse...and a warm puppy! I'm off to see the horses that paint!

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      Regal-Realm 9 years ago

      My heart leaps when I find 'one more' true horse perceptor, if I may use the term - big pats to all your horses and one on your back, from the other side of the Pond :)