Everyday Wisdom – Horses Bring Out Our Best
Dec23

Everyday Wisdom – Horses Bring Out Our Best

By subscriber/ contributor Nona Green I don’t generally go out of my way to speak with my neighbor.  We are from different sides of the track:  She with her leaf blower, me with my aversion to the ruckus and fumes.  Yet, the fires have me concerned about our horses – she who does not have a trailer may need a hand given that half of Los Angeles County is on fire.    “I’m worried about the fires,” I say as I ride by on my horse.   “Me too,” she replies. “I’ve hooked up my trailer in case WE need to evacuate,” I reassure her as I klippity-klop along.   A common sense of responsibility breaks the ice. It is no coincidence that the areas of LA and Ventura counties plagued by the most out-of-control wildfires are all equestrian zoned.   Where horses are kept, drought-stricken fire fuel is found.  And horse people are helping each other in selfless ways. Just as the most massive fire, nearly 100,000 acres as I write, was burning Santa Paula and Ojai, and another fire was raging in the Shadow Hills, Sunland area, my Equestrian Trials International Corral #36 was convening for their annual Holiday Party at Saddle Peak Lodge in Monte Nido.   Some of the would-be revelers were noticeably absent.  “Dan is transporting horses from the fire zone”; “Julian is putting out hot-spots in Kagel Canyon”.  “Victoria is at Pierce College volunteering to help horse burn victims.”  Was I the only one at the party feeling guilty that I wasn’t out there hauling horses from the fire zones? I have “liked” many Facebook pages devoted to the equestrian lifestyle.  I am “friends” with enough horse owners to be our own country.  I see post after post after post of people offering to take-in evacuated horses; folks are opening their hearts and homes to virtual strangers that have in common the concern for an animal’s well being.   Donations are pouring in to the various sites hoping to help victims with relocation and medical expenses – many of them say they exclusively help the displaced and injured horses. The tragedy of the fires hit the equestrian community the hardest.  The support amongst the herd of horse owners towards each other is humanity at it’s finest.   Best, Nona Nona Green Associate Broker CalBRE #0069231 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 818 426-2292 www.agourahorseproperty.com “horse people helping horse people”...

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Why Mustangs Matter…By Nona Green
Oct31

Why Mustangs Matter…By Nona Green

Editor’s Note – the plight of all horses matters whether they are wild or domesticated.  They deserve to be respected and treated humanely on all levels because horses bring a unique, and special-brand of solace to the world. Whether you volunteer at a local animal shelter, or are in rehab or therapy where they use horses as “helpers,”  or even as a horse owner riding  trails or competing, you understand this.  So on November 15th come to Malibu and see a special screening of UNBRANDED at Starfield Farms. Come out and support the good causes  happening at Big Heart Ranch and Wild Horse Sanctuary. You’ll be glad you did. UNBRANDED, the Movie – it’s All About the Mustangs By Subscriber/Contributor Nona Green Since 1941, when world-famous horseman Egon Merz hung his hat at Escondido Beach, Malibu has attracted equestrians. Today horsey types still enjoy trail rides, hunting with hounds, and superb training facilities. Before countless other entertainers followed, Elizabeth Taylor trained in Malibu for National Velvet. How fitting a venue then is Malibu, at the gorgeous Starfield Farms, for an exclusive screening of UNBRANDED. The film was honored to receive the Audience Award at the Telluride Mountainfilm festival. The film is brilliant on many levels – from the cinematography to the light it shines on the plight of wild horses. No spoilers here -this is a must see film, whether you are a mustang advocate, rancher, cowboy, hippie, surfer, or snowboarder. The funny bone and the adventurous spirit will both be tickled and prodded. When: November 15 4PM – eat and greet fellow equestrians, animal lovers, thrill seekers (if only vicariously) 5PM screening under the stars. Where: Starfield Farms 28357 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu 90265 A contribution of $50 pays for gourmet hor d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be available. All proceeds will go directly to Big Heart Ranch – Malibu, and Wild Horse Sanctuary. For tickets go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unbranded-malibu-movie-night-tickets-19137080523 or email nona@agourahorseproperty.com for the...

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About us….think “Pink” this month and get into the Spirit of things
Oct06

About us….think “Pink” this month and get into the Spirit of things

  About us….think “Pink” this month and get into the Spirit of things! By subscriber/contributor –Nona Green   Dressage is an elegant sport, with only formal attire at the upper levels – think dark coat with lapels….  I wonder if riders at top levels ever wish they could wear something besides black.  What about PINK? A show coming up on Oct. 17, let’s you get into the spirit of helping fight breast cancer by waiving the dress code.  Come visit Spirit Equestrian, and see why boarders say they are spoiled for life!                         Dressage at Spirit Equestrian
October 17-18, 2015
 Level 2 THINK PINK!! A portion of the proceeds is donated each year to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Conservative colors are waived for this event as long as you wear PINK!! Year after year this show has grown and we have been able to continue to increase our donation to this wonderful cause. Please help us make this show the best one yet!  ...

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