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RWF "Connor" at the clinic

 

Connor
RWF "Connor" home at last

 

[Reprinted with permission of the author from WNYmedia.net]

The Making of a Facebook Family:

Social networking--words that define a whole new world of human interaction through Facebook posts and Twitter tweets. If the previous sentence reads like a foreign language, then you are disconnected from what has become a wildly popular way to reach out and touch someone.

According to recent reports, Facebook (Fb) is an online phenomenon with a "friends" list of 153 million and growing (more than half of the American population). Equally impressive are those who tweet, estimated at well over 75 million. Personally, I am both a Fb'er and a tweeter. My original purpose for joining the online networks was promotion of my Buffalostyle radio show. How better to reach vast numbers of potential listeners at the highly affordable rate of free?

Yet despite my initial intention, Facebook has woven its way into the fabric of my life, recently taking on a dimension I could never have imagined.

It all began with a friend request from a man I had known years ago in the horse industry. I didn't recall a great deal about this person, but I recognized his name and knew that we shared a common love of Morgan horses. I accepted his request and began following his daily posts about his world and his equines.

Early last week, this man posted a note about a foal recently born on his farm. Included with the post was a picture of the newborn, a precious chestnut colt named Connor. It wasn't until the last sentence, however, that I realized that this was not a joyous announcement. It seemed that the young horse was unable to stand or nurse and required veterinary help to breath. My heart broke at the sad news and I posted a note to the man, sending my best wishes for Connor.

Soon it became apparent that I was not the only one touched by the young colt's condition. Within hours, hundreds of people from around the country wrote posts, each carrying their own good wishes. As the week progressed, updates on Connor's health appeared. Pictures showed the ailing colt linked to an oxygen tube, a worried mare standing watch over her newborn, caring veterinarians doing their best. And each time more people responded with posts to cheer the man and cheer on the horse.

Then, at week's end, a simple two line post appeared, "RIP little Connor man. You tried so hard to live and we are so very sad." Subsequent posts explained that the vet had pronounced that Connor was unable to sustain life and should be put to rest.  The news was devastating, the response immediate. People began posting condolences filled with touching sentiments. Through the world of Facebook, Connor had become part of all of our lives. We had become his family. This man's loss was ours as well.

I went to sleep that night with a heavy heart and awoke with sadness remaining. I thought about staying away from Facebook—withdrawing from the continuing saga of the sweet young horse. Yet by midday I was drawn back. Signing in, what I found among hundreds of condolences was a stunning post that required reading and re-reading. "The vet went into Connor's stall and got him up one last time before putting him to sleep. Connor proceeded to walk around the stall on his own for the first time. The vet was crying and asked us to let them work with him through the weekend, at their expense." The news was nothing short of miraculous and, since then, the veternary updates have continued to be amazingly positive.

Connor now whinnies in greeting to all who approach his stall. He is breathing on his own and, hopefully soon, will be weaned off bottle feedings. And as he progresses, all of us in Connor's Facebook family continue to send notes of loving support and encouragement, taking great stock in his will to live. With 153 million members, Facebook has undoubtedly become the place for social networking. Yet for those of us who have become Connor's Facebook "family," it has also become a place where miracles happen.

- Christina M. Abt is a newspaper columnist and free lance magazine contributor. Her work has appeared in The Morgan Horse, The Morgan Connection, Saddle Horse Report, Horse World and The Peddler. Christina is also a former Morgan Horse owner/breeder/exhibitor.

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Slip Into Silk
Slip Into Silk

We have three mares confirmed in foal for 2011. Slip Into Silk is carrying a foal sired by Realize (Minion Millennium X Serenity Kimberly),  Soul Sister is carrying a foal sired by WC Mastroianni (Mizrahi X Kim's Bellegante), and Dragonsmeade Kalahari is carrying a foal sired by WC Dragonsmeade Icon (Mizrahi x HVK Obsidian).  Still to be confirmed in foal is Southview Silhouette, who has been bred to WC Dragonsmeade Warlock (And The Beat Goes On x HVK Clairvoyant). We are very excited about our 2011 foal lineup.

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RWF Bartok
RWF Bartok

It was worth the wait! Cedar Creek Arabella presented us with our only foal this year - a colt sired by Bocelli. In keeping with the musical theme, and adding in his dam's name, we have name this colt after the Hungarian composer, Bela Bartok. RWF Bartok, or 'Bryce,' will remain at Dragonsmeade in Kentucky until he is weaned.

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Stonecroft Flammable
Stonecroft Flammable & Julie

Some things are just meant to be. We admired Stonecroft Flammable as a weanling when she was showing in the Breeder's Sweepstakes in New England, and now she has made her way to Colorado. Check out the photos of her on our Bloodstock page of the website. Julie will show Flammable in 2011 and she will eventually become an important mare in our breeding program.

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CBMF Fire And Ice
CBMF Fire And Ice

We like repeat business! Congratulations to Mountain Aspen Morgans, Bruce and Jean Beckman, Victor, Colorado on their selection of CBMF Fire And Ice and JW Romantic Memories to add to their list of impressive bloodstock. Fire and Ice has already been confirmed in foal to World Champion sire Minion Millennium for 2011, and plans are to breed Romantic Memories as well. Good luck, Bruce and Jean, with two very special mares!

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FCF Lalique
FCF Lalique

We are pleased that FCF Lalique has returned home to Colorado to retire. We have reserved the right to flush an embryo from her next year, but our plan is to let her enjoy living out her days enjoying the brisk Rocky Mountain air.  Lalique is the dam of WC RWF Over The Rainbow, sired by Centerpiece.

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RWF Estelle
RWF Estelle

Congratulations to Debbie LaMay, JD Stables, Brooklyn, Michigan on her selection of LIV Reality Star, RWF Estelle and RWF Songbird.  Debbie plans to put Estelle and Songbird into her show string, while Reality Star is being bred for a summer, 2011 foal.

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CBMF Fire And Ice
CBMF Fire And Ice

After their last successful purchases, Mountain Aspen Morgans, Bruce and Jean Beckman, Victor, Colorado returned to the source to take home two wonderful RWF broodmares: JW Romantic Memories, a maternal sister to WC JW That Special Flaire, and CBMF Fire And Ice (pictured at left), a daughter of WC HVK Bell Flaire. Their plans are to breed Romantic Memories to SpiceOLife Present Tense, and Fire And Ice to Minion Millennium for two spectacular 2011 arrivals.

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RWF Whamerican Beauty

We'd like to extend our congratulations to Mountain Aspen Morgans, Bruce and Jean Beckman, Victor, Colorado on their selection of three RWF yearling fillies and one broodmare from Ridgewood. On a recent visit to our farm, the Beckmans selected HVK Irish High, a full sister to HVK Bell Flaire in foal to DBA Street Talk, RWF Batique, RWF On Display and RWF Whamerican Beauty. We wish them much success with their new Morgans!


Jay and Livin' Large

With the launch of the New Year comes the launch of our new website. We're pleased that you've taken the time to visit us on line and glean insight to the RWF Morgans, past and present. Enjoy!

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