Blue Rider Stables

Blue Rider Stables

413-528-5299
info@bluerider.org
15 Farm Lane, South Egremont, MA 01230

February Break Horsemanship Program

We will be offering our February Break program February 19 – 23rd. This program provides students with an educational outdoor experience where they can have fun, be physically active, develop a love for nature, and learn responsibility for animals. In addition to learning bareback riding, participants will assist with barn chores, learn how to catch, groom and tack a horse, and experience the magic of being in a herd of horses. Lunch will be around the fire pit. Children must bring their own snacks and lunch. The program runs 9:00 – 3:00 each day, with before and after care available. Sign up for one day or the whole week. Please email or call for more details.

Mystery Update

From the first day that she came, Mystery has won everyone over with her sweet nature. Almost exactly a year after she was introduced to the whole herd, she had a lightbulb moment with her job in lessons and therapy. Practically overnight she became as solid and steady in her work as she is in her body. We had chosen her with the hope that she would take on some of the role Twist left behind and it’s wonderful to see her become the horse we hoped she would.

Marcy Update

Marcy has strong opinions about many things (like how and when she wants to be groomed, or touched, or work) but she is also much more open about what she wants and why, which lets us help her much better. Typically horses take nine months to a year to acclimate to a new home and routine; many people want that to happen much faster, often almost immediately. Marcy shows us that, given support and time, horses never stop growing and changing, and the process of getting comfortable and confident can take years. It’s very much worth it, though, as Marcy and many others have taught us over the years

Marcy guarding Zora as she sleeps in the pre-snow mud.

An Update on Taquito

Taquito was diagnosed with arthritis in his neck and shoulders a few months ago. Sadly, this is taking a toll on him, and we have decided to retire him from active duty. He is happily spending his time at the gate with Billy Boy, waiting for hugs and cuddles.

Keep an eye out for our two traveling donkeys now! Billy and Taquito both look forward to their futures as our mascots of Blue Rider.

Summer Horsemanship Program

Summer has begun! We are hosting our summer horsemanship program. Please email info@bluerider.org if you would like to sign your child up for a week (or many!)

Our Circus was a Success!

Our Inner Child Circus of 2023 was a roaring success. We had amazing weather, spectacular riders and participants, and a supportive audience. We could not of done it without all of you.

To see photos of the event, go to https://caitlinvongraf.zenfolio.com/2023circus. If you would like to purchase any of the photos of your child, please email info@bluerider.org to do so.

Goodbye Desmond

Desmond is our resident barn cat at Blue Rider. He is so much more than a barn cat and a mouse hunter. Almost everyone who has ever been to Blue Rider has had the chance to be greeted by Desi, who is our barn greeter, emotional support animal(to staff, clients, parents and anyone who needs him), our biggest cuddler and just an overall sweet loving cat. Desi will let you hold him all day long and loves riding on your shoulders. He does not ask for much but gives so much to everyone. He has been the rock the staff has held on to during the loss of four horses in the past six months.

On Tuesday morning, Desi was showing signs of distress. He made it clear to staff that he was having issues going to the bathroom. The staff decided that it was time to bring him to the vet. The vets were able to help him go to the bathroom. He stayed at the vet hospital for a couple hours on pain medication while the vets tried to figure out what was going on. The vets did an urine analysis and were unable to find anything significant in what was causing Desmond’s inability to pee. With the hopes that the pain medication, antibiotics and muscle relaxers would help him, he was sent home for the night.

He seemed to be more comfortable and in good spirits as staff left for the night.

On Wednesday morning, Desi was in the same boat as Tuesday but with major signs of discomfort.

We rushed him to the vet again and a staff member stayed with him for hours while the vets tried to figure out what can be done to help him. Blood work was done showing he was perfectly healthy besides this issue. An x-ray was done showing he was impacted but no crystals or stones blocking his urine output. It was decided that he should stay overnight with a catheter to see if that helped. He stayed until 4:00 this afternoon. There have been almost no signs of anything getting better for him since he has been back home today. He still doesn’t seem to be able to pee on his own.

On Friday morning, Desi was brought to Bilmar Vet for surgery. We thought that this would help him and solve the urinary problems. The staff at Blue Rider made the decision hoping this would be in Desi’s best interests and in hopes he would live the long life he was told he would never have when we found him. The reconstructive surgery itself was a success. Desmond came out of surgery around 130. Dr. Caine called Julia N. letting her know that there was a mass further up in the upper neck of his bladder. He was unaware of it until the surgery. Dr. Caine wanted to keep him overnight with a catheter to see if the surgery was helpful.

Unfortunately around 4:30, Julia N. got another phone call from Dr. Caine stating that Desi still had not been able to urinate and that for Desmond’s sake that he should be let go. Julia N. went back to Bilmar to be there with Desmond as he was put to sleep. He was very peaceful and surrounded with lots of love and care.

Desi joined our Ghost Herd around 5 o’clock tonight.

Unfortunately this was not the outcome any of us wanted or expected to have. We did everything we could for him and in the end he knew that all we did was love him and do whatever we could to help him. Desmond fought to the very end. He was the sweetest, loving, caring, and most expressive cat. There will never be any other cat like him.

Des was only 7 when we left the physical world, this was very unexpected and we will miss him dearly.

I don’t think any of us can imagine a Blue Rider world without him running up, meowing and greeting everyone.

Any little bit will help us offset the costs of taking care of our Desi.

We truly appreciate any and all donations. Thank you so much,

From the Sad Four-legged and Two-legged Staff at Blue Rider

2023 Circus Raffle

What a great event! Thank you to all our supporters and congratulations to the winners.

Dunkin’ Donuts – Carr Hardware
Fluff Alpaca – Dunkin’ Donuts
Ward’s Nursery – Cafe Adam
Bakin Bakery – Gt.Barrington Bagel Co.
Applebee’s – Mama Lo’s Southern Style BBQ
Happy Nails Salon and Spa – Jake’s Barber Shop
Griffin – Domaney’s
Jake’s Barber Shop – Mom’s Country Cafe
Tom’s Toys – Clarks Nursery
Berkshire Baby – SoCo Creamery
SoCo Creamery – Matruschka
Gt.Barrington Bagel Co. – Applebee’s
Cafe Adam – GB Eats
Pawsh Buddies – The Shop-Only In My Dreams Events
Mom’s Country Cafe – SoCo Creamery
Crystal Essence – Green Branch Urban
Berkshire Bass – Dunkin’ Donuts
Rubener’s Cheesemongers – Applebee’s
Dunkin’ Donuts – GB Pizza House
Eagle Shoe & Boot – Guido’s Fresh Marketplace
Roberto’s Pizza – Bistro Box
Guido’s Fresh Marketplace – Dunkin’ Donuts
Dunkin’ Donuts – The Shop-Only In My Dreams Events
SoCo Creamery – Applebee’s
Matruschka – Ward’s Nursery

It’s May Already!

Read below for BRS’s first week of May update:

A Sad Update

Please read below for our update on Falcur. If you would like to donate in his memory or to help financially support Blue Rider with all the expenses that we put into helping Falcur in his final days please use the donate button below.