Harmonies for Horses is a fundraiser for Rocking Horse Ranch – a rescue and rehabilitation farm with trails along the Baddeck River. The afternoon is a musical jamboree of country n western songs from local harmonizers RoSa, Alicia Penney, Billie Yvette, Steve Fifield, Flo Sampson, Debbie Mullins… and you may see a few more special guests as well.
It’s a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon—taking place October 30th at 3 PM. All ages are welcome; admission is by donation. If you feel like getting dressed up as your favorite western star, costumes are optional, and there will be a prize or three for the best of the bunch. If you like you can bring along a lawn chair, there will be some seating available, but if you have one handy, bring it along. The concert will take place in the barn arena, rain or shine.
Horses have a special bond with humans. They’ve carried us, literally, through the last few thousand years, have been responsible for transporting our families and our goods, have done battle on our behalf, and have befriended and changed the lives of many. Currently, many horses who were once sporting animals, or pets, end up for sale at auction houses. Those who don’t catch a bid are all too often sold to feedlots, where in Canada and Mexico, it is still legal to slaughter a horse for human consumption.
I can’t imagine eating my friends. Neither can those who form horse rescues all across North America. This one event specifically helps the Rocking Horse Ranch, who have taken in animals otherwise destined for the slaughterhouse, or who had the tough trials of living in an abusive or neglectful environment. The horses are cared for, they are worked with patiently and regain their trust in humans, and have become part of the Rocking Horse team…. where you can pair up with one of these horses for a Trail Ride through the woods along the Baddeck River. Or you can learn the skills of horse handling by working with Dale Stone, owner of Rocking Horse Ranch, for lessons.
To get to Rocking Horse Ranch, take Exit 9 on the TCH, and turn towards Uisge Ban Falls (away from the village of Baddeck). When you get to the end of the road, hang a right (still as if you are headed to Uisge Ban Falls) and when you pass the entrance to the falls, watch for a dirt road on your left — there will be a sign directing you to Rocking Horse Ranch.