Over the course of the Purina® Senior Horse Tales contest, Purina collected more than 600 heartfelt stories of owners and their senior horses. As a way to celebrate the special memories these senior horses and ponies leave with their owners, Purina has named three winners to receive one ton of free Purina® Equine Senior® horse feed of their choice. Read their story highlights below and be sure to visit our online media kit at www.reporterville.com/purinahorsefeed to download their photos and complete stories.
 
Due to the overwhelming response, Purina is giving away another grand prize in its People's Choice Award, an opportunity for Facebook fans to vote for their favorite senior horse tale. Beginning April 27, three additional finalists will be posted to the Purina Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PurinaHorse) allowing fans to vote for their favorite senior tale! The finalist with the most "Likes" will receive a half-ton of free Purina® Equine Senior® horse feed of their choice!  

Purina encourages you to share these stories submitted by our grand-prize winners. And be sure to direct your readers to www.activestill.com so they can view the winners' stories. Please feel free to contact me with any follow-up questions.
 
Riding as Therapy
Lisa D. from Grandview, Texas, shared her story of recovery after a bronco riding accident left her paralyzed from the shoulders down. After months of rehabilitation and success with therapeutic riding, Lisa's friends surprised her with Khan, a 25-year-old former patrol horse. "When he sees me dragging my saddle out of the barn he meets me at the round pen. He comes when I call him. He stands patiently as I push the saddle up his side. He is happy to have the job of carrying me around our small ranch," wrote Lisa. "It is only on the back of my horse Khan that I am free. He has eaten Purina® Equine Senior® horse feed since he has been with me and always will. He deserves the best I can give him!"

Through Thick and Thin
Karen R. from New Orleans, La., recounted the obstacles she and her 29-year-old Arabian gelding, Sunday, have overcome during their lives together. When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Karen was unable to evacuate with Sunday in time, so she chose to stay in the barn and weather the storm together for a week before the National Guard helped them evacuate. "Even though he hasn't been ridden since Katrina, with a proper diet, including Purina® Equine Senior® horse feed and alfalfa/timothy hay, he has always been toned and fit," wrote Karen. "Sunday is a once-in-a-lifetime horse, and he is in wonderful shape because of the loving care he receives, with the help of Purina."

Love of a Lifetime
Amanda A. from Fort Dodge, Ia., describes how the love she has shared with her 37-year-old American Quarter Horse, Paco, has transcended generations. She first met Paco as a 7-year-old girl at Girl Scouts summer camp, where she first rode him. "In the fall of 2004 I bought him from the camp. I boarded him with a friend and immediately put him on Purina® Equine Senior® horse feed. In just a couple of months it looked as though he had gone back in time about 10 years," wrote Amanda. "He is now teaching my 2-year-old daughter to ride and to love horses the way I always have. She loves him just as much as I do. It is so wonderful having such a close companion and Equine Senior® horse feed truly made it possible."