Ghost’s New Friend

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I’ve been boarding my horse Ghost (the horse in the background,) at a training facility for the first four months of our budding friendship, to get a good start on our relationship. We just leased a new house (we slept in our new house for the first time this weekend,) with property, and plenty of room for horses. It was finally time to bring Ghost home. I did that earlier last week.

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I’ve spent a lot of time carefully selecting a friend for him. There’s so many things that has to be just right, to make it a good match for everyone – the new horse, Ghost, and our human family situation.

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My hope was to not only find a new family member, but to make a difference in a horse’s life, that really needed a home. It’s easy to just go and buy a horse, but there’s so many out there, good horses, that for different reasons find themselves in bad places. Through the years I’ve fostered around 20 abused horses, that I’ve helped nurtured back into good health, physically and emotionally. This time my intention is to keep the horse for life. Therefor I really needed to make a good decision. I wanted the horse to be gentle enough for my 5 year old daughter to be around, and preferably be able to (eventually) take my weight as well, so that I can work with the horse. (A horse that only has kids riding it, sometimes forgets some of its training/manners.)  

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After looking at several horses, I found the mare in the photos, two weeks ago. After spending some time with her, I purchased her on the spot. My intuition is usually right. Yesterday we brought her home, FTB Fancy Traditions, stable name Fancy. She is a 12 year old, Quarter Horse. Fancy have a solid foundation, but experienced some rough times for a while. I can’t wait to spoil her with attention. She needs to gain some muscle weight, but she has the sweetest personality (and excellent cutting blood.)

Ghost and Fancy hit it off from he start. By looking at the pictures, you would think that they’ve been friends for a log time. In fact they just met for the firs time, ten minutes ago, when I took these. It rained all day yesterday, but I thought you’d like to see some photos anyways. I’ll take some better later. Fancy is gentle enough for my daughter to brush, and ride by herself. We (all of our two, and four legged family,) couldn’t be happier.

I hope your weekend was nothing short but amazing! Have a wonderful new week!

Love,

Ms Zen

Weekend Coffee Share

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This week is intense! Do you dare to have coffee with me? Nothing bad happened, on the contrary, it’s been an awesome week. Here, grab a cup, and I’ll tell you all about it. Last week I told you about how I’ve been looking at horses, to find a companion for my horse Ghost (pictured above,) that also would be a great match for our family. I didn’t find one last week, but this week I did! I decided to place an ad on Craigslist, and I got a few replies. My hope was to not only find a new family member, but to make a difference in a horse’s life, that really needed a home. It’s easy to just go and buy a horse, but there’s so many out there, good horses, that for different reasons find themselves in bad places. (I did not write that in the ad! I only wrote that I was looking for a friendly companion horse to my gelding, sound enough for light riding.) Through the years I’ve fostered around 20 abused horses, that I’ve helped nurtured back into good health, physically and emotionally. This time my intention is to keep the horse for life. Therefor I really needed to make a good decision. I wanted the horse to be gentle enough for my 5 year old daughter to be around, and preferably be able to (eventually) take my weight as well, so that I can work with the horse. (A horse that only has kids riding it, sometimes forgets some of its training/manners.)  

A woman emailed me about a mare that she got from a really bad situation, that now was gaining weight, but still needed lots of TLC. Everything she said about the mare, and the pictures she sent, it just felt right. I went to her place to meet her yesterday, and I’ve never met a sweeter horse. Fancy is a 12 year old, registered Quarter Horse, with a great conformation. This is not a backyard bred horse, she has a long line of excellent cutting horses behind her. She does need to gain more muscle weight, and her front hooves needs work. She is broke to ride, and extremely kind. I’m not sure if she ever had her own human caring for, and loving her. By the end of my visit I saw her eyes lit up a little bit. In the beginning, it was almost like she was sleep walking. I’ve seen this before in broodmares, that only been baby (money) making machines. I can’t wait until I see more light in those beautiful eyes. We have lots of love in store for her. Fancy is calm enough for my daughter to groom, and ride. I can already see her brushing Fancy for hours, and braiding her mane and tail. I’m going to let you wait for pictures of her until next weekend. Please keep in mind that the photos of her now is going to be very different, compared to what she will look like by the end of the summer. Her front hooves might give you nightmares. Please remember that her nightmare have ended. She is on the way up. When she first was rescued, she was so emaciated that it was only a question of time before her inner organs was going to give up. She doesn’t look that bad now.

Need some more coffee? I’ll get you a refill. I think I need one myself. Fancy, and Ghost, they haven’t met yet, are coming home next week 🙂 I pounded in a few extra t-post along the fence line, making sure that their new pasture is safe, and ready for their arrival. I’m looking at a round-pen tomorrow. I’m going to need a place to work with them separately. Hopefully it will be in place at their arrival, or shortly after. It is so exciting!! A fellow blogger asked me if I’ve considered starting a Youtube vlog. I have been thinking of one day making short videos of rescue horses, and mustangs I work with. Not as a professional horse trainer, but more what an ordinary person who loves animals, can do for animals in need. I don’t see myself as a horse trainer, I’m just a girl who loves horses, and enjoy spending a lot of time with them. In my case is my stubborn dedication, calm presence, love, and lots of time that is the key.

Is your coffee OK? How is your week? We had sun in the beginning, but it’s raining right now.

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I’m planning my vegetable garden. There will be lots of work for me to do there, as soon as I get the horses settled in. As you can see in the photo of my future garden area above, the area is currently covered in weeds. Below is some photos from the backyard, closer to the house. The vegetable garden is going to be behind the backyard, safe from playing children, and dogs (hopefully.) The horse pasture is next to the garden area, and I will be able to see my horse as I work in the garden 🙂

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Is spring in full bloom at your place? I love April, it’s one of my favorite months here, before we hit the three digit temperatures. Any fun plans for the weekend? I’d love to hear more about your week! 

 

 

Love,

Ms Zen

Growth

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The theme for the weekly photo challenge, for the first week of 2018 is Growth.

In this first week of the year, many people anticipate beginnings, changes, and opportunities for growth. Share with us an image that evokes this spirit of change and newness — the smile of a new friend, a freshly planted garden, an empty journal waiting to be filled.

What could be better than the new beginning, with my new horse? Last weekend (Saturday) I picked up the gelding I met a week ago. When I first met him I felt that there is something about him, that makes me believe that he is a once in a lifetime horse. Even though we just spent a couple hours together in a pasture. I felt that we connected. I’ve been looking for that special horse for a couple of years now. I believe that I’ve found him.

He was not halter broke when I picked him up. He’s spent all his time in a pasture up until now. When we arrived to his former home, he was very cautious around the stock trailer that we rented for the occasion. Not unexpected since he haven’t been worked with at all. This is a new universe to him. He was even more uncomfortable leaving his two buddies in the pasture. One of which was an identical blood relative (probably brother. The owner wasn’t sure.) Considering all that, things went pretty smooth. He trailered reasonably well the 2,5 hours it took to get him home.

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The important thing is somehow to begin. – Henry Moore

My impression is that Ghost is a sweet, curious, and highly intelligent horse. He had a different name with the previous owner. He was named after a king who killed his brother. I thought that was bad karma sort of, so I changed it. I doubt that he knew his name. He is 3 years old, 3/4 Arabian and 1/4 Mustang. I haven’t measured him yet, but I’m guessing that he is around 14.5hh (and probably have some more growing to do.)

When we arrived to the boarding stable that is going to be his home, we made a corridor leading straight to the stall that is going to be his, and opened the door to the trailer. His stall is big, and connected with an open door to an outdoor pen. He was hesitant to step into the corridor we’d made for him. Not surprisingly since he never been indoors before. A lady at the stable brought a sweet little pony, as encouragement for him. We let them say hello to each other (while Ghost still was inside the trailer) and then and we followed her into the stall, where she turned around taking the pony with her. Before leaving I sat down in his stall. Ghost walked up to me after a while, putting his muzzle towards my cheek. After sharing a beautiful moment of silence I told him briefly about his new life and all the good times we’re going to have together. I think he understood. I left him to settle in for the night with a good feeling in my chest.

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The day after when I returned in the morning (yesterday,) I found him calm in the outdoor part of his pen. Our first training session included getting used to a halter, and some very basic leading exercises. He allowed me to take the worst of the mud and dirt of his body. I couldn’t have asked for a better start. I kept the session short and sweet. Left with a good feeling. I believe the good feeling was mutual. I took this photo with my phone by the end of the session.

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Our growth depends not on how many experiences we devour, but on how many we digest. – Ralph W. Sockman

Later yesterday afternoon I brought my daughter to the stable, so that she finally could meet Ghost. For safety reasons I thought it would be wise to get to know him  little bit myself first, (because I know my daughter. She learned how to walk by dragging her self up using my favorite horse’s tail as support..lol.) She liked Ghost a lot! He seemed to like her as well. He tolerated hugs and kisses patiently, almost like he enjoyed it. When I could convince my daughter to leave his pen for a few minutes I worked a little bit more with him. He is OK with wearing a halter now, but is scared of ropes, so we worked on that. It went well, but it’s definitely something we’re going to work more with, to get completely comfortable. We ended on a good note.

Today it’s been raining like crazy. I went to see Ghost after lunch, and he did call out when he saw me. He was very wet, because he choose to be outside in the pouring rain, and not in the stable. He is not very comfortable indoors. That might take some time. The outdoor part of his pen is big, and I’ve been working with him there. I still haven’t taken him outside his pen. I’m planning on doing that in a couple days, when the rain stops. When I ask him to go to the part of his pen that is inside the barn, he is hesitant, and uncomfortable. It’s still new to him…and I can relate, I like it better outside as well. I did ask him to walk inside a few times while doing some leading exercises today. Other than that we had our session outside. (I did not bring my camera today because of the rain.) He was more spirited today. Probably a combination of colder weather, and being confined for a couple days. He was still very sweet. He response very well to calm, clear requests. Sometimes when I have a lot of fun, my energy levels goes up, for now I’m going to have to control that. As long as I stop, and give him a few seconds to figure out what it is I want, he tries his best. I’m very proud of him. By the end of our session today I asked him to give me his front hooves. He did. I asked twice for his left front hoof, and twice for his right front hoof. He gave them to me both times. I made sure that he was well balanced, and I gave them right back after a couple seconds. I did not ask for his hind (back) hooves. That is a bigger question, and I want to make it easy for him to give me the right answer. We have time. I liked him from he beginning, but he definitely grows on me a little bit every time I see him. I am very excited about our budding friendship.

Love,

Ms Zen