Fancy Feet has been a pleasure and a challenge to us since her arrival. Today we are pleased to announce that she is at her new home where she will finish her training and get the spoiling she deserves!
I had to go to Charleston today for medical appointments. In between my appointments I was trying to coordinate the pickup of another horse and I thought everything was going well since we had the evening meal covered.
Oh how wrong I was! On my way home I got that phone call that no horse parent wants.
Peanut and Sabih were previously in the arena together for different reasons. They started a bromance that was cute most days. When the new pasture fencing was completed Peanut moved but Sabih did not. They have been calling to each other daily since then but no real misbehaviour out of either horse. Tonight Peanut was moved back into the barn paddock, saw Sabih, and lost his mind just a little to run away towards the fence that separated them. Sabih started running at the same time, jumped the fence – almost – so he could get to Peanut and they could groom each other. Apparently they really missed each other. Our fence line was not so happy. It now needs around 50 feet repaired. Temporary repairs were made so that the paddock is secure, luckily it was a cross fence and not a perimeter fence. After all that bromance activity, Sabih would not follow Peanut into the paddock and I had to move him when I arrived.
The entire herd moved pastures to get ready for our upcoming arrival – currently a stallion – and Fancy had to let us know just how much she was displeased with her new digs. She decided to redecorate one of the shelters for us.
Everyone else is MOODY! I’m hoping it’s just that we’re close to the full moon and life will settle very soon.
No horses were harmed in the making of this narrative 🙂
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Normally everything with Fancy is a test of wills. Who is stronger today? Today, although she showed she hadn’t forgotten her spirit she did so well.
Ayla pulled her out of the field with us all expecting a lot of bad behavior. Instead Fancy surprised us.
She accepted the pad and saddle with only a small scoot away from the saddle. Ayla then went to see if Fancy remembered how to lunge correctly. You see, Fancy had begun training as a 3 yr old but we had no clue how far they had gotten.
After realizing Fancy was doing great we decided to see if she would accept a bit, she did with only minor drama.
So began the walk to allow her adjustment time. Then she was tested for weight bearing response with the saddle and a person. Ayla is about the same size as the person who originally trained her. Fancy was responding appropriately so Ayla mounted. She surprised us all again because she didn’t run away with her new rider.
The video will be posted on Facebook showing what a good girl Fancy was under saddle. We’re very happy to report that she only needs a refresher and getting back in shape to be a solid riding horse. It is unknown what her level of training is so she’s still considered green broke at this time.
YAY FANCY FEET!
Today was a very busy day at the rescue!
First and foremost
THANK YOU VERY MUCH
to Ayla, Brian, Jill, and Chris for coming out and helping with all the various chores that were accomplished today!
We started the day removing fence that had been damaged, this is a job all by itself.
Then we were all needed to round up Daisy, she didn’t want to be caught today. (More details in a separate post)
Then Brian went back to fencing while Jill was exercising Cinnamon, Shady, and Baydom.
Of course Fancy had to get in on all the excitement and first figured out how to open a ‘horse proof’ gate. Then she got her head stuck between the gate and the post.
Cinnamon does NOT behave like she is in pain. She does however behave like she has an old hip injury. She crosses her rear left leg in front of her right. So… further examination and hopefully explanations to come.
Shady just was not accepting a bit today. After further review he is due for a dental. He was then ridden with his halter and lead ropes so he could still get a decent workout. Shady is so very responsive when he’s not misbehaving.
Baydom DOES know how to trot! He requires a lot of prep and redirection but he wants to please his rider, he really wants to run too.
South Eastern Equine Rescue in Hahira, GA came by to pick up Ms. Leiva. This was bittersweet. Leiva is such a great big baby! She will definitely be missed but we are very happy her road to recovery with her feet will begin on Monday. Sabih is already missing his buddy.
Ayla and Chris grabbed Niache and worked on some trust building. Niache is a complete gem once she gets that lead rope on her. She knows it’s time to work and her war with people and horse takes a pause. Ayla rode Niache bareback and actually got a trot out of Mrs. STUBBORN.
The front fence near the entry gate was completely removed. An additional walk through gate and wood posts were installed. By the time renovations are done all the T-posts will be replaced with wood posts. We only have around 400 remaining.
We wanted to move Sebastian in with Sabih but he still doesn’t appreciate Gibbs the goat. Instead Cheyenne is hanging out with him to see if they will click ok. Did we mention Sabih is missing Leiva?
Sir John had a really good day and enjoyed his cuddles from our visitors. We found out some of the history on Sugar from one of her original owners.
Do you remember we said a busy day? Early bedtime after a good muscle soak for the humans tonight!