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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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Sabih is such a beautiful horse. He’s going to look even better when we can brush and bathe him.

Sabih was a sale authority Mustang in the BLM adoption event in Tampa in January of this year. We went to pick up our last two burros, Aramis and Porthos, where this beat up horse was cowering in the corner being kicked and bitten by every other horse in the pen. So home he came.

Sabih spent some time in a smaller pen so he could adjust to people. We were his first kind hands, ever. We were progressing slowly, but well, until August 22 when he managed to take his halter off. He took us back to the very beginning and would not allow ANY touching.

We discovered, by help from Sir John, that Sabih is only motivated by food. As long as there’s food involved he will allow almost anything. Sir John kept breaking him out of his pen until some of the panels were ruined (John weighs a ton) and we got him to follow us back every time with bribes of a feed bucket. Once we realized it was reliable and he wasn’t trying to escape we dismantled the extended stall and let him out into the small paddock.

Last week we bribed him back into his halter and the change was amazing. He went back to that place we were in August. From zero handling to allowing quick rubs in the space of 20 minutes.

Today we decided to work on him a little more. Take a look at the video and enjoy the progress.

Sabih on YouTube

Sabih isn’t afraid of us, he just tolerates what we’re doing. 

Some have commented that we should be further along. We could have been. It wasn’t and isn’t a rush. As long as he remains healthy we are in no hurry.

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Such a busy day!

Today was a very busy day at the rescue!

First and foremost


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!

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Productive Day

Today Cinnamon and Spirit both got a good workout. It’s good that we currently have three riders giving exercise to those who are trained.

The biggest YAY! was that through lots of bribes we were able to get a halter back on Sabih. He is a completely different horse with that halter on him. He allowed quite a bit more cuddles after.


On the bad side, Peanut decided that he was scared of some random thing and reared. He backed up until he fell over. He paused a few minutes on the ground checking himself out before he got up limping. He’s in prison for the night so we can make sure he scared himself more than hurt.