It’s like this

This is my big yellow money vacuum:

He is at my friend’s farm and is currently serving as a bird perch. He’s extremely sound, living at my friend’s farm. He absolutely can’t be stalled or he’s lame. So at this point, I’m just giving up until we can move out of the city. I have likened him to one of those good looking but useless boyfriends who comes over, lays on your couch, eats all your food and charges things on your credit card. 😉

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I’m not useless! I’m holding up this bird!

Show Ticket, from my last post, got adopted to a dressage home in Oregon. They love her and she is doing wonderfully!

Poke Along, also from my last post, went to her first show and got a 2nd and 4th and was very, very good even though there was a highway right next to the show ring and the footing was crap. More to come, on her!

Bridal Chatter, another from the last post, healed up brilliantly and is perfectly sound. She’s in dressage training and loves it. She is naturally light and flexible – one of those horses to whom a half pass comes easy, but trotting on a straight line without making silly faces with the bit is a challenge. A friend of mine is training her and she is that very rare creature, a dressage person who is willing to just ride a hot horse and let her settle down on her own. B.C., or Chloe as we call her, never actually does anything bad, she’s just hot. Likes to go, will do a little bounce at the canter here or there, but not spooky or stupid.

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Healed up a LOT better than any of us ever anticipated! And all without seeing the inside of a vet hospital. Total cost was about $1100.

She, however, is challenging to me in a new way – she really is hard to put the weight on. Six months post-rescue, this one is still ribby. We are currently stuffing her full of alfalfa pellets and rice bran and I hope to have her filling out soon. We’ve done the teeth, done all the usual supplements, etc. It probably does not help that she is out on pasture 24/7 (she does eat separately) and is running gleefully around. I’m sure it’s fun not to have that foot hurt anymore, but sheesh, slow down Seabiscuit…I’m trying to fatten you up!

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Ribs, ribs, go away!

In the meantime, for today’s version of weird rescue stories, my friend bought a mare at the auction and the next morning realized the papers did not match. She called our friendly neighborhood kill buyer and retrieved the mare the papers actually belonged to, who turned out to be Chloe’s half-sister! Yes, a shorter, calmer, but just as snuggly version of Chloe. Needless to say, Echo was sold to a friend of mine inside of a week and headed off to the desert to learn to be a polo pony. She is an unnamed but registered filly by Thinkin Problem out of Silly Chatter.

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I am adorable and only 15.0 hands!

That’s the update for now. Anyone get a new horse for the holidays? Tack? Anything fun?

Published in: on January 2, 2013 at 9:20 pm  Comments (7)