I sincerely thought that my last post was going to be the one ending 2017. It turned out I was wrong. With only three days left of the year (yesterday,) I found a special horse. Like in the kind of special I’ve been wanting to find for a couple years. These photos might not technically be the best I’ve taken this year, but they are very special to me.
He is a 3 year old half Arabian, an Arabian-Mustang Cross. It will be interesting to see changes in him as he grows, and get more muscles. He already have a good conformation. He is strong and healthy. Well built for his age, and breed. Several of his relatives are successful endurance horses. I’m going to name him Ghost. He is very likely going to be all white later in life. He is fast. When he’s older, and ready to start his career in endurance racing, you’re not going to be able to see us, until after we crossed the finish line 😉
Ghost have lived his whole life in a pasture, up until now. He his not halter broke. He have never been groomed. He have never had his hooves cleaned, or trimmed.
I desperately wanted to interact with him in a round-pen, or some kind of smaller, enclosed area. That wasn’t possible. After spending some time in his pasture I felt that we connected. He did let me touch him. He was curious, and friendly, but cautious. After another one and a half hour of hanging out together, he allowed me to put light pressure with my fingers on the majority of his body. He was still cautious, but he did allow me to thoroughly check his back, and legs. I did this without a halter, I was told that he ran in the opposite direction if he saw a halter, so I decided to skip the halter for now. His hooves are in need of a trim, but they are not terrible. They have been naturally trimmed when he’s been running around playing in his pasture.
I will bring him home next week. There is going to be a lot of firsts in our journey. I have started several horses under saddle before, including three mustangs (born wild.) I’m not a horse trainer, just a girl that loves horses very much. I am very excited, and thankful for this new friendship. I’m going to enjoy this journey, and take the time it takes to make things right the first time. I love all aspects of life with horses. What I enjoy the most is the relationship you get with that special horse, that you spend a lot of time with. I just know deep inside of me that Ghost is a special horse. I’m looking forward to getting to know him.
PS. Keep your fingers crossed for his safe arrival home. Please. It’s always a little nerv-wrecking transporting an un-handled, un-experienced horse.