a reply to: Flyingclaydisk
It's not just a casual interest...it's a lifestyle. Not for the faint of heart, day in and day out; the animals always require our care and
But, like becoming a parent, you can't explain it to people who don't have that passion.
The grey here is one of my two; his sire was a Grand Champion Arab, and his dam was a Quarab.
My other is a chestnut Morab mare (not pictured). I was there to assist when both were foaled. I cared for their dams during the pregnancies. Then I
imprinted, raised, and trained them both to be trail horses. It broke my heart to have to rehome them, but circumstances demanded it. I gave them to
a 12-year-old girl whose parents had a farm up near Atchison, who had the same style of understanding and gentle handling, training that I did.
God bless them both. Of all the horses I've loved and lived beside (starting 45 years ago!), those two were my babies, for sure. We also had a
gorgeous 17 hands bay Shire mare, a gentle giant to be sure. She was rehomed to a wonderful lady who was going to start a sleigh-ride/hay-ride
business. Others I owned were a Buckskin morgan, a grey Pony of the Americas, a Paint Quarter horse, a bay Arab mare, and I've fostered mules and
horses for others as well.
For many years I helped out with other horse people - caring for their horses, mucking, feeding, brushing, gentling, training, veterinary assistance
like vax, worming, etc. Learned how to trim their hooves....care for cuts and other maladies.....
I taught handling, riding, care and feeding to humans (trained humans to care for horses properly), and I trained horses to put up with humans and
work with us. I LOVED IT!!
Someday I will return to that lifestyle even if only with a couple of minis for the yard.
Right now I have the privilege of spending weekends with a herd of 'pony ride' animals: 4 donkeys, 5 llamas, 2 zebu steers, and 2 horses. It's
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