The daughter is starting a new business as a traveling riding instructor and also schools horses.
Her first ‘client” was the horse of a friend, who has a little issue with bucking!
He is 10 years old, a green broke Tennessee Walker named Breeze. Breeze has been to a trainer several times, and starts out fine when he gets home, and then decides that he would prefer not to have anyone on his back.
His is a big love bug, hand reared, and very imprinted on people. Not a mean bone in his body, but apparently just prefers his people on the ground!!! Most likely a good horse for the very experienced rider.
The daughter’s first test ride with Breeze was pretty uneventful – he did try to buck her off, but she would have none of it. A change in bit, was a “bit” unsettling for Breeze, but got him on the right track. The daughter and he seemed to have reached an agreement – not to say there won’t be some disagreements in the future. He does have alot to learn. But for now, it has been decided that Breeze will join our little family of horses, for an indefinite period of time.
Right now he is in a separate paddock from my original 2 1/2 horses. Miss Lilly is the “1/2″ -she’s so tiny, she barely counts as a full horse!!! Miss Lilly seems intrigues by a new man in the house!! The Prince (aka big guy”) has to establish that he rules!! The “old man” seems a bit interested, and probably is secretly hoping this new guy will take his place as low man on the totem pole! We’ll keep Breeze in the separate paddock for the next day or two, and introduce him into the herd gradually.
Breeze’s owner had to move her other two horses to a new field, so we got Breeze first, in a borrowed trailer, and brought him to our house.
When we first left with Breeze, his field buddies were beside themselves, running the fence and neighing. Breeze was a bit unsettled and trying to escape the trailer. So, his owner got in the trailer with him – a no-no as a rule, but it had to be done. The borrowed trailer was an older one – and not the sturdiest. She was out of harm’s way on the other side of the divider. It did calm him down immensely, once he was out of earshot of the other two horses!
After we dropped Breeze off, it was back to the paddock to get the other two. Getting them in the trailer was not the easiest, but finally they both loaded. Their temporary new home was a neighbor’s huge cow field. They thought they had died and gone to heaven -ran the whole length of the field and quickly settled down to the new grass. One very pregnant cow seemed a bit perturbed by these two intruders, and quickly discovered these interlopers could outrun her, so she lost interest!!
Tomorrow we are off to the co-op to get a new fly mask and some wormer for Breeze, and have fun with him as he settles in!
All is well, peaceful, and full up, at Mountain Meadows tonite……………….