I moved to a picturesque piece of property near the clear, winding Slocan River this past fall with my old gelding Prowler. Jin, sleeping in the photo above, was Prow's herd mate for the first 4 months and the two of them got on quite well. Jin is a very sweet but mentally and physically tense little mare. I think she's what the Parelli's would classify as a right brain introvert as her movements are quite stilted and choppy. She's very confident with horses and on her own, but with humans it's a very different story. I love her little nickers of hello and I came to love her quickly.
In November, two of Jin's herd mates came home from pasture. Goldie (standing with nose over Jin) is a highly sensitive, overly hormonal, very athletic, clever and gorgeous little mare. She's been problematic for Prow since their first encounter and often goes after him. Sadly, she doesn't seem to want to give him a break. It's normal to see her keeping him at least 50 ft away when the three girls are napping together. So the picture above was a rare and precious scene this morning.
Spirit is the little old mare on the far right. At about 20-22 years old she's not a happy girl. Her eyes are very hard, (this often indicates pain), and her patience is VERY short. So short in fact that I got a wallop of a kick from her one morning while feeding mash and not paying enough attention to my position (more on this in an upcoming blog entry).
I'm Jai Sequoia. I live in the spectacular mountains of the West Kootenays in beautiful British Columbia. Read more