Blossom got a pasture-mate today and looks much happier. She really was drooping a little and almost being skittish on our walks around the farm. She really isn't fond of traffic. Nothing crazy, but a lot of movement and circling when we are at the front of the farm and seeing traffic whizz by. I'd love it if we had a pasture that bordered the road. I think it would help her a lot. I'm hoping her friend will help her adjust. They seem to be joined at the hip.
Blossom and I are far from the hurricane! We sit in the "golden triangle" area of SC...bordered by Georgia and North Carolina. We aren't even getting any rain! So far. If you know where Clemson is, we ride on their forestry and agricultural research land a lot! It is gorgeous here and with the leaves turning, it's even more gorgeous.
We get to ride year round, and we're right on the fall line for the Blue Ridge/Appalacian Mountains, so we get to see lots of waterfalls when we ride.
There are tons of free trails to ride close enough for day trips and we have miles and miles and miles of trails around Lake Hartwell (**** on Savannah River) within an easy half hour of the house. Blossom is going to have fun!
I am sooooo jealous. Trail riding is getting to be less and less easy around here. Much of the land used for horse trails has been taken over by rude ATV riders and in some areas, horses are no longer allowed.
The farm sits on what USED to be a quiet country road. Suburbia has caught up...and a mega church has been built on the other side of the road that runs down the side of the farm. Yes...on quiet Sundays (or what USED to be quiet Sundays) we can wait forever for a break in the traffic to exit the farm. AND...there are Christian rock concerts outside in the summer that we get to enjoy whether we want to or not. Seriously, this church is HUGE. It may actually be the largest building in the county if you put aside the hospital. And it has branches (outposts? LOL) all over the state. The parking lot is so big that I've started calling it Six Flags over Jesus! (Please, know that I mean no disrespect to Christians, but I've seen cathedrals with smaller parking areas!)
Traffic goes whizzing past, and I know it's nothing like Blossom experienced in her quiet pasture in the middle of nowhere. The one question I didn't ask, was "Is she experienced around traffic." She walks around the cars at the farm just fine, but the moving traffic on the road really stirs her up. So we try to walk around the front of the property as much as possible.
I used to live not far too from there, first in Spartanburg then in Tryon/Columbus. I've been all over the lakes and trails and love them!
However it has been quite a few years and I remember that area as being somewhat "sleepy lil' town-ish."
I'm super curious about the new church. Do you mind if I ask who or what type of church?
Sounds like you two are really getting to know one another and I'm really enjoying reading about it.
One question, are you nervous about the cars. You may be projecting your feelings to her. Take an oh what the heck attitude and just relax. Let her walk with you leading her, and yes, stop to let her graze if she wants. If a horse drops their head to eat, that shows they trust you and are secure. If you keep her head in an upright position you will not allow her to relax when a car comes by.
Also call her former owner and talk to them. I am sure she has been out in traffic or they would never had let you know she was available. They will be a wealth of information for you. Don't be afraid to contact them, I know these mountain horse breeders and if there is anything they love it's to discuss their horses!
Blossom went off yesterday for two weeks to a really nice guy near us who trains. There is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with Blossom. There seems to be a lot wrong with my head.
Mike is going to work on getting her to flex and do a one rein stop. He's going to take her trail riding. She is incredibly easy to ride. We've been using halters on her lead rope. She's got a great stop.
It's all me. I seem to panic at the smallest thing. Mike will take her out on the trails, so if/when she spooks he'll deal with it instead of me. I'll get a report and then he'll bring her back and work with both of us in the round pen. Then my husband Jim, Bil, Mike and I will hit the trails.
She is very uncomfortable with traffic. Tractors, cars, anything up close is fine. Traffic driving past isn't. I'm trying to get my body to listen to my head which is telling me that she's totally fine. My body isn't listening too well. I'm freezing in the round pen. It's totally disgusting and humiliating. I WILL get over this. I just never anticipated it would be this hard.