Dream is my mom's mare and Starlite is mine, but we kind of 'share' horses...well not really, we just consider both of them ours. Plus my mom pays for them both so I guess they're both HERS but we agree Starlite's mine as she was my car for my 16th birthday LOL
Dream is a 24 year old Morgan mare, she used to be extremely aggressive when my mom first met her. She was given away to my mom's friend because she was "old and a b*tch", clearly that was not the case. It was quite obvious she had been abused and she decided not to take it, everyone tried to "be boss!" approach and soon realized Dream would die fighting them before she would ever THINK about giving in, so my mom started working with her. She used a reward system, it worked great! Then my mom got injured and couldn't see her for a while and she was aggressive again, not half as bad as before...but not good obviously. That was a year ago, she is still aggressive now but is improving, it's been a trial and error kind of thing (the reward system won't do the trick this time) and she's already doing well. My mom likes to mainly trail ride on her, she does some light arena work with her too. When I ride her I'll do w/t/c or play around with barrels with her. She has arthritis so she is limited...but don't tell her that!! Last winter we thought she'd never have a day where she wasn't lame, this winter she's had two lame days. She's doing pretty well I'd say! Here she is (PLEASE NOTE: These pictures will go in order from a few years ago until now, I am very aware that Dream is and has always been overweight. She was 1200lbs last winter, she's just 1100lbs this winter and gets down to 1000 lbs in summer. I get enough reminders about how overweight she is, so please don't harp on it. I'm sorry if I sound rude, I don't mean to be!)
^ I love that picture of her, it's definitely one of my favorites.
^ First time standing on her, you can tell she was sooo phased by it! LOL
^ Keeping up with my crazy 9 yo like it's nothing! (which is more than I can say for some young horses...LOL!)
^ This one was too funny not to post, but I think it was probably a "you had to be there" moment. Dream hates dogs. HATES them, we found out by her charging one on a trail ride...so I got nervous when the turkey/rooster came near her for some of her water so I kept calling "Dreammmmy, Dreamer! DREAM!!!" because I didn't want her to do anything to them LOL. She probably wouldn't have anyway, she likes cats...dogs are just plain evil apparently.
^ She used to be very antisocial and would avoid people, so I like that this picture shows she's more interested in what people are doing than avoiding them!
She's a snow horse, she LOVES it.
Sorry for the overload, those are the pictures of her from the past few years. I have MANY more and it's very hard for me to limit them down, you'll find out in time that I can't control myself sometimes when it comes to posting pics of my girls.
Starlite story/pics next post!