Hey, all! I've missed you. Most of you know that the military stationed my family from Virginia to California.... we drove for 6 days and picked up a Clydesdale filly along the way. Actually, I found my girl on this forum... blind sale
She balked for a bit when we loaded her the first time into my trailer. Every night after that, she loaded perfectly for me. Pretty good for a 2 year old that has only been in a trailer 3 times in her life. She has the best temperament I've ever seen in a horse. She hasn't spooked, even though she has confronted some scary things she's never seen before (like a stable full of studs, a 6' floor fan, and small/dark enclosed stables. I'm so proud of her. She really seemed to enjoy the trip... very happy. She lets me rub all over her eyes, get inside her ears to scratch, and lowers her head for pets. She started respecting me from day one and looked at me as someone to be trusted. The last couple days, though (we are at my father in law's house until Monday), she has been too clingy. That is currently the only fault I've seen. I need to work on that, but not until I have an arena or round pen at her boarding stables. She backs off when I tell her to. She is very willing for me, and I haven't seen an ounce of disrespect (yet. lol) She was very skinny when I picked her up and her feet are in need of a trim. She came from pasture so I put her on bales of orchard grass. She's eating quite a bit. I'm going to worm her today and look into supplements when we arrive in Lemoore. Oh, and I pulled a couple NASTY ticks out of her head that she had picked up in Missouri. Anyway, her and I had that instant connection you hope for.... a connection I never had with my OTTB. I really trust her, and she trusts me. She's always so excited to see me.... whinnies when I walk up, and lowers her head for a hug.
Here are a few photos of her.
Her name was "Fancy" but I decided to name her "Tenacity". Her show name (just in case) is going to be "Route 66" since she traveled all the way though it. Plus, "Get Your Kicks On
Route 66" is kind of fitting.
Here's a shot of her in my trailer when we picked her up in Missouri:
You can really see her ribs and hip bones popping in the next two... they were taken in New Mexico the day after I got her:
I took this photo last night. It's been 10 days since I picked her up... she's already gained a lot of weight. She's really starting to look good and even her color is more vibrant: