ANYWAY...so we got us a horse! We have actually had him for almost seven months now :) He's a sixteen year old Palomino, who we named Sirius, to everyone's amusement, though she says his full name is Sirius Phoenix (Stratos) Black...lol. She is a bit obsessed with Harry Potter. I prefer to just call him Si. Anyhow, we think he has a bit of TWH in him. He is a rescue, and we got him with help from my friend's mother's friend, Steve, who is an animal rescuer who has connections with an equine vet, Julia. Julia heard about this horse who was being given away.
It turns out he isn't crazy or anything, actually, he just needed some good feed and a bit of exercise. He's being boarded at our trainer, Lynette's, place. She has had horses for years, and we have the best deal with her; it's only about 200 a month, but she does pretty much everything, including helping us with him. Because he's an older gelding, he IS somewhat pushy - we think he was used as a barrel horse since he's a very much go-go-go horse. His previous owners, I suppose, got off him whenever he did something bad, so he has learned some pretty bad habits due to that, such as running when he isn't supposed to. But already we have taught him to walk behind us on the lead, stop, back, disengage his HQs, cross his front legs, the one-rein stop, and a lot of other things with Lynette's help. We were surprised he didn't even know how to lunge, but now he's a pro at it! :P Okay, I've rambled enough. Here are the pictures of him!
The first ones are when we first got him, when he was skinnier, but the later ones are more recent and he looks really good now. Bit of a grass belly, because he is on almost 24/7 grass and hay, but happy and chubby. When I went to see him yesterday, I thought Lynette had gotten a new horse; he looks white from the distance, and is so fluffy/soft. Opinions?
When we were first told about him. Poor guy :(
First time in the arena at his new home
Curious about the camera
Still curious about the camera, and wondering about this strange device while he chums down on his hay
A few weeks later, out in the field. His buddies were in the stable.
First time lunging, when the vet gave the okay! He didn't know how to do it at first...but seemed interested
A bit ago. It was the first time I could put the saddle on by myself! I was so proud, honestly. Sounds stupid, but I can't help it.
Waiting patiently for work
Saying 'Mom, stop taking pictures.'
When I braided his hair just for kicks and fun back in October. He continually gave me THE LOOK, as if to say 'I am a male and you are doing this to me. Stop taking away my manly-ness.'
Oh, and unfortunately, his owners neglected him a bit so he does have minor arthritis in his right front leg :( We have taken him to two vets just to make sure it would be okay to ride him, and he only gets light riding which is just as well. He's spoiled rotten now, so it's okay. He takes medicine (Equizone Phenylbutazone Powder; Lynette's one gelding, Mike, also gets this powder. Mike's hock problem is he basically has no space between the hock, and I think the bone rubs together so he also needs that. It alleviates the problem and makes it more comfortable for them/loosens the muscle) every day except for Sundays and doesn't limp at all. The vet comes out to see him too, and the farrier has done excellently with his hooves. I definitely need to get recent pictures, with him looking much lighter. We basically have a golden horse in summer and white-ish horse in winter. It's pretty funny to see his coat change. He has built up our confidence quite a lot , and I really couldn't ask for a better teacher. The last pictures are from back in October, around the 16th.