Hello from Louisiana
I'm new to the forum so I thought I'd kinda jump in and introduce myself. My name is Diana and I live in Minden, la. I'm a 5o yr old grandma. I'm kinda old/new to horses. I used to ride years ago in england then I quit when we moved back to the states. Well one day (25 years later) a friend who has 57 or so quarter horses said come ride with me. I lost my heart to a little quarter horse mare and well the rest is history.
Now for the first time in my life I'm learning to run barrels...ok I'm doing barrels at a fast walk...but I'm learning.
At the end of last summer I ran into a little bit of a situation. I rescued a Missouri Fox Trotter stud. I honestly have no idea what I'm doing but so far so good. He is about 6 or 7 years old his owner was killed in an accident and he was basically forgotten about by the family. By the time someone remembered him he was pretty much a bag of bones. The friend of mine got the call, but frankly she didn't have a use for him the last thing she needed around her QH mares was a MFT stud. Well I told her I'd take him and get him gelded if they could help me train him. To make a long story a little shorter we couldn't get him gelded because he is in such bad shape but he is slowly making progress and gaining a little weight. I started ground work a few months ago just to get a feel for him, gain a little trust, and give him something to do.
Well today was the big test...I took him for a ride. WOW what a great horse! We went up a little country road across some pipelines, jumped a few logs, swam a pond he was FANTASTIC. We did rodeo a little when he didn't want to listen and we had a differing idea of what were were going to do, but I learned I had a better seat than I thought. All in all it was a great ride. I'm so excited over this boy! I have so many plans I want him to be able to do it all, trails barrels and maybe even pull the buggy. So I have TONS to learn!
Right now he still looks awful so we have to take it slow. I don't want to loose all that he has gained. Ribs aren't sticking out anymore but his back is still so thin I really have to pad him up. I Literally had to shave off his mane and forelock to the skin because it was so matted with cockleburrs he had deep sores from them rubbing and digging in. I can't even imagine how miserable he must have been. I was able to save his tail. Now his boo-boos are all healed and his mane is starting to grow back pretty quick, it's about 2 inches long but sticks straight up so he has a mohawk for now oh well at least he doesn't hurt. I can't wait for him to fill out and get fat and sassy he is a beautiful creamello with gorgeous aqua eyes. If I could just keep him from rolling in the mud...sigh