My name is Astrid, I'm 21 years old and I suscribed on this forum in order to share my everyday life with my mare and most of all to improve my english. Moreover, I want to discover how you live with your horses in different places and countries.
My mare is named "Ondine", she is 9 years old and I don't know what her breed is in english. She is half heavy horse and half saddle horse. We have been together for 1 year.
Now, she is 3 miles from my house, on a new ranch (we are the first customers) in a big field with 2 horsefriends. We like to go for rides.
She is gorgeous!!! I love her face, especially. That place looks like horse heaven, too. Where in France is this?
We are so glad to have you on the forum, to bring in the European perspective . Welcome! Bienvenue!
Thank you very much for this warm welcome ! And thank you for my mare.
Tinyliny, we live next to Lyon, in the Natural Regional Park of the Pilat (Parc Naturel Régional du Pilat in French). It is a wonderful place ! The heaven to do horseriding.
Allison, in French, my mare is half "Trait Comtois", and half saddle horse. Her mother is a Trait Comtois and her father is a saddle horse but I don't know the breed.
Oh, also I suscribed on this forum because I'm a novice, Ondine is my first horse. And I have many questions and doubts. At the moment, we work a lot at foot, because I broke my leg in May 2010. But I’m getting back to do horseriding, gradually. In September, I will take lessons (western riding) with her, at Serena Ranch.
And now, my little story with Ondine :
I have dreamt of having a horse since I was young. And I saved my money gradually (birthdays, Christmas...) in order to buy a horse, one day.
And last year, many girls in my school class had horses. Why not me ?
I thought many weeks in order to see if I had enough savings to buy a horse but also to take care of it. And I had enough savings ! So, I did it : I bought my horse !
And now, I'm very happy with my big Ondine, she is so kind (even if she is naughty sometimes !).
Ondine has been at Serena Ranch since last March. Serena Ranch is a new boarding place. At the time being, I’m the first and only customer. The ranch has been open since last March too, and there are still lots of things to do (an arena, a lunging ring, an indoor arena, inside stables…). There are 36 ha of fields for the horses and in order to collect hay. A part of the ranch will be devoted to the breeding of Quarter Horses. There is one stallion at the moment : Storm Arlan Peppy, a cremello Quarter Horse aged 2. The owners of the ranch want to do palomino Quarter Horses.
There are 4 horses beside Ondine, they belong to the owners of the Ranch : 2 mares Djebelle et Serena. And 1 gelding Irish Cob cross (Filou), and the young stallion. They’ll soon have a donkey named Pompon.
Serena, Peppy and Djebelle :
Filou, which is in an other field with Peppy :
The photo that was on the net when Ondine was on sale :
Ondine's sister and mother. I got this photo from her previous owner :
And now, in Serena Ranch :
Oh my god ! Ondine is pulling her tong out ! How cheecky !