Well, I have been really busy and have not been on the forum much, but so much has happened.
Phase one is complete out at our place and I have two horses. We built the loafing shed and fenced in the paddock back in August. I moved my new little paint mare out here in the beginning of Sept. She was given to me by a friend who was boarding her but the owner had not paid her board or was able to be contacted for the entire 6 months she had been staying there. So I got a free horse. Her name is Rain and is green broke at best, but is learning quickly. You would not think much of her to look at her, she is 14.1 and a little cow-hocked and straight shouldered, but she is quite the mover and I think she will work out to be a really nice little dressage and jumper pony.
Several months ago my uncle got sick and I had a feeling I would end up taking care of his horse too. After much waffling on my family's part and some rather difficult interactions with the lady who was boarding her (I could rant about that for quite a while), my uncle asked me to take care of her, so at the beginning of Oct I went and brought her up to my place. I will keep her as long as he wants me too. She is a nice retired cutting horse that my uncle got for trails. She has some soundness issues but is now doing quite well.
Since it has been raining so much lately and she was not quite sound when I got her I just rode her for the first time the other day. She neck rains and will got into the western type of frame. She does that little western pleasure jog, so I think she will be nice to ride on the trails. I need to ride her more so that her muscles will stay strong to support her joints.
It is funny because the two horses I have ended up with at my place are almost the opposite of what I always said I wanted. I did not want a pony, I have always stayed away from colored horses because so many people breed for color only, and I was never a fan of western. Now I have a paint pony and a western trained appaloosa mare. It is funny how things work out.