Hello journal nobody reads (lest of all me! :0 )
Long story short -- our arabian is home and settling in nicely at M's place. She is perfect...I know everyone tends to think the same of their own ponies but honestly, I would not trade this stout little tank for any other horse in the world...not even a warmblood! And that's saying something. I've only known her for a very short time, but she's already stolen my heart, and I hope the year I have with her before going to college (not that attending college in another state will keep me away for any length of time ;) ) will be long and joyous.
I spent a lot of time with her today and just out at the Place, talking with the people and our friends who live right across the way. Lil is doing well for not having been there very long. She's pooping and eating and drinking, and has even used her shelter, which is good to know. She's worked out her issues with the other mares over the fence and made friends with two of them already. We've being keeping a rug on her at night as she does not have a winter coat, and M -- who has been extremely kind -- is willing to take it off her in the mornings and put it on in the evening. Everyone there is so nice and I completely trust them. Lilly is just surrounded by good, wholsome people, and delightful horses.
I will help our friends who are on the other side of the street clean out their own roundpen, as they have offered to let us use it!
Today I lunged her...she tested me a bit, but moved out well enough. She even started that chewing thing with the mouth which I was very happy about. She got groomed and had plenty of luvin'. I took her out for her first walk, which was pretty short, but I wanted to start slow. She did well! She's not bombproof, but she's level about things. If she spooks she only tends to do a little sidestep or stomp her front hoof. We had cars drive past, dirtbikes, dogs running around barking, weird looking buildings...some terrifying ducks had a commotion and that was her worst spook, but like I said, it was really nothing bad. She leads nicely, if a bit clumsily (if she's not paying attention she'll run into you a bit), but I suspect a lot of that was just her busy looking at the new sights. Oh, and Lils is excellent
walking over woobly wooden planks and through tight spaces without running you over, and she'll walk through small ditches rather than jump over them, which I've known some horses to do. :)
I really believed we picked a good one here!!!
She calls quite a bit, which might be for the horses she used to know at her old pasture. When we left, the gang at M's started carrying on...I thought it was cute that they have already taken such an interest in her. She would do it periodically as we walked, and at one point she got the whole neighborhood started -- other horses, chickens, ducks, donkeys -- I lol'd. As we got closer back to the house, she was a smidge excited and was jogging in place a bit...not pulling me, but obviously wanting to go faster. I walked her in a circle and she calmed down. All in all a great first outing.
In her paddock, if there's no food in front of her, she'll just follow you anywhere without a halter on, the widdle Lillybean.
Man, I am not used to standing so much, not since my last job! I spent 7 hours out there and it went by soooo fast. In the car ride home, I was incredibly relaxed...felt like I had left a spa. Completely calm and at one with myself and the world. That's what horses do to me. I attribute it having to lower my energy level to keep them calm and happy...it's good stuff. I can't remember ever feeling so relaxed.
Gave her her first peppermint! (Loved it, of course), and her evening hay. The rest of the gang got what was left in my carrot bag. The animals are no longer weary of me...the goat and the chickens beg, the dogs willingly greet me without barking and the smallest will sit in my lap for pets. The whole place has wonderful vibes, I will sleep well tonight...looking forward to when I next get to go out, which will likely be Tuesday, with our silly schedule.
I need a car!
Cheshire, over and out.