Day 1 - 9/3/11 - Hondo and Jet (Now Levi) made it to the barn.
A very good family friend gave us these two horses after his oldest daughter lost interest in them. With the horse market being down, he knew selling them would be difficult. He wanted them to have a great home, and knew husband and I were looking for a new horse for the husband.
Well, Hondo is a 12 yr old quararab who's playday trained/drill team trained. Been there, done that kind of hauler. Levi is a 6 yr old APHA gelding. He was a halter horse, and was started on speed events, but just didn't have the heart for the need for speed. So he was basically a trail horse. However, I think he would make a great WP horse, and team penning (my hidden passion.)
They have been out in the pasture with the cows for the past 12-14 months. Grass and hay is sparse at best in Texas, and the feed store convinced the wife of the family to switch to a high fiber diet to help offset that. However, high fiber, low fat. And it didn't suit well with Hondo and Levi. With no one working them, they just lost condition.
Levi is a total lover, and Hondo, well, he's pretty Arab in personality lol.
Today is the two week mark of having Levi and Hondo here with us. They have def made big improvements! They've bonded well with my bestfriends horses, and are even doing great with the rest of the barn horses! I'm very happy :) They are loving their new barn, too! No more fighting over food, makes for happy horses!
Working in the round pen with ground poles. Trying to work up his back muscles again.
Spent lots of time in the round pen, working over ground poles. Won't be long before their muscles are back! Also started using a tie-down that my friend uses on her TB/Paint to keep his top line strong. They did so great.
Also, first time to put a bit on Levi. Not his first time, but mine. He look it like a champ, and was such a gentlemen about lowering his head! Unfortuantly, Hondo, HATES his ears being touched, and throws the biggest fit. We're working on that. He's fine with his halter or things going over his neck. But when I try to put on an over-the-ear headstall, he freaks.