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Idlepastures 09-18-2011 12:07 AM

Idle Pastures make for great stories
I just found this section! I think this will be a great place to record Levi and Hondo's new life with us! So bare with me please :) I'm going to start with day one, and catch up to today!

Idlepastures 09-18-2011 12:12 AM

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.

Idlepastures 09-18-2011 12:17 AM

During our first week together.
Learning so very much about the new horses! Hondo is full of piss and vinegar. LOL.

In order to catch up to current date, I'm going to combine pictures over the last two weeks here.
Poor sunburnt nose
Meeting the neighbors
My braiding attempts
Levi's nose skirt for his very sensitive nose!
Hondo's first saddling
Levi's first saddling

Idlepastures 09-18-2011 12:18 AM

Past two weeks continued

Idlepastures 09-18-2011 12:20 AM

One week mark!

Idlepastures 09-18-2011 12:23 AM

Ugh! Major barn issues!
So after finding out that my horses were not being fed, they were always getting new bite marks, we moved them. This is of their first week in the new barn.
Husband loving on Hondo
Trying to teach 'Stay'..Apparently, he's a dog :)
Husbands first ride

Idlepastures 09-18-2011 12:26 AM

Two week mark!
So, caught up to today :)

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.
How Levi feels about the round pen
Todays braid of choice
He's so cute
Hondo not enjoying his bath this morning
Convict my lease horse enjoying his fan

Idlepastures 09-18-2011 06:03 PM

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.
The knuckleheads
How levi feels about being tied up
He's so pretty when he's clean

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