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post #31 of 46 Old 05-31-2019, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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The adoption contract has officially been submitted and accepted!

Also on a happy note: I booked a professional transporter to save my plans for this weekend! Thank goodness for uShip! I ended up agreeing to pay $800 for last-minute services - about $300 more than the website's estimate - but can I complain? What's $300 when it comes to getting my heart horse back in my life? I mean, she is free to begin with (along with her tack!) and I don't think many people can say they put less than $1000 toward obtaining their favorite horse in the world. I'm absolutely thrilled, although I still need to confirm details before it's 100% confirmed. I finally shamefully sent my new boarder and the rescue apologetic emails about how this weekend probably won't work out after slaving over quote requests for hours straight to find different accommodations, and then a couple hours later, got the notification of the offer. Now I've gotta send more emails and take back what I said earlier.

This has been one hell of a week. Whatever invisible force ruling my life isn't making this easy, and probably for a reason. I've just proven I'm up for the challenge.
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post #32 of 46 Old 06-02-2019, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Guess who took 2 hours to load?! I thought April might actually never get into the trailer. She was up and on in the first 20 minutes but the person on butt-bar duty took a few seconds too long and she popped backwards before it was fully latched, and then being the smart half-Arab she is, figured out our game and didn't want any part of it.

The trip was supposed to be 6 hours... It turned into 9 with the ridiculous amount of traffic. She arrived right as the sun was setting and surprisingly hadn't even broken a sweat - and for her very high-energy self she seemed tired, although anyone who didn't know her would have said that she looks perfectly energetic and alert. I thought she would instantly scream for the other horses but she very calmly stepped off the trailer and immediately went for the grass! She is doing so well and settled right in. We'll be turning her out with a friend tomorrow morning and if she does well, we'll see how she does with the whole herd (just 3 other horses).

Here's some pictures from the first 5 minutes of arriving. I'm so happy she's here! I feel like I have a piece of myself back that I have been missing for years.
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post #33 of 46 Old 06-02-2019, 09:45 PM
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April is beautiful...
Glad she is home and in your care.

WELCOME to the challenges of horse ownership and the numerous rewards of horse ownership too...
Something true enthusiasts and lovers of the animal ever purge our system of.
Welcome Home April...

Enjoy the journey!!
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post #34 of 46 Old 06-02-2019, 11:59 PM
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She is so pretty! I'm so happy everything worked out and she is with you now.
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post #35 of 46 Old 06-03-2019, 12:45 AM
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Nice looking mare! May you share many happy miles together.

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post #36 of 46 Old 06-03-2019, 10:05 AM
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So happy for you! My daughter is a Pre-Vet student as well and will be taking her horse to school with her this fall (she is still an under grad - she will be a JR this yr) and she says having her horse at school has been so helpful with stress relief. Welcome Home April!
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post #37 of 46 Old 06-03-2019, 02:34 PM
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Oh wow, she looks great!! Sleek and shiny, good body weight, alert and expressive. So happy for both of you! :):)
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post #38 of 46 Old 06-03-2019, 06:10 PM
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Our horses could be twins!
Bay with black points? check.
RH sock? Check.
Cute little star? Check.
Adorable Arab ears +face? Also check.
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post #39 of 46 Old 06-03-2019, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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First official day on the property, and she is doing so, so well. We turned her out with the other three horses this morning and there was some dominance-placing chasing before everything settled right down. April got a nice roll in the grass too. The barn owner was prepared for an all-out fight because another border's horse is very aggressive about her dominance and my horse is also typically a lead mare. However, April was too fast doing her Arabian prance for the fat lead mare (built like a halter horse but she's a registered Morgan?) to get any kicks or bites in and the lead mare eventually gave up the chase.

In my down time, I cleaned up the tack the rescue gave me - a fitting saddle, girth, saddle pad, bridle, bit, and hackamore! I could have easily spent over a grand buying that for myself if they hadn't given it to me. Apparently they get so much tack donated that they end up trying to give a lot of it away to adopters, and it's usually in good shape (see photo).

After she had a few hours of settling into the herd, I took her out just to do some quick groundwork since she can be a very pushy horse when she feels like it, including this morning at turn-out. However, she did everything I asked of her on a looped lead: follow and turn, stop when I stop, back when I back, yield the front and hind end, switch directions on a mini lunge with just a hand lift, the whole nine yards. I brought a makeshift flag (plastic bag tied to a stick, lol) with me just in case she decided to be pushy, but I only ever waved it as a reminder to back up and then I didn't need it again. She definitely knew her job but if I hadn't been serious about it, I'm sure she would have run right through me. This was just a reminder to me that she demands you earn her respect, but once you do, she's absolutely perfect! It's one of the many things I love about her, since it makes me be a better horsewoman. After that, I unhooked her lead and asked for all the same with out it, and she followed, stopped, backed, but when I asked for front end yield, she yielded too much then was like "Oh, grass!" Keeping her attention without a lead is what I'll be working on next. I'm just happy she ignored the grass the whole rest of the time we were practicing. I'm working 12+ hours tomorrow, but on Wednesday I plan on doing some light ring riding - she hasn't been ridden since I visited the rescue, which was almost a month ago.

The herd, with April far right and lead mare far left:
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post #40 of 46 Old 06-03-2019, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by lostastirrup View Post
Our horses could be twins!
Bay with black points? check.
RH sock? Check.
Cute little star? Check.
Adorable Arab ears +face? Also check.
I was thinking this too when I first came across a thread with photos of your horse!

Edit: They're also about 10 years old! Somewhere earlier in the thread I said 12 (because the adoption page on the website said 12?) but when they gave me her paperwork it said she's actually 10.

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