Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Pacific NW, USA
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Dream Come True!
I am a first time horse owner. This summer I adopted a young horse from a horse rescue farm.
My horse is a sorrel mustang yearling filly, born wild on the Yakama Reservation in Eastern Washington state.
Her name is LaRoux (pronounced La-ROO).
I gentled and halter trained her myself. I am continuing to ground train her and she is coming along.
I live in Western WA state now, and grew up in Montana. I did a lot of horseback riding in the summertime growing up - mostly trail riding. I was the girl in school always drawing pictures of horses, talking about horses, collecting Breyer horses, dreaming about horses.... and wishing that I had my own horse. This summer, at 49 years old after having nearly given up on that dream, I was volunteering at a horse rescue and met a shy little mustang. There was something sweet about her, and she hadn't been worked with yet, so I took it upon myself to make friends with her. A few weeks later I adopted her and relocated her to a stable closer to my home.
She is smart, sassy, sweet, moody, curious, headstrong, and sometimes docile. She is a handful. She challenges me to do better.
There are a lot of "firsts" with LaRoux, since I am basically her first human friend. Friday she had her first hoof trim. She spooked, knocked me over, and accidentally kicked me in the chin. Ouch! Minutes later she stood nicely for the farrier and lifted her feet just like I had taught her. Every day with her is a different adventure!
I am primarily following the Warwick Schiller horsemanship method at this time. Other trainers I follow are Mia Lykke-Nielsen, Buck Brannaman, and Monty Roberts. I'm also getting into the books by Cherry Hill. There is SO MUCH to learn!!! Sometimes it feels overwhelming, if I'm honest. Other times it's a joy.
Once she is ready to ride in a few years, my main objective is to do trail rides. There are a number of local groups I can join in my area, and where I live there are dozens of trails that allow equestrians. Cannot wait to be out on the trail.
Thanks for reading. Have a great week!