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post #1 of 15 Old 09-09-2019, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Dream Come True!

Hello --

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!

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post #2 of 15 Old 09-09-2019, 04:49 PM
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Welcome! We would love to see pictures!
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post #3 of 15 Old 09-09-2019, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. :) This is LaRoux.
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post #4 of 15 Old 09-09-2019, 05:43 PM
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Wow, what a good looking horse.
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post #5 of 15 Old 09-09-2019, 08:33 PM
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Welcome! intertesting story. I don't own a horse, but I really started to get into riding at 41, so a 'late bloomer'. I also live in W. Wa state, near Seattle.
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post #6 of 15 Old 09-10-2019, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, what a good looking horse.
Thanks!! She's a beauty for sure. :)
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post #7 of 15 Old 09-10-2019, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Welcome! intertesting story. I don't own a horse, but I really started to get into riding at 41, so a 'late bloomer'. I also live in W. Wa state, near Seattle.
I live in South King County. :)

We're lucky to have a pretty active equestrian community in this area.
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post #8 of 15 Old 09-11-2019, 10:47 AM
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She is beautiful
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post #9 of 15 Old 09-11-2019, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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She is beautiful
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post #10 of 15 Old 09-11-2019, 03:36 PM
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What a pretty filly, I like her. She looks loved and well taken care of. Good luck with her. Are you still volunteering at the rescue or did you just move farther away? I'm sure you are surrounded enough by horse people that you can get the help if you run into a snag with her.

And, welcome to HF
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