We have received the most amazing early Christmas gifts!As some of you know, we decided to simplify our lives and focus more on family about 2 years ago. God helped us to find an abandoned log house on 10 acres …and we have been fixing it up SLOWLY, in the hopes of someday really “homesteading” here. This dream included having lots of animals.
We were talking about getting horses, but we just hadn’t found a good horse that really fit our budget and really had begun to believe that we weren’t going to be able to get a horse this year.
Well, for some reason, I was just looking around on some websites that feature horses for sale…and guess what? There was a picture of a beautiful Paint mare for a really great price….one that seemed too good to be true. So, I called about her….and guess what? The girl who owned her said that she was about to go back to school and needed to find a home for this Paint AND her 8 month old filly. And then guess what? She told me that the Paint mare was “in foal!” (I had no clue what this meant…..but found out that it meant that she was expecting.) So…she said that she wanted both horses to go to the same “farm.”
I told her that this was quite a bit more than I was looking for….and that I wasn’t sure that I could afford 2 horses and then all of the saddles, halters, leads, etc. for 2 horses. So guess what? She said she would GIVE me ALL of the equipment that she had!!
So….we ended up getting a registered Paint mare, a registered filly, “one on the way,” and all of the equipment – saddle, halters, leads, etc. for WAY less than I would have paid for 1 horse with NO equipment.
Isn’t God amazing! He waits until we have stopped trying to figure out how WE can made something happen, and then He shows up and we see that only HE can make ANYTHING good happen! Wow!
So…we went to pick up the horses about 4 hours from where we live. It took only about 30 minutes to get the mare into the trailer. However, it took 3 1/2 hours to get the filly in! She was NOT interested AT ALL! They are so beautiful, running across the property and drinking from the pond. I feel like I’m watching an old western movie when I look out my office window. It’s incredible.
Now….all GOOD things seem to have a “not so silver” lining…..and this filly is “not so silver!” She is SO wild. One problem is that she has NEVER been separated from her mom….and that is a BIG problem because every time we try to pet and talk to the mom, she gets really protective and starts either trying to bite or kick us. We were told that we needed to separate them into different pastures as soon as possible so that the filly could get used to being on her own….especially since we have only a few months until the NEW foal will be here. So, we tried putting the filly in another pasture yesterday, and she found a way to get out. This is obviously still a work in progress.
My dad helped my hubby all day yesterday, and they worked on building new stables for them. Hopefully, we can find a way to fix the fence and have the stables ready within the next couple of weeks and try separating them again. Needless to say….this is obviously going to be quite an adventure! If any of you out there have GREAT ideas or websites to suggest to us, PLEASE do! We will need to learn about bring a foal into the world, breaking this filly, and caring for the new foal. So….suggest away!
Here are pictures, and there will be more to come!
Guess what! My step daughter, Trisha, had her baby on Monday the 21st! She had a beautiful baby boy!
Byron Jacob Rush
7 lbs 2 oz
Blessings for an AWESOME Christmas!
Cyndi Kinney, R.N., PhD
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