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DECEMBER BUCKET FUND RECEIPTS and updates on Bodhi and Wrigley!






Last month, in honor of Mama Tess and old mares in general… the Bucket Fund benefited the elder ladies of The Golden Carrot: Lucy and Glory.

Well!   You all were so lovely and generous to these old gals!

This is Glory… her feed were so bad when she arrived that this old girl spent too much time laying down… but now her feet are much better and she is a happy camper!

And, I have to say, it warmed my heart to send this very nice donation to these healthy old mares:  Lucy and Glory – so that the rest of  their lives may be more comfortable.

Here is a very grateful and heartfelt note from Casey of The Golden Carrot:

I’d like to say how grateful I am for the support for Lucy and Glory. I know a lot of people don’t like to support the older ones; or sanctuaries (so many have failed spectacularly, and all walk the line of hoarding).  But these lovely mares, and all of our residents, deserve to be treated with love and respect, just as I would any elderly human being – who’d been there, and done that, who had raised a family, held a job, and now, simply can’t any longer.  And they are so very grateful too – I see it in their bright eyes every day.  We’re able to offer them the contact with their own kind that has been withheld all of their lives, and watching them blossom as they find their place in the herd is truly exhilarating. We are doing good here, and the support of Horse & Man and their donors has made a HUGE difference here at TGC.  Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

Poor Lucy, when she arrived, she had a gooey green slime running down from her nostrils - and she was horribly skinny.

Poor Lucy, when she arrived, she had a gooey green slime running down from her nostrils – and she was horribly skinny.  But she is much better now!

BUCKET FUND RECEIPTS for Lucy and Glory!

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Bodhi is living the good life with Monique – riding three times a week and being loved on continuously…

He lives with two other horses (who he likes!) and with his retired humans on 33 (well maintained) acres.  Life is sweet!

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Bodhi lives just 45 minutes away from us but the elevation is much higher… so when we get rain, he gets snow. But, he has a lovely barn and wonderful friends… (and nice green hay!)

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Here he is, greeting Monique!

WRIGLEY!

Wrigley is in training very close by.  However, with the recent flurry of storms and the holidays, training time has been somewhat sparse.  But, he is making great strides!

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After only a week in training, Jerily feels that Wrigley is ready for his first ride!

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Wohooo!

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On a sunny day, Jerily ponies Wrigley with her horse.  They walked around the neighborhood to all the fun, new and scary places.  . As you can see, while Jerily’s horse casually drinks, Wrigley is all ears!

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Wrig feels secure with Jerily’s horse… and his adventure continues!

 


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Update on MR. WRIGLEY: Look who done got rode today!






Just a little over a week ago, my friend Bonnie and I did our best, in a rainstorm, to load Wrigley and take him to training.

After 2 hours (and extreme saturation), we decided to put Finn in first.  Of course, that worked like a dream and both trailered off, soaking wet, to the trainer.  Finn came back home with me.

Today, I took my lunch break out at the trainer’s.  I figure that it does no good for Wrig to be trained without my participation…  I need to understand him and myself with him.  So, I went.

When I got there, he was tied. I hadn't told her that he didn't know how... He looked so tall!

When I got there, he was tied. I hadn’t told her that he didn’t know how… and now he does.

WRIGLEY IS LEARNING!

Jerily is a solid, kind (not soft) trainer who has no issue with getting on colts.  Wrig, of course, is no colt.  He is a 7 year-old gelding.  But, he may as well be a colt because he has done just about nothing other than ground work for his entire life.

Jerily is the perfect first trainer for him.  She will take all the time she needs and will have no fear when putting up with the Wrigley Squiglies.  He is very upheaded and evasive when insecure.

And, she tells it like it is.

I know that I will have a solid evaluation after he’s been trained.

Her first comment was, “He’s not afraid… he looks like he is afraid when he gets really upheaded, but he isn’t afraid.  He’s insecure.  In fact, he surprises me what he’s not afraid of… he isn’t afraid of just about anything.  He is very desensitized.  But, he is insecure about new surroundings.  New places upset him.  And, he likes company.  He doesn’t like to be alone.”

All true.

Jerily had him saddled and did all kinds of ground work with him... and then she said, He's ready!

Jerily had him saddled and did all kinds of ground work with him… and then she said, He’s ready!  I was aghast that she was going to step up – but very excited, too!  I pulled out my camera!

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SO SHE DID THIS AND THAT (yields and turns…)… AND THEN SHE SWUNG HER LEG OVER!!!  She said, “I think he’s ready.”  AMAZING.

We chatted as she worked him.  I watched her train him to not lean into her for security – he does that a lot.  He went right and left on the long line.  He moved his haunches and sidepassed.  Progress!

All the while, he’d glance over at me.  “If you’re here, I’m guessing this is all legit.”

Jerily told me that Wrig was secure in the round pen, so they went in there.

After about 45 minutes of grooming, saddling and messing with him, she took off her spurs and got on him.  Just.  Like. That.

And he WAS ready!  In fact, he was very proud of himself afterwards.   I swear he looked right at me and said, “Look at what I just did!  I have a job!”

Wrig looked sated, maybe even relaxed.   I could see it in his eyes.  For the very first time, I think he felt contented.  He finally knew that he was a horse, like all the others.  And, he was there to learn how to do what all the other horses could do.  He understood that it was his time – finally.

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She was onboard!

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Turning with all that weight was odd for him.

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But he started to get it…

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And the other way…

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Wahoo! Look at them! Wrig got into it – he felt so proud! Look at his face! He knew that he finally had a job! I cannot wait to watch his development!

NOVEMBER BUCKET FUND:  THE PEACEABLE FARMS SURVIVORS!  Click here to read the story!

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