Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What I love about the Mare

Every morning before feeding I have been taking Sassy for her walks.  Yesterday's walk also involved chasing 2 of my dogs down the road and being really mad at TC for letting them out and then not watching them...but that is a different story.  But suffice to say that I was so busy being angry and chasing dogs that I did not really get to watch Sassy to see how she was doing. 

This morning we went the opposite direction down the longer end of our road and back. As we left she was wide eyed with wonder. Not fear or apprehension, just excitement.  Not even excitement, just happy to be going some place.  That is the thing with Sassy, she is the opposite of barn sour, and the only horse I have ever known who was. 

As we walked down the road she was right beside me, even a little a head of me. Not chargey, or pulling on the lead, but more like a little kid, 

"Mom, come on!!! Can't you walk any faster! There is so much to see!"

Am I the only one who has seen their horses smile?   Killian does it a lot but today Sassy was literally grinning from ear to ear.  Okay well maybe not that much, but still she had a very happy look on her face.  You could see it in her eyes, and the set of her mouth. I swear the corners were turned up just a little.  

I love seeing her like this.  

It is that curiosity and confidence that she has all the time which has driven me to keep trying to fix her.  She is going to be one of those awesome horses that is so much fun to ride.  Of course with her handicap I know that she will never be anything more than a trail horse now, but damn, how could you not love a trail horse that actually looks forward to going out?

As we reached the end of the road and turned around, she realized we were headed home.  Her pace slowed down and she got that little kid pouty look.  

"Aw Mom, do we have to go home already?"

By time we got to the drive she started getting stuck.  

"No I won't go and you can't make me"

But I did make her and now she is in her pen tackling the hay net.  

I did have time to watch her move this time...I honestly and truthfully believe that she is walking better!

AND...she hasn't had any Bute in 4 days. 


  1. I like the new blog style! How fun to have a horse that likes to go out! And, yes, you can see it in their eyes when they are happy. :)

  2. That attitude is why I like my little sorrel horse so much. He is always happy to just walk out AWAY from home and check things out. It's fun when they are like that. Glad to hear she seems to be doing better. It's always such a good feeling when you finally see improvement.

  3. Oh yes, I know exactly what you mean about the smiling and the happy expression. :) Of course they have all kinds of facial expressions, you see their bright, shiny eyes and the perked ears...LOVE it!
    So, so happy to hear that your girl is improving!! Whoohoo!! She certainly sounds like she is worth every bit of effort, time, meds and all the other to get her sound again. You and she will have some wonderful rides yet.
    Horses are so much fun aren't they? Cool.

  4. Awesome! I'm so glad she's improving!

    My lame mare is like that too. She loves to go places and see new things. Too bad she's lame!

  5. That attitude is why I have always preferred mares over geldings, I have always found in mares. It's also one of the things I love about the donkeys. The NAG me to go out and I have to drag them back to the barn sometimes. I sure hope she continues to improve, those kind of horses are so hard to find.

  6. Oh good news that she is walking more sound! I too love it when a horse is eager to go out, my Bailey mare is like that she is always waiting for me to catch her so we can go somewhere :)