Mustang Update!

Sorry, I have been a little behind on keeping you informed with the progress of the mustangs. Because I had surgery on that shattered pinky tip last Monday, there were some things I just couldn’t do. (Besides the difficulty of typing a lot on my phone, dishes, laundry, etc. THEN, my husband had deviated septum surgery two days later and we have two little boys, 4 dogs and seven horses to tend to!!) So, I brought in a trainer friend of mine to help me get the girls started right for the next two weeks. He started yesterday with me.

Two days ago there was a freak accident that I couldn’t get to happen again if I tried 10,000 times, but one mare ended up with a punctured leg muscle and stitches. This is a nice mare and once we got our hands on her discovered that at some point in her life she stuck something straight through her neck when she was younger!! I’ll show you if you come watch us one day. The black mare. Anyway, she is sore, but calm and healing nicely. When dealing with these wild horses, these things happen. I think we were lucky. God is protecting us. We are doing desensitizing work with her at a standstill, no round pen work.

The red mare is a smart, smart mare. Very curious and very confident. Man she’s nice. We have done round pen work with her as well as some desensitizing. We expect to be riding her by the weekend, but that’s all up to her. I opened a horse trailer up into one of our pens and without anyone around she jumped in and out of it FOUR times just checking it out. It was so cool.

My friend, Kim, came and took pics today. As soon as I get those ill post more.

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This is DAY 1! This is my son Ely, age 4, allowing one mare to meet him. This is how awesome these mares are. This is all we did on Day1. Next picture is of me and the other mare.20130507-214202.jpg20130507-214223.jpg
Then I had surgery and it was fine because I wanted the girls to get used to their environment with the dogs, pcows, dear, cars, four wheelers, etc.

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This is the mare facing up to me on first day of training. The one below is the feel accident where she ended up with a clip from her halter to her leg. She never freaked out, she allowed me to rescue her after only three days of handling her, having only been able to walk up and touch her for the first time an hour before this.

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I almost didn’t tell you about this, but people need to know that this is serious stuff and you do not need to get into this unless you have worked with A LOT of untrained horses, but especially mustangs. Plus, I’m keeping it real.

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This is her “knocked out” while she gets stitched up. The next day she was sore, but let me rub all over her. We have definitely bonded over this. Poor baby, but I am taking special care of her.

I am happy to answer any questions as I know I have left a lot out.

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Preparing the Corrals

Adopting a mustang is a process. There are requirements for the corrals, the gates, water source, transportation, etc. The first thing I was going to have to get done was the corrals. I decided to use existing corrals and just add a top rail so that they would be the needed 6 foot tall corrals. I had no idea how I was going to do that.

My family attends a church in Glen Rose, TX called Stonewater Church. It’s a church that teaches core values straight out of the Bible. Some people view my beliefs as “crazy”, “fanatical”, “strong” and I thank them for that! Really, we are just people from various backgrounds-Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, rednecks, divas, and everything in between and those that a label has never worked for trying to live the best lives we can according to God’s law. Anyway, we are taught to Love Your Neighbor As Yourself. This is the second and greatest command under loving nothing and no one more than God himself. I have been blessed by a couple of friends who are doing just that.

One day after church I was telling about my thoughts on entering this competition, my deadlines, needs, etc. My good friend-though I must say through this process has become a VERY good friend, Ann made me an offer. She said her and her husband, Wes, would like to help me get my corrals ready. I couldn’t say no! When God sends you a blessing it’s best to recognize it and then receive it! Wes is a welder by trade and a dang good one!! He wanted the opportunity to teach Ann how to weld, and I was all for it. Believe me, these corrals are pretty redneck and perfect for someone to practice and learn on.

When Wes and Ann arrived on the first day to work, welder in tow, we thought it would be a two day job and we were all excited. It was the middle of deer season, and Wes and Ann are avid now hunters. They could get the job done, and still have time to hunt before Wes had to go to Kansas for his next job. That was the plan anyway…until day 2.

On day 2, I actually took the time to READ the rules and discovered that the corrals needed new gates, some protrusions cut off, and more pipe adds than just a top rail. Well, days turned into a week and then another. Weather wasn’t cooperating, and we all have kids and lives! Wes got a lot done, but probably more importantly, he had taught Ann enough so that she could continue on her own! So we are in our second month, new gates were custom ordered and Ann and I installed them, the corrals are 6 feet tall and safe! We are still working on the details-improving the shoot, welding, grinding and painting.

The picture here are of my friend, Ann working…sometimes well after dark. Here in Texas, this is loving your neighbor as yourself!

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