My husband and our son decided to go on a vacation in September of 2006. School had just started and I couldn't take 5 days off, due to early testing, to go with them, so it was a "boys vacation". They drove to Wyoming. I've posted several photos of that trip on my other blogs. ANYWAY, I was "home alone" and bored, with NOTHING to do. I was suffering from the "empty nest" syndrome. I already had Sunni, my PMU gelding. I adopted him from United Pegasus' Hemet ranch in April of 2005. Sooooooooooooooo, I began cruising the Internet, looking for other online horse rescues and adoptions. I have a good job, I have lots of time off, especially during the summer...and I really wanted to rescue other horses. (That was my childhood dream...to rescue horses and give them a good home.) I came upon the CBER website (Columbia Basin Equine Rescue) and saw many horses on a feedlot that were available for adoption. Unfortunately, they were two states away and I knew that transportation wouldn't be cheap to California! But I had money saved up in my "horse fund" and I knew this would be something I'd be able to handle. I found Beauty on September 9, 2006 on their website. I KNEW in my heart that I couldn't leave her on that feedlot! Then, a couple of days later, I found Gigondas (then Merryana). Another gal had partially paid for her bail, and when no one stepped up to adopt her, I offered to adopt Gigondas as well. Here are some of Beauty's feedlot photos. I mean, WHO could resist her? She was young and untrained, but so was Sunni. Heck, what's another horse to feed? And, with the addition of Gigondas, heck, that's only 1 more! UNFORTUNATELY, Beauty, as several of the other horses on the feedlot, came down sick. So, from September to January of 2007, she and Gigondas were boarded up in Washington state, basically in quarantine. Gigondas came down with a slight cold in December when I was all ready for them to come down, but the place where I boarded Sunni decided not to take them after all. So, I was left without a home down here for my 2 rescue mares (the mares that NOBODY wanted). Through contacts on another forum, I found a place 2 1/2 hours away to board them. At the time, it was the best I could do. So, in January, 2007, Beauty and Gigondas came to Southern California. They spent 8 months 2 1/2 hours away and hubby and I visited them every OTHER weekend (and $$$ for hotels and gas!). It was quickly adding up, so I needed to find another, closer boarding place for them. I found one nearby and we moved the entire herd (which now included Scout and Cali, as well) closer to home. We LOVE having them closer to us (they are only 30 minutes away) and we visit them on weekends and at least 1 day during the week. So, here are some pics of Beauty as she has grown and been saddled from January, 2007 until now. Those are her feedlot pics on the bottom, then, her early training, then when she went out for training with my cousin Valerie, and then last spring, back at the ranch. Finally, Beauty reunited with the herd last week! She's looking over at Gigondas, her "old bud". They were together for so long! It is good to once again have all our horses in one spot! Beauty has turned into a wonderfully calm, excellent-footed trail horse. With my back problems (the doctor told me I should NEVER get on a horse again...but I'm ignoring his advice....) she will be the perfect horse for me to ride. I'm currently looking into the gel or foam saddle pads for riders which will help absorb any shock to my back. Any ideas or suggestions?