Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay, October, 2015. That's Scout in the arena.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday Stills Challenge~horses~11/22/09




























































































So, here are my 5 horses. That's Quad, my recently-arrived rescued thoroughbred. He arrived here at the ranch in July. It is only in the last month that we've actually seen him run. He actually ran in 7 races and never won. I can't even imagine him on the race track! He's very people-friendly. He's also very laid back! He is Mr. Mellow! That's Gigondas, my other rescue thoroughbred. She doesn't have a lip tattoo. I believe she was used as a broodmare. She LOVES to run! In fact, I am working with her to get her to walk! She was on a slaughter-bound feelot up in WA state. I wish I knew her pedigree, because she has the heart of a champion runner. That's her showing the other horses, "See? THIS is how it's done!" Next is Sunni, my bay quarter horse gelding. Sunni was my first horse and I got him from United Pegasus Foundation, when they were in Hemet, CA. UPF is a horse rescue that rescues off the track thoroughbreds as well as PMU quarter horses from breeding ranches up in Canada. I believe Sunni came from Ranch 5. He is a very people-friendly horse, but he does have some issues. He spooks a lot and last summer he spooked while my cousin and trainer, Valerie, was on him. She injured her ribs and scratched her hand. I am now working on desensitizing Sunni to many things. He is a kindhearted horse, not mean, but he does spook. Next, our two mustangs from Wyoming, Scout and Cali. Scout is an alpha mare. That means she is THE BOSS (and don't you forget it!) She bosses Cali around. She bosses Sunni around, although I noticed the last time those two were in the arena, they went butt to butt and kicked each other, so I pulled Sunni out. Scout is the most intelligent of our horses. It is sometimes difficult for me to stay ahead of her! She's always figuring out people and things (as you can see from the photo). But, she is also the most sensitive of our horses. She feels peoples' emotions and if someone is upset, she will let them pet and stroke her. She's very intuitive. Someone spoke of a "medicine" horse. Scout may be that horse. Then, there's Cali. She's a real goofball. She LOVES people. She will probably be the grandkids' horse. She's very calm and gentle. She's NOT alpha at all. She ties quietly, she lets the ferrier pick up all her feet WITHOUT MOVING...she's just a wonderful little gal! She's also very playful and cheerful, as you can see from her pics. So, that's my herd! 5 horses, all rescues. We love each and every one of them!














7 comments:

Shirley said...

You have a lovely herd going! Love the way you captured them in flight, the horses strongest instinct being to run. Especially the last one- all legs airborne!

Kate said...

Thanks for the fun pictures, and the stories!

dibear said...

Very nice "herd". You are a horse rescue angel, I'm sure you have a special place in their hearts as well. :)

Cactus Jack Splash said...

What a wonderful horse family you have. I love seeing their pictures

moresecretwhispers said...

they look very happy running around in there :)

Holly said...

what a herd! I have one and that's all I need!

CTG Ponies said...

What a great herd! They all looked like they enjoyed turnout.