On Sunday May 17th the newest addition to our herd was born. A little bay filly I call Punkin Pie. The day she was born I was unfortunately in Kitimat and was not able to go meet her. My friend Charlotte Ruse who bred her especially for me was kind enough to send all the pictures I desired.
The first thing I noticed was how delicate and proud she is. This made me wonder if all horses are born that proud. Had Pan and Tonka bean this way when they were born? How much of the natural wonder a horse is born with is jaded by human interaction?
This realization brought to my attention that I have a tremendous responsibility to fulfill. A responsibility to keep as much of her nature as alive as possible.
At first this responsibility overwhelmed me. I've witnessed so many broken horses that the fear that I may be the cause of another one terrifies me. This led to carefully analyzing the relationships in my life. Not just my horse relationships but all relationships.
Hi, I’m Emily-Rose. And I am writing the guest blog all about a certain 10hh. pony with alot of attitude and spunk! His name is Tonka. Tonka is a bouncey, Mini /Shetland cross that no matter what, will make you laugh. My mother (Cyndi) and I (plus kinda the whole family but we are the only people that really do anything with him) have had Tonka eleven fun filled years.
My in laws found me just the other day out for a walk with Tonka, and they like so many other people, gave me a hard time. The normal response I get from people while out walking with my 10hh pony is “Oh is that like walking your dog?” or when I’m out with Pan, my lovely 16hh Tennessee Walking Horse I get “Shouldn’t you be riding the horse?” Lets face it people are used to seeing dogs and their owners out for walks, all the time. Why? Because it’s good for them!!
Walking your dog is so good for you and your dog there are entire TV shows dedicated to it. I’m sure you’ve all heard of Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisper, and he’s just one for example.
Well walking your horse is just as good for you and your horse as it is for you and your dog. My dogs are actually feeling a little ripped off right now, because the horses have been getting all the walks. I could go on and find studies to share with you about how much hand walking helps develop the top-line creating a stronger back before you climb on them this spring. Or we could discuss how the body builds bone tissue, and what a great service you will be doing the bones and joints before you go adding your extra weight to them after a winter off. I have however decided to share with my experience as a horse owner and what I’ve noticed with my own equine partners since we’ve begun hand walking this spring.
I was recently inspired by a friend and client of mine, Marie from Handy Hay Nets, who takes extraordinary care of her horses. She was telling me about how the beginning of her horse’s best riding season was the year she had to hand walk him for a month prior to riding him. With Pan’s back issues, Tonka’s lack of doing anything for the last decade, and me not knowing Jazzie in a working relationship, this sounded like a really good idea.
For the last week now I’ve been devoted to making sure the horses are out and walking as often as possible. Unfortunately Jazzie is still snowed in so we’re doing what we can in the paddock.
A life with horses means a life of continuous learning. Everyday the animals I share my life with entertain me with their antics and teach me with their not so subtle methods of communication.
I'm pleased today to introduce you to our herd.
This is Pan, my 18yr old (1996) Tennessee Walking Horse. She's sweet and sensitive for the most part. Has a few issues with being herd bound and would love to have a foal (but that's never going to happen).
Pan is challenged with a muscular condition called a fibrotic myopathy. This has left her with a gait irregularity the worsens if she's not worked. She is also a little on the hot side and loves long rides on unknown trails. My goal with her is to endurance ride.
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