Actually, that isn't true, but Saturday we went from 7 horses on the farm to 10. Yup. That is what they say, if you have the stalls you'll fill 'em!
So here is the breakdown of what is happening:
Lily goes home in May. I just want to say hats off to Simrat (her owner) for doing such an amazing job with this horse. If I ever had a serious lesson program, I would absolutely lease her back. Lily is the horse who will give people confidence-no lie! She is easy going, does her job and is just a steady, steady girl. I will miss her.
El Arco is a new Paso Fino that is here for a brief makeover. We have had our 3rd session and this is a sweet little guy who will make someone a great partner. If you know anyone looking for a nice Paso Fino trail gelding, this is the guy. He might not be too shabby at a show or two with a little extra tune up.
Red Velvet (or yet to be named Filly) is a nine month old filly who will be raffled off to benefit the Northwest Paso Fino Horse Association. She was donated and I hope you finds a really good home. More details on how to buy tickets as they come together.
Zapa is coming right along in gait. Every day I get a little bit more, so I am hoping he will go to his forever home by early summer. I am getting gait without the bit which is just what I hoped for. He has hit 15 hands, so he is a good size paso although he still has filling out to do. I know I am biased, but I think I raised the perfect horse! Everyone thinks I am crazy for selling him because he is my best horse, but you know what? I am really proud of the work I have done (and supervised to have done) with him. I have learned SO much and enjoyed so much of it. I might do it again someday (raise a baby that is).
And finally. . .
I BOUGHT A NEW HORSE!
Her name is Phadrae, she is a 15 hand 6 year old morgan mare, bay with a star and snip and NO WHITE FEET!!! She is green broke, although I haven't ridden her, I mostly just checked out her disposition, willingness and temperment, all of which are amazing. She is SO sweet and willing. In her 'test' session, I got her to do everything I wanted including a jump, tarp, poles, sideways all 7 Parelli games, so either someone has done this with her before, or she is a super star!
And if that wasn't enought, she has lots of legs and some really nice gaits. She is a cute little package.
I am going to use her to work towards my Parelli level 3. Pat Parelli suggests you go through level 3 with just 1 horse first before working with another. I had planned to work with Precious and I still plan to 'officially' finish her level1 (although I would most definately say it is unofficially complete), as I dive into Level 2 I realize it will be difficult to go 'all the way' with Precious. First, I would say she is a very challenging horse, but mostly, her gait will get in the way and make it much harder for us to progress. I need it to be the easiest the first time, so a Walk/Trot/Canter horse is a better choice.
So, that is the news on this front. I have another couple of weeks at home without travel and I have been riding like crazy (so many horses!) and I am loving it!