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Fitting In


You have to have a horse awhile to really get to know what you’ve got. It’s been fun to watch Dharla start to settle in and become the horse she’ll truly be. I’m starting to notice a few habits and idiosyncrasies. For one, this girl never misses a meal no matter what. For now, she can be displaced from a spot at the hay rack with an ear pinned threat, but it only takes a minute or two to for her to elbow her way back in. She’s got grit.

Two, although she looks cute and delicate, dainty she aint. Again, she has no qualms about getting her point across, even if it means taking a knock or two in the process. So yes, she has a nice skinned spot on her face, but since she’s not a princess it doesn’t bother her in the least.

Dharla can be willful. Not in a bad way, just … well, sometimes she thinks she should have the final decision about something. Obviously, we’ll be working on that. She’s not oppositional, just opinionated about some things, like water. Fortunately, she’s a pretty good team player, so things don’t have to spiral down into a battle. I can’t say that I think she trusts my judgment yet, but once she does she’s going to be a great trail horse. Yesterday Aldo and I did a ride that was pretty challenging for a new horse and she took everything we encountered in stride. Huge boulders, deep mud, several water and log crossings and a lot of rough terrain. Overall, her attitude was great and I was very impressed with her balance and ability to pay attention to where she was putting her feet.  That’s really hard stuff for a young, green horse who has never done any real trail riding! Naturally, I’m not fooled … I know she wouldn’t have been willing to do half that ride if we tried to do it alone, but hopefully by the time fall comes around we’ll be getting pretty darn close to that goal. Time and miles are our best friends. Unfortunately, the spring weather is NOT!

April 9, 2011 8:12 AM EST.

Canon EOS 7D

ISO:100, 79mm, 1/60 sec, f/5.6

lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm

Lightroom3: Brightness/contrast adj.

4 responses

  1. I love her And all you said can be seen in that photo some how. So well done on both ends. Sounds like you made a great choice. Keep sharing her pretty face scrapes and all

    April 23, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    • I’m pretty excited about Dharla’s progress. Patience is not always one of my strongest traits and so I have to keep reminding myself that a new horse is like a fine wine … they get better with time!

      Thanks for reading!

      April 26, 2011 at 2:46 PM

  2. She is a gorgeous girl! Thanks for sharing the insights into having a new horse, so honestly and admirably. It does take time, like any relationship to build trust, and rapport. I’d say, all things considered, Dharla is the fortune one here. She found a great home!

    April 24, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    • I hope that as time goes on I can get some better pictures of Dharla. I really don’t know her well enough yet to show her at her best. But I do think she’s pretty cute and so very interested in everything around her. At first I know she was just very freaked out .. everything was so scary and unfamiliar. But she’s catching on fast and starting to feel more and more bonded as time goes on!

      Thanks for the kind words of encouragement!

      April 26, 2011 at 2:51 PM

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