I wouldn’t have this blog if it weren’t for my horses–they inspire me to learn more every day. Before I had kids, I was an avid rider and competed in barrel racing for many years. I’m not able to ride nearly as much now, but I still enjoy caring for my horses, and I can’t imagine life without them.
Hershey is the reason that I have pursued learning about natural horse health (and horse health in general). I consider him one of the greatest horses I’ve ever owned–and there have been a few. Once a competitive barrel racing horse who won numerous buckles, a saddle, and even a horse trailer, he’s now retired at age nineteen due to an undiagnosed injury. I can still ride him at a walk (although I seldom do), but at a trot or faster, it’s apparent he’s in pain. He has a forever home here though. He’s earned it.
Bob, who’s 10, is the newest, and most ill-fortuned member of my small herd. Four years ago and exactly one week after I bought him, he developed impaction colic, requiring me to make one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to face as a horse owner. I elected to have colic surgery performed though, and it saved Bob’s life.
Bob is a good boy most of the time, but he can also be ornery and has quite a lazy streak. I bought him to be my next barrel horse, but he’s decided that barrel racing isn’t what he wants to do right now, even though he has the bloodlines and the training for it. Right now, we enjoy going on trail rides or just playing in the arena though.
As you can see in this picture, Lee Lee is basically a big puppy dog. She loves people and likes to be right in the center of things. She’s an 11 year old mare that we bought as a 2 year old. I had my first (and likely only) experience in starting a horse under saddle with Lee Lee and her two sisters who were purchased at the same time. Lee Lee had a short stint in barrel racing, but had to be retired from the sport due to some lameness issues. She now is mainly a pasture pet, but I do ride her occasionally.
P.K. was my high school graduation present. She’s now 24, but still doing well. In her younger years, she was also a barrel horse, but was retired from the sport a while back due to a knee injury. She’s was a good riding horse for many years, but I never quite got over my fear of her bucking spells. They were rare, but when she bucked, she meant it–she dumped me every time! P.K. was always somewhat cranky, but now that she’s on a balanced diet, she is much less so. I suspect the poor gal had a magnesium deficiency for many years.
I’d have to say that Kady is about the sweetest horse I’ve ever known. She’s unregistered, so I’m not completely sure of her age, but she’s likely in her early 20′s. Kady was my mom’s trail horse for many years, and I’ve used her quite a bit for riding lessons. She’s now she’s teaching my kids how to ride. I don’t think they know how lucky they are to have a horse like Kady! She’s a one-of-a-kind.