He came home last night, travelled like the seasoned pro that he is, and settled right in his stall like he'd always been there. Awe! He set his nose in the hay basket and got to work, he was hungry as he was being bullied away from food by other horses in his former home - well he sure hit the jackpot here in terms of food, just ask Big Daddy ;-)
Jack is a 25 year old paint horse (yes, you read that right: 25!!), but he's a young senior at heart. He's 14.3hh so quite small, which is perfect for me - he is super calm and gentle but saddle him up and he's full of fire, he loves working!
Here he is a month ago with his former family,
he has a thick bear-like winter coat now:
Happy Jack enjoying a spa session... LOL
Oh, I just adore him already!!
He will mostly be retired here, spending his days grazing in the fields, enjoying fresh air and plenty of cuddles, grooming, treats and the best possible nutrition - of course he will need regular exercise to keep him in shape, which means I finally get to ride! Hurrah!
My friend, who owns the other horse here (Black, the 18 year old standardbred), says she will need to work him a bit first as he is quite frisky and isn't easy to "brake", he gets a rush of youthful energy when he gets to ride, so funny - some horses are like that though, they age very well and love to have a job. Some others are dead lazy or lame at a young age so it really depends on the horse.
Of course he will need special care for his aging digestive system and joints but we're well equipped to do that. His heart and lungs are fine, so are his sight and hearing, hooves and teeth, no visible signs of arthritis yet, he has strong bones - he is just a bit thin right now and will need a month or so on special food to put some weight back on him.
Big Daddy is still waiting for his new foster family (or permanent home...) but he should be leaving this week, if all goes well.
He is now sequestered outside as we only have two stalls in our barn and the "grandpas" are in there for now, but that's OK as he doesn't like being inside anyways... He has a huge shelter, his own food, water and salt block and tons of land to roam in so I hope he'll hold out for a few days. I feel so bad for that big boy... He is living with so many mental scars, it will take a very qualified person to rehabilitate him emotionally. At lease we helped him physically the past four months.
Well, that's all for now...
Been awake since 6:30am, couldn't sleep, it's been a week my stupid brain won't shut off which gives me stomachaches - grrr. Ah well, at least it got me up early enough this morning to see the sunrise.
It's grey with freezing rain today :-D
Time to head to the barn and see my new baby... I don't care how old he is, he will always be my baby. I hope he lives a long, peaceful life out here with us on the technofarm.
Pics to come as soon as the weather cooperates!
/end of Happy New Rainy Week post/