And they are mine.
I present to you, my friends, Gracie.
|This photo barely does her mane justice!|
Charles says she looks like a cool surfer chick: tan with the bleached blonde hair. He insists I should call her Roxy, after the surfer girl's brand. I know a couple of Roxy animals and I just don't like the name for her; she really does look like a Gracie and she responds to the name so well. It's part of the reason why I called Lily "Lily" - it was very similar to the name she came with, "Lely", which means she has responded to it from day 1. Gracie's registered name is "Milli-On-Aire" (Charles asked, "So technically you have a Lily and a Millie?" Yeah that has a ring to it, but no! I don't like Millie as an animal name, personally. Nothing against Millies out there; just personal preference!), which is kind of cool if you think about it..."Aire" would have been an awesome name that would have worked both in Spanish and English, but it sounds nothing like "Gracie". Her mom that loves her so much gave her that name; I'm not changing it.
Gracie has some of the smoothest gliding gaits I've ridden in a long time. I've ridden Pasos and TWH but had yet to experience the gaits of a Kentucky Mountain Horse. They are one of the few breeds that can maintain that same smooth gait over rough terrain.
I can confirm that this is true.
She LOVES THE TRAIL. LOVES IT.
|Looking like an Andalusian while chugging away down the trail!|
Gracie loves to lead but sometimes needs mental breaks. She also has questions about obstacles on the trail, like fallen tree trunks and water crossings, questions that are often brought up with a stop and a spin, or a cow kick or buck, all things to be expected of a young horse. However, she is brilliantly smart, with a sense of humor, general good spirits, the spirited nature that I love in gaited horses, and a great work ethic: she will have a question about an obstacle once. The next time, she'll remember the spot where that obstacle was at and will actually accelerate to meet the challenge and successfully surpass it! She gets a kick out of this and it cracks me up. She LIKES to work. But she is also opinionated and you have to earn her trust and respect. So far, so good. I really, really like her and I think the feeling is mutual! Today when I went to get her in the field I couldn't see her anywhere. Two of the mares were in the run-in shed but Gracie was nowhere to be found. I called her name and she nickered in response, poking her head out from the smaller cow shed where she had been enjoying the shade to see where I was. "I'm here! Where are you? Oh! There you are!" And she came over to me. My heart may have melted a little... :)
I'd been wanting a second horse, a gaited horse, for the last year. I had put the wish out to the Universe, not expecting it to come true for a while. When you really want something, the Universe really does conspire in helping you to achieve your dreams. The stars aligned and suddenly Gracie was mine. Her mom adored her but already had two other quieter horses and she wanted Gracie to go to a good, loving home where she would be in consistent work with a special focus on the trails. This is not a problem at all!
Lily is so sweet, friendly, serious and shy (she has no sense of humor. She's gotten better, but Lily is somewhat of a type-A personality), while Gracie is sweet, bold, curious and a bit of a clown. I honestly never imagined myself owning two mares, but what mares they are! I may just be turning into a mare person...
Lily nickered happily. I kid you not!
Every time I bring Gracie up from the field, Lily walks into her stall from the dry lot and nickers at Gracie. Not at me, at Gracie. I think she definitely approves of her sister!
You may be getting some comic relief on the blog from now on because the newest addition is quite the character:
|I was trying to get a picture of her in the daylight so you guys could see the shimmery summer coat coming in on her shoulders. Her color is called red chocolate.|
|"What's that in your hand?"|
|"Is it a treat?"|
|"Are you sure that's not edible?" *Sniff sniff*|
You can imagine my laughter by this point.
In the meantime, Lily continues to do FANTASTIC!! She has been bootless for the last couple of days and is down to half a gram of bute once a day. She has been 100% sound since last Wednesday with no marked pulses on her legs. We were cleared to start 10 minutes of hand grazing a day and so far, so good! She is still on the low starch diet (free choice soaked grass hay, & unmolassed beet pulp with 4 oz ground flax and a cup of Triple Crown Lite twice a day) We are discontinuing the bute tomorrow and if all continues to be well, we'll be starting lunging for 10 minutes a day on Wednesday. On Friday the vet comes out again and we'll talk about starting work under saddle again.