Everybody always tells me how expressive Destiny is. It’s so true. She says so much without having to say a word. The placement of her ears and her facial expressions tell a lot, in my opinion even more so than a lot of other horses. She is such a special girl. I love her more than words can say. <3 She is truly an Arabian.
Some people try to tell me “oh, she’s not an Arabian. Look at her. She doesn’t look like an Arabian, so she isn’t.” Some pictures I have of her, I agree, you can hardly see any hint of Arabian in her. I’ve even had people ask me if she’s a Quarter Horse. However, she’s a purebred Arabian, and at certain angles or when she gets excited, you can really see it. Her registered name is Aswad Ameera, which is Arabic for “black princess.” To me though, she’s more ‘golden’ than black, and I think of her more as an angel than a princess. ;) It’s probably the Polish influence in her that makes people think she isn’t an Arab; Polish Arabians tend to be slightly stockier than your typical Arabian and have larger hooves and maybe even less of a ‘dish’ in their noses.
Yesterday was the day I first met Destiny 7 years ago. I can’t believe it’s been so long! Each and every one of those years has been special because of her. :)
I’ve been riding her the last few days, and she’s been so good! When she first was put with Molly, she never wanted to leave Molly’s side and would cry and prance around when I took her out riding or in the barn out of sight. She’s come a long way from that. When I bring her in the barn now, she doesn’t neigh at all and simply stands there, quiet and calm, with her head lowered (even though Molly’s always running around in the pasture calling for her). I can take her out on trails as well, and she’s fine being away from Molly. I’m so proud of my girl. :’)
She has a bit of mud fever on her right hind leg, which is surprising because it’s been so dry lately, so I’ve been tending to it every day and hopefully it’ll go away soon! She’s been such an angel about it.
Happy 7th Anniversary Des! <3
The last few days have been absolutely beautiful. Summer is well on its way! I love the spring when it starts getting nicer out; it’s the perfect time to go for walks and to go exploring. Friday morning was hot and sunny, and Jacob and I went to one of my favourite places in town: a little pond a short walk alongside some train tracks. It was so peaceful and quiet, a perfect start to the day before I had to go to work later in the afternoon. :)
There’s still ice on the water, but it’s melting and it was warm enough that I had to take off my sweater! We sat on the grass next to the water for a few minutes, and I was tempted to dip my feet in it, but I ran my hand through it and it was still a little chilly so I decided not to. Not yet anyway. xD Maybe in a month…
I was also driving down a dirt road recently, and I slightly bottomed out on a small lump of what I thought was melting snow.
Jacob: You shouldn’t have driven over that.
Me: I didn’t think it was solid.
Jacob: *looks at me like I’m crazy or something* It was a rock.
xD I’m looking forward to seeing what fun things I’m going to end up doing this summer. Last summer was an epic adventure. Hopefully this year will be the same. Of course, I’m looking forward to my August camping trip as always. I’m going to request time off work for that soon. This will be my 10th year in a row going! I’m hoping Mal and Jacob will be able to come with me again too. We have many plans. >:D My mom already claimed she isn’t coming along this year, but I always seem to convince her to come anyway, so we’ll see how that goes. xP
I thought I’d share a few random facts about Destiny. I’ve spent more than 6 years getting to know this girl, and she’s something special, that’s for sure. :)
- She’s a purebred Arabian, with mostly Egyptian, Crabbet, and Polish influences. Her lines go back to Arabs such as Red Tape, Ansata Ibn Halima, and Nazeer.
- Her sire is black and her dam is chestnut. Because Destiny is bay, I was able to figure out her genetics. Basically, she’s heterozygous for black, bay, and chestnut bases; or in other words, depending on a stallion’s genetics, she could produce pretty much any colour of foal.
- She is allergic to oats, soy, and wheat (and borderline allergic to carrots). So, she is allergic to most horse feeds. She won’t eat beet pulp, so now she’s just on a supplement for vitamins. It’s a good thing she’s an easy keeper and keeps her weight during the winter!
- She loves apples, sugar cubes, molasses, and candy. But she won’t touch bananas.
- She has a single black ermine spot on her right hind leg, on the inside, right above the hoof.
- She’s been barefoot since I got her about 6 and a half years ago and has never gone lame.
- She has 2 whorls (swirls) on her forehead.
- She is very respectful and easy to work around. She’s great with the farrier and vet, takes wormer easily, picks up her feet, trailers well, etc. She’s very sensitive so it’s easy to move her. Most of the time, I just have to think about what I want her to do and she’ll do it.
- She likes to chew on things. I can’t leave any wood edges in the barn or she’ll have them gnawed down to nothing. She also has a tendency to gently nibble on my coat sleeve or my hat if I’m wearing one…
- She’s 12 years old, but her teeth suggest she’s older. I have her papers to prove her age though and my friend (who owned her before me) knew her since she was a yearling.
- She goes bridleless.
- She listens just as well to a snaffle bit as to a rope halter as to a regular halter.
- She doesn’t neckrein. But I can lead her from the ground by her mane or by using a rope around a neck, or I can put my hands over her head and use them as a halter.
- She was born in 2005, the same year I started taking riding lessons.
- She was neglected for the first year or so of her life; then my friend’s sister started working with her and eventually bought her.
- She is about 15 hands high.
- She has never been bred, but I have considered breeding her in the past.
- She trips over things I ask her to step over, yet she’s actually quite sure-footed and can hop around on 3 legs while I try to teach her to lie down on command. -__-
- She’s built just slightly uphill.
- Her sire is a reining horse.
- She can be spirited when she hasn’t been worked in a while, but usually she’s rather quiet and even acts a bit lazy. But she’s fairly flightly and definitely not a beginner’s horse.
- Her neigh sounds quite masculine.
- She gets lonely when she’s not with other horses, but she usually prefers to be a bit apart from the herd when she’s turned out with more than one other horse. Two horses she’s gotten along particularly well with over the years were Monte (bay Anglo-Arabian colt) and Daisy (dark bay Hanoverian filly). She likes Molly too.
- Some people have asked me if she was a Quarter Horse, because she has a bit of a stockier build than your typical Arabian. I think it’s the Polish influence; it makes her legs thicker, her hooves larger, etc.
- If I lose my balance when I’m riding her and fall forward onto her neck, she slows down and waits for me to catch my balance.
- She has a smooth, floating trot.
- She has a great “whoa.”
- She gets quite fluffy during the winter. <3 I try not to blanket her unless she’s cold.
- She’s turned out 24/7 except during bad storms. She and Molly do better outside because there’s less dust. They have access to shelter at all times though.
- Her nicknames are Des, Desi, Desirei, Pony, and sometimes DezziWezzie. :3
I don’t miss getting up before the sunrise, but I do miss those beautiful early mornings when the frost was still etched in pretty designs on the windows. There won’t be many more mornings like that—spring is here and summer is on the way. I’m looking forward to warmer weather and later sunsets. :)
Here are some photos from the mornings at the ranch that I haven’t gotten around to posting until now.