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
I hope your summer was filled with sunshine, fun, and good times! Mine was. I haven’t been actively writing posts for most of the summer, simply because it’s hard to sit down and write when it’s sunny and you want to be outside going new places and exploring! This post is just a quick update with a slideshow of photos from my summer. :)
It would be hard to explain every detail of my summer, but I’ll list some of the major points. Earlier in the summer, we took a drive down some dirt roads to an old quarry. It was quite a nice spot, and I’m hoping to go back sometime. My family and I went to this rock climbing place that my brother’s work was celebrating its anniversary at, so we all tested out the rock climbing walls, which was a lot of fun! One day, we took the four wheelers to the beach, had a little fire, and roasted hotdogs. We moved a big log close to the fire with Jacob’s four wheeler and used it as a bench – then someone came up with the idea to put a smaller log across it and use it as a teeter totter. We all took turns. Jacob also tied a couch to the back of his three wheeler one day and drug it around while Mal and I sat on it. Jacob and I got a jeep stuck in the mud out on a trail, right at the time that cell reception was down across Canada. So we had to walk to find someone to help us, wondering why our phones weren’t working until we returned to civilization and someone explained. Of course, there was also our legendary annual camping trip, which I already wrote a post about back in August.
All in all, it was a great summer and I’m sorry it’s over. Mal is back in university, so he’s away during the week, and Jacob is back in school. Work is busier than before, now that students are back, so I’m getting more hours. Luckily, the weather is still nice and I’m hoping it’ll stay warm until late into the year. :) Let me know how your summer was in the comments!
We left for the trip last Wednesday. Jacob and I took his dad’s Sierra and loaded all our gear in it. Mal went down with my parents in their Sorento. They loaded the four wheeler and Mal’s dirt bike on the trailer. It takes a special vehicle to navigate the trail down to the camping site! It’s about an hour drive, winding through the woods on rough dirt roads.
We had a lot of fun! I loved practically living outside for the five days we were down there. We had great weather too this year. We went four wheeling every day, sometimes on the beach and sometimes on rough trails, and we got firewood each evening. The outhouse had a roof this year, thankfully, and one of the guys brought down a couch to sit on by the fire (as usual). My parents and Lexi visited on Wednesday and Thursday, but they didn’t stay. On Friday, we went for a long four wheeling trip and stopped at a waterfall on the way back to go swimming. Back at the campsite, one of the guys said that if someone killed a fly, he would eat it, so I slapped one, picked it up, and said “Here you go!” xD He didn’t eat it… It rained on Saturday, but we still had a lot of fun, and it stopped by evening. :)
Here are some photos from my trip. I wish I could explain how perfect this adventure is every year, but no words could possibly do it justice. :)
Lexi is settling in wonderfully and her improvement every day is obvious. She’s sweet, smart, playful, and a wonderful companion – we all love her to death! There are a couple of things we need to work on: barking, playing too roughly, jumping up on the beds, and wandering across the road (we don’t leave her loose in the yard unsupervised yet but have let her off the leash to chase balls). But she is very smart and I have no doubt that she’ll catch on pretty quick what she can and can’t get away with.
Cinnamon is getting used to her, and she to him, but he still hisses and growls at her and she still wants to play a bit too roughly for his liking. I haven’t had her around the horses much, but they find her quite intriguing and she’s a bit nervous around them. They seem to get along just fine.
There are a few things she gets quite scared around, and the fur on her back will stand up, but once she opens up and gets closer and realizes they aren’t scary, she calms down quickly. She’s been great around all the dogs we’ve met.
We’ve taken her to the beach a couple of times and to a pond and had her swimming – she loves it! She’s a great swimmer and she really enjoys swimming out to catch sticks and bringing them back to us. She also loves chasing the frisbee and balls around the backyard. She’s learning that we aren’t interested in playing tug of war, so she’ll put the toy down and wait for it to be thrown instead of fighting us for it. She has a nice high jump while she’s waiting for you to throw it though; I’d love to make some jumps in the backyard and try her jumping over them.
Here are some photos from the last couple of weeks of my pretty girl. :)