This Moment

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This Moment ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – expelling no words – capturing a moment.
Inspired by barnraised and originally inspired by SouleMama.

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Black Princess

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.

Our 7th Anniversary

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

Riding Home

On Wednesday, Jacob and I brought Destiny and Molly home. Usually, we walk them over, but he was convinced he could ride Destiny, so we decided to try that. I wasn’t sure how Destiny would react to having a new rider outside of the property (considering how spooky she can be), but she did really well! Molly, of course, is always good.

He tried riding her bareback too. He admitted, at least, that riding her is kind of “squirrely,” which I laughed at. She’s very sensitive and it’s pretty obvious once you’re on her back!

So the horses are home now, probably for the next couple of weeks. It’s so good to have them home! I’m hoping to take Destiny out riding on some trails in the next couple of weeks while she’s home. :)

Summer Pasture

We walked the horses over to Molly’s place for their summer pasture on Saturday night. I miss them already. <3 I get to sleep in a half hour later when I go to work early, but it’s sad not to see those welcoming faces with their ears pricked forward, kind eyes excitedly watching me while I prepare their feed every morning.

Now they have lots of grass. I try to visit them every day, and I’m hoping to ride Destiny again soon. I want her to get used to being away from Molly. Des never used to be particularly herd-bound, but since she met Molly, she doesn’t like to be away from her. When I ride her out of Molly’s sight, they both start calling to each other, Molly goes racing through the pasture, and Destiny wants to run too. She settles down after a while, but the procedure almost always repeats the next day I ride her. I want to get her focused  on me and used to being by herself so I can ride her on some trails near my house later in the summer when they come back home.

The farrier came yesterday to trim their hooves. I’m glad both of them are so good with their feet. They’re so easy to work with. xD We have to get the vet out soon too for their annual vaccinations. :)

Loyalty

I wrote this poem a few years ago about Destiny and her loyalty as a true Arabian horse. The Arabian is supposed to be a very loyal breed, so I tried to put it into words. :)

When the sun shines bright and clear,IMG_9884_small
And when the snowflakes glitter near,
You’re as constant as a star;
You shine your light on all that’s dark.

When dawn breaks light and all’s arose,
When twilight brings it to a close,
Your kind eye guides me all the way;
You’re always there with no delay.

Your silky coat and ears attuned,
None will get past your post assumed;
Your watchful gaze forever meets
All that deny your loyalty.

No matter what, in rain or fire,
To stand by you is my last desire.
Through hopeless dreams of useless things,
You read my heart and set me free.