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Sage is being a biatch who lunges at Josie over the fence every chance he gets. Gah.

Mom took Josie-kins and I took Miss Thea wide-ass out for a walk and we left Sage in the pasture to whinny his heart out since his manners were not in place.

Josie was so sweet getting the hang of stopping *with* Mom (turns out there are some brakes in there) and turning her head towards Mom every time they stopped, as if looking for reassurance.

Then, she let me pet her while she was eating her hay. The shoulder was ok the first few times, but the wither definitely crossed the line a little. Josie knows her boundaries. I backed off right away but was so excited about petting her neck!

It's really important to Mom that I work with her every time I'm out there. I'm fine with that, she doesn't take much time in her current stage of training, and I can see it makes a difference. We're both really excited about Josie-days-to-come. Riding vacations in NY with a mule!!

Anyhow, the important thing is, there's


You can see where they shaved her tail... :(

curly mule


...and where her mane has gone white from scar tissue...

Curly mule mare


curly mule eating


curly mule body




And some of Sage...


curly horse gelding


No Sage! It's MY HAY!

Mustang Mare and curly horse gelding


curly gelding and mustang horse



"Okay, you can share..."

mustang mare and curly horse



Tooo sunnnnyyy....

curly gelding

Comments

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ilikerivers
Mar. 11th, 2010 07:41 am (UTC)
Aww, gorgeous. :)

Why does Ms Mule have scar tissue? I don't know if I've read her story in here yet.
penella22
Mar. 11th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
You can read more about Josie here in Introducing Mrs. Longears. I convinced my mom to rescue her from slaughter because she's a Curly mule, which is both rare and potentially useful.

We suspect she was used by the Amish before her life at the auction house. The Amish use teams of 6-8 mules to pull farm equipment. See photo here. That heavy collar on their necks...I would guess she wore an ill-fitting one pretty often to have a white mane like that.
ilikerivers
Mar. 11th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
Your other ponies are gorgeous too. :)
evergrey
Mar. 11th, 2010 07:44 am (UTC)
Oh she is a cutie! I can't wait to see how things develop with her. They're such smart animals. I'm sure she'll quickly figure out that you guys are a good deal.
penella22
Mar. 11th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
She certainly seems to be...

She is amazing. And I love that even her eyelashes are a little curly!!
glenatron
Mar. 11th, 2010 08:29 am (UTC)
Oh, poor Sage, does he not like losing his position as only curly animal?

I guess he's starting to see it as a herd with some mares and a stallion, and as the stallion in question he has to do his correct stallionly duty and bite them as much as possible. He's looking good in those pictures. They all are.
penella22
Mar. 11th, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
You know, the moment everything changed was when I took him out on that trail ride on the roads, and we got a certain distance away and Josie started calling for him. And he puffed right up and got all pleased with himself and you could see the wheels turning in his head, and him realizing this means he now has two women. I do think he sees his role changing in the herd.
madeyemads
Mar. 11th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
Sage and Thea are gorgeous.
I think Josie however, is really lovely. She is going to be such an adventure for you. You'll have to post on all the little differences between horse ownership and well, mule ownership. I'm intrigued.
harnessphoto
Nov. 29th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
I see you everywhere. Mind if I add?
wegetufa
Apr. 14th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
What a great resource!

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