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  • Lesson Horse on the Horizon...

    Lesson Horse on the Horizon...

    Meet Mac....also known as Mustache Mac. He is a Kiger Mustang Quarter Horse cross and I met him yesterday. I got a call from a friend who is in my riding club and he told me about these rescued horses so I thought to myself, well, why not at least see what they are all about. All I knew about him was that he had been sitting for a long time and was previously a husband/grandkid horse. So I drove through an hour and a half of rain to go see him. When I got there, the skies parted and it stopped raining. I was walking to the area where the horses where being kept and Mac and I saw each other from across the arena. We kept each other’s gaze the entire way. I got up to his pen and he smelled me and we checked each other out. He looked at me with such soft, sweet and curious eyes. I walked around to the other horses pens but did not get the same feeling as I did with Mac. 

    So...I went and grabbed my halter and my grooming bag and brought him out of his mucky pen. Once out of the pen, I could see his poor feet were in terrible condition but nothing a few trimmings couldn't correct. He was anxious about being taken away from his friends and it was apparent that no one had worked with him in a very long time. So I got to work brushing him and picking up his feet, which he did so willingly. Once we got a little bit more acquainted we went into the arena. After I got the spunk out of him, he quietly responded to my qs and lunged smoothly. Within a few tries, he was picking up on every groundwork q I was giving him. It became apparent very quickly that that this was a very smart horse and also a very sensitive horse, which is important for the kind of work I will be doing in the program.

    After this I decided to take the next step and see how he moved with a saddle on. While I tacked him up, he barley bat an eye and only gave a couple curious glances back at me. After some continued groundwork and lots of backing up exercises he became much calmer and less worried about being separated from his pals. It took a few tries to get on him until he decided it was okay for me to be up there. I stood in one stirrup and he didn't budge. I stepped off and gave him a good rub. We did it again and still...he didn't budge....so I swung my other leg over and got my foot in the other stirrup. At first he was dancing around and we were doing little circles all the way to the other side of the arena until he realized oh, this is okay. We walked around the arena and I just sat with him for a little while. It had been over a year since anyone had done anything with him so I figure we did pretty well. He relaxed his body and I felt like we just melted together. I decided that was a pretty good note to end on and hopped off of him. We went and untacked and of course he got treats (lots of them). 

    I knew right away that Mac and I had a thing. As soon as I drove away, I said to myself, "There is no way I am not coming back for that horse". So...pending a pre-purchase vet check, Mac will be coming home on Monday!!!!!

    Right now almost all of the expenses will be coming out of pocket. We have had a couple of very wonderful donations through go fund me which will go towards helping pay for the pre-purchase vet check. To help support Mac's transition to his new home, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/help-launch-kats-arthorse-program# Thank you!!!!!!

    When your horse follows you without being asked, when he rubs his head on yours, 


    and when you look at him and feel a tingle down your spine...you know you are loved.

    (John Lyons)