|View from my Kitchen Window~|
Good news for me, when I unwrapped Farah's leg, the swelling was gone! Once at Dean's, after two trot-outs on the hill with Manuel, my favorite horse handler on the lead - it was obvious that not only was she sound, but that she is amazingly light on her feet for a mare of her size. I've always admired horses who are light moving, but hadn't owned one until now. Time will tell if it makes a difference with her long-term soundness.
When I reiterated how much in enjoy riding this mare, Dean went into gales of laughter! He reminded me that the reason humankind worked to produce so many varied breeds of horses - was to suit the horse to the task.
To be competitive at Endurance, we need those tough, high strung, fly along types that are usually found in Arabians. But, when it comes to other work that we ask horses to do for us, we can find a breed suited for the work at hand. Good at that task, suited for it, but not necessarily what we consider a "all-round" animal.
After coffee, I went out to the stable to collect Farah. Manuel was with her, (Top groom award at the track last season.) on his knees, at her rear legs, rubbing a salve into her scratches. He had removed all the scuff, washed her scabs with Castile soap & rubbed in a salve used at the track. All of this while whispering sweet nothings to her - no fuss, no muss & Ms. Farah standing through it all like an angel! I think the "blond" girl has a new convert :-)
At this point in my life, trying to let the competitive spirit bank down a little, I've managed to find a mare that is smart, quick, swift, willing & Fun!