A prospective home for Shadow!

This 8 year old, 15.3hh registered Appaloosa gelding is in rehabilitation as he gains weight lost due to EPSM. He will be started under saddle and available for adoption.

A prospective home for Shadow!

Postby Juliane on Sat Aug 25, 2007 11:46 am

I received an email from a Serenity Training blog member last week in regards to possibly adopting Shadow for her 14 year old daughter, Jessica. I have just started to advertise Shadow, including a DreamHorse ad for him. I know that he will find a home quickly, as he's an amazing horse with a ton of potential!

Yesterday afternoon, Ronni and her daughters, Jessica and Mia, came out to meet Shadow. Before we headed down to the pasture, we had to introduce them to the wallabies and kangaroos. Its always fun for me to watch the interactions of people who are not used to the wallabies. It's also amazing to myself how quickly I've become to think of them as normal pets. LOL!

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When we were done playing with the wallabies and kangaroos, we headed down to find Shadow. The herd was hiding out in the far corner by the pond. My horses are still getting used to the freedom and don't always come to me when I go out there, so I was expecting to have to follow them about for a while before catching Shadow, especially since he was just ridden that morning!

As the herd started to turn away, Shadow saw Jessica and I walking towards him and he trotted right up to us. He's so sweet! I just love his personality. If given the choice, usually he would much prefer to hang out with a human than the herd of horses! LOL

We brought him to the round pen where we brushed him down and talked about him, what he knew, the good and bad things about him. I explained what had happened that morning, with him being goosy and jumpy and bucking Susan off unintentionally.

Of course, Shadow didn't even slightly resemble the horse he was that morning. He was back to his usual quiet, respectful and cuddly personality. I saddled him up and took him to the center of the round pen to lunge him. After a few moments, I got on and rode him around. I tried not to be nervous, though it was only my second time riding him, and his 5th ride overall, with the 4th ride that morning involving a jumpy, bucking pony.

I had nothing to worry about - if anything, he was lazy and plodded along. I didn't push him, simply because Susan and I have talked about how to move forward with his training, and I wanted this to be a good session. After about 5-10 minutes of riding, I got off and we hung out, talking about Shadow. I didn't feel comfortable letting Jessica get on him yet, though he probably would have been fine.

I am really excited about this potential home for him. In my opinion, Shadow is the kind of horse that really needs someone who would dote on him and love him. I was a bit unnerved about him going to a young girl, being her first horse. However, Jessica does chores at an equestrian facility in trade for lessons and board. The facility where Shadow would be kept is owned by an equine vet (perfect for Shadow's EPSM dietary needs!) and trainer (perfect for overseeing and helping Shadow and Jessica grow together!).

They were very interested in Shadow and it was obvious that Shadow was just as enamored with them! So, at this point, I am going to keep him for a while and keep him in training until he has the basics down solid. I really want him to be 'safe' before they take him.

So, while it's not yet official, it does look like Shadow may have a new home! I couldn't be happier! Shadow is a very special boy and has definitely been one of my favorite horses to work with!

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Postby myhorsefaith on Sat Aug 25, 2007 7:28 pm

The roos and the wallabies are awesome! I still get all excited when i think about the first time i met them, LOL.

Hoorah for Shadow-man!!!!!! How exciting for him (and for you :wink: )!!
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Postby cat_67 on Mon Aug 27, 2007 2:35 pm

Wow, that would be excellent news! I will keep my fingers crossed for him.
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Postby busted on Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:58 pm

Great news! That last picture of the little girl kissing his nose and both their eyes closed is so adorable! Good luck Shadow on your new home!!!
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