Hi, I'm Ev. I'm training to become a horsewoman. These are my adventures and misadventures. I'm green as hell, but so far, so good. I'm now learning from Bo (and sometimes his wife DeDe) at D&D Ranch in Pope Valley. I am extremely lucky to have this opportunity, I feel quite blessed, and I feel that they, and horses, have really turned my life around.
Solomon is my baby- a big old flea bitten grey Appendix gelding who is very kind and way too smart! I love him so very much. He is a rescue and was meant to be co-owned rehabbed, and maybe rehomed to a good home. He turned out to be over 25 years old with injuries that ultimately do not make him riding sound, so he is retired.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Solomon is top dog!

Hey folks, look who it is!

Sorry for the baby talk, haha!

Solly is settling in to his new home fabulously. There's an unexpected development, however! My calm, sedate, ancient grey man has decided that he is going to be Mister Top Dog! Furthermore, instead of bonding closely with Charley Horse (who is, height-wise, a pony, and awfully cute!) he has decided that Maggie the Mare is the lady for him! Maggie has also decided that Solomon is much more of a dreamboat than her longtime companion, Breaker. Solomon is a home-wrecker!

So now, Solomon has decided that he has a job. His job is keeping the distraught, lovelorn Breaker away from HIS mare.

I hear that things are settling down now, though.

My boy and Maggie.

Solomon, who always hated being backed up, is voluntarily running backwards all over the place now! A horse backing another horse up is a sign of dominance. They also do it in play, but Solly? He's not playing around here.

Look at this suspicious squint! This sneer! "THIS IS MY MARE!"

"She is big and brown and she is MINE!"

So yes, this is what Solomon has been occupying his time with since he moved to the new pasture. He's being a bit of a jerk, but not too bad. Nobody has a mark or a scratch on them. He does everything with his voice, gestures, and body language. He re-directs the other horses. Solomon is an Aikido-hoss.

But really, who can blame him? Who could resist this?

Poor, poor Breaker.

Saturns are also not allowed to be with mares.

Poor old Charley Horse must be content with the fiberglass horse. Later on, he cuddled up to my car, resting his lips on the trunk, cuddling up to the bumper. HE is convinced that my vehicle contains truly magical things!

Look at that grumpers face! BACK UP BREAKER, BACK UP!

And here you can see all the players in the drama, Solomon pulling some extremely silly faces, and rubbing his butt on the rosemary bushes. He has been wormed! So... I guess he just wanted rosemary-butt.

And now for some idyllic photos around the retirement pasture.

Doesn't Breaker have a cool coat pattern? What would you call this, exactly? It is some kind of paint pattern, not lacing. But I haven't a clue!

Four horses, 90 acres!

My boy is going to muscle up with the gentle hill climbing and not so gentle Breaker chasing. That gelding is over 20 years younger than Solly, hah!

In exile, the two geldings are starting to bond a bit.

Charley Horse is wearing California Summer Camouflage.

Meanwhile, down at the big pond, there are a ton of frogs that scream and jump in the water when you get too close! I think they are young bullfrogs. Any guesses?

Speaking of the pond, have some postcard-like photos of my happy boy!

And my absolute favorite shot-

Enjoy! :D


nccatnip said...

He looks fabulous, Ev!!! Nice job, this is a much better plce for him.

Evergrey said...

Thank you! Bo's place was a great place for him too. I just couldn't afford it any more. I think he does like having so much space to roam around in, and hills to climb up and run down, though. :}

Terry said...

Your horse looks good. He clearly beleives 2's company, 3's a crowd.

Evergrey said...

Haha, thanks! :D Yeah, he's starting to settle in and let the two of them be together from time to time now, though.

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