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Candy the Lesson Horse

Candy the Lesson Horse

My friend next door is a dressage trainer and has a string of great lesson horses for her students. Summer is an extra busy time for her, and a couple of weeks ago she asked about using some combination of my horses for lessons. Years […]

Best Baby Horse

Best Baby Horse

I was busy working at a dressage show this weekend but managed to fit in some time with Madigan anyway. He’s the quietest, most agreeable creature I’ve ever met. On Friday evening, I took him over to my neighbor’s indoor arena to hang out. Things […]

Welcome, Madigan!

Welcome, Madigan!

I picked up the newest addition to my herd from his breeder yesterday! Meet Madigan von Benestar, a 2018 Westfalen gelding.

Last week, a friend tagged me in his sale ad on Facebook. I’d seen him pop up in various local sales groups over the last couple of months, but his price was out of my range. But the newest ad had him listed at very affordable price; his breeder is downsizing.

I sent Johnny a screenshot of the ad and joked, “Can I have this horse instead of a new car?” He replied, “Yeah, that is fine.” I wasn’t about to ask twice!

Madigan’s breeder (The Benestar Ranch in Lindsay, OK) called me a couple of hours after I sent a message inquiring about him. She was friendly and courteous and very easy to talk to. She emailed a sales contract and invoice, I paid for him, and made arrangements to pick him up!

I’m really excited! Madigan is bred very much like Marrakesh. He’s by Mannhattan and out of a Thoroughbred mare whose bloodlines were similar to Gina’s. He seems very low-key and sensible. When I picked him up yesterday, he walked right onto the trailer as if he’d been doing it every day for his entire life. Once we arrived at home, he unloaded quietly and settled into my paddock to graze. He is happy to be petted and brushed, and it’s clear that he’s had lots of gentle handling already.

Moe has been called upon to babysit, which he is Not Happy about. I’ve never seen him look so peeved. He ignores Madigan for the most part and stares mournfully over the fence towards the front pasture and the mares. When Madigan approaches him, he isn’t mean or violent; he sometimes pins his ears to push him away. Madigan has been calm and quiet since his arrival- no running around, no whinnying, just grazing.

Hanging out under the overhang

The mares seem intrigued by the new arrival. They can’t see him super well, but that hasn’t stopped Candy from pacing and peering over the fence. Gina seems unperturbed.

Y U DO DIS TO ME

For now, the plan is to keep Madigan with his crabby babysitter Moe and handle him in some way every day. He desperately needs a nickname; Madigan is a mouthful. Johnny calls him Moe Moe Junior Junior. Other suggestions have included Mad Benny, Steve, Doppler, Alex, Sutton, and Star. Any suggestions?

Friday Five

Friday Five

Thanks for all your kind words on my last post about Marrakesh. The love and support from the equestrian blogging community continues to amaze and hearten me. Here’s what’s been on my radar this week: ONE Emergency Preparedness: Being Preparing During Times of Disaster While […]

One Year Since Marrakesh

One Year Since Marrakesh

One year ago today, Marrakesh was born. I was so excited for his arrival- after all, I waited over a year for Gina to foal! He was cute and curious, but he struggled from the get-go. He was thin, weak, and small. Once helped to […]