Meet Pearl, New Horse

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I have haunted the Kill Pen facebook sites forever, looking for a Tennessee Walker that slapped me sideways. I found her. I showed her to my husband and he already named her. I called the location and paid for her. We are going in the morning to pick her up.

She is VERY skinny and will need lots of TLC. She is 12 years old and 14.3 hands.

Pearl's color markings are called Sabino.

https://www.twhbea.com/color/sabino/?v=7516fd43adaa

http://www.horse-genetics.com/sabino-horses.html

Horse colors and markings can get real detailed, DNA testing and so forth. I am quite happy without DNA testing to tell me something that is already pretty plain. She may/may not be registered, there are no papers. Don't really care about that either. She will be for our enjoyment, not for breeding. I see no point in adding to the over population of horses, it is much easier to go get one than it is to breed, raise, train one.



 

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Loaded up.



Pearl is in quarantine on the Pig Palace, now named the Horse Hotel. She has hay, water, shelter and a little moving around room. She hasn’t stopped eating hay yet.



Pearl is going to get free feed hay and all the fresh water she wants. We got her a mineral salt block. This evening I will start giving her pellets, a cup or two, and increase it daily.

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Today was my first ride! Pearl is awesome. She is spirited and wants to go. And yes, she will”hit a lick”. She glides in that famous Tennessee Walker gait. She has a good stop, VERY responsive to neck reining. I only rode her up and down the driveway, we’ll go down the pipeline on our next ride, then out the front gate. We are so proud of her. I am thrilled with her.

Our oldest granddaughter and a friend are spending the weekend, so they rode while I led Pearl.

My husband took some great pictures. Do I look happy or what?



Isn’t Pearl beautiful?



She has gained a LOT of weight, still has some to go.



I love this picture. Mt husband captured the wind in my face, hair blowing, Pearl's mane lifted, and a big grin on my face.

 

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New Pearl pictures! She has gained so much weight, probably close to 300 pounds. Her backbone stuck up so far, her ribs showed and now she has muscle along her backbone. She still has a ways to go, but we are making progress.

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@Wehner Homestead I saved my nickels and dimes when I was a kid and amassed the small fortune of $200. At age 12 I announced that I was going to buy a horse, watched the Houston Chronicle ads and called about an Appaloosa filly. I got directions, the whole bit, and my Daddy took me to see her. My Mom about had a cow. I bought her, my Daddy found a place to board her and I spent every moment I could with her. Taking care of and riding my horse was the best part of my teenage years.

He!! YES. Buy your daughter a horse. You are 100% right, they are only young ONE time, then they are grown and gone. Have all the fun and make all the memories you can. And while you're at it, get a horse for yourself too, riding together will be the best memories of her childhood.
 

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Bay we need more pics!
I'm going to take pics on Tuesday, she will be here for 2 weeks. Already her back bone doesn't stick up quite as much, her flanks aren't so drawn in and she is looking better.

This evening when I fed Pearl, she really tried to get to her feed. I put up "talk to the hand" and she whammed her head on the ceiling again. She danced around, wanting to EAT and I put up my hand. When she finally stood for a brief moment, I gently pushed her chest, telling her Back, Back. She backed a few steps and for a mere moment, she stood still. I stepped aside and let her have her feed. I scratched her neck and shoulder.

I am teaching her to wait while I feed her. By making her back up, I am teaching her that I am in control. Even though it is for brief moments now, as she learns, the time will lengthen until she is calm and knows that she will get fed.
 

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Today marks two weeks that we have had Pearl. She has gained some weight and must feel better. The dogs ran all around her, Carson the puppy ran under her belly. She finally got annoyed when Trip went up behind her to sniff her back legs. Pearl laid her ears back , began a squeal and was raising her back leg. I snatched at the halter, AAHHNNNTTTT!!!!!! And she stopped as quick as she started.







 

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After I fed Joe and Pearl this morning, I let them out. Then I opened the gate to the horse pasture and let Sparkles and Prince out.

Sparkles. Almost 33, fat and sassy.

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Joe, love of my life, he’ll be 30 next month.

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Prince is so full of himself. Mr Horsie Hottie went over to say Hello Gorgeous to Pearl. He is such a flirt.

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Then he showed off all his horsie attributes.

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Look at what I can do!

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