"Inside every wild horse is a gentle
horse. And inside every gentle or
domesticated horse is a wild horse. Never,
ever, forget this. You can't change millions
of years of nature's programming. You can't
force a horse to like you, you have to
convince him that you are his friend, his
leader, and a part of his herd, even though
you look like a predator." Pat
understand the psychology of the horse
you need to understand his perspective
on survival. Almost every reaction is
based on this need to survive. ..there
are only four things that are
important to horses: 1. safety, 2.
comfort, 3. play, and 4. food.
Once a horse
knows he is safe, he will put effort
into staying comfortable. If he feels
both safe and comfortable, then he
will play. Horses are extremely
playful, social animals. " Pat
looking over her new domain.
Our retirement location of choice! And
what a beautiful place it is. Rolling
hills, mountain views, 13 acres of healthy
grass, a 12 stall barn, 1500sqf apartment
attached, the property has so much
potential. We are blessed by God to be
here. It's a dream come true. We
hope you enjoy browsing through the photos
The girls are settling in to their new
surroundings here in Tennessee, but there
are many new sights and smells for them to
get used to. The climate is much
colder than they were used to in Florida, but
so far they have amazed me at how well they
are dealing with it. We have seen them
shiver sometimes and we had to give them a
warm bran mash and an extra blanket, but I'm
so happy that they have not gotten
sick. We recently had temps in the
teens and they came through it just fine,
with 3 blankets! A few of our cats have the
sniffles, and they don't even go
outside. The barns up here are made
with spaces between the boards to stand up
to the strong winds, but still it is always
about 2 to 6 degrees warmer in the
barn. We hope next winter we won't
have to blanket them. But we have a
lot to learn about having horses in this
area of the country. I'll be adding
pics and comments from time to time, so
please come back now and then to see new
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Our new home. Moving in day. It took 24 hours to
The girls arrive
safe and sound. Thank you Jerry of Painted
They love this Tennessee grass!
The barn aisle is full of our stuff!
The sun comes out and it's easier to see
the beauty of the area we now call home.
Making themselves at home.
What is that white stuff? Lady's
first encounter with snow!
Snow is not bad. Something new to
Bill and his girl Rose.
Snow in the front yard! Haven't
seen snow in many years!
Across the street looking back on the
pole barn and concrete building on the main
Bill with the girls across the street in
the one acre property.
Before the leaves fell and the snow
Always curious, Lady wants to know if
Bill has something she can eat too!
Something for Rose too.
So much grass to eat!
Farmer Bill enjoying the tractor that
pulls the manure spreader.
The creek along the pasture across the
street. When it rains it becomes a river of
churning, roaring water.
What is that? Looks like something
fun to play with!
Look at those mountains! This is on Blue
Jay, the road that runs parallel to
ours. The views of the mountain range
Birds flocking to fly south. When
they all take off at the same time, the
sound from their wings is like an airplane
Heaven! Patches loves to sit out front and
enjoy the sights and smells.
the leaves are gone and the sky is grey.
leaves before they fell. Lady hanging out in
the front yard.
and Rose enjoying the green grass in the
front yard. We had to introduce them
gradually to TN rich grass.
they get to enjoy the back pasture starting
with the hill beside the barn. See those
mountains in the distance?
many freezes, the grass is still green on
Rose's stall, you can see Lady's stall
across the aisle.
a pose, Rose! She chose the doggie's bed as
a backdrop! What a celeb! She is a
Native Dancer descendant!
fun in the first snowfall. Lady shakes her
head, tries to bite it. What fun!
snowy pic. A cold, grey day! But
beautiful in it's own way.
daughter visits with her kids, Jordan,
Jackie and Daniel. His granddaughter Jackie
gets a lesson from grandpa on how to handle
granddaughter Jordan gets her first lesson
in natural horsemanship with Lady.
learns the circle game with Lady.
learns the command for Lady to back up.
Wiggle that finger!
learns how to tell Lady to back up.
how you do it! She is a natural, with
a little help from Lady, the expert.
plays Friendly Game with Lady, who loves the
has no problem getting Lady's cooperation on
the Circle Game.
little explanation to Jordan on the Circle
Bill gives Jackie some help with Rose.
is really good at figuring out what you
want, even when you aren't sure about how to
tell her. What a good girl.
next day, Jackie gets a ride on Lady.
and horses go together like apple pie and
first. Lady is a little shaky on her feet on
this day. It was bullnettle berries, a
member of the nightshade family, very toxic,
causes muscle tremors.
When the vet told us, we pulled her out of
the pasture across the street until we could
get all the berries out of there.
smile is worth a thousand words!
Not so much into horses, but loves history.
He knew a lot about Andrew
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had a visit from Bill's daughter,
Kelly, and her kids, Jordan, Jackie
and Daniel. See some of the
awesome pics below. We look
forward to their visit this summer and
more fun horse games!