Today Mooshum and Kookum brought home their newest member of the farm! With help from Tim, Brandy (16 year old Percheron cross) came home to Black Sheep Farm this morning and is settling in nicely. She loaded into the trailer like a champ and stood nicely all the way home.
She came from a place that does trail-riding, but has been pulled, driven, logged and ridden. A great all-around package!
After a brief stint in the grass with Tim, we brought her around front and gave her a quick trim. Despite having quite a few superficial grass cracks (which are starting to grow out), her look feet pretty good. She's been unshod since she was pulled as a youngster, and this makes for some decent feet - nice big frogs, healthy heels and tough soles. We'll have to keep an eye on the cracks (none in the quarters), but with some supplementation and good exercise to take some weight off, she'll have great feet in no time.
Kookum gave her a good brushing and worked on her mane and tail for a bit while I gave her a trim.
After a bit of a walk down the road, we turned her out into her new pasture where she wandered a short distance and started to graze. I asked Mooshum to come with me, just to see what would happen, and we walked to the other side of the field. When she realized we had wandered off, she gave a whinny and walked briskly over to be with us. It was so great to have her already looking to us for companionship and direction.
(I can smell horse on me as I write this... I've missed that smell!)