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In Loving Memory...
~ Gogo Fatale ~


6/2/01 - 10/11/11
~ Forever the Marest of Them All ~
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Marti's Here!

First of all, thanks to everyone to sent their condolances about the horse we lost on Thursday. Not sure that anyone really wants to hear how totally gruesome her death was... but I do sort of want to write about it to get it off my chest, so I might just do it. Thank god Future Hubs spent the night with me last night, or else I might not have been able to sleep at all. The night before I for sure couldn't sleep because of what I saw behind my eyelids whenever I closed them. The barn still reeks of dead horse and her body's been gone for two days. Ugh.

Anyway. On a WAY WAY better note, Marti has arrived safe and sound!




His owner brought him to me on Friday and managed to hold herself together and not cry too hard! She said that this must be what sending your kid off to college feels like. She has had him since he was a weanling, and he is now approaching six, so I agree! We weren't sure what he would think about his new digs, seeing as he has lived at just one barn since he was a baby, but Gogo also lived at the same farm where she was born until she was 5, and she was great when I took her off property. They could not have more different personalities though... he is every bit the timid, lower-ranking gentle giant that she is the overly confident, self-assured bossmare. She has confidence oozing out her ears and you have to make sure she knows her place in the herd - beneath YOU. He desperately looks for a leader and practically begs you to be his.

To our surprise, he walked right off the trailer and hopped right into his stall no problem! Shortly after that, we turned him out in the roundpen, and then let him meet Gogo. She of course gave him the snake eyes, but he immediately backed right down. After a careful introduction, we let them go out together. There was a bit of galloping, which I wasn't too happy about, but it was shortlived and they soon settled in to grazing. They ate their dinner near each other without fuss, and today they spent a large part of their day grazing side by side. Despite how horribly racist Gogo seems to be sometimes, I think she genuinely likes the company, and had been tolerating him REALLY well.

Learning about a new horse is always an interesting and fun process. He is very, very shy around people he doesn't know, but he responds well to me, so I think it will just be a matter of letting him get to know me better before he really trusts me. Besides his lack of confidence and shyness, he does have a few issues to work on - namely being a little hard to catch and skittery about his blanket. His owner says that not long ago he had an incident with his blanket, which involved him taking off with his blanket still half on and tearing it all up. When I went to put his blankie on last night, he bolted backwards and tried to get away. I did have a chain on him, thankfully, so I managed to stop him, but I am sure he would have gotten away from me if he hadn't had one on. He is a BIG boy. As for the catching, it's hit and miss right now. I can get him every time, but it takes a bit of trickery and bribery for the moment. I am sure that once he realizes that I am his friend that he will come to me religiously, but as for now he likes to turn and walk away. If you follow him, he runs every time. But if you pretend to leave, or go take 'his' cookies to Gogo, he comes trotting right back. He just doesn't know or trust me yet, but he will. Regular play and groundwork will make that better.

This first week, I plan on just doing groundwork and some light lunging in order to start the relationship off on the right foot. He has only been ridden once or twice a week for a long time, so he's very out of shape. Today I lunged him in my cavesson - it actually FITS but it is on the last hole of everything - and he was super. I was impressed with his behavior because I brought both him and Gogo over to my house and lunged in my pasture, and he didn't bat an eye. He stood rock solid while I groomed him, and he made me laugh when I put on my Nunn Finer boots that I won with Gogo at Groton House (which also fit!) because he couldn't figure out what the Velcro noise was. I'm not sure that he's ever worn boots before! He was really quite good with the lunging, and stayed right on his circle without pulling. He did stop dead once or twice and looked at me, but he figured out pretty quickly that I'd send him right back out on his way, so he stopped that. He also for the life of him could NOT figure out how to canter. I'm not sure that he knows how to canter on the lunge, so I will have to ask his owner. He clearly knows how to lunge in general though! I don't plan on cantering a big huge youngster like him on the lunge much anyway. He doesn't need it, and it's not good for him. He is not strong enough or balanced enough for that yet. And he is VERY out of shape... our lunge session was for 20 minutes with 6-7 minutes of trot in each direction, and he was very sweaty and puffing at the end of it. I am going to have to hound Stacey and Daun for conditioning tips for the big guys. Metro was a BIG guy but for sure Marti is BIGGER.

I've been nothing but impressed with his demeanor so far. The little issues he has shown me so far are simple and will be easy to correct. His owner made it clear that he can be a little devil sometimes, but that it's all fear based instead of attitude based. I haven't seen that side of him yet, but I am sure I will! I can't wait for it to stay light late into the evening... I want to trailer out and go on some TRAIL RIDES!

15 comments:

blogfourfiveone said...

inquiring minds (or maybe just me) want details on the future hubs! Glad to hear you so happy :)

Jenny said...

He's very cute! And it sounds like he has a super temperament. You will have fun with him for sure!

Lacey said...

Also wondering about the "hubs"...

Andrea said...

You guys make me laugh.... you don't want to know about a horse death or about my new lease but you do want to know about my personal life which I purposefully never write about! What can I say, I found the person I'm going to marry someday... simple as that!

Denali's Mom said...

Marti is ADORABLE!! You should write about her death. It will make you feel better and I am pretty sure I have never heard anything as horrible as that. I told my vet about her today, she was shocked and she's seen EVERYTHING

Mo85 said...

He seems to be a sweet boy for sure! He is so big!

Hurricanes12 said...

he is totally cute, glad to hear gogo is tolerating him :)

Andrea said...

Gogo is more or less in love. But then again, she is also in heat.

Kate said...

Still can't get over his colouring! What a cutie! He looks like he'd be really comfortable to ride. Its good to hear Gogo seems to have accepted him. Lets hope it lasts!

Stacey said...

Oh man he is CUTE! You'll have fun getting him in shape. It's going to be fun reading about his progress!!

I agree with Denali's mom. You should write about her death, I think it would make you feel atleast a little relief.

Dom said...

His owner must be thrilled to be sending him to someone as awesome as you.

Young Equestrian said...

I am seriously interested in what happened to that horse. It is proven that writing stuff down can be extremely cathartic, and if it is as horrifying as you made it sound, then maybe you could tell us how to avoid that situation with our own horses (or cats, if you don't have horses).

Albigears said...

I want to squish Marti.

And I agree with everyone else, writing it down helps. For some reason it's easier when you're not the only one experiencing it.

jenj said...

What a cutie! He sounds like a really fun guy, and I'm sure you guys are going to have a great time together.

Val said...

Marti is cute!

It annoys me when horses walk away if I try to catch them. I teach them to move their hindquarters away so that they face me. This works wonders and the horse seems to understand the cues very quickly. If the horse was really scared, he would not be interested in cookies.