We recently had a fantastic trail ride with Marley's friend and old paddock mate, Tyson and his mom Val. It was a hot day, but the trail was shaded and it was nice to get out on the trails with someone else for a change. Marley no longer lives with Tyson, but any time he sees him he nickers and I think he misses his company.
The biggest news we have is that we unexpectedly were adopted by another mustang. We have named him Ivan, he is a 13.2 hand solid bay pony who is also from Nevada, but he was rounded up when he was a foal and after failing to be adopted multiple times, was placed in the sale authority program. He has had multiple homes and has a foundation of training in dressage and jumping. I will talk more about his history in future posts, but after a lot of reflection and searching for answers to some issues that he has, I have decided to completely start over with him from the ground up. He has been learning the clicker and seems to really like it, and while I have ridden him quite a bit, I have decided that I am not going to be riding him for at least the next few weeks until he has had a chiropractic adjustment and a blood panel run. I just want to rule out any pain as being an underlying source of his behavior. I can't wait to share more about him, he is a really really cool pony with a lot of potential! Marley and Ivan have been getting to know each other and will hopefully be pasture mates soon. I hope Marley and I can show Ivan how to relax and trust. We shall see.