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It is home to 189 horses, most of whom are victims of the premarin industry, where mares are continually impregnated, shoved into small stalls 6-mos out of the year, and physically restrained to the point their muscles atrophy and many can become crippled. Their foals are raised and sold, often for slaughter. When they no longer produce foals, mares are sold for slaughter as well.
My heart adores draft horses. Big, beautiful, bold creatures. They are used heavily in the premarin industry because they produce more urine and are more docile. The particular herd I met was bred with paint horses which the farm (now out of business, yay) believed would increase the sales of the multi-colored foals.
Mina was my tag-team buddy for this trip while Celeste (hater of long car rides) stayed with my parents.
PICTURES ARE MANY.
To get anywhere requires a desire to walk a lot or a 4-wd vehicle (my preference). It is 1,100 acres of soft, rolling hills and expansive pastures for the different subgroups. I met the largest herd and had the distinct pleasure of watching them be let into their new pasture.
Hurry up, falling asleep here!
|How bored am I? Very.|
|See me run! Let me in to my pasture, now please!|
|Do not stand in front of gate when it is opened. You will be smushed.|
When the mares gave birth, the foals had to be hand-raised and weaned away from their moms. But when they were re-introduced, all the babies - who had been away from their moms for nearly 2 years - found their moms immediately. Most are inseparable.
Some, though, picked wrong. The largest in the herd, a gorgeous dappled grey gelding, was a little confused and pick the incorrect mom...she doesn't seem to mind. I love the photo, sorry the white got blown out on the female.
|Are you my mother?|
|Running in a row|
|Tailgater! Geez, mom!|
|More horse butts!|
Afterwards, it was mainly eating time. I hugged Lightning and she seemed pleased by this. Of course, I did not get a photo of her, fail.
I did not realize eating could be done in many different ways. But it can.
|Eating and looking off in the distance|
|Eating and staring at strange camera person|
|Eating while walking towards strange camera person|
|Eating and staring off to the left|
|Repositioning and eating straight forward|
|Eating in a pretty setting|
|Eating and being concerned about stuff|
|Eating with friends|
|Eating and walking|
|Thinking about which grass to eat|
|Eating while looking sleepy and sniffing camera person|
|Eating while looking gorgeous|
|All your faces belong to me, as in I will kick them in!|
|WHAT DO YOU HAVE FOR ME LADY?|
I cannot express how grateful I am that Ranch Manager Jennifer K spent several hours with me, giving me a tour and letting me roam amongst her favorite herd while answering all of my questions. I love my job, truly and completely, but I miss horses greatly and this was a great way for me to get my "horse fix" with some lovely equines.