On my 35th birthday in Dec 2014, I filed an adoption application for a lovely 3year old mustang. I have been quite obsessed with mustangs for a long time, but never been able to adopt one before. It was like my birthday gift to myself.
While I was taking photos at Wynema Ranch Wild Horse Sanctuary a couple weeks before my birthday, I fell head over heal in love with a Virginia Range Mustang, (The Virginia Range is located outside Reno.)
If you followed my blog for a while you might of followed our progress, and also the amazing color changes he had. When I got him he was brown, this spring he was almost silver in color, and now he is darker again. Rebel is a bay roan, and sometimes they have spectacular color changes, like the ones he had. I took these photos yesterday. He is in full summer coat now.
I gave Rebel his first bath yesterday. My plan was to introduce the water hose, and splash a little bit of water on his leg and chest. The hose can be very scary for a horse, as it looks almost like a snake.
We’ve been practicing ground-tying lately. It’s when you place the horse somewhere, and ask him to stay, standing still with all four hooves. At first you start on a quite, “safe” place, for a few seconds. When your horse can do that easily, you ask for more time, eventually you can ask him to stand still on more challenging places, with a lot of activity. It can be very useful to have a horse that master the art of ground tying. For example if you’re out riding with your friends, and decide to take a break and enjoy the beautiful view…or maybe take some pictures…lol..
I asked Rebel to stand still, and showed him the water hose. He stood still, and I directed the water towards his legs, he stood still. I looked at him, and realized that he really enjoyed it. I breathed slow, and deep, to show him that this is OK. He is very sensitive to my energy. Since he enjoyed himself I did a little more, and a little more, until the inside of his ears were the only part that wasn’t wet. He loved it!! It might of helped that it was 93 degrees yesterday 🙂
Good thing the purpose with yesterday’s bath wasn’t to make him shine for a show. It was just to get him used to being hosed of with water, as a part of his training towards becoming a safe, brave riding horse. Since he did so good with the bath, I let him enjoy a few minutes of fun in the sand, before taking him back to his pen. He thoroughly enjoyed himself 🙂
Photos available as Fine Art Prints in my gallery MariaJanssonPhotography.com. The photos are organized after genre, look under the gallery “Adopting a Mustang”.
50% of the proceeds of any photo of a mustang in my gallery goes towards non-profits that supports our wild horses.
I hope that you’re having a great weekend!!