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Archive for May 10th, 2012

We’ve got a lot going on in CassidyLand. Becca will be leaving for “school” this weekend! Egaads! Gary (Quest Horsemanship on Facebook) has been looking forward to starting her under saddle and the time is finally here. Notice I didn’t say break her? That terminology is not used in Natural Horsemanship, which is the philosophy I’ve used since she was born. The last thing I ever want to do is break either of my girls’ spirits. She’s going to be a quick study and we’re excited to embark on this part of our journey.

Gary & his Arabian, Bandero.

With Becca going to Gary’s that meant Cass would be completely alone at our little red barn. I conferred with several of my horse folks and got varying answers as to if she should be alone or not. Horses are herd animals and feel safe as long as they have their herd. Becca, Cass and me are a herd. With Becca gone that leaves Cass and me… but I’m going on a super-secret trip the same week Becca leaves! Oh, no. I felt this would be too much to ask of Cass. We brought her friend, Tanner, over to keep her company.

Cass took her time finishing breakfast before venturing out to see what Becca was fussing about!

Cass and Tanner have similar personalities and have always gotten along well. Both feel eating is waaaaaaaay more important than acting a fool. Tanner’s mom, Therese, agreed they’d both be fine.

Cass says, “Hi Handsome!”

Becca wasn’t quite as happy to see Tanner.

Becca says, “Are you kidding me?!” as she snorts.

Tanner came over nicely to say hi to Becca and ended up having to put her in her place. She was acting like a brat. I’m thankful Tanner is such a nice boy and only gave her enough of a kick to get the message across. She listened to him after that.

Poor Becca, has to behave.

Perfect hoof print on her butt.

The swelling only lasted a day. Let’s hope the lesson lasts longer. Becca’s not ever liked having to share her momma.

She’s looking in disbelief still.

Bringing a horse into a herd of horses can be a dangerous thing and take days to accomplish peace. This took all of five minutes.

Becca’s getting a message she doesn’t like.

Smart girl doing what momma says.

The rules got set quickly.

They have a large, run-in shed which is where hay is shared. Will the peace remain?

Yep, no problems here.

Becca may think this is a problem. Poor kid. She needs the number for Dr. Phil!

I think Cass is going to be just fine. Becca’s world has just begun to rock!

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