The faces of 2020 🐴 🌿
🌟I am starting the year with some familiar, and some new faces 🐴
2019 was a chaotic year, I desperately needed that last month off to recharge and basically do nothing.
Out of the blue, I was asked to take on two horses as a project. Of course, I couldn't say "no", so I found myself researching feed, minerals, vitamins, hoof- and dental care and realized how much I miss handling details like that. So, hopefully I'll be able to say a bit more about that in a month or two.
✨Another great surprise was assisting Stephanie and Theona, helping Eden learn how to rear for a videoshoot and watch it all come together during filming.
In the almost three years I've been in California, my work with horses was mostly about teaching them NOT to rear, kick, etc. It's very refreshing and definitely fun that I'm now able to do more trick training as well.🐎
As for teaching, it was a rough year because my approach/way of teaching - combined with the unique yet very natural life Freedom Ranch offers their animals - has been proven not to be for everyone.
Some might say I'm "too soft", or "not aggressive/fast enough" but the truth is, I am who I am. That's what matters to me. What you do or what you say, not so much. So I've found my peace with my (and the horse's) pace and with people leaving. After all, they are just making room for new people who are aligned with your destination!💕
And that brings me to another topic I hope I can tell you more about later this month. 😁
Last but - definitely not - least, I started volunteering at an Arabian horse rescue; Love This Horse, Equine Rescue operated by Vera and her amazing, dedicated team of trainers and volunteers.
Vera and I met last year during a horse show in Burbank and chatted about - duh - horses! Luckily she's only a half-an-hour car ride away so now I find myself in the Mojave Desert a couple times a week.🌵
Enough about me, on to what's this really all about; the horses! 🐴
🐴⭐ Amber is one of the horses I'm on as a "project". Here's some more information on her and how we are doing;
Amber is a 14 year old mare and used to be a barrel racing prospect, she is supposed to have a.lot.of.speed.🤞🐎 Apparently she's also had an accident, causing her to be lame for a while in her right shoulder area.
💖We are now in our first week of rehabilitation, together with her owners I will start figuring out her new diet soon so she can start putting on some weight and get the essential vitamins and minerals she desperately needs.
🌿I'm also going to treat her for ulcers and have her teeth checked as soon as the dentist is in town. She has a "carper back", which can be a symptom of many things.
⚠️ During the Energy Healing session we did a few days ago, I noticed her adrenal gland (stress response from the body, feelings of powerlessness) is dangerously overstimulated. This can easily (and almost always does) effects the horse's stomach, i.e. "ulcers".
Combined with pinning her ears every time she has to make contact with people or other horses, gives me a pretty good picture of what could be the best plan to get her back on track.
Today was our third day working together, focusing on some basic ground manners and enjoying each other's company 💕 She already made some huge improvements, like staying with me in the round pen instead of running away. When walking together, she stops when I stop, she backs up in almost perfect synchronicity with me 🤗⭐ She is a smart girl!
Sheban is an older gelding and gaining some weight and muscles.💖
Walter was found running the Los Angeles freeway a while ago. He was tacked up and covered with what looked like marks from a whip 💔
Animal Control seized him but no one ever came to claim Walter.
Under the care of Vera and her team, Walter bounced back physically 🐴 Emotionally, it's a different story.
I met Walter yesterday, so we were complete strangers. There was a lot of panicking, snorting and avoiding. We had a small conversation, walking around the round pen while changing direction the right way (turning the front legs in)! I'll post a video in the comment section below 👇🏽
He's in the enclosed round pen to give him a bit more peace and to make sure he doesn't try to escape when we come in.
He's about 10 years old and a Lusitano gelding, his face is so majestic and there's so much wisdom in his eyes 💖 A beautiful old soul 🐴
Can't wait to start helping Walter through his last steps of healing and trusting humans again 🦄🦋
📌 Love This Horse Equine Rescue
Luke is a 19 month old Arabian gelding, who arrived this month at Love This Horse Equine Rescue 🌟
He's learning to lead, pick up his feet and basic ground manners 😊 Luke will definitely find a forever home soon, he's so much fun to work with and very intelligent 💕🦄
📌 Love This Horse Equine Rescue
Akkadia is a sweet 19 year old mare, who's ready to get some more training on her and find a forever home 💕
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RCF AKKADIA - AHR*606868 - has settled in nicely also. She is very sweet. Poor girl lacks muscle tone and could use another 200 pounds on her. --- This sweet straight Egytian mare has the "who is who" of the Al Khamsa world in her pedigree, MORAFIC, AL METRABBI ++, THEEGYPTIANPRINCE, IMPERIAL IMDAL +, NAZEER, ALAA ELDIN.
So, these are the new faces of 2020! Hopefully they will all find forever homes this year, thank you for following their journey and your support! 💖
If you'd like to learn more about the horses or the rescues/ranches, visit their Facebookpages below:
Facebook: The Horsewoman / Jeddah Ranch / Freedom Ranch / Love This Horse
Instagram: zoevanm /
Website: www.zoevanmourik.com /