Thursday, November 13, 2008

243/365 Welcome to the family

We have a new member of the family!

Meet the horse currently known as Destiny (we're considering changing her name). She's a black Paint with white on her face and two back feet. She's tall -- 16 hands -- and muscular.

Also, her left eye is brown and her right eye is light blue. You can kind of see it in this photo. (I will definitely be getting more photos of that feature.)

We got her after Shep rebelled on a trail with Chase in September. He and Mom took Shep and Oprah, and throughout the trip, Shep's resistance kept escalating. She even reared up while going down a hill, and that can be incredibly dangerous.

For that reason, we've retired Shep from trail rides. Rather than part with her, though (too hard to do), she'll remain a ride-around-the-field horse, and we started looking for a third. This one came through a reference from Tina just last week. She has a fantastic, easy-going, gentle temperament and has been ridden on trails before (even without this training), so she should be perfect.

So now Shep and Oprah get to welcome her into the family. I'm interested to see if Shep maintains her dominant status or if Destiny will challenge her for it.

Camera: Canon 40D, 1/60s, f/4.5 at ISO 1600 indoors with halogen lighting.

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