Here is my lost blogpost from the end of April. So much has happened since then, I went in and added all of the lost pictures and hope you can see it all this time!
The way he holds himself is a really exciting glimpse into his ancestral greatness ...... and into his future. He's like a dream of the future and a memory of the ancients all at once!
Pegasa is our friend, she is a 17+ hand grey Holsteiner Mare who took our trip with Sterling and My Valentine in the trailer, while Carrie and I rode in the truck to Tennessee to spend some time with our friends Aimee and Tammy.
The trip had so many magic moments. Our first overnight stop happened in Bristol, TN at a lovely place with two adjacent rectangle paddocks with shelters. Since Sterling and Peg had not been together yet, he stayed with Valentine and Peg had her own paddock. When we arrived, the weather was beautiful, the moon was big and bright and the sky filled with stars, but soon enough, just after we settled into our camper for the night, the clouds rolled in, the wind began and lightning crashed all around us. I could only see the horses when the lightning lit up the place, then the rain and hail came. In the brightness of the lightning, I could see Peg galloping the fence line. Valentine was no where in sight, likely already in the shelter. Then I could see Sterling ~ Mirroring Peg! He was her shadow on the other side of the fence, matching her every motion. It was fascinating! Made equally ethereal by the flashes of lightning. It was a movie etched in my minds eye that I won't forget. And I think it was a bonding experience for them. I wonder if he was supporting her because as a stallion that is what he should do? I only know it was pure instinct for him. It has to be, he is only eleven months old and I have not witnessed this before. Magic~
|Pegasa, Sterling, Valentine|
I set out to give him his 1st bath! Ha Ha, there is no way that was this boy's first bath. He was a champion, he loved the massaging water sprayer, loved the soaping process and stood tied to the hitching rail until he was dry. I suspect he was bathed during his first summer. A fine tribute to his loving start in his life with people!
|Peg, Valentine and Sterling heading over to visit with Aimee's horses! Such a lovely thing for a little colt to be able to do.|
All winter, we have done most things at home at liberty. My place is just set up that way, and it works. I did tie him to the hitching rail, but didn't use ropes for much else. So when I was taking Valentine and Sterling to the newly fenced meadow in TN, for grazing, I realized Sterling didn't understand traveling together with ropes! They always seemed to be in his way. By the time we got to the meadow gate, we mostly got that worked out, but I kept noticing how bold he was being with Valentine! This was unusual behavior for Valentine, My Herd Leader, to "put up" with this. Sterling kept biting her. She kept looking at me and I was wondering why she wasn't managing him. Then, like a blinding flash of the obvious, it hit me, I am the herd leader! I'm always telling them, that when I am there, I will manage such things, be nice to your sister and such. So gratefully, Valentine allowed me to step up with loving patience to let Sterling know, that was unacceptable behavior. Like all things, he got it. Quickly.
My experience with Patches as a baby nearly 20 years ago was nothing like this, I longed to have what my gelding had. Horse sense, presence, boundaries, leadership, control! Patches was always on top of me, literally, she would run me over in a heart beat. I credit Pat Parelli for teaching me "hide your hiney". That single technique, saved my life and kept me in the game! I knew I loved horses, but the only time I would wear my helmet was when I was walking Patches from one place to another! I am soooo grateful to her for those lessons. If you never had a horse that wanted to be on top of you, you may not have learned those lessons like me! When your life is in jeopardy, things take on a bigger priority.
|I asked Sterling to lay down, and he did.|
More later...................... :)