Sunday, July 31, 2011

transformation!

When I bought Jasper in late April he was not the same horse he is today. An Amish reject from the auction house, bought by a man who trades in ponies in Hebron, and then sold to me based on a gut feeling and my amazement at his good nature. The day I shook the man's hand and put down my deposit) Jasper was dirty, wet, scrawny, and shaggy. It wasn't the trader's fault. He came from a place that fed him as little as possible, and it was the muddiest time of the year. Because I was just amazed that I was buying a horse to begin with, I didn't see his poor condition clearly. I thought he was great. But as friends, blog readers, and fellow equestrians pointed out his overgrown hooves, poor coat, and desperate need of de-worming.

With help from friends, green grass, a good brush and a few visits from the farrier I have a much healthier animal. He and I are still rookies when it comes to working together in harness, but yesterday I needed to slip on a new halter and he let me slide it right over his nose. When he came here catching him to put on a halter was an Olympic event. Now, It is the end of July, and here is a video of the horse I now have.

32 Comments:

Blogger Anne said...

Loved this post. I love seeing animals living in harmony with each other. I live in the city, but I have chickens and a rabbit who lives inside and 5 Cocker Spaniels. They all live in harmony. Bird Dogs, well maybe, but those chickens will give you a peck in the nose if you bother them too much and the rabbit, well he's just a funny looking Cocker to them. :o)

July 31, 2011 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

He's a beautiful horse now, Jenna. I can hardly wait to see what he looks like with further care and improvement.

July 31, 2011 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger small farm girl said...

Good food and good care does wonders.

July 31, 2011 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger bree said...

I love seeing the farm on video. Your animals are all so well cared for and happy. Jasper looks as good as Jon's Simon. It's nice that he comes to you when you call him. That shows I think that he is confident in you. Peace on the farm. So sweet.

July 31, 2011 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Bree, did I meet you over at Jon's? Are you the photographer?

July 31, 2011 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

And thanks to all who posted here! I'll keep posting videos and images!

July 31, 2011 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Greentwinsmummy said...

He looks great x Jenna I am curious, are your sheep on hay now then? where is all the grass?!the flock here are still on grass, grass and more grass, I move them when its pulled right down, over 5 fields,circling back to the first which by then needs cropping down again. I will be starting lamb finisher pellets soon(boss's choice not mine) but pellets for the ewes and certainly hay are not given here until well in to Autumn. I have 200 bales for 10 ewes and currently 13 lambs although the lambs will be culled bit by bit over the autumn/winter, with at the most 4 over wintering to be eaten as hoggets in the spring.It freaks me out sometimes the cost of anything other than grass so thats why I am curious?

My hens spend all their time in the dairy next door, they seem to adore the cows bless them!
GTM x x x

July 31, 2011 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger goatgirl said...

He is beautiful! Good job.

July 31, 2011 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger redbird said...

Jasper is so handsome, know he’s in the best home he’s probably had! Tender loving care goes a long ways. I also like seeing your animals around the farm—thanks for the videos/pictures and sharing what’s going on at Cold Antler.

July 31, 2011 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

I can't figure out who was luckier - you to find such a good-natured pony with some solid training, or Jasper to find someone who will feed him, care for him and give him good work. Both equally lucky, I think.

July 31, 2011 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

JENNA,
CONGRATS BECAUSE THIS GIVES US A PEEK INTO THE WINDOW AS TO WHO
YOU ARE, & WHAT YOU'RE REALLY ALL
ABOUT!!!
THIS HORSE HIT THE JACKPOST
BECAUSE HIS OWNER CARES, & LOVES
HER ANIMALS' (ALL OF THEM) JUST LIKE DOGS GIVE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE TO US HUMANS!!!
REALLY ENJOYED THE VIDEO ON
YOUR CAF BLOG, & PLEASE KEEP "EM
COMING!!!
THANKS, & CHEERS' WITH A
HEALTH DRINK!!!
RONNIE A VERY HAPPY X SEAT WEAVER
DBA HTTP://www.chaiecaningdirectory.com
P. S. WILL CONTINUE TO GIVE "SHOUT
OUTS'" FOR A TERRIFIC BLOG CAF!!!

July 31, 2011 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger The Sprouting Acorn said...

boy, can surely notice a change in the workhorse!

as for what you call the poo….
buffalo have buffalo chips, why not jasper chips? when they're found in the road, they're called "road apples." not sure what they're called in the barn lot. :) jasper apples?

July 31, 2011 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

We called it 'horse apples' when I was a kid. (manure that is)

July 31, 2011 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

As well as being a great little guy, Jasper is a comedian too! Love horses with a sense of humour!
Mine used to follow stable cats around snuffing loudly under their tails.

July 31, 2011 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger beccaWA said...

He looks like a different horse! Wow, he must have gained 100 lbs. at least. He's sleek, confident (not scared), and bright-eyed. Bravo!

Nice look at the farm. You might not think so, but it's amazing what a different perspective video versus stills give you. Keep 'em coming!

July 31, 2011 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...

Great job Jenna, he looks fantastic! The best, and most telling part, is how happily he comes to you.

July 31, 2011 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

It's amazing what a little feed and care can do! He looks much better.

So do you get a lot of wasted hay by feeding on the ground? Makes me cringe just a little, since hay is so pricey! My animals would just muck it all up. I've unfortunately been having to feed hay almost all summer, since we've scarcely had any rain since May. I think we've only mowed the lawn twice all season.

July 31, 2011 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

Jasper looks great. Good job!

July 31, 2011 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Harpy 101 said...

He's a well-loved and lucky little boy. It's a wonderful thing to be a Nice Momma...

July 31, 2011 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Shire's Mom said...

Jasper sure is one handsome blue roan appy!

Once you get him working his butt & neck should muscle up nicely.

I look forward to the posts & videos or the driving training =)

And your sheep are right off my wish list too!

July 31, 2011 at 11:52 PM  
Blogger Kyler & Sylvia said...

Wow! Jasper listens almost as well as Gibson!

August 1, 2011 at 1:43 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I'm a fan of the videos, too. Please keep them coming.
Jasper looks to be thriving with your care. I'll let you in on a secret my farrier taught me years ago that helps keep their feet healthy when you have a lot of wet weather (which I assume you do) During a wet spell, pick out his feet and spray the soles and frog with hydrogen peroxide. I just buy the big economy size bottles and change the cap for a screw-on fly sprayer. I'm not sure of the chemistry at work here but this treatment keeps thrush away without having to buy the expensive Kopertox and that kind of stuff (which is meant to treat thrush, not prevent it.) I have done this periodically during especially wet weather and my horses have very healthy feet. Just thought I'd pass that along. As you know the old saying, "No hoof, no horse."

August 1, 2011 at 4:39 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Everyone who sees Jasper and knows about horses, calls him a different breed? His coggins says Welsh (so do his little ears) but the trader said he was mostly POA (striped hooves, eye dots, etc), and some folks have called him an Appy as well now?

August 1, 2011 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

And I will keep the videos coming. What do you want to see videos of?

August 1, 2011 at 6:44 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

He looks terrific!! And yes, more videos, please. Of...whatever moves you.

August 1, 2011 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

he looks great! have you started riding him yet?

August 1, 2011 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Teri said...

He looks great! What a difference some time and good care makes.

Personally, since I am not polite, I call it horse crap. :-)

August 1, 2011 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

Wow - Jasper looks so happy! And yes, videos of anything. What about a video of your morning chores (or have you done that already)?

August 1, 2011 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

A horse of a different colour! Literally!

August 1, 2011 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger grinder said...

Here in Boston we called the police horse droppings "horse apples" (like the post above). I never tried one though, the hens seem to think that they're pretty good.

August 1, 2011 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger seagoddess said...

Jasper's lil trot just made me smile at work!

August 2, 2011 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Jasper has filled out just right! I love that he comes when you call.

August 2, 2011 at 9:08 PM  

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