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Update on Olaf the Gentle Giant, July 2019

Olaf came to live with me in February of 2019. He was skinny and not looking his best back then. It is now July and he’s put on about 150 lbs, his coat has shed out to a beautiful champagne color, and he continues to be the sweetest horse in all the land. I didn’t… Continue reading Update on Olaf the Gentle Giant, July 2019

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First Ride on Olaf the Gentle Giant

Olaf has finally gained enough weight where I feel comfortable starting to ride him. I’ve led the kids around on him for a few minutes at a time, and I led my daughter on the trail for about 20 minutes. I don’t feel comfortable going any longer than that, simply because he’s still thin and… Continue reading First Ride on Olaf the Gentle Giant

Horses · Olaf the Gentle Giant

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Horse

When you’re in the horse game long enough, people start offering you free horses. Someone can’t afford to feed their horses anymore, they’re dealing with an illness and have no time for them, or their kid lost interest and they’re tired of paying big money for an animal they don’t need. Whatever the situation, there… Continue reading There’s No Such Thing as a Free Horse

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Why You Should Train Your Horse so the Farrier Doesn’t Have To

I am a big believer in manners, for both people and horses. I recently acquired Olaf, a Belgian draft horse that is in need of some TLC. He had his first farrier visit a week and a half after I brought him home. To my horror, he was AWFUL. I can’t be blamed entirely because… Continue reading Why You Should Train Your Horse so the Farrier Doesn’t Have To