After puzzling over it for months, I think I have finally figured out what Olaf’s breed is. I knew he was definitely at least half Belgian, but he’s only about 16.1, which is little for a full draft horse. I didn’t think he looked like a cross with a thoroughbred or quarter horse because he… Continue reading Update on Olaf the Draft Horse
My friend Teri is in the process of setting up a 501c3 non-profit called Breezy Meadow Horse Rescue. Teri’s been rescuing horses for years on her own dime. I’ve lost count of the number of horses she’s picked up, rehabbed, and either kept or found homes for. She is one of the most generous people… Continue reading This is horse rescue.
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
Overall, Olaf is doing very well. He is gaining weight steadily, although not as quickly as I’d like, and he has the most delightful personality of any horse I’ve ever owned. He is a sweet horse with a heart of gold. He seems to be filling out from the bottom up. His belly is nice… Continue reading Update #2 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
I’ve had Olaf for two months now. In that two months he’s seen the dentist, vet and farrier, and I’ve stuffed him full of food. I would estimate he’s gained 100 lbs, and he’s got another 200 to go. He was a nightmare for the farrier, but I’ve worked with Olaf just about every single… Continue reading Update on Olaf the Gentle Giant
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
I got tagged in a Facebook post a few weeks ago about 3 horses needing a home. (I have since deleted my Facebook) I get tagged in posts like that a lot, because I’ve fostered a few horses for a local rescue and found them good homes. It’s a process I really enjoy, and I’ve… Continue reading Introducing Olaf, My First Draft Horse