Jessi (above) and I both liked her right from the beginning! River was shy, but friendly. They had gotten a halter on her, but she knew that "you can't attach the lead rope to me" game, so we elected to run her through panels to get her into the trailer. Well, time and patience were in order, but we eventually succeeded, and off to her new home at Blue Fountain Farm she went. Remember that probably the only times this mare has been in the trailer were when she was taken with other mares (who were most likely also starving) to the kill pens, and then along with other horses again when she was saved. I can't imagine she thinks the trailer is a nice place to be, so I'm impressed that we were able to get her to go in at all.
This is River in her new home - a stall and paddock at the ranch shortly after getting out of the trailer. She has a lot of "work" ahead of her - and some obstacles to over-come. She has never had her feet handled, so they are badly in need of a trim. She has an umbilical hernia and a nasty scar on her hind leg, but today she trotted out happy and apparently sound in the round pen.
I know I will not be able to post every day - running the ranch and doing my photography job as well take up a lot of time, for sure - but I do plan to keep those of you who might be interested in River's progress up to date as much as possible. I want to leave you with an image of me taking River out to the round pen early this morning for her first time. She loved it.