My New Horse
One of the reasons I got MerryLegs is because I missed my Cruiser. I thought a new horse would help me miss Cruise a little less. Well, that didn’t go as planned, but Ellen recognized the situation and gave me Ranger. Well, I should say that she is sharing Ranger, but as far as I’m concerned—when she isn’t there, he is mine. If I can’t have Cruiser, I can have his best friend. (This doesn’t mean I am sharing the cost of his upkeep—I can’t lose with this situation.)
Ellen thinks that the more he gets out and moves, the better it will be for him. In his mid-twenties, he is arthritic and has breathing problems. Still, in his head, he is a young horse with too much energy, but his body just doesn’t want to cooperate. We think that more exercise sessions of short duration is just what he needs.
I plan to take him on walks around the property in the evenings. He is a great horse to walk, and goes so fast that I will get a terrific aerobic workout—just like when I used to lead Cruiser during his last few years.
He will occasionally spook—more so now that he is older. It is probably due to the cataract in one of his eyes. It takes him a bit to settle down, and sometimes he doesn’t settle down at all. You must remain calm and get him to a safe spot to relax.
Once the weather turns, we will be stuck in the indoor arena. I will still walk him, but that gets a little boring in there. Ellen did tell me I can teach him some tricks. Ranger loves clicker training, so I think he will be a quick study when it comes to tricks. I just have to make sure that none of the tricks are too obnoxious.
So my new horse is our old horse, and I am fine with that. Ranger and I get along great, and I am glad I get to spend extra time with him.
I always wanted a horse like Ranger—now I’ve got one.