Two horses have been abandoned at my farm. They arrived thin, frightened and wild. It was clear that they have not received proper feeding, worming, vet care or hoof care for years.
These horses were purchased by people who had never owned or cared for horses before. They were in love with the IDEA of owning real mustangs. They were NOT prepared for the actual work and money involved in properly taking care of their horses. (When I asked why they didn't feed them hay or get their feet trimmed, they told me that in the wild, no one does that!) As a result, the mustangs are not halter broke and cannot be handled. Feet have not been trimmed in quite a while, but a trim or two should restore them to their proper length. Worse yet, the halters they had on them were so tight that it rubbed sores into their faces. I had to peel the halters off of them (ouch!). Unfortunately, I didn't think to immediately put another properly fitted halter on them.
Fortunately, they respect fences, and do not crowd or get nasty with people. Both love treats and will gently take them out of your hand, if fed over the fence. Good manners at feeding time, no guarding of hay or feed. Easy keepers once I wormed them. Not comfortable with people in their pasture.
These are BLM horses, complete with freeze brand. While waiting to see if adoption paperwork can be completed, I will continue working with them. Main goal is to get properly fitting halters on both of them. I can now pet them, feed them treats, walk among them, but they are not happy to see halters. They flat out run away if they see a halter or leadrope. I am enjoying working with them .
Kate Shirley, Shepherd
Breed: BLM Mustang Brand: 04 017235 Age: 7 years Sex: geldingHeight: 15.1? hands
Captured in 2006 from the Coyote Creek Alvord Tule HMA. At first glance, I called him a bay. Then I realized that he is actually a red dun. He's got a very solid dark line down his spine. He's also got a shadow cross over his withers. Dorsal stripe and tiger striping on his legs can be seen in some of these pictures.
Legend is at the top of the pecking order. He is not aggressive about his feed, but it is obvious that he gets first choice of hay and feed bowl. Once properly trained, he strikes me as the "Steady Eddie" type of horse. He likes to play and is quick to accept an invitation to do so, but calms down quickly, when asked to.
Will need more work with haltering as the prior owners were using a yearling sized halter on him that left quite a few sores. You can safely approach him and pet him, but putting a halter on takes time and patience. He is very determined never to wear a halter again. I am very determined to put a halter on him....
Breed: BLM Mustang Brand: 03 017221 Age: 8 yearsSex: geldingHeight: 14.3 hands
Captured in 2006 from the Coyote Creek Alvord Tule HMA. He's a dun. Has the line down his back and tiger stripes on his legs. Tiger stripes will be more obvious once he sheds his winter coat.
He's the type of horse who would excel if matched with a calm, unflappable rider whose style is very clear and doesn't change from day to day. Shilah, especially, would benefit from natural horsemanship and desensitizing training.
Casual, laid back, not in a hurry to get anywhere, but will be happy to do so if you tell him to. I strongly suspect that once trained under saddle, he'll be the type of horse that you can ride once a week or once a month and he'll be the same mellow kind of guy.
Doesn't crowd you or get aggressive at feeding time. He had a poor fitting halter on him, so will need some work to make him easy to halter. I can now approach him and pet him, but putting a halter will require time and patience.
Please scroll down the page to see both horses....very long page
Purebred, registerable Great Pyrenees
For Sale: Khaleesi.
Khaleesi is an almost two year old Great Pyrenees. She was born April 18, 2016. Sweet dog, great temperament.
I purchased Khaleesi to be a Livestock Guardian Dog for my goats. She shares guard duties with a younger pup, Sweets. Unfortunately, it became quite clear early on that Khaleesi is not a good fit for me and my farming style.
She's great with the goats, tolerant of my cats, LOVES people and gets along with all of the dogs I've introduced her to so far. She will run off stray dogs and will kill coyotes and fox that trespass on her domain.
So why am I selling her? She clearly wants to be a house dog and companion animal. She craves a lot more human interaction than I can give her right now. Because she craves human attention, she tends to wander and go visit all my neighbors, crossing several busy roads to do so. Not good for my nerves or her longevity.
She respects electric fencing, but my fence is solar powered, somewhat anemic and difficult to keep the shock strong. I have sandy soils which are notorious for being troublesome for electric fencing.
Her ideal situation would be on a busy working farm with children, someone who is home most of the time and willing to spend quite a bit of time with her.
She would also excel as a general purpose farm dog, companion animal, or even a service dog. She can be registered and you can probably show her in obedience classes. To start her on her new career as a pet/ companion animal/ show dog/ service dog, I have started obedience training. She LOVES it! We've got heel down pretty good with an automatic sit when I stop.
The good: Gentle and sweet natured. Khaleesi grew up on a farm with a stay at home family with four little girls. She guards goats and horses well. She has not shown any interest in chasing my house cats, even when they escaped outside.
When introduced to visitors, she behaves appropriately without aggression if I am home. If I am not home, it's been reported that she will bark at and warn off stray dogs.
She is focused on people and has been the easiest to train dog I've ever had. She was non-reactive to unsteady elderly people, children with disabilities and totally unphased by my mother's cane.
Khaleesi is spayed and up to date on her shots and heartworm treatment.
The bad: If not locked up when you are gone, she will escape the yard to find people to visit with. I met quite a few of my neighbors this way. Sigh. Has not been a nuisance dog other than not being on my property. A good strong hot wire fence or a dog kennel with a concrete floor/ anti dig flooring will be necessary to contain her. Or, you can keep her in the house.
She loses her mind over chickens. If you have chickens, you cannot have Khaleesi at the same time. It's the only animal I could not get her to accept. Will go out of her way to get at chickens.
My ideal situation for her would be service dog or companion animal (in the house) with people who will spend time with her. A mini horse farm with stay at home family members who like to work with her would work out great, as well.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or would like to meet her. Kate@humbugfarm.com
Phone: 910-620-8016 (text or call)
I'm placing her as much as selling her, so I will be asking a lot of questions.