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Preparing the Pasture

Preparing the Pasture

With five ever-hungry horses, preparing and planting the pasture for summer grazing is an imperative task! All winter, we added organic matter to both the front and back pastures and were fortunate enough to (finally!) procure a tiller to help better prepare the soil. In February it was time to test the sprinkler system — and repair many of the sprinklers knocked over by the horses last season!

Now, in early March, it’s time to plant the seed. We chose an Equestrian Mix from a local nursery and seeded into the newly-tilled and turned earth. It smells so good and, well, earthy! While Mark drove the tractor, I sat perched on the bucket, hand sowing the seed and waving royally like a Queen!

Newly-tilled soil, ready for planting grass seed from our local Trees That Please nursery.
Four types of seed in this one “Equestrian Mix.” With a little help from some spore-enhancing growth powder from our local Soil Secrets, we’re hoping the pasture will look green and lush in no time!
Waving from the bucket of the tractor to one skilled operator and tractor driver — and a pretty darn good husband, too!
Water! The gift of life … and hopefully lots of summertime grass for hungry horses!

Odie’s First Three Months

Odie’s First Three Months

We are starting to see real progress with Odie! It’s exciting to see him coming back to condition. His back is rounding up nicely, he is getting more muscle tone, and his ribs are starting to look far less obvious.

Here are some photos comparing him in November/December (just prior to him arriving and on his arrival) and photos taken yesterday, February 17, 2019.

Odysseus

Odysseus

Odysseus (“Odie”), our beautiful, sweet, and gentle Andalusian/Percheron cross, continues to make progress back to health since we rescued him from a kill pen in November 2018. He is starting to gain some muscle strength in his hindquarters and along his back, and his ribs are slowly protruding less and less.

Vet check shows he’s a healthy boy! — apart from being a little low on iron and potassium. He loves his iron and molasses tonic, and is, of course, on feed supplements as well as a nicely balanced mix of grains and a combination of very green, leafy alfalfa and quality grass hay.

Odie’s character is amazingly gentle and kind (look at that face below!). He and “The Baby” (aka Vivaldi) are getting along famously and have become fast friends. Desmond, being his usual cheeky self, is very playful around Odie and we think it won’t be long before Odie is out running around with the young ones with as much exuberance as they have for life and living!

We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to give this beautiful boy another chance at life, and will update his progress as he continues his return to full health and vitality.

Odie, shortly after his arrival at Wilderwood: December 21, 2018

The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins

And so our journey begins!

It has started with the rescue of a beautiful Andalusian/Percheron cross, 17 hands high, and gentle as a soft cotton ball floating in the wind. We have called him Odysseus.

It’s also started with our mission, which is:

To provide equine and other animal assisted activities for people with autism and other disabilities, while also rescuing and educating about abandoned or unwanted horses.