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YaHooooooo, the beautiful Belle is my new horse. I am so incredibly happy. It was wonderful visiting MWHF and seeing all of the beautiful horses. Valerie and I are almost giddy over our girls, OK, forget the almost giddy, we are giddy. Lol. I can't wait to get them to my new place in the country. 
      Karen and Scott, you are heroes . Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do for these amazing animals. Your hard work  and dedication are so inspiring. Especially, thank you for finding a great fit for both of us.
      Belle reminds me of my first childhood horse, Margo, who I deeply loved. I guess life does go full circle. See you later in May to pick up these 2 beauties.
Donna R
Congratulations Sheryl and Valerie!  What a great story starting to unfold!  PLEASE give updates from time to time about your adventures together.
Congratulations Sheryl and Belle!
Sheryl, Congratulations!!    Belle is one cool horse. 
Wendy W - WI
Congratulations Sheryl!!   Belle is one cool horse.  

Love the expressions on both Sheryl and Belle's faces as they ride. We, Sheryl and I, are so thrilled about our new horses. We both found who we were looking for! Who woulda thought? Yes, still giddy. Thanks for everything you do, Karen and Scott.
Hi all, we had a very smooth trip home and the girls unloaded like perfect angels. They are settling in nicely.

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Jenni O.
Have fun! 😀. You've got two lovely mares to enjoy.
The girls seem to be enjoying their new digs!  Congrats again!
We turned the girls out with Miss Honey on Sunday. Sweet Lady is low man on the totempole. Honey and Belle are both trying out for the herd boss position. So far, it looks like Honey is winning. They are very herd sour already. Is this just because everything is so new to them or should I be concerned about that?

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Kristen M.
My mares get herd sour any time there is a change. We just moved them to a different pasture last week and they call to each other when I have them separated and gallop back to join each other when I turn them back out. Give them a little time to adjust to the move, but insist on good ground manners always. They will get better.
When Lady first went into her pasture here at MHWF, she was low man on the totem pole as well, but she slowly worked her way up.  Belle was never a boss mare out here in her bigger herd.  A herd always has to work out their hierarchy, and they will take care of that on their own and settle in to where they all fit in that situation.  

I echo what Kristen said.  When horses transition to a new place and to new herd mates, there is quite an adjustment period.  Yes, when they are transitioning they can get very worried about their herd mates and leaving them and worry where they will fit in.  They are particularly sensitive to this when they are first adjusting to a new herd, because when you take them out they worry about the jockeying that is going on for position within the herd and feeling they might miss out on something while they are out of the herd.  It is also very wise to lay down the ground rules right away and don't accept bad ground manners or excuse them.  It is also a good idea to take turns taking each one out right away off the bat and get them used to coming out one at a time by themselves.  They will then adjust to that in a much better way than if you just leave them for a long period without showing them that it's perfectly fine to leave the herd mates for a bit.  Start out with just taking one of them out of the pasture just very close and for a short time.  

Sheryl, if you need any help at all and tips in person, Anna said she is willing to help you out through this transition and helping you to help Belle (and the others) through this transition.  Please just let us know.
Karen,thank you so much. And many thanks to Anna too.I was so glad that she was there on Sunday. She gave some really great tips and is so knowlegeable about horses. I have taken all of them out at seperate times and put them in adjoining areas, so that is good.I will continue to do that daily. I think I will take Anna up on her kind offer to help.
Sheryl, most importantly of all, please try to relax and enjoy.  😉  In getting to know you a little better when you were here last weekend, I can see you are a worrier.  I hope you can try to worry a little bit less, let the horses work things out between them, and know that they and you will be absolutely fine with everything...everything will fall into place.  You are going to have a blast riding Belle too, she is such a fun horse to ride!  

Hopefully Anna can also give you some in-person tips on the problem you were having with Honey biting... it can be so much easier for people to be shown things in person.  

Belle is such a wonderful mare!  congratulations on adopting her.  I was with Chloe when she got test ridden in April... we both fell in love, but then again, we are partial to Morgans.  Glad you got help from Anna with saddle fitting. We did a lot of riding with just bareback pads and as she is so smooth, maybe once you get your confidence up, you can try that with her too. Believe me, if I can do it at 64, anyone can.

And the whole pasture thing!  Yikes.  I am sure we worry far more than our horses.  Some how they work it out.  My big guy was moved from his beloved mare in August and is still having issues with " the boys" in the big field. 

Good luck and keep us informed.  We love to listen.

Such great advice from everyone!  This is a family, and support is here!  Anna is such a wise and talented horsewoman, and Karen and Scott have such a wealth of knowledge, you are well supported as you take the time to settle in with Belle.  If you start to feel overwhelmed, reach out.  Come back to this thread and read the comments again, post what is going on and you will certainly see responses and positive feedback, or make a call.  It will take time, but what a wonderful reward for the time spent!
Belle is back, more beautiful than ever and looking for that truly great home!   Is that you? Give us a call so you can meet this truly amazing house.  Belle is a horse that just about anyone who has ridden before can ride, is an absolute blast to ride, and is as sweet as they come.  Belle just came back to us from being with Anna (the trainer who has Trigger and Faith right now as well) for 30 days.  Belle's adopter, Sheryl, found it just wasn't working for her when she wound up keeping her other horse Honey and having the three girls instead of the two that it was originally going to be.  Sheryl was kind enough to take it upon herself to send Belle to Anna for the 30 days since it was in the midst of MHWF taking on the Lucky 13 herd, and we thank her for that!  Anna said that Belle is an absolute dream and she had a lot of fun with her, and that time include working on trailer loading, some ground work and just having fun riding her around.  Belle needs some time to settle in to new surroundings, and she did have some issues with being pushy on the ground, but she is so improved and doing fantastic!  

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Anna WI
Oh, miss Belle. What can I say other than I'm sure going to miss having her around. Very sweet soul who will stand all day to be loved on. She had some very minor ground manner issues that she improved on and did what I asked when being rode even with the other horses calling to her.

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Yay! So happy to see all of the adoptions from last night, especially yours, Belle. Congratulations to you and your person.
I am going to keep everyone waiting in suspense for a little while on Belle's adoption, but will give away the fact that Ozzy and Belle got adopted to the same home and will be leaving soon.  More soon!
Time for the big reveal!  Well, it's past time for the big reveal but holy cow, we got awfully busy over the last couple of weeks with the MHWF fun show and trainers challenge sneak preview event with other things that came up as well.  

I am going to post the same thing on both Belle and Ozzy's threads since they were lucky enough to go to the same home.  Belle and Ozzy both got adopted to Alisa and her family!  Alisa is an MHWF volunteer who has spent quite a bit of time here at the MHWF farm.  Her family has wanted to get horses for some time now and they also needed two since they didn't have any.  Alisa fell in love with Belle when she came in but was not ready to adopt at that time.  Alisa watched as Belle went on to get adopted, and Alisa watched as that adoption did not work out for Belle and Belle returned to MHWF.  Fate?  I think so.  They were now ready and just waiting for the right horse to come along to make #2, and in walked Ozzy.  Alisa and her family came to spend time again with both Belle and Ozzy and decided to make it official.  They just had a few things to finish up at their place to be ready for the two of them, and when that happened we delivered these two wonderful horses to their place last week on 8/16/2018.  We had a big downpour of rain right before we left to deliver Ozzy and Belle, so they look wet in the pics.  

Belle and Ozzy are both amazing horses and Alisa and her family are amazing people too, and this is just such a great match all the way around.  We already hear how in love the whole family is with these two horses and how well they are both doing.  

Thank you so much for choosing adoption, Alisa, and thank you for believing in Belle and Ozzy both.  We are so happy that they are doing so well and they found such an incredible home together!  

Here are a few pictures from official adoption day of Belle and Ozzy arriving to their new home.  As you can see, it was a super easy transition for both horses...that was as exciting at the introduction to the new pasture went, both heads down and grazing.  😉  

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Congratulations to everyone!  What a super adoption!
Scott: MHWF
Just wanted to let you know these two have adjusted really well.  They are enjoying getting loved on and always come to greet us when we go out. We can't even put into words how much these two have melted our hearts. They really are a perfect pair for our family. Thank you again for all you do!

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Updates on Ozzy and Belle that are well overdue.
It has been fun to watch the personalities come out as they have become comfortable in their surroundings.

Ozzy is so animated, he cracks us up everyday.  Starts out with his "I am a pointer" pose while eating grain, then he is off to work.  He has to make sure the kids get on the bus safely everyday.  He walks along the fence line as the kids walk down the driveway to get on the bus.  Super cute. Then play time!  He loves ripping it up in the morning, but Belle thinks it is very childish and wants nothing to do with it 😉  Can't forget his face when he gets his daily rubs.  He will even tell you if you missed a spot!   Such a fun guy!  He always has to investigate what people are doing.  Guarantee if someone is outside, he has to check it out and make sure they are not having fun without him 😉  I did manage to try and get a picture of him while my daughter was riding, once he realized I had my phone out he had to come investigate. He really has fit in well with our family and couldn't be happier. 

Belle is as sweet as they come! I love the older horse!  She is very much about routine. She will be at the gate waiting for breakfast every morning and knows that I come out for a quick petting session once baby goes down for first nap.  She stands so still and is so soft and gentle when she wants to be loved on!  She wants nothing to do with Ozzy's juvenile antics and prefers to just be left alone to graze.  Although she does love to explore our wooded pasture.  We have been working to clear paths in the woods and open it up more, but that hasn't stopped her.  She just blazes her new path and oh the little creek, she walks right through it.  Nothing seems to phase her.   Can't wait to get her on the trails!  When Belle first got to our place she shortly went into heat and oh boy was she a  little bit of a handful.  We were able to quickly establish ground manners and respect and now she is a gem.  Barely noticed she was in heat last week!  She does have a little bit of a sass side to her sometimes when the kids try to catch her.  both horses will usually come right up to us, super easy right!  Then on occasion she sees an opportunity to quickly sneak away and looks back, like " yes I know I am being naughty!" Never goes far, just a test to see what the kids will let her get away with!  She loves the attention and is an angel when being ridden.
Thank you again Scott and Karen for making this all possible!!

Alisa S.

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Love how well Belle is settling in!  What a beautiful girl she is and with a personality all her own.
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