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Nice movement on Belle...and Chloe!!  Posting with no stirrups....good job!
Another adoption?!? Wow.
Yes, another adoption on Sunday!  

We are overwhelming happy for another super great adoption that happened Sunday!  Belle found her person!  Sheryl is someone who has been a supporter of MHWF for a very long time, but this is her first adoption horse!  Some of you who go on our Ukarydee horse camp trips may have met Sheryl the year that I did a little photo shoot for her while we were there, I think that was about 5 years ago.  It's been that long since I've seen Sheryl too, and it was so good to see her on Sunday!  It was such a surprise, because Scott set up the adoption appointments and I hadn't even realized she was coming.  Sheryl's sister, Valerie was the one really looking for a horse, but a few circumstances changed and Sheryl found herself looking for a horse as well, and who could think of a better way to add a horse to a family than adopting one, right?!  Adopting two saves four horses! 

What a super fun day watching these two beautiful ladies meeting and getting to know the horses.  Sheryl will be keeping both of the horses at her new place, and the horses will be moving there later in May.  Valerie adopted Lady and Sheryl adopted Belle!  I am incredibly happy that these two horses got so lucky to find such a perfect home, and I am thrilled that Sheryl and Valerie are going to have such a great time together and with these girls.  

We are going to do an official adoption day photo with Sheryl and Belle when they come back later in May to pick the girls up, and I want to do a photo of both of them with their girls too.  I did snap a couple of pictures while Sheryl was riding Belle and will share those for now.  

Thank you so much to Sheryl and Valerie for choosing adoption and giving these wonderful horses such a great home!  See you both soon!  

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Jenni O.
Congratulations! Maybe we will see you both at Ukarydee in the future.
Love this adoption story! Congratulations!!
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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Meghan R.
Just trying to get my application updated for the location we would temporarily board.  Then really really really want to know more about this beautiful girl!
Yay! So happy to see all of the adoptions from last night, especially yours, Belle. Congratulations to you and your person.
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