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Jenni O.
 #26 
He is handsome! What a difference. He looks great.
Roxanne
 #27 
He is a handsome boy lol
Heike B
 #28 
Thanks Karen!  He is looking great!
Donna R
 #29 
"Handsome" suits him well.  He is looking great!
Char S
 #30 
He's got the nice big sloping shoulder that is what to look for in the MFT. Great build all around. 

Lori
 #31 
Is Onyx still available for adoption?  I am looking for a gaited horse for trail riding and Onyx has certainly grabbed my attention.  He has really blossomed.  His behavior has also peaked my interest in that he needs the right owner/partner to help him overcome his fears and become truly a great horse.  I am a student of Parelli Natural Horsemanship since 1997 and believe that God meant for me to find Onyx.  The timing is right.

What types of behavioral issues is he displaying during his periods of unconfidence?  I know I can help.  

Karen-MHWF
 #32 
All of the horses that are listed on the adoption horses page as available are available.  When a horse gets adopted we will mark them as adopted.  

I am going to bring Onyx out today and get some updated pictures and maybe even a little video.  
Jenni O.
 #33 
Hmm, not a Parelli fan. I've read that a lot of truly Parelli-trained horses are basketcases. I prefer Buck Brannaman's down to earth approach, Warwick Schiller, Smokie Brannaman. Trainers along those lines. I feel that Onyx-any horse, really- would do better with that sort of training. It's a common sense approach as far as the horses are concerned.

MHWF
 #34 

Update: 7-23-2016

Onyx has settled in very nicely and has put on quite a bit of weight. He is now settled down, very sweet and looks great. He is going to make someone a stunning ride!. Onyx will need someone with the time and experience to start over with him. He has had some bad training experiences and was handled a little rough at times. He does not have any behavioral issues, just needs someone he can trust, that will give him the time and training he needs. He is a very sweet, easy going guy with a lot to offer. 

Karen-MHWF
 #35 
I am copy/pasting the quick update Scott wrote while we were out working with horses, and add pictures a little bit more below.  

Update: 7-23-2016

Onyx has settled in very nicely and has put on quite a bit of weight. He is now settled down, very sweet and looks great. He is going to make someone a stunning ride!. Onyx will need someone with the time and experience to start over with him. He has had some bad training experiences and was handled a little rough at times. He does not have any behavioral issues, just needs someone he can trust, that will give him the time and training he needs. He is a very sweet, easy going guy with a lot to offer. 

What we saw with Onyx in asking a few things of him today in the round pen was a bit of confusion.  He was unsure of what was being asked in some simple terms, but picked things up very well as he figured out what was being asked of him.  I will put this in simple terms, and while I don't want to hurt any feelings anywhere, Onyx does not have a good foundation of training on him even with simple things and just needs guidance.  He is a really good boy, very much a sweetheart and just needs proper training, very simply.  He was not ready to be saddled up and ridden yet today, but that will come very soon for him.  

Here are some updated pictures of Onyx from today, 7/23/2016.  




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Lori
 #36 

I want to assure you that I have trained three of my own horses through the Parelli Natural Horsemanship (PNH) program and all had become wonderful and solid partners.  One in particular was a Morgan gelding that I bought in 1998.  Emeralds Jons Finale came to me without my knowledge of his history of severe abuse and he started exhibiting dangerous behaviors.  Through the PNH program and with support from the PNH staff, I was able to help him shed his emotional baggage and become the horse he was meant to be.  He became so solid that I was able to use him as a lesson horse for children who wanted to learn to ride and give their parents the peace of mind that they were training on a reliable horse.

I also help others achieve success with their horses through the PNH program.  And I will continue to train my future horses using this program.  My three successful horse stories are all the proof I need to know that Onyx would do well under the PNH program to help him resolve his bad experiences and to regain his trust.

Jurita
 #37 
Tentatively adopted!?!?!?
Jurita
 #38 
[smile][smile][smile]
doreen
 #39 
OHHHH...cant wait to hear more!!
Jessica G.
 #40 
Hi interested in setting up an appointment to see onyx and the walk a loosa that are available, are they adopted?
Karen-MHWF
 #41 
Hi Jessica!  

Felix, the Walkaloosa got adopted and left for his new home last night (we didn't turn our computers on last night to mark him as adopted, but doing that as I type this).  Onyx is "tentatively adopted", meaning that not all of the pieces have fallen in place yet for the person who came and met him to take him home, so there may be a possibility that Onyx becomes available again in the next week or so.  We are giving the adopter a little time to get the pieces into place, but we cannot wait an indefinite period of time for that to happen.  Keep your eyes on Onyx' status over the next week or so, if he does get adopted we will mark him as adopted, and if not, we will mark him as available and take the "tentatively adopted" status off.  Here is a link to the adoption horses page as well to watch there, as that is where he will be updated first, before here on the forum.  If you see Onyx available, then give us a call to set up an appointment to meet him.  
http://www.equineadoption.com/order.htm

Karen-MHWF
 #42 
When Onyx came out to get his feet trimmed by the farrier this morning, we realized that we had not shared any pictures of him for a while.  I ran in the house quick and grabbed my camera for a few quick shots.  

Onyx has gained all of the weight that he needed, and actually he is getting a tad on the chubby side at this point.  Onyx is on pasture and hay only, he is getting zero grain products (he gets the normal mineral mix).  Onyx is not a hard keeper at all, he just had a really bad experience in his life and now that is over.  Onyx is a happy guy and is doing great.  

Have a look and see how different he looks now.  He looks like a different horse.  
I am going to put his arrival pictures first and then his pictures from today, 10/6/2016:  


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doreen
 #43 

WOW!  He looks so wonderful! 

Donna M
 #44 
He looks amazing! I know his special person is out there and he will have a much happier future. 
Lori
 #45 
Hi Karen and Scott,

Onyx looks so amazingly gorgeous in his new photos.  Thank you for sharing.  His "perfect owner" is still trying to get all her ducks swimming in the same pond and I keep praying that God will make this happen for us - very soon.  I constantly watch the videos from our "play date" in August, and I know that Onyx and I need each other.  I love this big guy very much and I want him in my life.  Thank you for taking such wonderful care of him in the meantime.

God bless you for your efforts with Roy.  That is so heartbreaking to try so hard and then lose anyway.


MacCahla W.
 #46 
I was wondering if he still was for sale? I really like him and would like to come and see him!

MHWF
 #47 
Hello, please read the post that is pinned to the top of our forum called How to Adopt a Horse from MHWF. 
Barb S
 #48 
I can't believe this guy hasn't been adopted yet. He's gorgeous and Mr. Personality!
Barb S
 #49 
Gotta BUMP UP Onyx! Mr.Personality[smile]
Donna M
 #50 
Oh my goodness; he is gorgeous! I so wish I could add him to my heard but I am definitely at my limit. Darn it!! 

Some of these horses really catch my eye. Apache was the last one I couldn't stop thinking about. I was so happy when he finally found his home. 

I bet my girls would like a boyfriend. Maybe they would not be so flirtatious (or cranky depending on the day) when we ride with my friends' geldings. lol
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