I’m going to break these up into two posts from my recent visit with Tif and her mustang boys (and other boy and girls). Ended up with a lot of photos I wanted to share.
Be sure to check out this article about Tif and Asher in the Cortez Journal!
The indomitable Mr. Asher. A blessed boy is he.
From Tif: “The last few weeks have been difficult. I’ve had many milestones and some setbacks with my boys, it’s been amazing.”
“Let’s start with Asher … what a pistol!”
“I finally felt comfortable enough, and knew he was strong enough, to put him with all of my horses together. I was a bit concerned about Mimi, my ‘alpha’ mare, as she wasn’t too fond of Asher in the beginning. Asher needs the discipline, though. He is so strong, so smart, always seeing what he can get away with.”
Here’s Asher with Pepper, with whom he bonded right away when Tif brought him home, and Mimi behind them.
“He now runs during the day with my other four horses, his new ‘herd,’ on about 30+ acres, and he absolutely loves it. To see him running and bucking, jumping over bushes, chasing my daughter’s dog, it’s hilarious!”
He DOES love to run!
The boy is NOT shy with either mama Tif or strangers!
Baby-butt scratches are – of course – required!
Sure and that’s ecstasy!
“I still give him two quarts of milk twice a day, morning and night. I lock him in at night, in a fairly big enough indoor/outdoor area, because I want to be sure he gets his pellets. He eats several pounds of pellets, milk transition and creep feed high performance, in the evening and during the night. He’s eating me out of house and home!”
Asher with long-suffering Sundancer (she’s 30 years old!).
Luckily (for Sundancer), Pepper also is within easy reach!
Looking toward Ze in his round pen and Quest and Mimi in the big yonder pasture.
And he’s through the gate!
“I can’t believe his strength. He’s had his vaccines, his first trim on his hooves, he’s halter broken, loves to go for walks, but I think he most enjoys being with the other horses.”
“This is not to say that he doesn’t still follow me when he gets the chance! Discipline is in the forefront and always something we hand out when we need to, just like my horses do. He deals with it well and will appreciate it when he’s older.”
Asher is drawn to Mimi like metal to a magnet, but he clearly has healthy respect for her!
Just like with Quest (in background).
What shall I be when I grow up?
A dressage star …
… maybe a racehorse!
Maybe a dog wrangler!
Playing with Selene!
His mane is coming in grey, just the ends are fiery reddish fringe.
Blessed and beloved.