Sunday, January 8, 2012

Call of the Wild

I am a little fish
with great big Dreams
Sometimes my dreams are so big
I feel my head may EXPLODE

My dreams lift me high
like a hot air Balloon
Where I float and soar
in my Fantasy World

Until someone comes along with a pin
and POP!
my dreams are deflated...
and I wonder, shall I'll dream no more?



Allow me to introduce you to Legendario

Dario was eight years old when gathered last August from Riddle Mountain in Oregon. He is one of the famous Kiger Mustangs...though not in the preferred (and usual) color. Dario is, obviously, gray! This made him less sought after than the other Kigers, and during the adoption in October, he (along with most other aged stallions) was passed by.

All Kigers who were not adopted in person while we were there last fall were placed on the online internet adoption a month later. All horses, including Legendario, received bids. Except that something happened...and we soon heard that the bidder on horse number 1230 was not taking him. My guess is, they bid on a couple of horses, and they won the bid on more than one, so took their favorite and backed out of the other...being this gray stallion.

Now, I just happen to know someone who'd looking for a nice, stout horse. A mustang, of course. And he's been wanting me to locate such a horse and gentle it for him. I'd found a couple of nice two year olds and we'd planned on picking one up at the first of the year (when they are officially three and eligible for the trainer incentive program), but they ended up being shipped east to another facility, so that was a no-go.

But when no one took the gray, I asked the BLM if they'd consider placing him as a TIP horse. Normally, a gray horse isn't eligible (people tend to leave bays, blacks, sorrels and browns behind, while fancy colors get selected for adoption), but due to his age, they opted to allow it.

And so the gray stallion was gelded the beginning of the year, and today...this afternoon...I will head south to pick up this living legend, this Kiger of a different color. His would be adopter hadn't come up with a name for him, so I did it for him. It's fitting, I think.


photo by Matt Clark


Mikey said...

He is gorgeous!! Can't wait to hear more about him.

strivingforsavvy said...

I think he is gorgeous! Lok at those big feet! I also look forward to reading about his progress.

Anonymous said...

He is a gorgeous, study little bundle of horseflesh ... what a treat to be able to train him ... will be interesting to follow your progress with him!

Unknown said...

He was so calm and just stood by the fence eating while eveyone was walking around. He is going to be fun to work. Glad he got a home.

Cheyenne said...

Now thats a horse! Gimme Gimme Gimme him!

How wonderful.

All I can say is, he has real presense, and I bet he is a thinker! Great choice!

shadowlake2005 said...

Wildly excited about your new wildy! Updates eagerly anticipated. What a lucky new owner, that is one magical looking horse. Great name.

Shirley said...

Oh. My. What a presence this horse has! I hope his maturity works to your advantage in training him. He will still retain some stallion behaviors for a while: stay safe.

Karen C. said...

Oh Tracey, I was watching this guy on the Internet Adoption! He is amazing! I am sad that the first bidders didn't work out but glad that it worked out for you and his new adopter! I am excited to follow your progress with him. Wow.....

nikki said...

*Hubba hubba* I remember seeing him on the online adoption too. I'm a sucker for a grey and I can't wait to read more and see how he progresses :D

Crystal said...

Sure does look like a nice solid horse!!

Ruth said...

I'm excited to see how he progresses. And aged stallion, recently gelded, is always an adventure!

jen said...

He is beautiful!

Merri said...

WOW. one glance at that photo and I was in lust! I'm keeping an eye on him!
- The Equestrian Vagabond

CTG Ponies said...

I think he's gorgeous!