After RT, our longest staying resident is Charlie. Which is funny, because, originally he came for a year "or so" off. Owner Heather had purchased him from the Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue, and brought him with her from Delaware when she relocated to Washington.
She was bringing him along in her chosen discipline of dressage, but Charlie developed arthritis in his knees. The barn where she was boarding didn't have the availability of much turnout, and Charlie was getting pretty stiff standing around. So he came here where he would have 24/7 pasture turnout. The hope was that Heather and Kyle could purchase their own place in the next year or so, and Charlie would return home as a "husband horse."
As gorgeous as his gaits are, Charlie's personality is even more brilliant.
So Charlie came to EvenSong in the spring of 2013, and immediately settled in to a routine of good grass and freedom to move.
He's gotten a little shaggier, but no less handsome!
Fizzwinkle, aka the Fizzwinkler, Fizz-Bottom, or just Fizz, came to us in a very round-about way.
Sarah is one of my oldest friends from the blog-o-sphere. I think I found her blog, Food for Founder, when I was searching for information on slow feeders, back about 2008-ish. It was from there that I "met" many other bloggers around the US and beyond (Sarah, herself, being from the lower mainland of British Columbia, Canada). And that was the inspiration for this blog.
In 2010 Sarah went on a six-month research trip to New Zealand, and a young gal named Tess farm-sat for her. Not long after Sarah returned, Tess was offered her older mare back (having sold her when she moved up to a younger horse for eventing). Sarah realized that Tess didn't need a second horse to support while she was in college, so Sarah bought Fizz, promising her a good home forever. Fizz moved to Farcical Farm, to keep Sarah's horse Tonka company.
Fast forward a couple of years, and Sarah finds it necessary to sell the
farm and move to the [slightly bigger] city. Having lost her beloved
Tonka, Fizz was in need of a retirement home...and I had just begun to
post on FaceBook that t we were going to turn our attention
to retirement boarding! Sarah contacted me, and arrangements were made for Fizz to immigrate
to Ellensburg in the fall of 2013.
|Tess and Fizz wowed 'em in Showmanship classes!|
|Tess doing some early eventing on Fizz|
|Fizz loaned to another young rider.|
|With my granddaughter.|
|"A little to the left?"|
Currently paired with part-draft gelding Comet, she definitely rules the roost!