Virtual Tevis 2024

VG Ben Jovi and Karen at Rides of March 2024I am planning on entering the Virtual Tevis again. I am still deciding on if I want to do it with more than one horse. The first year I did it I spent most of the 100 miles handwalking Jovi. It turned out to be fabulous for his training and went a long way towards making him a safe and reliable and pretty trustworthy mount. The second time my goal was to ride him the entire 100 miles. I think it would be a great goal for me to sign up with Saint and/or Cowboy to help get them brought along.

For those that don’t know what the VT is, here is a description along with a link if you’d like to sign up:

The Virtual Tevis 100 mile event offers a number of benefits beyond just completing a  100-mile course:


  • Open to all: Whether you ride a horse or not, the virtual event has separate riding and non-riding divisions You can run, walk, hike, bike, or even swim to complete the miles, making it achievable for a wider range of participants.


  • 100 days to finish: Unlike the traditional Tevis Cup’s grueling one-day ride, the virtual event offers a much more forgiving timeframe. You have 100 days to spread out the 100 miles, allowing you to participate at your own pace and fit it into your schedule.

Community and cause:

  • Comradery: You’ll still be part of a community event. As you track your miles, you’ll receive updates on your virtual location along the actual Western States Trail, keeping you connected to the experience.
  • Support the Trail: The Virtual Tevis Cup is a fundraiser for the Western States Trail Foundation, helping to maintain this historic trail for future generations.

Additional perks:

  • Completion swag: Upon finishing the virtual distance, you’ll receive a commemorative shirt and medal, a badge of honor for your accomplishment.

So, if you’re looking for a challenge you can complete on your own terms, all while supporting a good cause and becoming part of the Tevis Cup community, the Virtual Tevis 100 might be a great fit for you.

The Virtual Tevis Cup 2024 starts on Wednesday, April 10th, 2024. You’ll have 100 days from that date to complete your 100 miles. The registration fee for the 2024 Virtual Tevis Cup is $65.00 plus a $4.90 SignUp Fee. You can find the registration details on the official Tevis Cup website:

Trying to keep up with all these horses!

I started my blog back up, and then life happened and I got sidetracked. Having three hoses and three dogs will do that to you. Never mind all of the other things, right? Anyway, I am going to try to keep up with posts and talking about bringing along my three horses – VG Ben Jovi, VG Midnight Cowboy and Saint Croix. I mostly call them Jovi, Cowboy and Saint. Sometimes – Little Jo, CB, and well, just Saint because he pretty much fits that name.

I have been having so much fun working with all of the horses. I have already put a good couple of years into Jovi and feel that he is a horse that I can trust to take anywhere at this point. Parade safe, ride start safe. But he is opinionated and smart and has realized that his job is to be an endurance horse so I need to be on my full game-on mode with him. I still consider him to be green, or fairly green, maybe not neon but at least grass green, lol. So smart though, and we have really come a long way together. I can’t speak to the future, but so far I can say that Jovi has been my most challenging horse. He has only done one 50 so far, so just barely qualifies as an endurance horse but my goal for him is to be an overall safe horse to ride at various events.

Now the other two, I have so much to share about them and how they are coming along and some of our triumphs and also the fails, like with Saint and how he panics being inside a trailer. He can load easily enough but close him in…..yiikes!!!!….we have a lot of work to do there. Cowboy on the other hand, self loads and has no fear or anxiety. Even Jovi is now self loading. So much to talk about and share.

The R+ Positive Reinforcement / Clicker Training is working really well for us. I am trying to learn everything I can to incorporate as much of that into the new horse training as I can. I want to share more links to podcasts and videos showing R+ training. I am trying to learn as much as I can so that I can make mentally healthier horses.

Thank you for following!

My Horse Got Hives

I’m still not sure what caused Jovi to get hives last week. He didn’t have them when I feed in the morning but two hours later he presented with hives on his neck, shoulders, sides and hindquarters.

I believe that he was laying down by the fence where there have historically been red ants. There are some fruit trees with a lot of fruit on the ground on the other side of the fence. So it could have been ants, or wasps. Or maybe something he ate? Though I’m leaning towards it being ants as this has happened to other horses before.

I gave Jovi some Tri-Hist and then some Cimetidine and took him for a long walk. That seemed to help. Things were looking better on Tuesday morning and that is when it was recommended to me to try putting some Redmond clay on the hives. Brilliant! I did that twice a couple of hours apart along with cold hosing and the hives just about disappeared completely.

On Wednesday I took Jo out for a 10 mile ride and got in some hillwork and a good sweat. I was also keeping Jo out of that particular paddock. Now it’s been a week and no sign of the hives returning. If this happens again I’ll start with getting Jovi some exercise followed by the Redmond Clay, and then cold hosing.

Here is a description of the Redmond Clay: Redmond Red Edge Natural Soothing Clay Poultice is a poultice for horses that is made with hydrated bentonite clay and pure essential oils. It is a natural analgesic that can relieve sore muscles, tendons, bruises, sprains, and hot spots. It can also be used on hooves to provide relief for soreness and abscesses.

My first ride on Saint Croix

I just recently had my first ride on Saint Croix and wanted to share a little bit about the process that I went through.

I wanted to make sure that we both felt comfortable and relaxed and have it be a good experience. When I first got Saint he earned the nickname Chili Pepper, because it was a little bit spicy. He wouldn’t let me catch him for the first couple of days and just generally needed some time to get comfortable in his new surroundings. Saint was a little bit anxious and nervous and would paw, pace the fence, toss his head and was emotional. Yet he was also super friendly and curious so it didn’t take long until he settled in.

I decided that it would be better if I let Saint have a little bit of time before I asked anything of him. It wasn’t long until I was able to halter him, or put a fly mask on. I slowly started asking for more like picking up a foot or grooming him.

This is when I started doing some refresher learning myself about R+ (Positive Reinforcement) training. I listened to several more podcasts and watched some YouTube videos on the topic. Back in 2021 I had used R+ with Jovi and it helped tremendously.


I spent a couple more weeks doing the basics – rope work, leading, tying, picking up feet and doing some liberty work getting Saint to follow me through an obstacle course. He eagerly participated and learned quickly and at this point I was offering positive reinforcement in the form of pats and praise with an occasional small piece of carrot.

Then I started using the clicker and started adding more voice cues to Saint’s repertoire. I put my driving curcingle on him with two lines for reins and a bridle with a snaffle and started ground driving. At this point he had already shown that he was fine about ropes all over his body and legs, or being dragged on either or both sides of him. Now we were progressing to actually driving him with me behind him. He quickly learned ‘walk’, and ‘whoa’. When he did what I wanted, I would click, then drop the reins and walk up to his head and reward him with some timothy pellets or a small piece of carrot.

At first I kept the lessons fairly short always ending on a good note. In a handful of lessons Saint was ground driving through and over obstacles and all over the property. He could walk, trot, stop, turn and back with precision. This is when I decided it was time to get on him for the first time.

In between the ground driving lessons I was also working on R+ target training. I used a large sponge on the end of a ski pole.

By the second click followed by some timothy pellets Saint had it figured out. He now would go anywhere I placed the target (the sponge on the pole) and touch it when I said “tap”, and hold his nose to it for a few seconds. Followed by a reward of pellets held away from my body, so he was also learning to “stay out of my space”. Now he knows that term when I use it while waving my arms close to my body. He won’t get his reward if he isn’t respectful of my space or gets pushy, or lippy. So far he has been super delicate and polite about the treat rewards.

This is where the power of both latent and observational learning was so obvious with Saint. I wasn’t doing the same traininng lessons, or any some days at all because I was working with another horse while Saint observed.

Latent learning is the theory that horses learn after having a few days to process a lesson. This is why doing a ground driving lessons every two or three days really showed how well Saint was improving and how he was figuring it out mentally. I can give more examples of this in future posts as it is a fascinating topic.

One of the R+ target training I did with Saint to get him ready for having a rider mount was relatively easy. I simply had him follow the target to line up next to various objects that I could stand on – an upside down half barrel, a mounting block, a railroad tie. Then I leaned over his back while holding the target out to one side or the other and asked him to “tap”, then clicked and rewarded. This way he got comfortable with me leaning over his back but also understood that he was also going to get rewarded by turning his head around and taking it from my hand in the same position it would be in once I was mounted.

Over the course of ground driving we went from using the driving curcingle to fully tacking Saint up. R+ training worked well for that as well and he readily accepted all of his tack including a crupper, breast collar and hoof boots.

Saint lined himself up perfectly to my mounting block using the target. He will follow the target and go anywhere I direct him now. That makes mounting easy and eventually we’ll be doing it reliablly without needing the target. Now I stood up in the stirrup on one side, gave him a treat while leaning over his back. He was so calm and relaxed that I just threw my leg over the saddle and then praised him and gave him another reward. We both felt safe. All the weeks of groundwork had melted away Saint’s anxiousness.

I had my husband lead us around for a minute then I dismounted and went up to the front arena where I mounted back up again. I followed the same process with positive rewarding Saint’s good behavior.

Now we simply did a short lesson going through and over some of the obstacles. We walked, trotted, turned, stopped and backed a couple of steps. Ended on a good note and then led back to the barn to untack.

Rather than go into a huge amount of detail on R+ I’m going to add a couple of links below for those interested in listening to podcasts or watching videos on the topic.

R+ is a proven method for training horses and can be done relatively inexpensively. I used items that I already had to make a target and have been using timothy hay pellets that I keep in an old fanny pack, plus a clicker that I had. A voice click will also work.

These links will get anybody started learning about Positive Reinforcement training. There are lots more resources including groups on FB for those that would like to learn more. It is all in the timing. In some cases I felt that listening to a podcast to be more helpful and other times watching a video. Kind of like my horses, I also learn using different methods, or a combination of them.

Equine Clicker Training 101, Shawna Karrasch podcast

How to Start Clicker Training with Positive Reinforcement video

Alexandra Kurland Video Catalog on Clicker Training

We did our first Ride and Tie!

Cool Ride and TieLast weekend my new Ride and Tie partner Jennifer, Jovi (horse) and myself completed the 9 mile short course at the Coolest Ride and Tie in Cool, CA. Yesterday Jennifer and I did an interview with the Ride and Tie Association. It is now online on YouTube: click here! We had a lot of stuff go right, but also some things that didn’t. You’ll have to listen to the interview to find out more.

Susan Smyth and her crew did a fabulous job. All of the volunteers, management, vets and helpers did a great job, and put on a fun event.

We had a great time and I wanted to mention a couple of things that we didn’t really get to in the interview. The first one being that the sport of Ride and Tie is a really affordable equestrian sport. The entry fees are lower than I am used to for endurance but actually half that since there are two people paying it works out to being 50% or less. That is a great deal to give a new sport a try, get some new experiences for you and your horse plus make new friends! You get a nicely marked trail, vetting, aid stations and afterwards awards and a meal. We also had ride photographers and live music.

The next thing that I really liked is that the Ride and Tie Association has only 20 rules. They all fit on a single page! Whereas the AERC has a rule ‘book’, which is 16 pages long. I totally get that there are reasons why AERC needed to have more rules. I’m just sharing that I thought it was refreshing that R&T was so simple and uncomplicated. I felt that it made things a lot more laid back and less stressful. There is so much flexibility and it was great to see how the sport attracts people of all ages and fitness levels.

We also lucked out and found a sponsor that regularly sponsors Ride and Tie. doTerra is an essential oil company. They provided us with their Deep Blue product that is a topical analgesic made with essential oils. Jennifer and I both felt that it worked great on our aches and pains post ride. They also provided us with shirts that we wore during the event.

Next time I’m looking forward to doing a longer distance.

The new horses have been here a month

VG Midnight Cowboy and Saint Croix both arrived here a month ago. Since then I’ve been working with them on a lot of basic groundwork while giving them the space and time to settle in to their new home.

Saint Croix was the most anxious when he got here. For the first couple of days he wouldn’t let me catch him, at least not easily. Now of course, he wants to be caught and do our short little lessons. Saint quickly earned the nickname “Chili Pepper” because he was so spicy. Now he is more about the “Chill”.

I’ve been listening to some podcasts and watching some YT videos on clicker training. I’ve done a bit of it with Jovi and that is how I trained him to stand so well for mounting.

I learned to separate Jovi for some feedings while making sure that plenty of hay was spread around in a way so that the two new horses wouldn’t get cornered. I have since picked up a 3rd Porta Grazer and that is working out well. Each of the three horses has been learning about keeping a safe distance when I bring the hay out to fill up the Porta Grazers.

I’ve been getting Saint and Cowboy used to eating wet mashes made from Sport Horse Stable Mix. They weren’t sure about it at first but now they inhale it. I knew that they were both stressed with the change of home so I’ve been adding Redmond Daily Gold into the mashes morning and night. It is good for stress relief and I feel that it helps with calming down an anxious horse.

Since I’m using this blog to document the training progress with my horses I thought a month in that it would be a good idea to go over some of the things that we have done in the first month.

1. Fly Masks: Saint and Cowboy are now comfortable with putting fly masks on and off. They weren’t sure about the velcro sound at first but now are totally fine with it.
2. Fly Spray: Both are good with being wiped down with fly spray or applying Swat. Not going to pressure them with spraying them for now though I have exposed them to spraying near them. The flies are going away now so we have plenty of time to work on this.
3. Baths: When the boys arrived we had a lot of rain so the horses were in bad need of a bath as they were covered in mud. I started out using the Tiger’s Tongue (a type of sponge) dipped in a bucket of water and got them used to that, then proceeded to put the waterhose flow on a trickle, then placed the end of the hose on the Tiger’s Tongue and went over them that way. It was a little slower than a full on spray bath but we got it done this way and without any drama or stressing them out.
4. Cotton Rope: Both were easy to work with on the ground using a cotton rope. I have put the rope around their bodies and used it to pick up each leg forward and back. I also have allowed each horse to drag a shorter rope. No panicking or stress, just calm horses enjoying getting attention. Each horse watches the other one get worked and then tries to show off when it is their turn. I’ve been really impressed with how fast they pick stuff up.
5. Longing: We started with just simply walking in a circle and progressed up to now the horses both longe each direction on a line and at liberty. It will take more time for them to be proficient with all of the voice cues. I prefer to work them at liberty in a larger area over using a line and doing small circles.
6. Picking up feet and booting: The rope work helped immensely here. Both horses have now let me clean their feet, treat for thrush and rasp on a hoof stand. I’ve also fitted them both for Renegade Vipers and have done some ground lessons with the boots on.
7. Tied to the trailer: Each horse has taken turns together or with Jovi being tied on the trailer. I have the Trailer Ties out with hay bags and water buckets on the trailer. This is when I spend time grooming them, picking up feet and letting them just hang out, eat and watch all of the goings on.
8. Collars: I waited until just recently to start putting collars on them since they were both still learning how to lead with a halter. Everything was new to them and they both hesitated going through gates or stalls. This is when I could lead Jovi through an area and allow the others to follow. I didn’t want to pressure them and they quickly figured things out. Both now are great about being tied with a collar on and have already mastered how to rotate the collar and rope when they move around.
9. Going off property: Both horses have been walked through the neighborhood and out on the trail. I’ve also had a friend ride Jovi while I took Saint out to the trail. I try to walk one or both horses at least once a day so they can get familiar with the neighborhood and other animals and livestock. On one of the last outings I even had Saint jogging alongside me.
10. Trailer loading: I have put each horse in the 2 horse trailer once and then decided that was good enough for now. I want to spend more time doing groundwork and getting them comfortable with me and their new home before asking them to trailer load. I know I could get them in if there was an emergency.

11. Ground driving: I have done a few ground driving lessons with Saint. He figured it out quickly and I am able to steer him through my little obstacle course and all around the property. The most recent ground driving lessons I tacked him up with a saddle and boots. He just needs a little more work on whoa, and backing though he does it just needs to get a little more proficient before I get on him.
12. Obstacle course at liberty: This is where both horses have really impressed me. It literally took one time of me leading them through the obstacle course before I let them follow me through it at liberty. They follow me through the poles, over the bridge, the railroad ties, poles on the ground at a walk and trot. I think each time one of them watches the other work the course they then try to show off when it is their turn.
13. Group free longing. This is where I have all three horses together in the acre field and get them walk, trot and cantering. Saint and Cowboy tend to stick together while Jovi is comfortable being on his own either ahead or behind them. Jovi has been teaching them the process and what is expected and they have picked it up quite well.
14. Quad training. I use my quad to drag the fields every couple of days and let the horse get used to the sound of it starting and running. Now I can drive up to either of them and give them a carrot or pet them, and if they are grazing they just keep their heads down. Saint and Cowboy both look towards Jovi to see how he reacts and fortunately he is a really laid back and non reactive horse.

So I’d say that we have made a lot of progress already. I am taking it slow and careful with the new horses. I realize that mentally they both need time to get settled and comfortable in their new home. It is different for each horse though I feel that usually it takes about six months.

I’m going a little slower with Cowboy, since he is only 4. I’m just happy that thus far I have managed not to get stepped on. These new guys are really keeping me on my toes while they learn about manners and to stay out of my space.


The first week and a half with the new horses

Things have been going well with both Saint Croix and Midnight Cowboy. They are adjusting into their new home and getting more comfortable and familiar with the routine and their surroundings.Jovi has been a bit jealous about me spending time with another horse. In the last week I have taken him to a night ride, and also did some more Ride and Tie training for the upcoming R&T than I plan to take him to at the end of the month.

Both of the new horses seem to handle new things rather well. Saint Croix is initially more reactive but is also more quickly accepting of new things. Cowboy is pretty chill overall and has been great when the other two horses leave him home alone.

I have now taken both horses out for walks through the neighborhood and out on the trail. They handle it well going either alone, or with Jovi for company. Both horses are lovely movers. Cowboy is still a bit butt high but is only barely 4 so still has more growing to do.

So for the first week and a half these are some of the things that we have accomplished:

Leading out to the trail and back and handling barking dogs, bicycles, traffic, baby strollers and newly resurfaced roadways.

Longing lessons, both at liberty alone and together and on a line. Today I free longed (at liberty) all three horses together – Jovi, Saint Croix and Cowboy. They all remained calm and respectful of one another and didn’t get wound up or excited. They have already worked out their hierarchy with Jovi being the lead horse and Saint Croix being the most submissive. Saint Croix and Cowboy have bonded really well and often eat together side by side.

Leading through gates and stalls (initially they weren’t sure about some of the new things)

Tying on a hitching post and on the trailer ties on the LQ trailer. While tied eating out of hay bags and drinking from buckets like they would have while camping overnight somewhere.

Picking up and doing light rasping on their feet. Cleaning out any floppy frog bits.

Having both horses on the trailer while I worked on Jovi’s feet with the air compressor running the air angle grinder.

Fly spray. Saint Croix is accepting a bit faster though Cowboy has made great progress. Something we’ll just keep working on a little at a time. They say Pigeon Fever is going around so it is important that I keep everything sprayed.

Leading through some of the obstacle course – over the little bridge and through the railroad ties. Sometimes the horses have their own preferred way of going, lol but they are getting the idea.

Saint Croix has been leading behind me on a singletrack trail with lovely manners. They are both good eaters and are enjoying eating as we go down the trail.

I have fit Renegades on both horses and they were fine with the boots. Both horses have nice sized feet for their size.

I’ve also measured them with a weight tape for height, girth circumfrance, cannon bones, etc. Saint Croix turned 8 in June and is 13.2, 7.25″ cannon bone and 4.6″ wide front hooves. VG Midnight Cowboy turned 4 in June and is just over 14 hands, 8″ cannon bone and 5″ wide feet. VG Ben Jovi is fully mature now at 9 and 14.2, 8″ cannon bone and over 5″ wide feet. The weight tape gives an estimate on their weight and puts the two new ones at 750-800 pounds which seems about right.

Both horses are completely fine now with putting a fly mask on and off while they are loose. Totally fine with velcro noise. Both are easy to catch and halter.

Lots of other stuff going on – they have seen me drag the fields with the quad twice now, seen the lawn tractor, my dogs running about, the neighbors llamas, baby strollers, the hotwire fence (is on, as they found out!), a squeeze of hay got delivered and each horse has been left home alone. It has rained so they have seen an umbrella several times. Neither horse is worried about my longe whip with a plastic bag on the end – they also love getting their hineys scratched with the pitchfork.

In the next week I hope to fine tune their longing skills and start introducing them to loading in my horse trailer. Once we get the longing down on a line and at liberty then I’ll start to introduce them to neck collars.

Evaluating and getting to know Saint Croix and Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy, Jovi and Saint Croix

VG Midnight Cowboy, VG Ben Jovi and Saint Croix

Midnight Cowboy and Saint Croix

VG Midnight Cowboy and Saint Croix. These two have really bonded.

VG Ben Jovi

Jovi hanging out on the trailer showing the other two how it is done.

VG Midnight Cowboy

Cowboy didn’t care that he was the last horse left out and went right back to eating. He is a foodie like his older cousin Jovi.

I’ve been getting to know the two new horses and evaluate what they know and how they react. They are both settling in and getting more comfortable in their surroundings. Saint Croix can sometimes be hard to catch but once you do he is easy to handle. He is getting better each day and is overall quite friendly.

Last night they were turned out with Jovi and all three horses got along and did well together. Jovi has let them know that the middle stall in the barn is his and they are being totally respectful of that. There doesn’t seem to be anybody trying to be dominate and Saint Croix and Cowboy are both happy to share their hay and mashes, often eating nose to nose.

I have been managing to get fly masks on them each day. I haven’t yet tried to fly spray them but they have let me wipe some spray on them with a cloth.

Today I put Jovi and Cowboy on the hi-ties on the trailer and tied Saint Croix up to the hitching post with a tie blocker ring. So basically none of the horse are hard tied as the velcro on the hi-ties will come undone if a horse pulls hard enough. Cowboy did test it once but didn’t pull hard and quickly went forward and realized his limitation. Eventually once I know they both lead and tie well with halters we’ll begin training them to go in neck collars.

I think it always helps a new horse learn by watching the older more experienced horses. Jovi is easy because if you put food in front of him he is going to eat and not be bothered by anything.

Each of the new horses did spend a little time learning the limitations of being tied. They also both are quite interested in eating so dove into their hay bags that I had full of hay for them.

The next thing was to pick up each of their feet and pick them out then see how they would do if I used a rasp. I have previously been picking up a foot here and there, and also have tried on boots to see what size they would take. Both horses were great about letting me pick out their feet and Saint Croix even let me nip out a bit of overhanging frog on a hind foot. They both let me rasp each of their feet for a minute and that went well. I don’t want to ask for too much yet so we’ll just do some repetition each day with handling and getting them comfortable.

After that session I put each horse away one at a time to see how the others would react. Cowboy was the last one and he just put his head in the hay bag and kept eating, he wasn’t bothered at all.

For now I’m not going to leave anybody tied up unless I am out there with them.

Horse sun protection

A few years ago I bought a tub of zinc oxide powde and have been using it ever since. I think this tub will last me a lifetime so ultimately the cost per application is very small. Of course, the price has nearly doubled, but what hasn’t?

The nice thing with the powder is that it can easily be mixed with something like vaseline so that it can be applied like Desitin. I have been using it with a beauty brush and tapping it on Jovi’s nose where his skin is pink under his white blaze. Now that I have two chestnuts they are both getting a daily beauty treatment when it is sunny!

I will also dab some zinc oxide powder on their pasterns if I see any pink skin. This really does work to keep the sun from cause sensitivity and so far (knocking on wood) Jovi has not had any sign of scratches in the two years that I have owned him.

I also use fly masks with the longer nose covers on them to help provide more sun protection. Jovi is used to his daily beauty treatments. Today was the first day that Cowboy had his nose powder puffed. He wasn’t quite sure about it but handled it well and I am sure in another week it will be old hat for him.

The tub that I am using is from Earthborn and it is a non-nao particle powder. It is currently on sale for 20% off at Amazon.

Introductions: Saint Croix

I had a hard time deciding between these two endurance prospects – VG Midnight Cowboy, and Saint Croix. So I got them both! Let me tell you guys about Saint Croix.

Saint Croix is an 8 year old grey gelding that is line bred Raffles that I was told about from my friend Robbi Pruitt. Robbi is a breeder in Oregon of CMK horses and had one of the mares in SC’s pedigree.

Saint Croix has not had much done with him because he was so small (around 14 hh), which was fine with me because I was looking for a smaller horse. He was allowed to grow up on a lot of acreage turned out. His feet are a little long but are overall in really great shape. I think he is probably a little under 14 hh but has more than enough spunk and athleticism that I think he’ll work well for me.

Once I saw his pedigree I knew I would like him as he has so many horses in his pedigree that were also in my horse Granite Chief+/’s pedigree. I love both the CMK and the Spanish (and also has some of the same Polish lines that Bo had), it is a fantastic combination! This horse reminds me of Chief in so many ways it is uncanny. Something inside was telling me that I shouldn’t pass on the opportunity to get this horse, even though I knew that VG Midnight Cowboy was my dream horse. Now I had two to choose from!

I imagine that I’ll come up with a barn name for Saint Croix once I get to know him. I’ve already been able to put him and Cowboy together and they are getting along famously. They became bonded during their long trailer here from Oregon yesterday.

I’ll add some video at the bottom of this post. I’ll get more once I can get these new boys turned out into a larger area. For now they are still settling in. Looks like I am going to have my hands full for awhile.