Lost your heart to a horse!

Apologies for the brevity of today’s post.

Yesterday, Sunday, Jean and I went North in Oregon to visit Strawberry Mountain Mustangs to explore the pros and cons of adopting a horse previously rescued by Darla, of Strawberry Mountain.  It was a long day and by the time I sat down in front of the PC it was already past 5pm.

So for today going to offer you two pictures from our inspiring time with Darla and all her magnificent horses, most of whom have backgrounds that would make one weep.

Tomorrow, I will write more fully about what we are discovering when it comes to adopting a horse.

Trust me, a horse with its tongue in your ear is very ticklish!
Trust me, a horse with its tongue in your ear is very ticklish!



Ranger, the 15-year-old horse we hope to adopt.
Ranger, the 15-year-old horse we hope to adopt.


11 thoughts on “Lost your heart to a horse!

  1. How lovely that you are thinking about adopting a horse! These gorgeous animals deserve a second chance.


  2. Thank you both for sharing your kindness. It’s 4:10 am as I write this. Still in bed writing using the tablet. Couldn’t sleep thinking about those horses, what fencing work we need to do in order to accommodate Ranger, and more.


    1. 🙂

      If only we could!

      But one step at a time. First, we have to be formally approved for us to adopt Ranger. And don’t worry, you’ll be the first to read about it! 😉


  3. I think someone took to you Paul, and Its delightful news you are thinking of adopting one of these magnificent beings…
    Horses are getting such a raw deal all over the world.. On the News tonight here in the UK, local residents tried to rescue a pony which lay exhausted laid in flood water in a field.. the conditions of the field of horses were not good, no hay only bogged land. The pony was that weak, RSPCA and fire rescue couldnt make it stand and in the end it had to be put down by a vet… So sad…
    What you and Jean are doing is wonderful Paul Thank you


    1. Thank you, Sue. However, what we are doing, and hoping to do, is nothing, repeat nothing, compared to what Darla and her husband are doing. One can only imagine what the rain and flood conditions mean for thousands of animals; wild, domesticated or otherwise!


  4. LOVE this picture Paul & Jean – and so, so happy to meet you. For what it’s worth – that’s Hawk. Behind him is his friend Ben, aka Benny, aka Benjamin, aka Benjy – (anything that exudes the idea of Gentle Ben because his last horrific owner said he was such a monster) – and in the far background on the right is our other Gentle Giant Gilligan – the feral draft stallion that I’m gentling and getting ready for adoption.

    Ranger continues to improve after his recent colic scare and I look forward to him filling out again. This picture makes him look quite thin… poor baby. But he’s back to eating like a, well, horse of course. 😀

    Can’t wait to see you both again and will be following your blog…

    Strawberry Mountain Mustangs


    1. Darla, so pleased to see your comment and welcome to Learning from Dogs. Hope you enjoy tomorrow’s post and whatever I can do to promote the wonderful work that you and Troy do, it’s a given.


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