|In the summer of
2001, while vacationing in the Lake Tahoe area, we decided to drive down to
Palomino Valley BLM Wild Horse & Burro Center to see the wild horses. As
luck would have it, they were just bringing in the first truckload of new
horses from the Buck & Bald HMA. Our daughter, Saanen, who has dreamed of
owning her own Buckskin horse since childhood, immediately noticed one, a
beautiful yearling colt. We went back to Tahoe, thought about it, and two
days later, went back and adopted him.
He was gelded at the BLM center, and given time to heal properly before making the 4-hour trip home, so he didn't come home until October 5, 2001.
|Here is the new
colt in the loading chute at Palomino valley, ready to go home. Look at
those fancy legs and feet!
||He was so scared!
He's not that big, and yet he jumped up and was able to get both front legs
over the top rail of the loading chute! He was frantic! He bit at the
wranglers. He thrashed and fought. It was rather sobering. Saanen and I
looked at each other aghast, wondering what on earth we'd gotten ourselves
into! This was very different from our experience just 6 months earlier,
when we picked up Sparky. This was a very different animal!
|The new colt rode
home in the trailer, facing out the back, much to the delight of many
travelers along I-80.
It was nearly dark by the time we got home. We put Sparky with him to ease the transition.