Whispering Rain Farms

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We will soon have more pictures of horses and mules that we've worked with in the past, along with info about them.

Trouble With My Sox
This big beautiful Palomino Quarter Horse came to us with the barn name of "Trouble". Little did we know how true that was. He was 11 yrs old and always done just what he wanted, unless sedated. He had never been broken to ride!
When we picked this one up, he had to be sedated once we had him loaded in the trailer. His owner was prepared and had the sycringe in hand.
When "Trouble", whose name was quickly changed to "Mr T" for a more positive feel, arrived and was put into a round pen of panels, he tried to climb out of them.  A feat almost possible for a horse that was over 16 hds, and weighed around 1400lbs!
The first time Amber went in with him, he charged her! He even bent some of the panels. 
 The new owner, a Grandmother in her mid 50's, was advised that maybe this wasn't the horse for her.
"Just give him a chance." she pleaded.
After a few days of working on the attitude with a gentle approach, Mr T became a differant horse. Totally oblivious of what all this instruction was about, he quickly found out that he loved the human interaction, as long as it was gentle.  And so, he quickly fell in love with Amber.
The horse that had wanted to attack now nickered at Amber and got jealous when she worked other horses!
He would turn on a dime when changing directions while lunging, from a simple hand gesture.
Mr T made a complete turnaround. His new owner could only say , "Thank you for giving him a chance."

Colonels Outlaw Doll

Mouse practicing her lateral flexing.

This horse came to us without a barn name. We decided to call her "Mouse" because of her color. She was a 3yr old filly who was green broke. Her owner was a teenage boy who wanted a better handle put on her.

Mouse had a bad habit of kicking while being sadded and tossing her head while being bridled, and she wouldn't trot, lope or back up. Her main issue was attitude and lack of respect. She wanted to be the alpha mare in the pasture and with people, too.

Once we got past the respect issues, we worked on her trot and lope. She was soon able to keep a steady gate while doing figure 8's. She also learned how to take her correct lead without bucking or wanting to stop. She learned how to flex laterally and vertically and to back up very nicely.

When Mouse's owner came to pick her up at the end of 30 days, he was very pleased with his horse. He said that she was "a totally different horse." That's what we like to hear.




Minnie meeting Amber

Minnie was an aprox 6yr old draft mule. I nick-named her "Minnie the Mighty Mule." She had been broke to pull a wagon, but never to ride. Minnie stayed with us for 30 days. She was such fun to work with because of her eagerness to please.

She was scared to death of a lead rope on the ground and would quickly move away from you when you tried to get near her feet.

Minnie progressed very quickly and after a bit of round pen time, she was on the trails. She also learned to pick up her feet and stand calmly. We even had her jumping 2 ft on a lounge line and while being ridden. There wasn't anywhere this giant mule wouldn't go.

Minnie learned to walk, trot and lope quietly in the pen and on the trail and to carry packs and saddle bags full of supplies. She also learned to tolerate passing dogs without attacking. Minnie became so trustworthy that we even trusted her to double with a 4 yr old on trail rides.

Minnie's graduation day was the day of the Smith Wagon Train, which I rode her on along with her owners and their other mules. Soon after Minnie returned home, her owner rode her in the Mule Day parade in Ider, AL.

Way to go Minnie!!!!

More pictures and stories coming soon....