The Horses of Mikatura
We're happy to
introduce you to our horses...update
2010...Gem's baby arrived today!!!
Born sometime during the night she's a
beautiful little filly and is already enjoying the beautiful
Alberta sunshine after her morning nurse!
flies...and horses morph into more! Now we're up to 16
horses and I really need to get out and get new photos of
everyone! But here's a couple of "group" shots!
May 2010...green grass finally arrives!
April 2010...eagerly awaiting the arrival
of green grass!
and a couple of the girls
we "rescued"...thanks to the Alberta SPCA for letting us give
these lovely girls a new home
the above photos were taken the day the
girls arrived...after another month on good hay & now grass they
look totally different (below).
Before we got the girls they spent a month with a wonderful
local equine vet and his family, being fed well and receiving great care...
now they are starting to slick out the nasty coats...another month and
they'll look totally different again!
Chinook was just a year old when she became my
wedding present from Foss in August 1998. He knew how much I missed my girl Yucca (Spanish
Yucca) who I sold when we moved to British Columbia about 8 years before.
August 2001, 3 days before her baby arrived
Chinook has grown to be a lovely big filly
though I think I need a stepladder to get on her and we are now started with her training.
She shows no fear of new things and is picking up new ideas every time we work with her.
She is driving well, has accepted blankets, saddle and a bit with no problems. A little
more of this and we'll start riding her for a few minutes every day.
(Chinook's 2005 baby)
Checking things out with Mom
Having a chat with Molly
Below are photos of some of the other
horses that have shared our lives...
(Chinook's 2001 baby)
I swore if Foss really did call him Bruce I'll shoot him (Foss I
mean!). Our beautiful baby boy arrived on Saturday, August 4th, 2001 and is already
ruling the roost and trying to drive his Mama crazy. He's already "latched
on" to Foss and comes for loves and scratches as soon as you get within 50 feet of
him. Please click on photo for a larger view!
Funny thing is he did eventually get called Bruce and it suits
First time in a new pasture, so many things to see!
October 5, 2001, Bruce has grown and in the past week has
changed colour completely! He's a beautiful liver red now...wonder what changes the
next three or four years will bring!!
Foss's new grey, he's always wanted a
In 2007 there were some new girls on the farm and the horses didn't
know what to make of them!
Check out our new donkeys by clicking here!
Lone Rock Delight
Bear (aka Care Bear),
a gift from Foss when we first met...Bear was the first horse I'd ever owned and the gift
of her fulfilled a dream I'd had all my life.
The right hand picture is Bear with
her beautiful black paint filly baby Cimarron, a lovely girl out of our paint stud
Cherokee (shown below).
Cherokee Eclipse...the first stallion I'd ever
really been around and a fantastic way to start.
Cherokee had it all looks, brains,
a wonderful soft temperament, he was the one horse we always trusted with our little
Miss Legsey (l), Foss' running quarter horse mare
that I wouldn't ride! Beautiful horse, smooth as silk but she had this weird little quirk,
after about an hour she liked to have a little rodeo and buck! Not my cuppa tea
thank you! On the right is Legsey's beautiful stud colt Time T'Walka
Timber Reed and her stud colt, again out of our boy Cherokee.
and last (at least till I find pictures of all the others) but
never least, our beautiful bald-faced Yucca. Yucca was Foss' girl, he bought her after only
seeing her once at a distance of 1,500 feet! She turned out to be a great little filly
and eventually became "my girl". Yucca taught me more than any horse
I've ever ridden and was instrumental in getting me 'back in the saddle'
after too many years of not riding and being scared to because of a bad fall
as a teenager.
We sold Yucca in 1992 when we moved
to British Columbia. In 2006 I received an email from a very nice
young lady down Taber way asking if "her" Yucca was in fact "my" Yucca!
After emailing back and forth we knew it was the same girl, still going
strong and helping young riders ;earm the intricacies of horseback riding!
Here's a couple of sweet Yucca these days!
Yucca's Grandson...Mr. Moose! I love that name!!
Here's what Yucca's new owner had to say about her..."We bought Yucca
from a neighbour who had had several foals out of Yucca, she even has a
grandson ... Mr. Moose!
My dad went hunting on
Yucca with the previous owner and rode Yucca with just the halter!
The previous owner rode
When we first bought Yucca I rode her at the Agriplex in riding lessons,
she taught me a lot! Everybody there was commenting on what a great horse
Yucca is, and how they all know her! We still call Yucca, Yucca but my
pet name for her is Nucca and Yucca-duck ... I'm not too sure how I came up
with either but they stuck! She is my first horse and is always
looking for a treat! ... one of her favourite snacks is still carrots ...
she has been pulling them out of the garden in the summer. Every time my
younger cousins come out to the farm the first place they always ask to go
is it ride Yucca! she loves walking around with them! Yucca is a great
horse and I'm SO happy my parents allowed me to get her!"