I can't believe it's been 10 years since she came home—September 12th, 2012! So cool to see how her grey coat evolves over time!
I went out to Castle Rock, CO to see her after seeing this photo in Craiglist. Her coloring, dapples, and calmness spoke to me:
From the first time we laid eyes on each other, I knew she was the one—I like to think she knew too:
Our first ride together on September 8th, 2012 when I was trying her out—I posted this on Facebook:
"Rayn and me—our first ride. Her owner rides her western but she's not neck reined yet so she should make the switch to English easily. 3/4 Andalusian (1/8 Quarter horse, 1/8 Tennessee Walker), 5 years old, fairly green yet, but an old soul. We had major bonding going on :-) If she passes her vet check she's mine. if not, I'll be crying buckets. Think good thoughts."
After the woman showed me everything about her and I had ridden, I asked if I could just be with her in the round pen. She agreed and went back into the house. I wanted to see how she would act with clicker training. I offered her several treats which she gladly took. Then I clicked and gave her a treat a few times. She ate the treats and waited for more. I waited. She took a few steps away to look at something. I clicked and she whipped her head around and came right back for that treat. That's called "charging the clicker" and it's just a quick test to see if they understand that the click=treat. It was the fastest I'd ever seen an animal understand what the click would mean.
First day at her new home, a boarding facility near our home in Longmont, CO. 5 year old ManChild was enthralled. Rayn had been born to a woman with an 8 year old boy and has always loved kids:
I had a friend come out for a photoshoot:
Back when I had a lot of hair :-)
Rayn was miffed that I included the photo below! She said, "I look like a MULE!" But I said, "Look, all the other pics of you are PERFECT and this is probably the best pic I've ever had taken of me!" 😂 I was 42. Lord. Why do I look SO VERY much younger than I look now?
My brother meeting Rayn for the first time:
And then we moved to our Colorado ranch and started to coach together. From our first retreat:
ManChild and Rayn share their birth year. They were about 10 here:
I need some new photos of us together!
ODDS AND ENDS:
A little tiny gnome home! The opening is about 2 inches:
We have this big spider that likes to make a web under our front patio umbrella. Every night it does this and every morning it's gone:
MEMES OF THE WEEK:
Wait, you mean you shouldn't do this?
I always thought Willy Wonka was super creepy!
I just couldn't stop laughing about this one!:
If you'd like to work with me:
If you are in my area (Apex, NC and surrounding areas) I'm offering a special deal for you to come try out neurofeedback, coaching, and Reiki!
Half off your first neurofeedback session ($35 for 45 minutes instead of $70)
$25 off your first Equine Gestalt Coaching session ($100 for an hour instead of $125)
Half off your first Reiki session ($45 for an hour instead of $90)
Please take me up on these—and yes, you can use all three, in fact I encourage it! Doing neurofeedback or Reiki before a coaching session puts you in a regulated state which the animals love and is ideal for the work. Doing neurofeedback or Reiki after helps you process your session :-) so it works either way. The coaching setting is beautiful with the horses, donkey, and goats and in my air conditioned neurofeedback room you have a view of the pond and the wildlife that surrounds it. We are in a covered barn for coaching so are in the shade and out of any rain or weather. Reiki can be inside or outside in the barn, depending on weather and client wishes.
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