This morning we headed out to Britton Springs to pick up Stiles. When we arrived a little after 8, there were already others there picking up there horses too. Soon came our turn, and they brought Stiles out.
He went through the Britton Springs chutes for his last time to receive some final treatments and to have a halter put on.
Next he was loaded onto the trailer, which really wasn’t that hard for him at all.
Stiles was a little nervous in the trailer once he was loaded, but he rode well.
For this first part of his journey, he went to an area just outside of Lovell where he will stay for a short while before heading to New Mexico. Stiles unloaded easily and went into the round pen that he will be staying in here.
In the area next to the round pen was put a very kind old gelding named Dollar who has been used in therapeutic work. He came up to Stiles, and the two became very good friends from the start. There was no hostility shown between them at all.
There are two other horses in pens nearby to Stiles too, and he has also shown an interest in them. One is another gelding, and there is also a colt foal.
Life has quickly changed for Stiles, but he is handling it very well. The one thing that he wasn’t quite sure about was the sound of a train whistle in the distance. A dog that was watching him with us didn’t seem to phase him nor did some of the resident cats who also watched him with us. He did start to get a little upset when Dollar walked away momentarily to get some food, but he was fine when he figured out that he could still see him. Soon he will be back in the wild where he will form many more new relationships and live a wonderful life.
I’d really like to thank all of you who have been generous in providing donations for us to get Stiles his new home. Thanks also needs to go to S-9 Quarter Horses; they were in charge of this morning’s transportation and are also providing Stiles with this temporary home before New Mexico. Also, we have to give many thanks to photographer Lynne Pomeranz for all of her work on this project that started in its earliest stages and will continue for years to come. For more information on his new home, please visit the Monero Mustang Sanctuary’s web site.