It was a nice and sunny day in the end of March when Shoni, a new stallion to the valley, ran over to our center. Shoni has been used as an entertainment tool for tourists and had been tied most of his life, a nearby farmer brought him to the valley from where he ran away.
It’s was not a good idea to have a loose stallion around, especially as we don’t want our mares to get out and and have young ones. A solution was found with the farmer and Shoni the stallion moved into our center. This would be a very new challenge, one more horse, an abused stallion that had been tied most of his life and had very few manners…
Being in the “rescue horse business” we can see that horses that have been tied for years have a funny walk, they just don’t move properly. First challenge was to just let him be loose in an area where he could see the other horses but not get out and call the vet for castration. Shoni moved and moved and moved, talked to the “ladies” across the fence, got castrated, ate more and then the first horse he was going to be together with was Ayiti.
Here are some clips from the first meeting with Ayiti:
Shoni complied well to Ayiti and settled with her and Kadoo. He started to learn to behave around other horses.
Good job Ayiti!
We had a long journey ahead of us to a healthy horse who can do his part at the center.
Today, September 9th, we had our first walk out, through the rainforest to the ruins of the old sugar mill. It was so nice and smooth, Magic kept us company and Shoni is bonding so well with us.