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. First we tried to put him together with Magic and Elena, but that did not work as Shoni was very dominant pushing both around aggressively and if we did not let Magic and Elena out they would have gone through the fence. So we had to try with Ayiti who is used to stallions as she already had 4-6 (?) young ones.
Here are some clips from Shoni’s life before arrival to our center and 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.
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.
September 10th – Ayiti continues to teach Shoni how to behave in a herd. We are amazed by Ayiti’s efforts and for Shoni’s compliance.
September 29th – Health Improved and front hooves fixed. Shoni is moving better and gaining trust, his personality is coming forward and he starts to get curious and “talkative” with people.
October 10th, 2018 – Sharing Territory with the Family of Five
14th October – out for a walk with Silke, the new working student. We teach Shoni to walk out alone away from his herd. We walk to the guava field and then back to the herd and then again. Nice short walks with rewards to find.
17th of October.
We are finding online coaching to get Shoni restarted under saddle and we started the ground work for it – we will be excited to share this new part of our journey with all of you.
28th of October.
We have decided on which online coaching program to use and started the first lessons. Stay tuned we will share more.