Welcome to Fern Valley

Here in central Alberta prime farm country,my husband Martin and I work together raising beef cattle and Appaloosa horses. Fern valley appaloosas have long been known for their quality of temperament conformation and color.I have recently rediscovered a love of writing and have published 2 collections of poetry. "Telling Tails" and Tails Trails and Campfire stories" . I look forward to a future spreading my wings as an author and as a horse woman .

Friday, 5 September 2014

A winning hand for the Wild Card! And don't think the old man is out yet!

I have come to learn in the  business of selling horses you have tire kickers, you have interested parties, and then you find just the right person.
It is been no different with FV Wild Card(Wilder) 
He has been listed for around 60 days, in that  time we had a great deal of interest . Several individuals came to try him. This sweet horse took exemplary care of each of the individuals who came to try am out from the 12-year-old girl to the 50+ lady who tried him, he was cool sweet and kind throughout. Like with any horse he wasn't a perfect fit for some, would've made a great fit for others and for others still, just too much horse. 
Reasons for not taking him home were, anything from the price to finding another one that they liked better to just not sure if their skills that was enough to manage the horse.
 Then along came Charlotte, she stated very clearly that she wanted a confidence builder had been riding most of her life but was feeling a little nervous and didn't want anything to challenging. Where they arrived her husband commented that he had fallen off a horse that they tried this week who while it was marketed as a 4-H horse once it was out of the arena bolted and things quickly went wrong. We caught the side of the wilder and Charlotte stepped up. Wow! That girl may not have had her confidence she certainly had competence on her  side. A very good rider who just had lost a little of her edge with growing older and having kids. She rode in Monday then went home to think about it and returned on Wednesday to ride again.Wise move  by her, when she returned on Wednesday she asked that I let her catch Wilder herself tack him up, which I was happy to do.He has always been easy to catch and gentle horse to work with. Charlotte brought her father with her for a second opinion and he agreed. A couple laps around the round pen then down the road and passed the driveway a couple of times showing that he was not hard to take away from the farm and or herd bound. And with that we have a sale!
Congratulations Charlotte I hope that Wilder bring you years of joy! 

After Wilder left I put Stryker back in with Johnny and the girls, well that proved to be a poor idea.Johnny had grown quite comfortable with his little harem, and seriously objected to Stryker's presence . He  bugged at him a fair amount but Stryker seemed to be handling it , at least until some time in the night . I was awakened by a call from my sister at 4 am to tell me Stryker was out! I was a bit panicked thinking he must have broken through a fence and be cut up...
(Pictured here this summer with Harley)
NOT! not a scratch , all fences are intact, apparently  he just had enough and at 25  the old boy can still bust a move and he jumped out! 
He is fine and as Harley will soon be home he is hanging out alone for now. I will get him integrated back in with Johnny but a little later in the month when I have things better set up and can put the boys in alone for a time . 
That's all for now , stay safe friends .


4RRanch said...

What a lucky girl to find a fit with such a pretty horse.

Shirley said...

Congratulations on another good sale! Love that big smile on her face, says it all!
Wow, Stryker looks good for 25.

aurora said...

Wilder & his new owner look great together! Their hair even matches :) Must be a great feeling to find a horse & rider that fit good together, congrats!

C-ingspots said...

I was going to say just what Aurora did - a blonde for a blonde!! And they do look absolutely matched, like they were made for one another. That is exactly what I'd bet you're looking for. A gal who knows she's just found the best horse in the world for her! Her smile pretty much says it all...congratulations all around!! Glad Stryker is alright too.

BrownEyed Cowgirl said...

It's always such a good feeling when you are pretty confident a horse goes to the right home.Of course, being the way most of us are...They don't leave unless we get that good feeling. ;-)

Crystal said...

Yay finally a home for Wilder and it sounds like a perfect one :) Haha silly Johnny and Stiker boys boys boys, glad he wasn't hurt and hes happy now

Paola said...

Nice pics! Hey, I was wondering if you would like one of your horses to feature in my school project ebook on horse breeds. Please email me at paola.pedranti@gmail.com for more info.