Noss is a little blue roan Quarter Horse mare that J&M Acres rescued at a local auction at the end of September 2010. She was short and quiet and we thought that she was super sweet - then we got her home.
It wasn't that Noss was mean or that she was dangerous. No. Noss' issue was that she was extremely fearful of people.
When we got her home, she didn't want anything to do with us anymore. If we came near her, she would run away. A couple days after she came in, I did manage to get near her and pet her, but she was thinking of a way out the whole time. She definitely was a sweet horse, but something certainly happened in her past that made her fearful. Something we still know nothing about.
Noss was with us for a couple months before her new family found her. She had some interest from other people, but nothing stuck until the end of November 2010.
A lovely couple was looking at another horse of ours and decided that they wanted to give Noss a chance too and thus, her new family was born.
Letter From Their Mom:
Noss and Casper are enjoying their home and are having fun although we are not riding them. I have a new saddle and am eager but establishing a relationship with Noss is a slow process. Not obviously paying special attention to Noss is allowing her to gain trust. She seems very afraid at times. Other times she is just playing. I have to dream up wild ways to arouse their curiosity. They are coming round more and more.
Noss was in love with the old town work horse that was retired 15 years ago. He was an old boy. He and Noss spent their days together over the fence nuzzling each other up and down the neck and hanging out. They were obviously a starcrossed pair. Old Cody had a very happy last 7 months of his life with a friend. He had been the sole horse in the valley for very many years so we were very happy for him. We had a burial and our animals were present, each taking it in in their own way. Noss seems to have adjusted to her loss extremely well. She is a pretty girl rubbing each day for a while on the apricot trees.
Casper has an amazing extended trot. I am considering harnessing Casper to a very lightweight carriage - I remember the musical Oklahoma when Theater Under the Stars was in it's infancy in Stanley Park. Surrey with the fringe on top. I think he could pull a couple of tourists on the level pavement without strain. We have a little passenger bud car that runs on the railway tracks that runs between Seton Portage and Lillooet. The horses are admired daily by all who pass by. It is one of the prettiest trips in the province. An inexpensive little known secret.
We are also thinking we would like to adopt more animals. We are close to our maximum but are wanting to expand so perhaps an opportunity will present itself.
Casper didn't like me for a long time but he and I had a challenging day 3 weeks ago - I was leading him down to the orchard and he didn't want to stay down there. I wasn't positive I was going to be able to hold him but I did and he shows respect for me now.
I was laying in the deep snow out near the horses the other night making snow angels and the horses were pretty curious sniffing boldly. I was trusting that they wouldn't step on me. Casper took a carrot that I was holding in my mouth and I got the nicest nuzzling I've ever had from a horse. He had to try and get that carrot broken off and I got a great kiss! Noss was nudging the ball this morning.