Our three boys: Southside Bryan, Southside Jack and Southside Pitmoney all came into J&M Acres Horse Rescue at the end of April 2014 for rehab and TLC and to find their forever homes.
The first to be adopted was Southside Bryan (who has since been renamed "Leo"). He was officially adopted on September 24, 2014 and had no problems settling into his new home in Merritt. In the last few months, his adopter has introduced him to a bridle and saddle and has been steadily working with him and introducing him to new experiences and new things. This is what she had to say about her Southside boy:
Leo, aka Southside Bryan, has been in our family since August 2014. He has come so far since we brought him home and not only that, but he has been super easy and a pleasure to handle every day. Within days of bring him home, I had him saddled up for the first time without any troubles, in spite of the fact that Leo had never seen a saddle or even a blanket in his life. Within a month, I felt so comfortable with his calm and sweet disposition that I was ponying my young boys around on him. He hardly even blinked, and seemed quite happy to walk around the pasture with his new sisters Maggie, J&M graduate Fit to Romp, and Mia. I thought he would put up a bit of a fight when it came time to try on a bridle for the first time, but again, Leo was a pleasant surprise. I slipped the bit right into his mouth and he hardly fidgeted beyond the typical chewing. He really is the sweetest boy and every day I can tell he trusts me just a little bit more in spite of all the 'weird' things that I do to him. I cannot wait to go for our first ride this spring and show him the joy of heading out on the trails. I'm so grateful to J&M Acres for saving this beautiful boy's life and giving us the chance to love him. - Melissa
When I started seriously thinking about getting some horses to ride the mountain trails up here in the South Chilcotin I was looking for a couple that I could train from greenbroke. The three musketeers came up for adoption during that time and I saw that there was no interest in them. After hemming and hawing while trying to put accommodations together for my future horses, Southside Bryan was snapped up. I still had not put together my corral but came down to have a look at Money and Jack. When I went to the foster home I was a little disappointed that Money had just been made pending. But as it turned out there was a friend coming up this direction with a horse trailer so the next day I loaded Jack and brought him to his new forever home. I was hoping to get both and bring them at the same time but I guess it just was not in the cards. A friend lent me one of her horses to keep Jack company and it has worked out so well that I bought her. They get along wonderfully and Jack is getting ready to learn how to be driven. I am very happy that all of the three musketeers have finally found their places in the world. - Kenneth
As I sit, contemplating how very far Money has come in the last few weeks, the baby horse stands, feeling sorry for himself. We've just been gelded, you see, and he's mourning the loss of his manhood. I've got a soft spot for the underdog and when I saw Money, that's exactly what I saw. Leaner, perhaps, than his brothers as well as shy and somewhat distrustful, worried and wary of strangers. Valentine's day marks one month since Money made the trek from warm BC to cold Alberta, and I couldn't imagine spending it with a more special boy. He's stolen not only my heart, but the hearts of my (obviously) pony loving daughters and has already given his heart to my shy, timid teen. He has made it abundantly clear that he will call some of the shots by deciding who is trustworthy. I'm okay with that; we all are actually, because we are the lucky ones - he chose us.
We are so grateful for their adopters and cannot wait to continue to watch their progress!