Barn name: Sadie | Sadie Lou | Lulu
Breed: Grade/Quarter Horse type
Like many of the horses in our herd, Sadie joined us through a little bit of luck and a whole lot of grace. About the time Fleet and Clyde joined us, my mother-in-law was searching for her next riding partner and soon brought Sadie home to the farm. The story was that she was purchased for a teenage girl from a sale where she had been with horses that had come from a trail riding business in Wisconsin Dells. As this girl went off to college, Sadie was looking for a new home and came to us. Over time, it became apparent that Sadie was not the steady, ‘bomb-proof’ horse that my mother-in-law needed. She was temperamental, ‘mare-ish,’ and quite grumpy about having a rider. Given the marks on her withers from past ill-fitting saddles, we started with chiropractic treatments to deal with any underlying pain. While this helped her attitude greatly, she was still unhappy about riding. As she was not a good fit for my mother-in-law, Sadie came into my care and into our hearts.
While Sadie still has her temperamental moments, we have been working on slow and steady progress riding bareback in the arena, and she knows that she is home, no matter what. The truth is that she is a very sensitive, gentle horse who also stands very deeply in her strength. She is a force to be reckoned with. She forms incredibly strong bonds, and her herd (both equine and human) is essential to her. With her big, round stature, she is also the most huggable horse in our herd and is known to snuggle while she eats her dinner. She is sweet, strong, and wise, and I have no doubt she has a lot share with us in our EGCM® sessions.