Born in 1987, Wynnie is a gentle soul and very much a lady. I first met her in 2000 and in 2002 she had her first ride...and I had the honor. I will never forget it- I was tacking down Cheyenne (you will meet her next) and Wynn came over and nudged the blanket. I teased her and asked if she wanted to wear it. She just looked at me. So, I out it on her fully expecting her to run off and leave it on the ground. Nope, she stood. My husband (now ex) and I looked at each other and said, "huh?". So, I pushed it and threw the saddle one. Same reaction. Hmmm....so, on went the bridle. So I had to ask if he was POSITIVE she had never been ridden- this was too easy. He assured me he was just as stunned as I. So it was time to lean over her. She shifted a bit and when she did I swung my leg over. She turned her head and had surprise in her eyes but...no explosion. We stood a long time. I think. Then she took a foot forward and another. I was at her mercy becuase she had no idea what I was telling her to do but she was Ok with it. The only thing she tried was a crow hop at the fence line to see if I would fall off and over the fence. This BTW is her signature move. Wynn was ridden for many years with Cheyenne and she loves to run. Then the worst happened. She got pregnant in 2007 and gave it all to her baby, Wynn Storm. Now she had never been an easy keeper and was so fat that when the baby came (late) she was a skeleton. Out came the vet and the baby was pulled at two weeks. I felt like an idiot.
Stormy now lives in Healdton, OK and is a parade pony last I heard. Wynn, well, she is still running around in my pasture and is retired. I am happy to report that over the past few years she has begun putting on more and more weight and may just get a rider on her this summer....
Yesterday I lunged her for the first time in several years. She was sassy! She bucked a little, flipped her head a bit and then settled back into our old routine. After a few (dozen) cookies and kisses, she was released back to the pasture and ran full tilt boogie back to the barn and started calling for her dinner.
You have to love...Horse-itude!