I'm taking this over now!
Hey guys n' girls! My name is Kody and I am taking over this photo album now (for most of the time)!
I came to OCS with 18 years right away where they still were in Germany. I had too much arguments with my father about what to become in the future. To shorten the story, he wanted me to become a lawyer just like him and his opinion on animals? "They are a waste of time, concentrate on your future job!" My mom encouraged me to do what I want but she hasnt had the strenght agains my father to say that right away. So I pushed through school and without my fathers knowledge I worked and rode at OCS already a year until I was finally 18 years old and I told my father I am going to leave, no matter what he would do. My mom was really sad and I hate that I had to leave her behind, but I wanted to do the right thing for me.
I am still in good contact with my mom though and I recently got an E-Mail from her that she and my dad are getting divorced as my leaving had opened moms eyes. We are in contact and she maybe will be coming over to OCS someday in the future, we'll see.
But back to the reality here. Yes I got white/gray hair, I just love this color, my normal hair color is a dark blonde in case you want to know, haha! And the beautiful mare next to me is Sia, Drovers I Won A Million In Vegas. She is my one and only and we are actively competing in Reining and are practicing for some Barrel Race in the future. I always refer to her as "my" mare but she is a long time lease from Drovers Run (@Drovers_Run ) that is currently open end until further talks about her. I hope she will stay a long as possible with me! Next to my own riding career I help managing the training scedule for all other horses, I train some of the mares and I also do some riding lessons since a few months. And I am going to take you on to some of my daylie life at OCS for the future time. Idk how long but we will have some fun together!
(I post mainly the same story on Instagram as its here, but I will only update Kodys Story once a week here so I can keep posting stuff to a regular and not to "spammy" base. So If you want to see some of the posts earlier you can look at my Instagram Account ottercreek.stables)
May I introduce you to my new horse? sigh
This is Gaia, a pregnant mare almost ready to pop. She is a wild bay quarter horse in a rather not so good shape and we got her as an emergency from the local animal rescue. She was put there from her breeder who told he could not afford her and all he left were her papers. Obviously she was pregnant and the shelter wanted to make sure she is healthy and fine and Gaia got a vet check up. Her previouse owner did not leave any other informations on the stallion or any of her previouse health cares, nothing was kept track of. She looked like she was taken out of a half wild broodmare herd and there must have been something wrong.
So the vet check happened and only an hour later we got the call. First, this mare was way underweight even if she looked okay because of her pregnancy and second, big shock for the animal shelter, she was pregnant awaiting twin foals. The shelter simply would not be able to afford the necessary vet care to ensure mares and foals health and the only one they knew was OCS, as we are in good contact to help mediating shelter horses to new owners.
So Gaia is now here in my hands to care for as I somehow got in love with her. Her white spots arent birdcatchers, she must have had a fungal infection some years ago that left white growing fur. She definetly is in a bad shape, but Sia took care of her after Gaias arrival. She is a gentle mare that goes with every horse I know on OCS. With Sakis help we will be planning out a special foodplan to get her some weight without harming her health. I know her tail looks pretty short, I cannot tell if it will grow back or is harmed by the fungal infection but time will show. Her mane though was cut by me as it was completely matted and I coulnd really brush it. This will definetly grow back. She is still very cautiouse, I will be watching her over the night how she will be doing.
So not only my daylie life will be blogged here but you most likely wil see my way with Gaia and hopefully with two healthy babys in the future. See ya!
Sideview on Gaia. You can clearly see her ribs, not good. But her first planned meal seemed to have tasted her great. I put some extra Hay up in her stall as I noticed her empty foodbin, its good that she eats more than excpected but I still have to watch out that its all nutritiouse and not to fat so she and her foals get what they really need and stay healthy.
I really hope that she makes it though birth and further. I most likely will not be able to ride her in the future, she is only 2 1/2 years as her papers say. Sure in nature within their first year most mares already are able to cycle and breed, but in captivity this is a bit risky if you want to make something good out of your horse.
Meanwhile we also got contact with her previouse owner, telling us she was a wild born filly within the broodmare herd. He was on vacation and had a cousin watching the ranch of him and this cousin must have left this yearling in the herd instead of taking her out like the rest weanlings were. She simply was overlooked and when the owner came back the new stallion was brought to the pastures of his broodmares. Thats how she got pregnant. But luckyly we now also have informations on the stallion who was a bay sabino-tobiano paint horse stallion.
Gaia is now 2 1/2 years old and would have been in the age to break her in, her back is not in a good shape, she does have pain and we got a light painkiller for her from our vet. He says after labor this might will get betterr, if not this would not be a long term desicion for her to always get painkillers. Lets just hope for now that she will survive the foals birth and we can get all three living and well being trough the first two hard weeks after birth to see if they can make it.
Damn that care for Gaia is nerve wracking. This morning she has had something like a light colic. I think that hay yersterday wasnt good to give her. She was restless and walked around with a rumbling bellie that was filled with gas. Good thing she is fine now again. I am so glad that I dont have any competitions in the next four months so I can fully concentrate on her.
Saki is currently watching on Gaia, I needed a time off and took Sia for a ride. These hot temperatures are great to burst through our river, the otter creek, well you now know where our Ranch name came from, haha! Its a flat river that has some deep spots but most of the time is rideable trough for long periods until the stronger stream comes in the forest area behind me. Last year we had an otter family there, why the river got his name. There have always been otters here but I havent seen them this year. Maybe they got a new spot deeper in the forest, I dont know.
I really love this trustable mare. we had our difficulties in the first weeks together but we grew to a great team and I am happy to have her!