“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and fire.” Shannon Ralls Lemo
“Spitfire” does not even begin to describe the little grulla filly that came to our farm in early 2010. “Ishta” came to us as an owner surrender and was only 2 years old. She was the cutest little filly we had ever laid eyes on and fit right in with the family of Sorraias that had arrived the previous November. She was very smart and also very naughty. Ishta had been a spoiled in her previous life and therefore was not aware of the fact that she was an 800-lb horse and not a lap dog. It took a lot of patience and consistent handling to break the cycle of crowding and pushing that she had developed. Aside from her human-caused habits, she was a pleasure to have on the farm and became a bit of comic relief most days. In the summer she would splash every bit of water out of the trough and then try to grab to hose out of your hand while you were refilling it. In the winter she would trek through 5-foot snowdrifts to chew bark off of the trees in the middle of her field even though her hay feeder was over flowing. She was a character no matter what you were doing with her and we enjoyed every minute spent with her on the farm.
In February of 2011, the kind people at Horse Tenders decided to take Ishta. She was to be their spokes horse for the work they did with mustangs. She excelled under their guidance and became a great example for mustangs everywhere. They found her human soul mate after over a year spent travelling from place to place and clinic to clinic. Ishta is now living out her life with a middle-aged woman who wanted a trustworthy partner for the trail. We are so happy that she has found someone to truly appreciate her infectious personality