Two years ago we chatted with Sarilia resident, Georgie, to learn what brought her and her family to Sarilia, and what they were looking forward to in their transition to the river valley. Now that the busy family of five has settled into their new home, we thought we’d check in with Georgie again and see how her family’s five horses-yes, five!-are doing in the pasture.
How did the horses come into your life?
I have been riding for over 12 years. My husband and daughter joined the journey 1.5 years ago. Quickly, as we live and breathe our horses, we have become a “horse family.”
Tell us about your family’s horses.
Beau Jangles, a Bay Arabian gelding, 15 years old
Beau-Beau gets called a clown—he is very curious and sweet. He acts like he is still a colt and has a special place in my heart as he was my first horse.
Indigo Girl aka Indy, a Tobiano Pintabian mare, 13 years old
She is the boss mare in our herd. She is a respectful mare and that is why our herd is so peaceful and relaxed. The pecking order is established and she is good at keeping the order. She is very sweet and loves to get cuddles anytime.
Dolly, a Sorrel Paint mare, 11 years old
Our daughter Bennett’s horse, Dolls, is super sassy and very agile. She is from the U.S., but has adjusted well to our climate and the mosquitos. She loves her little rider and is pretty happy to just have Bennett as her main partner.
Denali, a Fleabitten Grey Quarter Horse gelding, 9 years old
Den is a one-of-kind horse. He is a smart boy—too smart! He is a loner in the herd and prefers only my mom’s attention when she comes out.
Texarkana, Black Quarter Horse gelding colt, 3 years old
Texy is our colt we are starting this spring. He is quite shy and happy to be left alone. He just needs to build more confidence in life and he will, in turn, be Jared’s new best friend.
Does your whole family care for the horses and ride?
Yes, all (with the exception of our colt Tex) are riding horses. They all have different energy levels. I ride Beau, my Arabian, and Indy, the Pintabian. Bennett rides Dolly and Jared rides all of them. Once Tex gets under saddle that will be Jared’s main mount.
How have the horses settled into the pasture?
The horses love the pasture. It really brings them back to their natural roots. They drink from a spring-fed creek, they use the heavy bush and deep valley for protection and graze on the native prairie grasses. The pasture is an excellent size, so our horses can put on the natural mileage that they would if they were feral.
My husband and I are true believers in keeping things simple. With the type of grass the pasture possesses, we were able to leave them on the 120 acres without cross fencing and they have never looked better. Their coats and weight are amazing. They have built muscle traveling up and down the valley to the creek to drink and their feet are in awesome condition. We built a 60-foot round pen and a 103 x 200-foot outdoor arena so we can still school the horses in a controlled environment and the footing is more predictable. The trails and beautiful scenery have been awesome to ride in.
The winter will hold different challenges but we are all for them. My husband is a true outdoorsman born in the wrong era. We have a solar-heated water trough as well as a fire-chamber trough. We have 18 round bales that we will net to control feed once the real snow hits. The horses will still use the bush and we may haul hay into the bush on those cold days with the snowmobiles to keep them out of the wind.