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Meet Sara

Updated on July 10, 2014

The newest member of The Girls

Our latest and final resident, Sara (a.k.a. Blue Seranade, a.k.a. Sarabear), was donated to the farm not long ago. Her owner was selling all her horses, but due to an abusive past she wanted Sara to go somewhere special where she would be well cared for and understood.

When an abused horse is moved to a new home, there is often regression which requires careful handling and a longer period of adjustment. For all you horse lovers out there (or anyone interested in animal psychology :o) I give you ...

Sara arrived here safely on a weekday afternoon. Thankfully, this gave her plenty of daylight hours to adjust to her new surroundings.

She scrambled out of the trailer in a big hurry, but since it was a four hour trip to get here we could hardly blame her. She was a bit nervous at the change of scene, and let us know by snorting softly several times as she looked around at her new environment. Even so, she was a perfect little lady as we made our way around the house to her temporary quarters.

A New Home

Something that I found interesting was that one of the shippers referred to her nervous snorting as "An Arabian thing", which surprised me. It's not a breed trait at all, but simply an expression of equine anxiety. A precursor to those frantic whinnies, if you like, should the stressful situation escalate. Shadow [our resident weenie] is a Tennessee Walking Horse and he snorts at things on a regular basis. Have you ever heard it before?

We walked Sara slowly around the area we had fenced off for her so she would know exactly where the boundaries were. Initially, she was more interested in the grass than anything and spent the first 30 minutes or so with her head greedily buried in it... YUM :o)

The Girls had been at the top of the hill initially, but hot-footed it downhill to see what was going on. Rina, Lady and Taya [sometimes referred to as the "Three Muskateers"] gave Sarabear the official once over before deciding that Sara was A NOBODY and should be be thoroughly ignored. The threesome looked at Sara, then turned right around and marched straight back up the hill; noses and tails haughtily in the air. Bella however, [the loner of the herd] was absolutely fascinated with her new neighbor.

Apparently it was mutual; they spent an entire hour completely transfixed and staring at each other across the fences, which I thought was pretty funny. Sara eventually went back to chomping away on the grass, but Bella continued to stand and stare until it was time for supper.

Maybe she finally found herself a friend. Wouldn't that be nice?

How Do You Do?

With the girls tucked safely in their stalls, introductions were made all around before walking Sara around the perimeter of the pasture. Photos below from Left to Right: Lady and Bella, Rina (who is the leader of The Girls), and Taya.

Um, apparently DD hasn't quite mastered the concept of holding the camera completely still when taking photographs...Please excuse the bits of blur :o)

A Boy's Eye View

Shadow (R) and Cinnamon (L) were the first members of the Moo Crew to arrive at the fence and check out the new arrival. They stood staring with avid interest as we headed up the hill with Sara in tow.

WOO! - Who is that??

Haaay, she's kind of cute...

Of course Shadow (a.k.a. Señor Studmuffin) developed an instantaneous infatuation with our pretty new arrival.

While Cinnamon lost interest within a few minutes, Shadow remained at the fence and quickly struck several of his very best studly poses. In an added attempt to impress the new love of his life - who was ignoring him completely, being otherwise occupied mowing the grass at warp speed - he arched his neck over the fence and let out an itty bitty whinny.

- Oh the shame of it -

Sara was distinctly unimpressed with his machismo...(of course it may just have been the sissyfied whinny that failed to wow her :o)

After turning Sara loose and letting her poke around her new home a bit more, we let the girls out of their stalls. Everyone raced around madly for a few minutes...

...before settling down to munch hay (whew!)

Making Way at the Hay

As The New Girl, Sara was not exactly warmly welcomed at the haypile although Taya finally agreed to share a bit of her space.

Rina, Lady and Bella ultimately decided to pretend that Sara did not exist in their little world. Although Bella periodically cast surreptitious glances Sara's way, she made no offer of friendship which surprised me. Remember her being riveted at the fence?

Unfortunately for him, Shadow seemed to be experiencing a rather extreme case of denial. He continued his attempts to convince Sarabear of his overwhelming manly appeal by executing his very best trot in large circles by the fence; while periodically peeking at her to see if Sara had fallen head over hooves for him yet.

Sadly, she hadn't. Sorry man... :o\

Spatial Relationships

Well Miss Sarabear may be settling in okay, but it seems that some of her pasture mates have opted to stage a protest. Rina, in a bout of teenage drama, has decided that Sara's presence here is unacceptable and ruining her life. Really.

Rina has a very large personal space, and gets very cranky when a member of her herd trespasses in said space. It would seem that Sara missed that little tidbit of important information, and had the misfortune to wander just a teensy bit too close to her new leader.

Unfortunately, when Rina explained this egregious error in no uncertain terms via a bite to the *Ahem* boo-tay, Sara compounded the problem by panicking and rather desperately lashing out in self-preservation before fleeing the scene.

Uh-oh. Contact.

Houston we may have a problem...

The Detestable Ding

To say that Rina was put out by Sara's audacious behavior would be somewhere along the lines of calling a backhanded slap to the Queen of England "an unfortunate incident" (you know, the understatement of the century).

It's ALL My Space...Got it?

Rina has finally stopped chasing Sara at 5 minute intervals, and has opted to remind her of her place only periodically and at a much slower speed. I have also noticed that this is now done from a much safer distance :o)

Since Rina has decided to be offended by Sara's presence, Lady has announced that she feels exactly the same way. Hmmm, can you say brown noser??

Taya only makes ugly faces at Sara when Rina is looking, otherwise she is pretty much ambivalent. She is pleased, though, that she is no longer the resident peon (now that she actually outranks someone) and has been spotted practicing her important new status by butting in front of Sara at the water trough every chance she gets.

Least but Last (no longer)

Seems Bella doesn't really care one way or the other either, except to be deliriously happy that Rina is no longer chasing her around the haypile.

Ah well, such is the life when you're a horse.

I think it's time for a nap...

A (not quite) Wordless Epilogue... - It's Official: Miss Sarabear has declared us Home Sweet Home :o)

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a.....hallucination? - Huh, well wonders never cease :o)

© 2009 EpicFarms

So tell me, did you know that horse herd and high school were synonymous?

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Just popping back to this great page to let you know that Bonnie has started a new topic in the forum for Squidoo Supported Charities

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      KandDMarketing 5 years ago

      Great lens! We've gone through much of the same shenanigans here as well. My paint mare Cessa is THE QUEEN ... really, ask her, she'll tell you so. When we bought our American creams (a 2 year old filly and a 1 year old colt) we laughed at many of the same antics you've described for Rina.

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      EpicFarms 6 years ago

      Thank you SO much everyone!

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      caketech 6 years ago

      Congrats on the Sunshine award! Very entertaining, informative and well written lens!

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      EpicFarms 6 years ago

      @WindyWintersHubs: Thank you Windy! We were so excited to win :o)

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      what a wonderful lens, great photos and so well written. congrats on the Sunshine Award, well deserved x

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on your Sunshine Award! I really enjoyed reading your story about dear Sara and her first experiences with the other horses. What a beautiful horse and a sweet name. :)

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      Yipee on the Sunshine Award! That is just wonderful!

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      TopStyleTravel 7 years ago

      Congrats on the Sunshine Award! Lovely and amusing story about Sara and the bunch. And yes, the horses behavior is similar to what is experienced in high school. A very good example.

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      squid-janices7 7 years ago

      Congrats on winning the Sunshine Award! The story brought a smile to my face this morning:)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Stopping back by to give a great big Congratulations for your Sunshine Award!

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      EpicFarms 7 years ago

      Thank you so much everyone - this just made our day! (Yay :o)

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      EpicFarms 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so very much Kimberly! (and thanks to Squidoo, too - WooHoo! :o)

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      burgessvillian 7 years ago

      Congratulations on the sunshine award.

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      Michelle Lacroix Toro 7 years ago from United States

      I enjoyed reading about Sara's indoctrination to the group! Congratulations on winning today's Sunshine Award!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations on your win!

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I back for a visit to congratulate you on winning a Sunshine Award!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your Sunshine Award! You and Epic Farms have a collective $198 to put towards your goals! http://blogs.squidoo.com/squidblog/2010/07/07/suns...

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens and lovely pics. I had horses once and know the love they give. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on charity-lenses-for-summer-sunshine-giveaway - also nominated

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      Happy to meet the horses...in all their hilarious glory. Fun read, best in the Sunshine contest!

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      Adorable lens for a fantastic charity. squidangel blessed. And,nominated.

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Love reading real-life stories. Very nice to meet these beautiful horses.

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      I love this lens! It is so interesting and entertaining to read about the horses on your farm. Featured today on Squidoo Lens Reviews - http://blog.growwear.com/the-sarabear-chronicles/ - and nominated. Stop by to pick up your badge if you would like. Hope you get lots of nominations!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This was the most enjoyable lens I've read in a very long time! I had no idea that the horses would be so much like high school! It was a pleasure to meet all of the horses and I'm sure Sara will find her place before too long.

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      EpicFarms 7 years ago

      Thank you all SO much for your kinds words! And an extra special thank you to HorseAndPony for the beautimous horse lens template (it rocks... Boo-Yeah!! :o)

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      Great lens. I love the Drama and yes it is so much like high school. Nominated for the Sunshine Award and Blessed by The HorseAndPony Angel.

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      fun, funny, fantastic horse lens for the charity awards! nominated, voted, fave, lensroll. Awesome job, Jen!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      This is absolutely wonderful! I have so glad that Sara has a new home, even if it is with sassy girls. It is funny to see and read about animals behaving like people. I guess that just proves we are all animals :) I so enjoy your writing style! I will be featuring this on my facebook "Most Excellent" lens page today and I am definitely rooting for it in the summer sunshine contest.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Fun read! Thanks for sharing!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Hi, it was great to hear from you and I loved reading about Sara. I had just recently asked where you had been. I am going to nominate this great lens for the Sunshine Award and will feature it on my contest lens Sunshine Award Nominees with Epic Farms. Good Luck on the Contest. By the way, I love how you have the Titles to the Parts of this story. Great work - reads well and looks fantastic.