Target is a cross between a pony and a horse. I laughingly refer to him as a ‘porse’. We bought his mom
the summer of 2003. The previous owner did not know she had been bred. In February 2004 her belly
began to look really big and April 3 Target arrived.
His mom had been treated badly and we had to corner her to catch her (still have problems). The mare has
great influence on the baby and that was not a habit I wanted in him – see a human and run as far as you
can. I started what we refer to as halter breaking as soon as he was born. I would catch mom, tie her to the
fence then work with him. They were penned in a very small area at the time. By the time he was five weeks
old, when I entered the pen mom would run away and Target would come to me.
Since he didn’t have playmates I put beach balls in with him. He enjoyed playing with them. There was a
feeder hanging on the fence inside the barn with just enough room underneath to store a ball. After a few
days, when I got ready to feed at night, I found the ball or balls stored under the feeder. He put his toys
Another foal was born that summer (still have her – Goober) and she and Target roomed together after
being weaned (taken away from their moms). When they were two years old I needed to put them into a
group. I told Ray I wanted to put them in with the mares and he thought I was crazy. They had lived on the
other side of the fence for over a year and all were acquainted. I tried it and it worked so I have a confused
small gelding living with the girls.
I has been interesting to watch the friendship between Target and Goober. It has lasted even putting them
into a large group. They spend at least 50% of their time together. Tongue in cheek I refer to them as the
Granddaughter Kelsea had the experience and was a size to ride Target when he was two years old and
needed breaking. I pulled him out and spent a couple of weeks in preparatory work then we put Kelsea on
him. He handled it just fine and after about 45 rides he went into the school with the experienced riders.
He has a bit of ‘pony ornery’ about him as well as ‘kid’ mentality yet. He can be ridden by lighter weight
adults and will work better for them.
He has learned how to size his rider up and work with the least effort possible. The rider has to exert himself
to get what Target has to offer.
Target with his 'twin' Goober. These two were born the same
summer with Target being two months older.
When they were weaned they lived together for over a year
before joining the mares' herd. While together they developed a
very strong friendship. When it came time to have them join a
group I thought it might work putting them in with the mares.
They had lived across the fence since weaned and they all
knew each other.
Ray thought I was crazy but told me to go ahead and try it. I find
it interesting that their friendship has remained strong as they
joined the group and kept on maturing.
I have nicknamed them the 'twins' because where there is one
the other is not far behind. This holds true when catching either
of them also.
They do a lot of playing together so that relieves the grouchier
older horses in the herd.
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For the longest time when we pulled Target out to ride, I would
refer to the gray paint. People kept telling me there was no gray
horse in the pen - did I mean the white one?
Gray horses can have a gene called a greying gene. This
de-pigments the hair and a horse can turn white later in life.
When I took these he was over 10 years old and almost all white.