Two months ago Miss Saffron, a BLM pregnant mustang from the wild, had never willingly been touched by a human. Only those BLM folks moving her in and out of squeeze chutes and trailers. Eight weeks ago (3 days after we brought her home) she gave birth to her baby, Firestorm, who was conceived in the wild on or about April 20th (my birthday). Both of these mustangs have been nothing short of astonishing. Saffron took hay from my hand her first night here (it took Noelle 19 days to do that) and, after Stormy was born, Saffron allowed me to begin imprinting her new baby within the the first hour after birth, even though I couldn’t touch Saffron, or even stand up when close to her. But on the evening of my birthday everything changed, she flipped an internal switch and was suddenly all over me, blowing in my ear and nose and allowing me to rub and touch her absolutely anywhere without concern. Standing up! A cherished birthday gift indeed! We’ve had Noelle, also mustang, for almost three years and barely a month after we brought her home, I could do more with Saffron than I can today with Noelle. This week we opened up a brand new paddock to Saffy and Stormy. I worried that in these strange surroundings Saffron might be more worried and not as willing. But she amazes me every single day with her level of trust. I thought I knew a little about mustangs after three years with Noelle, but Saffy has re-written the book. Enjoy this short video of their trip into the new paddock. I catch myself watching it over and over… and grinning like a kid in a candy store.
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