The supporting cast. These animals were not adopted or rescued, but are a vital part of our farm life and we love them to pieces!
SANDY Sandy is Gordon's Norwegian Fjord mare. Her nickname is Eeyore, since she takes after the legendary donkey in many ways. I also call her Hoover, as in vacuum, as in "No scrap of hay escapes her attention." She lives for food and so must wear a grazing muzzle when out on pasture. She is sweet, gentle and lovely and like Gordon, is never in a hurry.
ROO Roo is Natalie's Quarterhorse gelding, born in 2006. He's a marvellous guy, smart and dependable. When he moved here, he was afraid of only one thing... goats. Needless to say, we have worked through that little phobia. If Natalie had her way, she'd be riding Roo all day every day.
MONTY This cutie is Monty the Maremma. He was born February 15, 2016. Monty has an important job as livestock guardian dog for the goats and pigs. He has bonded to them and lives with them 24/7, although he also loves people. He's goofy, affectionate, and smart as can be,and has already mastered clicker-training for obedience. He will not be fully mature until he is about two years old, but he is already showing excellent instincts and barks up a storm when he hears the coyotes start howling. When Monty is older, we plan to get a second LGD, a female, to help him. By that time, Monty will be mature enough to help train the new pup! It is best to have at least two of these dogs to guard the animals so that they can spell each other off.
Monty looks up to Kevin (king of the goat herd!) like an older brother, and Kevin is remarkably tolerant of this pup, even when he gnaws ever-so-gently on Kevin's horns.
When he gets time off from his duties, Monty likes to play with his Rottie-mix buddy Junior.