Wilma, the leader

Wilma, the leader

Friesian  mare, just over 15 hands.
Calm, gentle, friendly and willing to try out new things. Helped Ashara to get over her extreme fear of being on a horse’s back.

Wilma, the leader

Wilma spent the first 13 years of her life as a broodmare, producing beautiful offspring. Her last baby, Patric, was born on our property, on Ashara’s birthday, almost to the time she was born. Talk about a gift.

After Patric was weaned and went to his new home, Wilma started her new career – as a riding horse. She spent six months getting in shape and learning what it meant to carry a rider. Her calm demeanor, gentle friendliness and willingness to try this new thing won her heart of her trainer and anyone else she happened to meet.

When Wilma came home, she waited patiently while Ashara got up the courage to ride her. They started with quick, 15 minute rides in the round pen. Gradually, they ventured out of the round pen and around the property. A major milestone was when Ashara rode Wilma on a trail over to the neighbor’s house. That adventure didn’t happen overnight; it took a long time – years.

Throughout their journey, Wilma stayed with Ashara, greeting her with joy every time she came to the barn, enjoying long walks on the lead line, and gently helping Ashara get over my extreme fear of being on a horse’s back. Wilma and Ashara now ride all over the reserve, and Wilma is learning how to pull a cart.

Now she continues her nurturing by being a member of the healing herd. We feel so humbled by this magnificent creature, who gave her all to help Ashara with her issues, and never once judged her actions or complained that it was taking too long. She is a horse in a million, and we are so lucky to call her our beloved friend.