Sunny is the latest member of the Neophyte Homestead. He officially belongs to my middle son.
Sunny is 21 years old. He is undernourished, needs a farrier, and some teeth work done. As you know this isn't our first time with an older animal or one that is in need of extra love.
Our middle son has been begging for a horse for well over a year now. He has been learning how to care for horses at a neighbors house. We received a phone call about Sunny, and he was given to us for free. My middle on knows the most about horses around here, so it was decided to go ahead and take the horse and allow our son to be his keeper. With help from us and the neighbor, of course.
Our son is thrilled! He goes out with me every morning, and while I milk the cows he tends his horse. He goes out in the late afternoon with me as well.
Sunny is an old Barrel Race horse, and there are some things we have to be careful of because of those years of racing. One would be flying towards a fence and abruptly stopping. It will be a little while before our son will be able to ride solo. He (Sunny) might be old, but he still has a great deal of spirit, and when I lead him to the barn, he wants to run. ( not as in run away, but move faster then I am walking)
Sunny should be a great learning experience for us all, especially our 6 year old.