I have seriously let Indigo's section lapse! I guess time really does fly when you are having fun. I'll post some random pictures here of the past few years.  Indigo is now full grown. He has become an awesome trail horse with a super good mind. He hates mindless arena work, loping circles or gymkhana, and he doesn't really like jumping like we thought he would. He's a "Thinker" and he loves to figure things out.  One of the times we went out with my sister and her family and their seasoned trail horses, THEIR horses, who were supposed to be showing Indigo how to behave on a trail, decided to act up and refused to cross any water!  Indigo had to shoe THEM how to do it! He's calm, not silly or spooky and takes his time navigating unfamiliar situations.



In April of 2014, Indigo coliced very seriously. We had to make an emergency midnight trip to Alamo Pintado, a veterinary hospital in Solvang. The staff met us and worked with Indigo all night trying to get him to pass the manure that  completely blocked in his colon.  They didn't succeed so they sedated him for the night and we drove home without him. We then waited for "the call" from the vet to know if they could save him or not. This has to be one of the worst times in my life and I was physically sick with worry and grief. Finally they did call. Indigo still hadn't pooped on his own and I had to make the decision of whether to approve surgery or have him put to sleep. Colic surgery was $10,000 and there was no guarantee he'd survive or that he wouldn't colic again.  By this time, I was wild with grief and would have agreed to anything just to have Indigo back home. I had no idea where we'd get $10,000 but I agreed to the surgery thinking the money would 'come from "SOMEWHERE" or that we'd make payments the rest of our lives. I couldn't imagine life without Indigo in it.  About 30 minutes later, the hospital called us back and said that while they were shaving Indigo's belly and preparing him for surgery, he suddenly cut loose and  "Pooped like anything"! I could hear the staff and the vets cheering and laughing at the amount of poop he was dumping everywhere. I have never been so happy about horse manure in my life!

We were able to bring Indigo home the next day. He made alot of friends there at Alamo Pintado and they were so happy to see him be able to go home. These pictures were taken there at the hospital. I have nothing but praise for this facility and all the staff. Beautiful and professional in every way.  So far, Indigo has been healthy and happy...we are a bit poorer, but money is nothing compared to Indigo!

These pictures were taken a couple months after Indigo's trip to the hospital. It was SO good to have my precious boy back home. You can see his belly hair still hasn't grown completely back in but at least he's gained his weight back.  I changed his diet to Orchard grass hay and senior pellets and he seems to be very happy with it. I think he's glad to be home too!

One of Indigo's absolute favorite things to do is crush boxes flat. He really gets into it!  It has become his "job".  He has so much fun stomping on the boxes, I try to let him do it often. I tap the box with the stick and say "Get it"! That's his cue to stomp on the box and mash it flat. Sometimes a box actually gets stuck on his leg and he has to shake it off. Can you imagine any other horse putting up with a big box stuck on his leg? Indigo don't care at all and will continue his box mashing with a box hung up on one of his legs. It is beyond funny and I really need to get a video of it!

 

Here's a few more random current pictures of Indigo. He has turned into such a fine horse. I braided his mane this time and he looks SO grown up! Nothing much bothers this guy. He's careful and extremely sensitive and thinks things through. He's a serious guy and doesn't care for the other horses except for Cinderella...but then of course, EVERYone loves Cinders! I don't really know how to teach a horse a trick, so I just TELL Indigo to do something and he seems to understand it for the most part. "Put your feet on this", or "Go in between these two things", I say to him and he pretty much does it. He's so smart, I know there are times he understands what I'm saying but doesn't really want to do it so he acts like he doesn't get it. FOOD is a big motivator so if there's a good enough reward, he can be REAL smart! People always ask me what Kind of horse Indigo is when we go out and rather then trying to explain what his father and mother were, I often say he's a "Warlander". That's confusing enough but when I tell them a Warlander is a Percheron/ Andalusian cross, they believe it. Hey, he KINDA looks like one! He's just not big enough. Despite the big breeds in his ancestry, Indigo is only 15.2 hands. That Fjord breeding really cut him down to size!