|Might get that bucket?|
DeCato Copper hasn’t had much air time on this blog, so I thought I’d post a few pictures of this pretty little BLM mustang mare.
DeCato came to live with us after I saw her advertised on Craigslist, and requested a photo. When I saw more skeleton than horse, we went and got her, brought her home, isolated her for a while, got her vaccinated, and then integrated her with the others. The former owner didn’t feed her enough or handle her much after getting her from a BLM auction at Cornell two years before. He didn’t have experience training any horse, let alone a mustang, and she was beyond his abilities.
|Where be that bucket?|
She lacked minimal care, and actually had never even had her feet trimmed while he owned her. He said that when he told farriers that she was a wild mustang, they refused to work on her, but honestly, I was picking out and filing her feet within about three weeks of bringing her home, and I’m no Buck Brannaman.
She was also being housed with a two-year-old stallion at her old place, and the fact that her life with him didn't result in a random foal is either a miracle or a testament to this mare's determination in keeping him away from her reproducing parts.
|Might still get the bucket...|
Last I measured, DeCato still hadn’t made it to 14 hands. She’s the low horse in the group and herd-bound and spooky when handled. I have ridden her a bit, and she never tried to buck, but she’s a challenge because of her insecurities. I’ll have her working more this fall, after I am happy with Dee’s and Starlight’s progress.
DeCato has shown me that she’s a very smart mare, but prefers to be with the herd. She’s the self-appointed security guard of the group, always on the look-out for something dangerous on the horizon. I guess when you’re a horse born on the plains of Nevada, you might carry a higher level of paranoia than these fat and comfy stock horses and the drafty beast who hang out here.
She’s the only solid color horse here, a rich chestnut with a sprinkle of roany white hairs in her coat. She dapples up in the summer and has a slight curl to her coat in the winter, which isn’t surprising, since the Ely, Nevada area where she came from does produce some curly mustangs.
|...except Hudson has the bucket.|
Oh, and the former owners identified her as “Dakado” in their ad, which I thought was an interesting name, but then I heard them call her “Dakota,” and realized the interesting name was just bad spelling. Well, it stuck as “DeCato,” and the “Copper” part is in honor of her penny-red coat and the fact that copper is produced in the area where she was born.
Enjoy the pictures of this doe-eyed mare with the pretty head and shiny coat!