Miss Scarlett: June

Follow AQHYA member Tara Osburn as she raises her AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program filly.

By Tara Osburn
The American Quarter Horse Journal
July 11, 2013

Tara Osburn and KT Docs Mamba, aka "Miss Scarlett," photo by Lesley Martin

Every month, Tara updates readers on what she and Scarlett have been up to. Be sure to read Tara's latest blogs at www.aqha.com/meet-miss-scarlett. (Lesley Martin photo)

Editor’s note: Tara Osburn of Gaston, Oregon, received KT Docs Mamba, aka “Scarlett,” in fall 2012 through the AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program from AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder KT Ranch. The following report is what Tara and Scarlett have been up to in the past month.

Each month is certainly different with my little Scarlett. She has stayed on her diet consistently, I recently talked to my vet and Scarlett is getting her appropriate shots done very soon. She is also up-to-date on her deworming schedule with our vet.

Scarlett has been getting longed for about 20 minutes a day every few days. She is getting in shape so that she will look really nice for our upcoming show! Scarlett has been outside a lot lately and has somehow scratched herself a few times; luckily, they were small, minor cuts and are healing up just fine.

Scarlett has been especially sweet lately! We adopted some motherless kittens, and until we found them homes at the beginning of the month, Scarlett enjoyed following them around and playing with them when I brought them outside with her. I have also found Scarlett lying down in her pasture several times recently, and she has been happy to have me sit down and enjoy her while she sleeps. In the past, she would get up and walk to see me as soon as I opened the barn door.

We are continuing to work on getting Scarlett used to having things on her back, and soon she will get to try on a real saddle! When I have Scarlett in the arena, I have her stand up and I hold her while my sister stands on the stepstool and puts her leg over her back and gently moves it around so Scarlett gets used to the feeling. We do that to both sides, then I have my sister stand on the ground next to her and jump up and down as if she is going to jump on her bareback so that rowdy kids won’t phase her in the future. Scarlett gets used to everything really easily and is very calm all the time. She has a very willing and obedient attitude, which is a real blessing!

I am starting to get really excited to start riding and showing Scarlett. I still have quite a while until I can really begin starting her under saddle, but time goes by pretty fast these days! I found a show that I am planning to attend in July with Scarlett, and we will probably enter in both halter and showmanship, and possibly in-hand trail if it is available. I am very excited! This will be my first horse show since my aunt died and my first show getting ready and preparing all on my own; I am nervous but I think it’s mostly the normal pre-horse show nerves and excitement!

This has been just one more month with my sweet filly, and it’s getting close to being a whole year that I’ve had her. It has been the best year of my life! I can’t wait to see Scarlett grow up and someday take her to the AQHA World Championship Show!

Every month, Tara updates readers on what she and Scarlett have been up to. Be sure to read Tara's latest blogs at www.aqha.com/meet-miss-scarlett.