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Miss Scarlett: April

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
May 20, 2013

Tara Osburn and "Scarlett," Lesley Martin photo

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 2013 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.

This month (like all months) has been a busy one. Scarlett’s diet hasn’t changed too much; she is outside most of the time now because we have been having really nice weather and she has gotten to eat a lot of grass, which she loves.

Scarlett is growing very quickly! I had to buy her a new halter a while ago that was too big for her to wear, but now it fits her fine. I can see in her body that she’s getting taller and filling out, and I’m thinking she could use a little bit more hay in light of her recent growth spurt. She still loves her grain and has been off the antibiotics for most of this month; she had been on antibiotics after she got a cut near her throat latch.

Scarlett is almost completely shed out. She is still a little bit fuzzy, but she has lost most of her winter hair! I’m going to clip her soon so she will be ready and look nice when we go to the show.

With the weather being so sunny outside this month, she has been outside a lot and loves it! She really enjoys being outside near the other horses. She likes to play and run around in her pasture when everyone is feeling extra “good,” but her favorite thing to do is follow me around when I go play with her. When I walk in the pasture bordering hers, she walks along the fence line with me and will race me if I run. One day, I had been running up and down the fence line and was getting worn out, so my sister wanted to race her and she started to run, but Scarlett looked at me and wouldn’t race her since I wasn’t running!

I have had an extremely busy month – I was out of town most weekends. Consequently, Scarlett and I didn’t train for anything new, but just had some time to work on what we’ve already learned. We longed and had our farrier out and she got her hooves trimmed (and she was very obedient for him). I think it was beneficial for her to have a quiet month after doing so much the last couple months.

We were not able to make it to the show I was looking at this month, and after consulting my vet, he thought it was the right decision because Scarlett was on antibiotics and she could have gotten sick. She is off antibiotics now and I am keeping my eye out for shows we might be able to compete at. Before we go to a show, she will get her vaccinations and will get dewormed as well so she will be in top shape. I am looking forward to taking her out.

I am so grateful for the AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program and all that it has done for me. Getting Scarlett really was a dream come true. I have read so many books and stories about horses in my life, and Scarlett and my friendship is like the ones I always read about. After my first Quarter Horse mare died, I didn’t know if I could find another horse that I could have a bond like that with again, but Scarlett proved me wrong!

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.