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Meet our New Horses

November 15, 2010


Montana Wildlife

We journeyed to Montana to look for horses.  Driving along the Salmon River, our engine light came on.  The truck manual told us that it was only an emission problem so we were not too worried about checking it out after our side trip.  We stopped by the river to stretch and let the dog out.  When we loaded back up to continue, the engine wouldn’t start at first.  Tim got it going, but it was scary being miles away from anyone and having the vehicle fail.  Worse yet, the oil pressure gauge was at zero.   It was after 2pm on a Friday afternoon, so by the time we neared Salmon, it was close to 3 o’clock. 

We were worried about finding anyone to take a look at our vehicle at this time, let alone fix it so we could make our appointment the next morning at Lynn’s Quarter Horses.  The first buildings we saw coming into town was a car dealership and at the far end was the Chevrolet service department.  We pulled in front of a massive closed garage door, things looked bleak, but we reminded ourselves that we were in Idaho and we hadn’t met an unhelpful person yet.  Tim kept the truck running and I went in. 

Betty Lynn

Not only did these great people check our vehicle, they fixed the rat chewed wires in the engine on the spot.  Evidently, overnight, something got up in there and gnawed on wires that controlled part of the truck’s computer, telling the engine it had trouble.  We were back on the road in an hour and a half. 

After hitting some hot springs on the border of Montana and Idaho, we found a spot to park our camper down by a lake outside of Darby. The morning was cold and beautiful in the Bitterroot Valley.  It was easy to find the ranch; scads of horses of every age filled the pastures all around the house and outbuildings.  Rocky Lynn greeted us along with his friendly dog and we found Betty around back trying to get some ice out of a hose.  We began our tour of the ranch, meeting babies, yearlings, two year olds, all 4 stallions, brood mares and finally in the end, the 2 three-year-olds that Rocky had started and are ready to ride. 

Tim loved this baby

                Rocky jumped up on Seeking A Nu Sonata and ponied Two Feathers over to the tacking area.  We rode each horse in their covered arena.  It went great, so we asked if we could ride outside.  Tim and I headed out amongst the other horses in the fields and when we returned, Betty asked if we would like Rocky to take us out for a longer ride.  Of course we said yes.  It was brisk, but the horses were warm against our legs.  We rode in the river bottom of the Bitterroot, crossed water, navigated uneven terrain, saw white tailed deer and passed directly under a bald eagle who craned his neck around to look at his from his high perch. 

                After the ride, Rocky and Betty took us to lunch

Two Feathers on the left, Rocky on Sonata

in town and we discussed the details of purchase, knowing that we would need to let the horses winter there.  We drove away with much to think about, telling the Lynn’s that we would contact them in two days.  Neither of us slept well that night, a combination of excitement and nerves robbing our serenity.  Today we will drive to phone service and tell the Rocky and Betty that yes, we are going to buy these two horses.  My new horse is named Two Feathers.  She is the bay with the markings on her face that gave her name.  She walks out, has tons of energy.  She is a little shy, super responsive, the perfect size and ready for anything.

Two Feathers & Sonata

Me on Sonata, Rocky on Two Feathers

Rocky on Sonata leading Two Feathers

Seeking A Nu Sonata

Tim Morley and Betty Lynn

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Gena permalink
    November 16, 2010 1:32 am

    I am so excited that you both found such beautiful horses! I can’t wait to meet them, they look so cute and perfect in the pictures.

    • November 16, 2010 9:13 pm

      It is still unbelievable that I not only have a new horse, but that Tim has one too. The beginning of a new adventure…

  2. Dee permalink
    November 16, 2010 4:21 am

    How Exciting!!!!!!!!!!! Will I ever get to meet them? Or will they go straight to Idaho from Montana in the spring….

  3. Eva permalink
    November 17, 2010 3:46 am

    I have the internet again!! They are so beautiful and I can’t wait to really meet them :))) We are a whole family again!!

  4. Amy Waynar permalink
    November 17, 2010 6:05 am

    Oh my goodness: The Buckeroo has a new ride and JAM is being tickled with Two Feathers. I love it and cannot wait to meet your new family! thank you for sharing. I got your text! Yipeeeeeee!
    When are you headed for Santa Cruz?

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