Feathered  Companions  Aviary

A Cozy Home Aviary Since 1991
In the Rolling Countryside of Comanche County, Oklahoma

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Equines! My other loves

Two decades ago, I stopped raising horses, but I never lost my love  for them—sight, sound, smell, and feel. Now that I have retired to acreage, I have rekindled that love of horses, both large and small. My daughter lives a few minutes away. She has lots of acreage, and  she specializes in well bred, excellent temperament, athletic  SE/AK Egyptian Arabian bloodlines she has acquired and bred under the farm name Stardust Arabians.

The Seven Stages of Aging on Horseback [so true!]
Colt Starting for the Elderly [instructive and amusing]
Wonderful site with lots of articles and videos
[with emphasis on gaited horses]
Good Intentions and Cruelty to Horses
[EXCELLENT article about “spoiling” horses and the consequences of doing so]


Our Horses

ZDR's Lainey (Lainey) is a 1999 sorrel registered [pedigree] Missouri Fox Trotter mare. She's 14.2h, solid in the fox trot and seasoned on trails and down the road. Her breeding is from the Caswell's, who used to be prominent in MFTs. Mr. Caswell would say, "Not every one of our horses will be a show horse, but they will all be saddle horses." Lainey is definitely a good representative of that. Her previous owners and riders were older also, the last being a 71YO man who gaited her down country roads—she's patient with slow mounting and dismounting riders, but she has plenty of pep for trail rides! Lainey was bred to a champagne Tennessee Walking Horse, and produced a gold champagne filly, Aoifa, in 2015. Aoifa has been sold to a family who has begun trail riding her.

Davis Roan Delight (Rosie) is a 1996 sabino red roan registered [pedigree] MFT mare. She’s  almost 15.2h, mellow and quiet, and a dependable trail horse for group rides, even beginners!