Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Iberian Horse Free to the Right Home


Gosto
Sorraia Mustang stallion on Manitoulin Island


Special Notice
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The Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve needs your help.  An amazing Iberian horse is free to a good home.  Sound, healthy, the most gregarious, people friendly stallion at Ravenseyrie - this horse has fantastic potential for the right person.   When I was a young girl, to be offered a horse like Gosto would have been a dream come true!  But I am no longer young, nor do I have the luxury to lavish all my attention on one special horse, and do not have a controlled setting for training.  Someone out there does, though - that someone could be YOU.  Please consider our gift of Gosto.  We will corral him for you, the rest is up to you.  Come pick him up (before the Whitetail Deer hunting season begins on Nov. 16) and embark upon a beautiful educative partnership for him and for you.  Contact Kevin Droski at eastbluff@xplornet.com or Lynne Gerard at ravenseyrie@xplornet.com 

17Oct20 UPDATE:  Congratulations to Steph Clift from Clearview Kiger Adventures in Hamilton, Ontario - with heartfelt thanks for her willingness to bring Gosto into her life.  We will post more soon!
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There came a day when Gosto got the "urge for going".

Nevermind that he was born and raised in the Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve and had been quite contented to roam the expansive 360 acre habitat with his siblings and receive the support and admiration of the two devoted humans who live there, too.  "Seasons change and so did I, You need not wonder why" -  Bachman/Cummings.  

This spring, as a mature 8 year old stallion, something within him became dissatisfied and pressured by the situation he was living in.

Gosto in the lead
  

It wasn't enough to simply avoid his brothers when testosterone aggression expressed itself among these wild boys, the way his sire, Altamiro, had learned to do.  No, Gosto wanted a realm to himself, it seems...so he taught himself how to swim out and around the eastern fence line extending into the North Channel.  A brilliant solution for an incredibly intelligent equine, but one that has made things very problematic for us humans.

To provide some perspective on the way Ravenseyrie is situated on the landscape, I have put together these aerial photos. Click on each of them to see the larger version and read their captions.

After swimming out and around the eastern fence extending into the lake, Gosto, found himself off the preserve and on Bill Riach's property, so he climbed up the bluff to the table land and loitered around Bill's yard.  Again, and again, and again, Kevin would go to the site, dismantle a section of the cedar rail fence and with a bucket of oats, escort Gosto back into the preserve.  Again and again and again, Gosto would swim over to Bill's property.  Bill leases the front range of his land to Bill Fogal who runs cattle up there from spring to fall and with the kind and generous permission of the two Bills, we were able to let Gosto live temporarily among the cattle while we put our minds to work on a solution.

Bill Fogal's handsome cattle
  

Each morning and each evening, Kevin has gone over to the cattle range to check on Gosto and bring him oats and hay cubes and remind him about how good life is on the preserve.  As expansive as the cattle range is, Gosto is frequently hanging around the fence between the preserve and Bill's land, looking to see what his former mates are up to.



Fidalgo, within the preserve, Gosto on the outside

Gosto.  What a handsome horse!


After strengthening a number of sections of fence that needed attention in other parts of the preserve and juicing up the electric fence line that extends into the lake, Kevin gave an invitation to Gosto to come back home - with us both hoping enough time had passed that Gosto had changed his mind and would stay home.  Sigh...Gosto had not changed his mind and the electric fence down on the shore did not dissuade him - he just swam further out (or under where it was higher than him.)

More time passed until Kevin and I managed to install a floating boom barrier further out into the lake and when the next opportunity to invite Gosto back home came, Kevin took it.  And Gosto spent the night at home!

Bringing our floating boom from our shore over to Bill's shore

We got the boom installed, finally!

We head back to the Ravenseyrie shore, hoping the boom does the job.

Joy was short-lived due to a day of high winds and powerful waves that managed to rip the floats off their mooring, snag them on the post that the electric fence connected to and downed the line.

High winds, high sea

The float line lost its mooring but got snagged by the fence post.

The rest of the boom got pushed up on the shore
  

While the waves were high, Gosto did not venture out to sea, but Kevin predicted once the lake went calm, Gosto would take his leave again - which he did.

What can one do when someone they love wants to leave?

  

We have to let him go.




 
Gosto, coming up to see me, while on the cattle range

Both Kevin and I are stretched to the max just carrying on with daily duties here on the preserve as well as making sure our mares down on the Twinravens range an hour's drive from Ravenseyrie are doing okay.  Our way of living, our finances and our personal physical energies are not capable of keeping a horse that is as determined to leave us as Gosto seems to be.  

Winter will soon be here and Gosto will no longer be tolerated on the cattle range - so we are obliged to find a new home for him.  But how does one find the right home for an untrained 8 year old Iberian stallion in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic?  We have cast out a line or two among a few people we know, but so far nothing has come of it and the clock is ticking...

The next step we are taking is to put it out to the general Manitoulin public:

The Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve needs your help.  An amazing Iberian horse is free to a good home.  Sound, healthy, the most gregarious, people friendly stallion at Ravenseyrie - this horse has fantastic potential for the right person.   When I was a young girl, to be offered a horse like Gosto would have been a dream come true!  But I am no longer young, nor do I have the luxury to lavish all my attention on one special horse, and do not have a controlled setting for training.  Someone out there does, though - that someone could be YOU.  Please consider our gift of Gosto.  We will corral him for you, the rest is up to you.  Come pick him up (before the Whitetail Deer hunting season begins on Nov. 16) and embark upon a beautiful educative partnership for him and for you.  Contact Kevin Droski at eastbluff@xplornet.com or Lynne Gerard at ravenseyrie@xplornet.com  


 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Autumn Enchantments

A Discussion

There are things you do not know 

About the way things at Ravenseyrie have unfolded. 

Unsettling things.

Things that awaken thoughts you'd prefer not to have...

So you are best served not to dwell on such things.

Instead, walk among the other inhabitants

Breathing in the Wim Hof way

After cold immersion --

Then one can feel the enchantments

Such powerful medicine!

And smile to think one had been so paralyzed with anxiety

When really there is nothing wrong

Except a befuddled perception, now arighted

Almost effortlessly. 


Symbiotic

Family



Shaggy Parasols

For Dinner

Mares

Stallions


Apples and Hawberries

Rija

Waves

Barred Owl
Attitude

Looking up to The Zen Elm --with Gratitude







Sunday, July 19, 2020

A Morning Thunderstorm at Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve Manitoulin Island




A wonderful thunderstorm rolled over the East Bluff this morning and brought with it much appreciated moisture in addition to lovely sights and sounds.  I could not help but capture snippets of video, from inside and outside, to weave into a little iMovie.

May you enjoy this not-too-agressive storm as much as we inhabitants of Ravenseyrie did. (Be patient, it may take a few moments for the video to load after you have clicked on the window for it.  Once loaded, select for full screen if you can, for best viewing.)


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Capaz







(Interessado x Pinoteia)


We named him Capaz.
Capaz means "capable" in Portuguese.

Capaz is small, sized and shaped like a prehistoric horse and at times ugly like one imagines a toad is ugly (unless one is another toad!).


Capaz lost part of an ear during a "discussion" with one of the other stallions, adding to his less than sophisticated  appearance.

But in the wilderness of the Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve, looks can be deceiving and Capaz is indeed quite capable of many powerful and beautiful moves, as can be seen in this video from a few years back:


This little toad of a horse has been as inspiring to paint as any of the others, whether my medium of choice be sumi ink or lakeshore stone.

Original Sumi-e by Lynne Gerard


Original Paleolithic-style rock painting by Lynne Gerard

There is more to this small stallion than what meets the eye and stories to tell - should I feel motivated one day again to share stories about these "wild" equines of Ravenseyrie.


Saturday, April 25, 2020

On Lifestyle Choices / The Dao


Legado
Sorraia stallion in early spring sunshine
on the Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve



A comment was left in last month's blog entry by a reader with the moniker of "Joan of Arc".  This reader inquired:

"Lynne - can you disclose why you made the choice to live in the way that you do?"

A view of spring break up from atop the East Bluff on my bicycle commute to my studio on the bay (for optimum viewing select to play full screen):


And the answer to the question is:

I see the strength of the universe
And the fragility of mankind
Her Crystalline Soul
Paleolithic-style Rock Painting
by Lynne Gerard


I see the vulnerability of technology
And the reliability of Nature


Ravenseryie Potatoes


Dancing with prehistory and modernity
I looked to the Dao

Kevin's Daily Art Rack


It is intuitive, primordial
Infinitely sustainable



Waiting for spring

 
So I chose not so much to follow the Way
But to cease blocking it


Time for spinning


And found the Way is
Illuminated by love and beauty

Raven Over Ravenseyrie


--So there, "Joan of Arc", is my answer and I am grateful it is the same type of answer my husband gives.

Lunch with Kevin at Ravenseyrie

To "Joan of Arc" and all readers, I turn the question back on you:  "Why do you make the choice to live in the way that you do?"







Friday, March 6, 2020

Our Fifteenth Winter on The Manitoulin


Viewing the Zen Elm Over the Back of a Sorraia Stallion
Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve



Here am I
On The Manitoulin,
An island in Northern Ontario.


The Zen Elm

Here,
Living on a preserve with wild horses,
In rhythm with Nature.

Three Ravens in the Zen Elm

Here, 
Mutual support
And admiration -
Husband, horses, elementals.

Breakfast at dawn for the wild boys
Late afternoon with some of the wild boys

Here,
Finding pleasure and sound health
In a way of living that is comparably austere
And difficult.

East Bluff Laundromat 

From inside looking out

Here, 
Right where I want to be,
Thankful heart and soul,
100 times over.

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