Baby Shark – Lua e Estrelinhas

Lua is our lucky baby, she was born in the herd about 6 months before we acquired the horses. Her mother Paloma was part of the herd too so we know that they have never been separated. Lua showed no signs of ever stopping with milk drinking, so when it came time to relocate,
I decided that it would be appropriate to separate them for a while. Lua was almost 3 years old at this point – so it was about time for weaning!

For the relocation, although we are all going to the same place, we arranged the transport of the horses so that Paloma had just enough time to dry off and stop the lactation before reuniting them. Their bond is still very strong even if Paloma doesn’t feed Lua anymore, and we are really happy they can be together forever. Once they were back together, after about 10 days apart, it was like they’d not been apart at all.

When we first bought the horses, Lua had not been handled much – she had a halter with a short rope dangling off it, so to catch her you’d have to be sneaky and fast and get hold of that rope and then hold on for dear life after she realized she was caught.

With positive experiences, kind handling from humans and by staying in the herd and her mother, she has grown into a very balanced young horse both physically and mentally. She loves people and action!

She is the only one of our horses whose history we know without a doubt, so I can safely say she hasn’t known suffering like most of the other horses have. This shows in her very inquisitive and confident personality, both in the herd and with people. She is usually the first one to arrive to greet people and always the first one to try out new challenges when I create something fun for them.

She is a really fast learner and a super keen student, I can’t wait to see how far she will develop!

Pia Saari is the founder and owner of Country Quest Portugal. Throughout her life she has gathered extensive experience with horses in many different ways. She has worked with horses professionally in riding schools, livery yards and racing stables. She has worked in horse rescue and helped numerous horses recover from severe physical and mental negligence. She has studied equine ethology and psychology, learning theory and many other subjects relating to horses. Country Quest Portugal has a mission and a vision to make the world a better place for horses - sharing knowledge by an online course is a very important part of this mission. The course is priced low to make it accessible for everyone who wants to learn how to better care for their horses.