Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The story of Herioco

We were on the lookout for a horse for my husband John. His trail horse developed RA and just could not do the trails anymore. We received an email from Ann Garcia about an andalusian that was up for adoption. Joyce, his owner, was not able to ride as much as she would like and was looking for a home for him where he would be ridden more. She loved him dearly enough to let him come to our house and be our dream horse. He was too. Rio was one of those horses that is once in a lifetime. A dream to ride, silly enough to make us laugh, and so beautiful that words could not describe him.

He did come with advanced melanoma, a condition that plagues most white horses especially Andalusians. We had some removed, and the rest was chance. We knew when we brought him home we could have 6 days or 6 years with him. Yesterday, as a result of internal tumors that we suspected were there but did not know for sure, he colicked. It caused an inoperable tear in the colon and he was bleeding internally. We made the terrible decision to put him down.

Words can not describe the sorrow we feel. He was only in our life for 6 months but made an impact that will last a lifetime. His previous owner had him for years, and her pain at his loss is immeasurable.
Hug your loved ones, and never take one day for granted. God knows that when we went out to feed yesterday, we did not know what was in store for the day. As we dressed to go out we talked about where we were going to go this weekend for our trail ride.
Good bye sweet Rio. 
Herioco 1995-2014

Thank you Joyce for giving us this joyful spirit, and your photographs of him.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A little surprise

I had no idea that one of the top Arabian Horse ranches was right around the corner from me. I was invited to come visit this morning and it turned out to be one of the best "baby" shoots I have ever had!!! Thank you Tony for thinking of me and showing me this amazing place!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Quite the surprise!

Well, we went and did it again. A neighbor had a litter of corgis and my husband and I firmly said that we were not interested. We have two now and a Bernese Mountain Dog. Well the gentleman dropped her off and asked me to watch her while he ran some errands and I was a goner.
This is Isabeau, our new corgi...owned by two suckers. Or better yet, we are owned by her!
She is 12 weeks old and one of the most precocious dogs I have ever had. This is going to be an interesting experience.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Open Studio Tour

Hello everyone! The town of Ramona is hosting it's annual Open Studio Art Tour this Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm and I am pleased to have my home studio included in the tour. I would love to see you if you have time to drop by and say hello. There will be a drawing for a limited edition signed print for you to take home. It is going to be a beautiful weekend!

Have a wonderful week and I hope you can make it.

Victoria Wilson-Schultz
Wildlife and Western Artist