Princess Zorra Goes Wild

My domestic-born purebred Andalusian, Zorra, moved to the Singing Horse Ranch with us in August and I have to say, she’s had as much difficulty adjusting as we have!

Zorra arrived at the ranch and I unloaded her into the field with the pole barn, where Montaro was convalescing (he’s much better now – his full story is in the Apprenticeship Program). And she was absolutely thrilled to be back together with her first love.

I then watched to see what wanted to happen… what did Zorra want? What did the herd want? As I did with the original Mustang Herd Integration, all was guided by energy, intuition, and communication with the horses. It’s been inspiring to watch Zorra’s journey from timid and tentative (yes there are actually cougars, wolves and bears here – and the other day, a moose came down to the house area!) to a fully vibrant, confident horse…

And sorry it’s taking me so long to get videos out to y’all! My eldest son, Oscar, and I have moved into the Ranch and the amount of work here to set up the systems and infrastructure before winter hits has been overwhelming.

Speaking of which, here’s my hard-won secret for how to get out of overwhelm. You know, when you’re so snowed under, scared, despairing, hopeless, that you can barely get out of bed and face the day? The secret is:

  • Make a list, in writing, of everything you need to do, big and small (Notes app on my iPhone works well for this, with checkboxes).
  • Each day, your only goal is to do just ONE thing on that list. Only one. Whichever one you feel is easiest. That’s it.

Think of it this way, even if all you do is one item on your list per day, by the end of the month, you’ll have done 30 tasks – which is awesome!

Try it and watch what happens to your energy and emotional state when you take the pressure off yourself 😉

Princess Zorra Goes Wild

8 thoughts on “Princess Zorra Goes Wild

  • October 2, 2022 at 6:17 am

    Thanks for this post Jini.
    It sounds like you’ve got your hands full, but I’m sure all will unfold as it should.
    Quick question: are you still offering supplements to your herd or is the new land providing all that they need?

    All the best to you,

    • October 2, 2022 at 5:05 pm

      Hi Erin, the land here is actually not in great shape. It has been overgrazed by cattle for 15 years, so soil is compacted and mineral-deficient. I give the horses free-choice Hoffman’s Minerals and loose salt. They eat a lot of both!

      I am sharing the land regeneration journey over on my other site (since it’s not about horses), so feel free to subscribe over there to follow along:


  • October 2, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Beautiful Farm…So much more room for the herd. Are you planning on moving there, Jini?
    I love your videos.. xxoo

    • October 2, 2022 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks Deb! And yes, I am living here with my son for this year at least. Hoping to get a couple of books written over the winter!

  • October 8, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    This is very exciting to see Miss Zorra continue or her evolution of self. You know I have followed you and the herd very closely through these last many years. I know she has come more and more into her power and who she was always meant to be, This thrilled me to see this post about her, very very cool 😎
    In regards to the mineral comments above….how come not the high point minerals and now the hoffmans? Can you explain this to me.

    It’s cool you are living there now but what about Big Ma Ma and Kaliah are they still feeling the need to stay at the other place? ✌🏼💚🐴

    • October 11, 2022 at 7:45 pm

      Hey Michelle – the HighPoint is minerals + vitamins + probiotics + amino acids. Hence it is more of a health supplement and the price reflects the much higher cost of ingredients. I don’t think many people could afford to offer it free choice – and really, don’t need to, because over time any deficiencies would be resolved. I would add HighPoint to their feed dish. Even when their feed dish was mostly fruit, veggies and flax, they would lick the HighPoint off the bottom of the dish.

      The Hoffman’s is mostly just minerals (with a few vitamins) so the price point is much cheaper and it is meant to be offered free choice – hence it has no flavoring agents or anything that might skew the horse’s body wisdom. HOWEVER only the original Hoffman’s is like this. Future versions have molasses, flavors etc. It’s not a perfect product, as it’s too high in iron for grass/hay fed horses (grass and hay are naturally high in iron) and the copper:zinc ratio is also not ideal. So I add extra copper to balance the ratio (which also then balances out the iron) and thank god our water is not high in iron, so it’s the best solution for now.

      And yes, Aude and Kaliah are still choosing to stay down on the coast. SO frustrating for me (financially and otherwise!), but at the end of the day, do I trust them, or not? They definitely can and do see more of the future than I do and have not been wrong to date, so… I have no option but to trust.

      • October 12, 2022 at 9:28 pm

        We deal with sticky tar weed here. Towards the end of the summer it creates a coating of very sticky film on the legs muzzle and frock. It last for about two to three months. It looks worse then it is and it has already mostly worn off. I wish it at least deterred flies but as you said about the burrs the horses don’t seem to care at all. It has a smell but it’s not that unpleasant. I am sure most areas have something? I will be interested to see how it works out with the burrs?

        • October 14, 2022 at 2:11 am

          Interesting… I will have to keep an eye out for tarweed, see if we have any. I did find this:

          “The tarweed is also a host for predatory insects like assassin bugs. Several years ago, a then-UC Davis graduate student named Billy Krimmel looked closely at common tarweed and saw a lot of dead insects — “carrion” — stuck to the plant. He wondered how all these dead bugs might benefit the plant, so he went through the trash cans at the UC Davis fruit fly lab, and collected a bunch of dead fruit flies, and stuck the fruit flies to plants. He then watched the plants with the dead flies on them grow quickly into massive, thriving bug cities. Most of the new bugs were predators, and in addition to eating the carrion they were eating up all the herbivorous biting pests. Krimmel had an idea that maybe the plant was doing this on purpose. Its sticky hairs were serving as a “tourist trap,” he says, for all kinds of insects, and the carrion was attracting predators that would then also clean up any undesirables. Some predators seemed to have evolved with sticky plants, because they had specific adaptations to avoid getting stuck themselves. This study became Krimmel’s dissertation, and a foundation for his enduring respect for tarweeds. “It’s so intricate,” he told me. “That’s what brought me to the whole thing, these intricate stories you can miss if you’re not paying attention.”


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