Horse of the Month
:: Apr 2011
Keep those entries coming. Feel free to enter every month!
This is 2 year-old, Landon, and 5 year-old Quarter Horse mare, Sugarlee Kid "Sugar".
Sugar is a reiner, who placed in the Top Ten at the All American Quarter Horse Congress.
She just loves Landon. She is so careful around him, when he leads her she keeps
an extra close eye on him. When Landon brushes her, she will put her head down to
him so that he can brush her face. I couldn't ask for a better natured horse for
my son to be around and grow up with!
This is Sandman, aka "Sandyman", aka my beautiful blonde man. He is an
8 year-old Palomino gelding. I had not ridden for more than 35 years ago, until
I got back up on a horse in April, 2010. I bought Sandman in May 2010 and he was
a VERY spooky horse. We have done ground work and riding almost every day since
then and I am extremely proud of the progress he has made. He is a sensitive horse,
thus the spookiness, but that also makes him a joy to ride because he is so responsive.
We trail ride on weekends and he always takes great care of me. Our bond is magical
"Buttercup & Bella"
Meet Buttercup and Bella. Bella was a surprise baby! When I first got Buttercup
you couldn't even brush her without a fight; after hours and hours of working with
her at a slow pace she turned out to be the most lovable horse ever! She was pregnant
when I got her, I didn't find out for about 6 months! We became so close that when
she went into labor she was whinnying for me, I went out to check on her and she
was running from one end of the pasture then back to me and would lay her head on
my chest. When I started to walk away she started having a fit. So I stayed as I
was because I was thinking, "She must be ready!" and she was.....It was really something
to share that moment with her!! Wow...
This is Bob and he is the best friend anyone could ask for. Despite his age, 22
years, he is still the beautiful hard worker I fell in love with eight years ago.
I drag him to Civil War reenactments all summer long. In order to ride cavalry,
I dress as a man and wear a wool uniform despite the warm weather. But my buddy
tolerates the heat, weight of the gear, gun fire, cannon fire, other horses running
at him and the general chaos of the battlefield without ever losing his patience
with me. That may be because he is a Racking Horse, and they are known for their
good disposition, intelligence and versatility - and his easy smooth gait makes
him a wonderful horse to ride. We are fortunate to spend our time together in historic
Northern Virginia riding not only on battlefields, but on some of the most picturesque
trails this country has to offer!
"Poco & DollyJo"
This is a picture of 2 Quarter Horse mares. The sorrel is 14 year-old Poco, and
the Paint is 7 year-old DollyJo. I am in my late 40's and just started to get
into horses a few years ago. They are the best horses I could ask for. They get
along so well and they love attention. I just enjoy being around them so much! They
take the stress out of any day!
Meet Dancer, a five-year-old American Saddlebred mare who was rescued in March of
2010. She is definitely young and spirited, but she is also absolutely trustworthy
with anyone I put on her back. Over twenty-four people besides myself have ridden
Dancer, and most of those riders were first-timers. No matter how crazy Dancer is
when we lead her from the paddock, she always turns into a giant teddy bear as soon
as we put the saddle on. I trust her wholeheartedly, and she never lets me down.
She is always ready for a carrot and a hug, and she loves hand-grazing in the lawn
after a ride. She is my prissy princess - she hates
to get dirty - but I wouldn't trade Dancer for any
other horse in the world.
This is Pie, a coming 3 year-old extraordinary Chincoteague Pony. She came into
my life as the cumulation of a lifelong goal that started 20 years ago after reading
Misty of Chincoteague. Little did I know what a superb little equine would be taking
over my life! Pie was gentled to ride last summer and in such a short time, has
learned so much. Our ultimate goal is the reining and reined cow horse pen, where
her larger QH barnmates show. Pie also is ambassador to her breed in our state of
Texas, where the Chincoteague Pony is not a common breed. She goes to schools spreading
the story of Misty, and the wild ponies of Assateague. As the picture shows, she
also is quite the trick pony. I've never owned such a horse who loved to perform
tricks and be in front of a crowd as this pony does. She has a sparkle around her,
people immediately want to meet her when we are out in public. She of course is
more then happy to step up onto her stool and shake hooves in proper greeting.
This is Macklin, an 8 year-old Haflinger. I have had him since he was a yearling
and trained him myself. At first I thought he would never jump, but now it is one
of his favorite things to do.
I was looking for a new horse and I had my heart set on a black and white Paint.
The owner of the farm where I was boarding at the time had gone to a sale and brought
home a few 2 yr-olds. Spice was one of them; she was completely green, possessed
no manners and had a bit of an attitude. As I wrote the check to pay for her, I
thought great, another chestnut horse, I will put 60 days on her and sell her, I
know with the right handling she will make someone a good horse. Well, that was
8 years ago; and she is still my horse. This mare has successfully competed in everything
from english and western pleasure, to speed. She has incredible heart and is always
able to cheer me up when I am having a bad day. These days we are competing on the
Hunter/Jumper circuit, and in her usual fashion Spice gives me 110%. She reminds
me every day that if you are so focused on what think you want, you may miss out
on what’s really good for you.
This is C Slick-n-Easy, he is a 10 year-old gelding. He is a bay Overo Paint horse,
We barrel race all over Texas, we won World Champion Amateur barrel racing in November
2010. He is the best horse I have ever owned. He is so smart, easy to ride, he loves
attention, and I think he knows when he wins a race. He loves to run poles, and
he is awesome at that too. I have never seen a horse that loves his job so much.