Horse of the Month
:: August 2010
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Meet Bailey, a 19-yr. old American Quarter Horse. From the time I was a little girl,
I dreamed of having a horse. For most of my life I lived in the city, so I never
could have a horse of my own. Finally, when I was 48 years old I moved to Wickenburg,
Arizona. There I took lessons, and Bailey was my lesson horse. When the gal who
owned him decided she was going to sell Bailey, I was heartbroken. Little did I
know that my husband and two sons bought him for me and surprised me with him on
Christmas morning 2006. I was so excited. I went to the ranch where he was stabled,
and there was a big red bow on his stall. I was crying with joy and couldn't believe
that I finally had my horse. That was the best Christmas ever. Bailey has added
so much joy to my life and has taught me so much. I enjoy everyday that we are together.
I am truly blessed.
Here is the true story of our horse Carmel High Jinx told in fairy tale form.
One upon a time there was a king , queen, and a princess who owned a very special
Arabian horse known simply as "Jinx". Jinx was not an ordinary horse.
He was a beautiful chestnut with flaxen mane and tail. Jinx loved his family and
his family loved Jinx. Jinx became a wonderful friend to the princess. The princess
taught Jinx many tricks and showed him in many shows. She taught Jinx to give her
hugs, "pick-the-hand" with the treat, and to take a bow for the townspeople.
All who admired him clapped and clapped. Jinx and the princess joined an equestrian
drill team and performed many difficult maneuvers. The princess and the queen often
took turns riding their steed on the nearby kingdom trails. Those were happy days.
One day a terrible, evil protozoa attacked the beloved Jinx. The finest vets in
all the land worked and worked to save Jinx from this most dreadful "EPM".
All of Jinx's admirers helped and gave him much needed love and care. The magic
medicine began to defeat this evil organism. While Jinx has some obvious physical
affects, he can now once again carry his riders and perform in shows. And most importantly
he lives happily ever after. The end.
Right after I bought Flash in 1999, I was hit by a car while riding my bicycle,
resulting in a concussion (even with a helmet) and panic attacks for the next year.
Flash was really spooky as a 3-year-old, so when he had a panic attack, I had a
panic attack too, so I just dismounted and led him through whatever he was afraid
of. As a result, he and I trust each other completely and have covered thousands
of miles of trails--he likes driving best.
My horse's name is Romeo, an 18 year-old paint. He rides mostly English but can
be ridden Western. Romeo was a shy horse when we got him 5 years ago and has come
along way since then. He was a trail horse; we trained him to do gymkhanas, show
in a ring, etc. He has taught me a lot of things about horses. Romeo can do it all
from a quiet trail ride at the house to the excitement of a extreme cowboy race
miles from home. Romeo loves to be around little kids and is the one who teaches
them how to ride and is a good "babysitter" as well. He is an amazing, fun-loving
horse who will stay with our family forever.
This is Zeus. He was born on April 30th. His daddy is registered with the Spotted
Draft Horse Association and his mother is an unregistered Percheron. This was her
first foal and she had a few issues during birth so he is very special to us. We
plan to use him as a trail horse like his mother. He is already turning gray on
us...and so spunky, he has such a personality! He has also grown at least 8 inches
in height alone since birth...a good 6 inches in width, his growth is amazing!
"Dillon & Colt"
Dark Palomino: Doc Olena De Oro aka Dillon May 5, 2008 gelding that we raised. Dam
is a cutter and sire is a rope horse. Doing ground work with him, getting him ready
to send to a cow horse trainer
Lighter Palomino: Triangle F Palo Mine aka Colt. April 15, 2003 gelding. My husband's
main ride that he trained himself.
Both horses are American Quarter Horses and also Foundation Quarter Horse Registry.
Photo taken July 3, 2010 on our place the Rockin' Heart.
Trail riding, cow work, and anything else that comes up is what we do with our horses.
This is Bubba. He is a 2-year-old leopard appaloosa gelding I saved from slaughter
this past May (2010) with the help from generous, caring friends and family who
donated to the cause. I am blessed to have the opportunity to give this sweet boy
a loving, safe and happy home. He is not just a horse, he is family. Bubba now happily
lives with his "older sister," my 14-year-old Appaloosa mare, Meeko, and enjoys
jumping random cross poles when let loose in the jumping arena. I am convinced he
will enjoy dressage and eventing in the coming years!
This is my beloved horse Comet Royal CVF, "Comet." Comet is a 12 y.o. purebred Arabian
mare. She is perfect in everyway and does everything I ever ask of her. I have led
horse camp trail rides with her, won high point at dressage shows, and even chased
cows. Everyone loves her because she has a can do attitude. Comet is snowy white
and hates to get dirty. She is my princess in every way. :-)
This is Cookie Dough. Cookie Dough is a tri-colored trotting horse who is 5 years
old. He is teaching me how to ride like a cowboy. He has even bucked me off, but
I got back on him and off we went. We have a lot of fun being together. Cookie Dough
will always have a place in my heart. Jackson -- 7yrs. old.
Cami is a 7 year old registered paint/ quarter horse. Her disposition is absolutely
the sweetest and she is so gentle with anyone who rides her. I got Cami two years
ago after my first horse died suddenly. I fell in love with Cami the first time
I saw her and we have been great pals ever since. She has beautiful blue eyes and
I ride her western. I am going off to college next year and I am looking at colleges
where I can take Cami as I can't imagine being away from her. As you can see from
the picture, we are a perfect match!