Horse of the Month
:: August 2011
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Meet Knickers, an eleven year-old Thoroughbred. Knickers was purchased off the track
and was being retrained when he injured his hoof. He was put out in a pasture and
flipped over a guard wire, crushing his withers. Although the vets said to put him
down, he managed to heal, and is now competing at Beginner Novice with me and jumping.
We also do a lot of bareback since he is so comfortable with his unusually flat
back and we both love every second of it. At our first show we placed 2nd! He is
not only a superb event horse with an amazing story, but he is also incredibly reliable.
I put my younger siblings on him all the time and he carries them around the arena
like an old pro. I have grown to really trust Knickers to get me through the course,
over that bridge, through the water, and all the other obstacles we have come to.
Knickers sure has beaten the odds and managed to be a truly amazing horse and friend!
Dell is a 22 year-old AQHA mare. Dell and I compete in trail classes and walk/trot.
I am new at competing so I make mistakes. This little horse is so patient. She never
gets irritated with me; she just shakes her head if I do not put the right amount
of pressure on her to side pass or turn, and waits for me to get it right. She knows
when I get a little shook up but she never takes advantage of the situation. She
is definitely amazing.
Babe is a 32 year-old Appaloosa mare. She has been my best friend for the last 26
years. We showed in 4-H for a couple of years, and I took her to school when I enrolled
in the Equestrian Program at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, ME. While we
were there, we trained in dressage, jumping, combined training using T.E.A.M.(the
Tellington-Jones Equine Awareness Method) and Centered Riding. We've ridden in about
15 parades, most of them celebrating the 4th of July in Deer Isle, ME. We've pulled
kids on sleds in the dead of winter and gone swimming during the dog days of summer.
Trail rides are our favorite, we just throw on the bridle and go. We have videos
of us doing liberty, swimming, parades and even a video of her delivering twins,
of which I still have her son that survived, Gemini is now almost 18. She has put
up with a lot from me over the years. She is her own horse, she is truly one-of-a-kind.
Bindi came into our lives when she was 6 months old. She was at the slaughter house
in Canada along with the rest of her family before her wild spirit was transported
to Phoenix, AZ. Bindi is a PMU (Pregnant Mare Urine or PREMARIN) horse, and she
is half Percheron/Paint. After 6 months of constant attention and 2 trainers later,
she finally decided we weren't so bad after all. Bindi will be 5 this summer
and stands 16.2 and 1400 lbs. She is a gem and wants all the attention all the time.
She LOVES trail rides and has been an honor student during training. She is sometimes
mistaken for a Gypsy Vanner. Everyone that meets her says she is so majestic looking.
She is one of a kind and is so eager to make us proud of her. We love her so! Bindi
is a STAR and will always be with her gentle, outgoing personality, her presence
and playfulness. Her favorite pastimes include whispering sweet nothings in your
ear (her lips move like she is whispering), and soaking her feet in the water troughs.
Chief is a fantastic, 18 year-old, Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse. He had been used
for cattle by a previous owner. He is really too big for cattle work (16 hands)
and subsequently has arthritis in all his legs, but is a trooper and loves the trail!
We trail ride together 2-3 times a week and enjoy our time out together in the hills
of southern California. He was born and raised on a ranch and is calm and the leader
with other horses. They seem to sense he is the "Chief"! He has a good home for
the rest of his life with enough exercise, excellent care, and lots of LOVE. He
deserves a good retirement.
This is Blue, a 9 year-old Egyptian Arabian who can do almost everything. He's 3rd
level dressage, but rides Western, goes on mountainous trails, jumps, and even rides
at liberty. We have fun putting on little shows for people with all the tricks he
knows. I got Blue as a wild, crazed 3 year-old stallion when I was 13, but with
a lot of patience we have developed an unbreakable bond, and he has become even
more special than a best friend. It was time to go to college across the US last
year (Miami to LA) but I wasn't going to leave my boy- despite my parents wishes.
With my savings I brought him to LA, and we are now on the road that leads to happily
Pepsi is a horse with bushels of personality. He is a 16 year-old half Arabian gelding
that loves to stay busy. While still fairly young, he and Gary participated in a
lot of parades. Going down the street with people yelling and clapping on both sides,
Pepsi seemed to think that the celebration was for him! Each and every time Pepsi
hears the truck back up to the horse trailer, he races to the gate to be loaded
into the trailer to go to another parade or other event! But that is just one of
Pepsi's many talents. Pepsi has become a "shooting horse". Pepsi and Gary have been
involved in this activity known as Cowboy Mounted Shooting for over 8 years and
have won their share of awards including top level 2 Senior in the nation. When
the grandchildren come for visits, they fight over "who gets to ride Pepsi?", so
he usually ends up giving them all a chance to ride him. He is so very gentle with
the little ones ... but knows that it's time to fly when Gary rides him into the
arena to shoot!
This is Sun Snicker Bar, "Snick", a 28 year-old Bay Quarter Horse. This picture
was taken in our pasture where the killdeer bird laid her eggs. We put the hula
hoop out there so we wouldn't step on them. Snick was only a few inches away from
her eggs and the bird trusted him to be there. Snick would stand by her eggs most
of the day watching over them, until they hatched. Snick has been in many different
horse shows. He has done English, Western, Trail, and Dressage, he is an all around
horse. I bought him when he was 12 years old, while my husband was in the Marine
Corps in CA. He has been all over. He went from CA to HI back to CA and now we have
retired in Idaho. He is easy going most of the time. Through hard times and good
times he has always been there for me, and me for him. He is a great friend and
companion, and with him I have met so many more friends and people that I would
never have met without him.
Maizee is an 8 year-old bay American Quarter Horse who is my whole world. She is
the first horse I have ever owned, and we have had our good times and our bad times.
When Maizee first came to the barn I ride at, people tried to ride her but couldn't.
When they could actually get her to canter, it was on the wrong lead, she would
kick out, and she would make a dead stop after a few strides. They used crops, spurs,
everything they could think of. Then I came to that barn and started riding her.
She gave me no problem at all. I asked her nicely and she did everything I asked
of her. People tried talking me out of buying her, but I had my heart set. I felt
like I had a connection with this horse, and there was no way I was going to give
any of that up. I've had her nine months total, but it feels like I've had her for
years. I trust her with my life, and she also completely trusts me as well. We run
barrels, but eventually I want to work on western pleasure with her. Who knows,
we might even get into jumping! She is an all-around versatile horse, who is willing
to do anything for me.
This is Lightfoot Teaclipper, or "Gracie", an 8 yr-old 1/2 Arab/Paint mare who has
just begun her career as a sport horse. Her sire "Lightfoot" was a 50 mile Nat'l
Champion endurance horse several years ago. She was a surprise birthday gift from
my husband Apr '10 and she has been a joy to me every day since. In Oct '10 my friend
invited me to my first endurance race and I was hooked. Gracie is a natural at endurance.
She has such a sweet willing disposition, and though she is small, she is a power
house. We have completed 8 of 8- 25. Gracie is a natural beauty with 2 blue eyes
and a delicate Arab build, she is truly special.
Ricky is a 5 year-old Quarter Horse gelding. He is an all-round champion. He won
the Adult All-Round for The Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Open Show Circuit this year.
He does Halter, Showmanship, English, Western and Trail. He is such a sweet boy
and loves attention.