Horse of the Month
:: July 2011
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This is my best friend Indy. He is an 18 year-old Percheron-Thoroughbred cross.
On April 27, 2011 an EF-4 tornado hit our home and farm, destroying everything.
Indy was in his barn and narrowly escaped, suffering only one fist-sized puncture
to his right shoulder, as well as, several bruises and scrapes to his body. Since
the tornado Indy continues to heal and is on his way to a full recovery.
This is Sandee, our little girl's dream horse come true. She's an 18 year-old minature
that stands a mere 35 inches tall. Sandee has taught many little cowgirls and cowboys
to love riding. Her current owner "Lily" started riding Sandee independently at
three years old. Sandee enjoys visiting Speed & Action events and always helps
her little rider win ribbons. Sandee runs the barrels and the poles in the "Little
Buckaroo" events and is the smallest and most precious little horse with the youngest
rider. Sandee deserves all of the love and attention she receives and is the reason
Lily is the "little cowgirl up", stealing the hearts of horse enthusiasts at every
This is Frosty, a 7 year-old Paint. We are riding in the Clovis Rodeo Parade alongside
a zebra. He enjoys the parade environment and trail riding.
Amos is a 7 year-old American Saddlebred. We show english and have shown in many
different divisions: Show Pleasure Riding, Show Pleasure Driving and our division
for this show season is Country Pleasure Driving. Amos is very special to me. I
have owned him since he was a 3 year-old. I fell in love with him the first time
that I rode him. He has the sweetest disposition, loves to give hugs by wrapping
his neck around me, and loves his treats after being worked. Amos is truly a miracle
horse in my eyes. About 2 years ago, we were at a show and when I came back from
eating lunch I noticed that Amos was lame on his back foot. Long story short, he
had somehow broken his hip in his stall. He had broken the top part of his hip off.
We rehabilitated him for months not knowing if he would ever be anything more than
a horse to love in the pasture. He since then has made a full recovery and has been
back in the show ring the past two seasons! I love Amos with all my heart and I
love the special bond that we share!
"Skip Two Dixie"
This is a 23 year-old American Quarter Horse, Skip Two Dixie. She has done everything
including western pleasure, ranch sorting, reining, and being a "queen horse." She
has been my girl for about ten years now. I first fell in love with her 16 years
ago, when I saw her I knew that she had to be mine someday. That dream came true
and she has been the queen of my heart ever since. At this pageant, she took the
horsemanship title and won us the crown. Today she is semi-retired, but we still
enjoy trail riding and she is the step-mom to the foals. She is the most beautiful,
smart, and personable horse I have ever had the pleasure of riding.
Meet Lucy, a 14 year-old Quarter Horse. When we got Lucy she was a rescue horse
who had the sweetest personality, but she still needed improvement on being ridden.
In her previous life she had been barrel-raced, bred, and sadly, starved. She needed
a home and I'm glad we decided to provide one. Ever since then Lucy has improved
in many ways. She is now great on trail rides and in arenas and her personality
is better than ever. She's been a good horse for me to also improve with my
riding skills and all general skills with horses. As an 11 year-old I still need
improvement. I'm very glad we chose Lucy to join our family as our horse. I
don't think any horse would have put the same love for horses into our hearts.
I will always LOVE my wonderful horse named LUCY!!!
This is Bailey who came from a Premarin Farm in Canada. I acquired him as a three
year-old and now Bailey is 11. He is the all-around horse; dressage, jumping, trail
riding, carting and is so wonderful with children. He has been used by my grandchildren
and our local children's therapeutic riding program. He has also done cow-sorting
although I wouldn't call him "cowie". His personality is a plus. When I enter his
stall to feed him and his feeder is turned upside down, he nickers a hello and then
turns his feeder right-side up by himself, so I can feed him without struggling
with the feeder when my arms are full of hay.
This is Romeo. He is a 16 year-old Friesian gelding (adoption/rescue). He came to
our farm in Feb 2010 as a wobbly skeleton who was not strong enough to be ridden
until Sept. Groceries, lots of groceries, love, attention. We began our journey
together by doing short rides and lessons to see what we both knew and did not know.
I am a trail rider and he knows dressage. We are quite the pair now. I just love
his can-do attitude and soft nickers when he sees me anywhere on the farm. He is
kind and overlooks my shortcomings in my riding ability.
A couple of years ago, the Detroit-Buffalo Soldiers Calico Troops were asked to
"save" a horse who had been abandoned and abused. This Quarter Horse mare jumped
into their trailer and took refuge in Detroit. As a volunteer at the Buffalo Soldiers
Heritage Center, I became financially responsible for her and named her Roam. She
added over 300 lbs to her 28 years- old, under weight body. When the soldiers gave
me a saddle and told me Roam was mine, it was a lifetime of dreams come true, a
horse; a treasure of my very own. Roam & I are growing old together and enjoying
our year 'round walks in the city park.
This is 15 year-old Quarter Horse, Rocky, in the pasture at sunrise. Rocky is a
seasoned trail horse who was green when I first got him and really taught me to
ride. Those quick Quarter horse moves kept me sitting deep in the saddle and on
my toes, or should I say toes up, heels down! He gets along with any horse he's
with and the mares seem to find him irresistible. He's the glue that keeps the rest
of the herd calm and steady.