Horse of the Month
:: June 2011
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This is Sweetpea, my wonderful horse! She is a registered Tobiano Pinto, 10 years-old
and full of personality. When I purchased her at 4.5 years old, she was green broke
and I was just green. We have taken a wonderful journey together to get where we
are. She is very smart and willing to learn. We love outdoor adventures as well
as learning in the arena. We enjoy many trips on the trails to new places, ocean
beaches and currently have started competitive trail competitions. What makes her
so special is that she has taught me more than I could ever teach her!
Acorn is special to me in so many ways. Acorn is an exceptional horse. She has given
me the confidence to go places that I have only dreamed of. We have experienced
the Lost Coast in rugged Northern California, the beauty of the giant redwood forest,
jumping logs at the beach, and swimming through lakes and streams. Acorn and I have
a special bond that has helped me be better with, and for, horses. Acorn has helped
me feel safe. I feel lucky to have Acorn in my life as she has taught and shown
me so much!
Dakota is an 18 year-old Spotted Saddle Horse. He craves attention on the ground,
and loves to play! On trail rides he will cross anything, go up anything, and encourage
anyone on the trail. He has been a teacher for both his riders, and other horses
on trails. He has many years under his belt, and has many more to go!
Meet Jenna, a 9 year-old Norwegian Fjord mare. She is the sweetest horse on the
Judge Brandy is a Thoroughbred broodmare and this is a picture of her 2010 foal
when he was 3 days old. Her just-turned 3 year-old, "No Bond Per Judge", raced 3
times as a 2 year-old and got a first and two seconds. People in the racing world
love and highly regard mares who can produce 2 year-old winners.
Meet 4 year-old Noah, who got his name when he was born during a flood. Haflingers
are just beauty all around, from head to tail, and from mind to heart. I spent time
with Noah at my neighbors, and when he was a year old my parents bought him for
me as a gift. Noah has been the greatest gift since then. In four years, he has
given me more than I could give in five lifetimes. I am very excited to use him
in Pony Club, and let my bond with him get only stronger as I fly over jumps in
glory, on the back of a four-legged heart!
Rusty Executive is a 6 year-old Quarter Horse gelding who we have raised since he
was 7 months old. Rusty is an all around easy-going guy who willingly does anything
asked of him. Presently, Rusty is multi-tasking. He is helping an 8 year-old girl
get ready to show in an open show. She has been taking riding lessons on him and
is learning to smile again. Her other horse ran away with her, so Rusty is helping
her gain confidence and she is very excited about riding in the show and maybe winning
a prize! At the same time, Rusty is polishing his trail horse skills, as he will
be competing in ACTHA's America's Favorite Trail Horse Challenge. Rusty has competed
in numerous obstacle challenges and has even ambled up on a bear while riding in
our national forest. He likes all kinds of challenges and people. Rusty is a versatile,
likeable and beautiful horse, inside and out!
This is my horse, Spitfire. He is registered both Half Mustang and POA as "Nevada
Spitfire Bur". I raised him from a baby out of my BLM adopted Mustang mare and my
parents POA pony stallion. He is my best buddy. He is a bay leopard 16 year-old
gelding, but acts like a colt. He has such a sense of humor for a horse, sometimes
grabbing the muck fork out of my hands, and doing other silly things. He is the
boss of my little herd, even though he is the smallest at just 13 1/2 hands tall.
He is a big horse in a pony suit! We have done all kinds of riding (English, Western,
Dressage, Costume Class, etc) so he is a jack of all trades, but a master of Trail
Riding. He loves to get out on a new trail, or one we haven't been on for awhile
and he has tons of endurance. When I ride with people who don't know him, they ask
if my pony will be able to keep up through the ride. I just laugh and say "Just
watch him!", later when their bigger horses are tired, Spitfire is getting his second
wind! He loves everyone, especially if you have a treat for him and his favorite
are Fig Newtons! But even though he is so friendly with everyone, he loves me most,
prefering me to ride him and always extra happy to see me if I've been away. Once
during a bad thunderstorm at an event, he even held my thumb tightly between his
lips until the storm passed, I was his security blanket!
This is Trixie, my best buddy, we are a great team. She is 12 years-old and we have
been friends for 10 years now. We love to go to the beach together and compete together.
She has the biggest, kindest heart and loves to please. Trixie has taught many children
how to ride and done it with such grace. A new filly is in the barn, and she is
teaching her everything she knows with lots of patience. I cannot imagine my life
without her. She has been a true blessing to all that come to know her.
Meet "Fox." He is a Friesian/Thoroughbred cross. When I went out to visit a horse
farm to choose a 2 year-old, I walked into the herd and asked who wanted to come
home with me. He was the only one who came running up and we played with a jolly
ball, kicking it around the yard. None of the other horses took any notice, so it
was decided. This picture was one of my early rides on him after being broke at
age 4. He's now a gorgeous 17hh seven year-old, filled out and not as gangley as
he looked then. He's a show-off, loves doing dressage and just started jumping -
which he thinks is a fun game. I hope one day we'll be able to do some 3-day eventing
and fox hunting. He has an amazing sense of humor and makes me laugh every day.
After our trail ride today, he gave me a great big horse kiss all over my face!