Horse of the Month
:: Mar 2011
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This is my horse/best friend Nutmeg. she is a 6 year-old Paint/Quarter Horse cross
who events. Nutmeg is a very special horse because she is probably the most bomb
proof horse you will ever find. She is a giant puppy who loves to have her belly
rubbed, be right up next to people, and will follow anyone anywhere. She LOVES to
jump and is currently winning local jumper shows and competing in Novice eventing.
She loves to get out on the trail, be ridden bareback, and go for rides in the trailer.
Nutmeg is special to me because she understands me better than anyone, knows exactly
what to do if I am having a bad day, and never fails to make me laugh with her goofy
facial expressions and giant nostrils. We share an unbreakable bond, and she will
forever be my baby girl.
This is "Red", he is a Sorrel Tennessee Walking Horse, and just turned 9. I have
owned him since he was 2 1/2. I was "greener" than he was. My favorite place in
the world, is in the saddle, exploring the trails with him. He is kind, and patient,
but can fly like the wind when asked. He makes my spirit soar! I am blessed to have
him in my life.
IBA Sizzilin' Booty, or Strawberry as she's known around the barn, is a 3 year-old
Appaloosa mare. This year she is going to be shown in Western Pleasure, Showmanship,
and Halter. I've been working with her since she was just a few days old and while
I always say I was there for all of her firsts (first time showing, first time hauling,
the first time she was turned out with her mother after she was born, etc.) the
truth of it is that I was privileged enough to be able to share these experiences
with her. I've owned two other horses and fallen in love with many more, all with
various levels of experience; yet not a single horse has taught me nearly as much
as Strawberry has. As a weanling she placed first in a 4-H state horse show; she's
been an amazing and quick learner under saddle, and she is such a hard worker. I
look forward every morning to walking out into the barn to hear her whinny and I
cherish each nuzzle before bed. Strawberry has helped me through some of the tougher
times in my life. She will always have a special place in my heart that no other
horse will ever be able to fill.
Domingo is an 8 year-old Reg. Paint gelding and one-of-a- kind. He loves to ride
trails and always takes good care of me. I can always count on him to keep his head
in difficult situations. My grand-daughters love to ride him; he is extra careful
when they are on his back!! Domingo never cared for roosters and always ran them
out of the pen. One day, we saw our rooster run to Domingo and noticed a coyote
trying to get it. Domingo protected the rooster and they have been best buddies
This is my 9 year-old Saddlebred mare. We are ski-joring. This is a winter sport
held in Whitefish ,Montana. The horse and rider pull a skier around a course. The
course consists of gates and jumps that the skier has to manuever. All while the
horse is running as fast as they can. It is a blast! This year we won 5th place
overall. Dazz is a great horse. She is big as an ox , does not realize her size
and is scared of the littlest things that move a little to fast , such as a grasshopper.
She has a good heart though and I love her.
Lucky is a 14 year-old gray 3/4 Arabian mare. Lucky excels in competitive endurance
riding. Our rides are 25 - 35 miles in length and take 4.5 to 5.5 hours to complete.
Lucky is special because she likes to complete and has taken first place in the
lightweight competitive division of the Minnesota Distance Riders Association for
2009 & 2010 and has only been competing for 5 years.
Meet Windfall Farm's Thomas Jefferson, or "TJ" as we affectionately call him. He
is an AMHR registered Miniature Horse gelding that is only 28.25" high and is 12
years old. He has the sweetest personality and will do anything you ask of him.
Visiting children love to take him over the jumps -- he enjoys doing it as much
as they do.
This is Freckles, a 30 year-old Pony of Americas-Appaloosa cross gelding during
class at our Therapeutic Riding Program! We bought him from a couple of boys who
had competed in speed events with him, and although I was very unsure of speed when
we first got him we eventually got along very well! I like to call him Mr. Dependable
because that is exactly what he is! He would be the lead trail horse, blazing the
way through for all the younger or spookier horses. He would take me through all
the classes in 4-H and other shows, he helped me carry flags in rodeos, and also
took me through numerous parades! In my junior year I brought him to college with
me. I was interning at a Therapeutic Riding Program and we had become short on horses
for our students, immediately I signed Freckles up! He was exactly what we needed,
and he helped carry one little girl through Halter Class and Trail Class at the
Minnesota State Special Olympics! He's a Once in a Lifetime Horse!
The West Was Won on Horseback. Our sorrel Quarter Horse Rusty lives on our ranch
in Southeast OK. Although this is the year 2011, Rusty has experienced a lot of
the Wild West ways and is tough enough to handle it. He lost most of the vision
of his left eye as a three year-old but has hardly missed a day working on the ranch.
We use him to gather cattle, rope cattle for branding, catching wild hogs, and even
an occasional squirrel hunt. At age eight he is still full of spunk and may pitch
a bit on cool mornings.
This is Reno (or Cooperstown), a 19 year-old, Holsteiner Gelding. He is an amazing
Hunter Jumper horse. About seven years ago, he had an accident which caused a suspensory
injury. The veterinarian said that he would be lucky to trail ride for the rest
of his life. So we sent him to a friend's barn to just be a horse, and months later
with one of his check-ups the vet noticed something different. Reno was sound. The
vet was shocked and claimed that it was a miracle that Reno was able to walk, trot,
canter, and gallop without any sign that he was lame. Not only did he amaze everyone
with this recovery but he has taught me so much as a rider and I couldn't be any
more thankful. With Reno, we can accomplish anything, and we are happily competing
at 3ft hunter classes, defying the fact that everyone was told he couldn't do more
than trail ride.