Horse of the Month
:: May 2011
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This is Jasper, an 18 year-old American Paint Horse. We met 11 years ago and it
was love at first sight. Since then, we have lived in 5 different states. We've
vacationed together in the mountains of Colorado, meandered through miles of beautiful
forests, and splashed in the Pacific Ocean. We've spent countless hours together,
and he joyfully greets me each morning and evening. Though Jasper wasn't present
at my wedding, he did help make my day special because a photo of him, me, and my
husband-to-be was on the front of our wedding invitation. When I was recovering
from foot surgery, he carried me places I could never go on my own. He continues
to be a blessing in my life as he is teaching my son the joys of riding a horse.
His patience is amazing as he helps me pony my son's colt, while teaching him the
way to be a steady and trusted riding horse. Every day I'm thankful for Jasper,
my horse, my best friend.
Meet Frankie. He was named after Frank Sinatra since he has 1 blue eye. He is my
9 yr-old Mustang from Nevada. I adopted him as a 3 yr-old while I was going to college
in Eugene, OR. At that point in time he had only been off the range for 4-months
and had only had a halter put on him with no other gentling done. The first time
I saw him, he let me walk right up to him in the round pen. Since then, we have
been to gaming events, trail rides, worked cattle, roped, and done many parades.
We are also proud members of the Wasco County Mounted Sheriff's Posse. We do
search and rescue as well as crowd control at local events. Frankie is trustworthy
with children of all sizes as well. I have given lessons to an autistic child on
him. He is so smart and tries so hard, I couldn't ask for a better horse and
friend. He truly is a spokesman for the Mustang breed with his exemplary hardiness,
intelligence, and personality.
This is Rio, my 15 year-old Buckskin Quarter Horse gelding. I was blessed to get
him the day after my 13th birthday, which was about 8 years ago. He is such a goofy
guy and never fails to brighten my day. He is my best friend, my confidant, and
my crying shoulder. He has helped me through so much, the middle school crushes,
the cliches of high school, and the head aches of college. He was only used for
trail riding when I bought him, so I had to teach him the ins and outs of the hunter
discipline. At our first show a few years ago, we were named the champions of our
division. He taught me so much more than I ever taught him. Each new day together
is a learning opportunity but above all he has taught me patience, responsibility,
and patience. He makes my farm the home that it is and I know I wouldn't be the
person I am today if it weren't for my amazing teacher.
This is Jay, my 15 year-old Appendix QH gelding. He's a retired dressage horse;
I bought him when his show career ended. He's my best guy-we follow cows together
and just hang out in the pastures for hours on end. I bought him as a birthday gift
to myself when I turned 30. We're both starting new chapters in our lives; I needed
a big strong guy and Jay is that steady and true presence in my life. He needed
a laid-back home with someone who would just enjoy his horsiness and feed him lots
of carrots. The only time he's ever spooked was when we were trotting down the road
and-I'm not kidding-he saw a camel. We live in Colorado but one of the boarders
here has an honest-to-gosh camel, and neither one of us was prepared. I handwalk
him down that road now. :) Camels aside, Jay's a rock-solid guy. I trust him completely
and I look forward to spending years exploring our new home on the Front Range of
Colorado with him.
This is Cash, a 5 year-old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding. He is VERY sweet and
Shadows At Dusk, aka "Shiloh," is a 2003 dun Quarter Pony gelding. Shiloh is a demo
horse for Showmanship, Halter, horse safety, and general horse care with 4-H members.
He has started training as a trick horse, and as the photo shows, after just a couple
lessons he put himself up on his pedestal with no one asking him to! Since then,
every once in a while, Shiloh wanders over to his pedestal and climbs up on it!
This is Dude, a 15 year-old Quarter Horse cross gelding. He rides Western, mostly
on the trails. Dude is smart, independent, challenging, and yet a gentle soul. You
can put a five year old on his back and he'll take care of them. He'll be opinionated
and stubborn when he knows his rider can handle it. He bonds with the animals around
him, from fostering a mother duck and her ducklings in his stall, to scratching
the back of the barn cat with his lips, careful to never use his teeth. Dude taught
me to love horses and, no matter how unwilling he may be to pratice our sidepassing
or lead changes, he'll be protecting his rider.
Meet Cheyenne, a 12 year-old Paint, who rides Western. I found her when she was
6, her owners told me they were going to sell her at auction. I didn't realize why
they were so desperate to get rid of her until I got her home and realized she had
been abused. She wouldn't let anyone on her back or come near her with a crop or
whip. With a massive amount of love and patience she has become an incredibly sweet,
well-trained horse and has learned to trust and love me as much as I love her. She
took on a coyote to protect me when we went on a midnight trail ride. Last year
was monumental because she allowed my father to ride her, up to that point she had
only trusted me. She's been the most incredible best friend I could ever ask for!
Meet my Tennessee Walking Horse, Cajun. He was rescued from a Walking Horse show
barn in Tennessee 12 years ago. He was brought home with two speeds, fast and faster.
He would bolt and crow-hop if he couldn't go fast out of fear that he would be whipped.
I fell in love with him and bought him, soon realizing that he was a little much
for me. A trainer who practices natural horsemanship moved into the neighborhood
and we were one of his first clients. He had to learn to trust again and know that
being a "lady's horse" was a good thing. Fast forward 11 years and now Cajun is
helping children learn to love and trust again at a ranch for at risk children.
Cajun is still my best buddy on the trail and camping in the Hoosier National Forrest,
but on "ranch days" he loves helping the kids gain confidence and learn about trust
Annie is our 16 year-old Appaloosa. She is gentle, loving, and perfect for us guys
pushing 60! Obedient and always wanting to please us, she is our therapy. Not to
mention a wonderful trail horse.