#57 Bay Roan QH type mare. 15-17 yrs. old. Appx.
girl that would be a good for a beginner/intermediate rider.
She was destined for the camps, but she is not sound on her
front feet. Looks like she has old pads on them. Possibly with
care, she would be quite a bit sounder. Pretty mare with kind
eyes. Rescued 6/10/99
new name is Dawn! Her Angel of Mercy is named Chandra and she
does not live too terribly far away.
stepped onto free ground today 6/10/99 in front of my house. She
will be rooming with Ms. Callie for the next 2 weeks (quarantine
for strangles). If all goes well, she will be headed home at the
end of two weeks. Her new mom, Chandra, will be coming to give
her hugs and kisses this weekend.
is a princess. A spoiled little princess with pads on her front
feet! HA! She is somewhat headstrong in leading and seems to be
used to getting her way. Callie didn't seemed to be too impressed
though. Then again, Callie is very Regal in her stature and doesn't
let on that anything ruffles her except perhaps food! HA! Dawn
settled right in and we are looking forward to having her with
us for her short visit.
(aka The Princess, or her new show name Sight Unseen) has been
in my life for a little over 4 months now and I can't imagine
life without her! When I first saw Gail's list (in the days
before the wonderful TIER website) something about the description
of this sweet little horse just tugged at my heart strings.
I knew I was a gonner when during a nightime rain I woke up
wondering if the little mare was getting rained on and if she
was cold! On June 6th (which ironically would have been my dad's
birthday) I got a phone call from Gail that the mare I had been
interested in was being shipped in about an hour- what did I
want to do? After some terror filled moments, I did the only
thing I could do, I said, "I'll take her" I also owe
thanks to CIndy from H.O.R.S.E rescue who assured me that if
things didn't work out she would either help me place her in
a home or would take her to their rescue facility. SO , with
a back up plan I took the plunge. My non-horsey husband just
shook his head and said "I hope you know what you're doing!"
I didn't dare tell him that I had NO idea what I was doing,
I just KNEW it was right. And to this day, I think it was one
of the best decisions in my life! The Princess has her problems.
My vet diagnosed her with some nasty high ringbone, but she
is becoming servicably sound. She has days that are better than
others, but we have a plan to manage her condition and she is
moving around quite comfortably. In fact, three weeks ago she
carried my 3 year old daughter to win her first blue ribbon
in the lead line class in a local show! I've ridden her bareback
in a halter and found out the hard way that the old girl has
a lot of spirit and plenty of get up and go! She enjoys the
trails and thus far seems to be "bomb proof" It has
taken some time for her to learn to trust again- she is absolutely
petrified of whips and shows behaviors that the vet says indicate
that at some time in her life she was left to forage for survival,
but when I arrive at the ranch each day she now greets me with
a loud nicker and "runs" to the gate of her corral
to be let out! Each day she shares a little more of her personality
with us! I think that she has brought a face to the thousands
of horses that go through the feedlots each year and I truly
hope that maybe we have been able to convince one person to
consider a feedlot horse or to at least think twice when they
sell their current horse and realize that good horses do end
up in bad places! I thank God daily for allowing me the honor
of sharing my life with this very special friend and I thank
Gail for making it all happen!
- Pictures of "Dawn" and her highly skilled rider
Elena when they won that blue ribbon!