A full-page ad in the March 2, 1973, issue of The Chronicle of the Horse caught our eye. It was a horse-for-sale ad, but not one like we'd ever seen before!
The teenaged owner of Pass The Platter came up with the idea of writing the mare's ad from the horse's perspective. The result was a handwritten ad full of cute sketches. The full text appears below the photo...
Hello, my name is Pass The Platter. This is my friend. Her name is Lynn. She has been riding me for 3 years, and now she's taller than I am. The way I figure, I've done a lot for her, and now it's time to move on to another little girl or boy.
In 1970, we won Tri-State Jr. Hunter 13 and under championship and Hunt Seat Equitation 13 and under reserve championship and M.H.S.A. Jr. Hunter 13 and under championship and reserve in equitation. In 1971, we won Tri-State Jr. Hunter 14-17 reserve championship. And for three years in a row, we've won an A.H.S.A. Medal class. Just in case you're interested, I've written a brief but accurate description of myself.
I am a sexy red-headed Thoroughbred mare. Lynn tells me I'm eleven, but I feel like a filly. (Remember, you're only as old as you feel.) I'm short—15 hands—but take it from me, good things do come in small packages. I'm pretty, I'm a true athlete and I can really jump.
I know how to catch a judge's eye. I'm healthy and I'm sound. I even have current x-rays. My favorite color is blue. I'm smart and above all I'm modest. You can see that all this is true from the two photographs below.
So if there is some little girl or boy out there who wants to buy me and be my new friend, I'm now for sale. To find out more about me, just write Lynn Hickisch.