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  1. #1
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    Default Okay... put me down as certifiable... (added more pics post 20 & 34)

    I'm 99% sure, I'm adding another equine to my herd...

    make that a 1984 pony with founder and Cushings...

    Short version- In July, I lost my grand 'ol mare. The farm wasn't the same without an 'ol classy mare. Ms. Squall was the Queen of the Farm.

    I helped out a longtime friend... saved Rosie's life... she was going to put her down if she couldn't find a place to keep her till she could find a new place.

    I was worried... Rosie would have to live with my dog and adjacent to my stallion. I didn't want to upset my happy farm. Rosie is a longtime broodmare. She's produced many successful foals, including several stallions, and has a grandson who is doing well in dressage. I've know Rosie for many, many years and I've always liked her. I told her owner... bring her over and we'll try... if it doesn't work out you've bought a few days and if you have to put her down, at least you can say you tried.

    Turns out Rosie was a perfect fit. And she's gentle enough and much smaller than mine, so my son can groom her, etc. My dog loved having a buddy. My stallion loved having a friend even though she broke his heart because she wouldn't give him the time of day. And... there was a classy 'ol mare back at Leaky Creek.

    My friend found a new farm... I prepared myself that the two ponies would be leaving. I didn't cry. I was very professional although inside I just wanted to say, "Are you sure you don't want to leave Rosie?" I even found myself looking at the Camelot sales horses scanning for a classy 'ol lady who needed a home and wondering how fostering a rescue worked.

    I was about to pick up the phone to call and make sure the ponies had arrived safely, when my friend called. She told me that she had a heavy heart and she should have left Rosie. She offered to give her to me.

    There is the part of me who says I'm crazy for taking on another pony... especially an old one with issues... she could take a turn for the worse in the spring and that could be it.

    Then there is the part of me who needs a grand 'ol lady to be Queen of the Farm. And my dog misses his buddy and my stallion misses his friend. And... she's a perfect mare to teach my son about grooming and how to lead a pony, etc. My set up is perfect for her, too... A stall that opens into a dry lot would be her home for most of the time.

    Here's the long story: http://leakycreek.wordpress.com/2010...aven-can-wait/

    Here's one reason...
    http://leakycreek.wordpress.com/2010...-be-done-here/

    So, I'm pretty sure that Leaky Creek will once again have a resident Grand 'ol Lady. Now... I'm working on ride possibilities. I can't wait to get our "Christmas Pony" home.

    So... put me down as certifiable...

    12-12-10 She's home!
    Last edited by M.K.Smith; Dec. 26, 2010 at 12:12 AM. Reason: update
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  2. #2
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    I"d put you down as saintly, and a certifiable pony / horse lover. I LOVE having a "grand ol Lady...
    right now, my "grand 'ol" is an older gelding that brings quite a 'presence' to the farm atmosphere. Happy for you.



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    I have to say that I was questioning if I wanted to open this thread at all, figuring it was one more bright eyed idealist getting a terminally foundered, cushinoid old horse/pony to "save" it, when all that does is providing it with that much longer a rough stretch of pain and suffering, until it is finally obvious what needs to be done.

    I am glad now I went ahead and peeked.

    Some times we don't know how much we appreciate something until it is gone and reality sets in.

    Very good Christmas present, I would say, for your farm and family to get her back and for her to get to stay where she is happy and well cared for.

    Will we get to see pictures with the red Christmas bow?



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    I love it, I love it. oh ya, I love you for doing that. Cerifiable, heck, arent all horse people.

    Now, I would have gladly set you up with a grand ole classy lady anytime, have many stallion friendly old broodmares, gentle ole soles so if you know anyone looking for just such a gal, or guy, send them my way. Of course, there are a few who have been here far too long for this heart to let go either but.............check out a couple of the new rescues. Talk about class acts.
    Our horses are not seen as the old and disabled they may have become, but rather as the mighty steeds they once believed themselves to be.

    Sunkissed Acres Rescue and Retirement



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    I just lost my old girl right before Thanksgiving. She was 30 and a rescue. I can tell you when I can, I will be looking for another old girl. I just love doing that.
    That Christmas pony is going to look good with a red ribbon on her.
    And you know, we save ourselves too, when we save a horse.



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    MK, doesn't seem certifiable to me, seems like she'll make you and your kid happy - and you guys deserve some happy. She's darling, enjoy her.
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    They're small hearts.



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    There is nothing strange happening here. As Trixie said "You guys deserve some happy". Enjoy the Grand Ol Lady.



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    The sweet old mares are the best! Thank you for taking her on, she's is going to make your heart that much fuller.
    This past August we brought home a 19 year old pony mare, Maggie, who also has Cushings. She's the best decision I ever made. She gave comfort and company to my old man, Sterling (30), when we put him down mid-October and she's the best kids pony ever. My 3 year old did her first leadline class on her in November 7 and she has brought so much joy to my little farmette. She's too nice to her goats and I have to wrestle with her to worm her and it's harder then I thought it would be to find decent small pony clothes but she's worth her weight in platinum! I love having somebody to fuss over and worry about! LOL!
    Grab mane and kick on!



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    We're going to pick her up today. And here's a little irony... we brought Squall home on December 13, 1992 and today is December 12th. And it will be the same person hauling!!! She's my old trainer who happened to see my post on FB looking for somebody to haul and she was the first one who said she could.

    Here's Rosie's pedigree http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/burgundy+rosette

    She is the dam of
    Gayfields Comin Up Roses http://www.windhoverwelshponies.com/...comin_up_roses (Which I just figured out yesterday)

    Foxcry Whinny the Pooh http://www.loaferslodge.com/POOH%27S%20PAGE.htm

    Foxcry Raindrops on Roses http://www.westwoodwelshponies.com/id6.html who is the dam of Foxcry Nicodemus http://www.thehomestedt.com/nick.html & http://www.westwoodwelshponies.com/id5.html
    http://www.leakycreek.com/
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    John P. Smith II 1973-2009 Love Always
    Father, Husband, Friend, Firefighter- Cancer Sucks- Cure Melanoma



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    She's home!!!!! My goofy dog was leaping circles around her. I don't know that I've seen a dog so excited over a horse before.
    http://www.leakycreek.com/
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    John P. Smith II 1973-2009 Love Always
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    Where are the pictures?



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    I'm shedding a tear here . . .



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    Wonderful story! The classy mare has a home with a classy human
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    Quote Originally Posted by shea'smom View Post
    And you know, we save ourselves too, when we save a horse.
    Can I use this for my siggy? Its great.
    “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker



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    Glad to hear of a happy ending. More pictures please.
    John Deere, help yourself!



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    Quote Originally Posted by M.K.Smith View Post
    She's home!!!!! My goofy dog was leaping circles around her. I don't know that I've seen a dog so excited over a horse before.
    YEAAAA!!!

    I'd love to see that on video.

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    Here's a few pics

    It was raining and dark- but here she is tonight http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...7&l=ebad58c36f

    Here are some pics of her from last month- http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...7&l=c5e4f225ec

    There are some pics of her (& her dog) in this album- http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...7&l=969580b2ad

    And here are few more
    http://www.leakycreek.com/modules.ph...view_photo.php

    http://www.leakycreek.com/modules.ph...view_photo.php
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    What a pretty face to see looking at you every day.

    Thanks for the pictures.



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    Maybe a little crazy, but who cares. My old Libbey was a foundered/cushings rescue pony. Three of us pulled her out of a cow lot where the people had essentially just left her to die. She couldn't even get to the water because their herd bull was so nasty to her. She was living way out by the trees by herself, eating snow. She had several great years here until DSLD finally took her. She is still missed and even with all the money and heartache that came with her, I never regretted it for a minute.



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    A few more pics from today

    Feeding Rosie- http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1641875547

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1641875547

    This cracked me up, I told him to "Give Rosie a pet." He took his mitten off so he could feel her coat. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1641875547

    Rosie grazing
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1641875547
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    John P. Smith II 1973-2009 Love Always
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