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Hi. My name is "Sucker". Perhaps you've heard of me . . .

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  • Hi. My name is "Sucker". Perhaps you've heard of me . . .

    So. I was looking for a school horse. I'm cheap, so was looking at ranch horses--30 days to teach them to direct rain and go over cavaletti and you've got a nice, broke, school horse.

    I wanted a gelding. I wanted something 9 or younger. I wanted something deadly quiet.

    But then I drove up to this place to see a mare that had been advertised. Found a mud and wound encrusted buckskin mare tied to a T-post. She was one of seven tied to t-posts, inclduing two yearlings that were about 100lbs undrweight and and a paint with a gaping hock wound lovingly sprayed with Furaspray.

    She was was head shy as anything, pulled back against her T-post, had feet that had clearly not been touched in months (and she wouldn't pick them up), bloody sores on her head and mouth, and open, scabby wounds from where she'd been hobbled. She'd been advertised as 8, but when we arrived were informed that they'd just checked her papers and she was actually 10.

    Not at all what I was looking for. Not at all.

    Women gets on her, takes her down to the "ring". The gravel driveway would have been better footing. And this little thing on those wounded legs, overdue feet, and on footing I couldn't walk on proceeds to move better and sounder than half the horses in my barn. Damn, what a fancy critter.

    But wait, no, not wild, but too much to be a beginner school horse. Too old. Doesn't pick up it's feet.

    Hubby gets on her. Rides for 5 minutes before his smile is too big to contain. No, dang it, this is NOT WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR.

    Then he takes her outside, and proceeds to canter her through the edge of a lake, over a ditch/swale, and over a log. Perfect, eager, and quiet.


    So guess who came home with me today. I paid next to nothing for her, and mainly what she's done in her life is have babies. But I couldn't leave her there. I just couldn't.

    They never called her anything but a very bad word I can't say on the BB.

    I've named her Matilda. Hopefully with some care and work she'll make up into a fun little Novice horse for somebody.

    But yes, I am that sucker.
    Phoenix Farm ~ Breeding-Training-Sales
    Eventing, Dressage, Young Horses
    Check out my new blog: http://califcountrymom.blogspot.com

  • #2
    Sounds like a great find. Except for the name. Give her a fancy name and she will become a fancy horse. Good luck.


    • #3
      Thanks for sharing! Your story made me smile!


      Rerider/Haydunker Clique

      RIP Barbaro, you were my hero!


      • #4
        Yay - I"m so happy you did that!!!

        Aw, good for you!!! She sounds really nice and REALLY deserving. Pics please


        • #5
          yay for you and yay for Matilda!!

          post some pics...
          Cornerstone Equestrian
          Home of Amazing (Balou du Rouet/Voltaire) 2005 KWPN Stallion
          RPSI, KWPN reg B, and IHF nominated


          • #6
            I don't know...she sounds like a nice Husband horse!

            We are all suckers but it actually sounds like you found yourself a nice little horse...so not sure who really was the sucker!
            ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **


            • #7
              You done good, Phoenix. And you know it.

              I want to see pictures, too.


              • #8
                Not a sucker. You are that horses saviour. She deserved better than she was getting (actually it sounds as though they all did!) and proved she was worthy.

                I hope she continues to impress you.


                • #9
                  people, animals, and things come into our lives for a reason. And I must admit ALL of my horses/pets have chosen me and not the other way round.
                  Good for you and good for your new mare. Keep us informed of her progress.
                  As others have said...you done good girl!!!!


                  • #10
                    good for you!
                    and yay for Matilda!

                    a friend of a friend just picked up one similar off of Craigslist. So wormy her hair is like straw and a big gut, ticks all over her head and neck, feet.....sheeeesh. They were slowly starving her, cutting back hay as she looked 'fat'.

                    Look past all that to the CUTEST QH face, nice proportions, good quality feet, lovely neck. nice walk and great trot, soft sad eye......he got her for next to nothing. Both of them got lucky.

                    Bless nice people and lucky horses.
                    Nina's Story
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                    • #11
                      The only way I can tell how much of a sucker you are is to see PICS!!!


                      • #12
                        I second that, Ellebeaux.

                        What a lucky girl. I hope she is a good girl for you, to reward you for your good deed.
                        I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
                        I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09


                        • #13
                          why not call her the matilde (french version)...just slightly more refined.... teal could be her barn name.....she sounds like a good girl
                          he's a big horse with short legs...really!


                          • #14
                            You did the right thing. I have one in my barn with a similar story. I planned on selling her after she was healthy and trained. Too late now, I love her , she is just super cool and so much fun to have around ! Yours will be great for you!


                            • #15
                              She sounds very cool and I hope you have a long time with her. She'll appreciate the saving too I bet!


                              • #16
                                Made me smile and cry

                                After all that has been reported on RHHT, sad news, etc, maybe I'm just emotional - your story is wonderful, good for you!


                                • #17
                                  Thank you for the story! I needed a smile and the thought of Matilda coming to your home and being loved and taken care of is just the ticket. Can't wait to see pictures of her!


                                  • #18
                                    And the address of the place that you found her is....................? Maybe she has some relatives, friends, or whatevers who need similar homes.

                                    Think --share the wealth.
                                    Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                                    Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


                                    • #19
                                      You're not a sucker, but it sounds to me like you did a good deed. Maybe when she gets in better shape, she'll turn out to be the horse you are looking for.


                                      • #20
                                        He he LOVE it!!! Congrats to you both and I'll bet she turns into the best horse ever!
                                        Fox Haven Farm, Inc.
                                        Home of 2002 JC Registered stallion Artrageous

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