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"My" Filly is a Race Horse No More, She's Coming Home!

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  • "My" Filly is a Race Horse No More, She's Coming Home!

    This is a filly I've galloped the last 6 months, I just instantly had a connection with her like I've never had with any other horse I've galloped. She is the reason I (almost) enjoyed getting up at 5am to get to the training center, she means the world to me. As things would have it, turf season is winding down and she ran a disappointing 7th on Monday. Last night her breeder/owner informed me that she was ready to retire and I can have her. I actually cried a little, I was so overjoyed.

    I've taken a few from the track I've galloped before to retrain and resell, but never one to keep, and she's a keeper, all 15'1 or whatever she is. She is teeny tiny, but she has so much heart, courage, and is the bravest horse, I can't wait to see how she likes eventing. I'm sad I won't ever come out of the gate again on her (the rocket that she is!) but I am so excited to see what the next chapter in her life will be like!

    This is her and I galloping in the morning and her racing at Colonial last May.

    I'm off to go pick her up. Mornings won't be the same without her, but the afternoons will be so much fun!
    WestWind Farms
    Love means attention, which means looking after the things we love. We call this stable management.
    - George H. Morris

  • #2
    Wow....that is awesome.
    Wishing you both all the best...she is lovley...congrats ( to both of you!!!!)


    • #3
      I'm so happy for the 2 of you - many congratulations! What a pretty girl!

      COTH, keeping popcorn growers in business for years.

      "I need your grace to remind me to find my own." Snow Patrol-Chasing Cars. This line reminds me why I have horses.


      • #4
        Outstanding! Absolutely lovely. Lucky you and super lucky filly.
        \"If you are going through hell, keep going.\" ~Churchill~


        • #5
          She is a very lucky filly, and very cute too. Looks like she has lots of heart. Congrats

          Proud of my Hunter Breeding Princesses
          "Grief is the price we all pay for love," Gretchen Jackson (1/29/07) In Memory of Barbaro


          • #6
            That is so nice to read; thanks for sharing. Sometimes the right horse finds their way to you.

            She is wicked cute. I love the little ones.


            • #7
              Yaay! She's so cute, can't wait to follow her progress! Now, if you can just snare one of those steeplechasers ....
              Don't wrassle with a hog. You just get dirty, and the hog likes it.

              Collecting Thoroughbreds - tales of a re-rider and some TBs


              • #8

                Sounds like a wonderful match. Best of luck to you and your new filly. :-)


                • #9
                  I bet she'll be a hell of an eventer!!! I love the intensity in her eyes!!!
                  Congrats and thanks for sharing such a happy story


                  • #10
                    Congrats she looks awesome! With the look in her eye she should make a fantastic eventer. Your great riding of course helps with that too
                    My horse of a lifetime!!


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ishi View Post
                      I'm sad I won't ever come out of the gate again on her (the rocket that she is!)
                      But think of how much fun you will have coming out of the start box on her!!

                      Congratulations, she is a cutie and one day you will be rocking a cross country course with her!

                      That was really cool of her breeder/owner to let her retire with you.
                      Proud owner of a Slaughter-Bound TB from a feedlot, and her surprise baby...!


                      • #12
                        Nifty! What's her name and breeding?
                        Life would be infinitely better if pinatas suddenly appeared throughout the day.


                        • #13
                          Have fun with her. She sure is a pretty little lady. Don't let the pony breeders overon SHB see her!! They will steal her.
                          F O.B
                          Resident racing historian ~~~ Re-riders Clique
                          Founder of the Mighty Thoroughbred Clique


                          • Original Poster

                            Sing Mia, her JC name is Burning Moccasin, here's her pedigree:

                            She really doesn't have a barn name, we have 20 stalls and the set we ride goes by stall number so she was 2. I'm thinking of a name, but nothing really fits her that I've come up with. She is intense, yet quiet, very smart, and all heart. She has a fabulous trot too, I never feel like I'm on a small horse sitting on her, she has a massive stride. The last work we did we worked with 2 other horses a half. She blew them away, I never touched her with the stick, just grabbed a good hold, sent her, and enjoyed the ride I'll miss that too, but I can't wait to event her, I bet it'll be a whole 'nother form of excitement for me!

                            The farrier comes tomorrow, and then she'll still have a few more days off. She ran down on one hind leg pretty good yesterday and is all wrapped up. She seems pretty content in the barn, has her Uncle Jimmie ball (that was a high light of her day I'd say!) and is eating and drinking well. She ships out to all her races and when I went to load her at the training center she paused at the base of the ramp as if to say, "Are you nuts, I'm not running again am I?!" then loaded right up.

                            I can't wait to see what the next year brings for her and I. She is so special. I owe her owner/breeder a huge debt of gratitude. I gallop and work with so many horses a day, it's just not often a horse like her comes along. He said he was just thrilled he didn't have to worry about her going down the road and losing track of her. He really is a great guy, and I am so thankful.

                            We sticked her today but she was so bouncy it was hard to get a good read. I'll try again later this week but she's little. Not as small as the pony I'm eventing for a client, but most likely under 15'2. What can I say, I adore small mares!
                            WestWind Farms
                            Love means attention, which means looking after the things we love. We call this stable management.
                            - George H. Morris


                            • #15
                              well, since her name is Burning Moccasin---how about calling her "Hotfoot"?
                              (especially since she seems to like 'hotfooting" it out of the gate?)

                              you could call her "Hottie" for short!


                              • #16
                                Congratulations! What a happy story!
                                Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC ( Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist


                                • #17
                                  Congrats! She is lovely.

                                  *OMGiH I Loff my Mare* and *My Saddlebred Can Do Anything Your Horse Can Do*


                                  • #18
                                    How about Two Hot?

                                    (couldn't resist)


                                    • Original Poster

                                      My DH came up with a website of Native American names, and we found Mochni which is Hopi for talking bird. Well, she is a talker, to me. When she sees me, she always flips her head and makes noises at me. Then again, I fed her peppermints constantly I'd even hand them to her when on another horse in the shed row. So the guys joked about how she talked to me. Her breeder called her Moch, which I never could get to stick, I like longer names, and nicknames and Mochni seems like a good combo of both. So we'll see how it goes tomorrow, if it fits her.

                                      I think I already have her USEA name picked out. My DH never changes their JC names, but he always gets horses with awesome JC names. I think her USEA name is going to be Notorious, just because I've always wanted a fabulous, fast, little TB mare named that since I was a kid!

                                      We just did a last barn check, all are happy and she was sleepy, had eaten her dinner all up, so I gave her more hay, then fed her one last carrot. She's stalled next to the Chincoteague Pony, and next to her, Mochni looks huge! Guess it's all about the power of perception
                                      WestWind Farms
                                      Love means attention, which means looking after the things we love. We call this stable management.
                                      - George H. Morris


                                      • #20
                                        Lol, that reminds me of "Moshi moshi" in Japanese (another good name for such a delicate little girl!) She looks like such a little lady. I like "Notorious" and it tracks nicely with all her "N" names on top. (And I'd take "Burning Moccasin" over what my poor horse was stuck with, see sig file. His show name was Admiral's Game after his relatives.) Congratulations!
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