Saturday, November 7, 2009

Beauty's first saddle~Camera Critters 110709





































I had a couple of trainers with Beauty. Her first trainer was Angi Keitel, who is an excellent horsewoman and trainer and trains mustangs. She has been in the Extreme Mustang Challenge for about 3 years now and always does very well with her mustangs. THANK YOU, Angi! Anyway, Angi was Beauty's first trainer. Beauty was untrained when we got her off a slaughter feedlot in WA state, as a two year old. She was such a beautiful mare and had such a wonderful, calm personality, that Angi didn't think it would take much to saddle and then ride her. She was right. Beauty gave a couple of bucks, some kicks, and ran around the round pen, then stopped, faced Angi, let out a sigh, and that was it! My cousin, Valerie, took over her training here in Southern California when we moved the entire herd closer to us and she took Beauty out for 9 months of training. HA! I almost didn't get her back! Valerie fell in LOVE with her, saddle broke her, and took her out on trails. Beauty was curious, intelligent, and calm. She would have been the perfect horse for me with my bad back as she didn't spook. But, alas, nature intervened and I lost Beauty. But, here are some pics of the day that Angi saddle broke her a couple of years ago. Camera Critters for November 7, 2009. I miss her every day.

9 comments:

  1. One would almost believe she did not like her new saddle. Great photos and memories of your Beauty.

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  2. Very nice photos!

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  3. Beauty certainly was a very beautiful horse, great series of photographs. Thanks for sharing her with us.

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  4. par for the course how long did you have beauty?/

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  5. She was a beauty indeed, and I admire you for taking her in, loving her, and giving her a good home.

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  6. What a sad ending to such a beautiful story. She was a beautiful horse.

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  7. What a beauty! Sorry you did not have her longer but it looks as if you have some wonderful memories.

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  8. I would have thought from the pictures that she hated that saddle. I love the part about her facing the trainer, letting out a sigh, and accepting the whole thing. Beauty sounds like she was a wonderful horse.

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  9. I had Beauty a little over 2 years, from January 2007 to June 25, 2009. She went with my cousin for about 3 months of training and trail work and came back a wonderfully, calm trail horse! I nearly didn't get her back!!!! My cousin fell in love with her! She was a very good, confident trail horse and didn't spook, Valerie said. But, alas, nature intervened and I lost Beauty...She was a "throw-away" horse that I found on an Internet rescue for horses on feedlots going to slaughter. I cannot imagine her going to slaughter, but so many other WONDERFUL horses await that fate, so I contribute to 3 rescues: TB Friends, in Sacramento, CA, Shiloh Horse Rescue, near Las Vegas, NV, and SAFER, in Sonoma County. I can vouch for all 3 of these rescues. They do a WONDERFUL job saving thoroughbreds and other breeds of horses! Please, if you can, dontate to the horse rescue of your choice and save another wonderful horse like Beauty.

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