I thought I’d introduce the men in my life to you. Here’s a little bio on all three of them.
The oldest and most dear to my heart. Rusty was my very first horse. He fell into my lap about 10 years ago when his owner abandoned him after not being able to financially care for him. Not only was he emaciated, he had a horrible abscess in his hoof due to inadequate hoof care. I’d like to think I nursed him back to health and gave him a new life, but the truth is, it was him who gave me a new life. You see, when I first met Rusty I knew little about horses. It scared me at first to be around such a large animal, but having always loved animals I got over it pretty quickly! I had a fantastic mentor who taught me about horse nutrition, hoof care, veterinary care, and even gave me riding lessons on my new horse. Due to a few behavioral issues and his ever-present arthritis, we believe Rusty was used very hard as a rope or ranch horse before he came to me. He could be a real stinker! I did not get to ride Rusty for very long because his arthritis became such an issue. He will never be able to go without a good set of shoes and will always be a hard keeper, but he has become the most precious lawn ornament to me.
Hot Rod is currently my main riding horse. I’ve only had him about a year and a half, but I plan on keeping this guy forever! He is a solid, steady, broke horse that absolutely anyone can ride. His fastest gear is probably slower than any peanut-rolling pleasure horse on ACE. Okay, so that might be an exaggeration, but you get the point. After a little research, I have found out that I am already the fifth person to own Hot Rod and he’s only six years old. That breaks my heart. I don’t know for sure, but we believe each owner realized after a short time he had soundness issues and then sold him to the next unknowing individual only to be sold again. Well, we know about his soundness issues and we don’t care. They can be managed and he’s wonderful. So what. Hot Rod is what I would call old-school bred. He’s by a sire named Ladys Hotrodder, who excelled in western riding, trail and halter, and he’s out of a Jackie Bee mare. Jackie Bee, of course, is an AQHA legend and entered the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2008. Hot Rod is well bred, but has variety, and I like that. He’s a very easy keeper. Always dominant. Very smart and quick learning, but also very stubborn. And, yes, he is in my front yard in this picture.
The baby of the family. We bought Kona when my husband and I both decided, as a united front, that we needed a intact yearling stud. Wait. Let me start over. My husband bought Kona after a spur-of-the-moment decision when he raised his hand at the AQHA World Show auction. Then he called me to tell me we had just purchased a horse I knew absolutely nothing about. Yay! Thankfully, the horse had excellent breeding and good looks to boot otherwise my husband would have been hitch-hiking home from that sale. Kona, also known as Silver Sparks, is a super cute gelding by Lena Spark (by the great Shining Spark) and he’s out of a Playgun mare. We’re thinking he would excel at reined cow horse events, or even ranch sorting and penning. He’s an interesting buckskin/grulla color and has a wonderful temperament. He is three years old this year and has been under saddle for a while now. We haven’t completely decided his fate, whether or not we’ll keep him forever or sell him as a cow pony. Our plans for the near future are to start riding him again after having the spring and summer off to grow and to double register him with the American Buckskin Registry Association.