of your choice or you can simply browse through the extensive list to find the perfect ones. The list starts with Aadi and ends with Zaharah. Travel through the site browsing alpha, quick search, advanced search or by favorites.
No brainer -- or no fun? Think of it this way: you'll probably never draw
a blank again.
It had to happen, you know.
Instead of spending hours makings lists of names for our foals every year, we finally can turn to the Web where, by now, every possible name imaginable for horses, dogs, cats, goats, snakes, and ferrets is available on line. The process has become a no brainer.
Start with Pet Names World with over 11,000 pet names to find the ones that you like the best. Each name is accompanied by its meaning and place of origin. You can look up specific pet names
Summer Breeze Debut X BF Muskokas Walkers Bay). She's owned by Trehernes Miniature Horse Farm, Rebecca and Randy Ashworth and Family, Trout Creek, Ontario, Canada.
The Ashworths are chronicling Dove's life on her very own web page with pictures from birth to the present. Updates are frequent. Click here to visit one of the cutest foals you'll ever see.
It's foaling time across the country and we haven't seen cuter baby pictures than of the Miniature Horse foal named “Dove” featured on our home page. She was born March 5, one month premature and she's doing quite well, thank you. At birth she weighed 11.4 pounds and measured 15 inches tall. That's smaller than some of our cats. Just after birth, the bottoms of her hooves were the size of quarters!
Her full name is Trehernes on the Wings of a Dove (Trehernes
Horses and Hackney organizations. It's just not an issue, which doesn't mean they've said it's okay. They just haven't talked about it.
The first cloning experiments in the show world probably will come in the open competition disciplines of eventing, dressage and show jumping which are open to all horses, regardless of breed.
And we can bet when the success rate of cloning improves, everyone will be talking about it. Technology has a habit of marching on.
There's no horseman in the world who hasn't thought about cloning his favorite gelding, stallion or mare. What a seductive idea -- and certainly one that will come to reality, maybe not in some of our lifetimes, but one day.
Other than the difficulties involved in the start-to-finish process noted in our Home page story, how have our breeds reacted to the idea of cloning? The Morgan and American Saddlebred organizations have said “no.” Not happening. A registered horse is one horse not two or more horses.
The subject has not come up with the Minis, Tennessee Walking
only through June 1." "Frozen semen only." "By certificate holder."
The ads give mare owners the very impression they are intended to get: HURRY or you'll miss your chance! Call! Book! If you wait, you'll have to go to the end of the line and that line might be very long. But the truth is that the line probably doesn't even exist.
Don't be intimidated by the ads. Go ahead and call about that stallion you've always wanted for your favorite mare. He's probably ready and waiting.
How many mares do the average stallion breed each year? If you buy into the spin of advertising and editorials, you'd be sure they number in the dozens – or even hundreds.
But truth be told, it's about three. That's right. Our stallions breed an average of about three mares every year. Sure, there are horses courting dozens of mares, but those boys are few and far between. In fact, if we lopped off the top ten most popular studs in the all the industries, the averages would drop dramatically!
But what about the ads? "Limited to the first 150 mares." "Service
evaluated in show ring events. Winners may reflect the skills and show ring savvy of the trainer/handler, as much as the innate abilities of the horse."
Makes sense? She continues:
"Some breeders can learn to predict to their satisfaction the approximate phenotype to expect from a selected mating because of their years of experience studying horses and their pedigrees, but their skill cannot always be taught to others and may not work with unfamiliar pedigrees."
She goes on to consider nicks, basing a program on champions, the cult of the dominant sire, and using genetics to guide a program.
This article is serious reading for the serious breeder. We recommend it.
Ann T. Bowling, PhD, Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, School of Veterinary
University of California, Davis, CA 95616-8744
This is the time of year when equine magazines publish articles intended to unlock the secrets of successful horse breeding. We know the interviews are filler to help satisfy US Postal editorial content regulations, but we slog on anyway, reading once again everything we already know about form to function, attitude, talent, line breeding, mares and pedigrees, looking for something, anything that might help us breed a better horse.
Instead, we suggest going straight to an article titled " Questioning breeding myths in light of genetics" written by Ann T. Bowling, PhD and published on line at the Equine Journal.com. (http://www.theequinejournal.com/Resources/geneticsart46.html)
We know Dr. Bowling knows what she's talking about when she writes:
"Newcomers to horse breeding often look for pedigree formulas or hope to emulate a particular breeder's program by using related stock. Unfortunately for novices, the truths of horse breeding are that many successful horse breeding judgments are in equal measure luck and intuition…. Many of the highly valued traits of horses, such as breed type or way-of-going, are subjectively
In our fantasy the four groups would have separate agendas, separate annual meetings, separate board meetings, and separate awards ceremonies. Then, everyone would get together for forums, demonstrations and discussions topping off with a fabulous Saturday night gala.
So why wouldn't it work?
Do you think all Morgan, Saddlebred and Hackney driving people would enjoy discussing mutual interests? How about breeders, equitation riders, amateurs, trainers, sport horse people, horse-show managers? And the shopping! Vendors would flock to the event when they learned how many people were attending.
Is this just pretend? Maybe not. Our fantasy really could become a reality.
And we know bunches of people who wouldn't miss it.
It's next year, February 2007, and we're in Lexington, KY. For the first time ever, the American Saddle Horse Association, the American Morgan Horse Association, the American Hackney Horse Society and the United Professional Horsemen's Association have gathered to hold their annual conventions at the same time and under one roof.
Impossible? We don't think so. In fact, the AMHA and ASHA annual meetings are the same week at different hotels in Lexington this year. Close, but not close enough.
Have our conventions have become predictable and boring? Are the numbers dwindling? Is it time for a change? Just imagine how much fun a really BIG convention would be!
Infringement, Unfair Competition, Trademark Dilution, and Intentional Interference with Business Relations. ( www.nwha.com/news.html )
Fact: in 2004 there were more than 16,000 members of the TWHBEA. Membership increases by several hundred per year.
Fact: in 2005 there were approximately 600 members of the NWHA.
Do you know what's going on? We don't know and we don't care.
But one thing we do know and do care about is that this is a lose-lose
situation -- with the walking horse, one of the most wonderful breeds of
horses in the world, being the biggest loser of all.
The TWHBEA site reports: On December 2nd TWHBEA filed suit against the National Walking Horse Association alleging various infringements of TWHBEA's rights and seeking injunctive relief as well as statutory, compensatory and punitive damages. ( www.twhbea.com/News/NWHA/TWHBEAsuit.htm )
The NWHA site reports: The National Walking Horse Association (NWHA) has been sued in Federal Court in the Middle District of Tennessee by the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association (TWHBEA) for Copyright and Trademark
their horses in the outside world. Dressage already is growing so fast in the United States that the current demand for good horses is greater than the supply. Does that get your attention?
However, some show-horse breeders and trainers don't see selling to the dressage market as good. They love the idea of finding a place to dump their culls, but they worry about lost revenues, "good" horses leaving their industry and the possibility that breeders actually will breed for that market if the horses really do excel in dressage.
But if you compare the number of show horses produced today with that of those actually showing, we don't think they have much to worry about. It's an understatement to say that there are plenty of good horses to go around.
Merry Christmas to the breeders!
Show-horse breeders received an early Christmas present this year when an American-bred, non-warmblood horse was featured on the cover of the December issue of the 45,000-circulation United State Dressage Federation (USDF) magazine, The Connection, and then appeared on the Sports page of the Louisville Courier-Journal.
But few breeders outside dressage will ever see the magazine, let alone understand the significance of the cover photograph.
So, listen up: it's big news.
Not just because Harry Callahan (Supreme Heir x Make My Day) is the first Saddlebred to be featured on the magazine's cover, but also because his picture represents a toe hold for our show-horse breeds in the vast national dressage market. That toe hold promises that, one day, breeders will have a strong market for
No time is better than now to find stud fee bargains at auctions that benefit our breeding programs – plus our associations and incentive programs. It's definitely win win for everyone! The breed hosting the most numerous stallion service auctions is the American Saddlebred followed by the Morgan, Hackney and Walking horses.
Saddlebred auctions featuring some of the most popular stallions in the breed will be held this winter in Wisconsin, Kentucky and Minnesota. The Hackney as well as the Morgan sales will be held at the annual conventions plus by state organizations. Walking horse stud fees were sold at auction in December during the annual Trainers' convention. Contact the ASHA, AMHA, AHHA and TWHBEA for exact dates and details.
In many cases, you need not be present at the auction since many groups accept bids by phone and internet. Often more than one service will be sold for a horse at the closing bid price if there are multiple bidders.
Stallion service auctions are a good thing because:
• Mare owners save money on stud fees
• Stallion owners get publicity and more foals on the ground
• Futurities, associations & incentive programs make money to give away
• Owners are eligible to win money through resulting foals
• Nominations enhance foal sale potential
walking horses, show horses who cannot pass the strict USDA exams, may face forced retirement.
Some in the breed say they fear the crackdown could be the end of the walking horse industry as they know it – while others hope the crackdown will be the end of the industry as they know it. And, from what we read, it looks like the jig is finally up. The Feds mean it when they say they have the tools to detect and come down hard on sore horses and that owners and trainers of sore horses at shows are going to get busted. Most in the industry realize their world is changing and accept the reality as a good thing.
And it is a good thing. It’s time the walker takes its rightful place as
one of the nicest-riding horses in America and leaves behind its tarnished
image. We say walk on and walk on sound and happy. Maybe we’re dreaming,
but we believe all will be well -- in time.
For decades, the walking horse industry has wrestled with the issue of sore horses, horses that, through illegal methods and substances, perform exaggerated gaits as a result of trainer-induced pain and extreme shoeing. Soring has been the breed’s not-so-secret dirty secret.
Insiders know that the industry is divided between the soring ignoring and the soring abhorring -- or, as often is the case, between show owners and pleasure owners. The split has created strong feelings on both sides.
The issue came to a head in recent months following the announcement that the USDA was geared up to finally put a stop to showing sore walking horses. The news created panic in the breed, as evidenced by articles in industry publications. The feds say they are serious this time and many trainers and owners are worried -- better yet, very worried. After all, lots of money, lots of livelihoods and lots of politics are at stake. Worse yet, many
• Ask and take advice from professionals such as trainers, fellow breeders, marketing experts.
• Keep your stud's name in front of the breeding public through print and Web advertising using professional, unique presentation.
• Don't forget the power of the World Wide Web.
• Commission at least one professional, eye-catching photo that you can use over and over. Repetition will create his "look."
• Donate stud fees to fund-raising groups in exchange for promotion.
• Evaluate the benefits promised by all incentive programs before writing any enrollment checks.
• Buy or lease the best broodmares you can afford.
• Research and know what lines cross well with your horse.
• Cut deals on stud fees. The more foals, the better chance to have good foals.
• Pick out mares that you think will cross well with your stallion and offer free stud fees to owners.
• Follow up on all foals and visit as many in person as possible. Take pictures!
• Promote all foals, not just those you own.
• Prove your stallion's ability to "stamp" by creating a video featuring as many babies as possible. Include action footage of your stud.
• Buy foals by your stallion and promote them.
• Be dedicated to customer relations regarding shipped semen, guarantees, solving problems.
• Talk up your stallion and his get.
Is your stallion stuck in "The Valley of Forgotten Studs?"
The "valley" is located between two "peaks". The first peak represents success won as an individual. That's an easy goal for your stallion to reach if you combine the efforts of a good horse, good trainer and supporting owner. Mares come to him because he's new and hot.
But life on that peak doesn't last very long. Soon, other young stallions
come along to take your horse's place and he slides down into the "valley."
Whether or not he can climb up the next peak to renewed popularity depends
on whether you can change his image from being just another stallion to
becoming known as a "breeding horse." What's the trick to climbing
that next golden peak? Siring successful offspring.
That's where you come in.
You know if your horse is languishing in the valley. Even though you're advertising and promoting, the phone isn't ringing like it used to, breedings are down, and his name just doesn't create any buzz. You find yourself looking at the other guy's advertising, trying to figure out what's going wrong and struggling to figure out your next step.
Don't despair. Here are some marketing techniques offered by owners of
successful breeding horses to help you give your stallion the boost he has
earned, deserves – and needs.
One of the best equine magazines that crosses our desk is The Horse, published monthly by Blood-Horse Publications, Lexington, KY. Not to be confused with a Thoroughbred magazine, its subtitle is "Your Guide To Equine Health Care."
And quite a good "guide" it is.
No first-horse-owner articles here about cleaning sheaths and buying good brushes. The 80-plus pages are filled with ads for ultrasound machines, stem cell therapy systems, new drugs and inoculations. It's written for and by veterinarians ─ but the editorial content is custom designed for curious and responsible horse owners who want to keep up on the latest techniques and information. It's especially valuable for people breeding horses outside the loop of leading-edge veterinary medicine.
The following articles from the December "reproduction" issue are of special interest to breeders:
Breeding Globally: Artificial insemination has broken the barriers of time and distance in breeding horses. By Mina C.G. Davies Morel, DVM, BSC, PHD. This article deals with the advances in artificial insemination, including semen collection, semen evaluation, biochemical analysis, membrane integrity tests, flow cytometry, filtration assay, hypo-osmotic stress test, function testing, semen storage, freezing and insemination techniques and sexing semen. A section on "The Future" discusses freeze-dried semen, spermatogonal transplantation, and in vitro fertilization.
Live Cover Management: Live breeding can be dangerous and requires special mare and stallion care. By Jonathan F. Pycock, BVetMed, PhD, Dipl. ESM, MRCVS
Monitoring Pregnancy: Vigilance can help avoid or minimize problems for your mare and her foal. By Nancy S. Loving, DVM
If you are interesting in subscribing, The Horse is offering special holiday rates: the first subscription is $15 per year, the second is $12 per year. Phone (800) 582-5604. Also, thousands of articles are available on line at www.TheHorse.com.
Whoa! What happened to actually seeing the horse? No mention in this article.
We all heard the experts warn years ago that semen transport was going to ruin our breeds by narrowing the gene pool. Costs associated with transport would price the "little" horses out of the market and the "big" horses would dominate. Going to the horse next door would be a thing of the past and it would be easy to select stallions sight unseen. That would be a bad thing, they said, and we’d all be sorry.
Fortunately, that particular transport threat never came to pass because costs declined with improved technology and education. Now just about anyone who stands a stallion or breeds a mare can afford shipped semen.
But what about the "sight unseen" part? Should we be satisfied to pick a stallion by looking at pedigrees and show records? After all, breeding a mare can be as simple as making a few phone calls and those same experts tell us that producing a wonderful animal is no more than a crap shoot. But shouldn’t we accept just a little more responsibility when we create "another horse" in this world filled with horses?
Don’t we care what the stallion looks like? His legs? His head? His attitude? His way of going? And how about his get? What if a stallion has no show record? Should we automatically eliminate him?
Veteran breeders advise that making responsible stallion choices is not a leisure activity best performed from an easy chair. "Go see the horse," they say, adding that, despite all our modern technology and slick promotions, nothing replaces "pressing the flesh."
Agree? Disagree? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those of us who own horses owe a huge debt of gratitude to the deep pockets of the thoroughbred industry because, if it weren’t for all the horses like Barbaro in the world and the success of the racing, veterinary medicine would not be as sophisticated as it is today. All horse owners are benefiting from the thoroughbred industry’s need to keep its horses healthy, sound and running.
A visit to New Bolton, Rood & Riddle and Hagyard’s in KY or any of the ultra-leading edge equine clinics in the US makes one keenly aware of how far veterinary medicine has progressed in the past few decades.
Now, color breeders want and are getting it all. Check out Ancan’s True Colors, featured on our Morgan page (click above). This beautiful palomino stallion started his successful “working” years with Michigan trainer Pierre Loiselle. He is a talented show horse – who just happens to be a palomino.
Look at two more gorgeous, palomino stallions: the 20-year-old saddlebred Catalyst (Manhattan Supreme x Lakeview’s Captured Angel) and the walking horse Armed Son Of A Gun (Gen’s Armed & Dangerous x Chance’s Golden Moon).
Colorful horses have made it into the show-horse mainstream and deserve
to be there.
Since the mid-1990s we have watched interest grow in “colored” horses, in walking horses, saddlebreds, Morgans and beyond.
Organizations have sprung up supporting breeding, owning and showing “colorfuls,” such as the Rainbow Morgan Horse Association and the Golden Saddlebred Association . The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association now offers an online Colors & Markings page complete with downloadable color guide.
First the fascination was with color itself – the more unusual, the better
-- and often quality was sacrified.
Well, it’s finally happened to us at the Breeders Guide: we’ve adopted a rescue. She’s a bay filly, five years old, stunted at about 14.3 hands looking like a horse who’s worked in Ethiopia: skin and bones, no neck, ratted tail, full of worms, worn-out feet. Imagining is enough; you don’t need a picture.
Here’s how we got involved. (Read on because we predict a happy ending.)
Got a call a couple weeks ago from a breeder friend who said he’d found
a daughter of his stallion starving in a field. The people had moved away,
he said, abandoning the horses. He knew how much we liked his stud and asked
if we’d be interested in taking on the project. Who could refuse? (Well,
maybe lots of people, but not us.)
We expected the worst because we’d seen pictures -- but nothing could have prepared us for what stepped off the van. It was all about her eyes, her dull and frightened eyes. She knew her life was over.
We jumped into action the next couple days with a tube of wormer, a “bottomless” pile of grass hay, a fan, lots of water, salt block. Amazingly, she started looking better in just 24 hours, not physically, but her eyes actually started to show a little shine. A half bottle of Cowboy Magic and five hours of work saved her tail. Rain rot treated. Feet trimmed for the first of many times to come. Next the dentist.
As of today, July 1, 2006, Miss Lullaby is doing pretty well, just two
days into the project. If you were to see her for the first time you’d be
shocked like we were when she walked into the barn, but we know she’s on
The event sponsor, the Working Plantation Horse Association www.wplha.com, recognizes and supports the value of walker as a working animal in today's world, still used on farms and ranches, in field trials, on trails and as mounts for law enforcement officers. A well-trained working horse is a versatile animal, prized by farmers, ranchers and recreational riders who value the all around horse.
For more information, contact Mary Beth Pruett at (931) 729-4810 or go
to the Working Plantation Horse Association Web site at www.wplha.com.
The Tennessee walking horse is one of the most popular pleasure horses in the country, having been developed as working utility horses on farms and plantations of Middle Tennessee. On Aug. 1 the breed’s versatility will be celebrated at the first working plantation horse competition held during the International Grand Championship Pleasure and Colt show, Murfreesboro, TN.
What a good idea!
The winner will be determined by points accumulated in five events that
include performing a variety of tasks needed for working on a plantation.
Results indicate that the show’s total hunter entries must have been sizable, like maybe huge.
Do these figures speak to the weakness of the park division or to popularity of the hunter division? Is there a message for the breed?
Here’s our answer: We think hunter pleasure, compared to park, seems simple, safe and amateur trainable to an exhibitor. Doing one’s “own thing” not only appears possible – but cheaper and appealing.
Exhibitors haven’t fallen out of love with park horses – they have fallen in love with their “hunters.” And to many, what’s not to love. It’s all about the riding, not the watching.
One of the first reports we heard from New England Morgan last month was “there must be 1,000 hunter pleasure horses and only 20 park horses here.” An exaggeration, of course, but since the show is known for presenting some of the finest park horses in the breed, we wanted to look at the results -- just for fun.
There were 30 park classes, saddle and harness, with 92 ribbons awarded. Only two park classes were filled to eight places: Amateur Park Saddle and Amateur Park Saddle Championship.
The hunter pleasure division had 31 classes with 245 ribbons awarded. Only two hunter pleasure classes were not filled: UPHA Amateur Pleasure Classic and Walk/Trot 9 and Under.
The annual Walking Horse Celebration starts Thursday, Aug. 23 in Shelbyville, TN.
Following is a list of “Implementations for 2006,” interesting to exhibitors
outside – and, maybe, inside -- the breed. It’s a long list.
• Ground Stewards and Veterinarians will monitor the Celebration Grounds.
• Horses entering the inspection area should be properly identified and proceed to the DQP inspection area and be examined by the “next-in-line DQP”. DQPs will monitor the horses in line so there is no preference of examiners.
• Two DQPs will be active in the warm-up ring after inspection to monitor and observe horses in motion and also to observe the addition of approved lubricants and will keep written documentation of their observations.
• During evening performances, the Champion Arena will be utilized to examine weanlings, yearlings, harness and driving horses and flat shod horses. This should create a safer environment and give more room to evaluate horses.
• Cameras will be placed to monitor all inspection areas.
• Tails may be blocked by a licensed veterinarian or trainer in the presence of a DQP.
• The number of individuals allowed per horse in the warm-up ring in the case of juvenile riders is limited to four people (trainer, rider, groom and one parent in the case of juvenile riders). There are individuals working on an ID system for people entering the warm-up area.
• Hoof testers will continue to be used if necessary in inspections.
• An acting “Director of Judges” will be appointed for the Celebration to evaluate performance. Judges will dismiss a horse for “Bad Image” or other violations. Everyone must be accountable.
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the Tennessee Walking Horse industry. Because of that, the Celebration
board has voted to suspend Mr. Walden from participating as an exhibitor
or as an owner for a period of two years. In addition, Mr. Walden will not
be allowed to participate in The Celebration’s corporate sponsorship program
during that period.
The second issue involves the World Grand Championship class itself. The Celebration stands by the information it received on Saturday night and feels the correct call was made with the best information available at the time. Since that time, the three eligible trainers have made statements that they were ready and willing to show. While the moment and exact circumstances can never be recaptured and the class cannot be held, the Celebration board has voted to award each of the three eligible entries for the class first-place prize money of $15,000 each.
“These issues have been at the forefront since Saturday night,” said Celebration Chairman John T Bobo. “While our overall evaluation of the show will continue, the board felt these two issues should be dealt with in a clear, decisive manner.”
The Tennessee Walking Horse industry was the talk of the national horse-show
world the first week in September when the National Celebration, held annually
in Shelbyville, TN, cancelled the 2007 World Championship class.
Sorting out the situation is best left to a press release from the Celebration reprinted here:
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
board of directors met via conference call on Thursday afternoon to specifically
look at two issues stemming from Saturday night’s World Grand Championship
The first issue involves the acknowledged offer by Mike Walden to pay each of the three approved entries for the World Grand Championship class $10,000. While Mr. Walden’s motives may have been congruent with a published statement he made after the fact, the perception of his actions was not in the best interest of The Celebration or
John, The Dominator, Nobility, Carlyle Command, Trijas Mr Peppertime, Legacys Viking, Shaker’s Alimon, Fox-ridge Centaur, Rapidan Georgian, HVK Fancy Dan, R Bar B Lord Spence, Cedar Creek Galliano, MM Lynndon, Merriehill Chicagoan, HRH Image Command, Forevermore, Kendslwood CEO, Heyday Independence, Raintree Revelation, Whispering Replica, Troutbrook Hallmark. Lookaway’s I Command, Duke of Wynne, Tedwin Touch O Class, Reland’s Big Eddy.
Noble Flaire and Century Free Spirit were just two year olds!
We want to go to that horse show – again!
In this update we’re featuring a photo of the late, great Morgan stallion Trophy in Visit the Past. Needing his AMHA registration number, we checked the 2006 Morgan Breeders Guide pedigrees, then, in frustration, went back to the1996 Guide. There it was: Trophy. AMHA #10196. Born in 1945.
Feeling nostalgic about our great horses slipping off pedigrees, we opened a copy of the 1986 Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show program and started reading names of stallion entries in a show 20 years ago:
The Buckeye, Tug Hill Commando, Whit-Akers Sensation, HVK Frango, Cedar
Creek Harlequin, Sorento, Fletcher Banjo
We can remember the days before ivermectin when tube worming once a year -- whether your horses needed it or not -- was the accepted procedure. My, how far we have come: from digital x-rays to stem cell research, cloning, joint supplements, advanced surgical techniques, anesthetics and recovery in pools.
Our horses are better cared for now than ever before and at affordable costs, thanks to Barbaro and those who have come before him.
You can email Barbaro at email@example.com.
Among the servicemen and women serving in Iraq is our farrier and friend of many years, Steve Spencer of Westport, IN. He joined the Indiana National Guard immediately after 9/11 because he believed it was his duty to help America in time of crisis. Everyone tried to change his mind by describing every possible bad scenario he might face, but, no, it was what he wanted to do.
2nd Lt. Steve Spencer was deployed to Iraq last fall and is in Baghdad now. His job is finding and detonating roadside bombs.
We worry about him every day, every time we hear the word “Iraq.” We search the faces of soldiers appearing in newscasts and listen with fear as names of the killed are read.
So far he’s okay. He emails family and friends when he can. He called us one afternoon on his cell. It was wonderful – but eerie – to hear his voice from so far away.
In his call he told us that on the wall of his room he has hung a horse shoe belonging to our first Morgan, Sugar Run Gay Don (Tas-Tee’s Firefly x Sugar Run Donuette). Gay Don died a couple years ago at age 32. Steve had saved his shoe, not only because he liked him so well, but because he was one of the first “good” horses he shod after he became a full-time farrier.
Steve always carried Gay Don’s shoe in his truck and now it’s with him in Iraq reminding him, he said, of what he did at home, back in another life, a better life where there are no roadside bombs.
We all hope that horse shoe is very, very lucky and will help keep Steve
safe and sound until he comes home this fall.