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This page is dedicated  to horses that have passed through my life and left a BIG hoof print on my heart.

"Candy" was the first horse I remember ever riding, though I'm told that my sister and I used to ride our uncle and aunt's horse.  Candy was a quarter type sorrel mare that lived at the City Union Mission Farm near Warsaw, Missouri in the late 1970's and early 80's.  My cousin kept her horse, Prince, a sorrel overo gelding, there. I spent many an afternoon racing across the fields with Candy and Prince.  On our rides, I got to open and close all the gates because Prince was a good 16 hands, and Candy was a little over 14 hands.    Candy loved to run, and once proved to me that she had a "past".  Based on my experience, my guess is that Candy had once been used as a barrel horse!  On one of Prince and Candy's races,  we were in the lead, and Prince was catching up on us.  I turned to check up on my cousin and Prince and lost my balance a little bit, by leaned into the right stirrup.  The next thing I know is that at a dead run, we turned a 360 degree circle and kept on running.  Prince won that RACE!  But I stayed in the saddle, too!  After I'd went to college, Candy turned up pregnant, and died while giving birth, unfortunately the guys at the farm were not even aware that Candy had some how got bred. She was probably bred by a "gelding" that had not been castrated correctly.      I see some of her spirit in Domino; and I know she inspired my confidence to ride a horse at a lope and run. 

1985 Minnie HA HA Kem
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KEM at age 21

I purchased KEM because I wanted to get a foal from her.  Unfortunately, I wasn't very successful in that area.  I didn't know if she was even halter broke at the time of purchase.  Come to find out she was more than halter broke!  She was a well broke riding horse with more buttons on her side than I'll ever know how to use!  Even at 21 years of age she still would give the ole spin a try!   I sold her to a grandfather, who was purchasing her for his grandson to work with in 4-H in June of 2006.  KEM was actually Domino, Brazzy, Dixie, and Dafy's paternal grandmother.

Martin and McCoy "OMITYAMITHEREALMCCOY"
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The most gentle foal at birth I've ever known!

1999 Shoshone Twist Seeker
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We purchased Shoshone at an auction from a "man" who said she was broke for anyone to ride.  We saw her being rode in the ring. He was right, if you drugged her!!!  After we got her home and the drugs wore off, we met the real Shoshone.  A horse that wanted to trust but just couldn't.  She was broke, but had been treated so poorly that she wasn't safe for me to ride, even after another 30 days of professional training.  I'm just not that good of a rider.  I did make a lot of progress with her while I had her.  She learned that everyone was NOT out to get her.  The farrier COULD lift her feet without her being mistreated, her ears could be touched without someone twisting them to control her.  She learned to come to a whistle and eat peppermints from our hands.  At the time I sold her, she would let you catch her in the field and touch her anywhere. I was never able to get her bred.  If I could have, she'd never left the place. I loved her dearly, and cried the day I sold her.

Ms. Sue:
Sue was an older Arabian mare that was given to my sister.  She showed us how to live as a senior citizen, and die with dignity and grace. 

We were to have 2 more foals in 2011 but on February 3, 2011 our old farmstead type barn (nearly  a hundred years old) caught on fire and we lost two bred mares, DOMINO and SAMMIE.  Both buckskin mares were carrying buckskin foals out of our buckskin stallion, SUNDANCE (who survived the fire though he was in the pen connected to it).  Domino was carrying a buckskin Tobiano filly, and Sammie was carrying a homozygous Tobiano buckskin colt.  Fortunately, earlier that day one of our neighbors had cleared the 21 inches of snow out of our driveway, too much for our smaller tractors, which allowed the Calhoun Fire Department to reach us and protect the rest of the buildings, fences, trailers, etc from being lost too.  Our Donkey, JULIE, had savely removed all of the sheep and goats that were in the lean-tos away from the burning barn by the time I made it out of the house.

 

Chiefs Scamper Domino, aka, DOMINO was my first horse.  She was given to me as a Christmas present as a weanling in December 2002 by Martin, my husband.  She had the most willing spirit I have ever seen in a horse, as long as "I" was the one asking.  She tried anything I asked of her, if I told her it was okay and not to be spooked she accepted it.  We had an awesome bond and relationship. If I lost my confidence because I was working on a younger green horse, Domino was my go to horse, she gave me back my confidence.  With Domino, I felt like I could do anything there was to do on horseback, and we were all the time trying out different things together.  We had hit the trails; rode in parades, carried flags; ponied foals, goats and calves; moved cattle;  went swimming together; raced down the gravel roads; travelled the streets of towns, ran through the woods and jumped of downed trees across the pathway' along with amultitude of other things together.  She gave me three nice foals, one of which is Pebbles, that I still own, and was pregnant with her 4th foal when she died in the barn fire.  The only consulation in losing her in the fire is that, after her death, I discovered that the foal she was carrying, just 10 days from due date, was positioned wrong and I would have lost her during foaling.  The foal's back feet were in the birth canal, and its back was down toward the  belly.  It would have to have been rolled over to even be pulled, but more than likely a C-section would have had to been performed IF it was caught soon enough.  I honestly believe that GOD knows what we can handle, and that he knew that I could handle the death of her in the fire easier than losing her in delivery.  Domino died from smoke inhalation,  unlike SAMMIE who died from the smoke and burning while still alive.

 

Domino was my personal riding horse.  She is enrolled in the Ride America program with the American Paint Horse Association.  She had enough hours to be considered a performance horse.  She had been used as a parade horse, flag carrier in a parade, Rodeo Security  Horse, and Search and Rescue horse.  She was tolerate kids on her back, etc., but expected me to BE HER rider!

Domino----- LOST IN THE BARN FIRE February 3, 2011.

Domino ready for Pow Wow security duty
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September 2008, Clinton, Missouri

Sundance (stallion) and Domino
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2007

Click here to see pictures of Domino's foals.

MOM (Domino) I need a NAP, I'm laying down here!
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DON'T leave without me(Lady)!!

 
"Sammie" was a Buckskin tobiano mare,  16 .1 hands tall.
                          LOST IN THE BARN FIRE
                                   February 3, 2011
 She had been saddled, bridled and worked from the ground, and was currently being ridden in the round pen.  Sammie was bred for a March 2010 foal.  The foal was a buckskin tobiano filly that we lost due to owner error.  And was carrying a buckskin tobiano colt (2011) at the time of her death.

Sams Vanity Sky--Buckskin Tobiano
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Sammie before her first ride, July 2, 2009

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