"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
|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"
|The most gentle foal at birth I've ever known!
|1999 Shoshone Twist Seeker
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.
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
|September 2008, Clinton, Missouri
|Sundance (stallion) and Domino
Click here to see pictures of Domino's foals.
|MOM (Domino) I need a NAP, I'm laying down here!
|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
|Sammie before her first ride, July 2, 2009