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Appaloosa Horse from Rockford, IL


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I am from Rockford, IL and I've been a Club Horse member for 4 years, 2 months and 12 days

Nicknames: Her ApHC registered name is A Special Dominique, but I just call her Luna (as in Luna Lovegood).

Age: 15 years old

Gender: Mare

Breed: Appaloosa Horse

Height: 15.1, which is just the right height, because now her legs are long enough to reach the ground.

Color: Blue roan leopard Appaloosa. She has black legs and black ears which are really cool looking!

Type of Riding: Mostly trail and pleasure riding.

To see the wonders of man, travel by car.
To see the wonders of God, travel by horse.

My Horse's Achievements: She has foaled twice, both were before I bought her.

HOTD Sept 21 2011
HOTD Oct 9 2012
HOTD Nov 3 2013
HOTD Jan 19 2015

Update (Oct 2013): Luna had always been kind of spooky on the trails, especially when we rode out alone without other horses. But since I've been doing the trust exercises with her, now she is showing so much more confidence. I am very proud of my big ol' girl!

Update (September 2014): Luna has become the ideal trail horse. She will ride on roads with traffic, I have ridden her to carnivals and festivals full of crowds with no problems, and last summer, I even rode her through the drive-thru of a Dairy Freeze!! There's no where I can't take her.

Update (January 2015): I've taught Luna a few tricks, including smiling on command and the beginning of the Spanish Walk.

Update (July 2015) I've started to learn to ride Luna with no saddle or bridle! She's doing so well, I'm really proud of her. I'll upload pictures soon.

My Horse's Favorite Treat: Clover! And those soft pastel mints.

My Horse's Favorite Things To Do: Trail ride with other horses, belly rubs, and being walked on a lead.

Pet Peeves: She hates bits, so I ride her bitless everywhere.

My Horse's motto: Trail riding? I have an App for that!

Job 39:19-22
Do you give the horse his might?
Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
Do you make him leap like the locust?
His majestic snorting is terrifying.
He paws in the valley and exults in his strength;
he goes out to meet the weapons.
He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
he does not turn back from the sword.

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How We Met

I have loved horses, especially Appaloosas, my whole life. As a teen, I took lessons, went to horse camp, read horse books, and drew horse pictures. But I never had one of my own. I had to be satisfied riding other people's horses.

Fast forward 35 years: I switched my auto insurance from Geico to State Farm, and I saved enough money that I could finally buy my dream horse! I saw a For Sale ad on the internet, and I HAD to go see her. She became mine on September 3, 2011

Thank you Billy #229049 for vote #1000
Thank you BLAZZE #207401 for vote #2000
Thank you Cisco #250327 for vote #3000

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3,201 friends have voted for me since I joined Club Horse!

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I've started letting Sadie out, at night, for a couple of hours. Rick doesn't want her out, because she gets into things. He's on the night shift at work now, so what he doesn't know, won't hurt me. Lol. I know being cooped up in her corral is boring. Hoping to ride, soon. Getting anxious. Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE *Thank you for Nov. 25th HOTD!!*.

11/03/2015 11:52.34 PM Report This Comment
I left you a vote it's been a while.

Come visit me, ~*Candy*~ Plse vote Payday (#180956) for Dec. HOTM & ~*Payday Parlay*~ Please Vote me December HOTM.

10/06/2015 09:07.27 AM Report This Comment
Yaaaay...finally got to ride two days in a row!! My husband rode Ace on Sunday and I rode on Monday and Tuesday. I was so excited and wanted to share with HC and I couldn't log on the past few days. What's up with that? Anyway I really enjoyed my rides. I posted six photos below (3 from each day). We are having some beautiful weather here, hope it holds out. Have a great weekend! Left votes all around.


09/18/2015 09:37.10 AM Report This Comment
I bought 2 tshirts at Tractor Supply. I love that place! There's a windmill I'd love to have, too. Maybe someday. Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE *Thank you for Nov. 25th HOTD!!*.

08/27/2015 12:38.00 AM Report This Comment
A Vote for You!!
Its been raining here for the last few days too. Not hard, just enough so if you are working outside, you will get wet if outside too long. Along with the rain, its been cold for summer, in the 50's and breeze too. Horses and steers love it, and the winds keep the bugs off them.

Come visit me, Kissed by the Sun, Mistic, Eclipse Moon Shadow & Whisper.

08/24/2015 06:26.32 AM Report This Comment
Another busy weekend. Thinking of you all, and leaving a vote. <3

Come visit me, SADIE *Thank you for Nov. 25th HOTD!!*.

08/16/2015 01:25.01 AM Report This Comment
Lots of love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE *Thank you for Nov. 25th HOTD!!*.

08/05/2015 03:19.43 AM Report This Comment
Hello and a quick Sunday afternoon vote. Hope all has been well.

Come visit me, Dolly (angel), Ella Bee, Pumpkin & My Thirty Six.

08/02/2015 01:46.49 PM Report This Comment
Have a blessed Sunday. Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE *Thank you for Nov. 25th HOTD!!*.

08/02/2015 04:37.32 AM Report This Comment
Susie made August HOTM...yip yip hooray!! We will definitely celebrate with the herd. I told my husband Susie gets to do whatever she wants today because she is Queen. Thanks so much HC friends for all your votes and support. We could not have done it without you. Susie is happy to be your Top Horse for this month. I look forward to sharing more of Susie's escapades with our HC friends...because you know there will be more. lol


08/01/2015 09:10.44 AM Report This Comment
As you know, Susie survived all her tragic incidents and accidents. Through it all she has been a real trooper. She is the biggest horse in the pasture, but she allows the other horses to boss her around. She does anything you ask of her. She is such a sweet and playful mare. I call Susie my “million dollar” horse. One because of all the time, effort and expense we have invested in her, but the second and main reason is because nobody has enough money to buy Susie. She is worth the world to me. She has found her forever home. She will live here at our pasture for as long as she is alive and she will be laid to rest next to dear sweet Lollipop, when her time ends. She has touched my heart in a way that I can’t explain. I hope she has touched yours in some way through her story. The End.~~~~
Our HOTM run has come to an end. I have enjoyed sharing Susie’s story with you. Thanks to all my HC friends for your support. (Left a big thank you vote)


07/31/2015 01:59.04 AM Report This Comment
Leaving a mud encased flooded out vote

Come visit me, SPOTS.

07/30/2015 03:48.54 PM Report This Comment
November 1st Susie is home and once again she is confined to the barn. We are having to change her bandages every 3 to 5 days. This is getting to be a task. Also having to clean out the barn everyday, with her many piles of manure and wet areas. lol Susie was getting bored being confined, away from the herd. So on November 16th, my husband decided to let Susie out of the barn and put her in a small pen area. Well you know Susie…she was not content to be outside, she wanted to be with the herd. So she tried to jump the fence and managed to get her leg caught in the square fencing. Yes, it was her left rear leg. We brought her in, doctored her leg and bandaged it up. She had completely messed up the grafting process. She remained in the barn another 10 days. At this point the wound had pretty much healed but the hair had not regrown. We knew that this was the best we could hope for, so we removed her bandage and set her free.


07/30/2015 12:47.34 PM Report This Comment
In answer to the question as to what caused the proliferative lesion, not really sure. Not sure why she got pythium and the other horses at the same pasture didn't. They did say that her immune system could have played a part. The birth of her foal could have weakened her immune system and made her more susceptible to diseases. After all of this we did put her on a supplement for her immune system called Tri-Mune.~~~

The grafting process consisted of taking punch grafts from Susie’s left side of her neck underneath her mane. They took a total of 22 punch grafts and implanted them into the wound bed. Her leg was bandaged and they would wait five days before the bandage could be removed. Susie remained at LSU until October 31st. Halloween day she retuned home after a total of 17 days. Now the fun begins! lol (A click on the horseshoe)


07/29/2015 12:51.24 PM Report This Comment
Quick vote for now. <3

Come visit me, SADIE *Thank you for Nov. 25th HOTD!!*.

07/29/2015 03:40.55 AM Report This Comment
Almost at the end of our HOTM run...yay! Keep the votes coming and thank you.~~~

Susie was going to have to return to LSU to have skin grafts done. The wound would not completely heal without having the grafts done. They needed the wound to start healing first and then after it reached a certain point, they were going to implant the skin grafts into the wound. She returned to LSU on October 15th. However the wound bed was not ready for the grafting, so she stayed there and on October 22nd they preceded with the grafting process. (Voted)


07/28/2015 11:43.14 AM Report This Comment
The next day October 25th, a surgical excision of the lesion was done. Preliminary results were not consistent with pythium. However a culture was taken and sent off for testing. The initial diagnosis was an ulcerative and proliferative lesion on the lateral aspect of left rear pastern. After the surgery was done Susie remained at LSU for 9 days, where she was confined to a stall and her bandages changed every 3 days. She was sent home on October 2nd. We were told to keep her confined to her stall. However we separated the barn to give her two stalls and the middle isle, where we placed a round hay bale for her to eat. We also had to change her bandages every 3 days. This again was just like when she had her head wound. It is very difficult for someone, without any medical background, to apply these bandages. This bandage consisted of six steps (telfa pad, white cling gauze, cotton combine, brown gauze, vetwrap and elasticon). Try putting this on all while the horse is moving. lol Just lucky there were two of us working together. Susie seemed to be enjoying, once again being treated like a queen. Here's a vote.


07/27/2015 04:33.45 PM Report This Comment
Hugs and a quick vote.

Come visit me, SADIE *Thank you for Nov. 25th HOTD!!*.

07/27/2015 03:53.19 AM Report This Comment
I'm on late tonight, still on vacation so my schedule is all off. lol~~~~~

O.K. here comes Susie’s drama. It is October 24, 2012, only two months after Lollipop’s death. We bring Susie back to LSU. This time she has a lesion on her left rear pastern. We noticed it a couple of days before and decided this time we would go straight to LSU. We thought for sure that it was the pythium again, it looked just like the lesion on her head. We didn’t even bother to call a vet, we loaded her up and headed to LSU. We knew she would be in great hands. Left a vote.


07/26/2015 07:39.55 PM Report This Comment
saludos , que tengas exelente fin de semana lleno de emociones intensas


07/25/2015 11:43.33 AM Report This Comment
Just want to say thanks again for all the support and the votes. Keep them coming! Just one more week to go! The story continues...

So what’s going on with Susie all this while…you ask. Don’t worry Susie is laying back just waiting to spring some more of her drama on us. As you can see never a dull moment around here. With a herd of horses, especially like mine, there is always something going on. There may not be a lot of riding activity going on, but there is a heck of a lot of every other activity going on here. lol (Another click on the horseshoe)


07/25/2015 07:59.01 AM Report This Comment
Love always and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE *Thank you for Nov. 25th HOTD!!*.

07/25/2015 02:42.32 AM Report This Comment
On late today had a spa day and lunch with my Mom and sisters. Very relaxing day. ~~~

On August 23rd Lollipop was euthanized, at the age of 24. This was a horrible day. I remember it well. Lollipop was my husband’s favorite horse. She was the best horse he’d ever had or would ever have. He loved her so much and still speaks of her fondly. He had called the vet and told him that he needed to have Lolli put down. They set up a time when he could come out. I went to work that morning, but told my supervisor that I would need to leave for a while that afternoon. Knowing the circumstances she of course said no problem. My husband called me when the vet was on his way. I got to the pasture and the rest of the horses were in their stalls. We led Lolli out to the pasture near where she would be buried. My husband said his goodbyes to his sweet mare and he left to go continue digging the hole. I held Lolli out in the pasture waiting for the vet to arrive. I spoke to her and comforted her all the while. I wanted to let her know that her baby Ace would be fine, that Susie would love and care for him. I told her that she would be going to a much better place, where she could run and play, and would no longer be in pain. Soon the vet arrived and with two quick injections, Lolli was gone and the tears came. My husband could not watch this happen but when it was over, he came and picked her up with the tractor and carried her to the hole he had dug. She is buried on our pasture where we can visit with her everyday. The herd of course mourned her for the next several days. They seemed lost without her, she was the Alpha mare. However Gypsy soon took over the herd and things got back to somewhat normal.

That was the third reason we decided to keep Ace. He was a part of Lollipop and we could keep her with us through him. RIP Lollipop.~~~~ Here's your vote.


07/24/2015 02:27.49 PM Report This Comment
It’s August 2012 now. Lollipop seemed to be having more and more trouble with her feet. We had been watching her pretty closely the past few months. She was laying down more in the pasture and for longer periods of time. We of course talked to the farrier about her, but he said since the coffin bone had already rotated, nothing could be done to stop it. There of course were options like certain type of horseshoes that would help with the pain. Early on we did buy her some boots to wear whenever we rode. We also had her on a herbal supplement , called herbal bute. This stuff really helped her. But we knew it was only a matter of time. She started having trouble coming into the barn to eat. We would have to go out to her in the pasture and feed her. This was hard to watch. My husband made the decision that something had to be done. (Left a vote)


07/23/2015 07:41.35 AM Report This Comment
Love, hugs and a vote. <3

Come visit me, SADIE *Thank you for Nov. 25th HOTD!!*.

07/23/2015 03:37.15 AM Report This Comment
Now let’s see…oh yes it is the year 2012. June 1st and Lollipop’s colt, Ace, is now one year old. He is a handsome little fellow and so good to. We never even had to wean this one. We tried once separating him by putting him in a little pen, but he jumped the fence to be with his mom. Lollipop pretty much weaned him herself. We just left them together in the pasture with the other horses. Ace was eating feed early on. Lollipop was pretty old at this point and she was slowing down. She was having trouble with her feet, she had foundered several years earlier and the coffin bone in her hoof had rotated. We still rode her on occasion but not often and not for long periods. We would soak her feet in buckets of water with apple cider vinegar and rub her legs with absorbine. She loved the pampering.


07/22/2015 07:29.12 AM Report This Comment
Heat, blech. Lol. Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE *Thank you for Nov. 25th HOTD!!*.

07/22/2015 03:15.30 AM Report This Comment
saludos gracias por lo de la cebolla ejjejej ni me di cuenta ese dia saludos