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Thoroughbred from Wicomico, VA

Captain Jack Sparrow of Skibbereen

About Me

Active within 96 Days

I am from Wicomico, VA and I've been a Club Horse member for 11 months and 10 days

Nicknames: Well Ack Ack (Jockey Club)

Age: 7 years old

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Thoroughbred

Height: 16.1 H

Color: Dark Bay

Type of Riding: English Pleasure, Equitation, Pleasure Hunter

My Horse's Achievements: He is coming along very well in his new discipline and enjoys his work. We are hoping to attend our first show together this year in novice/green classes

My Horse's Favorite Treat: Fresh Apples

My Horse's Favorite Things To Do: He loves little obstacle courses, such as Cavalletti and is just learning very small jumps

Pet Peeves: Does not like crossties!

My Horse's motto: Act strongly, speak softly -- I will follow

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How We Met

I found Captain Jack on Equine.Net. I had planned to consider two other horses and drove to Powhatan, VA to see this thoroughbred first. I was so taken by his gentle nature and his friendly manner. Even though I have been riding for only two years (after a 40-year hiatus), I felt that this thoroughbred was gentle enough for me. I have now owned him for 1-1/2 years and he is a super sweet gelding who loves attention.
Under the direction of my excellent trainer, Captain Jack is coming along very well in his new discipline.
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388 friends have voted for me since I joined Club Horse!

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Finally that Saturday morning rolled around. I could hardly sleep the night before. Everything was running threw my head about what I was going need and about if I had everything ready for his arrival to our place. I kept thinking about how alpha Deacon was and how they would get along. After all they have road a thousand miles of trails together. . The more I thought, the more I felt like after the ride we would come on home instead of camping. I wanted to get him home and on our property to make this dream come true for me. I had never rode Whiskey until the day I bought him, can you believe that!!! It did not matter to me how he rode at all, I wanted him and that was that! We had a nice ride that day and came on home. Cliff broke out his tools and started working around the barn. Today’s picture is of Whiskey’s first comedy show for us. He said (ha ha) “Dad, I can bring this orange Home Depot bucket to ya, I know it has feed in it for me!” Enjoy! Thank you for your support we appreciate it!
~Sherry & Whiskey

Come visit me, * Whiskey is running 4 May 2014 HOTM * & •°• Deacon •°•.

04/15/2014 09:22.39 AM Report This Comment
Monday we left off about Whiskey’s color and me with 5 hundred questions for Karla! Here we go…That poor girl had never met me before and I could not shut up :) I then walked over and looked Whiskey right in the eye and he looked back into mine and my heart sunk. His beauty was striking and the color was outstanding. He had a smart, sharpness about him-I’m sure he was thinking “what in the world is she doing”. The ride finally got underway; usually everyone has me ride out front and calls me the trail boss! Deacon is a faster walking horse but can ride in the middle or behind after the first hour or so. Well, here comes Rio & Whiskey with their smooth selves!!! They just gaited their smooth self’s right past me & Deacy. I watched Whiskey and noticed he didn’t quite move the same as Rio but still a difference from a QH. 2 hours into the ride we decided to rest a few minutes in a place we call “Carol’s lounge”. We have names for all our spots we ride to rest or to take a break out there because it’s so big. Thank you for your support we appreciate it!
~Sherry & Whiskey

Come visit me, * Whiskey is running 4 May 2014 HOTM * & •°• Deacon •°•.

04/09/2014 08:10.26 AM Report This Comment
whiskey is sending hugs & love
Now were into “Whiskey’s” story really good! I finished getting Deacon ready for our all day ride. We always pack drinks and hotlinks or some sort of sausage/lunch meat for lunch. Bill got a call that they were pulling in and asked us to wait a few minutes before heading out. I guess we had about 8 riders starting out then Karla & Tim made 10-oh what fun! They pulled in and parked and they started to unload the horses and of course I was already curious. Out came this Smokey chocolate colored horse, smaller built and my jaw dropped open in awe….Her horse Rio changes colors as all Rocky’s do throughout the year so he had almost a buckskin color but he is what they call a chocolate color. Then out comes Tim & Whiskey~~~~OMG I thought I would faint…..I was speechless….I had never seen a horse look like that nor that color…I went over to Karla and started all the questions and she explained that Whiskey’s color is called “Red Chocolate”. To be continued Wednesday, phone votes tomorrow =) Thank you for your support we appreciate it!
~Sherry & Whiskey

Come visit me, * Whiskey is running 4 May 2014 HOTM * & •°• Deacon •°•.

04/07/2014 09:56.55 AM Report This Comment
How are you doing? ♥
Whiskey would love your support while running for May HOTM!

Come visit me, * Whiskey is running 4 May 2014 HOTM * & •°• Deacon •°•.

04/05/2014 10:30.43 AM Report This Comment
Congratulation’s Queen Paige “Nuttin But Good” our April HOTM! Here we go with our campaign with Whiskey 237221 to be May 2014 HOTM! I need everyone’s support so vote on his page daily please!!! Every other weekend I am not around a computer so I will phone vote as many as possible, also 1 x a week that I will phone vote :) I will start my story with why I have and will ONLY have such well trained and gentle geldings, then I will start how Whiskey & I became each other’s very best friends along with some Rocky Mountain facts about the breed ♡ * Rocky Mountain Horses are slow to mature and do not reach their full size and weight until about five to six years of age. Generally healthy horses, they often live long lives but do have a tendency to be extremely "easy keepers". Care must be taken to keep your Rockies from becoming too overweight, particularly in their later years.* Thank you for your support we appreciate it!
~Sherry & Whiskey

Come visit me, * Whiskey is running 4 May 2014 HOTM * & •°• Deacon •°•.

04/01/2014 08:10.48 AM Report This Comment
Hi Nuala, Jack & Stider! How are things your way? ♡ Brrrr…our plan for Tuesday workout didn’t happen. It was windy, cold, drizzling then rain and storms. Looks like Thursday & Friday will be best for our work outs with the horses. Then a good long trail ride Saturday. Whinny’s, love & hugs to all my horsey friends.

Come visit me, * Whiskey is running 4 May 2014 HOTM * & •°• Deacon •°•.

02/26/2014 09:02.18 AM Report This Comment
I THINK YOU ARE MOVING????
Good Morning my friends. I have to say, I have been looking forward to Saturday mornings. Trevor doesn't have to have treatments on weekends, so time is a bit more relaxed around here. I get to sit and chat to all of you and take my time with daily chores. Trevor has reached the half way mark in the treatment. There is no doubt it has taken a toll, he has lost weight, his mouth is full of nasty sores, eating has become very difficult and he says food doesn't taste the same anyway, he is losing hair, he is losing his hearing, his neck is burned. A nurse comes to the house daily to hydrate him on IV fluids, it is to flush the chemo thru his system. It is a full time job to keep track of the meds he takes. David said he strong positive spirit is fading some, I think he is scared....I would be. They have started him on morphine for the pain, so he seemed to feel a bit better yesterday, it is just a trick from the drug. Thanks to all that have prayed for us, it means so much, this is in God's hands and we must stay strong. As for me and the horses, have I ever mentioned that I HATE winter??? Greg did feet on Tuesday and we pulled Charlie's shoes to give him a break until spring, wonder when that will be??? There is still a tiny little defect at the toe, Greg says just watch it, if need be, he will put the shoes back on. In the meantime, all is well with us, Love to all and a vote, Donna Lee

Come visit me, Sterl May HAPPY BIRTHDAY,Apr 17,***31***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes***HAPPY BIRTHDAY Apr 16***.

02/15/2014 03:22.45 AM Report This Comment
~☆~February 8th Newsletter~☆~

***HOTD JoJo 230453 Nominated by Deacon
Hi, I am an American Paint Horse. We ride trails and road for pleasure. My favorite treats are carrots and apples. Please stop by and leave a vote.

Congratulations Shogun our HOTD!

***HOTM Jasmine & Buddy 40019
***COTM Sir Tucker 219145
***BOTM Snowflake 245631
***DOTM Harley 167973

Today’s affirmation: I strive to ensure that my perception and my horse’s perception of what I am asking are the same.

Happy Trails...Team HOTD

Come visit me, * Whiskey is running 4 May 2014 HOTM * & •°• Deacon •°•.

02/08/2014 08:50.33 AM Report This Comment
CAN'T WAIT FOR SPRING....
Good morning my friends, sending chilly, snowy greetings. I want you all to know just how much we appreciate the love and support. Trevor has completed 3 weeks of treatments. He still has his amazing attitude, but there is no question it is taking a toll on him and of course the rest of us. David looks terrible, I always thought my husband was a very handsome man, but right now he looks exhausted and worried. Trev's hearing is going, especially high pitch, he has pain, his mouth and throat are very sore, eating is difficult and he says food doesn't really taste anyway. It is almost a full time job to keep track of his appointments and his med schedules. He lost some hair and of course he is very tired. His next big whack of chemo is Monday so he has the weekend to phych up for feeling really crappy...As for me, Charlie, Sterly and all the other four footed critters, we are hanging in. We left votes, we miss you, Love to all Donna Lee & family

Come visit me, Sterl May HAPPY BIRTHDAY,Apr 17,***31***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes***HAPPY BIRTHDAY Apr 16***.

02/08/2014 03:44.00 AM Report This Comment
Thanks, we are honored
A very special thanks to Steve, who never gave up on us and did such a wonderful job with Cisco (and me). Also, a special thanks to Rose for nominating us. And my son who enouraged me every step of the way until his death. My husband who supports me and feeds when I'm away. And my deepest gratitude to everyone who voted and supported us this month. Hoping you enjoyed our journey, Cheryl & Cisco

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

02/01/2014 08:27.11 AM Report This Comment
My Horse
Thanks, everyone!!! To my beloved Cisco:

He's not just my horse
He's my dreams
He's my happiness
He's my heart
He's my laughter
He's my teacher
He's my sanity

Thank you Cisco, and Steve. I am so glad I didn't stop believing in us!

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/31/2014 06:11.32 AM Report This Comment
Cisco
Thank you all!!!! I will never know everything Cisco has been through, and I don't want to know. All I know for sure is his tongue had nearly been severed in half, probably either from a really harsh bit or having his head tied around, and his R eye socket fractured (again, don't wanna know). Steve said he's pretty sure at some point someone attempted to train Cisco to buck, to this day he WILL NOT tolerate a flank cinch. I believe that Cisco was loved and treated well early on, then things just went south for him. I'm also sure he's been through mutiple sales, with his striking looks and proud manner always finding a buyer that's sure he would be the one to "fix" him. I remember Steve telling me at one point that Cisco wasn't only PTSD, but MPD (multiple personality disorder) and probably Bi-polar to boot. One thing everyone has remarked on wherever we go, is how Cisco watches for me. Whenever I am in sight, his eyes follow me. It's an awesome feeling to have that kind of connetion with a horse. Eventually, I think Cisco would have been on one of those one-way trips to Canada or Mexico, instead we plan on continuing our adventures...

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/30/2014 06:32.25 AM Report This Comment
3 Less
REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE SUPPORT, THANKS! Steve and Amanda returned to Texas last summer,and Cali, Mystic and Cinco went home to their new training facility. I have been out for a few lessons, and a clinic they did in November. Cisco did well, and was voted by the clinic participants the easiest horse to do groundwork with (he had us switch and do some groundwork with each other's horses). Joe, my farrier stopped in to watch for a while, and when he was out next he told me that while he knew I had been riding and doing clinics with Cisco, he couldn't believe how calm he was. He remembered watching Steve work with him in the "early days"

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/29/2014 07:00.49 AM Report This Comment
AND RIDING...
THANKS FOR ALL THE VOTES. Rest of our trail ride was uneventful, except for the heat (high 90's) and for one rider who started to get heat stroke. Christy was able to get hold of her husband (cell service iffy there) and he drove out and picked her up, and her horse was also ponied back. We went through some pretty steep ravines and overgrown trails (to shorten the distance, we cut through on a hiking trail). When we got back, I was so glad to get OUT of the saddle. I think Cisco was just as glad to have me out of the saddle! We had been out over 9 hours. I stayed over that Sunday night at the B&B, and Cisco and I got a good night's rest before heading home. I had put in 38 hours in the saddle in 5 days, and Cisco had to have his cinch taken up 2 notches by the end!

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/28/2014 06:14.27 AM Report This Comment
We Keep Riding...
REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE SUPPORT, THANKS! We had a great, if slightly late, lunch on the trail. As we were starting back, Christy (owner of the B&B), realized she had misjudged the trail and we were still 3-4 hours out. At this point, 2 people opted out and and left when the lunch truck went back (one horse was ponied, the other ridden back by Trevor's wife). I decided to hang in there. Everyone wanted to trot to get back sooner, and the 2 horses ahead of us hit out in a long trot. Cisco decided to really move out and catch them, and I realized I was too tired to post. When I pulled him up, it was rodeo time! He got in 4-5 bucks (he was REALLY mad), before I was able to yield his hindquarters and settle him down. Trevor commented "I thought you liked to dance!" (Earlier, I had been moving his hindquarters back & forth in a kind of rumba). Replied "Dancing is one thing, jitterbugging is something else".

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/27/2014 06:05.47 AM Report This Comment
THE LONG RIDE...
THANKS, EVERYONE! Was supposed to go on a moonlight ride, but I was getting pretty tired, so passed on the ride that night (we had been spending 8 hours in the saddle every day). The last day, Sunday, we were to do 4-5 hour trail ride, with a lunch break out on the trail. Cisco handled everything beautifully, EXCEPT for the wooden bridge over a ravine. He walked up to it like he was going over, then simply planted his feet (4 feet in concrete!) and refused to budge. It took the clinician a half hour, and then Cisco walked across calmly. I had offered to dismount, but was told no, he needed to learn to go over whatever I asked him to. (That was the only thing he tried to refuse the whole 5 days)

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/26/2014 06:15.39 AM Report This Comment
I know your as tired of cold as we are!!!
***♡*** January 25th newsletter ***♡***

****HOTD Roxy 266746 nominated by Darby****
Hi I am a 9 year old Missouri Fox Trotter. I like to ride Hunter and Dressage. My motto is: It’s all good! Whoa, wait was that a plastic bag??? RUN!!!!!. Please stop by and leave a vote!

Congratulations Loosey and Peanut our HOTD!

REMINDER: Go to theanimalrescuesite.com click on “shelter challenge”. Enter “Dream” in the search box and click search. It will bring up about 10 shelters. Dream Catchers Equine Rescue is about 6 down from the top. Click on it and click vote. Vote daily or as often as you can!

***HOTM Cheryl & Cisco 250327
***DOTM JoZee 222582
***BOTM TiaMaria 245811

Today's affirmation: Today I am loved. Today, I will rejoice in my abilities, have many abilities, am an excellent rider.



Happy trails…. team HOTD!!

Come visit me, * Whiskey is running 4 May 2014 HOTM * & •°• Deacon •°•.

01/25/2014 09:56.36 AM Report This Comment
Jumping and Swimming
The fourth day, we went out to the jump course, and worked on that for a while. I had never liked jumping Cisco, he would launch himself like he was jumping 5' over a 1' obstacle, but after working for a couple of hours, including having to meet oncoming riders over the jumps, he was doing so well; jumping just enough to clear the obstacle. We did a short trail ride, then broke for lunch (there was a 4 hr break each day to avoid the heat). That afternoon, we all took the horses for a swim in the tank (pond). Several of us had been taking the horses down to cool off in the water during the afternoons. I needed a little help getting on him bareback, and was pretty wobbly at first but Cisco actually moved to stay under me. Walked out in the water till it got deep, and then we were swimming. Cisco loved it, he groaned the entire time he was swimming like he does when having a good roll. That was only my 2nd time on him bareback, and the first time I had ever been on a swimming horse. Passed on the moonlight ride that night, too tired.

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/25/2014 06:02.53 AM Report This Comment
COWS!
THANKS SO MUCH! Quickly learned that Cisco was fine with being ridden twice a day, he was always waiting for me at the gate to his paddock, it was like "Are we going to have more fun? What are we going to do next?" Next day, we started cow work after warming up. The 20 or so cows were brought in the arena, and we just rode around letting the horses get used to them, as some of them had never been around cows before. Then we learned how to "boil" the herd (get them in close together and milling), then we individually walked our horses thru and parted the herd. After that, we actually started cutting! Cisco was amazing, he locked on to whichever cow I picked out and stayed with it. That was thrilling. The 3rd day, we trailed the herd out to pasture in the morning, and did some more cutting, then trailed them back to the arena. Went back out in the evening, trailed them out to pasture, and worked cattle until the full moon came out, then continued working till nearly 10PM. Brought the cattle back in, and called it a night. Cisco LOVED it.

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/24/2014 06:23.01 AM Report This Comment
A BIG Step
Cannot believe how much support we are getting, thanks! Our next BIG step was a 5 day Parelli Horse Camp last June. I wasn't sure I could ride that much, but decided to go anyway. The first day was spent mostly on ground work and arena work, making sure everyone could sidepass, back at least 10 steps, and do rollbacks, and walk, trot and canter quietly. We also played some games, notably trying to keep another horse and ride from reaching the opposite side of the arena. It rained that afternoon, so we learned some knot tying before going back out to ride that evening. I was nervous when I found out that we would be riding twice daily, wasn't sure how Cisco would feel about that. We would ride in the morning, take a break in the heat of the day, then go out after an early supper and ride till dark or after (full moon week).

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/23/2014 04:58.37 AM Report This Comment
No More Bucking!
THANKS FOR YOUR VOTES & SUPPORT!!! The Chiropractor pretty much adjusted everything, and said that the horse had been in pain for quite a while. Really made me feel badly - at least some of training problems I'm sure were related to him being in pain. He had also started bucking when asked to canter, this has resolved. And also, while he had gotten pretty good about his feet, he always really fussed about his L hind being done. He has been much better, even my farrier has remarked on what a change it has made. Cisco will usually now lift a hoof as soon as you bend down. The Chiropractor also pointed out that Cisco's R eye orbit had been fractured - and when you really look at him head on, his R eye is sunken a bit.

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/22/2014 05:08.05 AM Report This Comment
A Job Offer
THANKS, EVERYONE!!! Early last spring, we went to a clinic put on by the head trainer/farrier of a large metropoliton mounted police force (Houston). It was an ART Clinic: Attention, Respect,Trust. Did a lot of groundwork and obstacles in the mornings (including firecrackers while mounted) and then trail rode in the afternoons. At the end of the clinic, he asked if Cisco was for sale. When I told him no, he said that if I ever wanted to sell him or couldn't take care of him, would I please contact him, that Cisco would make a good police horse. I remarked that Cisco was too short and colored, and he replied "If I say he's tall enough, he's tall enough, and we are an equal opportunity employer". He also strongly suggested that I have Cisco seen by a chiropractor, which I did and it really has helped him.

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/21/2014 06:23.01 AM Report This Comment
I try flying!
THANKS FOR YOUR VOTES & SUPPORT!!! In February of last year, Cisco became very nervous when I was riding in the pasture. There was a lot going on in the neighbor's pasture, it was very windy, and it was almost the last straw when Cinco decided to come see us. I shooed him away, then went to the south side of the pasture to ride. Cisco spooked at something and spun, and I didn't. Hate that feeling of waiting for the ground to come up. Lay there for a few seconds, wondering what was broke. Nothing seemed to hurt, so I got up, caught Cisco, and remounted (he was a little nervous - wondered if I was going to do that flying trick again, LOL). Rode for another half hour or so. When I removed my helmet (which I didn't always wear) I discovered it was nearly cracked in two. Now I never ride without one.

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/20/2014 06:21.09 AM Report This Comment
Cisco walks thru FIRE!
(Well, actually, it was more a hop over) THANKS!!! In the fall, I heard about a good clinic by 4Shepherds (Dallas mounted police), and decided to take Cisco. He was pretty nervous at first, even after groundwork, but once we got in the arena he started listening. They had us ride stirrup to stirrup in pairs, and Cisco jigged and pranced and atually did a piaffe before finally settling down. We did some fun stuff with flags, then played "leapfrog". Cisco was fine at the trot when leaving the other horses, but when I asked for a canter he BUCKED! They had some really neat obstacles, including a mattress. Cisco was so excited when they brought out the obstacles, it was something he was comfortable with. There was also really large flag, a tarp to unfold and fold while mounted. The only thing he fussed about was crossing the line of fire (real fire), but he finally went across. The clinicians said afterwards that they would never have believed after seeing how nervous he was at first that he would be so good with the scary obstacles.

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/19/2014 06:35.50 AM Report This Comment
YOU ALREADY KNOW ALL THIS....
Good morning my friends, I am here to explain my absence. Our household is in turmoil, I'm still trying to get a grip on all of this. The next 7 weeks are going to be quite horrible around here. David's son, Trevor has been diagnosed with cancer, neck and throat, NON SMOKER, he is starting a course of radiation and chemo treatments tomorrow. He has been told that this is a very aggressive cancer and extremely difficult to treat because of the location, they told him he has a very tough battle ahead of him. Trev is handling this well, David, not so much...I chose to remain positive, we have an absolutely state of the art, world class cancer centre in London Ontario, Trevor is young (40's) and he is in excellent health, this was detected early, so even tho it is going to be a rough ride, I need to believe that he does have a few things on his side. Please know that I have missed my time on HC, it has just been a matter of prioritizing, work, chores, and of course support for my David. It tears me apart to see him so worried, the helplessness is getting to me, I am looking into online support groups, to help me understand just what he will be going thru. I am not gone, just stepping back for a bit. Charlie and Sterl May are fine, hating winter, like me, one day at a time, Love you all. Donna Lee

Come visit me, Sterl May HAPPY BIRTHDAY,Apr 17,***31***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Royal Mes***HAPPY BIRTHDAY Apr 16***.

01/19/2014 03:42.22 AM Report This Comment
We work things out
THANKS FOR YOUR VOTES & SUPPORT!!! Began feeling really sorry for Mystic by himself, so tried putting him with Cali and Cinco. Again, everything was fine for a few days, then Mystic went after Cinco and put him through a fence. (The horse just can't jump as high as he thinks he can, and the geldings just don't like the poor boy!). As a last resort, I put Cinco in my obstacle course area (200x200) and left the gate to one of the side pens open so he would have a shed to go in. Began letting him out in the big pasture during the day and bringing him at night. Cisco would still chase him, but it gradually lost some intensity. On a few occasions, I even caught Cinco "teasing" Cisco into chasing him. Cinco became very good at following me out to the pasture in the morning and coming in when called in the evening.

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/18/2014 07:11.49 AM Report This Comment
♡ the weather forecast is looking absolutely beautiful for my weekend off! It will be full of horsey time.

Please VOTE Dream Catchers Equine Rescue. Go to theanimalrescuesite.com click on “shelter challenge”. Enter “Dream” in the search box and click search. It will bring up about 10 shelters. Dream Catchers Equine Rescue is about 6 down from the top. Click on it and click vote. You can vote daily to help. There are many different grants DC can win to help feed and care for the horses. Thanks in advance for your help!

Here is a click on your horseshoe with love ♡

Come visit me, * Whiskey is running 4 May 2014 HOTM * & •°• Deacon •°•.

01/17/2014 07:54.15 AM Report This Comment
Cisco the Demon Horse
Please leave a blog when you vote, thanks! The plan for Cali and Cinco was to just turn them out with my 3 in the big pasture (35 acres). Unfortunately, as a lot of plans go, this fell through. It worked for few days, then one morning I went out to feed and Cali & Cinco were in the neighbor's pasture. Found where they had gone thru the fence, we got that fixed, brought them home, then watched in horror as Cisco went after Cinco and put him through the fence again. Cisco honestly looked like a demon chasing Cinco (Cisco's 15.1, Cinco is around 17hh). Finally got them separated, and put Cali and Cinco in the 5 acre pasture by themselves.

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/17/2014 07:27.29 AM Report This Comment
My Herd Doubles
THANKS! Shortly after this, Steve and his wife decided to move back to California to help with the family business, and train on the side there. Unfortunately, they had 5 horses, and could only take 2. I offered to take Mystic, and wound up with Mystic, Cali, and Cinco. Steve had a hormone level run on Mystic (he had always acted studdy, and the mares were crazy about him when they were in heat), and it came back very high. Seems the BLM missed a testicle. It took 3 surgeries to finally locate it and remove it. (he had actually had had one previous surgery, the vet pointed out) I guess they just didn't care that he was a crypt instead of a gelding. Luckily, I had one pen that does not have a common fence with either of my pastures, so that's where Mystic lived until he was finally a gelding. Cisco also started bucking when asked to canter, so we pretty much quit cantering.

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/16/2014 08:10.43 AM Report This Comment
hhope all is well your way (}—{) I rode Whiskey for a couple hours after having to rinse his mane & tail to get mud balls out, he was a mess! Groomed Deacon and Rocket then they all went out to graze. It was a nice day off. Love and hugs to all.

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01/15/2014 09:56.57 AM Report This Comment
Cannonballs!
Thanks for your votes and support!!! Please leave a blog. Cisco had always hated stepping in water or mud, and when the clinician and everyone went down to the tank (pond) to let the horses play, at first he wouldn't even put a hoof in the water. He finally tentively took a few sips of water, and kept watching the other horses paw, play and roll and splash in the water. He finally started pawing at the water, too. Soon he was in, rolling, splashing and just having a great time. By the end of the clinic, he was galloping into the water off of a small bank and doing his version of a cannonball! It was so much fun seeing him have such a good time.

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/15/2014 06:56.52 AM Report This Comment
Our First Trail Ride
Thanks for your votes and support, please leave a blog !!! A friend had been telling me about how great it was to ride and stay at the Grassland Bed 'n Barn (LBJ Nat'l Grasslands) , and when I saw a 4* Parelli clinician was doing a beginning trail riding clinic there, I decided to go. (Steve was so worried, he gave me a long list of do's and don'ts, and I was surprised he didn't tag along). We mostly did fine, some crow hopping, but nothing too bad. I was one of only 2 other ladies that at some point didn't have to dismount and lead my horse, although there was one time I would have, but was unable to. Cisco "balled up" (literally) when asked to walk thru a muddy spot, but backed up nicely (couldn't dismount - trees on one side, small drop off on the other). We went around up and down a steep slope. This was also Mother's Day weekend, and I think it did me good to get away from home.

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/14/2014 07:41.06 AM Report This Comment
Cisco Comes Home
Thanks for your votes, Support and kindness! The first time I went out to see Cisco after John's death, he ran off the other 2 horses; a Belgian cross and a Friesien cross that were in with him and that usually bullied him. He came up to me, and just started flexing his head R & L, over and over. It was like he was saying "I know something's terribly wrong, does this help?" I hugged him and cried - he never liked flexing. Brought him home 2 weeks or so later after doing a 2-day clinic at Steve's. The first time I went to ride him at home - I looked out at my riding area (200x200) and all I could think of was how big it was. But we did fine, mostly, and I finally got brave enough to ride him out in the big pasture, slowly increasing how far we went out. We continued with lessons every couple weeks or so, and also did a couple of clinics Steve put on. And , of course, I rode him every chance I got. Sometimes the rides were a little scary, he can get very tight and nervous, but we just kept yielding HQ and doing circles/serpentines till we worked it through.

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/13/2014 06:06.38 AM Report This Comment
Thanks for kind words and thoughts

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01/12/2014 11:46.38 AM Report This Comment
Cisco
Left a vote. THANKS! We continued to work hard, with Cisco slated to finally come home Oct 1 of 2011. It would have been earlier, but had hand surgery Aug 1st, and 2 days before I would get the all clear to ride, I severely sprained my annkle (the ER Dr. thought it was fractured, so I had to see a podiatrist). Meanwhile, earlier that spring, Steve had applied for and was accepted for The Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover in Ft. Worth, Tx. I became co-owner of Mystic when they were afraid his auction price would be too high and I offered to split the cost with them. He placed 3rd in the Stars Division. (Stars because that summer, Mystic bucked, head butted Steve while he was riding, and injured him enough that he couldn't continue his training under saddle). I was up there every day to watch their progress. He placed 3rd in the Stars division. That Saturday night, Sept 17th, we all met to watch the finals. As we were leaving, I received the phone call that would forever change my life - the news our only son was dead. It was a really, really bad time. He would have been 26 in a couple of weeks, and was only 2 classes away from completing his Bachelor's degree in Social Science. He wanted to either work in the prison system or do profiling with the FBI.

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/12/2014 06:36.24 AM Report This Comment
What Kind of Horse Do I Have?
Leaving warm, sunny votes! After 6 months, Cisco came home for a break, and I was to continue with groundwork only. At this point, I decided to try and find out what kind of horse he was, so I sent hair samples to Cal Davis Vet Lab to be analyzed. The Breed Assignment came back 22% Holstiener, 18% Saddlebred, 12% Morgan, and whatever else he is was not in their data base of over 30 breeds. 3 months later, he went back to Steve's for more intensive training. After a month or so, I was able to ride him in a clinic Steve put on. He put on quite a show once saddled (he's very cold backed, and will kick up a fuss and buck when first lunged under saddle) Steve told me later that one woman had gone up to him and told him "You can't mean to let her RIDE that horse" and Steve said he replied "That's just Cisco, he's fine once the gunk gets worked out". Had a great time, even cantered him for the very first time. It was shortly after this that we tried him in a bosal. He hasn't had a bit in his mouth since. (Steve said bridling him was more my problem than Cisco's, but every time I put the snaffle in his mouth, all I could think of was his tongue).

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/11/2014 07:06.56 AM Report This Comment
Our First Ride
THANKS FOR YOUR VOTES & SUPPORT!!! A couple months into his training, Steve told me that Cisco was just not progressing the way he should be, and wanted to to have his vet check him out. The vet didn't find anything wrong with his back or legs, but when he checked his teeth, discovered that Cisco's tongue had nearly been severed in half at some point, and also that he was 5, not 6 yrs old. Also, Steve said that he believed that Cisco had been encouraged, if not trained, to buck. Steve kept working with him, and one day (about 3 months into his training),Steve dismounted and asked if I wanted to ride him. About all that came out was a squeaky "Me!" I got on, and we walked and trotted in the round pen, and yes, at the trot he just GLIDES! Shortly after,I had Cisco registered as a grade Pinto. Month 4, and Steve told me that I was spending too much money (ever hear a trainer say that?) and maybe I would be better off with riding Meg and Cisco being a pasture pet. I told him that if Cisco came home, at some point I would try and ride him, and asked if we could do a couple of more months, and we did.

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/10/2014 09:00.54 AM Report This Comment
...and Cisco leaves
Appreciate the support! I always vote when I blog. On Sept 1 of 2010, Steve and his wife arrived to pick up Cisco. He had told me that it probably wouldn't be easy to load him and that it might take an hour, the longest it had ever taken him to load a horse. 2 hours later, Cisco was finally loaded and ready to go to the trainer's! Steve told me I didn't want to know what they must have done to him to get him loaded so he could be delivered. I kept going out for lessons on Steve's school horse (and to see Cisco) and was told that Cisco had a LOT of problems/issues, was a VERY dangerous horse, and it would probably take a long time. I told him I was in love with that horse, and ready to spend the time and the money. Steve said the first time he saddled Cisco and turned him out in the arena, he bucked on and off for 3 hours. We kept going, and soon I was working with Cisco on ground work as well as riding the lesson horse and working/riding Meg at home.

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/09/2014 07:54.46 AM Report This Comment
Meg Comes Home
THANKS FOR YOUR VOTES & SUPPORT!!! I contacted the owners of several horses, only one of whom got back to me. (I had already asked Steve if he knew of one that would suit me, but he didn't). The horse I was interested in had already sold, but they invited me to come out and look at 2 others they had for sale. They explained that the horses had been their kid's mounts, and that they weren't really riding anymore (boys, girls, cars, high school, etc.) I went out, and really liked Meg. I rode her twice that day, including down the service road of a very busy highway. She was so quiet and easy going. They delivered her a few days later. Unfortunately, he had forgotten her papers. I thought she was a QH, and was very surprised when I got her papers to find out she was a Breeding Stock Paint. LOL, I'm the lady that never even thought of having a paint or pinto now had one of each!

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Whiskey #237221, Cisco Praying: Trevor & Amanda beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Whiskey #237221 & Nugget ~ voting for Whiskey #237221.

01/08/2014 09:50.30 AM Report This Comment
Hi Nuala & Jack & Strider
We left a freezing cold vote, NO WORK today, tooo cold for turkeys, -26C with wind chill of -43C. I made it in to work yesterday, I was late because I waited for the plow to do our road so I could get to the highway, our truck is 4 wheel drive, not a fun ride... I never would have got out of the yard in the car....I had to dig a trench to get into the barn, the snow had drifted so bad, the paddock is knee deep with snow, last night we lost power for several hours so the water pipes in the barn froze, we have a heat coil on the hydrant, but now power, no heat. I;ll have to haul water from the house. We are all safe, hope you are too, it is nuts everywhere, have I ever mentioned I HATE WINTER? Love Donna Lee

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01/07/2014 11:03.29 AM Report This Comment
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