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Standardbred from Lakeside, ON

Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07

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I am from Lakeside, ON and I've been a Club Horse member for 4 years, 4 months and 14 days

Nicknames: We called him Mackie

Age: 22 years old

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Standardbred

Height: 16hh

Color: Bay

Type of Riding: We rode english, he liked to jump.

My Horse's Achievements: There is not a day go by that I am not SO proud of him.


I have also included some photos of other
ANGEL HORSES in my life. FOOL KAT, the
solid bred paint that I leased, BRAY, the
handsome Standardbred that I bought for
all the wrong reasons, and of course,
JACKIE, the best little pal Sterl May ever
had.



Thanks Sadie vote 100
Thanks Angel Petite Fleur vote 500
Thanks Pippin & boys vote 1000
Thanks silent vote 2000
Thanks Whiskey & Deacon vote 2500
Thanks Amber vote 3000
Thanks Blondies vote 4000
Thanks Blondies vote 5000
Thanks Blondies vote 6000

My Horse's Favorite Treat: apples snacks, he could be a bit of a piggy

My Horse's Favorite Things To Do: He just loved to hang out with you, he really thought he was a dog, I bet he would have sat on your lap...

Pet Peeves: He hated being away from Sterl May, they were very good friends

My Horse's motto: Just keep trying

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How We Met

Mackie came into my life when I needed him most. I had just spent almost 4 years with a horse that was all wrong for me. Mackie was such a willing partner, he made having a horse such a treat. He tried to please no matter what you asked of him. Knowing what I know now, I realize that life was really tough for Mackie. He had many health issues, everything from mild colic to choke, to allergic reaction to a vaccine and then a reaction to the antibiotic. His biggest challenge was getting and surviving EPM not once but twice. As a result of the EPM meds he developed gastric ulcers, it just went on and on. Thru all of this Mackie never once complained. It looked like we were finally on our way to enjoying ourselves, when his behavior changed, nothing drastic, just a little off. After a consultation with our Vet, an appointment was made at the University Equine Hospital for Mackie to see a cardiologist. The night before our appointment I told Mackie that we were going to get some answers, in my heart I knew it was not good, but I had hope because after all, these people were specialists. It was a very long day, filled with tons of tests and information overload. When all the info had been gathered, we sat down and they explained to me that he was in heart failure, only one of his four heart valves was functioning. They felt that this condition had been present for years, they said for me not to beat myself up, it was NOT something that either Dr. Cook or I had missed. Typically horses don't show symptoms because they keep trying, they said Mackie never gave up, his heart did.. His prognosis was poor to hopeless, I had 3 options, 1. leave him at the hospital and treat, however, they told me that they did not recommend treatment, even if it did help, it would be short lived. 2. take him home to die, but it would not be a peaceful death. 3. I could let him go now. I choose to let him go, I stayed with him, at his side the whole time, it was important to me that my face and my voice be the last he saw and heard. I held him and told him how much he was loved, I came home alone that day. He was only 12. I donated his body to the University Hospital, I got great comfort from knowing that his heart might help someone else's horse. I miss him everyday. Love you Mackie. We will meet again.








Mackie was Angel HOTD Dec 26/2012
Mackie was Angel HOTD Dec 26/2013
Mackie was Angel HOTM January 2014
Mackie was Angel HOTD Dec26/2014 & 2015
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7,189 friends have voted for me since I joined Club Horse!

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A vote for Angel Mackie.

Come visit me, Mystic, Cisco, Angel Meg, Bo and Jazz & Angel Nugget.

04/28/2017 12:40.43 PM Report This Comment
MACKIE NEVER GAVE UP....
After the treatments for EPM, he was coming along nicely, with the help of Stephanie on the ground I was more and more confident with him, we did a lot of lunging and pole work. He had a tiny episode of ulcer due to the meds, but hey, after what he had been thru that was nothing. He was building his muscles and getting back to regular work plus as you can see from the picture on his profile page, he looked great. That picture was taken about a month before he died. Have a great day, we left a vote.

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/28/2017 03:02.05 AM Report This Comment
I went to Tractor Supply, yesterday, because I needed more Freedom 45. They were out, so I bought Celebration Spot On. Don't think it's working well, because Sadie's swinging her tail around like a fan. The flies are pathetic this year. Equine fly spray doesn't help. The vaseline is helping Sissy. Just messy. Bought 2 fly trap bags. Putting those out, today. Dang egg ranch. Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE.

04/27/2017 03:49.25 PM Report This Comment
TEST WAS POSITIVE..
I have always said, if it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. The EPM test came back positive. That just means the horse has been exposed, and stats show that 70% of horses in our area are exposed. But protocol was if you have a positive test and symptoms, treat, so we did. Treatment was successful and as Dr. Cook said, just chill..recurranceses do happen but are not common. You guessed it, so another round of treatment. Even this was not the end of Mackie, he was a fighter, and such a willing partner. After the treatment, getting back to regular work was like starting all over again, they need to learn "muscle memory" basically re train their muscles to work the way they should. That was when I found Stephanie, she was my coach and eyes on the ground. I have to say I was nervous, because before the treatment aside from the stumbling Mackie fell, while I was riding, I did not want that to happen again. Life was good again, we left a vote today.

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/27/2017 02:42.10 AM Report This Comment
Hi Angel Mackie, here's a heavenly vote for ya buddy. Love ya, Angel H.T.

Come visit me, Nuttin But Good. Tkx Sterly & Blossom, 17300!, R.I.P. Hi Tech Image, Tks Mom,Indy, Paige #17200! & MWS Zippn By Indy, Tks, Bella Boo of DC, 22400!.

04/26/2017 03:40.17 PM Report This Comment
MACKIE SETTLED IN VERY WELL..
It seemed like he had always been there, Sterl loved him and Jackie was a happy pony. Mackie was a nice ride, easy to rain, learned to canter very easily and we were starting little cross rail jumps. I guess what I noticed first, altho it was very subtle, he felt like he was unsure where to put his feet, and he stumbled a lot. I know, every horse will stumble, but this was a lot...first I had his farrier check him out, all good there. so it was a Dr. cook visit. After a physical exam and a neurological ground evaluation he drew blood to test for EPM...tomorrow's saga, we left a vote.

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/26/2017 02:24.01 AM Report This Comment
A Vote for You!!
I did read the story, that is so sad, that now I am crying too.

Come visit me, Mistic, Willow & Whisper.

04/25/2017 05:48.14 PM Report This Comment
Hi Angel Mackie, here's a heavenly vote for ya buddy. Another good one gone way too soon! It's so sad that all the good ones seem to leave us or have issues that they can't be ridden anymore! Love ya, Angel H.T.

Come visit me, Nuttin But Good. Tkx Sterly & Blossom, 17300!, R.I.P. Hi Tech Image, Tks Mom,Indy, Paige #17200! & MWS Zippn By Indy, Tks, Bella Boo of DC, 22400!.

04/25/2017 04:35.31 PM Report This Comment
Leaving a tearful vote for Angel Mackie

Come visit me, Mystic, Cisco, Angel Meg, Bo and Jazz & Angel Nugget.

04/25/2017 01:17.31 PM Report This Comment
Hi & a vote,
Came over to also leave a vote on Angel Mackie's page too. He was young to be an angel because of his heart condition. But he had the best home and love possible with you and Sterl May.

Come visit me, Rocky (the blue-eyed wonder horse), Comet (has new home) & Cowboy (Thanks for HOTD 1/19/2017!).

04/25/2017 07:18.05 AM Report This Comment
Talking about you today..
If you go to Mackie's profile page you will find out about him. Basically I have to say, he was the Standardbred version of Charlie. Such a nice horse, his life was a struggle, I miss him everyday too. Sterl loved him and Jackie did not have to be protected. I put a bunch of his pics below. Life was good, for awhile. We left a vote.

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/25/2017 06:20.53 AM Report This Comment
The vaseline helps on Sissy's ears. I put some on Scruffy's nose, because the flies have been attacking him, too. In the 90's. Going to be turning on Scruffy's ac, soon, and hoping he and Sissy will be nice and share the doghouse. Need to build a new doghouse, too. but will patch this one for now. Love to all and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE.

04/25/2017 02:21.35 AM Report This Comment
Hi Angel Mackie, here's a heavenly vote for ya buddy. Love ya, Angel H.T.

Come visit me, Nuttin But Good. Tkx Sterly & Blossom, 17300!, R.I.P. Hi Tech Image, Tks Mom,Indy, Paige #17200! & MWS Zippn By Indy, Tks, Bella Boo of DC, 22400!.

04/24/2017 04:46.37 PM Report This Comment
LET HIM GO...
Finally after 4 years of working and struggling with Bray, I decided that we just were not going to make it as a team. I started to hunt for a new horse for me and a great home for Bray. I settled on a young lady, she was likely an intermediate rider, BUT she would be boarding Bray at a large show barn, she had a coach and tons of support around her. I said my goodbyes. She kept me updated. She was enjoying him, however, three weeks after she got him, on a fresh slightly frosty morning he was turned out into his paddock, which was on a tiny bit of a slope. Apparently he was acting up, go figure...he took a bad step and they think he tore a patellar ligament (stifle). No one noticed his problem until he was brought in that evening, on three legs. Long story short, after consultation with 3 Vets, his prognosis was poor to hopeless, she was advised to let him go. She called me to tell me the news and asked if I'd like to be there, she said he was more my horse than hers. I declined, but I did go to say good bye one last time. We left a vote today.

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/24/2017 02:51.51 AM Report This Comment
<3 More quick votes. <3

Come visit me, SADIE.

04/24/2017 02:22.09 AM Report This Comment
Hi Angel Mackie, here's a heavenly vote for ya buddy. Love ya, Angel H.T.

Come visit me, Nuttin But Good. Tkx Sterly & Blossom, 17300!, R.I.P. Hi Tech Image, Tks Mom,Indy, Paige #17200! & MWS Zippn By Indy, Tks, Bella Boo of DC, 22400!.

04/23/2017 04:42.19 PM Report This Comment
I REALLY TRIED..
I wanted it to work out with Bray, I sent him away for training, I had coaches come in, bottom line, the horse had my number and he knew I was afraid of him and he played it every time. I got to be NO FUN riding and riding is suppose to be fun. In the end, I decided that I really loved this horse, I just didn't like him much. David didn't like him from day one. What I didn't pick up on until much later was, Sterl May didn't trust him. Look at all the pictures of the three of them together, Sterl May is ALWAYS between Bray and Jackie. I should have listened to her...live and learn I guess, have a great day. we left a vote.

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/23/2017 02:46.45 AM Report This Comment
Love, hugs and a Sunday vote.

Come visit me, SADIE.

04/23/2017 02:16.53 AM Report This Comment
Hi Angel Mackie, here's a heavenly vote for ya buddy. Love ya, Angel H.T.

Come visit me, Nuttin But Good. Tkx Sterly & Blossom, 17300!, R.I.P. Hi Tech Image, Tks Mom,Indy, Paige #17200! & MWS Zippn By Indy, Tks, Bella Boo of DC, 22400!.

04/22/2017 03:48.11 PM Report This Comment
We left a vote today
Fast forward again, in this segment I have to say, I learned soooo much. We were all settled in and I wanted a horse to ride, so after some looking(not enough) I bought Brazen Virtue, a 3 yr old Standardbred Trotter. I admit now I bought him simply because he was handsome, wrong reason. As a 3 yr old he was a piece of cake but when he turned 5 he became "the Horse Devil" One fresh September morning I was feeding, Bray was full of himself and as I tossed out a couple flakes of hay, I was between him and Jackie, I reached for Jackie's halter to move him away from Bray, and all I remember is seeing his hind leg in the corner of my eye. It happened so fast. He caught me across the forehead, my glasses went flying and when I woke up I couldn't find them, I didn't know what had happened, I crawled to the barn and called David at home, I said, can you come and help me find my glasses? I fell and they are gone? He came right away and of course scooped me up and took me to the emergency room. He said I was in shock, and insisted that I fell, however I looked like something out of a Freddy Kruger movie... 17 stitches and a nasty concussion. They said a split second either way and I likely would have been dead. Take a look at the pictures below and tomorrow I'll tell you what I should have picked up on from the start, it would have saved a lot of trouble. We left a vote.

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/22/2017 02:51.39 AM Report This Comment
Quick votes and hugs.

Come visit me, SADIE.

04/22/2017 02:47.59 AM Report This Comment
Hi Angel Mackie, here's a heavenly vote for ya buddy. Love ya, Angel H.T.

Come visit me, Nuttin But Good. Tkx Sterly & Blossom, 17300!, R.I.P. Hi Tech Image, Tks Mom,Indy, Paige #17200! & MWS Zippn By Indy, Tks, Bella Boo of DC, 22400!.

04/21/2017 04:32.21 PM Report This Comment
MOVE IN DAY...
It took me the better part of a month and a half to get the place ready, once all the "junk" was hauled off and the fencing was done, the barn was cleaned out, we opened the end on to the pasture and made it like a large run in, fenced off a dirt paddock and we were ready. We had water, hydro, shelter and pasture, what more do you need... The day my neighbor mowed the 5 acre pasture for me, I cried, because it was so perfect, she was going to have a home, just 1/4 mile from where we live. My riding instructor "gave" us Jackie, a 7 yr old shetland/mini cross as her companion. They became fast friends. All was well with the world, at least my world.

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/21/2017 02:40.34 AM Report This Comment
Have a blessed Friday. Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE.

04/20/2017 08:46.49 PM Report This Comment
Hi Angel Mackie, here's a heavenly vote for ya buddy. Love ya, Angel H.T.

Come visit me, Nuttin But Good. Tkx Sterly & Blossom, 17300!, R.I.P. Hi Tech Image, Tks Mom,Indy, Paige #17200! & MWS Zippn By Indy, Tks, Bella Boo of DC, 22400!.

04/20/2017 04:39.01 PM Report This Comment
THE SEARCH WAS ON....
Reality was I could not afford to board her and just go pat her 4x a week, so I literally started to knock on doors to try and find a place for her to live that I could afford. A neighbor told me about a farm not far from us, no one had used it in about 15 yrs, someone rented the little house, but the barn and pasture were unused. I located the owner and was told knock yourself out, but they were not willing to do any of the work, eg. fencing or repair, but if I wanted it, go for it. Here are a few of the pictures as we found the place, first David and my brother had to hack their way in with machete, it was so overgrown. It had been simply left about 15 years earlier. We spent the next month cleaning the place up and fencing so she would have a safe home. More tomorrow, we left a vote.

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/20/2017 02:39.15 AM Report This Comment
Hi Angel Mackie, here's a heavenly vote for ya buddy. Love ya, Angel H.T.

Come visit me, Nuttin But Good. Tkx Sterly & Blossom, 17300!, R.I.P. Hi Tech Image, Tks Mom,Indy, Paige #17200! & MWS Zippn By Indy, Tks, Bella Boo of DC, 22400!.

04/19/2017 03:39.47 PM Report This Comment
Leaving a heavenly vote. Vicki & Big Jax

Come visit me, Big Jax.

04/19/2017 12:21.55 PM Report This Comment
THE STORY CONTINUES...
At the clinic they explained that sometimes cortisone injection can help, but in Sterl May's case the spinal processes were so close that there was no room to get a needle in, they offered me a free acupuncture treatment, said it may or may not help. It didn't. They sent the report to Dr. Cook and he told me that basically her days of being a riding horse were done. I cried and cried and cried some more. The cause, unknown... old injury, racing wear and tear, some dressage horses get this due to being ridden in collection. He said sometimes with some time off the spinal processes will fuse, and the pain will go. He said she will learn to accommodate and will not do anything that causes pain. She has and she moves quite freely, over the years I have tried to ride her again, but the pain is still there when tacked and added weight of a rider, even me, I'm not very big...So, because I have never felt that animals are disposable, the problem was that I could not afford to board her just to go and visit 4x a week, the search was on to find a place to keep her as a retired horse. Getting rid of her was NOT an option. We left a vote.

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/19/2017 02:44.37 AM Report This Comment
Hi Angel Mackie, here's a heavenly vote for ya buddy. Love ya, Angel H.T.

Come visit me, Nuttin But Good. Tkx Sterly & Blossom, 17300!, R.I.P. Hi Tech Image, Tks Mom,Indy, Paige #17200! & MWS Zippn By Indy, Tks, Bella Boo of DC, 22400!.

04/18/2017 03:50.26 PM Report This Comment
A DAY I WON'T FORGET...
On with the story, Dr. Cook arranged an appointment for spine xrays at University of Guelph Equine Hospital, my riding instructor offered to take us, it's about 1 1/2 hours from here. Dr. Cook told me to expect a long day, being a teaching hospital she would be gone over by many Drs and students. After all the info was gathered they took Sterl May to a small sand ring, indoors, and they lunged her, she was perfect, I think 'cause she was nervous. They told me they saw no reason to xray her spine. Remember I had everything documented, but I forgot to bring the video with me. They said take her home and if it gets worse, bring her back. I lost it...I said my Vet sent us here for xrays, please take the xrays. When all the films were lined up on the viewer and all the Dr. and students were standing there looking at them, the Head Vet apologized to us and said "I can't believe she let you on her back, all I can say is your horse has one HECK of a heart" They were shocked at what they saw. More tomorrow

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/18/2017 02:42.42 AM Report This Comment
"When your horse follows you without being asked, when he rubs his head on yours,
and when you look at him and feel a tingle down your spine...you know you are loved."

~ John Lyons
Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE.

04/18/2017 01:21.30 AM Report This Comment
Hi Angel Mackie, here's a heavenly vote for ya buddy. Love ya, Angel H.T.

Come visit me, Nuttin But Good. Tkx Sterly & Blossom, 17300!, R.I.P. Hi Tech Image, Tks Mom,Indy, Paige #17200! & MWS Zippn By Indy, Tks, Bella Boo of DC, 22400!.

04/17/2017 03:49.20 PM Report This Comment
***HaPPy BirTHdaY StERly GIrLY***
Special girl is 34 today, treats all around, have a great day, we left a vote.

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/17/2017 02:38.56 AM Report This Comment
Hi Angel Mackie, here's a heavenly vote for ya buddy. Love ya, Angel H.T.

Come visit me, Nuttin But Good. Tkx Sterly & Blossom, 17300!, R.I.P. Hi Tech Image, Tks Mom,Indy, Paige #17200! & MWS Zippn By Indy, Tks, Bella Boo of DC, 22400!.

04/16/2017 04:42.53 PM Report This Comment
****HaPPy EaSTeR****
Things went from bad to worse. Dr. Cook was ruling out everything under the sun, and it all took time 'cause we ruled out one thing at a time. Corrective shoeing, hormonal Mare issues, photonic head shake and more. Finally after gathering all his info, we gave her a very heavy pain med. and compared her behavior, without it. Night and day, even on the lunge line she moved freely and I could ride her. I should explain that without the meds, she would refuse to move forward, when I insisted she would do a very polite little rear and a polite little buck, always a lady lol. I have all this documented on video. Have a great day, hope the bunny found you, we left a vote.

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/16/2017 02:47.47 AM Report This Comment
Happy Easter! Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE.

04/16/2017 02:09.18 AM Report This Comment
Hi Angel Mackie, here's a heavenly vote for ya buddy. Love ya, Angel H.T.

Come visit me, Nuttin But Good. Tkx Sterly & Blossom, 17300!, R.I.P. Hi Tech Image, Tks Mom,Indy, Paige #17200! & MWS Zippn By Indy, Tks, Bella Boo of DC, 22400!.

04/15/2017 04:32.00 PM Report This Comment
We left a vote today
Everything was going my way, Sterl was great, lessons were fun, Fool Kat was returned to her owners. Sonya and I became fast friends and rode together often. Sterl May only resorted to pacing when she was confused or I was not asking properly, pace was her comfort gait. Fast forward 3 years, it started very subtle, sometimes just a bit of reluctance to move forward, nothing mean or nasty, then it slowly got worse. To the point of me calling in Dr. Cook, yup, he has been with us since the beginning. He said when a horse that generally accepts their work stops accepting, they are trying to tell you something, so we started to slowly rule out possible reasons, one at a time, in the meantime I was instructed to continue with her like nothing was wrong. But it was obvious that something was very wrong....to be continued

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/15/2017 02:41.32 AM Report This Comment
Rick bought vaseline for Sissy's ears. I checked online to make sure it's safe for dogs. Crossing my fingers and praying it helps. Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE.

04/15/2017 02:00.09 AM Report This Comment
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