The Denver Mint, AKA Solo.
He died last August at the age of twenty-eight.
My father instilled saddlebreds in me since I was born. He had one as a teenager and talked about him often. They were not the horse I chose to breed, I don't much care for that show world. But then, I can't say any of the breeds are clean in the show realm.
This is an old photo of, wait for it.....Bounce. That is his barn name and I think it may be evident why! I still have Bounce, he is 21. Still feisty. He was the topic of another blog I started, it's on the list of 'my blogs'.
I will periodically stroll down memory lane with horse photos. I saw the photo of Mr. Solo and it got me started. Then Bounce bouncing was under the Solo photo. How often do you see a horse on a figurative pogo stick? Arabians are not very accomplished bucking horses but they sure can leave the ground.
We have sunshine and mild temperatures. There is leftover pizza for lunch and a lasagna waiting for assembly. Today I must do it. I had reasonably productive day, for me, yesterday and would be delighted if I can do the same, or at least close to it today. I have two nice chairs sitting in the basement that I'm trying to figure out how to place upstairs again without crowding. It requires moving the dining room chairs into where I think the others could be. They are close in size. So far it's been a nope, but yesterday I had a light bulb moment but was too weary to follow through. My goal for the morning. Decor and furniture arrangement of the living room. In my healthier days it would mean a deep and thorough cleaning. Anytime I moved furniture turned into a big time cleaning day. Now, let's see if I can manage moving the dining table chairs. Set your goals where they can be reached, right?
Ramble Ramble. You all do well today. I will, too. Ciao
I love the leaping horse. And your stories about the horse world. What does saddlebred mean? Next time you talk horse, can you go into that a bit?
Solo was a beauty! And Bounce seems to be very aptly named. My mom's first horse was a saddlebred, Sir Patrick. She did an ad with him where he was eating a pancake and I still have that picture. Weird she never got us kids a saddlebred. I always thought those chains on their legs seemed so cruel, but as you say, no breed is without its issues on the show circuit. I think back to the way our Paints dragged their noses on the ground and had to do a mincing, baby doll trot because it was in fashion. But dang, those horses taught me a lot.
I love seeing photos of your horses! Keep them coming. Reconfiguring rooms is something that I do every once in awhile...such an upper. Please take a photo when you finish moving your furniture around! I think I am going to have to make some lasagna, or at least some lasagna soup.
Beautiful horses. I wish I had learned to ride, maybe I still will. I didn't know horses could get alopecia.
Have a good day and don't overdo it:)
Boud, I will do that.
julochka, I remember your telling me your mom had a saddlebred. Maybe she didn't get you one because they wouldn't be successful where there were mostly paints and QHs.
The chains are nothing compared to the soring of Walkers. That is an evil world. They all are, really, some just worse than others.
I learned patience from my horses. A valuable lesson.
I have a whole lot of photos, Lori. I think I have it figured out. My mind hasn't settled there yet, though. I finally assemble the lasagna so it's on tonights menu!
Pixie, It's not too late. Riding stables have very quiet horses that are used to beginners. It's a wonderful feeling. there is a quote "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of people" true.
In the end he didn't have alopecia, but he had the symptoms. It was a longterm infection. But, they can get alopecia. He went nearly bald. You can see in the photo he hardly had a tail.
I'm taking a break.
When I came to America I was interested to see the high stepping horses and breeds that are not in England to any great degree. There are no classes for "saddle seat" It is only the Welsh section D & C or Cobs and the Hackneys that come close in action. After seeing the outfits the riders wore I was enamored.The history of this type of riding and horse came from the Plantation owners or over seers as far as I know, I need to look it up again. I am looking for a proper saddle seat outfit so that I can play pretend on my step daughters Morgan horse Coco.I made a make shift one a few years ago to have pictures taken of me riding our Morgan King Karrot.
What beautiful animals, Sandra, even though I have never ridden a horse of any type with the possible exception of a kiddie pony ride 😀 Bounce was an aptly named horse for sure. Lasagna sounds delicious!
Marlane, it is really fun to ride these horses. Very smooth. I hope you can find something in a consignment shop, the outfits are very expensive. Morgans can have a big trot.
Beatrice, thank you. They have been my life, really since childhood. Mark did not know what he was getting into! He sure was, he got his name shortly after he was born. A friend was in the barn, Bounce, who was no more than maybe 15 minutes old got up, was sturdy and gave a little bounce! My friend said you have to call him Bounce!
All three of ours have big trots with different action, Only Coco has the high stepping one.
marlane, Morgans are great horses.
Sandra, I did not realize that SOLO had passed away. 28 is a good long life, especially for a Saddlebred. And you certainly gave him a second chance at life. I am again trying to catch up on your delightful blog!
Jean, yes, it was sad, but not in that he lived a long and good life. He stayed healthy until the last few months with cancer. He loved being a gelding and ran the herd like a boss! It's good to hear from you.
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