Reminiscing and Honorable mention
Got to thinking about some of the horses I have known over the years, some mine and some belonging to friends, and realized that Debs mare Shiroc, among others, has never graced my blog, Shiroc was a # 1 companion to Deb and taught all of her kids to ride, She had an interesting temperament ,but having had an incredibly rough start she did OK . I was graced with her presence here on the farm for a large chunk of her life until just this spring, on Good Friday she went on to greener pastures. Any how I seem to only have one photo of her and it does not do her justice so I will tag Deb to send me some ,watch this post for an update.Unfortunately some of the older horses around here were in their heyday "BD" (before digital ) so I will spend some time this winter gathering and scanning some old photos for more "Honorable mentions" .
So you might be wondering why , if she was not my horse Shiroc was my first honorable mention. I actually met Shiroc before I met Deb. The stable I was boarding at had a fashion model that hung out there and she originally purchased "Ashes" a 14 month old wild child appy filly. She was halter broke(ish) and weaned the day she bought her then lead/drug home behind a ginormous QH. Add to this she had a huge scar on her neck that the origin of which was never discovered. Anyhow Shiroc, or Ashes as she was then named had a "i will get you before you get me " attitude that proved to be too much for the fashionista. Enter Deb and Brian Oakley Deb fell in love and bought Shiroc (immediately changing her name) I belive it means something about a wind or storm. Which brings me to why I am writing about the old love.She introduced me to one of my dearest friends , Deb and I got to know each other working with our young horses and developed a lasting and wonderful friendship. Miles covered together . Deb and Shiroc moved to a couple of other places over the years ,one of which was a fancy Warmblood stable where they showed them that A) Appys are tough, and B) Appys can Jump!!!
Shiroc suffered what appeared to be a career ending injury and came to my farm to retire . but you can't keep a good mare down , some rest some soft footing and she was sound again for pleasure riding . She lived out her years here as the favorite of many kids and ,well she and I loved each other in our way. She will be missed . And I thank her for the gift of a wonderful friend and honorary title of auntie to 3 wonderful kids. The rest of her story if it is to be told must come from Deb.
Welcome to Fern Valley
Here in central Alberta prime farm country,my husband Martin and I work together raising beef cattle and Appaloosa horses. Fern valley appaloosas have long been known for their quality of temperament conformation and color.I have recently rediscovered a love of writing and have published 2 collections of poetry. "Telling Tails" and Tails Trails and Campfire stories" . I look forward to a future spreading my wings as an author and as a horse woman .