After Shadow passed, I got sick. It was a blessing and a curse. A curse because I was sick and it was awful, but a blessing because it kept me in bed and away from the barn. No counting of horses and coming up short, no calling the geldings in, but only having two to supplement. It worked out good for me to be sick.
During my hiatus, I watched an entire season, plus three, of Poldark. What else do you do when you're stuck in bed? And, I dug up my horse's papers to see how old Shadow was.
He was only 26.
That is shocking to me. I look at Red, who is 36, and Shadow, who was only 26, and I'm amazed at how some horses age so much better than others! Watching from my window, a few minutes ago, there was Old Red pushing Cowboy around and playing with him--as if he was 36 going on 3.
Red had the most humble beginnings. I had to laugh about his bill of sale.
I found Carl Ingram's obituary today when I googled his name. Apparently, he was hit by a car and died. Very tragic. After owning Red, I'd have bought a horse from him any day of the week.
If you want a good laugh, though, click on this link and read his obit!
Shadow came from a more noble background. To start with, he actually had an "official" pedigree. Gray Gus was his "name," and he started life out in Baker, Oregon, a descendant of Bold Ruler.
He goes back to money winning race & halter horses like Winning Song.
and Bunny Mackay.
Not that any of that mattered to us. To us, he was just good 'ol Shadow.
While I was researching, I looked up Leah's papa from her papers. Here she is on the registration. Awww...so cute!
Here are her papers.
Here is her daddy. (BLING)
There are lots of qualities he passed on to her.
While I was on sick leave, I also watched a training video by Parelli. I'm not into one trainer or another--I truly believe there is something to learn from EVERYONE, even, if not especially, "non-trainers."
But there is much, in this video, that I see in myself and Leah. I went out today and tried something from it, and I intend to try much more.
But I'll write on that in a few days...