Coyote Creek Horses

WENDI

2014

Wendi is my $35, 31 y/o flea bitten gray Arabian mare. 8 years ago, she was headed to the Arthur Sale Barn & would likely have been bought by killer buyers having 3 strikes against her: being old, Arabian & extremely underweight. When I bought her in August 2006, she got girth sores every time she was ridden for an hour & only weighed 500#! Her ideal weight is 750#. 250# underweight! She had been kept on pasture with several other horses & was unable to maintain weight on grass alone.

My first plan of rescue action included: summer sheet on cool evenings (she was shivering several September mornings), 1# of 10% grain gradually increased to 3# of 12% ground feed with increased fat content. Everyday, she was turned out to pasture for longer periods of time until she was out all day & night. She was de-wormed twice & had hooves trimmed within first month here. The vet checked her teeth, the ones she has are fine, but she is missing most of them!

Now 8 years after I bought her, Wendi still requires special care due to her age and previous weight issues and she has very few teeth left. She can't eat hay or grass so she gets a special mix of beet pulp shreds, grain ground into a powder and alfalfa pellets all soaked with water into a mash, like oatmeal. It costs a lot for her special diet but she is worth it!

Wendi is a great lesson & trail horse. I couldn't have bought a $5000 horse that rides better. She neck reins, cues easily for any gait, responds for 3 y/o or 10 y/o children, is very even tempered & stands well for grooming & saddling. This is a pony with NO bad habits unless you count that she gets excited to eat at feeding time as she has never forgotten being hungry.

A few years ago in the big ice storm, Wendi fell and broke her hip. After a 6 month break, she returned to light duty.

Wendi has a great retirement home, she gets excellent care & is ridden about 2 hours a week. Her "outfit" includes hot pink Navajo designed bridle, halter & matching saddle pad.

Wendi has given over 800 lessons in 8 years!

RED - "Fairview Josey"

2012

Fairview Josey was a scrawny 2 y/o register AQHA sorrel gelding I bought for $490 at the Arthur Sale Barn 18 years ago. I bought him along with 2 other wild untouchable horses that day to break to ride & resale. He was fairly easy to train to ride. Before I advertised him for sale, I noticed that he was terrified of men. He would stand in the back of the stall showing the whites of his eyes if a man even looked at him. To this day, he is still shy of men that smell like hogs… So, of course my soft side kicked in and I had to save him, couldn't let him be sold to a man and be scared. That's how I ended up with another one of the best 3 horses of my life. Years after I bought him, I finally looked at his papers & saw that he goes back to Wimpy & Leo. Great names, but that doesn't really matter to me.

Red is my favorite trail horse and he has traveled far & wide including Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Missouri, & Colorado. I took him on a 13 hour cattle drive up the mountain & he was still prancing all the way down! Talk about stamina…...and sore butt & sore knees!

At age 11, 9 years ago, I started training him for barrels, poles, kegs & flags. I spent 3 - 5 days every week working with him that year. We went through 3 bits as he progressed and learned how "fun & exciting" it was until I was able to control his speed & turns. That first summer we competed was a lot of fun since I didn't have high expectations with him still in training. By the second season, I expected a lot more, so the fun was over & the familiar nerves & stress were back. We won High Point in Sr Barrels, Sr Poles, 1 point away for Sr Kegs & won All Around Rider for the entire season. Red's 3rd season, 2 years ago, we won High Point Barrels & Poles as we also did also in his 4th season. We competed in one rodeo a few years ago in deep slippery mud where we both went down turning the second barrel. I kicked my foot free of the stirrup & he got up & headed for the 3rd barrel until he realized he no longer had a passenger. Red & I have also competed in several other open shows & rodeos, beating a 16 time world champion once. We also beat two other world champions at over 12 shows. Does that mean my horse is worth more than theirs (one was sold for $10,000 & the other was purchased for 30,000)????? I wish, but it really wouldn't matter since I wouldn't sell Red anyway.

In the last couple of years we have done some ranch sorting, a lot more trail riding and camping and he has become a part time lesson horses as well.

Red is a very smart and cooperative but spirited horse. He is the dominant horse in the pen but shares his feed with his 18 year long term girlfriend Sassy. I have learned a lot over the years training Red and am thankful he came into my life. As you can see from the photos, he is an ALL AROUND HORSE!


SASSY

2014

All Time High Money Earner at Coyote Creek!
Sassy has given over 1000 riding lessons!
Sassy is an 20 year old AQHA Bay Mare. Her dam was my golden palomino show mare Shirley. Sassy has a palomino sister Blondi (ex lesson horse) and palomino and white paint brother Scout (current lesson horse). Sassy has had the same boyfriend "Red" since she was a baby. She is the alpha mare in her pen.

Sassy was born just minutes before I arrived at the barn. She was still wet & I was excited thinking she was black. Unfortunately, she dried off & turned bay. (At that time I was not a bay fan.) It's amazing that Sassy was so gentle & very easy to train since the same year she was born, Wildfire foaled Spitfire who was the "apple of my eye". I spent all of my time with him & barely touched Sassy. One day I decided to train her to ride & just saddled her up & off we went.

An excellent lesson & trail horse, she stands around 15.2 h & weighs 1200#. As a large horse, she gets the heaviest riders on trail rides when needed. She is gentle enough that many young children ride her in lessons. Several years ago I was having trouble catching her so we went to the round pen for John Lyons "Round Pen Reasoning" training & after 2 or 3 ten minute sessions, I've never had another problem. My bay mare has also been a Southern IL & Missouri trail horse for many novice riders over the years.

One thing that I have yet to figure out is why Sassy was always slow & lazy until about 10 years ago & then her personality changed to that of a more energetic, responsive horse in her older age. Normally lesson horses get more lazy not vice versa.

SPIRIT

2012

Spirit was my flea bitten gray Arabian gelding living til his mid 20s at which point several bouts of colic required me to have him euthanized.

I bought him in 2000 to resale. After having him around a few weeks, I realized he was way too good of a horse to send down the road. As with most older horses, I had a little trouble keeping weight on him. In the winter, he required a blanket, pasture & extra grain as well as prime hay. The last few summers, he was fed extra grain & glucosamine everyday & still remained a little thin but appeared to be quite healthy.

Have you ever seen a horse whose hooves are squared off because he drags his hind feet? Spirit was my first.

He was gentle enough to put 4 y/o on by themselves. His only bad habit was trying to go to the middle of the arena during lessons so he could "rest". His internal clock told him when lessons should be over, so heaven forbid when we had 3 hours instead of 2. I was very fortunate to have such a nice little horse: easy to catch, stood still for saddling, easy to bridle, very docile & good natured, never biting or kicking or even pinning his ears back. Spirit was often new lesson students first horse & they immediately fell in love with him. I saw tears when it was time for the student to move on to a more advanced horse.

Spirit and Wendi are the perfect children's ponies!

Giving lessons and trail rides, Spriit earned nearly $19,000 in 7 years, well worth the $500 purchase price.