Sunday, February 13, 2011

Three to go

Now for the other three members of the herd:

Certified Girl and her filly Pink Raisor (Pinky)
Girlie is now 22 years old and is still "The Queen" of our farm.  She has gotten somewhat more affectionate as she has gotten older, and will even eat a carrot or BerryGood treat nowdays.  In her youth she was one fast racemare and filly of the meet at Louisiana Downs circa 1992.

The sweet-looking black filly is oh, so deceptive.  Unfortunately Pink has not inherited her mothers kind nature and is somewhat of a feisty girl.  She was the horse that crushed my big toe last summer, resulting in a somewhat abbreviated summer riding season.  

But wait!  There's one more!
In 2001 I was mourning the loss of our first foal.  I had decided to breed Certified Girl the next spring and wanted to see what kind of babies the local TB stallions were siring.  I made the fateful mistake of taking my husband to the Oregon Thoroughbred Breeders Association mixed sale at Portland Meadows.

Not long after we arrived a pathetic looking yearling was led into the ring.  A little chestnut with a wormy belly, she did not get a bid.  The auctioneer was pleading for her and Todd looks at me and says "You could get her and turn her as a broke 2 year old."

He was still under the assumption the money could be made in horses-  He raised his hand!!!  Ack, I was feeling a pit in my stomach as the auctioneer brought down the gavel.

Well, it was somewhat worse than I had originally thought.  The small pathetic yearling was actually a two year old! 

Apparently this filly, named Draol, was one of a herd of TBs in the midst of a divorce battle between a long time Oregon breeder and his 80 year old wife.  They fought over the horses, and someone didn't feed them.  I later learned that Draol's three year old brother had died of the neglect during the ordeal.  They were dispersing a lot of horses.


1 comment:

AareneX said...

Eeeeek! I can't wait to hear more about THIS story!

(I assume your husband's learning curve about "making money on horses" has caught up with reality by now?)