Tito is our grand old herd boss. When Abby was in first grade she began taking riding lessons at the farm down the road. The big boy she took lessons on is Tito. For Two years Abby and Tito spent many Monday evenings together. She definitely learned a lot from this old boy.
When she was in third grade she joined 4-H and was fortunate enough to earn Jordan (who you will learn about below). When Jordan came to live with us, we felt sorry for him because he didn't have a pasture mate so we chatted with the owner of Tito to see if we could buy him. Fortunately, we were able to buy Tito and on Halloween of that year, we brought the big boy home.
From the day he arrived he became the herd boss and has stayed the boss ever since. Tito unfortunately has a thyroid issue which is the reasons his is overweight. We give him medicine to help with his weight but he will always be a little on the chubby side.
Tito is the horse we put all the little kids on that want to come over and ride a horse. The one thing we can be sure of is that he will not take off on the kids. He has a way of challenging us when we are riding him but he has never been anything but a gentleman when youngsters are put on his back.
Tito is 19 years old and is a solid sorrel colored paint. We just love this big guy and appreciate that he always takes care of the herd!
Jordan, aka Jordy, was the first horse we ever owned. He is a 23 year old grade Quarter Horse. We don't know everything about his history but at one point in time, he and his herd mates ended up in a kill pen. Fortunately, someone recognized what nice horses they were and bailed them out.
When Abby was in third grade she was in the 4-H Earn A Horse Program. The program gave away a horse to a youth in the 4-H program that spent the year "earning" the horse. Abby spent a lot of time that year learning how to care for, ride and show horses. The giveaway horse was a big chestnut mare named Candy. Candy was a lot of horse for a youth so after much discussion, the owner of Jordan agreed to give away Jordan instead of Candy.
Jordan was a slow gentleman from the beginning. Everyone loved his kind eyes and gentle nature. He was the perfect pleasure horse and the first year she rode him Abby received several grand championship ribbons on him. The next year she started riding him in speed events and that was the end of our slow pleasure horse. Jordan and Abby took a liking to speed and there was no slowing either of them down.
Jordan was Abby's trusty steed for many years and the two had a great time together. Today, Jordan is mostly retired and spends just about everyday flirting with the girls in the pasture and playing with the boys. For and old guy, he is the spunkiest horse we have.
Tessa is our beautiful 2009 grey foundation Quarter Horse mare. Abby got her as a yearling with the plan being that Tessa would take over as Abby's main show horse as Jordan eased into retirement.
As a 3 year old, Tessa was broke out by a friend and had a great year showing. The first class Abby rode her in was a walk trot class of 22 and Tessa was placed first. We were so excited for what the future would hold for this beautiful mare and Abby.
Unfortunately, for the next four years Tessa was only shown intermittently as she had a nagging lameness issue in her right front leg. When she did show she was placed at the top of the class almost every time. She has won Grand Champion Mare, Youth Champion, Versatility Champion and numerous class championships at the local and national levels.
As she is such a special horse to use we decided to retire her from showing and instead use her as our very first broodmare. She is beautiful and built like a brick house so we are hoping that she throws equally as beautiful babies. This year we will be breeding her in May with the hopes of having an April baby in 2018.
If everything goes as planned our 2018 baby will be the first of many on our little hobby farm. We are certain that Tessa will be a wonderful mamma and hope that her amazing talent and temperament are passed on to her offspring.
Baby is a special girl. Baby was given to Abby as a yearling by a good friend. Why? Because he had a red dun stud and Abby repeatedly told him how much she wanted a red dun. In 2017, she was the only red dun born on his farm and he was kind enough to offer her to Abby free of charge.
She joined our family when she was exactly 6 months old. She started out as a shy little girl and has grown into the most out going socialite you could ever imagine. She is the first horse to greet any visitors, is at our side to help with any projects and tries to help with the gate when it is time for dinner.
Abby broke her out as a two year old but didn't seriously start riding her until she was three. She began showing her Foundation Quarter Horse Shows with great success. She was a ranch trail, ranch pleasure and ranch riding success. Abby plans on continuing her training and hopes to continue showing her in ranch classes.
Regardless of all of her success, Baby will always be special to us because of her playful and kind personality. She is definitely one of a kind and will always be remembered by visitors to Spring Side Farm.
Our Beautiful Baby has found a new home where a young Cowgirl will be using her for speed and ranch events!!
Jager (pronounced Yager) is Abby's crazy fast speed horse. He is 8 years old and is bred to do nothing but run, which is what he loves to do. Abby has spent the last year working with this knucklehead to become and awesome barrel racing, pole bending team. Let me tell you, and this isn't just a bragging mom, but they are well on their way to accomplishing big things.
He joined our family in the spring of 2016 and was instantly one of the gang. He has become the class clown and loves to play with Jordan and chase the girls. He is often seen carrying things around the pasture and picking up buckets or jolly balls and swinging them up and down with his head. What a chump!!
Fiona is the newest member to our herd and let me tell you, this little filly has changed our lives. She was given to Abby through the AQHA Young Horse Development Program and was donated by Jim and Joni Hunt, owners of Open Box Rafter Ranch.
Fee Fee is the sweetest most kind hearted horse I have ever met. She was terrified when we went to pick her up and we thought she may never get over her shyness. Well it only took a matter of days before her fear subsided and she accepted us as her new family. She meets everyone who visits the pasture with a great big smile which is one of the first things Abby taught her. We are so lucky to have this little angle on our farm.