Warrensburg, Missouri, USA
Sandra's Horsey Pages
At one time, four horses sported in our back 40; now there are none.
Sandra says, "I had to wait until I was almost 40 to get my first horse, an 18-year-old quarterhorse gelding named Osage Star Champ. (Old Star). Star's age (33) finally caught up with him in 2001 and he's buried on his favorite hillside below the barn. He was a black bay with a white star, and a graduate of the (defunct) Central Missouri State University Equestrian program - he was there long enough that he probably qualified as a graduate assistant. Star was bred at the Apperson ranch near Welch, Oklahoma.
The next year, we got Buddy (Bar Buddy Leo), who was 14, so Bill & I could ride together. Buddy is a chestnut with a blaze and 4 white feet, and is also a CMSU graduate. He was bred in the Ozarks and was the joker of our equine family - he was great at untying knots, but his favorite trick was to plod along on a trail ride until he crossed a creek, then he'd climb out bucking! After Scruffy was elevated to Boss Horse, Buddy used all his smarts to keep Scruffy confused. Buddy had a sudden colic and left us in 2006.
In 1990, we added yearling Scruffy, who was one of 9 horses trying to make a living on 20 Ozarkian acres about 3 miles from our place - he was so weak from starvation and worms that we had to sling him from the ceiling until he could stand on his own. Scruffy supposedly had a racing quarterhorse pedigree but was never registered.
Our boys lived in an 1880s barn, had 50 acres of pasture (plus woods & creeks) to share with deer & wild turkey, and Yum-yum for dinner every evening - they didn't get to work very often, so pretty much lived out their lives in horse heaven.
Ahab became an official member of the family on August 10th, 1997 and died on November 25, 2001. Ahab was a Jordanian Arab with a heck of a story (see the article in the June 1996 issue of Arabian Express Magazine for the details).
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