An Old Buddy of Mine
While my internet is still not fixed (it’s like being without my head for days), I am still plugging away at my husband’s shop on this extra lap top. Good thing it’s here otherwise I’d have to kick someone important out of their computer and that wouldn’t go over well. Anyway, I got a much needed and anticipated e-mail update on one of my best buddies. This buddy is a horse I adopted from UC Davis in their adopt-a-foal program back in ’92 when I was in 4H. He was an orphan foal, a solid chestnut, standardbred / quarter horse from fairly good lines although I never did find out who his parent’s were… I just know they had some outstanding horses in their breeding program. I brought “Tanyo” home as a four month old and we grew up together. He was a fun little colt, I ponied him off my Spanish mustang mare, Papoose, and he went everywhere with us. This resulted in him being one of the best trail horses I’ve ever sat upon.
Tanyo was my first horse to train, I rode him in a mechanical hackamore (I had very light hands for a kid) then moved on to a rope hackamore once “natural horsemanship” made it’s way in to the horse world. I did ride him in a halter a lot just before the NH craze and we did well. Tanyo’s name is, in it’s lengthened version, Caballo Castano, which means chestnut horse. Pretty brilliant eh? I thought of that as a twelve year old because I loved the Spanish language (still do) and loved anything that was Spanish.
Tanyo moved on a couple of years ago to a wonderful family. His new owner is Chelsea and she fell in love with Tanyo almost instantly. She was a level two Parelli student at thirteen, if I remember correctly. She is homeschooled and was the perfect match for my big lunk head. She and her mom and sister came to our place and test drove Tanyo and Chelsea could see right away that this horse had as much character as body mass in his 16hh self. I knew right away that this was the right home for this very special horse. He has a lot of quirks and Chelsea was just the person to take him on and deal with his weird ways. Oh, Tanyo is a kicker when in a group, he can pull back when tied every now and then, has some issues with plastic bags… on and on. He’s actually quite a complicated personality, but he makes up for it in his love, power, grace, endurance, comical and fun character. His movement is very BIG, he will trot until your brains fall out your ear, will climb any mountain put in front of him and get you through sticky situations in safety.
What does this sort of horse look like? Well, lucky for you they sent pictures with their e-mail and I was able to put them on to this computer! Yay! Pictures! 😀
That’s my boy, one that will always be in my heart.
Who are your eternally loved equine souls?