|"WBP El Crapola," resin horse sculpted by Chris Jolly|
One of my critics once accused me of hating horses that don't have good conformation. Nothing could be further from the truth! My rants against badly-bred horses are entirely directed against the breeders of these animals. When horses have upright pasterns, ultra-long backs, crooked hocks, genetic diseases, etc, they are more likely to experience pain, more likely to wind up injured, and more likely to have trouble keeping a good home. The breeders are responsible for that suffering, and it's them I hate. Horses themselves are completely innocent, and even the fugliest ones are deserving of love. And really, is there any horse we could possibly hate because of its looks? I don't think so! Every horse has the ability to comfort us, inspire us and befriend us. Thus, today we celebrate the not-quite-perfect horses we love! They are ALL beautiful!
|Kings Lil Cutter, foundation QH. Injured at 2 years old and unrideable, he was adopted and now enjoys a life of ease.|
|Eeyore, a wild mustang born with front feet that turn in, back feet that turn out, and floppy ears! Don't worry, he lives a happy life. You can read Eeyore's full story here.|
|A very poorly-bred mini who suffers health problems... and is just so ADORABLE!|
This is "Buttered Rum Spirit," renamed George (Clooney). Mary, the owner of this drool-worthy hunk, says, "He is that downhill. He is also a stinker of a horse who can not only turn on a dime he can fly on a dime. Talk about a go button. Double Impressive bred but N/N." Wow Mary, no wonder you named him after the man that was once voted "sexiest man alive!" LOVE LOVE LOVE that horse!
I love the alert, foxy expression of this handsome guy. You can tell he's intelligent just by looking. Katie, his lovely and awesomely-helmet-wearing owner, says,
"This is my 7 year old Appendix Quarter Horse, Seymour Sexy! My family and I adopted him from St. Francis Horse Rescue and Retirement Farm. I worked there for 3 years, biking to and from the rescue in the summers to go help out and when Seymour came along I knew I had to take him home; the right horse had come along. He likes to act like he's scared of everything but you take him out the next day and he magically isn't scared of that anymore! On the other hand, I have never seen a horse that wants to please as much as this big guy, he is definitely part of the family and everyone loves him! He fits the "less than perfect but still awesome" perfectly! I read your blog as often as I can and enjoy reading it. I love the information you post on there, it really helps me become a better, more educated horseman!"
When I saw this horse, I thought he looked like an angel, the kind of fellow any kid could ride. The owner's description proved me wrong... and also proved that we can love horses who are a bit ugly on the inside as well as the outside! Congratulations to E.H. for being a good enough horsewoman and a kind enough soul to love this horse.
"This is my favorite picture of Cody. He looks rather kind in this photo...which he is not. In actuality, he is a barnsour, pigheaded jerk who is thicker than a short plank. He also happens to be the horse whose near-constant but minor league misbehavior helped me get my confidence back after several years out of the saddle. We have a special bond, as evidenced by the fact that he has never tried to rub me off on a tree. His age is starting to catch up with him, but the old cuss will have a home for the rest of his days and a place in my heart for the rest of mine."
"My Name: Quill
Quill, this mare is so clearly incredibly well taken care of, from her glowing dapples to her neatly shod hooves. No wonder she works hard for you-- you work hard for her! I had to go back and re-read your description because I didn't believe she was 23. Oh, and once again, you rock for sticking to a snaffle and working on training instead!
OK folks, that's it for today. However, if you have a special horse you'd like me to feature on another post, feel free to send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. I LOVE hearing about your equine buddies. I'd also love for you to send me anything else you think should be mentioned-- from bad Craigslist ads to great rescues. Together we will celebrate all the good, and shame all the bad. Happy trails and happy hump day!