Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Apache's Princess Bailee, a horse story

I have written about Bailee a few times, but today's post is very difficult. We purchased Bailee from a lady my daughter took her first lessons from. My daughter met Bailee when she was just a foal and fell in love with her. One day we went to an auction and there was Bailee, that was the day we became horse people. At 18 months, when she came to live with us she was only 600lbs. and extremely wormy. After a lot of care we fattened her up, got rid of her worms, broke and trained her and had the farrier out. The previous owner did not deworm nor did she think a farrier necessary. We didn't know much about horses and hindsight is always 20/20. Today we had a horse chiropractor out who told us that our daughter should never ride Bailee because of her extreme weakness, it seems as though the worms caused spinal deterioration. My daughter is devastated and as parents we feel terrible, we love the horse dearly, she is a registered Tennessee Walking Horse. My daughter is still going to work with her and teach her tricks! It's been a very sad day.

On top of it all, the 4H county fair season is upon us, riding your horse in fair competition is the highlight of the summer for these young girls. We have exactly 4 weeks to find a horse and make sure testing and paperwork is completed so she can ride in the fair. Can we do it? I'm hoping to find a light at the end of this tunnel.

My highlight of the day is the phone call I'm going to receive very shortly from Author Debbie Macomber! Woohoo, and interview...won't be posted until next week though!


  1. sorry to hear your news! It's sad when people don't take care of their animals and especially when the affects are far reaching! I hope you find another horse in time for the fair :)

  2. So sorry to hear about your horse! What can you do with her now? I'm sure she's like a pet to you..a part of the family. So so sorry! People are dumb. I say that with all due respect, but some of them just don't know how to use the brain God gave them. Why breed horses if you don't know what you are doing? Ok, anyway...it's cool your family has horses. I have always wanted one but we live in a suburb..no chance of that. Hang in there :)

  3. Oh no! We feel so bad over here! Tell Reyna we feel really bad! That's tough when news like that comes along!


  4. I am so sorry about Bailee!

    But OMGoodness! Debbie Macomber??!!! I love her books!!!!


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