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Handy

 

(posted in October 2006)

Handy (registered name is Handy Mac Jack), a 10 year old registered sorrel Quarter Horse gelding, is the newest addition to our family. Handy is a grandson to the famous Two Eyed Jack.  My Mom & Dad were very instrumental in how he came to live with me.  I went to visit my folks early in October 2006 to see this horse my Dad was raving about.  We (my husband, Dad & I) ended up going on a 4 hour trail ride through BLM property in Central Oregon, where my husband & I took turns riding Handy.  During this 4 hour ride, Handy & I immediately "connected" and I knew he & I were about to become best friends.  After we finished our ride, I told Handy's then owner, that I would be very honored to provide Handy with a loving home and wanted to purchase him.  We solidified the deal (with the assistance of my Dad who helped me get a fantastic deal) and I became the very proud owner of this awesome horse!  

He is extremely broke (has been a ranch horse for most of his life)...very gentle and seems to adore our grandkids.  He follows Halie (my 7 year old granddaughter) around the pasture like a little puppy.  I ride him as often as I can, weather permitting, as we get alot of rain in the Pacific Northwest.  Handy & I will learn more about Cutting soon, something my folks & sister are very active in.  (Cutting is where you work in an arena and separate one cow from the herd. The rider is judged by the agility and athleticism of the horse and his ability to walk the horse through the herd quietly without disturbing the rest of the cattle.)  We will post photos regularly!

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The day I went to see Handy for the first time (Oct 06)

Handy comes home!  He will board at my daughter's property for several months.

 

My truck & trailer

 

Loading up to go for a ride!

 

Handy, Halie & I

Handy & I at my folks place in October '06

My Dad, Sister & I

My sister on Handy

My Dad & husband on the 4 hour trail ride through BLM property in Central Oregon Oct 06

 

My Dad at a Cutting Show

 

Handy in his pasture

 

Enjoying a little romp in the pasture

My handsome boy

 

Handy's "Jr Suite"

Tack/Storage room

 

 

A Spring ride in the pasture

 

Handy with the grandkids

 

Handy & Halie 3-21-07

 

Getting new shoes May '07

Handy moves up to our farm! Here he is swishing his tail & sticking his tongue out! 7-8-07

 

Handy grazing in the new BIG pasture 8-13-07

Enjoying some morning hay

Handy & my Dad 9-1-07

 

Granddaughter Ashley & Handy

Getting a little kiss before the Fly Spray application

9-1-07

Dad & I

 

    

Handy's new shelter, framing stage

   

Almost finished

Not sure he really likes it

Ahhh...breakfast!

 

Handy making friends with Pistol, a pretty little Quarter Horse Buckskin mare.  Pistol stayed with us for the Summer.  6-08

  

Pistol & Handy after a ride 7-6-08

    

Handy getting to do some trail riding

Summer 2010  

     

Connie's sister enjoying a ride on Handy, Summer 2012

 

Summer 2012

 

Granddaughter Halie enjoying a ride Summer 2012

Connie's other sister on a trail ride, Summer 2012

Handy's Grand-Daddy, Two Eyed Jack

The Pitzer Ranch

 

 

Links to some of neat horse sites!

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American Quarter Horse Association

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Western Horseman

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Horse City

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Horse and Rider

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Basic educational horse stuff

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National Cutting Horse Association

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Kentucky Derby

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Horse .com

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Buck Brannaman  (This is a MUST see!)

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Breeds of Horses

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American Horse Network

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Smith Brothers (lots of cool horse stuff!)

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Back in the Saddle (more cool horse/gift stuff)

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Fort Western Store (even more horse shopping)

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Equisearch . com

 

 
The Heart of a Horse
When your day seems out of balance
And so many things go wrong...
When people fight around you
And the clock drags on so long...

When most folks act like children,
And fill you with remorse,
Go out into your pasture...
Wrap your arms around your horse.

His gentle breath enfolds you,
As he watches with those eyes
He may not have a PhD,
But he is, oh, so wise!

His head rests on your shoulder...
You embrace him good and tight;
He puts your world in balance,
And makes it seem all right.

Your tears will soon stop flowing,
The tension will be eased.
The nonsense has been lifted,
You are quiet and at peace.

So when you need some balance
From the stresses in your day...
The best therapy you can seek...
Is out there eating hay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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