What influenced my love for Horses
All my life I have loved horses, from the first time seeing a statue of a man on a horse at the Polish Gross Stein Castle where we lived for a short time. We then migrated to a beautiful place in the mountains called Garmisch Bavaria in Southern Germany… just to get away from the bombings. Sadly on the way there I witnessed dead horses, but my love grew for them.
In Garmisch we lived across the street from a farmer who had a horse…over time I would be allowed to help out our neighbor hitching his horse Klaura to the hay wagon, this at 7 years old. We then would go out in the fields to collect hay and store the hay in a log cabin style Hay barn In the field. Keeping some hay on the wagon allowed me to lay on top of it while driving back down a tree lined road. Watching Klaura, hearing the beat of her hooves and her head going up and down to the beat of her gait.…she knew exactly where home was.
I enjoyed watching all the trees go by on top of me. We then stopped at a Brunen (water trough) for Klaura to have a drink, then taking her to her stall while the owner unloaded the hay.
Great memories, and these memories started me to draw horses!
Other inspirations that formed my interest in horses
places and people
From the time in Garmisch I have always drawn pictures of horses, as well as wanting to be with them at every chance I got.
Both my parents rode horses…maybe this was instilled in me.
When we came to America I spent a great deal of time riding "the Merry go round" on a black wooden horse at the San Francisco Beach Playland.
Around 12 years old I started to go to the Golden Gate Riding Academy, where I helped bring in the horses to unsaddle and feed. I also would walk through the Golden Gate Park, all the way to the "San Francisco Police Stable", there I met a nice policeman who introduced me to Western riding.
Next door to the Police Stable was a Polo Field, this was another place I helped with cooling off horses....I learned a great deal at these equine facilities, especially how to care for Horses.
One of my favorite places to ride would be on the San Francisco Beach, it was wonderful. Then we moved back across the Bay were my High School best friend Sue had a horse and we would go riding up in the California hills, such happy and wonderful memories. Like I mentioned, parents loved and rode horses as well...dad rode in the Military WWI and for recreation, mom rode in the circus and pleasure.
Over the years many horses had been in my life, the ones that counted and have affected my life, they are featured here.
They made a difference in my life - Ibn and Chut-Yanna
of our horse venture
It all started when my mom died in 1975, she left me an envelope with money for the sole purpose to get back into horses...she wanted me to finish taking proper English riding lessons, this was her wish for me to do.
After a year's worth of riding lessons and meeting people in the horse industry, I decided to get a horse...surprisingly I found a boarding facility right down the street from us. There, I eventually became an assistant to the ranch manager.
I started out with a mare named Patches, she was given to us by my husband's California boss in 1976. He knew I was involved in horse activities, and that we had 2 young daughters. He asked my husband if we would be interested in his aged mare Patches, who had been his children's 4-H project horse and she was bomb proof (gentle, nothing bothered her) a Rodeo pickup horse, as well as trail riding, shows and parades....an all around perfect beginners horse.
The day Patches arrived was a sunny warm California day. As the trailer was pulled up the gravel road, you could see her bouncing around in an old horse trailer that had to have been from the 1940s, all wood and no top...her mane blowing in the breeze looking around at everything. I must say, I had a good laugh at this scene, it reminded me of an old B/W western movies.
We hadn't seen Patches before her arrival, but we did know her name and that she was half Saddlebred and Quarter-Horse. To our pleasant surprise she was beautiful, shinny black with a white strip on her nose, all four white socks and a few white patches, one white patch looking like an eagle on her butt with the white going into her black tail.
Our daughters were young, one was eight and the other one five years old, a good age to learn and attain good horsemanship with good habits.
The girls started showing in 4-H, participating in Shows, Parades and riding on the trails, they learned a great deal from Patches. I became a 4-H leader and my girls and some of their horse owning friends, made up for a wonderful group.
Patches was an aged horse around 29-30 years old, she still had spunk and enjoyed being ridden. She was with us till Christmas Day 1980, we had her put down because she had cancer and couldn't eat anymore, but all this was due to her advanced age.
Learn about Color Genetics - colors and patterns
If you are breeding for Color or Pattern, you have to educate yourself in genotype and phenotype...I think this is a good website that can help with learning about "Color Genetics"
The second one was smaller - a 4-H Project
Princess our Pony
Princess our Pony was also given to us, you can read all about her on her very own page "Princess our Pony"
She was stabled at the barn where we kept Patches. The Ranch owners who owned her were so impressed with the girls skills around horses, that they thought she would be perfect for a 4-H project, so gave her to us...
Princess was with us till June 1990 ~
Educate yourself before buying a Horse - or suffer the concequences
Shaneya our Arabian broodmare - by Kubaishan x Suryea
We looked for an Arabian breeding/show mare. When we found her, she had a two week old colt at her side...who we named Ibn Astraney.
Shaneya came with very impressive old Arabian breeding, only 4 generations back to the desert. She was a champion mare and had champion offspring...she was bred to Wayne Newton's stallion, and other impressive champion stallions...this is one reason I purchased her.
As seen in the above magazine ad, she also was a champion and sold for $25,000, which was an incredible amount in the early seventies.
She was well trained but did not like being hauled, besides that she had other issues that we later found out. She had been drugged to hide her hauling issue and her limp, the limp was from a longtime injury. By the time I contacted a lawyer we already were attached to both of them...so much for a very expensive horse.
The girls showed her and participated in parades, however breeding her was an issue, she would only pasture breed. I then leased her out to a well known breeder, and again to a Veterinarian in Missouri for breeding...she never took.
She was diagnosed with cancer and was put down in 1990...buried under an Apple tree...she was 29 years old
Manual of Equine Reproduction - Important Information on Breeding Horses
Ibn as a foal
by Astrafix x Shaneya
Ibn Astraney (aka Ibn) whos (mother) Shaneya had been pasture-bred to a stallion named Astrafix, the resulting foal was Ibn. He was an adorable colt, a wonderful personality, like a puppy, born a seal brown bay, turned into dapple black/grey then white. His trot was nice and I had hoped he would be like his brother Shiko Shanair a Reserve National Champion Formal Driving and Park horse.
As it turned out Ibn never got taller then 14:3 hands which is actually a natural size for an Arabian, but at that time 70's - 80's the Arabian fashion for the breed was breeding taller and animated (not a standard) .....I always said, then why not just buy a Saddlebred!
Ibn's personality was sweet he understood whatever I said, he never came out of his stall when the door was open, he always backed up and faced me when I came in and he learned tricks within minutes.
When we moved to Missouri I had a great 8 stall barn built, he had a big stall and paddock, suitable for a stallion. In 1988 we had to move again, this time to Wisconsin and that's when I had my cancer surgery...because I didn't know what was going to happen to me, I had Ibn gelded. (neutered)
April 11, 2008 a food pellet stuck in his throat and consequently all the repercussions that followed during this time, resulted in him being euthanized. I really can't even write about it because it still hurts too much, he was truly ~ the Love Horse of my Life ~ he is featured in many of my paintings, one in particular for "a mural" immortalizing him and Chut-Yanna
Ibn loved doing tricks from the very start, it took only minutes to teach him
Ibn Astraney - my horse love of my life!
Ya~Anna - by Rasoulmatall x Raleh
Ya Anna (aka Anna) was a very interesting mare, I purchased her purely because of her close excellent *Raseyn breeding and close desert pedigree. She also was an aged mare, but the different breeding cross I had wanted. She was a bit small and a plain head, not very Arabian type, however she did carry beautiful heads in her pedigree.She had a nice sweet old lady's personality. Her coat was a wonderful deep copper penny chestnut and a trot to admire.
When I purchased her she was in foal with a filly at her side named Chut-Yanna by the imported Polish racing stallion *Chutor++ an outstanding well known Champion. She had two foals for me #1 Chut-Yanna and #2 Chutzpha (see below)
Anna was also well trained and successfully shown...as well as most of her offspring, some even champions.
Before we moved from California to Missouri, Anna had been leased back to the owner of the stallion *Chutor. As it turned out they also had moved (to Oregon) something I didn't know till someone told me. For the meantime, I left her there till she foaled and was to come back to me in foal again...but that did not happen, the breeder would not send her back to me...I reminded him he took her to Oregon without MY permission. Anyway, I asked to sell her in foal to someone there. Unfortunately that was another deal were I got screwed.... a never-ending saga.
Chutzpah - by *Chutor++ x Ya-Anna
Chutzpah 1982 a chestnut colt was named as such, because he was a handful and had a great deal of energy. He turned out to be like his dam Ya Anna in height and the color, copper penny chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail, a star on his forehead and four white socks, a long neck and trot like his sire *Chutor.
I loved watching him trot, very animated and flashy.
We thought of racing him, as his half brother was doing well on the track... but as a stallion he was not what I wanted, so I had him gelded (fixed)
Chutzpah turned 7 just before we moved to Wisconsin. I sold him to a friend who wanted to use him in competitive endurance riding. I gave her a great bargain in price with the understanding and a promise that he would have a forever home... Although my friend promised, she did not hold up to her end of the bargain. I never heard from her again, but heard from another friend that she sold him to someone in Texas...You see a pattern here?
His fate since 1988...I don't know!
Chut~Yanna - by *Chutor++ x Ya-Anna
Chut-Yanna (aka Chutya) was a filly born bay turning flea bitten to rose grey, then white as she aged, just like her sire (father) *Chutor she was also tall like her...both with beautiful long necks..
Then in 1985 and 1986 I bred her to my Ibn, she produced one colt and one filly. Next time around I had her bred to GG Bask Starr, producing a bay filly then grey.
She stayed in Missouri leased to the same Vet in Missouri that leased Shaneya, both to be bred to her stallion. Chutya had another filly that was Chestnut which was odd because she and the stallion were grey.
I again leased her for breeding, this time to someone in Wisconsin. She came home the following year and stayed with us till 2007.
Chut Yanna was a personable horse, she always did what was asked of her, but if someone took a whip or yelled at her, she would fall apart...sadly, when I got her back from a trainer, I had to redo everything I had ever taught her, and that was winning back her trust.
In the spring of '07 she had foundered from eating grass or from stress, I kept her going with treatments, till it was too painful for her to walk...I regret not putting her down sooner, but she was misdiagnosed. I was told she had a chance to get well...she was put down Oct 10, 2007.
Brother and sister playing
Chushan - by Ibn Astraney x Chut-Yanna
Chushan (aka Shan) was born in 1985, he was the first foal by our stallion Ibn and the first foal out of Chut-Yanna.
He was born before his due date. That morning when I went to feed and opened the stall door he was standing there looking at me, nickering. I was amused because of his whinny, he was friendly for never having seen a human, and what long legs and neck he had...he was great!
Nursing seemed to be complicated for him, you see his mama would not allow it. I was concerned since this was her first foal. I cornered Chut-Ya, and he came over to her side causing her to start dripping milk, guiding him to the breakfast table...he knew immediately what to do...she wasn't too happy, squealing until she realized she could relax.
Shan turned out to be a very tall long necked horse. After I had him gelded I sent him out to be finish in his training. He was shown at a couple of shows, I had green-broke him to ride, but with our impending move in 1988 we had to sell him.
I sold him to a friend in Missouri and found out later he had been injured and put down.
Chulitya - by Ibn x Chut-Ya
Chulitya (aka Lita) was born in 1986, she was the cutest foal. I happen to be there when she was born, so cute...small compared to the others, and her coat a mouse grey.
Since I was going to breed Chut-Yanna to a local prominent stallion, I had to trailer her with her foal. Before we left our barn, poor little Chulitya got hit in the eye with her mothers tail causing some injury, which consequently caused her to have partial blindness in that eye.That particular day it was stormy with thunder and lightning. We pulled into the indoor arena of the facility to distract them from the storm, however the foal came out of the trailer before we could untie the mother, consequently Chut-Yanna pulled back hitting her head on the top of the trailer...
Sold Chulitya to a Veterinarian friend in Missouri, I believe she is still alive.
Chuting~Starr - by Bask Starr x Chut-Yanna
Chuting-Starr (aka Starr) was born 1987 the result of breeding her mother Chut-Ya to the stallion GG Bask Starr.
This foal was beautiful and a very tall, long necked and full bodied, she was born bay but showed light grey circles around the eyes, indicating she would be grey to white as she aged.
I sold Starr in Wisconsin and never heard from the people again...here again I gave a good deal with the promise of a good home and keeping in contact.
Feeding a Horse - the do's and don'ts
My Muse ~ Ibn ~
Are horses part of your life, if so do you enjoy them in a recreational way or are they a business?
My horses an inspiration for my paintings
Pegasus and Unicorns
My horses also inspired me to paint images of Pegasus and Unicorns.
Created 06/26/ 2013
What you are is God's gift to you, what you do with yourself is your gift to God: Danish Proverb
Comments about horses
jmchaconne on July 10, 2014:
I bought my first horse at auction when I was a young boy. He was a 16 1/2 handful of dynamite ready to blow, and nobody wanted him but me. What a gift he turned out to be. He taught me much about trust, love and how inseparable the two are.
anne-mobley-5 on March 31, 2014:
Bill's father had the son of Secretariat and bred him many times. The horse died a tragic death when lightening struck him as he reared up. But there are still some of his offspring on the ranch in Montana.
Loved your stories. Love you guys.
julieannbrady on August 21, 2013:
So many beautiful horses. I had never heard of color genetics with respect to horses! Both my sisters have been involved with horses and now one of them owns her own horse.
changrcoacher on July 28, 2013:
I was a horse crazy little girl and never outgrew it. Many horses...breeding, training, showing, mainly loving. They are such incredible creatures! Right now I'm experiencing another side of them, working as a volunteer at a Therapeutic Riding program. Horses are healing....
anonymous on July 15, 2013:
This was a beautiful email that you shared with us! We've never had horses but love to see them any time and enjoy Martha's horses, also! You are a great person and we love Kitty also!
Delia (author) on July 15, 2013:
@anonymous: Hi sweet Ruby & Lynn ~ thanks for visiting! The young girls in the photos are my daughters, they loved their horses and pony, and the lessons in life from having them has carried over in how successful they are.
anonymous on July 15, 2013:
We love Ibn and all your many stories Mama Delia. To see you a a young girl and your twin sis, so very fun. That was very special of your Mama to give you your horse money when she went to heaven. You are very special and your horses show it.
RoSelou on July 10, 2013:
I love horses but never ride on their back. Horses are very few in our place. I imagine how great it is to ride in a horse and stroll in the plains or even mountains.
Missmerfaery444 on July 01, 2013:
Beautiful page! I love horses. Never owned one myself but my friend at school had ponies and so I spent my teenage years riding and mucking out at her aunt's stables - loved every minute!
Jen withFlash on June 30, 2013:
Horses are awesome!! Beautiful lens! It was nice reading about all of the horses you've had.
RinchenChodron on June 30, 2013:
No stories. My brother is the one with horses. I did enjoy reading this lens.
lesliesinclair on June 30, 2013:
The first horse I met scared me silly so I maintained a fear of horses until our five-year old son agreed to put a saddle on our horse and lead her around the corral with me riding. I never did learn complete confidence with horses, but at least I no longer thought they would chase me.
Eventually I agreed to take a weedend cmaping ride with my husband and another couple up into the wilderness. Mid-way up a grouse flew out of a snow patch right under my horse and it spooked, reared and dumped me on the frozen ground.
We had more horses over the years and I loved watching them run and play together, but I let the others ride them. This is a beautiful story about remarkable horses.