Princess our Pony
The story and tribute
- A tribute to our little Chocolate Palomino Pony named Princess. She was the second equine we owned, actually given to us by the Ranch owners. Little Princess taught our daughters everything about Horses and Ponies, the good and the bad...and trust me, the bad came from the pony, she was ornery as most ponies are...but then, she also had a sweet, gentle and loving way. She had a wonderful life with us...
The Gifts ~ Patches & Princess
A Gift of a Pony
Our first horse was a B/W Pinto, Saddlebred/Quarter-horse mix. She was given to us by my husband's boss in California, and after that we were given the Pony by the Ranch owners where I kept our horse.
The ranch owners were so impressed by our daughters then 9 and 6 years old, in the way they handled horses...they thought the pony would be a great addition for them.
We assigned Patches the horse to our oldest daughter, and Princess the pony to our youngest daughter. Interestingly enough, the girls personalities matched with the horse/pony personalities.
The girls joined 4-H and I became a leader, so the horse venture started together...
Princess turned out to be quite a challenge, she was a typical pony with an attitude. I called it the "Napoleon complex"...so you know where I'm going with this. However this attitude was a great learning tool for both our daughters. Both girls amazed me with their abilities, I really had no idea this could be done by a child that young. I suppose when one doesn't know any difference, and doesn't have any fear, horses and ponies pick up on that.
The girls were not allowed to ride with a saddle till they could ride bareback and stay on, then they got the saddle. A few times Princess came home from a trail ride, riderless...with my daughter in tow calling her, "that stupid Pony"
As a 4-H leader the most important thing I taught, was safety around horses. This was the first and foremost important thing before allowing any of the kids to do anything around me with their horses...indeed a great responsibility and liability for a leader.
1977 Beginning riding
The name Princess
The girls decided she looked like a Princess, so the name stuck. Although at that time the name did not fit her personality. She did respond to it when called, and that was a good thing....because the arena was one acre in size, a hard place to catch a pony or a horse.
The pony turned out to be a Princess, teaching our daughters so much...and for that, we gladly called her Princess
1978 Starting 4-H
First 4-H Show
The photos show her at the first show, including some of the other 4-H shows that qualified our daughter to Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, Calif... winning fifth place over many kids with big horses from all over the state, and being the only Pony in the class and the youngest participant...she also won first place in two western classes receiving a Bronze Level and earning a Belt Buckle.
Princess came a long way
Union City Parade
The first time Princess and our youngest daughter participated in a Parade. They both did well and the city cited an acknowledgment for participating in an impressive 4-H manner.
Princess was good about getting into a trailer and adjusted well in different situations. No spooking for Princess and no apprehensions from the rider...all went smooth.
1981 4-H qualification to California State Fair
Then the State Fair - making a mark
Princess' story is in this book - "Beloved Horses From Around the World"
1983 moved to Missouri - an adjustment for all
1988 to Wisconsin - Princess disappeared
From California in 1983 we moved to Missouri, bringing with us Princess and our Horses.
Our new Ranch had a building for our hay and grain storage. We added a 8 stall barn, making this building into a T-form...designed by me to my liking, with lots of skylights and storage. We connected the water and electricity with intercom.
Princess was boss of the herd, she was in heaven...unfortunately we only lived there for five years, needless to say leaving behind my dream barn and land was heartbreaking.
Then in 1988 we moved again, this time to Wisconsin. I could not envision bringing all these horses with us...selling some and leasing out the mares...as for Princess, I wanted to wait till I had a place for her....not knowing if we’d buy another ranch. As it stood at that time, I brought Ibn a Stallion and a two year old filly with us.
I found a lady in Missouri who already had a couple of ponies, and she said, that she'd take care of Princess until I found a place to keep her, then we would bring her to Wisconsin.
Once we were in Wisconsin I never heard from the lady. This after many phone calls. Sadly I found out she "GAVE our pony away" I called her again and wrote to her, saying, she could not give her away, it was not her Pony. We had a contract and she was to keep Princess until I got situated. She mentioned that her ponies did not get along and had to get rid of her, then assuring me that she was in a good home...but that was also a lie.
She would not tell me who she gave Princess to. I did some detective work from rumors I heard. This prompted me to sent out fliers to tack and feed stores in her area, included information and pictures of Princess.
I threatened to sue her, because now it was horse theft. She then finally told me where Princess was.
Our eldest daughter and her husband went to retrieve her with a horse trailer. It turned out this place was a shabby trailer dump. Princess was outside in a small dried paddock with barbwire and steel polls, no shelter...her halter had been left on and was too tight taking her fur off her face.
They actually had to butt rope and pull Princess into the trailer, because she was so frightened. The people that had her, claimed she was given to them, this may have been the case, however not legally...My daughter informed them... "just call my mom's lawyer!"
Because Princess was first left in a grass lot and then left out in a dried lot, without hay or water, she foundered. Her hooves were over grown and painful. She already was susceptible to founder because of a previous issue of walnut in the shavings.
Our daughter found a new facility near where she lived, taking care of her With tender love. Unfortunately the founder got worse and she could no longer stand. Princess was put to sleep while I was in the Hospital for my cancer surgery. Our dear distraught daughter had to tell me, but the consolation was that at least I knew that Princess had been in good hands, a place with good feed and plenty of water, and of course the Love
Found - But a sad ending
Watercolor painting of daughter and Princess
A Memory Captured
I was working with watercolors and decided to do this painting...you will recognize it from one of the photos listed here.
This painting had been accepted in many art shows and received a second place at the Midwest Horse Fair art show...a memory captured with a great story.
© 2010 Delia
~ Thank You for Comments ~
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on February 18, 2014:
What a nice tribute to your pony.
Kay on July 28, 2013:
Your story just broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I am so sorry for the loss of Princess.
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on January 18, 2013:
Very sad indeed! I am glad you found Princess though and were able to bring her home. I have not doubt she once again felt loved and cared for and my heart goes out to your daughter for having to make such a difficult decision.
Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on January 11, 2013:
suepogson on January 05, 2013:
I'm a bit teary. So glad you got your Princess home so she could see out her days with you. Beautiful pictures too. Lovely lens xx
randomthings lm on November 13, 2012:
What a sweetie. Thank you for sharing!
Jen withFlash on October 04, 2012:
Beautiful lens!!! Ponies can sure be naughty but they teach so much. It's so sad what happened to Princess but I'm glad she made it home before the end so the end didn't have to be in that awful place.
KimGiancaterino on August 10, 2012:
Princess had a life full of love. I'm always angered by people who abuse animals and ignore people who are anxious to care for them. It was nice to see your photos of Pleasanton and the Alameda County Fair, which I never missed when I lived in that area.
Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on August 07, 2012:
It's amazing how much one can learn from animals. It's a heartbreaking story, but it's great to see how you guys took care of Princess and it was a great learning experience for your daughters. Stay blessed!
Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on July 29, 2012:
Princess is such a pretty pony! Thanks for sharing.
oakstreet on July 23, 2012:
Your pony is so lovely and I surely want to have one if I have a farm or a garden in my backyard.However, since I am living in an apartment, I can only enjoy seeing your pony in Squidoo then. Great len and I "like" it.
Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on March 03, 2012:
Oh my what an amazing pony lens! I love the old pictures especially. This lens gave me goosebumps of happiness :)
Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on February 27, 2012:
The photos of Princess and the girls were a joy to see .
oxfordian on February 08, 2012:
What a heartbreaking story. I'm so sorry for your loss. You've really honored her spirit and I'm sure you will be with her again. Here's a blessing for you (and Princess too!)
Stacy Birch on January 08, 2012:
Good lens, I've blessed it as well.
Holley Web on January 02, 2012:
You told me about her so I definitely had to come check out this wonderful if sometimes heartbreaking lens.I love it and you were both ~blessed~ to have each other :)
Inkhand on December 29, 2011:
A lens of miniature delight.
kathysart on December 29, 2011:
WONDERFUL artwork.. you are so talented. I love your pony too!
goo2eyes lm on December 21, 2011:
we had also a pony but it was never returned back to us. my distant uncle borrowed him and he never gave it back.
StrongMay on December 19, 2011:
It is so sad to read what happened to poor Princess in the end. I'm so sory it turned out that way. How people can be so cruel! But I will, say, she had one of the most beautiful tails I have ever seen.
StrongMay on December 19, 2011:
It is so hard to read such a sad ending for Princess, I'm so sorry to hear what happened. I do say, though, she had one of the most beautiful tails I have ever seen.
anonymous on December 18, 2011:
Wow! This is so touching and what a wonderful narrative. Best wishes!
anonymous on November 24, 2011:
What a lovely Lens! I always wanted apony when I was little, but sadly it wasn't possible.
Have really enjoyed this Lens, thank you!
miaponzo on November 06, 2011:
Thank you so much for telling us this story! :) Blessed!!!
GypsyPirate LM on September 03, 2011:
So bittersweet - thank you for letting me get to know Princess.
Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on April 10, 2011:
That's such a sad story, it's horrible when you trust people and they let you down. Princess sounds like she was a wonderful pony, and you do have some wonderful memories of her. This is a lovely lens, and well worthy of a blessing.
driveuwild on April 06, 2011:
What an amazing tail princess had! It is so sad what happened to her I'm just glad you managed to find her. I also enjoyed seeing your paintings. Thanks for sharing.
PiratePrincess on April 02, 2011:
I love your lens! I too love horses. They are majestic and spiritual. To me there is no animal on earth that can stand against the beauty of a horse. I grew up and had a lil paint pony, her name was Star. And I hadn't owned a horse since until last year. My dad got me a horse. And it was a very happy moment for me. I'm sorry for your loss but the sheer memory and inspiration from Princess is amazing! Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing. :)
Mona from Iowa on April 01, 2011:
Returned with blessings ...
Happy April Fools Day Blessing from the Fine Arts Angel :) (the blessing is real though just hanging in a new neighborhood for today)
Karnel from Lower Mainland of BC on March 29, 2011:
What a beautiful lens, I once sold a pony supposedly to a good home, after a month a friend and I went to check on her, she was living around an old in ground pool and had lost major weight...We reported it to animal abuse agency and they removed her...I ended up taking her back where she lived until old age claimed her...
anonymous on March 23, 2011:
This lens is exquisite! What a beautiful story, great pictures, great use of CSS styles, this lens is seriously TOP of the line. Great job!
LouisaDembul on February 22, 2011:
What a nice story about your children and the pony! Have lensrolled this to my Care for your horses lens!
SylvianeNuccio1 on February 08, 2011:
Beautiful lens, beautiful story and beautiful drawings. It is very heartwarming for an animal lover like me to know that you've found your pony before it was too late. What an awful person to have given away your pony without even letting you know. While most of our animals can be trusted some humans can't.
Light-in-me on February 07, 2011:
Such a wonderful tribute to Princess. I am so sorry about what happened, but glad you found her and brought her back to some happiness before she passed.
I always enjoy your lenses so much. I am the new angel for the horse category so you have been blessed.
Ruthi on January 27, 2011:
A lovely tribute to your Princess! So sad that you lost her while you yourself were sick. I've added Princess's page to my lensroll on my squidpaws page.
Kathy McGraw from California on January 26, 2011:
I too read every word and was horrified that lady thought she could just "give Princess away". Enjoyed the story and the art.
Delia (author) on January 26, 2011:
@sousababy: How very sweet for you to include me in this lens...you have a kind heart and I Thank You for that!
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on January 26, 2011:
The art is a great addition to this story. You do lovely work!
Indigo Janson from UK on January 26, 2011:
This is indeed a wonderful tribute to Princess. I read every word of it. I was horrified to learn about how she ended up in such a dreadful place and thankful that you got her back again. Beautiful paintings and beautiful words for a lovely pony who was clearly much-loved by you all.
sousababy on January 26, 2011:
Dear Delia, Fellow lensmasters have written some lovely comments about you on my lens: http://www.squidoo.com/good-heart
You can earn up to 150 points on this lens with simple yes / no questions and commentary. I think you'll be delighted to see how much you mean to others.
Take Good Care,
sousababy on January 26, 2011:
Oh my, I was just about to go for a walk and caught your Squid cast. Such a well documented tribute (photos are great) - your memory serves you well, Delia. Beautiful artwork and such a lovely tribute for your daughter too, about your wonderful pony..Princess (name is perfect). Thank you for sharing. Fondly, Rose
julieannbrady on December 14, 2010:
Ah, what a cute little princess! An adorable story -- let me know when it is made into a children's book! I'd buy it.
ChrisDay LM on November 19, 2010:
A very moving story and a fitting tribute to a dignified and characterful creature.
anonymous on November 14, 2010:
HorseAndPony LM on November 13, 2010:
What a beautiful story and pony. I am so glad you found Princess. It is very funny because I would not let my daughter ride with a saddle until she mastered bareback. She is such a great rider because of it. Thanks for sharing!
VarietyWriter2 on November 06, 2010:
So cute! Nicely done lens. Thanks for sharing.
Jack on October 04, 2010:
I enjoyed this wonderful lens. I had a gray palomino pony when I was a child.
anonymous on October 03, 2010:
How sweet! ~ How I want a pony. But, where would I put a pony???
I know, in the garage with my pet elephant named Ellie.
This is so nice, I loved visiting here today...smiling all the way! :D
Darla Dixon on October 03, 2010:
Thank you for the wonderful lens about Princess! I left you a message on the I Love Squidoo FB page :)
KiwiGayle on September 30, 2010:
Nice lens - was she a Welsh Mountain Pony? I worked on a stud for them and she has the look. So glad you found her. I miss riding on the beaches and hills - no beaches in Baraboo Wisconsin
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on September 30, 2010:
I felt just like I did when I read Black Beauty years and years ago. Great story about the ups and downs of Princess' life.
Marijoyce on September 30, 2010:
Really well done lens. We really get to know Princess through this lens. And while you're supposed to forgive others, I don't even know that silly woman who gave Princess away but there is no way I could ever get over someone doing something like that. How she or the people who took Princess could do that is beyond my imagination. Thank goodness, though, you and your family were able to rescue Princess so she could spend her remaining days in the comfort and care of her true family.
Mona from Iowa on September 30, 2010:
Princess is adorable! I have always loved ponies though never owned one. I love the way they get all bushy in winter. (guess it's the artist in me.) :) Lenrolled to chicory the woner horse lens.
GramaBarb from Vancouver on September 29, 2010:
A very tender heartrendering story leaving us with positive thoughts in the end - what a positive person you are - well done.