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Horseback Tails 

Part 1 - Brenda Wants a Horse

When I was a child, my family lived on a 5 acre horse property in the middle of town, right on Main Street. I had a buckskin pony named Scepter I absolutely loved to pet, groom and ride. These are idilic childhood memories and I remember more regarding my relationship with Scepter than any other events during this time in my life.

Through my teenage years, my friends and I would visit horse barns, small farms and other local equestrian ranches looking for horses to ride, as my family had sold our gentleman’s farm and moved to an entirely different area. I enjoyed working with different horses, getting to know their individual personalities and learning about their skills and strengths.

When I moved to Colorado, I dreamed of owning my own horse again. This inspiration came from my traditionally American western spirit, living so close to the mountains and the beauty that Colorado has to offer. Boulder County, in particular, is not only a beautiful setting, but also offers many equestrian trails that provide breathtaking views.

I wanted a horse. Like an endeavor, I needed a plan. Accordingly, I put together a plan of action to get an equine partner of my own.

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Part 2 - Brenda Rides Again 

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Part 2-Brenda Rides Again

Drawing from my past horse-related experiences, I knew I should ease into the equine world with some “boots on the ground” experiences. During the summer of 2009, I began volunteering at Colorado Horse Rescue. CHR is a group that provides a home for unwanted or abandoned horses, many of whom have been neglected or abused horses. Their goal is to bring them back to good health and acclimate them to kind human contact again for a future adoption, if possible. Basically, I was grooming and loving on horses in my free time. The following Spring with my birthday approaching, I decided to throw myself a party. I invited family, friends and clients and in lieu of cards or gifts; I asked my guests to instead make a donation to CHR. We raised a couple thousand dollars and a local business owner who attended the party really stepped up. His company had eight departments and he brought all 8 managers to CHR and they each chose a horse to sponsor monthly. My favorite birthday was in the books.


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Part 3 - Wait, Are Those Shires?
I continued to enjoy my volunteer work at Colorado Horse Rescue. For years I would visit the rescue to pet and groom the horses. Yearly CHR have a few Open House events for the public to come visit and learn about the horses with the eventual goal of finding homes for horses available for adoption. Prior to these events, we would prepare the horses to greet the public. In fact, I would bring my friends along with me and we would spend the day gathering several horses to comb their manes and tails and brush out their coats. In February, 2013, I was on my way to the rescue to provide “spa” treatments for the mares when a passed a farm on the right with 4 Shires in pasture…What?…Shires! That cannot be true as Shires are so rare! U-turn…

Next Episode - Part 4 - My Name is Brenda and I am A Shire Stalker.​​​​​​​
Part 4 -My Name is Brenda and I am a Shire Stalker
I drove down the long driveway, as these magnificent creatures watched me. I was so thrilled to see them, I don’t recall parking my car or even approaching the fence but I remember the earth shaking as they ran towards me. 

They began with a saunter, then a quicker walk with their heads swinging happily back and forth. By the time they reached 60-70 yards away they were in a rolling gallop with their wafting long black manes and tails silhouetted by the sky, they looked massive as they got closer and closer to me. And suddenly they bounced to a stop right in front of me. 

I was stunned—-such eminence power and pure elegance embodied in the most completely beautiful creature I had ever seen. As these Shires crowded the fence in a row, I saw how kind their facial expressions were and I felt an instant connection with them.

From that day forward I was: The Shire Stalker.

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Part 5 - SSA, Shire Stalker Anonymous 
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Part 5 - SSA, Shire Stalker Anonymous 

At this point in my blog, I need to protect the innocent and not name names. In truth, I did loiter needlessly at this Shire Farm and yet the owners were most gracious. 

I can’t say for sure why they did not ever ask me to leave. Could this be how Shire people are? Or perhaps they felt sorry for me. It can’t be because I was actually helping them by loving-on their horses. The carrot chuck therapy, the full body brush-outs, the adoring sweet talk, and the red lip stick stains on their horses’ white blazes may seem harmless to some but really, who wants to continually see a Shire groupie in your pasture?  

Knowing I was on shaky ground, I had to off-set my annoying presence with gift but what shall I offer?….12 packs of beer, with great frequency. 

Looking back….they were simply gracious Shire people and they understood my passion.

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Part 6 - 2 years, 5 months and 11 days

 


 
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Part 6 - 2 Years, 5 Months, 11 Days 

After I met “The Shires”, I began taking lessons at their Farm. Instead of volunteering at Colorado Horse Rescue, I volunteered at the Shire Farm. I attended Regional Draft Shows in Denver, Longmont and Rifle, Colorado and I even won a yellow ribbon in a riding class with Guinevere, a beautiful but borrowed Shire mare.

I focussed entirely on my new obsession and everything was going great. I had the best of both worlds: no financial responsible for my own horse and unlimited access to the a Shire breeding facility and farm.

Within a couple of years this farm had grown into a larger and successful business. They no longer offered lessons and had acquired staff to feed and manage their horses. The prospect of having my own Shire came up but nothing ever really materialized until July, 2015.

At last, my dream equine partner came into my life and it was one of the best days of my life. Gentleman Jack, a 6 year old gelding with a perfect white blaze for me to ruin daily with red lipstick stains. That was 2 years, 5 months and 11 days after I met my first Shire.

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