I'm just smiling today and it's all because of a little horse named Sinatra...
|Even the winter coat can't hide the neglect. Photo From SAFE Msg Board|
|Rain Rot, 2 days after the seizure: Photo From SAFE Msg Board|
His Cremello coloring was passed to him through his sire, Seas The Golden Day, the Saddlebred Stallion that Jean owned and bred to everything that walked...and then starved to death. This little guy was discovered in a 12x36 pen with another neglected colt and a dead mare decomposing just 15' feet away who, at the time, was thought to be the Dam to one of these boys.
|Starting to recover. Photo From SAFE Msg Board|
|Stallion (gelding) Game at Bonnie's w/Benny. Photo From SAFE Msg Board|
|Two months post-rescue and showing some improvement. Photo From SAFE Msg Board|
But when he got cleaned up, he cleaned up VERY well!!
|Summer of 2009 Photo - J. Parrett|
At his first horse show, the 2009 SAFE Benefit Horse Show, he won FIRST PLACE in Halter-Rescue. The judge said he walked in the arena and shot her a look as if to say "You know you want to give me the blue...now what are you going to do about the rest of those ribbons?" She was powerless to his confidence and we were all very proud of him that day.
|Quite the Showman at the 2009 SAFE Benefit Horse Show|
Back home, even after his Horse Show victory, he was the same old guy....up to his own brand of mischief and just a funny horse who seemed engaged with his human staff.
|Nap time with the SAFE Babies. Photo J. Parrett|
Some time last year one of his fans stepped up and offered him an amazing opportunity to move to a fancy barn & receive training. This week SAFE Volunteer, Sara, went over to check in on him and was thrilled to report back that Sinatra was on stage for a jumping lesson and he did really well. On top of that, he recently went to his first jumping competition at the Gold Creek Jumper Schooling Show and took FIRST PLACE in all four of his classes.
|In Training: January 2011 - Photo by Sara Hall|
|Another show, another FOUR Blue Ribbons!! Photo by Sara Hall|
He's still available for adoption & my guess is that he'd be missed at his current home and by his current rider. But what a fantastic job they've done with him. What a transformation from gangly colt to fancy showman, but then his name gave him a reputation to live up to and I think he has.
|Very soulful: Photo J.Parrett|
More information about Sinatra at the SAFE Website
|Take Me Home! Photo-J.Parrett|