I have loved horses since I was nine years old. It was like a switch came on. One day I was afraid of the them, the next I loved them. I did the usual reading and watching movies about horses and I took lessons. When I met a girl down the street from me, I had access to horses several times a week. Through her family, I learned about horse care and more about riding. I was introduced to horse showing and trail riding.
After I moved away, horses were harder to be around. It wasn’t until after high school that I picked up a part time job caring for horses at a private boarding place. When I left that place, I leased my first horse. An American quarter horse by the barn name of Bear. Registered name of Sugar Flash Clark. A great grandson of Doc Bar on top and Sugar Bars on the bottom. He was a gentle bombproof horse.
I wound up buying him and owned him for five wonderful years. When I had outgrown him and my goals had changed, I sold him to a wonderful woman who owned him for the rest of his life. Colic claimed him at age 28.
An interesting story is the day that the woman who bought Bear called me about him was the same day I was going to look at my next and current horse. She fell in love with Bear and bought him. I fell in love with my next horse, but the current owner was out of town. When he returned four days later, I bought him and went to pick him up.
The horse I bought was a three year old quarter horse. His barn name at the time was Webster. The owner had just gotten him registered. Late as far as papered horses go. His registered name is Argyles Sensation. I changed his barn name to Blaze. He is a grandson of Investment Asset through his dam. Through his sire he is a great grandson of Two Eyed Jack.
I bought him as a show horse and have shown him only about a dozen times. I do trail ride with him but he is happier as a show horse. For years I kept him in a show barn, under lights and blanketed. Now he’s a pasture horse and loves it. He lives with two donkeys and one or two other horses. Loves not being cooped up in a stall up to 12 hours a day.
On March 16th, he reached his 14th birthday. He is just as sweet and affectionate as he was at three.
My love of horses had to transfer into my novel, so Mary became a horse trainer. The horses became supporting characters in their own right. Each horse in my life and my stories have distinct personalities and it shows. I loved how Ghostly Image, in JAM, made her story and voice be heard. She developed a tight bond with Mary. And even developed a bond with Jordan too. Ghost’s role in the story became bigger than I intended.