Hey everyone! I thought all of you might like to know a little about the girl who keeps our blog up to date. 🙂
My name is Rebecca. I am a 24 year old girl from Medina, Ohio. I am the owner/manager at Green Mountain Horse & Tack and I have been riding horses for about 16 years. I started riding when I was about 8 and got my first horse when I was 12. About 3 years after I got my first horse, I outgrew her and bought a new one – an 8 year old Paint mare named Fancy (Heavenly Surprise). Once I got her I thought it would be a great idea to join 4-H and start showing. I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to do, as I had always ridden western so I wanted to stick to that. I tried a little western pleasure, I even did a little hunter jumper, but I hated the slow pace. I started working with her on barrels and poles and that was when it clicked. That was what I was going to do. I loved it, and she loved it. We continued to show and do our county fair. We placed in the top five each time and even got 1st place overall in the youth division of barrels and poles one year. We barrel raced for about 4 years but then she got very lame. She had Navicular (it most commonly describes an inflammation or degeneration of the navicular bone and its surrounding tissues, usually on the front feet and can lead to significant and even disabling lameness). It was heart breaking for me. I grew up with Fancy, and she was my best friend. I started looking for a new horse to ride, a new barrel horse.
That’s when I found Julie (Julie’s Bustin Times), a 6 year old buckskin quarter horse mare. After 6 months we took off. We were traveling all over Ohio racing with NBHA, IBRA and even a little AQHA. We were 2D youth champions 2 years in a row (2008-2009). While racing, we realized we needed another horse to keep Fancy company while we were out racing. Then we stumbled across Patches (HTS Fleeten Patches) a 9 year old paint gelding. He was a challenge and I liked that. I worked with him off and on for about a year and, since it was my last year in 4-H, I entered him in our county fair. He was a very nice all around horse. We did western pleasure, horsemanship, hunter under saddle and showmanship. We did very well, and it was my last year so we ended 4-H in a great way!
So by now I am 18 and I am doing local shows with patches and still racing Julie with IBRA and some NBHA. Fancy is still alive and kicking, and I started giving beginner western horse back riding lessons. As my mom and I are looking through the news paper one day we see a small ad from the Medina ASPCA for a 3 year old grulla mustang filly. We thought, “well lets just go look at her and see what she looks like”. I fell in love with her. I put the whole payment down on her that day – a whopping $250.00 and I took her home that week. Her original name was Desi, and I thought that name didn’t fit her well. She was young, strong and fierce and she needed a powerful name to fit that stubborn personality. I came up with Isabella, or Izzy for short.
She was a whole new project for me. I had never broke a horse or started from the very beginning, and I was learning so much. About 6 months later I had her broke to ride and in training. Time flies and now I am about 21. I am working with Julie, and Izzy and still giving riding lessons on Fancy. During this busy time, I decided I want to go to Equine Dentistry School. I drove out to Alma, Michigan and attended the Midwest Equine Dental Academy and got certified as an Equine Dental Technician in 2010.
I came home from school and continued to work with my horses and give lessons. By now Fancy is about 17 years old and the arthritis and navicular are really starting to affect her, so I decide I need to get a new lesson horse. I was looking for a nice, slow western pleasure mare who I can give lessons and take my students to horse shows. I found a nice little 6 year old paint mare Haley (Just Full O’ Pep). I took her home and soon my lessons grew. Around this time, my dad and I began our tack store, selling horse tack and saddles online. So between the lessons, showing, dentistry and tack store I was very busy!
In the summer of 2012 I stumbled across the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mustang adoptions. I was just scrolling through the online auctions of mustangs that had captured, just looking, not intending at all to buy another horse (mistake!). I already had 5 and that was plenty enough horse poop for one girl! But, I met fate head on and I stumbled across a dark bay 8 month-old filly Mustang. I don’t know if it was the look in her eyes or just a gut feeling, but I just had to have her. I put in a bid of $125 ($125 was the starting bid for all of the mustangs). No one else placed a bid – I won her! She was mine.
In September I brought her home. She was completely wild. It took me about 2 hours to get a halter on her and teach her to lead. I have had her for almost a year now, and she is filled with potential. She is smart and a fast learner. I see a barrel horse in her. I decided to name her Loretta’s Finest Whiskey, or Whiskey for short.
So now I am 24, racing Julie and about to start racing Izzy with her. I am continually working with Whiskey, and will start to break her next fall. I am doing equine dentistry and giving lots of western lessons. We take Haley to shows about every other weekend, and barrel race all the other weekends. Fancy and Patches are happy pasture buddies, patches gets ridden every now and then.
We expanded part of our barn and opened our store to the local public in April 2013. My life is surrounded by horses, I help folks with their horses, educate them on tack and gear, and get to immerse myself in the world I love – horses… and I wouldn’t have it any other way!