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All About Taya

Updated on May 16, 2014

Meet Taya

She may be the youngest of the Girls, but Taya has rightfully earned the title of Goodwill Ambassador at Epic Farms. Always the first to greet company, she is friendly and outgoing and just adores attention. She enjoys being where the action is, and remained in the middle of everything during most of the construction on the new stalls. She also developed a fascination with the auger (I never did figure that one out).

Her biggest flaw is her obsession with shoelaces: she loves them. Anyone wearing lace ups is fair game to untie (Taya once pulled our daughter off the fence rail she was sitting on by her shoelace - they were double knotted :o)

We are now able to tell her, "No shoelaces, Taya" and after giving us a rather pitiful expression, she usually manages to restrain herself.

The History of the Paint Horse

"Spotted" horses have been pictured as far back as cave paintings. The word Pinto is taken from the Spanish root meaning spotted or painted, and the words paint and pinto are sometimes used interchangeably. The establishment of three separate breed registries, however, has led to definite distinctions between the terms.

"Pinto" is used to indicate a specific pattern of color, whereas "Paint" is considered to be an actual breed of horse. Therefore while all Paints are Pintos, all Pintos are not necessarily Paints (confusing, isn't it?)

Source: Horses, A Practical and Scientific Approach [Bradley]

Artwork by: Marcia Baldwin

Paint Horse Legends - Check out this cool transfer

The History of the Arabian Horse

The blood of the Arabian Horse flows through the veins of every domestic light horse breed in the world today. Historically, these horses have been the gift of Kings, a favored subject of artists, and the stuff of legend. The Arabian is believed to be the oldest breed of horse.

Arabs are easily distinguished by their gracefully arched neck, finely chiseled heads, dished faces, delicate ears and large, dark eyes. Arabians are known to be adept at learning and are considered the most intelligent of all the horse breeds. Traditionally, Arabians were bred and raised in close proximity to people and are valued for their unwavering loyalty to humans.

"Ranger" was the first known Arabian Horse to be imported into the United States, and was the sire of George Washington's gray charger, Magnolia. The Arabian breed registry was established in 1908, although until 1943 the Jockey Club managed Arabian and Arabian-cross registrations.

Source: Horses, A Practical and Scientific Approach [Bradley]

Interested in Arabians? - They're an awesome breed :o)

The Half Arabian Horse

A foal with one parent that is a registered purebred Arabian and the other parent is also a registered purebred of another breed is eligible to be registered as a Half-Arabian.

There are three types of common Arabian crosses that have developed specific names. They are: Morgan + Arabian = Morab; Quarter Horse + Arabian = Quarab; and Thoroughbred + Arabian + Anglo Arabian

Source: Moi :o)

Lady (L) a purebred Polish Arabian plus Cochise (R) a purebred Paint... - Don't they make a lovely couple?

Equals Taya (A Half Arabian)

Taya was (and continues to be) a very happy girl. This is my favorite baby picture of her; I'm scratching her little tummy. She is all grown up now, but still loves for me to scratch her tummy (which is not so little anymore :o)

A memorable milestone: "Graduation Day"

A photo of Taya in full body celebration (see the next module for the rest of the story :o)

Little Sisters (Ya gotta love 'em :o)

On the day we weaned Taya (separated her from her mother), she went to live in the other paddock with the "big kids". She was so excited to be going, she didn't even bother to give Mama so much as a parting glance before strutting forward and taking off with Bella and Rina.

Of course now that she was living with Rina, her totally cool big sis, she was morally obligated to annoy her as much as possible (photo inset). It was something of a revelation for me to watch these two; virtually identical to people. Taya bounced along behind Rina everywhere she went (sometimes running right up Rina's tail because she wasn't paying attention) and essentially drove her crazy.

The exasperation and long-suffering looks from Rina provided us with entertainment on a daily basis. Taya has, of course, long since mellowed and only rarely has the impish urge to annoy her older sister :o)

We do not have any video of Taya, but... - This sassy little guy reminds me of her (he's SO cute :o)

Taya and her big sister Rina - On a leisurely stroll

Happy to Lend A Helping Hoof...

When we began to build the new visitor-friendly stalls for the Girls, we had no idea how *cough*cough* helpful Taya was going to want to be. As a matter of fact little Miss Priss provided SO much assistance, it's a wonder we were able to get anything done :o)

If you would like to see the completed version of their stalls, please visit our Accountability lens (there are some pictures of the stalls as they were built a little ways down the lens):

Where O Where Do Donations Go?

Taya has a very special paint pattern on her posterior. It may be upside down, but I'll bet you can figure it out!

I hope you liked Taya's lens, she's pretty proud of it! - And always happy to have visitors :o)

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      knit1tat2 4 years ago

      I love horses and Taya is a beauty! And only the really smart ones are so curious and troublesome!

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      CureCandidaNaturally 4 years ago

      What a great character. I've actually got a dog who is the goodwill ambassador of our village. She is so friendly - I bet she'd be good friends with Taya.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Taya truly is a beautiful horse and your horse stories are so sweetly wonderful. Fun.

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      Taya is beautiful! Blessings.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      What a wonderful page this was; I enjoyed reading of Taya's "dancing name" and her joyous personality. It's a beautiful thing you folks are doing. Thank you!

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      WinWriter 5 years ago

      I really loved this lens. What a delight Taya must be to you. Great pictures too. *Blessed *

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      Sara Krentz 5 years ago from USA

      I really enjoyed this lens, especially the photos.

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      Shana rios Chavez 5 years ago

      I really love this lens. Your pictures are beautiful. It really was a pleasure.

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      LeopoldBlatt 5 years ago

      Beautiful and good historical information too.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Taya is a beautiful horse. You must be very happy about having her. WOW!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Lovely horse! Absolutely beautiful lens you have here. :)

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      Cute lens! She seems so enjoyable!

      "You just got a "Lucky Leprechaun Blessing"

      blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Light-in-me 6 years ago

      Taya is beautiful, and this lens is excellent! So well put together, I love all of the pictures and your story. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed my visit.

      Blessed,

      Robin :)

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      What a doll she is! And a great story of her. Lensrolled to my Gaited Horses lens.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Your photos of Taya are beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I will have to remember that some horse like shoelaces. I had never heard that or maybe that is just Taya. I do love her name, too!

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Angel blessings, and a happy new year!

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      Beautiful horse! And nice dedication lens!