Princess our Pony
And here she is!
A tribute to our little Chocolate Palomino Pony named Princess.
She was the second equine we owned, actually given to us by the Ranch owners. Little Princess taught our daughters everything about Horses and Ponies, the good and the bad...and trust me, the bad came from the pony, she was ornery as most ponies are...but she also had a sweet, gentle and loving way.
Moving her halfway across the country with all our other horses, she had a great life until our last move, that's when she disappeared...
Now for the rest of the story...
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I'm known for my Equine Art
and my love for horses and other animals
For many years I have painted equine images, actually all my life...and bred Arabian horses for many years.
Our daughters as well were involved in horses, 4-H and Arabian shows in California and Missouri.
We received Princess as a gift
from the Ranch owners
In 1976 my mother passed away, she left me an envelope with some money and instructions to get back into horses.
Our first horse was given to us by my husband's boss in California, and after that we were given the Pony by the Ranch owners where I kept our horse. The owners were so impressed by our daughters (9 and 6 years old) way of handling horses...they thought the pony would be great addition for them.
Our horse named Patches was given to our oldest daughter, and Princess the pony to our youngest daughter...interestingly enough, the girls personalities matched with each animals personalities.
The girls joined 4-H and I became a leader, so the horse venture together started...
I already had an established Equine Art business, allowing us to enjoyed events that involved horses and art.
Princess turned out to be quite a challenge, she was a typical pony with an attitude. I called it the "Napoleon complex"...so you know where I'm going with this. However this attitude was a great learning tool for both our daughters. Both girls amazed me with their abilities, I really had no idea this could be done by a child that young. I suppose when one doesn't know any difference, and doesn't have any fear, horses and ponies pick up on that.
The girls were not allowed to ride with a saddle till they could ride bareback and stay on, then they got the saddle. Many times Princess came home from a trail ride, riderless...with my daughter in tow calling her, "that stupid Pony"
As a 4-H leader the most important thing I taught, was safety around horses. This was the first and foremost important thing before allowing any of the kids to do anything around me with their horses...indeed a great responsibility and liability for a leader.
Princess' story is included in this book - "Beloved Horses From Around the World"
This book written by Sharon Miner is Spotlighted because our dear Princess is included with her story. She is memorialized in this book, and I will never forget her...she was a dear pet, went through a lot and gave a great deal to us...allowing our daughters to learn everything about Horses and Ponies.
1977 the Beginning-Click thumbnail to view full-size
How did Princess get her name?
the idea of a child thinking the Pony was one...
My daughter read this and reminded me that Princess did not have this name when we received her, she was called Stardust. The girls decided to give her the new name of Princess...although it did not fit her personality at the times, she did respond to it when called, and that was a good thing because the arena was one acre in size, a hard place to catch a pony or a horse.
I knew little about her, she was used and shown years before by the Ranch owners, after that she really did nothing but eat in a stall for several years...it was apparent by her big belly.
We were pleased with the name Princess, although under my breath (and maybe my daughters) she was called many other not so nice names. Yes, Princess turned out to be a Princess, she taught my daughters so much...so for that, we gladly called her Princess.
Oh I love this FurReal-Friend...A Palomino Pony named Butterscotch with many accessories to add...a saddle, bridle, leg wraps, carrots etc...what a fun toy to have!
There's also a Black and White Pony named Butterscotch S'Mores on Amazon...what fun toys!
This toy would have been my daughters favorite thing - A Palomino Pony named Butterscotch
So, you could have a Pony just like Princess and not have to worry about feeding cleaning and all the work that goes with having a Pony...yes maybe not real, but so close to it!
1978 Starting to show In 4-H - And the preparations....Click thumbnail to view full-size
Our favorite thing to do with Princess...
was taking her to 4-H shows
One of our favorite things to do with Princess was taking her to shows and parades, she was good about getting into a trailer and adjusted well in different places.
Below you will see her first show and some of the other 4-H shows that qualified our daughter to Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, Calif... winning fifth place over many kids with big horses from all over the state, and being the only Pony in the class and the youngest participant...she also won first place in two western classes receiving a Bronze Level and earning a Belt Buckle.
An endearing story...for a Pony lover...
This adorable book with a sweet story is suitable for that little Pony Lover. What better way for a child to enjoy fantasizing a time with a pony..
1981 4-H Show qualifying for State Fair - in Pleasanton CaliforniaClick thumbnail to view full-size
The County Fair - making a markClick thumbnail to view full-size
1983 our move to Missouri - an adjustment for all of usClick thumbnail to view full-size
Princess went missing
actually given away without consent
We moved to Missouri in 1983, bringing with us Princess and our Horses. Our new Ranch had a building that housed a boat and some other items, this was a good place for our hay and grain storage. We bumped out a side wall and added a 8 stall barn, making this building into a T-form...designed by me to my liking, with lots of skylights and storage.
Princess was boss of the herd, she was in heaven...unfortunately we only lived there for five years, needless to say leaving behind my dream barn and land was heartbreaking.
In 1988 when we moved to Wisconsin I could not envision bringing all these horses with us again, I sold most and leased out some of the mares...as for Princess, I wanted to wait till I had a place for her. As it stood at that time, I brought Ibn who was then a Stallion and a two year old filly with us.
I found a lady in Missouri who already had a couple of ponies, she said, she'd take Princess till I decided to bring her to Wisconsin. Once I got to Wisconsin I did not hear from her, and after many phone calls, I found out she "GAVE my pony away" I called her and told her that she could not do that, we had a contract and she was to keep Princess until I got situated and a place to keep her. She mentioned that her ponies did not get along and had to get rid of her, then assuring me that she was in good home...but that was also a lie. Because she would not tell me who she gave Princess to, I did some detective work from rumors I heard. This prompted me to sent out fliers to tack and feed stores in her area, included information and pictures of Princess.
I threatened to sue her, because now it was horse theft. She finally told me where she was. My eldest daughter and her husband went the place Princess was, with a horse trailer to retrieve her. It turns out this place was a shabby trailer DUMP. Princess was out in a small dried paddock with barbwire and steel polls, her halter had been left on and was too tight, she was skinny and had no access to food or water.
My daughter and son-in-law actually butt roped and pulled Princess into the trailer because she was so frightened. The people that had her, claimed she was given to them, this may have been the case, however not legally...My daughter informed them... "just call my mom's lawyer!"
Because Princess was left out on pasture grass and no hay or water, she again foundered. She was prone to founder because she once was exposed to walnut shavings.
My dear daughter took care of her in a new facility near where she lived. Unfortunately the founder got worse and she could no longer stand. Princess was put to sleep while I was in the Hospital for my cancer surgery. I found out when I got home, my poor distraught daughter had to tell me, but the consolation was that at least I knew that Princess had been in good hands, a place with good feed and plenty of water, and especially lots of love.
A practical guide for the young to help learn and use the information for the care of that special Pony.
This reference book has all the important information and helpful photos about caring for a Pony and or Horse.
Missing and then Found - the story board of Princess' last yearClick thumbnail to view full-size
After Princess was found, my daughter took her photos showing her improvement...but as the founder progressed and not treatable, her life ended with treats and much Love.
My watercolor painting
Princess and my daughter
a wonderful memory...
I was working with watercolors and decided to do this painting...you will recognize it from one of the photos listed here.
This painting had been accepted in many art shows and received a second place at the MHF art show...a memory captured with a great story of real happiness.
If you go to my Miniature-ACEO art you will see a series of Pony paintings, using Princess as my model and muse...a series: ponies in different colors.
It's been a joy to use my animals as muses, especially my horses for 34 years. I can't begin to tell you how much I miss my horses, it still hurts to think about them not being here. Having a pet or animal for 29 years is a long time and part of the family...
Another painting -
She was my Muse, my inspiration for these mini paintingsClick thumbnail to view full-size
The book; Our First Pony - by Marguerite Henry, illustrated by Rich Rudish
Joseph and Justin may be twins, but they sure aren't much alike. Besides looking different, they live in very different worlds. Joseph loves the outdoors, the sky and the land, and all the animals, Justin, on the other hand, would rather be indoors, playing his piccolo or reading a book. The only thing they have in common is Midge, a pinto Shetland pony. They give her all the love and attention any pony could ever ask for. And she ends up giving them more than they ever could have imagined -- a horse family of their own!
With characteristic charm and simplicity, Marguerite Henry weaves a true-to-life tale about the joys and difficulties of owning and raising horses.
Horse and Pony Art
These items below have my Art included
The Horse Gift Mosaic Mural Book
A Great Fund Raiser Project Book or just make a Mural for your room or kids school class...
If you're interested in purchasing a Mosaic Book, I have a special low price ..contact me and get the details.
Gallop Home Board Game - a fun way to learn about ponies and horses
On this Board Game you will see the images of my daughters with Princess and Patches, that's because I illustrated this Board Game. If you love Ponies and Horses and want to learn about them, this is a great game!
Mystery at Silver Key Stables
This book is worthy of a spotlight because the Sale Proceeds of the book HELPS horses. I'm proud to say, the inside of the books illustrations are by me.
The movie; The Red Pony - a real classic
Great screen version of John Steinbeck's short novel...I love this old movie and have watched it many times....it's a real classic.
created Sept 29, 2010
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