This is Brandon. The bay, 15.1 or 15.2 gelding.... my Mom bought him for $1,200.00 in 1986 for me. He was 8 yrs old and I was 16 at the time. I send the woman I bought him from an update every Christmas.
I took some eventing lessons on him back in the early 90's. He didn't rush the cross country jumps, he really enjoyed them and went right along jumping all of them. I almost entered a 3 day event show but the entry fee was too high for me so I never did.
When I was 16, I was in a bad car accident that broke my leg cuz of a drunk driver running a stop sign. The very next weekend I was supposed to go on a mock fox hunt with Brandon. I woke up in the hospital wondering if I could ride in the hunt with a cast....
She and her family were getting ready for church but she took down my number and I started taking lessons in Dressage from her. I'm still good friends with that woman and joke that she is my 2nd mother. She has 3 daughters and 1 son ... one of her daughters is my age. I began taking lessons from her oldest daughter when she retired from teaching. And her son is one of our neighbors...
They all know Brandon and have known him since I knocked on that door one Sunday....
He was really comfortable to ride bareback... I used to try to hop on him like some people can without the aid of a fence or step up. Poor Brandon would stand there and tense up cuz every time I tried, I just kneed him in his kidneys and never really made it up. I gave up the idea and Brandon breathed and I'm sure, peed, a little easier.
I used to ride him before Dressage was very well known around here and he used to get first or second placings in the Dressage Suitability classes. This was definately pre-warmblood horses and way before Dressage took off in CO!
I groomed him this past Thursday night - got his top lip going cuz he was itchy with winter hair - Furry Husband fed before I was done grooming and Brandon was prancing and trotting ahead of me on the way back to his pen cuz he wanted to get to his mush. It made me laugh at his old man antics.
Even tho' he couldn't eat hay anymore, he still was the boss of everything...
Anywhere I'd ever boarded him or kept him, he was always the top horse. When I brought home young TB horses he kept them in line and they looked to him for comfort. He was a very wise babysitter and disciplinarian. One look would put Sera and Rosso on their best behavior.
When our young Holsteiner colt hurt himself so badly one night long ago, Brandon nickered and nickered until we came to see why he was calling softly over and over and over. If not for Brandon, we wouldn't have found our colt til morning. Our colt still died but at least his suffering didn't last all night long.
Brandon was a good friend. I enjoyed his friendship for a long, long time and he was a really great little horse.
A service called Greener Pastures came to get him the next morning. We weren't home. Didn't wanna be home. She takes them to Ault, CO and buries them individually - said she says a prayer for them before they are buried. That felt comforting.
I'm doing o.k. I knew he was old and wouldn't last forever.... he was 33. It brings me great comfort and peace of mind to know I was there to help him quietly and peacefully out of this world. He brought me so much happiness and taught me so very much.
We loved him and he will be missed.