I got an e-mail yesterday from the former owner of my former horse, Turkey.
This person owned him just before I did, and she found me after putting in Turkey's registered name (Turkey Hill's Esquire) into Google, which brought her here to my blog.
The e-mail was a very nice surprise. I've always wanted to know more about Turkey's past before he came to be with me. I got him when he was 15,16 or 17 (I cannot remember how old he was exactly), and I knew he had some kind of extensive past prior to me because he was very VERY well trained. He was a push button, pattern perfect do ANYTHING you ask of him kind of a horse by the time I came around.
Anyway, it turns out that before I owned him, Turkey was a Saddle Seat equitation horse. In fact, he carried his previous owner to a World Championship in Saddle seat Equitation in the mid nineties! I never had any idea about that. When he became mine, something I remember being beyond ecstatic about, I got him and just did my own thing - riding, and generally attempting to spoil his grumpy butt, I think he would rather have been left alone though. I rode him mostly hunt seat, but showed him saddle seat in a few open shows too....I really had no idea what I was doing in my borrowed saddle seat suit, but Turkey took it all in stride.