My name is Sue Bishop and I live in SW Ohio. I've been horsecrazy all my
life, my mother always claimed my first word was 'horsey' and I screamed
with joy everytime I saw a horse from the time I was old enough to sit up.
Even though we lived on a farm, I didn't get a horse until I was nearly 11.
My father hated horses (still does) and refused to get me one until I got
very ill one winter and they thought I was going to die. Anyway that scared
them so much that the following summer I was able to finally get my first
horse, an old mare named Queeny. She was the perfect child's horse, gentle,
patient and quiet. When she got to be not enough horse for an over eager
***aged rider, she was traded for a buckskin gelding. Who turned out to
be MUCH too much horse for me. His favorite stunt was running away. I learned
very quickly to control runaways and developed incredible arm/shoulder
strength which has stayed with me. I only had him for two years, then I
traded him for a Walking-cross mare. I bred her and got two foals, both
of which were half-Arabs.
When in my twenties, and in the process of moving away from home, I very
reluctantly sold them both. I especially missed my gelding, who was the
epitome of the perfect horse for me. Willing, calm, sensible. I didn' have
horses for about ten years, getting married, having children, moving to
a new home. Then a new friend of mine talked me into taking an Appy
gelding who had fractured a navicular bone, I spent six months trying to
get him sound again, finally had to put him down, very sadly. AFter that
I had the horse bug again, and have had horses ever since.
I particularly am fond of Arabs, my principle horse is Rose of Quality,
a fine mare of Double R/Crabbet breeding. Quite a few of you are familiar
with our long struggle to get her in foal last year by Count Fast who
was going sterile. I'm planning to try again this year, with his half-brother,
Ibn Dorsaz. I'm hoping for a fine show quality foal.
Currently I own four horses, including Quality, I have her dam, Ketsulaas,
otherwise known as Kitty. She is on long term lease to some wonderful
people who send me her picture in a Christmas card every year. Then there's
Jannell of AA (Jannie) who was a rescue case, literally a walking skeleton,
nearly starved to death. She's also out on long term lease, teaching some
young children to ride. Tar is the last horse, he's a grade gelding,
probably part Appy. Rawboned, straight shouldered, rough gaited and
plain headed. He is the greatest child's horse, calm, patient and has
spent so many years in the 4H show circuit that he knows the ring commands.
He also can jump like a stag, has been known to hop over the gate when
he wants out of the field. He's currently also on lease to some local
people who wanted a calm learner horse. I'm still keeping an eye on them.
They didn't trim his feet for a while, which concerned me. The last time
I checked they had trimmed him so he looks OK now.
I also have Leigh Casey's gorgeous Saddlebred gelding, Star Signal, here
on lease. The girls who show my horses are dying to get in the show ring
I'm also keeping Amy's horse Beau. He's Appy and we just very sadly found
he is going blind. He's Amy's first horse, it's been a big blow. He's
only around 12 or 13, and seems to be adjusting well so we are hoping he
can still be ridden and shown.
Due to my asthma, I don't get to ride as often as I would like. I'm hoping
to move out west in a few years, then I can ride more often.