Our 1st horse!
Tahoe was a 16hd, Saddlebred, Tennessee Walker cross, white blaze, 3 white socks and a flaxen mane and tail! She was the ultimate in Horse Bling! Tahoe had a 427 engine, power steering and NO BRAKES!
My brother, Gary and I found TAHOE, our 1st horse, in the mountains of Deep Creek Lake, MD, 6 months after our Dad's death. We'd gone up there just to ride for the weekend but the minute we saw her without saying a word to each other, there was no question who we wanted to ride. I completely forgot I was afraid of big horses but it didn't matter; No one was allowed to ride Tahoe because no one could control her.
That is, until Gary arrived.
Gary and Tahoe were such a perfect match, that Gary & I became joint owners of one amazing horse that weekend and we weren't even looking to buy a horse.
The first couple months, Gary rode her and I groomed Tahoe while sitting on her bareback in her standing stall! That's where I felt the safest.
Three weeks later, Gary later got a girlfriend and I got all of Tahoe.
She was big, powerful & very intimidating. I was
still too scared to ride her. Spent all my time sitting on her back in her standing stall grooming her. With a couple months of grooming time we bonded and it helped me get over my fears.
Tahoe & I developed a loving partnership. She took care of me and I took care of her. Miracles do Happen! Don't misunderstand, if we raced, it still took me two city blocks to stop her.
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MOONLIGHT HUNT FOR MISSING HANDICAP CHILD IN CLIFTON VA -
Helicoptors landing at the Clifton Vet Clinic; all the horses going berserk. I heard yells telling me to jump off Tahoe and all I thought was NO WAY! I'M NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO Hold her still. My feelings were so long as I stayed on her back, I was safe,
I remember firemen offering us latterns for our 2 hour ride back to our barn, but Tom, our "Real " Cowboy refused all offers for latterns. Couldn't resist telling him he was crazy. He just laughed. It was so dark I couldn't see his saddle pad in front of me nor the branches, so I kept my head flat on Tahoe's mane the entire ride in the woods.
2 years later, Tahoe died suddenly from Potomac
Horse Fever. Her death left me feeling devastated. She was a hard act to follow.