Acquired: Horse's previous owner
Posted Jul 01, 2016
Ah, Phuzr. Her official name was Sonny's Mystic, but none of us called her that. She was a purebred Quarter Horse mare, and had the pedigree and attitude to show it. She was also an inch under actually being a horse. She was a brat, but I still loved her.
Phuzr was a grump--ponies and mares often are--and had run wild in a field until age five when her previous owner broke her in. She'd been saddle-trained for all of five months when I got her, so we kind of trained each other.
She wasn't mean, though, or dangerous. Didn't bite, didn't stomp, didn't rear. If ever she got obstreperous and threw me (which happened on occasion) or I fell off during a jump, she was the kind of horse who would stop dead and make sure she didn't step on me. She was a good little first horse, very sturdy and just the right size for a kid owning equines for the first time.
Eventually, though, I outgrew her, skills-wise. I traded her in for my next horse (which was sad), but was very relieved to get a letter about six months later. Another little girl had bought her and loved her, so she found a good home. She's long gone now, I'm sure (she'd be over forty now, if she were still alive), but I still think of her and hope she kept her forever home.