For the last 29 years I have been involved with AQHA and APHA show horses.
In 2009 my World Champion show horse was killed in a veterinary accident. I was heartbroken and didn't even want to go to the barn. There was nothing anyone could say or do to ease the pain.
A friend saw information about Bluebonnet's Rescue Horse Training Challenge. She e-mailed me the information and I logged on to the BEHS website to learn more.
I knew this was my chance to turn a horrible tragedy into something positive. I looked at the horses that were eligible for the Challenge and selected stock type horses (since that is my area) and was assigned to BEHS 252 AKA: Maximus.
Coming from the snooty world of show horses I figured I was in for a real lesson on what being a cowboy really means. I arrived at the foster home where Max was being held for me and found a chubby, little sorrel gelding standing quietly in a stall.
He stuck his nose in the halter and walked out to and into my horse trailer. No chasing him around trying to catch him.....no hour long waiting game begging him to get in the trailer....this boy was smart and tame. He surprised me.
Max rode 2 hours without so much as moving a hoof. He even stood quietly beside the Interstate while I helped a guy change a blowout on his horse trailer. Max unloaded quietly and we got to work, preparing for the Challenge.
Max learned a lot those few months, but most of all, he gave me a reason to go to the barn. Where I had previously dreaded going out there and seeing my show horse's empty halter hanging on the front of an empty stall, I now looked forward to working with Max and teaching him new things that would help him find a forever home.
Max won the 2009 and 2010 Rescue Training Challenge Non-Pro Divisions and was Reserve Grand Champion Overall, both years.
While at the 2010 Bluebonnet Expo Max found his family. It sounds weird, but HE literally picked THEM out. We all knew it was meant to be. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect family to adopt a more perfect horse.
Thank you to all the volunteers and donors who generously give of their time and money, to the foster homes who bring horses like Max back from the brink of death and to the families who open their hearts and barns to these wonderful horses.
And thank you to Max, the little, red horse with a "speckled" blaze, for helping to mend my broken heart. I truly believe that the time I spent with Max helped me a million times more than it helped him.
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