Many people have met Tippy throughout the years. She has been my constant companion and friend as my personal horse. We have done a lot together including winning the Downunder Horsemanship Challenge in 2016, Stock Horse of Texas 4th all-around junior horse placing in Dripping Springs, Texas and placing 50th all round 2016 year end in Stock Horse of Texas in Intermediate non-pro. Earlier this year while hosting a clinic at our facility, my good friend Debbie Bartek brought a horse to ride that just wasn't a good fit for her. To be honest, she was just dangerous for Debbie and anyone else riding around her. Just a grump who wanted to run off with you and protested just about everything. Did I mention she is an Appaloosa? At noon on the first day, I asked Debbie if would ride Tippy for the rest of the clinic. Mostly because I wanted her to have a good time and because I knew the two of them would get along fabulously with Tippy taking care of her. Debbie is just too good of a person and a rider to have a bad minded horse. After a couple of days of watching them together, I let myself think about what it would be like for me if I let Tippy go home with Debbie. Oh MY, it was such an emotional consideration. I just cried thinking about the possibility since Tippy was my personal horse. The one that would galloping to me from the pasture. Just an incredible bond. After much consideration, my friend's happiness and health were more powerful motivators than my selfish affection and love for Tippy. BUT, this wasn't just my decision. Tippy picked Debbie too. She gravitated to Debbie, honored her requests and took care of her when needed. After some discussion and tears, Debbie took Tippy home. Debbie and I joke that we're co-parents. In fact, we'll be breeding Tippy next year and then let the Appaloosa carry the foal so Debbie can keep showing. The lesson in this story is sometimes we need to let go of things that will be of help and service to others. Tippy and I both agree it was good decision and I'm so proud to watch the two of them grow and enjoy life together!
This is a message/testimonial from Debbie