Bringing Brandie home.... - Updated Photos! Post #23

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by TinaK, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. TinaK

    TinaK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2010
    In 1993 when I was 9 years old my parents bought me my first horse, a 2 year old chestnut filly that I called Brandie.

    A 2 year old Brandie early in 1994

    I was one of those horse mad children who dragged my parents kicking and screaming into the world of horses. We lived in the city and both of my parents had never had anything to do with horses. I kept Brandie at a local horse riding school and mum drove me out to ride her each weekend.

    After all the nagging for a horse I used to cry when I came home from riding. Brandie was a mismatch for an inexperienced rider and bucked me off every time! Mum and Dad always said 'You got what you wanted.. now go out and ride'.... After much persistence on my part, we clicked.

    Brandie and I in early 1994

    Brandie had a heart as big as Phar Lap... would jump anything I faced her with and was as tough as nails. I remember the endless days riding her down dirt roads with my girl friends... and jumping over locked gates into paddocks so we could jump the freshly baled hay.

    Eventually I sold Brandie to a young girl via a horse dealer because Mum and dad wouldn't let me keep 2 horses. I had received a scholarship to attend a fancy private school and I had replaced Brandie with another horse. One who had papers, was registered and who was black, pretty and looked good in the show ring..... It didn't take me too long to regret selling my baby.

    Brandie ended up getting sold on and on and seemed lost to me forever.... but after a number of years she showed up with lamness and attended a vet clinic that I was working at. The day I saw her, I approached her owner and told her that I would love the opportunity to buy my mare back.

    The lady who had ended up with Brandie loved her as much as I did as a young girl. The woman told me that I couldn't buy her back, but I could have comfort in knowing that Brandie would die happily, as she would never leave her property. Brandie had been used for fox hunting and was supposably the best horse that the lady had ever owned.

    A few years later Brandie's owner was killed in an unfortunate farm accident. I was overseas at the time and was unable to attend the funeral where Brandie was used as the head of the guard of honour.

    Another year later again and I received a phone call..... it was from the husband of the woman who had been killed. He said to me 'I was always told that if anything happened, you were to have first chance to buy your mare back'......

    Of couse I couldn't say no. So I purchased Brandie for the same price I had sold her for and agisted her at a friends place for another 3 years....

    12 months ago my husband and I moved to 20 acres. Hours away from the city life and a perfect haven for Brandie to live out her years. So on December the 26th 2011, exactly 18 years and 23 days after I initially purchased her, Brandie finally came 'home'.

    Brandie & her paddock mate Carrie - December 2011

    I feel like a little girl again and my passion for horses has been rekindled. I just wish I had some gear left so I could chuck a saddle on her (after an hour of lunging!) and go for a ride!
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2012
  2. hlf1996

    hlf1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2011
    That is wonderful, I love how you were separated from her but eventually reunited. Have fun with your baby. [​IMG]
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Great heartwarming story.

  4. roocrazy

    roocrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2009
    just like the story black beauty!
  5. The Wolf Queen

    The Wolf Queen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Albuquerque, NM
    [​IMG] You made my eyes tear up! Im SO glad for both you & Brandie [​IMG].
  6. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2009
    North Texas

    That was an amazing and wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it with us
  7. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008
    Amazing. Wonderful story!
  8. Skyesrocket

    Skyesrocket Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2008
    Awwww...I love happy endings. It looks like the woman took good care of her too!
    I feel like a little girl again and my passion for horses has been rekindled. I just wish I had some gear left so I could chuck a saddle on her (after an hour of lunging!) and go for a ride!

    If you used to do the lunging to settle her down then you might not have to after the first ride. She might have mellowed out some over the years.
    Beautiful story! Thanks for sharing.​
  9. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    What a story! I'd take that gal on long walks and watch her graze.
  10. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Amazing! Glad you got Brandie home!

    Many times I wished I had my Paso mare back after I sold her to WindSong Farms for training and in turn, went to Blueberry Farms for breeding, and then she was sold to a wonderful couple that loved her to pieces. Now I wonder if she is still alive to this date.

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