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Wednesday, April 11 2012


Michigan Sister asked about Montoya. What's his story?


Montoya was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. His father is the black Andalusian stallion, Conquistador, from Andalusians De Mythos. His mother is a beautiful Paso Fino mare who was a buckskin going grey. Montoya was born in Colorado and was a dark grulla color. 

For those of us not schooled in the elements of color, he was a product of the black mixed with buckskin gene. His mother also gave him the gene to go grey, and so although Montoya was born dark brownish grey, with black points and stripes on his legs, over the years he is slowly turning white.

It is said that a good horse can never be a bad color and so whatever color he is, Montoya is a character. He is easily identifiable in photos not by his color, but by his expression. I bought him as a weanling . He is registered as a Half-Andalusian. Montoya was impeccably started under saddle by Francine Dismukes and Malen Dell and by all rights he should have gone on to a show career, but he was saddled with me.

The delightful woman who has his sire arranged for Montoya to get a spot in a fancy Andalusian training facility. He was rubbing elbows with horses worth more than my house, and yet, I made it clear to Malen that Montoya would never have a show career. He was my therapy horse, my bird-watching horse, and my friend.

I explained that I was divorced and had a high stress job and Montoya was my therapy.  Montoya has soaked up many tears. Many nights I would come home from work, and tell Montoya what terrible thing had happened. There are few things more therapeutic than leaning against a horse while he's eating hay. The slow grinding of teeth grinds all your troubles away.

When he was a baby, I discovered Allen Pogue's Imagine A Horse website. I loved it!  Allen treats his horses the way I treat my dogs. Montoya is the first horse I've ever raised this way.  He learned tricks, and problem-solving skills, and became a highly entertaining and challenging partner.  Montoya loves to interact with humans.

Crusty old cowboys (like Other Half) call him "spoiled" but I prefer to think of him as a lovable engaged friend.  Where they see a meddlesome horse who doesn't know his place, I see a bored, intelligent creature who wants to entertain himself with your tools while you fix the fence.  Where they see a destructive animal, I see a creative creature who has found a new toy. (the red bobber underneath the float valve on the water trough)

One night, shortly after we moved over to the Cow House full time, Other Half was proudly showing me how Musket had learned to step over a blue plastic barrel in the round pen. Nice. And it was. Musket was a green-broke horse, not long out of the pasture. I should have stopped at merely complementing his horse, but the devil hopped on my shoulder and pushed the angel aside. (mostly because Other Half is always putting my horse down.)

So I called Montoya, who Other Half barely tolerates because he considers the horse to be a spoiled, "fairy tale" horse with no real purpose in life. 

 Fairy Tale Horse

 So my fairy tale horse walked into the pen, eager to play.  I pointed at the barrel and said

"Hey Buddy, look at that. Touch it."

Montoya hustled over to examine the new blue barrel. He'd never seen a blueberry blue barrel before and was quite intrigued. It ROLLED!  Yes!  YES! The barrel ROLLED!  And so I asked him to bring me that barrel.  And my good for nothing fairy tale horse rolled that damned barrel across the pen and brought it to me. Montoya and I are were both quite pleased with his fuzzy self. 

Now . . .  I'm sure there are crusty cowboys all across Texas asking themselves this one question,

"So what? What good is a fetchin' horse?"

To them I say this! 


Give us a kiss!

Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 10:26 am   |  Permalink   |  6 Comments  |  Email
Having an extremely stressful day so I came here to de-stress! Hearing about Montoya really made my day better. I went back and read archives, repeated reading in most cases. I am about 70% de-stressed now. Keep writing. You are doing therapy as well as entertaining!
Posted by Susan on 04/11/2012 - 12:24 PM
I had a horse like Montoya, not so fancy bred, but half Morgan half Quarter. Spoiled, had to get into everything. His half Bro was a full Morgan, also spoiled, but both would do "tricks" if I spent time with them. Both were good riding horses, comfy types. Loved them so.. OK what is going on with your Mom and who is minding the store at her place? And the chickens?
Posted by Libby on 04/11/2012 - 02:06 PM
I was wondering about the chickens too! Thank you for sharing Montoya's story. I love the fact that in almost all his pictures he looks like a super model posing. He's quite a treat to look at.
Posted by Michigan Sister on 04/11/2012 - 03:18 PM
Hahahahha! Mom's animals are doing well! Stone misses her horribly though. He keeps pulling out her shoes and his leash. Mom is blessed with great neighbors. Almost everyone on that road is retired and they look out for each other. They have been bearing the brunt of the care of her animals while I shuttle between the hospital, work, and my own animals. Looks like she's coming home today! (and I'm stuck at work)
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 04/11/2012 - 03:34 PM
Yea!! Great story! He's a beauty with a brain!
Posted by CeeCee on 04/11/2012 - 06:40 PM
Glad to hear that your Mom is improving! Montoya is a lovely horse. The smart ones are always trouble! As much as I love dapplegrays, having had a Paint broodmare that was gray led to all sorts of worries about color pattern not showing up as babies got older--both the mare and the first baby we raised out of her, who is now 12, are pretty much pure white--the only way you can see their patterns is to wet them down to see pink skin.
Posted by EvenSong on 04/12/2012 - 08:14 AM

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