Friday, December 10, 2010

A Christmas Horse tale~ The Beginning

Let me take you further into the story of a girl and her love of a white horse she befriended~

When my "Green Grocer" friend Gwen, first met the white horse that she loved to pet and snuggle with, she soon learned his name to be "One Eyed Jack", and a harrowing truth.
 The owner apparently had gotten his Dam, and did not realize she was in foal. The colt was born upon a bed of trash, or something (in my estimation) that should never be anywhere a horse may tread in it's domain. He had a nail in his eye.

These photo's, she was given, after the owners found her to have such a great admiration for the cute horse.

Gwen has these pictures in her store. From the 2 shots she has, the place he was kept is nicely fenced and he looks to be a normal little colt.

Maybe it was the fact that his mother was not taken care of for having a foal. She may have lacked the vitamins and minerals it takes to give a growing baby all it needs...that he was born deaf. Though, I know that sometimes white offspring have the propensity for this trait.

Jack was about 2 years old when Gwen sighted him and began to sneak into the pasture and rub and pet him.

 She then bought a brush, to go along with her carrots and apples... till finally, she met the owners to have permission to keep on - keeping on- with her love affair with him.

They granted her the simple pleasures of handling him and allowed her to care more in other ways later, as well. She really did not know how to do anything, other than fill her desire to love on him, by brushing and visiting.
2-3 years passed, and the owner woman began to train Jack and  ride him occasionally.
 The owner, one day,  offered Gwen a ride upon her white Romeo.

This turned out to be a terribly ignorant, short sighted offer; as Gwen had no riding background or formal instructions from her or previously, from anyone.
 It ended badly for Gwen, she sustained many injuries yet, she does not blame the horse, (I don't either) BUT I DO BLAME THAT WOMAN!
His saddle likely did not fit and the woman had been riding him for some time, that day. She then had an inexperienced, very nervous young woman mount up....Jack bucked his heart out with Gwen, clinging to the Western saddle horn, effectively ripping her tendons in her shoulder and forearm, before she finally let go!
I cringed, as she told me these details of a reckless horsemanship, handed to her, by someone that had no business to!

I have offered many people the experience of loving a horse -but- not before they learned ground rules of being near one of these Equine animals!

Regardless, Gwen healed then continued to LOVE the White, Deaf, Jack Horse......till one day- he was going to be given away, sold(?) and no longer around for her to visit.

This broke her heart and that is where I met the point of broken dreams and loss of her lovely white horse.

Recently, while my Truck was serviced nearby, I decided to check in my my Green Grocer friend.
 Here she is with "Frederico", a stray kitty that was dropped by the store and she rescued.

"Frederico" is the name of the heroine in "Little Women" as the sisters acted out a play in the attic. This lovely feline creature, is the (twin)opposite of our adopted kitty, Freyda!

We chatted and caught up. I Looked at the Valentine I made her, after she gave me such kindred friendship with my mother's hospital adventure. She keeps it upon the wall, behind the cash register. It is a Cabbage leaf, and card...Of course, Jack is represented too!

It was very nice catching up...but again, I get ahead of the story...

This past summertime, I had been shopping and Gwen had excitedly told me, " I have news about Jack"!

Behind this "Apron curtain" ( it is in Gwen's store) is the ending (and true beginning) of this Christmas horse tale.
Hang in, facts are being sought out, as you wait.


  1. Amazing story!

    He's actually a medicine hat - see the brown on his ear and poll? They frequently are born deaf - it has something to do with the color genes.

  2. I did not know that Kate.
    I actually do know many "Medicine hat" colored horses, that have thier hearing intact.

  3. Kac, Kate's right--sometimes when the sabino color genes extend the white all the way to the ears, the tiny hairs in the ear that help transmitt sound to the brain don't get their pigment either, and so don't function correctly. The famous Paint reining horse "Gunner" [Colonel's Smoking Gun] and many of his offspring also are deaf, so Jack is in good company! If you search "Helen" on my blog, you can read about my friends sweet Sabino mare who is also deaf. They're a little different to train, but can be very "spook-proof"--a definite plus.
    Can't wait to hear the rest of the story!
    p.s. Juliette has the final draft of the poster on it's way to the printer. I will share it on the blog after Christmas, so as not to risk spoiling the surprise for my boarder/friend...

  4. Sabino (medicine hat)/overo horses sometimes are born deaf due to a lack of pigmentation. They are commonly paired with blue eyes and spotting on the face/medicine hat horses. Not all of them are deaf though.
    Oh I am guessing she found Jack. I can't wait to hear more.

  5. Correction I MEANT the deafness is not caused by a lack of pigmentation in the ears because well, medicine hat horses have colored ears normally.

  6. ... looking forward to a HAPPY ending???.....

  7. Interesting about the deafness; in my experience dogs or cats that are basically white with a spot between their ears are often deaf.
    O I hope Jack is behind that curtain!

  8. Geeze Kacey! Way to leave us hanging again.

    I LOVE LOVE that apron curtain! What a novel thought.

    Can't wait for the last installment of "as Jack's World Turns" *smiles*

  9. In light of Sydney's comment, I went back to try to find the research article I had read a while back--I didn't find it, but it seems I was wrong about one thing: the deafness is more often associated with the "splash white" overo pattern than "sabino" (tho many overos may have a combination of both). The Wikipedia article I found references several sources (notably Dr. Philip Sponeberg, one of the leading researchers of equine color genetics).
    "Some horses with the splashed white pattern have been shown to have congenital deafness, though many or most have normal hearing. This type of deafness is probably similar to instances of deafness in white or piebald, blue-eyed examples in other species. In white-coated cats and dogs with deafness, an absence of melanocytes in the inner ear leads to death of the hair cells, which are necessary for perceiving sound.[7] The presence of pigment around the outside of the ears - which almost all splash horses have - does not indicate a presence of that necessary pigment in the inner ear."
    Overo Lethal White Syndrome foals are often deaf as well--as I think our little "Angel" was.
    btw, Kac, I don't have a tag for Helen, but if you type "Helen" in the search box at the very top of the page, it'll bring up two posts--the second one has the most photos of this lovely mare.

  10. Or I could save you the trouble, and you could just go here:
    And Angel;s story is here:

  11. This is shaping up to be a beautiful story. I can't wait for a happy ending!

  12. beautiful tale Kacey .....cant wait for the nest installment!!!

  13. You are too clever KC! What a story.
    Yes, I painted that horse on the upper right of my sidebar. That year I must have hand painted over 50 of them for Christmas cards.

  14. Oo, nice drawing!
    And of course I've already read the happy ending ;-) (I do that with books too. I know. It's 'not done'. Oops.)


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