Franch Horse Spotlight-Just Touch

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The passage that follows my little intro was written by Lisa Vaughan Carter about her beloved horse, Just Touch. Touch is the oldest horse at The Franch at the ripe old age of 30, but doesn’t look a day over 9! He is a sweet boy and I love bringing him in to the barn for the evening on Sundays! I remember telling Lisa when I first met her that I liked the “cut of his jib”! He’s a special horse with a special owner, who has provided him with a wonderful forever home at The Franch!

The story of Just Touch: I’ve always loved horses. I never owned one as a child but, always wanted to. When I was 29 my boyfriend told me I needed to “get a hobby”. I thought about what I loved to do the most, I remembered how much I loved riding horses as a kid. I started taking horseback riding lessons, which gave me the bug. I got rid of the boyfriend and bought my first horse. I found a beautiful 14yo solid black, with a white star, Tennessee Walking Horse named Just Touch.  I had no idea what I was doing; I learned some very hard lessons about horseback riding and caring for a horse. He was a very good teacher and I landed on my butt quite a few times those first few years. Touch has always been a stoic solitary guy. He has had many friends who adored him but, he never seemed to care much who was around. We had so many adventures together. We traveled to Oklahoma, Arkansas and all over Texas to ride the trails together. Unfortunately, when Touch was 26 he was diagnosed with EPM. We treated him for 6 months and I made the difficult decision, for his safety and mine, to quit riding him permanently. He now loves retirement, at 30 years old. I have loved having him in my life for the past 16 years. He gives me a sweet subtle whinny when he sees me coming, not too loud so no one thinks he is too excited to see his mama. I cherish each day I have with this sweet horse.

 

Lisa and Touch:

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Franch Horse Spotlight-Mr. High Dollar-Memorial

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Today’s post was written by Stephanie Young and Lizze Ferbert about sweet Mr. High Dollar who recently passed away.  Dollar, as I knew him was one of the first horses I met at The Franch along with his owner Lizze Ferbert.  Lizze immediately welcomed me with open arms into The Franch family and she paired well with Dollar, who was very welcoming to newcomers as well.  One of my earliest memories at The Franch is of her grooming Dollar in front of his stall and I would pet him as I talked to her.  Dollar also shared a paddock with one of my crew, Flame and his brother, Blaze.  Dollar knew me well, because I would always talk to him in the paddock when I was visiting Flame.  My last memory of Dollar was again of Lizze grooming him at his stall and I pet him as I talked to her.  I’m so happy I had that opportunity, our time with them is so fleeting.

The original post by Steph and Lizze:

The Franch lost a very special 4-legged family member last week that had been with us for 14 years (longest horse boarded here). Mr. High Dollar touched every one of us out here in a very special way. You see…Dollar was blind and had a different way of communicating with us. He literally knew words and would listen to the sound of your voice for commands. To watch Dollar and Lizze Ferbert together was something incredible and very magical to witness between horse and human. Mr. High Dollar you will live in our hearts forever and will always be a part of us here at the Franch. RIP

Here is a very special tribute Liz Ferbert shared below…

Mr. High Dollar was a Walkaloosa gelding that entered my life in December of 1999, as a green 4-year-old. I started working him with a local trainer and life was good.
Boarding one summer in pasture with a big lake, Dollar and his herd of 4 or 5 other horses started to splash and cool off in the lake water which was downstream from cattle grazing pasture. That summer he starts tripping over ground poles in training. As his eyesight became worse, I had an equine ophthalmologist diagnose uveitis in both eyes, blindness occurred.
So since his blindness occurred fall of 2002 in his seventh year, Dollar lived an almost typical horse life. He turned out in “Electrobraid” fencing so he heard the fence boundary (after touching the hot fence once).

With the encouragement of my trainer, I kept riding Dollar. He trusted me, responding to voice and hand and seat aids. He not only hacked in the arena, but also loved walking out on local trails, through woods and streams, stepping over poles and logs. I did not know how he knew when we were riding back toward the barn but he always picked up the pace when heading toward the barn, anxious to get back to rest and grazing.

Dollar lived at the Nelson-Hixson Franch for 14 years. Everyone at the Franch was kind and helpful, always treated Mr. High Dollar with love and caring. And he did get to live a horse-happy life:
outside pasture-grazing in the fresh air and sunshine.

BULLET POINTS regarding a very special horse, Mr. High Dollar:
• Favorite word: WHOA
• When cleaning his hooves, after I picked up one for cleaning, he picked up the next hoof himself so it was ready for picking.
• Never pull his mane to shorten it because he hated that, shaking and tossing his head.
• He chose to dump the water buckets in his stall, spilling water everywhere, for fun. I had to install steel bucket holders to stop that.
• I was Blessed to be Dollar’s owner, to know him and love him. We had fun and that’s what it’s all about.

“When we’re gone, long gone, the only thing that matters is the love that we shared and the way that we cared” Emmylou Harris

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Lizze and her beloved, Mr. High Dollar

Franch Horse Spotlight-Timmy

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Timmy is one of my two rescue horses who now calls The Franch home.  He is a sweet loveable pocket pony who loves everyone.  He has never been ridden and I estimate his age to be around nine.  He was rescued from a severe neglect situation along with 63 other horses in Lewisville, Texas in 2009 by Anastasia Keyser of Hope for Horses Equine Rescue Inc.

Here is a before photo of a small group of the rescues back in October 2009:

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Timmy was less than a year old at the time, so he may have been too young to remember much of what happened, considering how much he trusts people.  Most of the rescues were Pony of the Americas, Haflingers and a few other breeds.  He has the coloring of a Halflinger, so I just like to say he’s half-Halflinger and half Pony of the Americas, but he’s just really my sweet, cute, funny little boy!

Hope for horses still has horses in need of adoption or sponsorship, check out their website at hopeforhorses.com.

Timmy in the pasture:

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Timmy and his best friend, Frisco (my other rescue horse):

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Timmy and me:

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