Today’s Horse Facts: Rex – My Favorite Horse of All Time

My favorite horse, Rex (part Quarter Horse, part Tennessee Walker), was a perfect gentlemen.


Rex, My Favorite Horse of All Time

My Seventh and Tenth Horse


Rex, My Dream Horse

I guess every horse facts lover who has owned a horse has had a favorite horse. It’s that special horse with whom you bond or have bonded. The one horse that, even after he’s gone for a long time, you still miss him.


Rex and Me a Long Time Ago

So it is with me. My favorite horse was Rex, who was my seventh horse and later became my tenth horse. Yes, I had owned him twice. I had to sell him when we sold our home in the early 70s to move closer to the Christian school where my hubby and I worked. A few years later after we got settled and were able to have horses again, Rex was given back to me, and he died of old age in my pasture when he was about 25 years old. That was over 20 years ago, and I still get tears in my eyes when I think about him. He was quite the horse.

I’m not going to say much more about him; rather, I’ll let you see a few pictures of him. He was part Quarter Horse and part Tennessee Walker and had the smooth stride of a Walker. He was the perfect gentleman with children.


Gentle Rex with Kids

Children could even ride him bareback. He never bit; he never kicked. He would lift one foot at a time when I would nudge his leg to allow me to clean his hooves.

One of my fondest memories is when I’d put sugar in my pockets. Rex would nudge me with his velvety nose right where I had hidden the sugar cubes until I gave them to him.

Although Rex had been shown by his previous owners, I never got into showing him or any of my other horses. Although he was always “show ready” with his stance and demeanor, Rex was just my buddy, my trail pal, my best equine friend.


Rex Squaring Up

I like to think Rex is waiting for me in heaven. If ever a horse deserved that right of passage into eternity, it was my little blood bay Rex.

Rex, I love you and still miss you.

Happy riding!


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Today’s Horse Facts: Meet Lela Manning, Horse Lover

Meet Lela Manning, a true horse lover who also loves the Keystone Stables Series.

Today’s Horse Facts: Meet Lela Manning, Horse Lover


Lela Manning is one of the Keystone Stables Series books’ biggest fans. She’s told me she’s read several of the eight books twice, and she really likes book five, LEADING THE WAY, about a blind girl who learns to barrel race a horse.Lela.Brwn.Horse

There are several reasons Lela likes the Keystone Stables Series. For one, she has her own horses. Phoenix is her one horse, a fourteen-year-old paint Quarter Horse that has cancer in her right lid. “She’s going to have the cancer cut out in January,” Lela told me, hoping the horse’s eye gets better because Phoenix “is the best horse” she ever had.

Lela.Paint.Horse.Work.ClothesLela told me that when she got Phoenix, her family threw a party for her and put a huge bow around the horse’s neck. Lela barrel races Phoenix, which can be exciting and scary.

One time, they were barrel racing and Lela said that just as she was racing to the finish line, the cinch broke and she flew over Phoenix’s head.  Phoenix stopped dead in her tracks and just stood there. Lela got up, got up on Phoenix’s bare back, and waited for the results. Lela was surprised when the announcer said that Phoenix and Lela went over the finish line and won second place! “Phoenix doesn’t bite or kick, and she only does little bunny hops once in a while.”

Lela’s other horse is Axle, a nine-year-old bay Quarter Horse.  When Lela got Axle, they found wire wrapped up in the horse’s tail and were told that the horse hadn’t been ridden for over two years. But Lela said that Axle is “so sweet and doesn’t act silly at all.”
Another reason Lela likes the Keystone Stables is because the main character in the book, Skye Nicholson, shows her champion Quarter Horse, Champ, in Western Pleasure classes in horse shows. Lela also has ridden in horse shows on different horses. She has two blue ribbons and two other awards that she won at a fun show in races and games with horses.  “I have fallen off horses three times,” she said, “so now I’m a true cowgirl.”

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