Inspiration From a Rescue Miniature Horse, Zorro

Back in November 2012, Schneiders ran a Facebook contest for a free bucket of Cosequin goodies. Little did we know when we randomly chose our winner, Stephanie Fitkin, that we would be introduced to one of the most inspiring horses who has beaten the odds, all thanks to the care of a passer-by.

Meet Zorro.

Zorro is a happy camper with a coat full of fluff and a tubby little tummy, but things weren’t always this way. After Stephanie sent us this photo when thanking us for her prize, she proceeded to tell us Zorro’s story.

“I was told he was in a traveling circus for the first 2 years of his life as the ‘World’s Smallest Horse’. He was a mini foal, so of course he was small. They were in western Washington when he escaped into a field with other horses and they could not catch him before having to leave town, so they left him. He lived out there for 3 years trying to breed the mares. I have no idea if he succeeded, haha.

“He was then sold to some people who thought he would be perfect for their little kids to ride. They would put their kids on him and of course he would buck them off….no training, barely halter broke and still a stud. They would beat him for it to the point he could not stand up (the guy would brag about that)!  When I found him, he was tied to a tree having eaten the bark to stay alive with a too tight halter digging into his face.

“The first time I walked up to him (circumventing the pit bull dogs tied to various trees on the property) he looked at me with dead eyes and no hope. With a little mumble from him, my heart was his. The Sheriff said there was nothing he could do because they did have a bale of hay on the property.  Even though it was moldy straw, he said it was not his job to judge the quality of hay people feed their horses. Long story short, I ended up buying him.

“They said he was a mini stallion and worth at least $1000.00.  What could I do but beg, borrow and sell some tack?  I knew that on top of the purchase price I was looking at a lot of vet and farrier bills. He came to me scared and very defensive of himself, and for good reason.  He would run from you or, if cornered, attack you.

“It took a lot of patience and time. I would spend hours just sitting with him and reading to him, just so he could get to know my voice and not feel threatened by me.  I now can let him loose on my property and he has free range and will come when I call him.  My sister nick named him ‘puppy’ because he will always come and check on me if he can’t see me.”

We couldn’t believe what we were hearing, and the before-and-after photos are night and day. Stephanie posted more photos of Zorro on our Facebook and it looks like we’re not the only ones in love!

Cowboy Magic soon picked up the fun on their Facebook page, sharing Zorro’s photo in one of our stable sheets. With almost 5,000 likes on his photo, it turns out he is a great model!

This gave us an idea. We hadn’t shot any new photos of miniature turnout sheets in awhile, and we couldn’t get over how adorable Zorro is and his incredible story. We contacted Stephanie and sent her a Tekno-Fleece Mini Warmer and StormShield Miniature Turnout Sheet to try. Unfortunately we sent the wrong size in the Tekno-Fleece Warmer

But the StormShield Turnout Sheet fit great! Zorro will now star in our Spring 2013 catalog. Be sure to check him out on page 33!

 

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Horses of Schneiders Catalog – “Tee”

Horses of Schneiders

Horses of Schneiders represent many different breeds, body types and disciplines. Today we introduce to you one of our Big Fella models named “Tee”, owned by Tyler Plants.

Horses of Schneiders Tee

Sierras Solution is affectionately known as Mr. Tee. Tee is a 16hh 1450 lb AQHA bay gelding with nearly 400 halter points and an AQHA Reserve World Championship. Tee took Tyler into training at age 8 and taught him what Halter classes are all about. Tyler and Mr. Tee went on to 3 High Point Halter Horse titles and also the AQHA Regional Experience – Reserve Championship.

Mr. Tee now lives a life of leisure. He still loves horse shows – he came out of retirement last year for a good cause to show at the Lope for Hope, a cancer benefit horse show.

Horses of Schneiders Tee

Tee keeps his “big”, beautiful look with his Big Fella Three Season Stable Blanket, a perfect fit for this big guy. Look for him on page 16 of our Fall Sale 2012 catalog!

Horses of Schneiders Catalog – “Emmy”

Horses of Schneiders

You’ve met many Horses of Schneiders – Bree, Chip, Jodee, and Mac. We’re excited to introduce you to a special mare named Emmy!

Horses of Schneiders Emmy

Invited For An Award, known around the barn as “Emmy”, is a 2007 Quarter Horse mare by Willy Be Invited. She is owned and shown by Nicole Thoren of Chardon, Ohio. The pair show in the all around events on various regional Quarter Horse circuits. While always a sweetheart, Emmy is quite the diva and loves to be the center of attention. Life as a show horse suits her just fine!

Horses of Schneiders Emmy

Look for Emmy on page 2 of our Fall Sale 2012 catalog, modeling our NEW turnout blanket!

Horses of Schneiders Catalog – “Esther”

Horses of Schneiders

In our Horses of Schneiders series, we introduce you to Rule Violation, also known as “Esther”.

Horses of Schneiders Esther

Esther was purchased in 1997 by the DeMauro family after she was found by trainer Art O’Brien in Canada. She was Amber DeMauro’s partner in crime as a youth horse until 2003, winning numerous OQHA year-end awards, Top Ten in Horsemanship at the Congress and Qualifying for Youth World in Showmanship and Western Riding!

In 2003 when Amber went to college, her mother Kimber Lee DeMauro picked up the reins. The new duo proceeded to win the 2004 Quarter Horse Congress in Novice Amateur Western Riding under all judges. Her resume also includes OQHA Amateur All Around Champion saddle. Esther is currently semi-retired and living with the DeMauro family where she is still ridden by Amber and Kim. However, four neighborhood children consider themselves part owners also. They love coming over to ride and brush her! Esther has been enjoying this past summer as a trail horse, participating in two Ride-A-Thons with Amber at the age of 18. For a horse that never liked to go into the water box during the trail class, Esther has also found a new love of swimming on the trails!

Horses of Schneiders Esther

Look for Esther on pages 20 and 21 of our Fall Sale 2012 catalog modeling our several of our stable blankets!

Horses of Schneiders Catalog – “Mac”

Horses of Schneiders

You’ve met several Horses of Schneiders – Bree, Chip and Jodee. Today we introduce The Purrfect Machine, a.k.a. “Mac”!

Horses of Schneiders Mac

Mac would like you to know…

“I am three years old and an aspiring Western Pleasure horse. I have found that this is a lot of hard work but I hope to make it to the show pen soon! For fun I like to torment my pasture pal, Chip – all in good fun, of course. He really does put up with a lot from me. I am quite mischievous!”

Horses of Schneiders Mac

Look for Mac on page 1 of our Fall Sale 2012 catalog, modeling our NEW combination turnout blanket!

Horses of Schneiders Catalog – “Jodee”

Horses of Schneiders

You’ve met two Horses of Schneiders – Bree and Chip. Today we introduce a 12 year old Quarter Horse mare named Jodee!

Horse Spotlight Jodee

Jodee would like you to know…

“I am a tried and true model – I love to wear any of Schneiders’ horsewear in all types of conditions!  Currently I participate in the occasional horse show, as Showmanship is my specialty. 360 is no problem – but you better keep up! Some of my barn buddies call me a real diva but I am home-bred and raised by my family! Life is good!”

Horses of Schneiders Jodee

Jodee has quite the personality. Look for her on the cover of our Fall Sale 2012 catalog, as well as on page 9 modeling our newly redesigned turnout blanket!

Horses of Schneiders Catalog – “Chip”

Horses of SchneidersCurious about how we choose our horse models? In our “Horses of Schneiders” blog series, we’ll tell you their stories! You’ve already met Bree. Here is another one of our stars!

Horses of Schneiders Catalog - ChipMeet Crazy to Impress, known around the barn as “Chip”. Chip is a 20 year old Quarter Horse gelding who is currently enjoying his retirement! In his younger years, Chip won several Year End High Point awards in Showmanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Equitation and Horsemanship. He traveled to the All American Youth Horse Show with three different young riders, carrying them to ribbons in the Championships every time!

Justin and Chip

Chip competed on and off until the age of 19. Now he enjoys relaxing with his barn buddies, swimming in the pond in his pasture and occasionally giving rides to his owner’s 4 year old son, Justin. Be sure to check out Chip in our redesigned turnout blanket on page 9 in our upcoming Fall Sale 2012 catalog!

Horses of Schneiders Catalog – “Bree”

Horses of SchneidersCurious about how we choose our horse models? In our “Horses of Schneiders” blog series, we’ll tell you their stories! Schneiders uses horses from the local area to model our horsewear (turnouts, stable blankets and sheets) and our Western and English tack lines (Billy Royal, Joseph Sterling and more). We like to represent a variety of breeds and disciplines. We use beloved trail horses as well as high level show horses!

Miss Harvest Breeze, a.k.a. BreeMeet “Bree”, an 8 year old registered Paint mare and Schneiders catalog veteran. She and her owner Maddy frequent local shows, excelling in all pattern classes. Their favorite class is Hunt Seat Equitation – this year they proudly took Reserve Champion at the 2012 All American Youth Horse Show.

Maddy and Bree

Maddy and Bree make a great team! Maddy says Bree loves trail rides – as long as she’s the leader! She absolutely loves being turned out, regardless of the weather. Maddy tells us that she appreciates her Schneiders turnout blanket in the winter so she can play outside year round! Be sure to check out Bree in our NEW stable blanket on page 25 in our upcoming Fall Sale 2012 catalog!