Pam picked Red out of Mr. Don's herd as a suckling. She and Jarred both agreed that her way of going was just spot on. Pam brought Red to Westwood on the side of her dam, Jose's Dreamy Girl, when we leased her to breed to our stallion. Technically, Pam bought Red...but she is my darling all the same. When Pam returned to Georgia after bringing up the mares and foals, I spent quite a bit of time working with Red to get her used to being handled the way our imprinted foals were. The more I worked with her, the more I loved about her!
Even if you don't know her, you can admire her pedigree. She comes from a long line of amazing horses: Lined with Cash, Coin's Hard Cash, Pride's Gold Coin, Pride's Generator, Delight's Joanna, Pride of Midnight, Jose Jose, Gen's Major General, Pride's Stormy Night, Neon Dieon, and Paige Edwards' beloved mare, Sophia. So it comes as no surprise that this filly is a smart, true-walking mare.
Many of the horses in her pedigree (especially Sophia, her son Neon Dieon, and Jose) are known to be exceptionally intelligent horses. Red has most definately taken that after them. She is as smart as a whip. Where many horses react to situations immediately, she quietly takes them in, thinks about them and then reacts. She is a quiet, contemplative mare that will do just about anything for the people she loves. However, she is selective with who she is affectionate towards.
The name "Wanders Over Yonder" was actually our second choice, and sort of a joke. I started calling Red "Wanders" because of her tendancy to go with me where ever I went. Even though my actions probably made very little sense to her, she enjoyed being let out of the pasture to wander with me. She'd stand beside me, patiently supervising whatever task I was working on. While the other fillies with her would get bored and head back to the barn, Red never did. She was stayed right with me until I returned her to her field. And so, the filly I found to be "plain Jane" looking as a youngster, became my sweetheart. (In my defense, there was a time when her head did not seem appropriately sized to her young, gangly body!)
Red was blessed with uncommon size. Her dam is a towering 16.2h and we expect Red to be about the same. As a long yearling, she measured 16h on concrete.
Red was also blessed with a superb way of going. She will be going under saddle in the fall of 2016.
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