Merry Christmas, everyone! Your Christmas present is the story of baby
Jesus Bobby. I'm still bugging people for more baby pictures of him since all of mine were eaten by the Laptop of Doom. One day...
Bobby was born March 9th, 2005. He was bred, born, raised, trained, and retired at the college I went to. He's by the now deceased Cobleskill stallion Mighty Magee out of one of the school's also now deceased broodmares Nobody's Angel. Angel had five foals, including Bobby. The first two, He's A Ray and Lion at the Gate, coincidentally ended up in the barn of the trainer I worked for at Saratoga. Bobby was next, and then another bay colt by Oratory who broke down in his first and only start, and a chestnut filly by Ten Most Wanted who disappeared off the radar after being too accident prone to make it to the yearling sales. I'm sure she's still around somewhere, but I have no clue where.
|lion at the gate (lion hearted/ nobody's angel)|
|man talk (oratory/nodoby's angel)|
|alexa raven (ten most wanted/nobody's angel)|
|he still loves to play with rubber buckets.|
|of course i have pictures of his castration!|
|getting ponied off of jackson.|
|a slightly different ride back in the day.|
As with most racing-bound Thoroughbreds, Bobby was in full work by the time he was two. He was ridden by probably half a dozen people in that time. However, when the semester long class ended, he kind of fell by the wayside. After seeing him ridden pretty poorly by another girl, I threw up my hands and signed him on as my special project--the same way I ended up with Red. I taught him his leads and later installed his flying changes in preperation of making him fit in on the track. (Flying changes on the track not being quite as subtle as in the dressage ring--Dressage Queens tend to frown upon changes being asked with a boot to the ribs and a sharp tug on the reins.)
|ready to be shipped off to be a racehorse.|
|pulling up from a 3f breeze.|
In December of 2009, I offered to buy him for $2,000. My wonderful advisor was not so wonderful and turned down my offer saying he was going to teach off of Bobby forever. Well, that didn't work out. As with a lot of horses that went through the Coby equine program, he didn't stay sound and he wasn't ridden regularly when he was sound. My friend rode him the most, but he was never integrated into the lesson program.
In late November 2010, my friend gave me the heads up that a handful of now useless TBs were headed to auction. Bobby, the "forever" lesson horse, was on the list. This article caused an uproar because this article was a much more accurate description of what went down. I immediately called the director of the equine program and after a week of phone tag, I finally got in touch with her. She wanted $1,000 for Bobby, but knowing how much I was going to have to pay someone to ship him down to our new state of PA, I told her $600. On December 6th, Bobby joined the herd.
|red, bobby, and storm.|
|coby's farrier: the start of bobby's horrendous feet.|
(this is his foot the day he came off the trailer. he'd lost the shoe two days before.)
LRF allowed no turnout during winter--paddocks were locked. In summer, you had to turn your horse out yourself in one of the two tiny paddocks with no form of shelter. Hay was fed off a roundbale at 4am and 4pm. No extra hay was allowed despite the alloted amount not being nearly enough. Any extra hay that was fed was pulled out by the BO. The barn grain was a mostly-oats mill grain. Bobby and Red dropped a ton of weight so I started buying my own grain. After a lot more weight loss where I kept buying more grain and more supplements, I finally discovered that the BO wasn't feeding my horses their grain. I tried to turn a blind eye on this for a long time, but I finally decided I had to move barns.
I couldn't afford two horses anywhere else, so I made the tough choice to rehome Bobby. I listed him on the COTH giveaways and within a week, a wonderful CoTHer named Lillian agreed to take him home with her.
|bobby and wendell.|
From there, you've already read what happened!