CASEY is a 16 year old gelding, Quarter horse palomino. We live
in Chatsworth, California, USA. I've owned him for ten years. Before I
bought him as a six year old, he was a pack horse from Colorado at a hunting
dude ranch. He was brought down to Chino, California to be sold (since
people can get twice the value for their horse in Ca.) Anyways, he was
a mess. He was underweight, had cuts, rub marks, and wounds all over his
body. He lost his spirit and had no spunk. But when I saw him, there was
just something about him, we just clicked. I ended up buying him and within
6 months he was a totally different horse. His coat was glossy, he put
on weight, his wormy pop belly was gone, his hooves looked great, and he
got his spirit back. Even rough and tough cowboys who think of horses as
just a tool, say they never saw a horse with more personality than my horse.
~ MOVIES TO WATCH with CASEY ~
The first movie project we did was a 1995 Disney Cable movie called
"THE FOUR DIAMONDS."
It was based on a true story of a boy named Chris Millard (played by Thomas
Guiry, who was also in the newest "Lassie" movie), who was dying
of cancer and would dream of being a knight for King Arthur.
There is a
fund raiser for kids with cancer called "The Four Diamonds Fund"
influenced by this movie. A friend introduced me to her wrangler friend
who was looking for a palomino that could rear for this movie. So off we
went to Oregon to shoot this movie. My horse did all the action scenes,
such as loping across fields, jousting on the beach, and rearing. Another
horse was used for the young actor to ride.
My horse had a small part in another film called
"TURBO RANGERS: the Movie."
He was dressed as a alien like creature
(a cross between a yak and a big horn sheep or a Tauntaun from Empire Strikes
Back). All he did was lope and trot around in a forest chasing a midget
actor dressed like a troll.
STORY told by owner / trainer
I'm a big fan of horse movies, which sparked
my love for horses in the first place. My favorites are "The Black
Stallion," "Gypsy Colt," and many of Roy Rogers and Trigger
movies. From watching trick horses in the movies, I figured out how it
was done. So I then started training my horse to do tricks. I'm honest
when I say I had no help; I wish I did, it would had saved me a lot of
I trained him to rear (both in the saddle and
at liberty), knee, chest-bow, paw the ground, smile (a.k.a kiss),
nod his head yes and no, Spanish walk (both in the saddle and at liberty),
come when called and other liberty behaviors such as stop on command, stay,
and look to the left or right. He can open and shut doors or lids, and
kick out (not buck) on command. He's learning to dance (a cross between
the Piaffe and the Rumba, like Trigger use to do).
He is now starting to make appearance at special events and picnics.
Horse Fame thanks
Marcelle for the photos and story about Casey. This special horse may become
a big star in the future.
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