Our little ranch consists of 111 acres that runs along a creek bottom called
Turkey Bottom about 5 miles as the crow flies from the Guadalupe River near
Shiner, Texas. We’ve been raising Quarter Horses for around 15 years
and currently have 33, along with about 20 cow/calf pair and a bull.
My husband, Walter Scott, and I live on this small ranch and have moved
2 houses near the road for our son and his family and our daughter and her
family. Our son, Clint and his wife, Cassondra, and their 2 children
live in one house and he occasionally feeds for us and helps with the ranch
chores. Our daughter, Jenny Calliham, and her husband, David and infant son
live in the other house and they are vet techs in Cuero, Texas and work for
equine specialist, Dr. Cynthia Garrett. They play a large part in our horse
business by pitching in with the twice-daily feedings, treating, medicating,
and also breeding the mares and stallions. I usually feed so I can check everyone
for injuries or illness and see if anyone needs anything different in their
We were extremely happy when our black mare, Miss Ebony Trixie, foaled a
beautiful brown filly in January of 1999 and we named her Redford’s Royal
Seven, also known as Seven. Her name comes from her unique seven-shaped blaze.
Seven has had the most extraordinary personality from birth. We now
realize this comes from her sire, Royal Blueberry. We have had 4 foals
sired by Royal Blueberry and have kept all of the fillies as mares. We also
have a 3 yr. old buckskin grandson of Royal Blueberry that is also a grandson
of Doc Olena. This personality seems to have been passed down to him
as well. He is very people-oriented and gorgeous to look at.
Anyway, Seven is very docile and never shows any aggression, not even with
a new foal. We call Seven our giant dog.
Our first showing experience was showing Seven in a futurity in Austin.
Despite our amateur status, we won a red ribbon. We were very proud of the
way she looked and her calm behavior. Actually, she was patient with
us. She also did very well when we showed her in Sequin. My young granddaughter,
Kenzy, has ridden Seven extensively. Because of Seven’s calmness, Kenzy
has been able to overcome her fear of horses and riding.
Seven’s first foal was a dummy foal by Golden Caantender that did not survive.
Seven’s second foal was a gorgeous Palomino filly that had Seven’s personality.
This filly was one of my favorites and was definitely not leaving this place.
However, last fall during the night she laid down next to a tree and got cast.
Every time she tried to get up, she hit her head and we could not save her.
Seven’s third filly is a buttermilk dun by Golden Caantender. This
filly also has a calm demeanor just like her mother.
On March 15, 2006, Seven had a bulky sorrel stud colt by Classical Skipper.
Beau also has Seven’s wonderful personality.
In April our mare, Diana’s Design, (a granddaughter of Sonny Dee Bar) had
a beautiful buckskin colt we named Cooper, by Invest In Rodeo. Mother
and colt were given their shots, the colt got his enema and the mare expelled
her afterbirth. Unfortunately, Diana bled out during the night and died.
In the morning we found we had a very frantic, hungry colt on our hands.
We caught Seven, put her in the stock, and made her allow the orphaned Cooper
to nurse along with her colt, Beau. Cooper was drawn and dehydrated and we
made Seven allow Cooper to nurse every two hours and also supplemented this
with 8 ounces of Foal-Lac from my grandson’s baby bottle. Seven was
not very happy about it, but she tolerated it. We had to feed her really
well since she was nursing two foals.
Eventually, we put Seven, Beau and Cooper out in a large shady lot and Seven
began to allow Cooper to nurse without help. We were still supplementing
Cooper until he decided he didn’t want the bottle anymore. Everything
seemed to be settling down. A foal feeder was set up and we made sure
that foal feed was always available.
Seven’s dam, Miss Ebony Trixie (Ebby), foaled a bay stud colt by Olenas
Poco on April 5th. Ebby and her colt Zeke were put in the lot with
Seven and her two boys. On May 15, Ebby started to colic. Despite great
effort, the Ebby died and we now had a second orphan colt. Zeke had
been eating well, be we needed to figure out what to do with him, when we
realized that Seven had already accepted Zeke and was allowing him to nurse.
Zeke was a big, strong colt and used to being around Seven and so she just
included him in her family herd.
Cooper, the buckskin, has been treated for ulcers. He is now taking
lixatenic for anemia, B-12 injections, and something for building muscle.
His growth enzymes were found to be a little low, but I have noticed a marked
improvement in his appearance and his energy level.
It’s so cute to see these three colts – a sorrel (Seven’s baby) that is
very confident and bulky, the buckskin that is smaller, quiet, needs more
care, but has great potential with time, and a bay that is spirited and bulky.
Hopefully with time they will all three grow up to be normal healthy horses.
They are bred to be champions and the longer they are with Seven, the more
they are taking on her amazing personality. Beau is entered in the Go
For The Gold Futurity and Cooper is entered in the Alamo Gold Futurity for
this fall’s shows. Seven is taking very good care of these three boys
against big odds!
We did not breed this wonderful mare back this year. It’s a good thing
because she now has a big job that requires all of her resources. She
deserves the Mother Horse of the Year award for raising 3 rambunctious colts!