After a decade spent obliging a blur of riders who honed their equestrian skills on him, a 23-year-old T’bred was placed for sale on Craigslist, and soon had one of his old friends come calling.
In a story that might not have ended so well for Moccasin Dancer, a quick glance at Craigslist, and a mother’s recognition of the photo backdrop, the place where her daughter took lessons, brought a very happy conclusion to the old geldings long lesson career.
“I asked my daughter Cassandra if the horse I’d spotted on Craigslist looked familiar and she yelled, ‘That’s Simon!’ And I called his old barn immediately and said we’d take him,” says Cheryl Messores. “He spent all those years as a lesson horse and I felt he deserved it.”
So shortly after the New Year, mother and daughter drove to the riding stable and picked up their old friend who had seen better days. Now missing a couple of front teeth, and a bit scruffy, he was still the big, friendly chestnut her daughter used to ride.
Sire: Northern Match
Foal date: April 26,1991“My daughter used to tack him up and exercise him to work off some of the board (costs) she was paying on her own horse. She always really liked him,” she says.
Since coming to live with one of his former riders, Simon filled out nicely, and made an appearance at the small Central Jersey Horseman’s Association show in April—he took 2nd overall and reserve championship in western pleasure.
And recently a family friend agreed to share Simon, and took him to their place on a free lease. Simon is the new family pet who is so gentle he will be entrusted to give walk/trot rides to the friend’s son, a teen who suffered a traumatic brain injury and is in need of a trusted, calm and steady mount, Messores says.
“It worked out perfectly. We leased Simon to my friend, and we took on one of her younger horses to train,” she says. “They’re so excited to have him that even my friend, who lost her confidence riding, is regaining it by riding him.” ♥