A beautiful black mare saved from slaughter two years ago by a girl who tearfully begged a meat buyer to release his claim on the horse, has recently shown her devotion to the girl in spades.
Last month, after spending years out to pasture, and a lifetime as a broodmare, the mysterious horse who has been tentatively identified as Bag O Glitter accepted without a qualm the weight of young Emma Myruski, who clambered onto her back with a heart brimming with trust.
“Some people would call my daughter reckless for what she did,” says Emma’s mother and Thoroughbred advocate Kay O’Hanlon Myruski of Goshen, N.Y. “She didn’t tell anybody what she was doing. She went out to the field, brought that mare in, put her on the cross ties, cleaned her up, put a saddle and a bridle on her, and having no idea that the mare would be anything but a good girl for her, she led her up to a mounting block and got on her back. She didn’t lunge her first. And they did this out in a field. That mare did not give a buck, not a bolt—nothing.”
Nothing except a careful ride to the youngster who promised she wouldn’t leave the Unadilla Auction in New York without her. Though the mare they’ve nicknamed Ruby looked nothing like the kind of horse who would attract a young girl, her long matted mane and lumpy legs were overlooked as Emma stared straight into her docile eyes two years ago and saw desperation. Emma kept watch on the OTTB that day at the dusty, hot auction house, petting her, feeding her bits of hay, and promising the animal she’d “get her out.” Please see earlier story here: http://offtrackthoroughbreds.com/2015/03/06/girl-gets-broodmare-out-of-kill-pen-i-promised/
But when the Emma left her side briefly, she returned to find her gone, sold to a meat buyer readying to ship her to a Canadian slaughterhouse.
Myruski recalls, “As soon as Emma found out she’d been sold to a kill buyer she started crying hysterically. So a friend of mine, who also volunteers at the auction, approached the kill buyer. Luckily he was one of the ones who is very nice to us, and my friend explained that there was a little girl in tears who wanted the mare. He just kind of shook his head, and let us have her.”
And they whisked her away to the Myruski’s N.Y. farm, where Ruby joined a herd of rescue horses.
“Emma used to ask me all the time about riding her,” Myruski says. “But I was very skeptical that she’d be good for riding. I figured she was a used-up broodmare who’d only ever been turned out to pasture, and she looked like she’d never had a brush or comb run through her coat. I didn’t even know if she was sound for riding.”
But her daughter, who she often describes as her “little horse whisperer” had no such qualms.
And since taking that first renegade ride, the dark bay OTTB, who they believe is Bag O’ Glitter, has proven more deserving of the name “Bag O Gold,” Myruski says.
Riding two or three times a week, Emma is training her rescue horse to be a Hunter. And the older girl is obliging in every way. From offering a slow, steady canter up to the fence, to nailing her lead changes, Bag O’ Glitter is proving to be a horse of unexpected talent.
“We hit the jackpot with her,” she says.