A young, gray mare who nearly died while confined in a shoddy stall in Miami-Dade Florida two years ago has blossomed with the help of her original breeder into a budding lesson pony.
After battling back from starvation that nearly claimed her life, Silver and Smoke, 6, began training two weeks ago with Long Island instructor/trainer Eileen Tobie Delgaudio, and is showing every sign of being a natural show horse.
Silver and Smoke
Foal date: March 5, 2010“This horse has been through a lot, but she’s damned amazing!” Delgaudio says. “I have personally rehabbed 74 Thoroughbreds off the track myself, and she is one of four who is this quiet. She falls into my hands and sit in my pocket. It took her 20 minutes to figure out what her new job is, and she picked it up immediately. I taught a beginner on her, which is almost unheard of.”
Silver and Smoke came to her new life with the help of her original breeder Danzel Brendemuel.
The Florida-based horseman made it her mission to restore the mare to health and find a new career for her after the animal was rescued two years ago.
Smoke was seized along with two other Thoroughbreds by the Miami-Dade police, and transported to the South Florida SPCA. Though the mare was not expected to survive, Brendemeul accepted the challenge and the responsibility. In 2014, she told Off-TrackThoroughbreds.com she was devastated the mare wound up in such a horrible situation, and she vowed the horse would be forever protected.
After regaining 300 pounds and recuperating in a paddock in front of Brendemeul’s house at Classic Bloodstock Farm, the mare’s life has turned around. In January, she gave birth to her first and only foal, Breakfast in Bed, and now she is well on her way to becoming a show horse.
“Our hope is to have her in the show ring by early spring,” Delgaudio says. “She has a home for life. She’s never going anywhere. She will never be sold. Danzel just gave her a new purpose.”
Brendemeul adds, “If it gets to the point where she’s no longer wanted, I’ll take her back. But, everyone just adores her. It’s a good ending to this story. And she looks wonderful.”