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Minstrel Blue with Bobby Gardner and son seems to smile too

Kind-eyed broodmare wins over the whole family

Such a gentle mare was Minstrel Blues. Her large, kind eyes being what Susan and Bobby Gardner first noticed when they met the former Thoroughbred broodmare from Florida on a November day in 2011. But before that the mere mention of the breed, threw their coach into a state of worry and apprehension. “Don’t get a Thoroughbred!” was what they were told, as they drove from Jacksonville to Ocala, Fla. with Susan Gardner’s riding instructor. She was adamant that a racehorse was the very last type of horse the first-time buyers should consider, Susan Gardner says. “At one point my […]