Comanche (aka Mohawk Warrior) is a 12 year old registered Appaloosa gelding. Of all the animals on the farm, Comanche has been with us the longest. My daughter–with a little help from her grandparents–bought Comanche from Calico Mule Ranch in Hohenwald in the summer of 2009. We were looking for a horse that would take care of her and build her confidence. Despite a rough start, he became exactly that. He challenged her some, forcing her to step up and ride, but he always took care of her.
In 2011, I lost my mare Penny when she broke her leg in the pasture. In the months that followed, I lost my grandmother, my father, my brother, and my dog. During that time, I really bonded with Comanche. I spent a lot of time grooming him and crying on him. When another horse came into our lives, Kelsey moved on, but I couldn’t part with Manche.
When I lost my confidence, he helped me get it back. I could trust him to take care of me. I still have ways to go, but he’s there for me every step of the way. I recently had the opportunity to go to my first show in two years. Since we don’t have an arena, it’s been difficult to get any consistency on my horses, so I decided to take Manche. I knew my steady eddy would step up and be there for me.
I was a nervous wreck when I got in the saddle, but Manche had my back. Our first class was terrible. Completely my fault. I was nervous and didn’t ride the test. By the second test, I was conquering my nerves. We ended up getting first and second. More importantly, we had a great time. Comanche took care of me yet again!
One of the things that keeps me motivated in our renovations is how happy Manche is to be at home with us. He’s done so much for me. I love getting to give him the life he deserves.