So named because of his eyes...One is blue and the other is a partial blue(you can see it if you click on the picture). His mother was a true grulla, with one blue eye. When this guy was born, we thought he was grullo too. Nope, he turned black on us. He has always been a bit different than other horses. The moment he could stand, he took off at a shambling lope-heading for parts unknown. No-he wasn't frantic about it-he just stood up and left momma in the dust.
My brother says he is his best horse-Period...Obviously, that would be based on his athletic ability...since he is a bit on the coarse-side as far as conformation goes. Egads-that neck is not pretty.
But the motor...
Let's just say, he has The HEMI!!Except she won't breed. She is a witch, until you get a lead-rope on her and then she becomes putty in your hands. I believe I am going to have to hand-breed her next year to get her to settle. She almost went to the cutting pen, but she is just too aggressive with cattle. She prefers to eat them rather than move them. She loves to practice her cutting ability on other horses though. I have seen her sort a horse from the herd and practice moving them back and forth as if she was cutting a calf in the pen. A friend rode her in the feed lot and told us that if he could figure out how to teach her to open and shut gates-he could just send her out to do the work without him. She is actually so over aggressive that she keeps throwing her back out. After about the 3rd time of having a chiro work on her back, my brother decided that she would probably just end up hurting herself permanently, so he "retired" her.
So far, Miss Megan has been the only one lucky enough to get to ride him, besides my brother. He is a fantastic horse-no issues-I just haven't been able to fit him into the remuda yet.
Honky Tonk is his full sister. She is one of my brother's broodmares...
I think she has a hormonal imbalance. That would account for some of her aggressiveness, general crabbiness and her inability to settle. She will be a supplements project this winter. We'll see if that Horse Sense stuff I used on my gelding works on her. If so-she may have to come out of retirement to become Megan's High School Cutting horse. It's not like a person would have to raise a lot of foals out of her to get a good one-one might be all a person ever needs...or wants-LOL.
Spooks though...he got just the right amount of "want to" work ethic. He will move 'em, cut 'em, hold 'em or drag 'em. He don't care. He lacks the finesse of his sister, but makes up for it in speed and determination.