and she rode good horses."
Cooper is the jockey-club-registered, Off-the-Track Thoroughbred (aka OTTB) that I fell in love with and purchased August 22, 2010. What can I tell you about Coop? He is a dark bay gelding, nearly 16h tall.He has a jockey-club tattoo under his upper lip which proves he is 16 years young, a registered TB, and likely had at last one start at the gate.
But that doesn't really tell you anything about him at all. And there isn't much I can tell you from here. To understand Cooper, you would have to look into his eyes. Just one look and you would see the trademark Thoroughbred courage. This boy is nothing but heart and soul. Intelligent. Kind.
I read the sale ad. I looked at my budget. I considered my other horses. I added up the costs. But it was all over when I to see him.
He had me at Hello.
I have dreamed of a horse like Cooper since I was the size of my granddaughter, Lexi. I drew his picture a thousand times on every scrap piece of paper until I was old enough to realize it was never going to happen. I lived almost a whole life that was mostly just fine without him.
But now he is mine ... or rather, I am his. And this is our story.