I've found the video of Jasrada. We found her one rainy day in 1992 when we were looking for an interim ride for Butch while his colt was growing up. Instead, what we found was a mare that changed our lives forever.
We started with Competitive Trail, where Jas & Butch collected many first place blue ribbons in 25-mile rides & two-day 50's. By 1995 I was looking for an endurance horse & decided to try Jas. She was so game & so savvy, too smart for her own good & Very competitive! Her recoveries were awesome, even when we pulled at Animal House - her first race. I came into the VC to find her back legs splattered with blood - she was bleeding from both front coronary bands, something no one had ever seen.
I could never give her up & she would never give up - so we kept trying different supplements, different farriers, vets & were open to any & all advice. By the end of her career, we had over 300-miles in pulls, most at 40-miles, when her feet would give out & she would be grade 1 lame.
Those times when we managed to have it all together, when she had enough hoof to shoe & when she'd been sound enough long enough for us to condition - we could win! Every ride, she would spook once - I would never know when or at what & had several unplanned dismounts over the years! Once she finally retired, she was perfect for our newly arriving Grand-kids! She loved Ben as though he were her own & would whinny for him the minute she heard his voice!
|Ben walking Jas up to the barn~|
|Jas & Ben May 24, 2005|