The Scruffy Brown Pony
Author's note: "I always saw pictures of Audrey and her beloved Gizmo, but never did I think that Paso Fino's... Show full author's note »
In Front of Your EyesGizmo was tiny. Some people who didn't know him considered him to be crappy or useless—because of his breed, his size, and his previous issues. However, every person who met him loved him, and was blown away by his personality and intelligence. He taught people to look beyond breeding and ribbons, and to never doubt the underdogs. Gizmo knew things that horses with pedigrees and ribbons didn't. He learned quickly and tried as hard as many Olympic competition horses. Gizmo was an inspiration. He touched many hearts and changed many lives; he was unique in every way. For such a little guy, he made a huge impact.
He was special. Anyone can believe that about their horse, but Gizmo truly was. A thirteen-hand eventing Paso Fino? He never thought, "I can't do dressage because I'm gaited", or "I can't go faster than that horse because I'm little". He just tried, and did what I asked of him to the best of his ability. Here was a pony that had started being trained at eleven years old, after being left without care in a field. Yet in temperament and reactions, he was better than those who had been trained for four times as long as he had.
His honestly, his quirks, and his effort has forever impacted me and all those who knew him.