THRUHELENBACK – PARKER
Pass The Asset x Savannah Jubilee
2004 AQHA Gelding
“Pah-kah, Pah-kah, Pah-kah.” That’s how you say Parker with a Boston Red Sox accent. Parker is special in many different ways different in positive and negative. It was a dream come true when Jamie was able to breed Dr. Fox’s mare, Savannah, to one of Jamie’s favorite stallions, Pass the Asset.
She was his caretaker at the veterinary clinic while he was there for breeding season and his owners were kind enough to give her a “deal.” After many sleepless nights waiting for Savannah to foal, out came this spidery bay colt with four white socks (albeit short) and a cute face with a star-stripe-snip including some white on his lower lip. She could not have asked for more. Jamie spent countless hours with that horse: desensitizing, deworming, picking out his tiny hooves and just being with him. It was pure heaven. Her first real horse, just as she had ordered.
As he grew, his legs started to turn this way and that way and it seemed that none of them were pointing in the same direction: forward. So, at three months old he went in for surgery to get his knees, fetlocks and pasterns on the same page. He came out of it great, however, while recuperating at home he started the long tradition of getting bandages off. So instead of full length (elbow to hoof) bandages, they just wrapped his surgery sites. Big mistake. He somehow put his tiny hoof through a window and lacerated his fetlock joint and decided to compromise his growth plate while he was at it. So back to the clinic he went to have his left front cleaned, fixed and cast. He was such a good boy all those months, but she was sure he wouldn’t be sound enough to ever ride and would be her first life-long pasture ornament . . . hence his registered name. He’s very inquisitive and personable, which is what Jamie loves about him, but it also gets him into trouble. Parker had many life experiences in his “teenage” years. Aside from his accident he’s also contracted the dreaded two year old warts ALL over his face, had to be reopened again after being castrated, broke his tail bone from pulling back, gets hives every now and then for no apparent reason and the list goes on and on. Jamie was skeptical when it came time to break and ride him, but he came through with flying colors. She had done so much ground work with him that the actual mounting and walking off was no big deal. AND HE WAS SOUND! Well, on his “bad” leg he was sound, but he’s had plenty of lamenesses on the other three limbs.
He made his dressage debut in training level in 2009 and was amazing. He had scores in the mid 60s and Jamie was so proud. 2010 turned out to be even better and with limited (very limited) showing, he ended up being the 3rd highest scoring American Quarter Horse in the country for training level. Pretty neat! Jamie hopes to show him in the future, providing he’s sound and doesn’t contract some ridiculous disease, but she’ll love and take care of him either way.