1. RUSTY is on the cover of Dangerous Decision, San Francisco Smugglers, and The Last Ride. I bet you recognize the dress Andi is wearing for two of those books. He is the first horse portraying Taffy. He is not as golden as the others, but he has a pretty face.
2. STAR is featured on the cover of the original Price of Truth and on the Circle C Contests and Giveaways blog, as well as on the new Circle C Adventures poster. His owner, Vicki, was always happy to have us come out to her place for photo shoots and for just plain riding fun. Like Taffy, Star has passed on. (Note the difference in appearance of Star in October--getting her winter coat, and the next spring--shed out and shiny.)
I really enjoyed riding Star. No bridle or reins needed with this dream horse!
3. LUNA (AKA "Loca" Luna) was one crazy horse and only lasted long enough on my daughter's place to get a few pictures. Luna is on the cover of the new Stepping Stones book, Andi Lassos Trouble, but he had to go back to his owner, as this horse was not safe. My DD even hired a trainer to come out and evaluate Luna, and the trainer concluded the horse was pretty green. Yikes!
Good-bye, Luna. This palomino was, however, the closest to Taffy's coloring: golden coat, cream mane, and even had a blaze on the nose and four white socks--just like Taffy.
The trainer spent a long time with Luna, and the horse acted like a lamb for him. Of course he did. The trainer is "Chad" on the cover picture of Andi's Blog.
Luna is beautiful, though!
4. SUNNY was the last horse my daughter kept before moving from their 80 acres (rental) to the woods of North-Central Washington (very un-horse friendly forest. More suited to goats). Sunny is on the cover of Andi Saddles Up, the first Stepping Stones book. Sunny was way nicer and easier to handle than Loca Luna. She was a former cutting horse from Mexico and pretty old. The poor old mare had a gimpy hind leg from her former life, which required much in the way of drugs, which was not how my DD envisioned a horse for her kids. The previous owner missed Sunny so much that she bought her back. Here are Andi and Taffy (Julie and Sunny). Note the real brand on her hind quarters.
Such a time saver! No saddle, no bridle, nothing but halter and a lead rope turned into makeshift reins. That's the way I like to ride, but you gotta have the right horse for it, obviously.
We miss you, Taffy. And a big thank-you to all the palomino owners who helped make Taffy come alive!