“What was so funny about Bernie is that at home he was so slow and quiet, he looked like he could have shown in Western pleasure, but when you took him someplace, he’d light up like a Christmas tree. The horse you had at home was not the horse you were going to ride at the show or hunt,”
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“QP is a really smart pony,” Nicole says. “He knows who is riding him and totally knows whose buttons he can press. He’s been known to try them when one of the volunteers is schooling him, but we can put a 4-year-old child on him and when they whisper ‘Whoa’ in the tiniest voice, he’ll stop immediately with all four feet square.”
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“Knowing even just part of what this horse went through, I was determined to give her the ‘happily ever after’ that she deserved,” says Eileen Wilkinson, the owner of Firefly, also known as Can’t Stop the Fire. At 24, the bright chestnut Thoroughbred mare is now living a life of leisure in Aiken County, but that wasn’t the case for most of her life.
It is something of a rarity for anyone to know a horse from the day it is born through maturity and into its senior years. That is the case with Hannah and Bijou, although there are some missing pieces in their history. Bijou is now living in retirement at Hannah’s farm in Aiken, but it took some detective work to get her there.