Newbie was born here May 30, 2002. At about 18 months old a friend
purchased him. In August 2005 circumstances changed and we purchased
him back.

As a youngster this chestnut gelding managed to poke something into his
eyeball. The vet I had been using to this time did not return my phone call and
I then heard he was out of town. I contacted Dr. Orton who happened to be
coming to Portales and agreed to stop by the barn. The situation was critical –
not only was his sight on the line but actually the eyeball itself. Doc hooked his
truck to our small trailer and took Newbie back to the clinic with him. The news
was good when he called later in the day – the eyeball had been saved. We
still had no idea about eyesight.

He was in the clinic a few days and when he came home we made a 10’ by 10’
pen inside what is now the big room in the horse barn. He could not be in
direct sunlight or out in the wind and dirt. This confinement lasted 30 days.
During this time I searched the Internet to see what I could find out about blind
horses in case he did not have sight. The news was surprisingly encouraging
– both addressing totally blind as well as the loss of one eye only.

This period of time was when he was halter broke. I was able to lead him to
round pen at sunrise and let him out for about 30 minutes of exercise as long
as there was no wind. Considering how young and energetic he was he
handled it all with a pretty good attitude.

After we took him back to have stitches out of the eyeball, Doc felt he had
about 75-80% eyesight.

He had been spoken for so we honored the sale agreement since the
purchaser still wanted him. While he was gone he was put with a cutting horse
trainer and started in his under saddle career. When we purchased him back
he had been ridden for a few months. He and I didn’t click when he came
back. Ray had regretted selling him and he wanted him back. I didn’t ride him
until the summer of 2006 and then not too much. By the spring of 2007 he had
his own agenda and was beginning to test me. I didn’t pass the test and was
ready to sell him by the end of summer.

Ray didn’t want to so we found a man to ride him for 30 days in working ranch
conditions. We told him to ride him, haul him and tie him. Assuming he
changed his attitude, I committed to use him when he came back and use him
in the school when I felt he was ready. Ray agreed.

With me, he was lifting into a rear when he didn’t want to work for me. Our
rider said he tried it only once and he pushed him right on through. He lined
out and worked for him with no problem. The first day I got on him when he
came back he tried his rear with me and, armed with the information on what
to do, I rode him through. I kept riding in the summer of 2007 and he came
along nicely.

I was off for about 3 months during the winter and when I decided to ride I
longed him about 3 minutes at the trot in a corner of the arena then climbed
on bareback. We had another couple of minutes of ‘please listen to me’ and
he has been fine since. He is in the school and the students are enjoying him.

His registered Quarter Horse name is Little San Tippy. He got the name
Newbie because he was the last of 4 foals born that spring. When I saw him I
told him he was the new kid on the block – hence Newbie.

I find it interesting that he is the same height as Shag at 15 hands 1 inch and
the same weight of 1050#. When I look at the two of them I think of Newbie as
the ‘hummer’ in the barn – he just looks so chunky.

As of March 2009, Newbie is in the school and doing fine. He doesn't put forth
much energy and is proving to be a safe ride. He is starting to handle certain
beginning riders and the results have all been good. At this time I am starting
him in some very slow, laid back play days at the fair grounds.
Newbie and Brownie in his younger days.
Newbie a few days old with his mom.
It is scary when you see your horse and part of his
eye is hanging down. He had surgery and 30 days of
recovery. He is fine now and has sight. When you
look at this eye you will notice a little white cloud
toward the back.
Newbie was tied to the fence waiting to be ridden. I had
wrapped my reins around the horn and not tightened the
cinch all the way. He managed to grab the ends and pulled.
Newbie and Ray were hanging around one day and Newbie
got bored. He decided that Ray's hat was his play toy.
As you can see, Newbie likes to watch and visit.
AND ... what newbie does best.
Abrazos Adventure Portales New Mexico
offering family and individual recreation to Portales, Clovis, Cannon AFB and the
surrounding area with horseback riding and lessons
Wendy Toombs owner/instructor 575.760.4444