Friday, July 3, 2020
Meet My Endurance Horse: ALA August Haziz
by Merri Melde-Endurance.net
ALA August Haziz
19-year-old half Arabian gelding
owned by Carol Brand
Sire: Black Pure Egyptian Arabian
Dam: Sweet pinto mare, part Welch part Thoroughbred, 1/4 Arabian
Bred by: Amy Heward
Foaled: August 16, 2000 (of course in August!)
Color: Black Tobiano Pinto
AERC Miles: 2566
LD Miles: 295
"We purchased August in Jan. 2007 as an unbroken 7-year-old for an endurance prospect for resale," Carol says. "We had him started under saddle and I began riding him on LDs that spring. I really liked him and he was doing well. I was thinking I had found my next horse and took him off the sales list.
"The following summer we had a client come to look at endurance prospects. I did not show her August....but she spotted him in the herd and started asking about him. Long story short...she bought him for the price of a year's worth of hay for the whole ranch...and I had to let him go. I cried...and then I cried off and on for the next two years.
"Then I called..
August was not the horse for her and she was willing to sell him back!
We traded two other horses for him and I got him back!!
"Over the years, August has become my one and only mount. We have now retired from buying, selling and raising endurance horses and he's my only horse.
"August is the kindest horse I have ever known. I believe he really likes me and looks out for me. He has been a wonderful endurance horse. We have done 100s and we have done LDs. Now we love trail riding and exploring the Owyhees.
"Now as he is about to turn 20 in August, and I will turn 71 in August, he is my perfect "little old lady horse".
August is always dressed in his formal evening attire. He is the personification of Mr. Carson, the butler on Downton Abby.
"I have never seen him roll in the mud. He is somehow always clean and dignified. He is the leader of his small herd, keeping everyone in line in his kind but forceful way.
"He's my horse, and I love him...and he loves me too!"