Since Lady of Light was kind enough to give this area to topics about Townsend Browns Daughter I thought that I would share with you this little " horse story" which does say a little bit about me and also my Dad.... when I was just twelve....
Drawn from the cosmic token today
• View topic - HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!
by Linda Brown » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:55 pm
Happy Birthday my sweet little filly! I named her " Bonfire" because her coat was bright red when she was born....
Of course she is long gone now but everytime April 3 comes along I think of her.
She was the result of one of my more successful covert operations. To get to that though I have a memory to share with you.........The memory of when I first saw that fillys Mother....
.... I had actually seen her in a very detailed dream the night before she came into my life. In my dream I saw a black horse racing in tight circles with a white fence in the back ground.... she was saddled ... I even knew that her saddle blanket was red,black and white stripes.... and that her reins were trailing as she flipped her head around, neighing.... her beautiful black coat glistened and I noticed how she carried her tail... like a banner! When I told Dad about the dream he didn't have very much time to talk... getting ready for his drive into Winston-Salem to the Bahnson Lab.... but he just had a couple of comments.... One.... that the reason the horse didn't have a rider.... was that she was " Looking for you, sweetie"..... I thought that was odd but somehow a wonderful comment..... and then he spent some time talking about a black horse and how it had changed the course of history....something about ancient Persia...and Zoroaster.
That night the man who had been looking for a horse for us.... called to say that he had found yet another that he wanted to show off. I guess that Mr. Carmichael was getting as tired of this process as I was... Dad must have looked at twenty horses during the last few months. He turned all of them down. I had started out so hopeful...( I was a horse crazy twelve year old girl.... I would have taken the first one offered!) But Dad kept rejecting each one.
When we got to the farm it was already dark so they flipped on the lights for the riding arena and Mother, Dad and I walked there with Mr. Carmichael to wait to see this new prospect. I had been so dishearted by so many rejections that I didn't even bother to walk to the barn but waited there for the horse to be led out to us. When I first saw her coming out of the dark... I grabbed my Dads elbow but couldn't say a word. There was this glistening black horse.... saddled.... and the blanket was stripped.... black, red, white..... the groom led her through the gate but it swung back and caught her on the haunches. She reared and bolted into the arena... ripping the reins from Tommys hands... and then she took off... neighing... swinging her beautiful head back and forth as she ran....I just collapsed on the ground crying.
I am sure that Mr. Carmichael was positive that the horse had blown the sale for him. This Dr. Brown had dismissed so many.... so it must have been a real shock when my Dad simply turned to him and said....." I'll take the mare.... and I want the saddle and blanket too."
Hahaha.... but the story doesn't end. During that first month " Beauty" and I covered real ground... I would saddle her up early in the morning and ride all day....Looking back on it now, with all my experience with horses, I realize how dangerous that was.... but I never worried and my parents ( who were not horse people) just assumed everything would be alright..and I never had a bad experience... other that temporarily getting stuck in quicksand which I never told Mom and Dad about!!!.
During one of these rides we happened upon a very handsome thoroughbred stallion who lived not far away.... he was always turned out in his own pasture far from the barn...he lived a natural kind of life and was a beautiful red chestnut...he had his own band of nice mares and I could tell that he was quite a well bred horse....so I developed a plan... and when the time was right... in the middle of the night... I turned Beauty loose with that stud.
In the fall we moved Beauty to Leesburg Virginia and I boarded her on a farm on the edge of town...In the spring Mr. Kitts called me when Beauty went into labor and I spent all morning down in the deep straw with her.....When the filly struggled to her feet her first few steps were to me!
So.....on April 3, 1969 a bright red filly was born....
Happy Birthday Bonfire