The information I got is suspect due to some inconsistancies, but considering that I keep finding more and more old scars all over her, maybe not all of Thelma's story is false.
The story I got was this:
Thelma was born on a breeding farm in MN 24 years ago. This farm was well known (my trainer showed against them before years ago) and they had nice horses. There was, apparently, something that happened with the care on the farm and some of the horses were starved, while others were properly cared for.
The horses were seized and put up for auction. The lady that I got this information from went to buy some specific horses, but ended up putting in bids on Thelma and her full older sister, Melody. She won them and took them home with her to WI.
At the time, she said that they were barely halter broken, wild, and skinny. The lady is a breeder of Pintabians and later bred Thelma and her sister. She says that Thelma had five babies, but only registered one (Which I found! She's in Canada.) due to the others not having enough white like she wanted. So I have no hope of finding them.
She later sold Thelma and Melody to a small preservation breeder on the IL/WI border. Thelma has silent heats, her stallion is older with bad hocks and a big attitude in the breeding shed, so Thelma did not have any more babies. She sat for 7 or so years and was a pasture puff until her 22nd year, when I came along and put her back to work. (evil laugh) >
Now, the only mystery that still surrounds Thelma, is when and who broke her to ride. LOL. Yeah, only something as small as that.
I am nearly certain that it was the pintabian breeder, as the lady I got her from said that she was told that Thelma was broke and had even done an expo at the Midwest horse fair with her pintabian filly.
The pintabian breeder is steadfast that it wasn't her and that Thelma never did any expo. And I do not see the lady that I got her from having a middle aged mare that she intended to breed, broke. She doesn't show and she doesn't ride much. Yet, I have a VERY well broke mare. She knows more than I do. My trainer is going to mess with her for me and see what she really knows. We are very curious.
So, there is the mystery of who broke this mare (very well) and why aren't they admitting it?
*sigh* Horse people are wierd.