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post #1 of 79 Old 09-17-2019, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Warm Springs Tiger Lilly - 2020 Wild Spayed Filly Futurity Contender

Some of you know this from my Bridle Horse journal, but decided to make a separate journal for Tiger Lilly.

As you may know, Protect the Harvest started at the 2017 Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity a sale of 2 yo spayed BLM mustangs which included entry to a separate Wild Spayed Filly Futurity starting in 2018.

I was in Reno this year, so got to see the fillies sold in 2018 compete in this years
Wild Spayed Filly Futurity. The best broke horses were two who were trained by open trainers who compete in my local association (I know both of them a little bit). The trainer who won, Andrew Stieger, had a paint filly who did an awesome job. The other filly who was the most broke probably would have won, but Tyler, the trainer, FORGOT to do his last spin on both sides. He should have gotten a zero, but the judges actually gave him a score.

My trainer, Matt, has had a long history of starting & training mustangs and competed in the 2009 Western States Mustang Make Over, coming in 3rd place on his cute little mare, Luna. He was at Reno this year to ride my filly, Scarlett in the regular Futurity, but they did not make the finals so he took her home before the horse sale. Before he left, he gave me a list of mustang fillies he liked from the sale catalog and a LOW $1200 budget to bid on a horse. He initially wanted Andrew's mustang for his son, but with the win, she was definitely more than $1200, LOL. She actually went for $6000. Tyler's filly went for $2600. Someone got a REAL steal there!

So I sat in the sale and the horses were generally going for $3k+. Then Matt's first pick came up. I actually bid $1600, but was outbid so let it go. It went for $1700. The next horse in was not one of his pix; then they announced that the horse that was listed in the catalog as next was NOT being sold and they substituted another horse in its place. A few people who were with me said they like her better than the one before, so I decided to bid. Her name is Warm Springs Tiger Lilly. I won at $1400.

I think she went so low because she was not in the catalog and there was no video of her moving, so people were not ready to take a chance. But I did; LOL, without Matt's approval!

I texted him that he just bought a horse at $1400 & I would make up the difference if he only wanted to pay $1200. He was a bit stunned, LOL and asked for pix of the horse. I went to get pix and sent him pix and some video. I think he was a bit surprised, but after a bit he seemed OK with it although it was not a horse he had picked.

Then my next task was to find her a ride home. I had no luck. So Matt had to drive back (7 hrs one way) to pick her up. He came on Sunday, spent a little time with her getting her a little more relaxed, loaded her up, grabbed a burrito and was gone within 2 hrs of getting there. Took him 7.5 hours to get home. At one point he called and said he spend a hour or more on the phone with Tom Hagwood (google him - he's pretty well known in the mustang circles) getting some input on the Warm Springs horses.

He put the filly in the round pen and was able to get her roped and to get a hand on her. He sent pix and her eye looked so much more relaxed and soft than at Reno.

He spent some time with her last night and sent some pix which shows she is getting really comfortable & curious with him.

His plan is to spend the week just spending time with her and petting on her and gaining her trust. I can't wait for the first ride!

So this journal will document the best I can, Matt & Tiger Lilly's road to the 2020 Wild Spayed Filly Futurity in Reno next year.

I'll post pix later ... gotta get back to work.
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I am interested to see how he does with her. I was disappointed with the first batch, and I figured the names who bought into the second round were going to put a bit more time in. Were they overall better trained?
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That's a great story! I really can't wait to hear more about this filly...

Pics, pics, pics pics!!!! lol Being subtle is not one of my strongest traits...
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I figured the names who bought into the second round were going to put a bit more time in. Were they overall better trained?
In this year’s futurity, Andrew’s & Tyler’s filles we’re definitely better trained overall. Then There were a couple who looked to have a good start but were not near finished. The rest were not anywhere near ready for this competition. Definitely the trainer’s fault for not putting the time in. Andrew & Tyler definitely showed it could be done, but you have to put the time in.
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Pics, pics, pics pics!!!!
They are coming! Unfortunately this thing called “work” is getting in the way. Hope to put some up soon!
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People have more money to waste than I do I guess. If it were me I’d be placing my bets on the filly and putting my time in. I guess though most of them have paying customers and need groceries too. ;)
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Andrew had paying Clients. Tyler works for John Ward so you know his priorities is to ride horses for John. Neither has a Lot of free time but managed to squeeze out time to make a nice horse. Like Matt - he’s got a day job & a family but makes time to work the horses even if it means working the filly at 8 pm (which he has done the last three nights). But while he'd like to get the big check, he more concerned with doing right by his filly. No everyone in the competition is like that - sadly.
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OK, here's some pix and a short video ... this 1st pix is the sale catalog insert. I did not see it until AFTER I bought the filly ...



I really didn't see the filly much when they brought her in since I was concentrating on bidding. So really, when I bid and bought her, I had no idea how she really looked. These are some of the pix & the video I took when I first went to see her:







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Here's some pix I took the day after I bought her. I spent some time out there just hanging out by the side of the corral. The black horse came up and sniffed me and Tiger Lilly was not far behind. The other horse did not come over at all.

After Matt came to get her, he spent a little time trying to get her relaxed a little more. He did a good job, but with all the stimulus there, she would not get totally relaxed, so he decided to just get her loaded and try again at home. I have the video of that, it's about 15 minutes, but it's in the camera so I need to clear my phone so I can put it on there and edit. I have all of Scarlett's runs on there, too. Anyway, here's some pix of the 2nd day.





And then off they went to Tehachapi:



I wish I could have gotten a better pix of this, but if I moved, the horses would have moved, LOL. You'll see in the background there is a horse in the other pen STANDING in the water trough. She was playing in it! Pawing it and having a grand old time, LOL:

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Here are pix from Sunday - he's spending about a 1/2 hour/45 minutes with her every night just hanging out. This was the first they got home.



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