When I was loading up the mares after our stay at the ranch, John made some comment about Fancy in comparison to Ginger as he was closing the trailer door. I think he mentioned how much she looked like Ginger. I didn’t catch it all and didn’t ask him to repeat it. Although he said it out loud, it wasn’t really spoken to me. It was his moment and I left him with his thoughts.
When I was going through my photos from the weekend, this picture of Fancy caught my eye. It wasn’t necessarily a good picture; her ears were half-cocked among other things. But when I saw it, I knew exactly what John was talking about that day and started going through the archives of the pictures on my hard drive.
This picture here was what I was searching for. Oh, you could pick it apart. Their heads are different shaped; Ginger had a star and a snip where Fancy has a star and a strip. Not shown in this picture, Ginger had a sock on the back foot where Fancy just has a little white on the front coronary band. Fancy is close to 15.2hh where Ginger stood only 14.3hh. Although Ginger and Fancy are both sorrel and in certain pictures taken at a distance, I sometimes have to look at the date to tell which one I am looking at, up close and personal I didn’t think there was much resemblance. Until now. Did I know what I was looking for when I found Fancy? I think so. I think we both did.
No. I didn't try to clone Ginger or memorialize her with another horse. Their natures are much different. Ginger was kind of like Sally Field in Norma Rae; short, tough, pretty but a fighter. Fancy is more like Olivia Newton John in Grease. Willowy, graceful, beautiful but strong. You’d have to see the movies to understand. I think we just knew the traits we liked about Ginger and saw a glimpse of them in Fancy. We may not have even known then how close they really were, but yet so very different.
I know John misses the fire he had with Ginger but on the same token, he is appreciating riding a horse that is not quite so hot and offers strength in other ways. I don’t think a ride goes by that we don’t think of Ginger and miss her terribly. But I think we made a good choice with Fancy. We once again have a pretty red mare in the pasture; nothing like her predecessor but yet so much alike in so many ways.