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Magics Coosa Nicki




This is Nicki's Story....

MAGICS COOSA NICKI is the half sister to our stallion, Mr Magic Zip. "Nicki" is a well-bred chestnut filly with a nice disposition.  Almost a year passed before our own family, and our neighbor girl, Tiffany, discovered Nicki’s amazing qualities.  Her gallant fight has touched our lives and also left a lasting impression on each and every person ever coming in contact with this exceptional mare.

Nicki’s problem started in April 1997.  Coming in from the yearlings’ pasture, her right eye seemed weepy and not quite “right.”  By evening, the left was tearing; the right so inflamed that tears spilled down her white, blazed face. Our local veterinarian responded quickly to our emergency call, but his exam revealed nothing “too out of the ordinary.” By the next morning, both eyes were inflamed; the left edematous with a milky white opacity.  Her suffering from the pain was very evident, as she squeezed both eyes shut.  Immediately referred to Cornell University’s Large Animal Hospital in Ithaca, NY, she saw Veterinary Ophthalmology specialist, Dr. William Rebhun.  The young filly soon began a medical battle that has chronicled what a real American Quarter Horse is, and the great beings they are.

 

Dr. Rebhun and his veterinary technician, Jean, were the first to discover what an extraordinary horse Nicki was.  Raised in a pasture herd environment since birth, with the freedom to roam at will, Nicki stood unbelievably quiet for her initial exam. As anesthetic drops were placed in Nicki’s eyes, instead of becoming excitable and resisting the procedure, she stood stock still, seemingly “all-knowing” and thankful for relief from the horrible pain.   Dr. Rebhun’s extremely thorough 25-minute exam culminated in a diagnosis of bilateral uveitis, conjuctival erythema, and bilateral corneal ulcerations of an unknown cause.  Hospitalized for around-the-clock intensive eye drop therapy, her prognosis on this first visit was listed as “fair.”  She remained for nine days, surprising all with her supreme attitude, terrific disposition, and willingness to put up with multiple exams, procedures, treatments, and medicines…. And, so began the legend of this “unique mare.”

 

Over the next eleven months, Nicki’s condition improved significantly, but her prognosis went one step forward, only to go two steps back.  At home, not only did she undergo multiple eye drops every two to three hours, but the uveitis and repeated flare-ups created other problems…She developed calcific band keratopathy which required “standing”, bilateral surgical keratectomies.  During that long eleven months, Nicki never lost her excellent disposition or willingness to allow humans to care for her.  She endured much, and everyone cheered at home, and at Cornell, when at long last, she went into remission.

 

For 18 months, Nicki suffered no further problems.  With the return of uveitis in the fall of 1999, Nicki’s next crisis brought her under the care of Cornell’s new Large Animal Ophthamologist, Dr. Nita L. Irby.   Dr. Irby became Nicki’s most trusted friend and guided her through the difficult courses of treatment to save her sight. The worst left Nicki blind in the left eye, and only 35% vision in the right eye.  Her show career was out of reach…or so it seemed.

 

The fall of 1999, Nicki confirmed what she was made of.  With just a few months of basic training under saddle, Nicki stepped into the show arena for the first time with our 16-year-old neighbor, Tiffany Soukup.  In multiple classes of 15 to 20 horses, Nicki and Tiff captured an open Halter and Performance High Point Grand Championship in the Walk-Trot Division at the Cattaraugus County 4-H Show in Little Valley, NY.  The following August, even though her vision was almost gone due to constant flare-ups and corneal ulcers, they brought home a Futurity Reserve Grand Championship in Four Year Old Quarter Horse Halter at the NY-PENN Stallion Association Show at Horseheads, New York.  At their third showing in September 2000, this inexperienced pair won the Cattaraugus County 4-H Open Command Class Division of Walk-Trot against 26 other entries.

 

The winter of 2000/2001 was difficult.  Nicki’s disease returned, unrelenting.  The many setbacks eventually progressed to glaucoma; the pain horrendous…but Nicki never gave up or resisted the efforts of her team of veterinarians, technicians, and students who were determined to save her sight.  While Nicki’s blindness could prevent her from continuing a star-studded show career with Congress and World titles, she has proven to all who know her that she is “World Class!”  This very special look-alike granddaughter of Two Time Reserve World Champion, Coosa, has performed beyond all expectations, and amazed all who know her with her intelligence, beauty, heart, courage, disposition, and performance talents.  This gentle, giant Quarter Horse mare has impressed our family, neighbors, friends, veterinarians, technicians, farriers, maintenance men, receptionists, and students (both adult and children alike), with her positive winning attitude and ability to persevere through a devastating hardship.  While she may never have the golden opportunity to become a World Champion in the show ring, she is “the” champion in our hearts, and the hearts of all who know her.

 

As of June 2001, Nicki’s prognosis for regaining her vision remained guarded. Many times our family considered giving up the fight as we watched Nicki silently suffer.  But our sweet, “always positive” Nicki remained gallantly undaunted throughout each tragic flare-up.  She is still teaching our family, friends, and the personnel at Cornell University about courage, perseverance in the face of adversity, and how to live and adjust to a devastating handicap.  Most of all, she has maintained our faith in preserving the great disposition of the American Quarter Horse.  Nicki has been an “ambassador at large” for quarter horses, creating a positive image for the breed not only for us, but also for the many, many people whose lives she has touched.

 

The “unstoppable” Nicki is now well on her way to a new career as an Anderson Quarter Horse broodmare, successfully foaling her first baby, a Palomino Colt, (A.I. sired) by the beautiful AQHA/PHBA Palomino Stallion, Winning Colors. Born in March 2002, Ima Winning Playboy, was more than AQH could have ever hoped for. He was a perfect golden Palomino "Playboy" and was destined to be the next, up-and-coming Stud at AQH. Nicki kept her one good eye on him all the time, and successfully raised him to weaning, knowing that her son would soon light up the show circuit, with his daddy's stature, his mama's sweetness, and his grandmother's elegance. We were so proud of Nicki and her wonderful guy.

 

   

Ima Winning Playboy, Summer 2002

 

 

After weaning, the "perfect palomino playboy" had what appeared to be an uneventful winter, growing as all weanlings to yearlings do, except that his growth rate seemed to be accelerated.  He was absolutely beautiful.  His presence filled the barn, and even Mister's broodmares took notice...  However, Playboy didn't seem to know what his intended destiny was to be. He remained sweet, docile, curious, intelligent, willing, and an all around pleasure to work with. Something happened unknown to this day during the winter of 2002.

 

In the Spring of 2003, Playboy began to exhibit subtle, quirky signs of intermittent clumsiness, that ebbed and flowed.  Most of the time, he appeared perfectly normal. By the time Tiffany came home from college for the summer to work with the new yearlings, the symptoms began to worsen.  By July, Playboy's ground training came to an abrupt halt. An urgent trip to Cornell University's Large Animal Hospital where medicine specialists, Dr. Tom Divers, and Dr. Jerome VanBierveliet, performed an extensive workup on Playboy. Sadly, the news was grim.  Our "perfect palomino playboy" had suffered a serious spinal-vertebral injury when casting himself in his stall during the winter months...  A seemingly minor occurrence had become our worst nightmare.

 

Playboy returned home for rest and rehab, although the prognosis was uncertain.  He was put on a restrictive diet and exercise program to alleviate excess weight and strain on the spinal column, and to slow his rapid growth.  It was hoped that this regimen would allow him to return to Cornell for corrective surgery.  Throughout the rest of the Summer and Fall of 2003, Playboy gradually improved. By September, Playboy appeared absolutely normal, exhibiting no signs and symptoms of neurological impairment. We thought we were home free.

 

   

 

 

Within two months, the situation changed drastically overnight. Playboy was perfectly fine when he went to his stall one evening, but by the next morning, was suddenly the signs and symptoms were back.  Over a period of ten days, his pain and impairments accelerated.  When he went down for the last time, and could not get up, the decision was made to allow him to be free of this earth.  He was euthanized on November 5, 2003, to the dismay and heartbreak of everyone who knew him.

 

Nicki's first born now runs free...but her second foal by Winning Colors, Color Me Coosanita, was born a fabulous palomino filly in April of 2003.  This beautiful filly (now a two-year-old and under saddle) will soon light up the show circuit as her brother was meant to.  During the Summer of 2003, Nicki injured her one good sighted eye, while in the pasture with the broodmare herd.  For the next few months, aggressive treatment at home and at Cornell failed to save her sight. Nicki is now completely blind, but the unstoppable Nicki continues to function at AQH as a normal broodmare and a member of the broodmare herd.  Nicki keeps company during the Winter months with, "One Wish," a little spirited, Welsh Pony, with attitude ... who loves Nicki and Nicki loves her! 

 

One Wish

 

Nicki foaled her third Winning Colors baby, Magical Winning Jane (sold), in May of 2004. She's a gorgeous chestnut filly without chrome whom we lovingly call "Plain Jane."  Jane won our hearts with her terrific disposition and her elegant winning ways.  

 

"Plain Jane"

 

Nicki foaled her fourth Winning Colors baby, a palomino filly that we call "Winnie Ther Pooh" (registered name pending), in 2005. Winnie is as gorgeous and sweet as Jane, but is little miss independent. She'd rather spend the day with people that her horse buddies. Pooh is elegant and graceful.

 

"Winnie Ther Pooh"

 

 

~Update 2006 ~

 

 

Nicki foaled her fifth Winning Colors baby in June 2006, Ima Winning Hustler, an outstanding Palomino Colt who is destined to take the place of his late brother, Ima Winning Playboy. This fantastic gentleman is flashy, athletic, graceful, and has a presence like no other.  Already the eye of all the mares at AQH, Hustler will be weaned in January, 2007 and start his ground work for Halter. Watch for this pair on the 2007 AQHA/PHBA Show Circuits.

 

 

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Due to her late June foaling, Nicki was left open in 2006, but plans are underway to ship in frozen Winning Colors' semen from owner Margie Black in Wisconsin.  It will be one of the last Winning Colors breedings as Admiral Equine tragically lost their fabulous Palomino stallion, Winning Colors, in the Fall of 2006.

 

~Update 2008~

 

After two unsuccessful attempts at breeding Nicki A.I. with frozen Winning Colors' semen, Nicki sadly has remained open since 2007. She will retire as a broodmare and remain at AQH for the rest of her days.

 

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