horses > Tucks St. Aly's birth
Nothing great is gained without some hardship
and suffering . . .
No matter how much we might not like the fact, or how
much harder it might make our lives sometimes, there
is some definite truth in the fact that nothing great
is gained without some hardship and suffering. As all
of us close to him know, Aly certainly went through
some heart-breaking sadness in the years between his
wonderful foal-hood at his breeders farm and the tender
and loving last few years of training at Bits & Bytes
Farm; speaking for myself, during the last few years
of sickness for me, I certainly had countless times
when I never thought I would be up again or come close
to the joy of being in the saddle again.
Tucks St. Aly's breeder Susy Hiller and Alex Kemper.
February 20, 2009
But look at
us now, through it all, incredibly and touchingly enough,
Aly is just as much if not more loving of his people
and friends, and I am not only sitting in the saddle
again, but sitting in a saddle that is more importantly
on top of my own beautiful bay thoroughbred boy. Although
many people know of Aly’s and my hardships before
we met, I think many people don’t know of the
hardship he had and the worry he caused coming into
this world, and of the credit due to his original mama,
and breeder, Susy Hiller.
Tucks St. Aly gave scared a lot of people during his
Today ten years ago, that lady, very ‘bleary-eyed’ and
tired from the strain and watchfulness of the foaling
season went out to check Tuck’s , ( Aly’s
mare mama) because Susy had been watching her on the
monitor and the mare seemed to be getting ready. Almost
right after Susy saw Tucks, the mare’s water broke;
she turned around a few times, and went down, to start
pushing. Susy had a sense that something wasn’t
right; the mare got up again, turned around, went down,
and pushed hard; then Susy saw, only one hoof poking
out. Yep, from the very first sight of that beautiful
little bay boy he was causing the people that love him
so much to work hard to help him out of a tight situation.
Tucks St. Aly's breeder delivered him by herself.
Seeing that she would have to go in and try to resituate
Aly so that he could come out, Susy motioned through
the monitor to her husband frantically for help. Since
her husband and his brother were inside kicked back
and enjoying themselves with a few beers and didn’t
notice her motioning for help, we have a lot to thank
Susy for, since if she as a ‘novice breeder’ hadn’t
been brave enough to go in and help Tuck’s get
her little baby situated he probably wouldn’t
have made it to where he is today. She was able to get
the leg back down and stagger the legs so that the shoulders
could come out as they should and after that struggle
to get things right, Aly was able to come into the wide
world without more ado.
Tucks St. Aly and his new mom Alex Kemper.
It almost seems like every time he has had a problem
in his life, he comes out incredibly resiliently, it
seems that the people that love him so much are the
ones that are tested and that have to come through and
help him out, with him showing only more and more love.
But that smart 17hh Thoroughbred still has the shy
and loving nature he had when he liked to hide behind
his mama as a little colt, he needs and loves his mamas
and I know as smart as he is and as observant as he
is, he knows that we will always be here for him, giving
him lots of love, not just on his hard days, but all
the time, and on extremely special days such as his
birthday…what a special day, because it’s
a day responsible for a beautiful and special horse
having come into the world, a horse that has touched
many more lives than even that clever bay boy can imagine.
--Alex Kemper - Tucks St. Aly's new and final mom!
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Stories of Tucks St. Aly during his
mom's visit to Bits & Bytes Farm.