Flying W Farms Courage Under Fire  IGGHR #157

 Sire:  FWF FIREDANCE-Saddlebred
Dam: FWF MONA LISA-Percheron

Date of birth  7/29/99


Eclipse is here, he is in good shape and he is awesome! The other horse
you sold down here arrived safe and happy also in Panama City. I never dreamed
Eclipse  would be this well built - pics didn't do him justice!
He is built like a tank - good solid base, big strong neck, shoulder,
and rear , he is exactly what I wanted!
Not to mention he is knock down beautiful - please thank Robin and
George for me.
He got in around 4:00 AM after other horse was dropped. The other horse
got turned out and was last seen running and jumping for joy.
While he adjusted to the place I groomed him to reassure him - he liked
that , he is now eating his oats in Courage's stall as his hasn't been
assigned yet. Courage and Bandit got feed early and turned out - they
were happy about that also.
Thank you again - never expected him to be this fantastic - I will keep
you updated.
Rocky , Courage , and Eclipse

Sent: Thursday, June 06, 2002 9:42 PM
Subject: Courage Driving Pictures

Just an update. Courage is a very good saddle horse now. The last three times we went out on trails Courage has led. As long as he doesn't try to snack I give him his head and he cuts the trails perfect. When we head towards the barn he kicks in what I call the barn stride - just under trot speed - very brisk. We have to stop and wait for everyone to catch up - courage stops then turns his head to watch everyone - when they get within about 20 feet he takes
 off again.
I have started driving training . First ground drive was in round pen then we have ventured into arena. I got him a good harness. We have been using the breast plate and saddle to pull around a tire. Courage shows no concern about pulling something behind him.

 Rocky FL 


From: Rocky B.
Sent: Wednesday, May 08, 2002 6:28 AM
Subject: Fwd: Re: Rocky - Fredericka Western

*Note: Rocky purchased a second  horse from Flying W Farms summer of 2002;
A Percheron/appendix Quarter horse cross gelding. Rocky named him Eclipse.
 Here is the letter we received from Rocky when Eclipse arrived in Florida;

 Fredericka I always ride western. I have a Aussie stock saddle and a an old heavy roper saddle. I have trailed Courage in just the roper saddle as the horn has saved me more than once during training.We need to remember that  in the old days  draft crosses were used to  pull the buggy to church on Sunday , and serve as a saddle horse when traveling alone. They were all purpose
 horses.  As far as western goes I haven't found anything Courage doesn't have all the natural ingredients to do. He neck reins like a quarter horse and will be pulling a four wheel wagon later this year. When I am able to get my next FWF horse he will be ponied off of Courage and go everywhere he goes; by the time he can be ridden he will be used to everything and will just need a little neck rein training.
 I have attached the pictures I have of Courage in western gear.

June 21, 2000
Just wanted you to know that Courage arrived in good condition and right on schedule. Please thank Robin for doing a great job in preparing him. Two people offered to buy him as soon as he got off the trailer. I am
positive that he is the fanciest colt in the Florida panhandle. We had some trouble getting a lady (dressage trainer) off the trailer as another one of your horses (Winning Colors) was her pick from the video.
She just loved Colors and wouldn't get off the truck until the transporter told her he was going with or without her on board. Thanks again for keeping Courage's purchase a secret from my Wife . We will surprise her today now that he is settled in . I will write again to let you know her reaction.
Don't be surprised if you get some calls from people in this area - the tape you sent is getting worn out and now one of your beautiful babiescan now be seen in person.
Thank You Again
Rocky Bills

George "Bob" Wagner Jr. & Fredericka Wagner
PO  Box 845  /  Piketon  /  Ohio  45661
Phone: 740-493-2401
Fax: 740-493-0072

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