For a girl who grew up sighing over The Black Stallion stories about a fiery Arabian, a 14.2-hand Quarter Horse should not have looked like a dream come true. Stocky and short (anything under 14.2 hands is technically a pony), he wasn't exactly the magnificent steed of my dreams. As it turned out, he was better - sweet and steady, gentle with small children, and tolerant with inexperienced riders. Both my daughters (who later owned more flashy Arabians) learned to ride on Fritz. They love him still.
Happy Birthday, Fritz!