The story of Broken Face, as told by her owner, Doug Milholland.
My mare “I’m Not Blonde” aka “Broken Face” is 19 yrs old now. But her story begins ten days after I weaned her, when she and some other babies spooked and ran into a pipe fence, crushing the left side of her face. The injury left a hole big enough that you could see her tongue through it. We doctored it for a couple of months and finally the vet said to turn her out and “see how she does” because there was so much tissue missing that there was nothing more he could do. He said ‘If she lives, she lives, if she dies, she dies.’ She grew to be 2 yrs old, stayed fat, but still had the big hole in her face. I couldn’t ride her or sell her like that, so I decided to have her bred. Her first foal I sold for 10,000: they sold her for $40,000, and those owners turned down $120,000 for her. Then I raised a Topsail Whiz out of BF that ultimately went on to become the NRHA Res. Non-Pro World Champion, winning over $113,000. The next one I raised was a grandson of Shining Spark that won over $8000. The next one was a pretty buckskin stud by Magnum Chic Dream that I sold for $100,000. and he won over $37,000. There are three more that won around $30,000 each. Altogether, her offspring have won over $250,000.
In all this time, she’s never had a sick day, but last fall she did have a tooth abscess that became infected. The tooth had to be taken out, enlarging the hole that already existed. I became concerned that I needed to keep her up in a stall so that I could regularly clean the wound and control her feed, which we felt needed to be less course than normal hay and pasture. That’s when we discovered Chaffhaye, thru my daughter, Brooke Culwell’s recommendation. My mare has been able to maintain good condition on Chaffehaye and Equine Senior. I also have a 2 yr old filly that I’ve had a difficult time maintaining good weight on. I recently added Chaffhaye to her feeding regimen & she has really bloomed & filled out. I highly recommend Chaffhaye.
The story of Broken Face can be viewed as a tragedy for the horse and a loss for me. But my family and I see that had it not happened we would’ve trained her and sold her, but she turned out to be a phenomenal producer, so it was a blessing in disguise. We would never wish her to be “broken” but that’s what kept her with us, and we are sure grateful! And what a beautiful picture of how something broken can still do great things.