I Hope I Can Can, I Think I Can Can, I Know I Can Can

My husband has perfect timing.

As we drove home from Kentucky with an empty horse trailer he reminded me that we still have Vaquero with us in a way. Standing in our pasture are some reminders of him. You see Vaquero’s mom was Can Can Lena who was out of a mare named Can Can Dyna. His name was TSW Can Can Vaquero.

We decided to keep the ‘Can Can’ in the names but in a slightly different way. So some of his foals include:

I Think I Can Can

I Can Can You

I Know I Can Can

Vaquero has eight foals that carry on his name. When the time comes to ride them my wish is that they will remind me of their dad….at least I hope they can can:)


  1. Geri Guerin on July 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    The only way I know you is through your videos. They are a tribute to how well you communicate with the horses you ride. Truly, these horses were blessed by that communication and the love those partnerships show. Yes, they are gone, but thanks to you, they will not be quickly forgotten. And you are still here to show other horses (and hopefully us uninformed) how that communication can be achieved.

    You can can–and please don’t limit your talents to just them. God will provide; just bring the rest of us the joy of watching them perform.

    Geri Guerin

  2. Cheryl Caldwell on June 12, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I was one of the individuals who won your name the foal contest back in 2010. My submission was Catch me if you can can. I hope that foal is living up to it’s potential and I look forward to hearing what is next for that baby.
    Good luck on your move West. You just follow your heart, it will lead you to where you should be. I know that people out here in California will surely welcome you here if that is where you end up! When I read your posts on losing Vaquero it deeply touches my heart and I understand what you are feeling. I lost the horse of my dreams to an accident back in the mid 80’s and I miss him still. I have not had another who could come close to what he meant to me. I have had others who are truly wonderful in their own right, but he still has my heart.

    One thing I learned through prayer during a dire health crisis my husband had, everyone says that God will not give you more than you can handle. That is not true! The truth is, God gives you the STRENGTH to handle whatever comes – good or bad. It is up to you to TRUST in HIM and that strength to get you through it. Once you realize that ~ there is a peace you will feel even in the toughest situations.
    God Bless you and your family. I hope to meet you again some day. I met you at the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento a few years ago, I had the Equicizer you used in your booth that year. I now have my own horse magazine. HONEST HORSES MAGAZINE. check us out sometime, we have a web site and Facebook page as well. You can always reach me through the web site too.

  3. Molly Lawson on May 14, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Is it just me, or do those colts in the picture have Vaquero’s eyes? (:

  4. Janet on May 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I know you can and it will be interesting to see how his little one’s spin, and see what level they take you next. When I watch Vaquero’s ability to move and spin it will be interesting to see what genes have been transferred down.to his offspring. What a great learning opportunity he has given us.

  5. Terri Granger on May 13, 2012 at 2:00 am

    We know you CAN. The girls and I are heart broken. I even had Keith looking at the xrays to see if he had any ideas. I know GOD has given us theses animals for our enjoyment and we have had so many animals that I know have added such joy to our lives. Our horses, kittys, and dogs, have helped us through these last few month with Keith’s battle with cancer. We do not understand everything but we do know that God is in control. God is good and all things are for His Glory. We are thankful for our many blessing and the time he gives us with each one of our family members, our friends, and our animals. They all bring joy to life. We look and Westy and can not help but to see Vaquero and think of you. She is one of our joys and blessings. Thank you for sharing.
    A special friend of our family, sends us a thought and verse each day., I wanted to share this one.Lord, order my steps today. Make me strong, not for the sake of possessing strength, but to make me sufficient for the crisis moments in my life and in the lives of other who reach out to me.
    “The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation.” Exodus 15:2
    Love Ya, Terri, Terri-June, Analise, and the rest of the Grangers

  6. campwrangler93 on May 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Stacy, I appreciate your Christian testimony and faith through the hardships you’ve had the last few months. I’m praying for you and look forward to hear how the Lord is using you and your babies! Phil. 1:6

  7. Olivia Bentley on May 12, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Sorry for your loss Stacy. I am new to the blogging thing. I met you at Equine Affair in Columbus , Ohio(12-15 April,2012). I was the volunteer who helped with the locked bathroom situation. I hope to see again soon. You amazing what you do with horses :-))

  8. nikki on May 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    🙂 i like this can can story and I am quite sure, that you can can!!!! 🙂

  9. Renee on May 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    They will remind you of their Dad. I have standardbreds and breed my stallion, who is registered in California. Every one of his babies has one characteristic or another from their Daddy. It is more often attitude and demeanor, but sometimes it is a look or their eye. It is passed on. God’s peace with your loss, but look towards the future!

  10. Jennifer J. Martin (Gran Jen) on May 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    You can can, you know you can! With God’s help you could probably train a mule to do that, so get busy! We’ll be waiting.

  11. Janice on May 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Stacy, your challenges have been so great these past months. My daughter and I have cried at your losses and your grief is heartbreaking. But today I have tears in my eyes at all of the hope written in this post. Your hearts will go on and on!

  12. Paula Baldwin on May 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I am so sorry for yet another loss Stacy, your’e a woulderful person and I know you will do great things with his babies. They will give you much pleasure and I am sure suprise and impress you along the way. With someone like you guiding them they will be great. Hang in there.

  13. Kathy Kopylec on May 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

    You can! those babies are your rainbow in the cloud, mine was after losing my lab one day I was walking by the lake where I use to walk her and this lab came out of no where and jumped in my truck turns out his owners had to give him up, guess what? he has a new home….. just 2 weeks ago after losing my quarter of 25 yrs the phone rang and she said she had a quarter horse that reminded her of my mare and did I want him,I said whats his breeding and my mouth dropped when she read of some of my mares lines guess what hes getting a new home she was white and hes black , I think God is awesome!

  14. Dana on May 12, 2012 at 9:58 am

    You are an inspiration to me – I am just a novice pleasure rider but your love for your horses is so refreshing…you will ride your horses again one day – on an endless ride across a huge beautiful riding arena. God Bless You during this time!

  15. Nancy Hullinger on May 12, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Sorry for your loss Stacy. Can’t wait to see pictures of the Can Can babies.

  16. Patty Williamson on May 12, 2012 at 9:09 am

    LOVE! <3<3

  17. Paige macfarland on May 12, 2012 at 8:45 am


  18. Paige macfarland on May 12, 2012 at 8:44 am

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  19. roberta townsend on May 12, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Hi Stacy…i dont know you personally….but im so sorry about your losses….i know how lossing our beloved horses hurts so much,,,,,enjoy those beautiful babies….they are so much fun, and seem to always make us smile…..

  20. Erin/IAm on May 12, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Now you know why you carried on the namesake…to always remind ya that You can can! Precious!!!:)

    Good Journey, Sweetness!:D

  21. helen mausecz victoria australia on May 12, 2012 at 7:58 am

    I,m sure you can can too

  22. adele brush on May 12, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Loss of any kind is difficult on so many levels…….my heart goes out to you and your family….he is truly a Ghost Rider in the sky…looking out for you….take care….see you in Canada….adele brush

  23. Amy from Smethport PA on May 12, 2012 at 7:47 am

    I whole heartedly agree with Ivie’s post, I cried for Roxy, Vaquero, and you! You have been an inspiration to me and your faith in God is amazing..God is amazing and he has plans to work in your life like you have yet to see. Many things have happened in my life and God is always there to carry me through. My thoughts are prayers are with you!

  24. Ivie on May 12, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Stacy, I cryed when I read your blog, my jaw drooped, I thought, how could this happen!.. and then It came to me , when 1 door closes, we open a better one. I can hardly wait for the Greatness that you will show us all ..

  25. susan talmage on May 12, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Good Morning Stacy,
    When I walked over to look at the youngsters on Thursday, I could see Vaqueros’s eyes especially in the youngest one.
    Hope to see you soon.
    Susan and Chloe

    • Stacy on May 14, 2012 at 8:05 am

      Funny, I was thinking the same thing.

  26. Margaret Wimmer Lilley on May 12, 2012 at 6:46 am

    They can – you will! Ride, Stacy, follow your bliss! They need you as much as you need them. Ride and cry until your smiles return – and they will return. I pray I am still here to see your next achievement.

  27. Sherri Glidden on May 12, 2012 at 6:32 am

    I know you can, can….love you Mom

  28. Megan Purtill on May 12, 2012 at 6:23 am

    We all knw you can can and hope that they will will!! Chin up Stacey! He and Roxy are galloping throughout the clouds watching down over you.

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