By Ruth Nicolaus
Last Chance Stampede and Fair 


Horse finds perfect job as a trick riding animal for Helena cowgirl


Big Bonnie the buckskin mare carries Madison MacDonald-Thomas as she does a full stroud layout on the horse. Big Bonnie didn't have a job that fit her well till she was introduced to trick riding by Madison. Photo by Roughstock Photography.

Helena, Mont. – July 17, 2023 – A special horse has found a new direction to go in her life.

When Big Bonnie, a buckskin mare, was young, she didn't fit anywhere. Because she was big at seventeen hands high, weighing 1,600 lbs., and smart, she could be intimidating, the people around here were unsure of her. There seemed to be nothing that the mare was willing to do.

When Big Bonnie was five years old, she was purchased by CR Kunesh, who had been her farrier. Her previous owner had called her "a handful," he said, but he had always admired her. "She was a well-built big mare," he said.

And whe...

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