Sunday April 20, 2008
Welcome to another Sunday at Old Friends. Today was a busy day at the farm. The morning started out with blue skies, sunshine and a light breeze, which was a joy since all week the weather reports had forecast rain. By later this afternoon it rained a little, but no one seemed to mind too much.
There was a lot of activity today with new horse “neigh”bors (sorry, I just couldn’t resist that one), some reconstruction activity, and numerous visitors. It all fascinates the horses.
This week, some new horses moved in at the farm next door and they are close to Kiri’s paddock. He is extremely fascinated by the new arrivals, so much that he couldn’t be bothered to greet today’s tours. That’s unusual for Kiri because he loves his carrots as much as the next guy. He finally decided to come and greet his fans during the 3 o’clock tour. No dummy, he knew it was his last chance for treats!
The Lexington area has had some high winds over the past six weeks or so, and a number of our run-in sheds were blown over and damaged. During one of those windy days, a Sunday tour group watched the shed in Pops’ and Ring’s paddock blow over and slide down the hill on its roof. It was one of those moments when you can’t quite believe what you are seeing! Today, Kent and Greg spent the better part of the day righting the shed, pulling it up the hill and settling it back in place. It took two men, a couple Chevy trucks and the farm tractor to get it done, but now Pops and Ring have their shed back. Of course, it’ll probably take them a week to go in it again—they got used to it being upside down. Now that it’s upright, they are a little suspicious of the whole thing.
Awhile back, Wallenda forgot he isn’t as young as he used to be and aggravated an old racing injury. He has been in the barn and off the visitor route as he recovers, but today he came to his stall window to greet a tour. Most of the horses love treats and Wallenda is no exception, but what he really loves is applause. He has learned to lift his lip to show off his racing tattoo. When visitors applaud his little trick, he kind of puffs up, tosses his head, and looks all proud. You can just about see him smile, and it makes everyone else smile too.
All the horses have, for the most part, shed their winter coats. Pops is still a little hairy and Ballindaggin hasn’t quite gotten his gorgeous, copper-metal summer color yet. Williamstown, Sunshine and Swannie however, are outfitted with the finest of spring dapples. Ogygian looks great and even little Silver Charm is significantly less furry than during the winter.
We had our usual cross-section of visitors—kids, parents, racing fans, horse lovers, travelers, and tourists. Today, they came from Wisconsin, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Arizona, Missouri and Ohio.
Come see us when you can. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed spending another Sunday with Old Friends. Val