There is an old song by Buster Poindexter called “Hot Hot Hot.” It ran through my head all day today, because it surely was hot, hot, hot! Tours were a little light today, no doubt because of the heat. We had sightseeing tours at 10:30 and 2:30, and a fairly large group at one o’clock. I try to keep the tours in the shade as much as possible, and maybe shorten them a bit if everyone starts to look a little wilted.
The horses are all doing pretty well. We haven’t had any rain this month and the pastures have gotten hard and dry, so the old guys seem to move around a little less. Everyone pretty much just hangs out, swishing flies and napping. Janet’s dog Duncan spent the afternoon in the air conditioned gift shop with Aubrey. I tried to have Jake and Marley stay there too, but they won’t pass up a tour. Or more precisely for Marley, she won’t pass up any opportunity for attention.
We had a couple, and their young daughter, stop by around noon. They were on their way home, I think to Michigan, and the little girl wanted to pat a horse. So we took a walk down behind the gift shop to see Fortunate Prospect. He was happy to oblige his new fan, and he took carrots from her little hand gentle as can be. Turns out the majority of the 1 pm people arrived early, so we had quite a gang circled around Gramps. Everyone seemed to really like him. He certainly enjoyed the attention, and the carrots. But I have to tell you, he is a very affectionate horse who will cuddle right up against you. But he generates a lot of body heat, and it was waaayyyy too warm for him to act like a 1200 pound puppy!
The morning group got a big kick out of seeing Wallenda stretched out on his side taking his morning nap. He won’t even flick an ear at you when he’s sleeping—the earth could shake and I’m not convinced he’d move a muscle. Silver Charm is quite pleased with himself since his “coming out” in People Magazine. I sense a new confidence, maybe even some movie star-type demands… he tried to nip at me today when I wasn’t handing him carrots fast enough. I’m telling you, a little national exposure and he gets all uppity.
We spent some time with Ogygian this afternoon. He ambled over for carrots, and seemed to enjoy a couple of the kids who were feeding him. He was wearing his pirate fly mask today so he looked very dashing. Like death and taxes, you can always count on Pops and Ring to come at a run for carrots (ok, so today it was more of a slow lope!) This week, Pops had his fly mask and halter in place, but Ring had no halter and no fly mask. Chalk one up for Pops!
Awad was very talkative to the group today. He often nickers to people, just like he’s saying hello. I think today he was saying, “Is it hot enough for you? I can’t wait for cooler weather, myself. Oh, do you have more carrots for me? No, not an apple, I don’t like them. I’m not a big peppermint fan either. Thanks for coming, nice to see you, come again sometime.”
I guess Awad kind of said it all, really. It’s always wonderful to meet our friends, fans and supporters. Nice to see you, come again sometime! And thanks for spending another Sunday with Old Friends!