Monthly Archives: October 2008

Sunday October 26, 2008

It was such a beautiful day in Kentucky today.  We had blue skies and 60 degrees, with the typical stiff Kentucky breeze.  That is a given around here, I think!   We were very busy today as well, starting with about eight people at 10 am, including some returning friends from Wisconsin.  At 1 o’clock, we had a whole bunch of Girl Scouts, their troop leaders, parents, siblings, grandparents….a giant, giggling, gaggle of Girl Scouts!   They were so much fun, too.  (In case you haven’t heard me say this, the kids who visit are just the best!)  I started my tour, as I often do, reminding them that some horses might not take well to patting and may try to bite.  I could tell right away the girls would pay attention.   I told them I was really more concerned about their dads not listening to me (as is usually the case).  Sure enough, Creator made a grab at one of the dads.  The girls thought that was pretty hysterical.  Personally, I think Creator heard my warning and was making me look like I actually knew what I was talking about.  Extra treats for Creator next week!

Fortunate Prospect is such a champ. He hung his head over the fence for carrots, kisses, and pats.  He is truly the best, and genuinely loves the kids.  We visited pretty much everyone–Wallenda, Ruhlmann, Bull, Ogie, Awad, Sunshine, Dan, Swannie, and The Wicked North.   Norty is also a delight with the kids.  (Although Norty’s best visitor came at 3 pm, when a little tiny guy named Brody gave him a carrot. As soon as Norty took the carrot from his hand, Brody just giggled and giggled.  But I’m getting ahead of myself).

The Scouts ended up with a share in Silver Charm, and they left us with a book of drawings and thank-you notes they put together.  You girls all deserve the badges you earned today, and I hope you come back for another visit.

The last tour today included a busload of women from Japan.  There was definitely a language barrier, even though they had a translator along.  But the language barrier disappeared when they met Pops.  I said “Seabiscuit” and next thing you know, everyone was lined up for pictures.  One lady in particular was pretty excited to feed him since apparently she is a great fan of the movie.  (That Pops.  When you get right down to it, the movie star thing has worked out exceedingly well for him.)  The ladies also got a real kick out of Brody and Norty.  When Brody giggled, the entire group applauded!   Apparently it doesn’t matter what language you speak, kids and horses are universal.  It was cool.

The horses are all happy with the cooler weather.  Williamstown did a little dance and buck for the morning crowd.  He was showing off for Monday, who was right there getting carrots.  Silver Charm trotted around his paddock for us once or twice today, and Awad and Kiri both came over at a trot.  Leave Seattle bit my thumb, not hard but just enough to sting.  He is the only horse who can consistently get me.  He is very sneaky, and quick as a wink.  It might just be me, though.   I can’t say I’ve heard anyone else say he tries to bite them!

Well, that wraps up another weekend.  I don’t have any earth-shattering news to share; it was just a typical fun day of nice people and terrific horses.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  We hope you can visit us soon, but in the meantime, thanks for spending another Sunday with Old Friends!

-Val

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Sunday October 19, 2008

I apologize for not posting over the past couple of weeks. I still don’t have internet access at my new house, and we have had access issues at the farm on and off over the past week or so as well. So I will post what I wrote for last week and add on today’s post as well. Might be a long one!

Last week was probably the last of the warm weather for us in central Kentucky. It was warm and dry and nicely sunny. The angle of the sun has changed of course, so it isn’t beating down as harshly as it can during the summer. It’s been a nice Indian summer kind of weather. The horses are all doing just fine. I have to remind myself that we are at an equine geriatric facility and as such, we have the usual assortment of age-related issues—a little arthritis, some teeth issues (or in Pidge’s case, the lack thereof!), some ouchy feet. Nothing major and all the horses look great. Winter coats are coming in, so the black horses are really black and the chestnut horses are a deep red. Bull remains nearly white and Dan is a lovely pumpkiny orange. Appropriate for the season, I think.

But the big news last week is we have a new resident. The Wicked North arrived last Sunday, in a Sallee horse van with his pretty copper coat all shiny in the sun. He settled in his pasture with a quick run around the fence line. The arrival of a new stallion always causes a commotion. Bull ran up and down his fence snorting and pawing the ground. He is just so b-a-d! Creator looked a tad miffed that another beautiful red horse was attracting some of his attention. And Awad just cannot take any change in his world. It was bad enough that Kiri left his paddock to have his feet done in the morning. Awad barely recovered from that before Norty arrived. When I left for the day, he was still pounding the fenceline, neighing loudly so we all knew he was upset!

It turns out that The Wicked North, who is an Eclipse award winner, is an exceptionally nice horse. It took him maybe seven minutes to figure out people with buckets equals treats. He is very friendly and loves being patted and fussed over. I told Michael I hate to categorize him so soon, but I believe we have a natural-born carrot hound. He is going to be a huge favorite on tours.

Today, the weather is much more fall-like. This morning it’s in the 50s with bright sunshine and the slightest breeze. I’m thinking we’ll see temperatures hit the low 60s today. Nice! The horses have had their fly masks taken off so we can see their beautiful faces, making the visitors with cameras happy. The horses are all feeling a little more frisky than they do in the heat. This morning Pops struck a pose—he is such a movie star. He saw the camera, lifted his head and gazed off into he distance. Ham!

We had some rain this week, so the grass has a little more green to it than over the past couple months. When I arrived at the farm this morning, Creator, Dan and Sunshine were all stretched out enjoying some rays. Silver Charm, who never gets exactly sleek in the summertime but does shed much of his furriness, has returned to his winter fuzz. His coat gets long silver-tipped hairs that make him kind of glow in the sun. He and Williamstown were both gazing longingly at Monday, grazing in her passock between them. That situation hasn’t changed all summer!

I expect to be back on a regular basis from now on, so thanks again for being patient with my absence from the blog. We hope you can visit us soon, but in the meantime thanks for spending another Sunday with Old Friends.

-Val

 

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