After what seems to be weeks and weeks of rain (but was more like a few days, I suppose) today was a fine, sunny day in central Kentucky. The grass is really deep and lush and we had a gentle breeze, rather than a monsoon wind. All in all, who could complain? And Happy Mother’s Day, to my own mom and all the other mothers out there.
We started out the morning with my favorite kind of tour—we had kids! First of all, there was Braden, who really, really liked the horses. Braden was maybe 3 or 4, and about that tall, too. He and Dan really hit it off. Dan was nuzzling Braden’s hair, which caused Braden to giggle. Dan apparently likes small giggling children because the more Braden giggled, the more Dan nuzzled and tickled. It was really cute. Braden was quite friendly, even inviting me along on a trip to see an octopus next month. You don’t get that kind of invitation every day! I won’t be able to make it, but it was a great invitation, Braden. I hope you and your brothers come back.
Another young man, Bradley, was on the same tour. Bradley, Pops and Ring had a little race up the hill. Pops and Ring mostly used the opportunity to show off, bucking and kicking. Bradley might actually have won, although Ring came on strong at the end. Pops and Ring felt a little rowdy, running, biting one another, begging for treats and generally hamming it up. And the more attention Pops and Ring got, the more agitated Awad became. I think I have said this before, but Special Ring is extremely good at annoying Awad, who lives in the next-door paddock. They are just like kids–you know, when one says “Mommy, he’s looking at me! Make him stop!” One lady remarked that she didn’t realize horses had so much personality. But they surely do.
Silver Charm, on the other hand, was quite accommodating. And I have figured out what he did in his previous life. I’m positively sure he ran for political office. Today he walked the fenceline like a politician, stopping to visit each person for a pat and a few words before moving on down the line. Silver Charm, Mayor of Old Friends.
We had a pretty vivid demonstration of Clever Allemont’s hearing loss this afternoon. We had a van tour group, and despite many visits their tour guide, Nicholas, had yet to see Clever Allemont up close. So I walked into the paddock to get Monty. I talked to him the entire time I was walking over to him, and as I made a wide berth around his bad eye, I kept up a running chatter. Nevertheless, he was startled when he finally saw me. He clearly had not heard me at all. But once he knew what I wanted, he happily came over to the fence to see everyone. He does love to be patted and fussed over.
As I mentioned last week, we have three or four new horses. I’m going to have to admit I have yet to learn their names, but one of them arrived just yesterday and his name I do know. It’s Appygolucky, and he is a 12 year old bay gelding who retired from the racetrack just this week. He started in 100 races (!), winning 24 times. We were lucky enough this afternoon to be able to watch as he went outside to a paddock for the first time. He ran and ran, which caused his neighbor Will’s Way to run and run, too. (Will is very competitive—he did have to prove that he is faster!) But Appy really loved being outdoors and we are looking forward to getting to know him. Yep, it was a fun day.
On a sad note, yesterday we lost one of our newer horses. Gold Spring, who just arrived last month, died after a paddock accident. I barely knew Gold Spring, having met him maybe three or four times over the past few weeks. He was a lovely chestnut stallion who had been a graded stakes winner in both his native Argentina and in the United States. Because I didn’t really know him, I can’t offer any great insights into his personality, or talk about funny stories or quirks that he had. But I can say this: as far as I can tell, Gold Spring was one of the lucky ones. His people cared about him and made sure that he had a good home. I’m sorry that I won’t get to know, and share, those funny stories and facets of his personality. But I am happy that he had a good life, surrounded by people who loved and cared for him.
And on that note, I’ll sign off for this week. I hope you can visit us sometime soon. In the meantime, thanks for spending this Sunday with Old Friends.