It was another warm, humid day in central Kentucky, although I can’t complain because we didn’t get any thunderstorms during the afternoon. It’s a little after 6 pm now, and the storms are firing up, so we were lucky. We had a full day of tours, lots of people, some kids and one handsome german shepherd!
First thing this morning, I got out of my car and heard a little voice sing out “hey, it’s me, Braden! I’m back to visit Dan!” Braden was last at the farm on Mother’s Day weekend, and during that visit Dan and Braden really bonded—Dan kept ticking his new friend until Braden couldn’t stop giggling. Dan was not into tickling today but he was happy to visit with his buddy. Today’s visit, as usual, involved lots of carrots, a few mints and some photos. I am pretty sure Braden will be back again before the summer is over.
All the horses were very well-behaved today. Most of them usually are, but there is always one who is a little obnoxious. But even the hoodlums, Pops and Ring, behaved themselves today. Creator took carrots like a gentleman and one or two ladies were able to sneak in a pat on his nose. He must be mellowing, because I swear he liked it!
Swannie was in his run-in shed out of the sun. He might even possibly have passed on the treats, preferring to snooze, but as soon as he saw Escape getting attention it was just too much to bear. Out he came, tossing his head and trying his best to distract the crowd. It was kind of funny.
The other one who got all worked up was Awad (of course!) This afternoon we had the aforementioned german shepherd on the tour. While he was leashed and extremely well-behaved, for some reason neither Awad nor Sunshine liked this dog. They both did the “I am stallion” thing—prancing and snorting with their necks arched. After a few seconds Sunshine decided it was too much effort to be upset, but Awad never did want that dog around. Considering how much Jake, Marley, Duncan and Shane are on the farm, it was kind of surprising. But that’s Awad—something different in his routine and he gets all worked up. He’s a creature of habit for sure.
Along with Braden, we had Haley this afternoon. Haley and her dad are from Utah, making a “horse trip” to Lexington. Haley is one of those young teen-aged girls who loves horses, and who horses love in return. She fed them all, but I think Kiri liked her best. (He’s still clearly miffed at me over my refusal to remove the grazing muzzle.) He barely acknowledged me today, and took right to Haley instead. Later this afternoon, several ladies on the tour reached over the fence to scratch Kiri’s back, so he was mostly happy. He looks great, though, and the grazing muzzle is doing its job. (Now that I think of it, there was a lot of back scratching going on today. Bull had a couple of fans taking care of his itches, as did Dan, Charmie, Escape and Gramps.)
Speaking of Bull, if you’ve been to the farm in the last year or so, you know he has those special rubber shoes in his front feet—the ones that are affixed to his hoof wall with acrylic. One lady today called them his “French tip manicure.” A way too girly description for macho man Bull, but kind of true, too! Bull was very well-behaved today—not once did he even try to take a nip at anyone. I think it was the back scratching; he figured he better not scare anyone away.
At one point, we had part of the group admiring Bull, while some folks fed Gramps. That was enough to get Clever Allemont over to look for treats too. He got his share, and was especially gentle with the kids. I’ve said this before, but we are fortunate to have some exceptionally nice stallions. We had some horse people today who commented they never met such nice stallions. I love to hear that, although do you think maybe I am biased, just a little?
The last tour of the day featured twin girls; I guess 3 or 4 years old. Mom told me one was an animal person and the other was not, but as usual the horses and Marley won them over. Both girls fed carrots, patted noses and generally enjoyed themselves. By the end of the tour they were sitting in the shade with Marley, one on each side, climbing all over her. Small children are Marley’s favorite thing, so she just sat there grinning. I imagine there are some cute photos.
Before I wrap up, I want to let everyone know there won’t be a blog entry next weekend. We are traveling to New York State to see my family, and so I am taking the week off. I’ll be back in Kentucky too late on Sunday to go to the farm. But who knows, maybe Kiri will be over his snit by then!
I want to thank all our regular readers, especially those of you who send comments each week. We read them all and enjoy knowing we have so many friends and fans. We couldn’t do what we do without the support of all of you. So, many thanks!
We hope you can visit us soon. In the meantime, thanks for spending this Sunday with Old Friends.
P.S. I am testing an idea here–this is a photo of EscapedfromNewYork, taken by Rick Capone…