Fall is coming early to the Blue Grass. Only two days after the Equinox, the weather feels more like the end of October than September, but the crisp, clear air is refreshing and the horses love the cooler temperatures. The horses who have moved from satellite locations to the new pastures have settled in comfortably. Geri likes his paddock near the front where he can work the tours for treats. He’s friendly and good at his new job. Black Tie Affair’s grandson Count the Gold and Regal Sanction have taken to each other; the two geldings now share digs next to Regal’s old paddock on Dream Chase Farm’s “back 40.” 1997 Older Female Champion, Hidden Lake, now loves sharing a paddock with Ava Lotta Hope. Commentator and Fabulous Strike and Marshall Rooster have adopted Escapedfromnewyork and he’s never been happier.
The busy summer season is pretty much over. We’re looking ahead to October and the Keeneland meet, always a fun time for reunions and making new friends. For now, the farm is kinda peaceful, a time to enjoy the little pleasures of daily routines.
For our older residents, and some others our vets and barn management have determined can benefit the most, one of the daily pleasures is supplements. Vitamins, minerals, nutrients and joint lubricants? Fun?
You bet, when they’re flavored like molasses and apples, mixed with a little yummy feed, and spiced with delicious carrots!
Thanks to the generosity of Succeed, LubriSyn and various volunteers, we receive enough supplements each month for two delivery routes, one handled by barn staff and one by volunteers. Every volunteer who does supplements has their own delivery style, which probably adds to the entertainment for the horses. My style is to drive up in the golf cart and call “Groodle!” as I put the exact mixture recommended for that individual horse in his feed tub (Is that a word? My family says “groodle,” never “snack.”) Not only Mixed Pleasure, but Gulch, Ogygian and Swan’s Way often come at a canter. Others, like You and I, tend to respond with studied dignity, but everybody enjoys supplements.
Geri is 22. He’ll be a candidate for the “geezers’ special,” or whatever variation is best for him, in a few years. Star Plus just thinks he should be on all deliveries of anything and everything. Those who don’t get supplements often get a few carrots as a consolation prize.
If Old Friends was rich, the Dream Chase Farm crew would probably be giving the supplements recommended by our vets to the entire farm population. As it is, we’re grateful for the assistance we get. Just about every horse on the supplements program shows a little extra bloom, a little extra gleam in the eye. And that’s what it’s all about.