The past few weeks have been hotter than the horses would like. Horses’ favorite temperatures range in the forties and fifties. But they’ve been taking this sultry weather sensibly. They’re hanging out in the shade, enjoying the good, clear water in the waterers the barn staff keep clean for them, and they’re not running around too much or engaging too strenuously in herd politics. It’s a lazy, laid-back time for them.
When I took my iPad to the farm last Tuesday evening I didn’t capture any makings for a thrilling, action-packed film, that’s for sure. And I didn’t want to. The muggy weather didn’t make me feel too strenuous, either.
But with the help of 28 horses and one donkey I hope I’ve captured the mood of a typical lazy summer evening at Old Friends. The horses featured are Touch Gold, Alphabet Soup, Game On Dude, Little Mike, Affirmed Success, Amazombie, Rapid Redux, Fabulous Strike, Comma to the Top, Kudos, Little Silver Charm, Kharafa, Easy Grades, Johannesburg Smile, Wake Forest, Brilliant Decision, Hussonfirst, Sokitumi Samurai, Marshall Rooster, Fantastic Day, Elusive Honey, Northern Stone, Interwin, El Oh El, Windy Land, and He Loves Me Not. And of course, where Alphabet Soup goes, there goes Gorgeous George.
The vibrant blue sky, cumulous clouds and occasional shafts of sunlight breaking through showed off the burnished colors in the horses’ coats. Those who lighten up in summer (some horses do this more than others) are all at their summer-blondest. If you think of Brilliant Decision as a black horse, wait till you see him in these clips.
Easy Grades has moved from the paddock he shared with Saratoga Episode and Tuneintobow, to the paddock near the top of the hill, joining Northern Stone. Both are nice middle-aged guys, polite and socially ept. Already they’re a companionable pair.
So, if you’re feeling you’ve had enough challenge and excitement for one day, join me for a stroll among a bunch of relaxed ex-racehorses for a few back scratches and lots of close-ups of horses still chewing they carrots they’ve just gotten. Pour some iced tea and enjoy the peaceful feeling of summer among horses who’ve worked hard, seen something of the wide world, and are now secure and well cared for.
It’s thanks to your continuing support that they’re so happy.
And guess what! As I post this, it’s getting cooler and starting to rain!
photos by Laura