Feeling stressed? Here’s a tonic. The ingredients are simple. Horses. Rain.
When rain came two days ago I rushed over to the farm hoping to capture video of horses rolling in the mud, splashing in puddles and playing. Often they become kids in rainy weather. As I drove up, sure enough, Sun King was having himself a good, wet roll, but soon as he saw me he popped up, eager for carrots. By the time I was ready to shoot video he’d finished playing slime games and was doing what he’s done a lot of lately, hanging out with Birdstone. We wondered why Birdstone ignores his other neighbors but really likes being right across the fence from Sun King until we remembered that these two were Nick Zito trainees at the same time. Maybe they remember each other from the old days.
Be that as it may, Sun King was the one who asked for the carrots and camera time, and got them. Maybe Birdstone will want to star in another video soon. Meanwhile, I took a very wet stroll around the farm making clips of what the horses were doing in the rain. Most of them chose to be outside the run-in shelters they have in their paddocks.
Little Silver Charm, dry in this photo Laura took a few evenings earlier, was impressively wet. That’s by choice. He’s got one of the best run-in sheds on the farm, and the only one with pin-ups of Zenyatta on the walls.
Winning Dubai, also dry in this photo, was out for a stroll in the pleasantly temperate rain with his new best friend, Cost Affective. In this photo he’s with Rathor.
The video also shows what Soi Phet, Hogy, Photon, Johannesbourbon, Cherono, St. Aloysius, Winning Dubai, Bunker’s Edge, Star Plus, Kharafa, King Kreesa, Windy Land, He Loves Me Not, Mystery Trip and Gold Round were doing on a mild, soft, wet, evening at the close of September.
photos of Little Silver Charm,
Winning Dubai and Rathor are