Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Recent Photos

We haven't had much time with the horses lately, so nothing much to post. Here are some photos of a quiet weekend a few weekends back when the weather was warmer than normal and we got outside to enjoy it. The horses needed a good brushing and deworming, so that's what we did. Some photos from our nice quiet visit with the ponies. Enjoy.

B and Filly - notice Filly's long(er) mane!!!
She has hair everywhere! No bald or rubbed out patches!

Filly is so nosey! It is good to see her back to her old self again. When she was suffering from the sweet itch, she was so miserable, she didn't want to be touched.
Now she wants to be in your pocket and her sense of humor is back!
Filly is now groomed and her mane trimmed (butchered).
I'm not a fan of long manes - too much mud at our place!

I love Filly's eyes.

Little Tonto was patiently waiting his turn for a good brushing.

He wasn't too dirty!

All clean and looking for my Mom to bring a treat.

Here the three of them are turned loose to head back out to the big field.
They walk side by side like this often.

The playing begins.

Something catches their eyes...

They start trotting in circles...

Even Maggie was feeling good!

They stop again to get a good look at something in the field....

Then they take off to get a closer look! See my kiddos playing in the mud puddle?
Notice my daughter has NO shirt on?!?!

Tonto gives Filly a nudge - he wants to keep playing!

She says, "Nah."

So they get back to what they do best...

Hopefully we can get Filly and Tonto back into work once the weather begins to get a little better. It is just too wet to slip and slosh through all the mud.
Hope all is well with all of you!
Thank you for visiting!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Sweet Reunions

Time is never on my side when I want to blog. There are so many things I want to say, but can't find the time to get them posted! I do want to share something really neat that happened recently.

In my limited spare time, I love to surf the internet reading other people's blogs. I left a comment on a blog a few months ago, and by chance, an old friend that I have not seen since she was around 10 years old saw my comment and contacted me! Not only was she a friend, but she owned Maggie for a while! Her family boarded horses at the farm where I spent many summers working. We e-mailed back and forth for a while catching up on life. It was quite amazing! She was stunned that Maggie was still alive; and I was stunned that her Mother's horse was still alive!

Then I caught up with another young lady that I taught a few riding lessons to (on Maggie) at the same farm. She even came to visit Maggie while she was home on Christmas break!

And finally, I got back in touch with the lady that owned the farm where I had worked from age 12 to my early college years. After the farm was sold and they moved away in the mid 1990's, we lost touch. I tracked her daughter down, who led me to my lost, but not forgotten friend. This is the lady who gave Maggie back to me after our Shetland pony Amber passed away, leaving Buck alone. She also had her farm hand bury Amber, then a few years later, Buck.

So, these past two months have been a time for sweet reunions and catching up with friends from the past. I love how the horse world seems to be a world of its own and how it seems there is a connection every where you look.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Happy Happy Birthday to My BFF of 26 years!

My faithful cheer leader and supporter through so much...

This post should be much, much longer, but unfortunately due to the time factor, it will be briefer than I want.

Our family moved to Pike Road in December 1983. Back then, Pike Road was "out in the country," so only luck (or God) would have it that a girl my very same age lived right next door. We even ended up in the same 3rd grade class together and shared an amazing love for horses. We were instant friends and our friendship flourished and grew through millions of trials and tribulations over and through the years, but she stuck by me; an unfaltering, caring, loving, very best friend. We have been through so, so much together. She knows some of my deepest, darkest secrets, and I know they are safe with her. I would trust her with my life; with my kids' lives. Although we are now worlds apart (or so it feels with her living all the way across the country now), we can still talk and pick up right where we left off. She is one of my closest, very best friends in the whole entire world. I miss her so much - her witty, brilliant humor, and her loving compassion.

We shared so many fun times swimming the horses in her pond....

She was always supporting me during competitions.....

Thank you so much for all you have done for me and with me. There are so many treasured memories. I want to wish you all my best for your birthday on January 17th and I sure wish I was there to share the celebration with you. I love you so much HCG#2 - LYLAS. Happy, Happy Birthday to YOU!!!!