Then & Now

Apr. 11th, 2012 06:04 pm
spirithorse21: (Sam and Co)
My last post made me reminiscent about my horses. They have changed so much in the years I've known them. I got Sam in 2002 as a 3 yr old coming 4 and now he is a month shy of 14. We got dash in 1993 as a 15 yr old coming 16, and now he is 33.

Samwise in 2002


Samwise today


Dash in 1994


Dash today

Then & Now

Apr. 11th, 2012 06:04 pm
spirithorse21: (Sam and Co)
My last post made me reminiscent about my horses. They have changed so much in the years I've known them. I got Sam in 2002 as a 3 yr old coming 4 and now he is a month shy of 14. We got dash in 1993 as a 15 yr old coming 16, and now he is 33.

Samwise in 2002


Samwise today


Dash in 1994


Dash today
spirithorse21: (My World)
It has been almost 4 months since I've visited Terre Haute to see my family and my boys. Traditionally I spend Easter with my parents and I get to cook (lamb. And it's delicious! I love cooking for Easter). This year we came down to Terre Haute and Jeremy and I spent this afternoon walking around the farm, ending with the horses in their pasture.

Dash has wintered especially well this year. He turned 33 in January and today the weight tape said he was at 1275 pounds. Back when he was still well muscled I could count on adding at least 100 pounds to anything the weight tape said. Now that he doesn't have much muscle, I'm not sure how inaccurate the tape is, but 1275 is a damn good number for my big liver chestnut! I can't tell you all how pleased I am with his condition. To have him only barely ribby is just amazing! And there is a little meat on his backbone too. I don't think we'll ever see much of a top line again, but he's looking pretty fine for his age.

Sam looks pretty good too. We had to give him a pretty ghetto roach job today. The only scissors I had on hand were a bit dull, and I forgot to bring my clippers along to do a proper job. He was looking pretty...rugged though (lol), so I didn't feel like waiting. As such, we have a bit of a Stegosaurus look going on, but he is otherwise fine. His eyes continue to recede. Eventually I should have them removed, but they don't seem to bother him and he doesn't get infections, so I'm in no hurry. He turns 14 next month. I can't believe where time goes. I got him as a 3 year old that was unbroke.

All in all, they are very happy, retired (or mostly retired in Sam's case) pasture puffs. Mom and Dad's farm hand has taken to brushing them daily. He has always enjoyed the horses, even though he doesn't know much about caring for them. When Mom and Dad hired him ages ago he didn't know a thing about horses, and now he cares for them daily. Dad tells me that if you sneak into the barn, you can hear Phil talking gently to them as he brushes them. Makes my heart melt. I also hear they are spoiled rotten by the dry cleaning delivery guy. He apparently loves the horses and brings them a bag of carrots anytime he stops by! Like dogs who learn the sound of the UPS truck, my horses have learned the sound of the dry cleaning truck and coming running to the fence, eager for their treats! I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do.




Happy Horses )
spirithorse21: (My World)
It has been almost 4 months since I've visited Terre Haute to see my family and my boys. Traditionally I spend Easter with my parents and I get to cook (lamb. And it's delicious! I love cooking for Easter). This year we came down to Terre Haute and Jeremy and I spent this afternoon walking around the farm, ending with the horses in their pasture.

Dash has wintered especially well this year. He turned 33 in January and today the weight tape said he was at 1275 pounds. Back when he was still well muscled I could count on adding at least 100 pounds to anything the weight tape said. Now that he doesn't have much muscle, I'm not sure how inaccurate the tape is, but 1275 is a damn good number for my big liver chestnut! I can't tell you all how pleased I am with his condition. To have him only barely ribby is just amazing! And there is a little meat on his backbone too. I don't think we'll ever see much of a top line again, but he's looking pretty fine for his age.

Sam looks pretty good too. We had to give him a pretty ghetto roach job today. The only scissors I had on hand were a bit dull, and I forgot to bring my clippers along to do a proper job. He was looking pretty...rugged though (lol), so I didn't feel like waiting. As such, we have a bit of a Stegosaurus look going on, but he is otherwise fine. His eyes continue to recede. Eventually I should have them removed, but they don't seem to bother him and he doesn't get infections, so I'm in no hurry. He turns 14 next month. I can't believe where time goes. I got him as a 3 year old that was unbroke.

All in all, they are very happy, retired (or mostly retired in Sam's case) pasture puffs. Mom and Dad's farm hand has taken to brushing them daily. He has always enjoyed the horses, even though he doesn't know much about caring for them. When Mom and Dad hired him ages ago he didn't know a thing about horses, and now he cares for them daily. Dad tells me that if you sneak into the barn, you can hear Phil talking gently to them as he brushes them. Makes my heart melt. I also hear they are spoiled rotten by the dry cleaning delivery guy. He apparently loves the horses and brings them a bag of carrots anytime he stops by! Like dogs who learn the sound of the UPS truck, my horses have learned the sound of the dry cleaning truck and coming running to the fence, eager for their treats! I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do.




Happy Horses )
spirithorse21: (Default)
Stealing the What Historical Figure is Your Horses meme from [livejournal.com profile] buymeaclue. I think the results are spot on. :)


Doc


Lord Byron

Dash


Wyatt Earp

Samwise


Ben Franklin
spirithorse21: (Default)
Stealing the What Historical Figure is Your Horses meme from [livejournal.com profile] buymeaclue. I think the results are spot on. :)


Doc


Lord Byron

Dash


Wyatt Earp

Samwise


Ben Franklin
spirithorse21: (My World)
Over the Thanksgiving holiday my mom also took some photos of Dash, Sam, and me. I usually don't do the Christmas dress up thing, but Dash is getting older and I want as many photos to cherish of him as possible. Sammy too. :)

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy these as much as I did!




Christmas Ponehs! )
spirithorse21: (My World)
Over the Thanksgiving holiday my mom also took some photos of Dash, Sam, and me. I usually don't do the Christmas dress up thing, but Dash is getting older and I want as many photos to cherish of him as possible. Sammy too. :)

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy these as much as I did!




Christmas Ponehs! )
spirithorse21: (My World)
As promised, photos and updates on Dash and Sam. It's always so nice to see them and spend time with them. I can't wait to have them with me again so I can see them every day.




Story behind the clicky )
spirithorse21: (My World)
As promised, photos and updates on Dash and Sam. It's always so nice to see them and spend time with them. I can't wait to have them with me again so I can see them every day.




Story behind the clicky )
spirithorse21: (Dash: The Look)
Dash turned 30 today! Eeek! I can't believe it. And he's the picture of health--teeth are in good condition and in no danger of falling out any time soon. He'll get his yearly checkup in April. Weight is good, picking up even! And he's generally a happy boy. Only issue is that left hind leg and the contracted tendon, but even that is holding steady.

Anyway, here are a selection of photos from the birthday party I threw for him on Sunday to celebrate. The rest are on my facebook.




Dash's Birthday Extravaganza )
spirithorse21: (Dash: The Look)
Dash turned 30 today! Eeek! I can't believe it. And he's the picture of health--teeth are in good condition and in no danger of falling out any time soon. He'll get his yearly checkup in April. Weight is good, picking up even! And he's generally a happy boy. Only issue is that left hind leg and the contracted tendon, but even that is holding steady.

Anyway, here are a selection of photos from the birthday party I threw for him on Sunday to celebrate. The rest are on my facebook.




Dash's Birthday Extravaganza )
spirithorse21: (Naturally Gifted)
While I was already planning to spend the weekend in Terre Haute working on some wedding stuff, I was doubly glad to get away and spend some time with my horses. Jeremy came with me and we had a bit of fun with the video mode on my digital point and shoot.


So, Samwise and I have been working on an uunbridled partnership since 2005. We used to be quite talented and could do all kinds of precise movements and collection. But Sam has been hanging out on the farm for almost three years with very little exercise. He's out of shape and we're out of practice. But I thought, "What the heck..." and left the bridle in the tack room on our rides this weekend--trail outings and all! He *is* a bit rusty, but still willing and awesome. I can't wait to be with him every day again so we can hone in on our skills together. *grin*

sorry the video quality isn't the greatest.

spirithorse21: (Naturally Gifted)
While I was already planning to spend the weekend in Terre Haute working on some wedding stuff, I was doubly glad to get away and spend some time with my horses. Jeremy came with me and we had a bit of fun with the video mode on my digital point and shoot.


So, Samwise and I have been working on an uunbridled partnership since 2005. We used to be quite talented and could do all kinds of precise movements and collection. But Sam has been hanging out on the farm for almost three years with very little exercise. He's out of shape and we're out of practice. But I thought, "What the heck..." and left the bridle in the tack room on our rides this weekend--trail outings and all! He *is* a bit rusty, but still willing and awesome. I can't wait to be with him every day again so we can hone in on our skills together. *grin*

sorry the video quality isn't the greatest.

spirithorse21: (Sam and Co)
I can't believe I've forgotten to post these! I was so excited to show you all and then I completely forget to upload and edit them. I guess that's what happens when all your time after work is so crunched.

But without further ado, Samwise and his NEW Tucker trail saddle:


Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting





He masquerades as a western cow pony very nicely, I think. It was fun putting all that gear on him and seeing how awesome he looked.

More Samwise the Western Pony )
spirithorse21: (Sam and Co)
I can't believe I've forgotten to post these! I was so excited to show you all and then I completely forget to upload and edit them. I guess that's what happens when all your time after work is so crunched.

But without further ado, Samwise and his NEW Tucker trail saddle:


Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting





He masquerades as a western cow pony very nicely, I think. It was fun putting all that gear on him and seeing how awesome he looked.

More Samwise the Western Pony )
spirithorse21: (pcusa praise)
Here. Here is my place. Here among the grasses and the breeze and the rolling storm clouds that bear down upon us. Here, where the scent of horseflesh fills my nose and I can feel their hooves impacting the ground even as I stand across the field from them. Here is where I belong.

Before the storm

Blue, green, and black

I am beginning to feel closure here in this city. I can’t really say that I will miss it, though I’ve had a good time here and wouldn’t change the last three years for the world. Without it, I wouldn’t have Ann or Robin or Jeremy. I wouldn’t have had many other experiences, including growing closer to my big brother and his family. But I am ready to go to a smaller city with more rural spaces, fresh vegetables, cows, buffalo, and horses. I look forward to our yard with the small garden patch and the clothesline and the large deck that I want to refinish and stain. I will need curtains and floor rugs. Linseed oil. I will need Linseed oil. The counters are made of wood and they have no seal coating, so we have to oil them every so often.
Invitation: Into the Garden of Eden. No RSVP required. )
spirithorse21: (pcusa praise)
Here. Here is my place. Here among the grasses and the breeze and the rolling storm clouds that bear down upon us. Here, where the scent of horseflesh fills my nose and I can feel their hooves impacting the ground even as I stand across the field from them. Here is where I belong.

Before the storm

Blue, green, and black

I am beginning to feel closure here in this city. I can’t really say that I will miss it, though I’ve had a good time here and wouldn’t change the last three years for the world. Without it, I wouldn’t have Ann or Robin or Jeremy. I wouldn’t have had many other experiences, including growing closer to my big brother and his family. But I am ready to go to a smaller city with more rural spaces, fresh vegetables, cows, buffalo, and horses. I look forward to our yard with the small garden patch and the clothesline and the large deck that I want to refinish and stain. I will need curtains and floor rugs. Linseed oil. I will need Linseed oil. The counters are made of wood and they have no seal coating, so we have to oil them every so often.
Invitation: Into the Garden of Eden. No RSVP required. )

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