I love that grey nose. Anyway, after lots of carrots and kisses (and some currying, which was not received quite as happily as the carrots were), I gave him a face rub and went out to see how the CANTER guys were doing with all the snow on the ground.
The first horse I met up with was Brew, a relatively new mare. I didn’t get a pic of her this weekend, but here she is from when she first arrived:
Brew was a pretty typical mare in that she went through a “don’t touch me!” phase. I went out a few times and she made it clear she wanted nothing to do with me by walking away and staying out of reach. Being large and ungainly, my usual “I WILL TAME YOU WITH MY LOVE” approach wasn’t as much fun so I just let her be. This past weekend? She’s done her 180 and was just the biggest love! Gave her all kinds of scratchins and rubbins, and spent a good fifteen minutes just loving on her, which seemed to make her really happy. She’s a sweetheart, and I think really nice, so it will be fun to see what she can do.
Another newer arrival, Slinky, was as sweet as ever too. She’s my new “favorite” (well, sort of… of the girls, anyway!) and pretty impossible not to love. When I saw her the first time I was pretty blinded and came away feeling like I’d just met one of the prettiest horses ever on the planet. She is very special I didn’t get new pics of her either but here’s a goofy pic of her face:
She is doing very, very well – fat as a tick and with a lovely, very dark winter coat coming in. She had some time off from the track before coming to us so is having no trouble adjusting. Can’t wait for some room to open up in NC for more mares, she’s going to be REALLY cool!
Also in the mare field was goofy, pretty Rainbow. She’s a very nice, solid mare, big and beefy, nice conformation (who wants a Kris S? I know lots of people like those!). She was busy playing Disney Princess this weekend, I don’t know if you can see it in the pics, but these small groups of little grey birds were flocking to her and perching on her back and neck.
From there, I stopped to visit one of our big-blazed geldings, who is definitely one of the cuter horses I’ve ever hung out with. In addition to the big white face, he’s got some other neat markings, like one leg that is roan from the knee down. Not a sock, just white hairs mixed in. It’s kind of odd looking, yet definitely adorable! This boy was wondering what the heck happened to all the grass
After some serious canoodling time with blazeface mcgee, I met a horse who is sure to become a volunteer and fan favorite. He’s just… one of those. Remember Mikey? (who doesn’t!) This guy is another Mikey. Except he’s read. It’s sort of like Donnie Brasco, where there was Sonny Black and Sonny Red… The original Mikey was the brown one, but this is the red one. Based solely on personality, I’m calling him Mikey Red until someone comes up with something better.
I spy… a cute red horse that looks like it has to be one of ours. This, by the way, is the farthest I would get from Mikey Red until I escaped the field.
I didn’t run. Instead, I stood there cooing, “oh you look like a fun new CANTER horse! You’re so CUUUUUTE!!!” Which then led to a lot of this:
And some of this:
And as I tried desperately to back up enough for a full face shot, a little more of this:
This horse, apparently, was born for attention. He hugs, he plays, he loves scratchins, and without even a single treat involved he followed me all the way to the gate of the field (which was a heck of a hike, and none of the other horses came), and then stood there like he was insulted I wasn’t taking him somewhere.
This horse is going to be RIDICULOUS. I love him. I’m kind of glad he’s not in the same field as Truckee, that would be way too much!
In other news, we have another new arrival – this handsome little guy is a four year old who last raced only a week before, so he’s still looking a bit tucked up, and is a little confused by his new routine. He also followed me all around, more out of, “hey! A person! I know what to do with those!” and because the other horses were being a little mean. He’s a true sweetheart and a good snuggler too!
That’s about it from the funny farm. I won’t be out there again for many a week, as there is all sorts of crazy stuff going on the next few weekends. Hopefully will have some more happy stories of alums from the track listings, and various other stuff!