May Activities at the Rescue
The month of May kicked off with an exciting visit from clinician Hannah Campbell. Volunteer Ashley got some tips on working with that Appaloosa mare, Bopper.
Ashley also got Zippy to go into the horse trailer.
Faith said, "You want me to do WHAT!?!" but with encouragement from Hannah and Dave, she eventually went inside.
Max, like Faith, is one of those hot-wired Arabians, but Hannah got him to settle down. Then Mom rode him.
Yesterday the Dentist came to fix Choctaw's bad teeth. Her parrot mouth is WAY worse than mine, poor girl!
P.J. stood by, wondering if he would have to see the dentist, too. Nope, you're as cool as your pajamas, fella, no worries.
Chris came to send Shotgun for a workout in the round pen before riding him. Cocoa got a turn, too.
I still have evening babysitting duty. Thank goodness Penny takes over during the day, so I can get a break from those rambunctious youngsters. We're always busy at the Wyandot County Equine Rescue
Birthdays Can Be Fun and Also Funny
Mom made me some new pajamas. I felt a little silly in them, but wore them anyway.
Mr. Albino sent me a new fly bonnet, but I couldn't see past the fringe.
After the fashion show, I finally got down to breakfast.
Then I went on a trail ride by the river and saw a red-tailed hawk.
When I got back, Chenoa asked my age. I whispered the answer in her ear, but told her it really wasn't a polite question.
Wouldn't ya know it? That Arab-filly-Mom-likes-way-too-much overheard us talking. Sheesh!
Then word got around the barn that I had birthday treats and suddenly everyone wanted to be my BFF.
Zippy even left his pasture grass and walked up the hill, followed by that Appy mare, Bopper.
Mom scolded me for being a grump and I had to share my peppermints with everyone, plus double for skinny Max.
Luckily my stud muffins are locked up in Mom's truck and Flossie is in the shop again. No access!
Seriously, thanks for all the birthday wishes, everyone!
Zippy and His Main Peep
That good looking Quarter Horse at the Wyandot County Equine Rescue struts his stuff for Volunteer, Ashley V.
Mom mentors Ashley in natural horse training techniques in exchange for her help at the barn.
Ashley has got a knack for how to communicate in horse lingo and Zippy joins up in no time.
Every horse deserves their very own human to love and care for them!
Mom scolds me for getting jealous of the time she spends with other horses at the Rescue. Some new arrivals:
and Penny Pony, who is expecting.
I can't help getting a little jealous. It's hard to share your Main Peep!
January Twenty Thirteen!
Our first big event of 2013 came on January 2nd, when Fie went to her new adoptive home!
I know Magnum will miss her the most because they were BFFs.
Remember my donkey friend, Cotton? Rumor has it he and his pals are going to a home in North Carolina soon!
During the holidays, a new mare, Tess, came to the Wyandot County Equine Rescue. She was feeling nervous and cold, so Cocoa gave her his blanket and his friendship.
Speaking of the holidays, I got just what I wanted for Christmas--a singing box of stud muffins! Mom suggested I share with the other horses, so I began with Jazz.
Flicka stood there waiting for one, too. I suggested she resolve not to kick me anymore and then it wouldn't be so hard to share treats with her. Mom gave her one anyway.
Chessie is happy because she's been getting extra special attention from one of the rescue volunteers. I heard Ashley has special plans for Chessie this year, but I'll save those details for another blog!
Happy New Year!
We Had Fun on Thanksgiving Day
On Thanksgiving Day, the horses at the rescue decided to play in the mud. Mom wasn't too thrilled about it, but later she declared Prince the winner of the Dirtiest Horse Contest. He was very proud of himself, because usually Cowboy wins that one. The prize was a complete curry and brush grooming session.
After the mud contest, Hershey pigged out on the round bale.
Rio and Rosie played in the field.
Dave, the very busy Director at Wyandot County Equine Rescue, finally got a chance to ride Shiloh, his personal steed.
Mom and I went for a bareback ride down to the Richey-Crawford Cemetery and looked at old gravestones. The whole thing made me feel a bit spooky, especially when I saw my shadow!
When we got back, we thought of all the things we were thankful for this week. Bridget said she's thankful she got adopted!
Three of the miniature donkeys found a home, too! They said they are thankful they won't be separated from one another.
Meanwhile, back in Connecticut, Mister Albino invited a bunch of stuffed animals over for dinner. One of the animals in this picture is a real live furry creature. Can you tell which one?
I hope your holiday was as much fun as ours!
Love from your friend,
Winnie Greets New Additions to the Rescue
At Wyandot County Equine Rescue, we've had some new horses join the herd. Here is Cocoa, a Thoroughbred who came in about a month ago, needing to add weight. Cocoa has gained several pounds by chowing down generous helpings of Maxi-Glo and Equine Senior with his regular grain. He is enjoying the company of another new horse, a registered Quarter Horse we call "Zippy," who is out of the famous stallion, Impressive.
A beautiful palomino mare came in as a horse with no name, so I chose "Buttercup." Unlike Cocoa, she's a bit on the buttery side, having stood in a stall since last April. With training and room to play with other horses, her figure will improve in no time!
Jazz got her feet trimmed today, along with several of the Rescue horses. Jazz behaved well for the farrier, but Alex had help from Lee, a dedicated volunteer, just in case Jazz went into "hyper-mode." That's Dave, the Director, under that cowboy hat, looking on.
As for Winnie, she's been learning how to collect at the canter. She and I took a long ride down the Ohio country roads today. We found a swell grazing spot, where the grass is still green. Winnie's appetite has increased with the snappy fall weather. She can't wait to find out what extra treats she'll be getting for
We hope you have a wonderful holiday!
Riding With Friends When School is Out
Sunny weather brightened the barn on Sunday and Monday. Our helpers at Wyandot County Equine Rescue were in the mood for riding. Lee rode Chessie, Amy rode Fi, Alex rode Chica, and Mom rode me.
Cowboy's mood failed to match the weather and he ended up in TIME OUT for bucking Mom off on Sunday afternoon.
Tuesday it rained, but Jazz wanted to play ball, so we had a one-on-one in the round pen.
Today I taught Rio how to pony and he didn't bite my neck, even though he wants to be a vampire for Halloween.
Speaking of Halloween, someone told me I might get to walk in a Costume Parade tomorrow night! Everyone loves a parade, especially me. I get to see so many fans!