Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Outstanding in Their Field

Horses are strange and beautiful creatures. They eat a mystifying quantity of grass on a daily basis and would rather lie down in the snow than hunker down in their shelter. And when it rains, they do this:

They line up with their fannies to the fence. I don't know why they do it, but they do. Pioneer Woman, I'm sure you regularly read my blog, could you please explain this phenomenon to a novice farmgirl, such as myself?

This is Salt Pony. Or...Sugar Pony. (Clever names courtesy of Calvin Lee.) Ruby is still fairly terrified of our cats, but cannot get enough of these ponies. Interesting side note: The big horses cannot be in the same pasture as the minis because of a deeply rooted hatred for one another. It's like Animal Farm meets Hatfields vs. McCoys. Cory personally witnessed one of the bigs kick one of the littles into the air before they were mercifully split up by their owner. And yes "big" and "little" are the preferred terminologies among us equestrian types.

Calvin, on the other hand, would rather spend his days hauling Ralph and/or Buddy around. Inexplicably, they continue to allow him to do so and do not run when they see him approaching. How on earth did I end up with a true-blue animal lover?

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PS - All of you vintagey, crafty people out there should RUN over to Spoonflower to vote on the fabric of the week. My pal Jessica has one on the ballot and I promise, you will love hers the best.

10 comments:

  1. Your horses are beautiful! My friend Elizabeth owns a horse ranch in Nevada. Such beautiful creatures! And the picture of your son with the cat is precious!!! I am going to check out the fabrics now!

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  2. Look at that sugary salty pony. :o) Soo pretty. I always wanted horses and goats. :)

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  3. I told Jessica the exact same thing. So true! And it's funny because minutes before reading this I referred to the Hatfields and the McCoys outloud to Lois while talking about these landowners we are inviting to focus groups in PA and NY. I told it would be great if a feud like that erupted. I love that photo of Ruby. I need to get over and acquaint myself with the band and with your garden. Maybe I should come your way tomorrow night!

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  4. I've always been told horses but their 'butt' toward the storm as a defense. As the wind shifts or storm front moves, they too usually move and keep their back end facing the storm. But maybe that isn't correct.. ?

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  5. Oh, that cat! What a face. Emma and I can't wait to meet him in person.

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  6. Love the horses. They are just so beautiful. Unfortunately I do not know one thing about them, so I can't help you with the questions. Love your neck of the woods:)

    I'm off to check that other site you suggested.

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  7. Oh, my dear Shannan! How kind of you to send your groupies running to my fabric! Thanks so much.

    Some advice from another girl who is not gaga over animals--don't get a puppy. I'm afraid our summer is in peril if Harry does not settle down. Perhaps his trip to the "neuter scooter" (aka the vet) will help next week.

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  8. Oh I'm so envious that you to live with horses. I rode them all during my youth, and in college, and so miss it. Your kids are just amazingly lucky to grow up there!

    I voted for Jessica - she did have the best fabric, hands down.

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  9. If you ever want to rally troups to vote for anything, anything at all, check out my friend Kate's site - Underdogs Unite. That's what it's all about, in good fun. Her button is on my sidebar too.

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  10. love these two pictures of your kids!! and i am feeling less & less crafty every day that passes. you are on it!!! hopefully with the kids home for the summer, i will make SOMETHING???

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