June 28, 2014
He's 24 now, but still plenty handsome.
We often let Mischief tag along on our rides. He enjoys getting some exercise that way.
Today, as we passed campgrounds in the National Forest, kids came out to see him in hordes. They were intrigued that he would follow us like a big dog. Actually, it's not that unusual. Horses are herd animals who naturally want to stay with their group. Mischief has been with Boss for 10 years, and with Coco for 4 years, so they're well bonded.
At one point, we had about a dozen kids, mostly little girls, coming up to fawn over Mischief. He seemed pleased to be the center of attention.
One little girl of about 5 or 6 asked if she could take Mischief home.
Steve explained that a horse needs plenty of hay and oats. She thought she could handle that, with help from a big sister.
Then Steve explained that Mischief would prefer to sleep in a bed instead of a barn. The little girl thought she could handle that, too. Mischief could sleep in her bed.
Next Steve asked if she had a refrigerator in her room, since Mischief liked his water cold. She sighed, and admitted she couldn't provide that, at least not in her room.
Of course, Steve was pulling her leg just a little bit.
June 24, 2014
On Day 1, the 7AM start of the 50 miler involved 80 snorting, whinnying, dancing horses, mostly high-stepping, tail-flagging Arabians. The ride master played the Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever on his truck's CD as the first competitors rode out. Once we got going, the horses settled down to a good working pace.
Both Coco and Boss passed their final vet checks with flying colors. Steve and Janie were feeling a little addled right after the rides, but soon recovered enough to enjoy some socializing each evening.
June 17, 2014
|Coco and Steve in a field of Buttercups|
|Glacier lilies plus Daisy|