Posts tagged “ranch

Horsing around

As it’s the Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Horse,

Some wisdom from the horse’s mouth seems appropriate.

I moustache you to embrace the year with open arms;

Moustache on horse

To remember that even if life seems to be going backwards,

We can try to deal with problems with grace.


Life has its moments of beauty —

Beauty copy

And of tenderness and love.

Mother and son

A big dose of laughter will stop neigh-sayers in their tracks

And make life better —


Because it’s all about falling and then having the courage

To saddle up and ride again.


For more hay-zy wise words, please visit: Our World Tuesday.

On the ranch

There’s nowhere better to be

Than on the ranch on a hot summer’s day.

My hot dog, Oscar, and I can just hang out

Oscar and horse

And friends are always willing to give him a hug.

Oscar and spade

You can meet beautiful horses

Not afraid to roll in the mud


And, best of all, children can find

Good friends willing to share

The same hairstyle

And the same intense look of friendship.

Arc and Kickan

For more friendly creatures, please visit: Camera Critters.

Horsing around

It was one of those glorious autumn days

When the chill afternoon air turned

Breath to delicious smoke.

When my daughter met a new friend,

Isa, the New Forest Pony.

(The horse seems to be smiling, don’t you think?)

They rode into the sunlight

And round and round again,

While golden light – as thick as honey –

Made us thankful to feel alive.

(Sometimes you just have to hang onto that feeling of joy for as long as you can.)

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Invisible beauty

It’s hard to believe that this horse arrived at my friend’s ranch only a few months ago

Uncared for, unloved, coat and mane matted

And with a sad sad look in his eye.

With love and attention he blossomed into this beauty —

A treasure that went unrecognized

Because he only has one good eye

And an empty socket where the other one used to be.

Luckily, he’s in the safe loving hands of someone whose heart recognized his inner beauty.

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. — Kahil Gibran

For more treasures, please visit: Camera Critters.

Bright spark

Every Friday, Anklebiter 1 (and sometimes number 2) and I head out to a horse ranch as soon as school finishes.

The road winds past dilapidated barns and wide open countryside; the road twisting and turning and narrowing as we near our destination in the middle of nowhere.

We brush Attila, who despite his name is a darling, and then we saddle up and my daughter rides away, with the rest of us (dog included) trailing after…

Last week, AB1 went to the field to fetch Attila. Several large horses blocked the way and wouldn’t let her out.

She asked me to help by unhitching the electric fence wires and then chase these horses – did I mention how huge they are? – away.

I took my gloves off and grabbed the hook thingie to detach the wires.

Apparently, you’re supposed to grab the plastic handles and not the actual wires of an electric fence…

I yelled loudly. I shook and you could almost see my skeleton as I vibrated like a cartoon character.

But my piercing scream did the trick. The large horses ran off, terrified.

The ranch owners came running.

“Oh, it’s just me!” I said with my singed hair standing up on end. “Just testing the electric fence for you…”


“It all works fine!”

(No wonder my daughter says I’m embarrassing…)

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