While Animal Kingdom ran the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Lennar Atlanta was celebrating Derby Days with The Big Red Horse and Atlanta Real Estate Forum publisher, Carol Flammer. We showed them our “derby” canter and taught cameraman, Kevin Morrow and his lovely wife Jana a few things about how to properly groom a Big Red Horse. We think they found it to be pretty similar to getting a model home in order for visitors, after all it is important to always be well groomed and put your best foot forward. Lennar Atlanta “turned out” quite nicely for their Derby Days promotion with derby themed activities in all of their neighborhoods and authentic derby pie. Of course, we prefer carrots or carrot cake to pie any day.
It’s no surprise that Lennar was attracted to The Big Red Horse. We know how much they LOVE the color red and after all, The Big Red Horse is bright red – the color of a new shiny copper penny gleaming in the sunshine. Considering that Animal Kingdom is a chestnut too, it looks like red is the winning color for 2011.
Having a schoolmaster is a wonderful thing. At age 22 Trakehner stallion Favian *PS is happily giving riding lessons to my son. Both of them are loving every minute of it, and I’m love having a horse that I can trust with precious cargo. Here is a big shout out for Favian (aka Junior) and his awesome personality.
If you’d like your own “little Favian,” call me for information about frozen semen at 770-383-3360.
1. Under judges remarks the only comment is: “Nice braids.”
2. Your horse confuses the dressage arena boards for a cavaletti and exits at K.
3. Your 20 meter circle shape reminds the judge that she should buy eggs on her way home.
4. Your serpentine was perfect, except that it was supposed to be a straight entry on the center line.
5. Sitting trot has caused some of your fillings to come loose.
6. Your horse believes “free walk” means leaving the arena and heading towards the nearest patch of grass.
7. You work harder than your horse does in working trot.
8. During the salute, your inadvertently use your whip hand and your horse performs “airs above the ground”.
9. Your horse’s walk appears to be more “rare” than “medium.”
10. Impulsion is improved only after the horse sees monsters in the decorative conifers near letters marking the dressage arena.
Thanks to my friend Laura King for forwarding this to me!
Manure. In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything was transported by ship, including fertilizer. Because commercial fertilizer had not been invented large shipments of manure were common. It was shipped dry, because its dry form weighed a lot less. However while at sea the manure would typically get wet. It not only became heavier, but the process of fermentation would begin. Of course a by-product of fermentation is methane gas.
As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles, methane gas would begin to build up in the body of the ship. The first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM! Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening.
After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the term ‘Ship High In Transit’ on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high (Continued…)
I have friends that are guilty of others. Please comment and let me know which ones of these you do!
I cluck to kids, dogs, etc. And, I’m guilty of calling my husband by my horses name.
Special thanks to Melissa Arredondo for this beautiful photo of my stallion, Favian *Ps.
Only Horse People…
- believe in an 11th commandment: inside leg to outside rein.
- know that all topical medications come in either indelible blue or neon yellow.
- think nothing of eating a sandwich while mucking out a stall.
- know why a thermometer has a yard of yarn attached to the end of it.
- are banned from Laundromats.
- fail to associate whips, chains and leather with sexual deviancy.
- can magically lower their voices five octaves to bellow at a pawing horse.
- will end relationships over their hobby.
- cluck to their cars to help them up hills.
- insure their horses for more than their cars.
- know (and care) more about their horse’s nutrition than their own.
- have no problem speaking of semen, abscesses and colic surgery at the dinner table.
- have a smaller wardrobe than their horse.
- engage in a hobby that is more work than their day job.
- know that a good ride is better than Zoloft any day.
Do you ever wonder what your horse is actually thinking? Sometimes I am sure that I do not want to know what mine are thinking!
How often have you ever wondered if you are on the same page or even talking the same language? Take a look at some of the definitions from the horse’s dictionary and compare them to yours.
Arena: Place where humans can take the fun out of forward motion.
Bit: Means by which a rider’s every motion is transmitted to the sensitive tissues of the mouth.
Crossties: Gymnastic apparatus.
Dressage: Process by which some riders can eventually be taught to respect the bit.
Fence: Barrier that protects good grazing, as the grass is almost always greener on the other site. (Continued…)
If I’m the Big Red Horse (and I am), this is the little black and white stallion. Did you see this guy? Einstein the new born pinto stallion only weighed 6 pounds when born. I think the baby goats in the barn were that big! Spring time is a lot of fun. Not only are their usually new babies on the farm, but there is LOTS of grass. Best of all, I have acres of clover to eat. Gotta get back to it!
Goat kids, that is. Thistledown welcomed two Alpine dairy goat bucklings on Saint Patrick’s Day. Mama and babies are all healthy; however, mama goat chose to nurse just one of them leaving the humans at Thistledown to nurse one of the brothers. Named Patrick and O’Malley in honor of the holiday they were born on, the two brothers are available for sale.
Alpine Dairy Goats
The Alpine dairy goat is a medium to large sized goat. Our female mother Thistle is probably around 75 lbs and our male Briar around 175 lbs. This is the only breed of goats with upright ears. Both the males and females have horns and they come in a variety of colors and color combinations.
These are hardy, adaptable animals that thrive in any climate while maintaining good health and excellent milk production. Find out more about Alpine dairy goats at the Dairy Goat Journal.
Baby Alpine Dairy Goats for Sale
The brothers are for sale and available with papers. They are $250 each and we will offer a discount to a good home that is interested in both.
Alpine goats make excellent companions, lawn mowers and pack goats. They are typically larger, stronger, and healthier than other goat breeds. They are easy to train, bond with their keepers and are rather affectionate.
The Big Red Horse received this query in his email:
Having a discussion on how to pronounce ‘Trakehner’. Would someone be kind enough to assist? Is it ‘track – uhn – er’, or ‘truh – keyn(cane) – er’? Or do you have a better way of sharing with me? Sorry to bug. It’s me against the wife & daughter! (I’m thinking ‘cane’)
Thanks in advance for your response…
Not being one to fuel family feuds, we collected answers:
From Helen Gibble who served as the ATA registrar for many years and speaks fluent German, “My version would be “tru (like in truck) cane er” with the emphasis on “cane.”
Pam Norton who plans all of the annual conventions responds, “Tra cane er.”
Eileen Krause responds, “truh – keyn (cane) – er with the accent on the second syllable.”
Favian, the Big Red Horse comments, “Call me whatever you want, just let me eat grass!”
Have you ever thought how cool it would be to talk to animals like Dr. Doolittle? I had the opportunity to meet the horse whisperer Bill Northern last night and it was quite fascinating. He specializes in race horses and spends time helping to solve both their mental and physical problems. For those who have pets and are in tune with them, it is fairly easy to hear what they are saying, but Bill Northern can dig a little deeper through his dowsing techniques. Check out his web site for more specifics on what he does, I’m more interested in sharing some of the highlights from his stories.
A colorful story teller who often had tears in his eyes while telling his tales, you can tell Bill Northern loves what he does. When he isn’t working in Kentucky, he can often be found jetting around the globe to California or New Zealand. In fact, I believe he left for New Zealand today – he finds it a bit more comfortable in the winter (mostly because it is summer there). In addition to treating horses, he has treated almost any other kind of animal that you can imagine.
The story highlights:
- Cats Lie – most animals will tell him the truth about their behavioral issues, but cats want to bargain and will often lie. He says that they will tell the truth if they are in physical pain. Take the cat he consulted about its nasty habit of scratching on and tearing up its owners furniture. Bill worked a compromise where the owners would feed the cat that pink fish (salmon) everyday and the cat would no longer tear up the couch. . . Well you can guess what happened the one day they ran out of salmon!
- Maybe horses do see color? I’ve often heard that they see in black and white, but perhaps not so! One race horse Bill treated because it was finishing dead last. The horse had recently changed stables and it told him that it (Continued…)