Thursday, October 8, 2009

What Drink is Your Horse?

Somehow, when I was working with Dawn yesterday, it came to me that she is like a drink of lovely cold water from a clean stream or good well - pure, clean, fresh, refreshing, honest and open. Her eyes are becoming like deep, soft pools of water.

Then, of course, I had to think of all my horses in terms of drinks. Maisie is some sort of fruity, fizzy drink - exhilarating, sweet, effervescent, but with a kick. Noble is like a nice, robust cup of tea, but with something special added - maybe Earl Grey - solid, comforting and special. Norman is a good champagne - which by coincidence is his color! - special, with a touch of prestige and hauteur and delivering good feelings when handled right (!). Lily is a robust red wine - deep, complex, powerful - handle with care!

What drinks are your horses?

16 comments:

  1. Bodhi is a cup of hot cider, sweet and spicy and comforting! His coat reminds me of fall as well so I guess that is why I pick a seasonal drink. He really comes alive in the cooler months.

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  2. Fawkes is like a good cup of coffee. Warm and inviting, with his sweet dark eyes pulling you in and that nice inviting aroma and then slowly coming to life as the caffiene kicks in. A nice little kick of energy to get you going and clear your head.

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  3. My horse, Cowboy, is like an apple martini--lots of fun--a real character. My two fillies, Cia and Beautiful Girl, are very much like your description of Dawn. They both exude a purity--willingness to go where you lead them--and almost reflect you.

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  4. Hmmm, Corky is like a large brandy in a warm glass, drank in front of a roaring fire in winter. Anky is complex like a cocktail, sometimes mellow, sometimes sharp. The two youngsters are both like pure crystal clean water, Remy, sparkling and a little fizzy, Bonbon, still and calm, but light and fresh.

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  5. Mosco the TB is like coffee: warm, brown, appealing, smells good, gives me energy and is comforting to no end. Also they're both my favorite!
    Barrett the Paint is spiked cider: sweet and spicy with a sharp kick to him! He's always a character!
    I love questions like these!

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  6. What a fun and interesting post. Your descriptions sound magical and show a true love for your horses.

    As for my mare, Baby Doll, she is lemonaid. Drank slowly on a hot day, sweet and refreshing at first, but with a sour kick at the end.

    ~Lisa

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  7. Armani is like an alcoholic coffee drink, which is a drink I don't even like. Oh dear. But anyway he is dark bay, so that's obvious. There's a lot of conflicting elements mixed in. Bitter coffee, sugar, cream. He's very robust and strong, friendly, yet has some "bite".

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  8. Panama is the spiked punch at a party -- sweet, sociable, and everyone's favorite, but don't get too complacent because when you least expect it, you're on your ass!

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  9. excellent Kate! Moo is like a tequila slammer...rough, exciting and lively...prone to leaving me with a headache.

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  10. Tucker is a Venti Mocha Frap! Big and delicious!

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  11. Right now Cibolo is a martini. Shaken.

    Me too. Lily is southern sweet tea, sometimes too sweet and not always good for you, but very, very soothing.

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  12. Bogart is like Schwartz Bier (really dark, strong, flavorful, satisfying German Beer). He is steadfast, reliable, totally satisfying, and gives a solid performance every time. He is even a dark chestnut--almost liver, so it fits him physically as well as temperamentally! Great post! Love to hear the drink descriptions from everyone.

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  13. Kate, left you this on my blog, hope it's okay to leave it here too:

    My goodness Kate - no apology needed!!! I take your comments in the intention they are given - teaching and I've learned so much from you!!!

    In fact I was quite tickled that my two favorite teachers were debating the possible solutions. That was fantastic and I learned so much from that back and forth.

    Please, give me feedback. I desperately need it. :) I lean more towards your techniques, actually, but my tightrope is learning where firmness needs... firming up...

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  14. Great post. I'm not going to list all eight horses but I think Dusty might be a bubbly glass of dry tart champagne, perhaps Dom Perignon, defining her effervescent personality with an accent on the 'tart'. She does think she's quite the princess and would more than likely want everyone to pay homage to her by kissing her crown and drinking from her glass hoof.

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  15. Breathe's comment interested me in the background of it so I checked out her blog. Would you do a post on your methods for dealing with horses that are aggressive on the ground? Not mean aggressive, but pushy, balky, invade your space aggressive. Our Paint gelding who we bought last August is that way. Most of what we know is that he was broke under saddle at age 5 (he is VERY fun to ride & seems to have had excellent under-saddle training) and used very little after that, mostly for a yearly trail ride. We bought him at age 11 and it was obvious he had been very very spoiled. Hand fed copious amounts of treats whenever people were in his presence, allowed to invade space, etc. He's much better now (you can be within a few feet of his head without being mouthed to death), but he is still pretty dominant. Like the other blogger, I hate feeling like I have to be a jerk with him to have him behave properly. I have tried doing that and it feels wrong! He loses all of his sparkle when you treat him that way (NOT abusively,but firmer that I like to have to be). He's not dangerous; he's just sort of obnoxious sometimes! I was totally unprepared for a horse with his personality, since my horse has never been pushy like that. Sorry for the novel! I've been curious about how you would deal with this situation & reading those other posts prompted me to ask.

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  16. Werther is easy, he would be a dark german lager. Something that is easy to drink, but also has a complex flavor profile. It can also make you a little slow and sluggish.
    Wesley would be a PBR, equally adored by hipster kids and rednecks.

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