Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Noble at 30

Thirty years ago today, Noble was a newborn foal. I have no baby pictures - I expect he was an extremely cute foal - as Noble and I did not meet until he was 17.

Every morning for the past few weeks, he's been jigging all the way to turnout and then galloping off from the gate - it's wonderful seeing him feeling so spry at his age, particularly after the period earlier this year when he wasn't feeling so well before we figured out his thyroid and insulin resistance issues. This morning, he was especially fast, and I saw a number of beautiful flying lead changes.

In honor of his birthday, I've collected some of my favorite photos of him from the past few years.

Galloping with the gelding herd this spring:




At the round bale this past winter:

A snowy face after rolling, and then showing them who's boss:



His wonderful curved ears:

Grazing this spring:

His tail with the white streak:

And my favorite picture of him, from the winter before last, taken by Scout and Joe's owner - it really shows his beautiful face and captures his expressive personality:

I'm hoping he has a number of good years left, but at this point every day I get to be with him is special.

28 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you found the combination that is making Noble one of the healthiest senior equines on the internet!

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  2. Aw, Nobie, you beautiful guy. Happy Birthday!! I will bring you a special treat today and sing for you (which may not be such a special treat!) :)

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  3. What a handsome guy! Way to go Noble for making it to 30! Glad to hear he is feeling better after you made some adjustments to his care.

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  4. The BIG 30! Wow, quite an accomplishment... Love the pictures they truly show his personality...One of the horses at my barn turned 27 this year, and like you mentioned with Noble, he's still galloping and goofing off in the pasture. It's always good to see older horses thrive!

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  5. Happy Birthday Noble! What a lovely horse ! with those adorable ears you know he was a show stopper as a foal!

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  6. wow, beautiful. tell noble he is giving me hope.

    ~lytha

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  7. Happy birthday, Noble! Noble and I are the same age -- I just turned 30 2 weeks ago. :o)

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  8. He is both beautiful and blessed! Happy birthday Noble! Heres to many more!

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  9. Happy birthday to a very handsome boy - he looks wonderful for any age, but absolutely fabulous for 30!

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  10. Happy Birthday to one handsome guy. Glad he's feeling so good at his age. I hope he has many more happy sound years in his future.

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  11. He looks venerable and wise and full of presence. May he have ease in his life.

    Máire

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  12. Happy Birthday Noble, he is a credit to your barn, looking wonderful for his age!

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  13. Wow! Happy Birthday handsome Noble! How wonderful. It's obvious that you are loved very much. Here's to many more healthy and active years!

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  14. Happy Birthday sweet boy! You have done a great job with him Kate. A testament to your knowledge and passion for horses.

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  15. sweet sweet Noble...what a great success story of a happy healthy boy! Age 30...and counting of course!! Wow

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  16. I love his ears and wise eyes... Happy 30th Birthday Noble !

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  17. Happy 30th Birthday Noble! You have the sweetest ears on the earth. I love your photos. You are still so energetic!

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  18. Kate, it's your love and care that keep Noble young at heart. Happy Birthday to a truly noble horse! He lives up to his name.

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  19. Aw, what a beautiful guy!! The seniors really are the best. He looks so healthy and happy. Happy birthday and best wishes for many more :)

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  20. Happy Birthday, Noble. May the sunshine on your mornings and the rain fall only when you are under shelter. And may each day bring you strong legs to gallop and a wise mind to know when to stop.

    Hugs to a super boy!

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  21. Happy Birthday beautiful Noble! What a handsome boy he is too, he has the cutest ears! :-D

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  22. Happy Birthdy Noble! Raising a glass of carrot juice to your many years and continued health!

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  23. love those old guys and gals! it's so great when they have a good home, they deserve it.
    - The Equestrian Vagabond

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  24. Happy Birthday, O Noble One! The name fits you so perfectly!

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  25. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. Oh he's so handsome and so healthy and strong looking. He looks better than many horses I've seen that are 10 -15 years younger than him. He looks like he could live another 10 years or more!

    Happy Birthday Noble!


    ~Lisa

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