Thursday, June 17, 2010

Chill Lil

Lily, my older daughter's retired jumper mare, seems to be enjoying her retirement at Paradigm Farms in Tennessee. She and Norman, my younger daughter's retired hunter pony, have been down there for about a year now. Lily did have a summer coat that was too heavy for the climate, so got a body clip the other day. She's always had to be sedated when clippers were involved. Here she is, expressing her disgust with the whole thing even through the sedation - she has a very expressive face - look at the mountains of hair:



But life in retirement isn't all about being subjected to things like clipping. Here she is, being social and grooming across the fence line with Thomas, a very handsome gelding.


I hope when I'm old that I have as good a place to go. Thanks to Melissa for the fun pictures!

16 comments:

  1. Lily's new life seems to suit her just fine!!! She always looks so happy and content there. That Thomas is a looker!

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  2. She looks too good to be retired! Hope I look that good! Dont fancy being shorn though!!!

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  3. Lily is looking good. I'm betting even though she's not happy about being clipped, she'll get over when she realizes how much cooler she feels. And of course she does have to look her best for Thomas.

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  4. Thomas is quite the ladies' man - all the girls want to look their best for him!

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  5. Your Lily sure is pretty..like a little blonde flower! I like that horses have a nice place to go and be cared for. It is very soothing to the heart, isn't it? Do you still technically own her if she is at the retirement farm? I am not sure how that works...but I suppose there are all kinds of ways to do it. She is very pretty. I always like hearing about another horse names Lilly/Lily. There are quite a few of them out there!

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  6. Cheyenne - Lil is only a little over 20, and completely sound. But she developed heaves, and could no longer do the speed for competitive show jumping and could not be stabled indoors. She also wasn't interested (at all) in becoming a trail horse, so we opted to retire her. Living outdoors 24/7 she does fine.

    baystatebrumby - she's still ours - Melissa's place is a boarding barn, but just for retired horses only.

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  7. What sweet pictures.

    She sure looks like she is enjoying her retirement.

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  8. Lily's looking good! You said Lily's just over 20, how old is Norman (love that name by the way...adorable!)?

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  9. Mare - Norm's just over 20, too, and sound except for some arthritis, but rather than sell him on (he's a small medium at 12.2 hands) we decided to retire him. He gave his all as a competitor, but has some personality quirks (some we suspect may be due to abuse)- like hating most children! - that make him somewhat difficult to deal with at times. Ponies often get passed from hand to hand to hand and, when they're as good in the show ring as Norman, ultimately end up as old, unsound and unhappy school ponies. We didn't want that to happen to Norm, who's a real personality and deserved a better deal.

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  10. Looks like a wonderful farm! Lily is beautiful and I am sure she will feel better...It has been so darn hot here in Tenn.

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  11. Gorgeous mare! And that place does look like a horsey heaven on earth!

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  12. I still can't get over the fact there are such places for horses to retire. I didn't have a clue.

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  13. Looks like her pasture buddy doesn't mind her in short hair.
    :)

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  14. She looks great and the place is lovely. She is one lucky girl.

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  15. awww sweet Lily...what a lucky girl. Glad to see that the older babies get the good life they deserve...it's seldom to see that. Good job! :)

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  16. Lily looks gorgeous! Poor girl, too bad she can't relax and just enjoy all the attention when being clipped.
    It's great to see a horse so well taken care of, too.
    I like the photo of the gelding and Lily grooming across the fenceline. Black and white...yin and yang. Beautiful!


    ~Lisa

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