Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fond Reunion

Some of you many know that, a little over a year ago, we retired Norman and Lily to a wonderful place in Tennessee - Paradigm Farms - many of you follow their blog. My younger daughter (who is also is Dawn's person when she's at home) was down that way visiting friends, and was able to stop by and see them. No pictures of the Lil, but here are a few pictures of Norman's reunion with my daughter - she looks pretty happy to see him!


Knowing Norman - he was never much for snuggling - he's thinking about getting back to the grass but at least it doesn't look like he's trying to bite her! It's hard to believe she was ever small enough to ride him - she rode and showed him from the time she was 8 until she was 12, and he'll always be her special pony. Melissa did this wonderful post about Lily and Norman when they arrived there last year - this post has some great photos of my daughter and Norman in their show days.

16 comments:

  1. Oh Kate! Those photos of Norman and your daughter made me tear up! I love them! I remember when you moved Norman and Lily there and how happy they are in their retirement there. Your daughter's face tells the whole story! How wonderful that she was able to visit her sweet (silly biting) pony! (Maybe he is mellowing in his old age.)

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  2. It's great that she got to have a reunion with her pony. Their pictures on the paradigm farm site were wonderful. Glad to see they are doing so well.

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  3. We are so glad that she was able to make it out to the farm. :) I told her she must have been the envy of every little girl on her street since she had a pony as cute as Norman!

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  4. Norman probably apreciated the visit in his way.Sweet old soul. Glad she had the opportunity to visit him

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  5. ts nice to see this, too many people dont care.

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  6. it must have been so hard for her to let him go.

    very touching photos of them.

    ~lytha

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  7. LOL, he looks like Dixie would. "Oh, hi, human. Haven't seen you lately. Lead me to the grass now."

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  8. Kate--

    I think I've said this before on your blog, but I'll say it again.

    I think it's absolutely awesome that these guys are getting to live out their retirement and be happy (and well cared for) in their old age.

    Too many people are not responsible horse owners once the horse becomes older and no longer "useful."

    We've got 6 senior horses at the rescue I work with, all around 30.

    All horses that had outlived their usefulness because of their old age and had been dumped, starved, mistreated or otherwise ill cared for.

    Now they have a great time in 24/7 turn out bossing the 2 year olds around and occasionally giving a visitor a pony ride.

    But, I wish others could learn from how you are caring for your older horses!!

    Mary

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  9. Oh, how sweet!! Your daughter looks so happy to see him!

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  10. Mary H. - I'm fortunate to have the resources to support them as they live out their lives - but see the bumper sticker in the prior post. I think it's easy to forget when you take on a horse that they can live a very long time, and can be suddenly unrideable even in their prime. Owning horses, even one horse, is hellishly expensive, even if you don't have a horse with major health problems. I think if more people considered these costs, and were willing to commit to the horse long-term regardless of its health, there would be a lot fewer unwanted horses.

    But then I'm not saying that people shouldn't sell horses - finding the right horse is very important. I'm bothered a lot by the philosophy of "trading up" that's prevalent in the show world - in all disciplines - where older, often unsound horses end up as unhappy school horses (or worse), after being overused in the name of winning.

    And people can unexpectedly get into financial difficulties and need help. But that's different than treating horses like objects and discarding them like used tissues when their usefulness (in riding and showing; horses have lots more uses than that) is done.

    Sorry for the rant!

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  11. Ahhh your cute little Norman letting someone hug him! What?!? :-)
    Adorable picture. He looks like he's actually okay with tolerating the hug. He must be happy!

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  12. Kate, your "rant" is absolutely appreciated. I second Mary in applauding you for taking care of Norman and Lily in their retirement, and I hope to be able to offer Panama the same happiness and comfort in his old age (may it be a long, long ways away!).

    Norman does look like he is wondering when he'll get to go back to grazing, but your daughter looks happy and lovely (I can see the resemblance!).

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  13. Kate-

    I love your pictures of Norman. He was exactly the type of pony I dreamed of while I grew up horse-less. The paint's and Appy's where always what drew my attention. I still wonder sometimes how I ever ended up with a bay Standardbred...(with his adorable BIG ears that I wouldn't trade for anything on the planet LOL).

    I read Melissa's blog from time to time and I think that its so wonderful that she uses her farm to take care of so many retired equines! ....and she does a great job too. The only problem I would have in sending one of my own to her is that Tennessee is too far away from me to visit regularly.

    I'd miss my boy so much -- so even when his riding days are completely over, he will stay with me and just be a lovable pasture pet.

    ....and just a note -- I liked your thoughts about trying the clicker training using praise. I think I might just have to do that....just need to buy a clicker :)

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  14. Carol - you can buy one if you want, and it's helpful when training them what the click means, but now I just use a tongue click instead - which has the side benefit of freeing up both hands.

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  15. Lucky little pony...loved and still loved.

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  16. Oh...this makes me cry with delight...fond memories too.
    Your daughter looks so happy.

    My little Trixie, Welsh pony, was much like Norman to your sweet daughter Kate. Trix took me to far away places real and imagined during a very trying childhood time. I rode on the wind of my dreams with her.

    thanks,
    KK

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