Monday, October 15, 2012

Happy Retired Horses

Just for fun today, a selection of recent photo of the retirees, living down at Paradigm Farms in Tennessee - photos thanks to Melissa!  (Can't make the small ones any larger without them fuzzing up.)  Maisie's in her late teens, but couldn't stay sound when being ridden, although she's doing well in retirement.  Lily developed heaves in her late teens, but that's pretty much a non-issue now that she's on 24/7 turnout in in a better climate.  Lily's now in her mid-20s, I'd guess, and has Cushings, but it's controlled by medication.  Norman the pony had had a hard life before we got him, and although he's perfectly sound and only in his early 20s, we weren't going to sell him on - he needed a forever home.

Here's Maisie in all her beautiousness:

  
Maisie and Lily enjoying some grazing together:


Norman the pony going somewhere with purpose:


Lily and Maisie love to groom:


Lily on the left with a pony friend:


Norman stretching up to groom a bigger pony:


It always makes me happy to see how good they all look, and how well cared for - I always tell Jason and Melissa that they take better care of my retired horses than I ever could!

14 comments:

  1. Jason and Melissa do an exceptional job. Your horses look terrific.

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  2. All the retires look happy and healthy.

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  3. Very happy retires! Love Norman though he's so darned cute!

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  4. that sounds like a just a wonderful place! SO glad there is somewhere like that for your horses

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  5. Any retired horse ought to count themselves extraordinarily lucky to end up at that place!

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  6. I just discovered your blog on a search for the phrase "ride the horse you have today." :) I'll be following it from now on!

    Your retirees look so peaceful and contented.

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  7. When the time comes, Sugar's heading down there for retirement, god willing!

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  8. Ann....from...Outer Banks of NC...said ...a big thank you.... for posting these beautiful horses...they look great and seem very happy...may you be blessed every day with such beauty that surrounds you.....it's a wonderful world and God smiles.....

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  9. Kudos to you for assuring them a fine home in their golden years. You are their angel.

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  10. Wow..they look great! I'm amazed at how much they thrive there.

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  11. what gorgeous picture and oh such happy horses ....just lovely to see

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  12. What a cute little paint pony! This is actually the first time I have checked out your blog (why I haven't before I'm not sure) and it's very interesting and informative! Thank you for the comments on my own blog, can't wait to keep up with your horse adventures as well!

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  13. The thing that surprises me the most is that Lily eventually lowered herself to be friends with a pony. She was always the holdout amongst the mares about being pony crazy, but she and Cuffie are becoming quite friendly these days.

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