A Bunch of Birthdays

With the end of the semester in sight, things are starting to wind down around campus and because semi-finals are over, lessons have been much more relaxing.  I’ve put quite a few more hours on Pistol and he’s making a lot of progress.  He picks up both leads now and is much more willing overall.  Even his lunging and ground manners have improved.  Sadly, he will be going back home to the Saginaw area on the first of May so I only have a few more weeks with him.  I’ll be sad to see him go but I’m glad that his owner is happy with him now and has a horse that will be useful to her.

Momma Jewels and her new baby.

On a lighter note, there is a new member to the Nottawa Paint Horse family!  Jewels, one of Denise’s client’s horses, gave birth at the beginning of April to adorable chestnut tobiano colt sired by Gentlemen Send Roses.  We’re all excited to see him grow up!

Back home, it’s birthday month!  All of our animals were born in April, starting with Tuffy, our now 31 year old quarter horse gelding, who was born on the 6th.  (Please don’t tell him he’s 31 – as far as he’s concerned, he’s a studly five year old.)  For his birthday he got his favorite treat:  cinnamon rolls!

Image’s birthday was on the 11th and she turned 15.  For her birthday, she got her hocks injected.  (For the most part she doesn’t have any soreness issues, but being 15 and very active, we did low dose injections to make sure she stays comfortable.)  She also got a bath, but she didn’t think that was much of a present.

 Then our Alpine goats, Duchess and Daizy, both turned eight on the 13th and 16th, and Gunner our chocolate lab, will be three on the 23rd.

Seriously. Don't tell Tuffy that he's 31.

With summer just around the corner, then, I’m starting to get excited for show season.  Image and my first show will the LMHA show at Mason the weekend of May 14th and 15th.  In addition, team penning starts up again this Friday so there’s a lot to look forward to.  I won’t be able to do as many shows as usual, however, because I’ll be here in Albion for Gerstacker summer school for seven weeks.  (Because I’ll be doing an internship next spring, I, along with the rest of the sophomore Gerstacker Institute class, am required to take three credits of summer school.  Although it doesn’t sound all that exciting, I’m actually looking forward to it. They have a variety of events scheduled for us, including a Tigers game and a trip to Chicago!!  Plus, that means I’ll be around to help Denise with the young horses for most of the summer!)

I better get back to my English homework – Happy Easter!!

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