Last August during the Celebration of Wild Horses Through Art and Music; an exhibit and fundraiser for The Cloud Foundation (such a great time/turnout), I mentioned to Ginger Kathrens that if she was ever in our area, she should feel free to come by and meet El Corazon – “Cory.” Last Thursday, she and fellow TCF board member Ann Evans took me up on that invite and came by to meet my boy. (Ginger never had the opportunity to meet El Mariachi, but she knew of him and his story).

Cory, Ginger and Ann.

Cory, Ginger and Ann.

Gotta check out those feet!

Gotta check out those feet!

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Aww...

Aww…

Gold and Ginger with a sleepy Sammy in the background.

Gold and Ginger with a sleepy Sammy in the background.

That's the spot. ;)

That’s the spot. 😉

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Cory is such a sweet boy and he behaved beautifully for his guests.

Cory is such a sweet boy and he behaved beautifully for his guests.

My Foxtrotter Gold just has to be in the middle of things. He's very interested in folks and all the goings on.

My Foxtrotter Gold just has to be in the middle of things. He’s very interested in folks and all the goings on.

He just loves his scratches.

He just loves his scratches.

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Cory quite enjoyed his visitors.

Cory quite enjoyed his visitors.

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And Gold was not to be left out. ;)

And Gold was not to be left out. 😉

Thanks for coming by Ginger and Ann. The dogs and I certainly enjoyed your visit as well. 🙂

If you are interested in learning about and helping the wild horses, The Cloud Foundation’s website is a great resource for information about the latest events, news and legal battles on behalf of our wild ones: http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/

Related stories:

“The Passing of an American Icon”

“El Mariachi’s Gift”

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Horse Antics

February 21, 2009

I have been trying to get a picture of our 2 horses playing with their “toy” ever since I saw my young gelding pick this bucket up over a year ago. Sometime between now and then, the two of them discovered they could play with it together. It’s been so much fun to watch this game between them. I’ve seen them hit each other over the head or come up from below and knock each other in the chin. (Luckily, it’s a really flimsy rubber bucket!). They’ll drop it and start chasing each other and then go back and pick it up and start swinging it at one another. They’re a hoot!

The tricky part has been that these horses live in our backyard and every time I’d get my camera in hand and try to quietly open the back door to photograph them, they’d hear me and come running over to the gate. Game over.

A couple of days ago, the wind was blowing and they were feeling rather frisky out there in the paddock. They started playing their bucket game and I ran for the camera. I figured I might get lucky and the wind would drown out the noise of the door opening…and it did! Finally – I managed to get a few images to share of Gold (my 6 year-old Palomino Foxtrotter gelding) and Sammy (my husband’s 13 year-old rose-gray QH/Appy gelding) playing with their rubber bucket.

(Excuse the condition of the paddock – it’s been a bit too mucky lately to get the tractor out).

Gold and Sammy. (Barn names are so original, aren't they?)

Gold and Sammy. (Barn names are so original, aren't they?)

Gold smiling.

Gold smiling.

Let the game begin.

Let the game begin.

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Floating bucket...

Floating bucket...

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